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Refrigeration Repair in Meridian

This picture shows a refrigerator control board that was replaced due a problem with the automatic defrost-cycle.

Frozen condensation can be described as a very thin layer of frost or ice that is evident in the Freezer.  It can be seen on the shelves, on or around the icemaker, or on food.  Sometimes it is also evident in the lower part fresh food shelves.  Not as often though.

Frozen condensation or ice occurs because there is moisture being introduced into the freezer compartment, whether through an automatic defrost cycle or the door is left open. 

When the refrigerator or freezer door is left open or the door is no sealing properly ambient air enters the freezer.  Since room air contains the moisture the water will condensate on the freezer food, shelves, evaporator, or walls due to the temperature differences.

Another reason for frozen condensation is the automatic defrost cycle of the freezer or refrigerator itself.  During the automatic defrost cycle the compressor turns off, the defrost heater heats the evaporator and the dripping water from the evaporator diverts into a drain tube and into a pan in the bottom of the refrigerator.  Once the defrost cycle is complete the compressor turns back on, the evaporator refreezes and the evaporator fan motor turns on at the same time.  The problem with this scenario is that the evaporator takes a few minutes to get to a low enough temperature to refreeze the drips or wetness that was left over by the defrost cycle.  In these few minutes the evaporator fan is blowing this moisture into the refrigerator and Freezer, which eventually condensates and freezes.  Sometimes this extra moisture is negligible and sometimes it becomes a problem.  In many modern refrigerators designers and programmed a delay time between the compressor turning ON and the evaporator fan activation.  This allows the dripping evaporator a chance to refreeze the water before blowing and circulating cold air.

A blocked defrost drain will also cause condensation.

If your clothes come out of the wash dirty, this can be the cause.

Here are a few pictures of our friendly Western Appliance Repair service calls.  If you look closely, the square thing in the upper right area above the drain trap, you will see the re-circulation pump.  In this instance the pump was making a loud noise when running and a replacement was necessary. 

When you wash a load of clothes in your washing machine you should reasonably expect the results to be good, in other words, you expect the clothes to be cleaned.  If they are not coming out clean there can be many different reasons.  One in particular can be the re-circulation pump.

The re-circulation pump performs one function and that is to recirculate the water from the bottom of the outer tub to a nozzle located on the upper part of the inner door boot seal.  This nozzle sprays the water back onto the top of the load to recirculate.

After the clothes are loaded and the tub is filled with water the pump should turn on.  If you listen closely you can hear a low hum.  That is the pump working. 

These re-circulation pumps are not installed on all front load washers.  Most medium to high end washers will include these pumps.  The washers that do not include this feature will wash the clothes clean but not as well.  How will you know if it’s included?  Good question, you won’t.  If you buy a low-end washer then you should assume that it will not include this features.

There isn’t a good way to know if your re-circulation pump is going bad.  If it’s completely seized you may smell it overheating.  Not always.  Most pumps, when they do go bad, will get real noisy.


Our Western Appliance Repair technicians run into a lot of unusual appliance service calls.  Here in this picture you will see a small mushroom looking object in the lower right side of the picture.  This device is float switch sensor, also called an overflow sensor.

Most dishwashers will fill with water for a programmed duration.  This duration is not failsafe though.  Many homes have higher water pressure as compared to others.  Higher pressure will lead to more water in the tub. How do the designers compensate for this?  Use a float sensor. In homes with high water pressure the float sensor will shut off the water before the programmed duration is completed if the water rises to a specified point.  If the dishwasher has low water pressure then the programmed water fill duration will shut off the inlet valve when duration is complete.

This floating piece of plastic has a shaft on the bottom of it which triggers a shutoff switch if water gets too high.  Sometimes these float sensors will get stuck in the “up” position and won’t allow water to enter the dishwasher at all.

Hello, this is Rich again from Western Appliance in Boise and Meridian Idaho.  This picture is from a customer here in the treasure valley.

This is what a heater element looks like in a Frigidaire dryer stack unit.  When I say stacked I mean a dryer that is stacked on top of the washer.  In this instance the dryer is actually part of the unit, but I still call it a stack.  Anyway, this heater element has seen better days.  It’s very burned towards the very top of the pan which suggests there may be an air restriction in the system.  When air is restricted the heater element will burn hotter and in this type of heater, the heat usually burns hotter towards the top.

As you can see, the coils near the top of the “pan” are broken.  I was unsure of it was broken because of excessive heat but I found out later that the customer had tried to take this apart with the power ON.  Yes, there were sparks and flames I was toldJ.  So, this may have been the cause of the breaks however, the original problem was a dryer without heat.

Well, in a nutshell, the dryer heater element was bad and we had this repaired in no time.  This stack unit cost about 1300.00 new so a two hundred dollar repair was well worth the money.

LG Washer Drain Hose

Leaks in washers can come from a wide assortment of places in a washer. Some leaks are commonly found in the front rubber door seal, the drain pump, the dispenser hoses, the dispenser, or a tub baffle. In this case, the leak was coming from the drain hose. This can be hard to find depending on the circumstances. You can run the wash cycle and inspect for leaks while the washer is in the agitate mode but you will not see the leak until the drain cycle. This is when the drain hose water is at it’s highest pressure. Most of the time I will find a pinhole leak. If our Meridian customer is using a heavy amount of bleach in each wash like in a dentist office, the hose can literally crumble or fall apart. In any event, our repair service can get your washer repaired and back to proper operation. Call us anytime in Meridian, 208-599-1086, Western Appliance Repair

When water leaks occur on your dishwasher or appliance it can be bad news. Believe me, I’ve seen plenty of floor damage. In the case above you can see evidence of a water leak on the floor. It is still pretty wet. The floorboards were getting real warped. Depending on what type of wood flooring you have the damage can be severe or minor. In this case, the leak was caught early by a wary Meridian homeowner
This water leak was coming from the brass ninety degree angle fitting as shown in the picture. Actually, the one shown in the picture is a new one I had just installed. The old one was the actual culprit. These angle fittings have a rubber gasket in them just like what you’d see in a garden hose. This gasket can go bad and as in this case, cause damage to flooring if it’s not caught in time.
If you have a dishwasher leaking water, remove the lower toe-kick panel and inspect carefully with a flashlight. Most leaks are very evident.

Hello, my name is Rich from Western Appliance Repair in Meridian Idaho.  I’ve been a business owner/operator for 8 long years now.  Wow, these years sure go by fast!

If you have read any previous blog posts you know by now that I like to share some of my favorite appliance repair service calls so our local residents here in Idaho, so here we go. I was called out for a leaking dishwasher.  The dishwasher would leak water out it’s front door on the right corner while the wash motor was running.  It was a constant drip so it was real evident that there was indeed a problem.  This dishwasher I might mention is only two years old – not really old enough for the door gasket and/or seals to go bad.  I did check these for proper operation however.  The gasket and seals were fine and doing there job very well.  But still leaks!!!

I decided to focus my attention to the tub water level.  When I opened the door I see the problem.  SUDS!!!  Dishwashers are not suppose to have suds, well, actually, not much anyway.   Here, as shown in the picture, you can see the problem.  When I asked my Meridian customer how suds could have gotten inside the dishwasher tub, she told me her husband liked to add a drop or so of dishwasher soap to each load.  Not good.  How do suds cause leaks?

On the lower part of the front door, inside and not visible, is a gutter which catches splashed water.  When there is an excessive amount of suds in the water, suds fill up this gutter.  These suds overflow the gutter and water will leak to floor.  I recommend using Cascade or Finish pods for all your dishwasher loads.

Hope this helps,




Excessive lint in the lint trap.

I’ve been guilty of this myself and as I’m writing this I have a lint trap in my dryer that hasn’t been cleaned out in the last two load cycles.  Yes, I know, you would think that an appliance repairman would know better but I make the same mistakes as many of the Boise customers I see day to day.  I will clean it out when I finish writing this article.  Haha.

Here is why it is so important.  When the lint screen is filled with lint it can stop the air circulation in the dryer dramatically.  If it’s bad enough it can stop the air flow one hundred percent, which I’ve seen.   I did a job for a customer a long time ago in Boise, who had a problem with squeaky noises.  I completed the job and was called back two weeks later by a customer asking me what I had done to their dryer and that it was burning up.  Confused as I was, since I knew I didn’t touch the heater element or wiring, I went out and found the lint screen clogged with a layer of lint about an inch this  Wow!!  This was the problem.  There was no air flow and the dryer was burning up.  Cleaning the lint screen fixed the problem.


Maytag dishwashers are generally very dependable and are heavily relied upon by thousands of our customers in Meridian. Because of this we feel it is important to share some repair avoidance tips to our dishwasher users. The picture below shows a top-view shot of the upper spray arm of a Maytag dishwasher. If you look carefully you will see a small blue clip attached to the splines. This little piece can wreak havoc on the chopper blade of the dishwasher motor if it becomes loose and falls into the circulating water. Periodically it is wise to visually scan the inside is the tub for broken pieces of debris or plastic before starting a cycle.

Hi, this is Rich from Western Appliance. The picture below shows one of the dishwashers we serviced in Meridian. The customer complaint was that it wasn’t cleaning good and would not drain the dirty water. We pulled off the bottom panel to inspect the pump and solenoid. We found water leakage and extensive rust around wash motor. This repair would require a new dishwasher motor and sump which would make this impractical to repair, considering the age – 17 years old.   The dishwasher would also require extensive cleaning. When considering the repair cost and age if dishwasher it would be best to replace this.