Electrolux Spare Parts

Electrolux is a brand name associated with quality, durability and innovation. But eventually owners of these products will have to face the inevitable. Parts and accessories eventually break and wear out due to normal wear and tear, or due to defect. Thankfully, finding Electrolux spare parts is easier than you might think. All you need is the make and model of your appliance or you can search by the individual component model number. Once you obtain this information, the company website or customer service representative can help you order a part or direct you to an authorized dealer.

The History of Electrolux Appliances

Originally founded in Stockholm, Sweden, Electrolux has become the second largest manufacturer of household appliances in the world next to Whirlpool. Started in 1901 as AB Lux, it sold the Lux lamp which was a kerosene lamp designed for outdoor use. While this start was important, it is not the primary reason for this company’s growth or popularity. The first major turning point was in 1919, with the merger of AB Lux and Svenska Elektron AB.  Eventually a product line called Model V was released, which was the introduced the first vacuum for home use. First catching on in the United Kingdom, this home appliance launched this brand name into the marketplace. Soon after, the Electrolux name was created and released. While you may not recognize the name today, this brand is extremely popular. Frigidaire and Eureka are only two of the many brand name household appliance manufactures owned by Electrolux. Today, this company is not only known because of its leadership in the marketplace, but because of its innovative designs and technology.

Locating Electrolux Appliance Parts and Accessories

The Electrolux website can offer consumers of this brand name an easy way to purchase parts and accessories. Filters, pans, light bulbs, installation components and cleaning supplies are only a few of the options available. While this option may be more expensive, you can rest assured the part or accessory is completely compatible with your household appliance. And if there are any problems or concerns, returning or replacing an item will never be an issue because you are dealing directly with the manufacturing company.

Finding Replacement Electrolux Spare Parts

Even the highest quality home appliance will eventually break or require repair. Because of the popularity of Electrolux appliances, finding spare or replacement parts is not a difficult process. However, the component you are looking for may not be available on the website because of available inventory or because they require technical installation. In these cases, the best place to start is by contacting the Consumer Assistance Center during business hours at 1-800-444-4944 or 1-866-213-9397 (for Canadian residents). This company department will be able to direct you to an authorized retailer to obtain the required components for repair. Also, they will advise you on the steps to take if your parts and repairs are covered by warranty.

Dealing with Major Electrolux Appliance Repairs

Technical repairs often cause major dilemmas for appliance owners. For those who are savvy with tools and home repair, this may be a slightly easier problem to deal with. However, not everyone has access to individuals with this type of expertise. In these cases, the best solution is to “bite the bullet” and find an authorized Electrolux repair specialist in your area that caters to the individual brand name. While the cost of the repair may be more, you can rest assured it is done properly, and the work may be covered by warranty depending on the company you are dealing with. Before you schedule a repair, determine if the parts will be provided or if this will be a step you need (or can) take independently.

Should You Buy Used or New Electrolux Parts?

You may be tempted to save money on repairs by purchasing used Electrolux spare parts online. However, any buyer should be skeptical during the shopping process. While buying discount parts could save you money – they could be damaged, about to wear out or not covered by warranty. In other words, your used appliance part could end up costing you more money in the long run, especially if it is worn, defective or damaged. When you buy new replacement parts, most sellers will warranty against damage and defect, ultimately saving you money and unneeded worry.

Owners of Electrolux home appliances can not only rest assured they have purchased a high quality product, but will be able to replace components easily. Even when a breakdown occurs, there are a number of resources available to locate parts and qualified technicians. By using all of these tools, the repair will be taken care of quickly and efficiently – and your appliance will be running like new in no time.

Originally posted. April 10, 2011

Sawafuji Compressor Benefits

The Sawafuji compressor is highly regarded by many manufacturers of high-end refrigeration systems.  Most quality refrigerators make use of a compressor driven refrigeration cycle, but not all compressors are equal.

The chief selling point of a Sawafuji reciprocating compressor is its use of the ‘swing motor’.  So what makes a swing motor different to the average motor, and what makes it so successful in refrigeration applications?

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Sawafuji Swing Motor

Sawafuji Swing Motor Characteristics

The normal source of dynamic power in a compressor is an electrical motor with a rotating main axis.  In contrast to this, the swing motor utilizes vibrations, which have the coil connected straight to the piston (the compressor).

When a coil bearing alternating current is applied at a 90-degree angle to the magnetic field, thrust results per John Ambrose Fleming’s left hand rule. Due to the layout of the motor, this thrust transfers to the piston; which then performs the intake and compression cycles.

Piston Resonance

Merely using the thrust provided to compress the refrigerant will not work however, the amplitude of the motion will not be sufficient.  For this reason, the swing motor is configured to synchronize the frequency of the current with frequency of the oscillation occurring within the system.  Utilizing this resonance the motor is able increase the amplitude sufficiently to provide an adequate level of compression of the refrigerant.

Low Amperage Startup

One great attribute of the swing motor – and hence the Sawafuji compressor – is that is does not require a large surge of current at startup time.  Even if the first few strokes of the piston are not sufficient to fully compress the refrigerant, the motor will still fire up and the resonance phenomenon will soon kick in.

Minimal Moving Parts

The Sawafuji swing motor is extremely reliable.  This is because it only contains one moving part. There are no bearings or cranks – only the piston – which means there is very little that can break

Energy Efficient

The Sawafuji compressor is very energy efficient. With minimal moving parts there is very little energy lose to friction.  Combine this with its low current draw at startup and it is easy to see that this compressor is very valuable in situations where power is limited.

The Danfoss compressor – the chief competitor to the Sawafuji – also has its fans; they are in many Waeco fridges.  However, the manufacturer Engel remains steadfastly convinced of the benefits of Sawafuji technology.

Originally posted. April 17, 2011

Motorhome Refrigerators

Motorhome refrigerators are highly valuable appliances for anyone who makes a home in a recreational vehicle. With the preponderance of Class A motorhomes on the roads today, the demand for large RV refrigerators is greater than ever. To that end the manufacturers Dometic and Norcold have a large range of offerings for potential buyers.


Those blessed with a large RV have the possibility of installing a large two way RV fridge freezer. The Dometic RM3762RB 2-Way Refrigerator – 7.0 Cubic Feet has highly desirable features for RV usage. It is capable of running on 110V mains power – when camping on sites with full hookups – and LPG propane – for off-grid locations.  With 7 cubic feet of interior storage, this is a very generously sized unit when compared to the typical RV or motorhome fridge.

The Norcold Inc. Refrigerators N641 2 Way 2 Door Gas Absorption Refrigerator, the main competitor to Dometic RV refrigerators, is another generously sized motorhome refrigerator featuring 2 way operation. This unit also comes in the N641.3 3 Way 2 Door Refrigerator for the convenience of 12v DC operation also.  These American designed and built Norcold motorhome refrigerators include an easy to use LCD control panel.

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Those seeking  a smaller fridge freezer for their RV also have options like the Dometic WAECO CF110AC110 Coolmatic 113 QT AC/DC with Touch Control Refrigerator and Freezer. This unit can run off of 12V/24V DC power, or alternatively regular mains power. This Waeco refrigerator has a capacity of 112 quarts and interior height sufficient for a 2 liter bottle to stand on its base.

As well as RV refrigerators, there are many motorhome refrigerator accessories available such as vents and covers.  Some shoppers will purchase accessories such as these at the same time they purchase an RV fridge freezer for installation in their recreational vehicle.

No matter whether you own a large Class A motorhome a small Class C RV or something as tiny as a teardrop travel trailer, there are motorhome refrigerators available that will suit your needs – from Norcold, Dometic and other manufacturers. If you are purchasing one of the many available motorhomes for sale by owner be sure to check the included refrigerator is right for you.

Originally posted. December 26, 2010

Arcelik Refrigerators: A Brief History of the Company

If you haven’t heard of Arcelik refrigerators, don’t feel too bad.  This isn’t a brand name you hear too often when it comes to American or Far East Asian markets, but the Arcelik Company is a Turkish based company that specializes in home appliances and sells heavily in the Middle Eastern and Asian markets, even expanding recently into Russia.  Founded in 1955 in Istanbul, Turkey; this company has a long history of producing durable goods and various consumer appliances to their markets.

The modern standing of Arcelik refrigerators is impressive, as the parent company is considered by sales volume to be the third largest provider of home appliances in Europe, behind only Electrolux and Indesit.  There are two main brands from this company, with Arcelik being one and Beko being the other.  While Arcelik might get a lot of attention, it’s also important to know that they’re not the company all the way at the top.  Arcelik is owned by Koc Holding, Turkey’s largest industrial service group.

A brief history of Arcelik
The first appliance Arcelik produced was actually a washing machine, made in 1959.  The first model of refrigerator came the very next year in 1960.  The company continued to expand, bringing out new models and continuing to produce inexpensive but reliable home appliances for every part of the home.  1999 was a major reorganization year, and the merger of Beko and Arcelik happened in the wake of some major changes.  Plants were opened in other countries like Romania, Russia, and China to increase its reach into other markets.

In modern times, when it comes specifically to the refrigerators produced the two largest Arcelik refrigerator plants are currently located in Eskişehir, Turkey and Kirzhach, Russia, respectively, although the plant in Russia also produces washing machines.

What’s the future?
While no one can ever predict the future for sure, Arcelik is not only one of the largest manufacturers of refrigerators and home appliances in Europe, but their creation of plants in China and Russia show every intention of continuing to expand and refusing to just stand pat.  In addition, the gaudy sales numbers make it very unlikely that the company is going to crash any time soon.  People will continue to need reliable and affordable household appliances, and this company isn’t going to cut them out of production any time soon.

There’s every reason to believe that as long as this company keeps doing what they have been that Arcelik refrigerators will be around for a long time to come.

 

Originally posted. June 21, 2011

Refrigerator Pickles – A Quick and Easy Idea

Refrigerator pickles are pickles that are made by immersing them in seasoning and straightaway refrigerating them. Unlike sour pickles – which are fermented – they are relatively easy to make for do it yourselfers.

The first thing to consider if you are going to prepare a refrigerator pickle batch is the seasonings you will use.  The flavor of your pickles will in large part depend on the seasoning, so it is an important factor in the recipe.

Fridge pickles do not have the properties of canned pickles that make them last forever.  They must be kept in your refrigerator rather than sitting out at room temperature.  While you lose the preservative effect with pickles prepared this way, you do gain an extra crispness to your pickles that many people favor.

While traditionally fridge pickles have been a great way to use leftover cucumbers, many modern chefs used them for all sort of vegetables.  Carrot pickles, onion pickles, beet pickles – almost anything is possible!

You do not need to prepare refrigerator pickles in bulk.  Even if you only have a couple of spare cucumbers, you can easily slice them up, place them in a jar with seasoning, and sit them in the fridge. If it helps think of yourself as brining or marinating the cucumber, rather than pickling; that sounds less intimidating and is probably a more accurate description of the process.

 

 

Originally posted. October 11, 2011

Choosing the Best: Electrolux Refrigerator Reviews and Tips

If you’re interested in purchasing a new Electrolux fridge, you may be wondering what model, price range, and features are right for you. Luckily, a cornucopia of Electrolux refrigerator reviews and tips are out there to make your buying experience the best, and easiest, purchase of the year.

Buying the Best Fridge

Purchasing a large appliance such as a fridge or dishwasher is often a hefty investment for a household. Luckily, the best advice for buying a quality appliance is contains only three easy steps. Following these, you should be able to set yourself up for a great appliance buying experience.

  • Look up costumer reviews: The first step to finding the right fridge for you is to search through varied consumer reports to see which models of appliance raise to the top. Often, the best machines will get good reviews all around. If a generally well rated fridge gets one or two bad reviews, don’t rule out the fridge. There are always people who are unhappy with even the best model.
  • Go to an appliance dealer: Buying online is great, but finding a reputable dealer who can also handle repairs is best. For expensive appliances, take the time to forge a relationship with the people who will be fixing your machine.
  • Check out the warranty: An extended warranty on parts and service is always a good thing to check out. But before purchasing a warranty, make sure to go over just what exactly the warranty covers.

General Reviews

The general reviews of Electrolux refrigerators are mediocre at best. The largest problem that people have with these refrigerators is that the ice machine and supply components do not work properly. As a more expensive fridge model, people also do not like the build of this fridge. While most of these appliances are constructed correctly and securely, there is a review or two where the customer is unhappy with misaligning doors and loose fixtures.  There also is some problem with maintaining internal fridge temperature.

Specific Problems

The main problem that customers have with their Electrolux fridges is failure of the ice machine. From strange dripping to weird noises, it seems as if these models of refrigerators are all lacking in the ice department. If you do choose to purchase one of these models of fridges, be aware that a great number of them malfunction within a short time after purchase and installation. What solutions are out there? An Electrolux technician can replace the computer component of the ice maker. You, as a homeowner, can also purchase an ice machine service kit that the company supplies to solve some of the problem parts.

Your Electrolux Fridge

When looking at Electrolux refrigerators, make sure to take customer experience reviews and the potential problems into consideration before making a large investment. Electrolux refrigerator reviews are the best way to get a good look at what sort of machine you’re considering. Always make sure to purchase your fridge from a reputable dealer and don’t forget to take a look at possible warranties.

Originally posted. June 8, 2011

Integrated Fridges

For many homeowners, the ideal refrigerator in recent years has been a side-by-side, perhaps a stylish stainless steel fridge freezer. However, of late the new trend in kitchen renovations has been the move towards the ‘integrated kitchen’. The basic concept behind this is rather than having appliances matching each other; integrated appliances are instead used to match with the kitchen cabinetry. The popularity of this trend has led to the rise of integrated fridges.

A standard American refrigerator – no matter in white, black or stainless – is very hard to miss. When you walk into a kitchen the fridge stands out like a sore thumb. Integrated refrigerators, on the other hand, are custom designed to disappear in the kitchen.

A fully integrated fridge is usually custom designed for a particular kitchen, unlike traditional fridge freezers. The usual technique is to form a panel to be affixed to the appliance door. This panel will be made of the same type and tint of wood used by the kitchen cabinets. If properly designed, at first glance the door of the integrated refrigerator will look just like another cabinet.

To fully achieve this look requires more than just a door. The fridge must be designed to fit into the wall so it does not stick out further than the cabinetry. This may require modification to the wall to create a niche for the appliance to be placed. Also, if the kitchens cabinetry is somewhat ornate, it may be necessary to add trim to the door panel to fully duplicate the look of the rest of the kitchen.

As with traditional American fridges, an integrated refrigerator can be had in a wide range of styles. They can be a basic fridge or freezer, a fridge over freezer combo unit, or the classic favorite – a side by side unit.  Also popular, often as second fridges, is the use of an integrated under counter fridge to provide supplemental refrigerated storage for well equipped kitchens.

Since these custom built fridges are designed to be able to split tightly between cabinets, they do not require the traditional buffer space of air around them that other fridges do. This feature – plus their high stealth factor – makes integrated fridge freezers ideal for rooms other than the kitchen. The idea of an integrated bar fridge that blends subtly into the background appeals to many.

All good things come at a price, and the integrated fridge freezer is not exempt. You will pay a significant premium in having one of these units customized for your kitchen. There may also be additional cost in preparing an area in your kitchen for the installation. However, if you are renovating already, then some of that money is going to be a wash.

Another possible negative factor to consider is that integrated fridges are usually significantly smaller than traditional models. This is due to the requirement for the refrigerator to blend with the cabinets, and not stick out into the kitchen.

If you have the funds, and can live without the extra fridge space, then creating an integrated kitchen may be for you. If so, then you will definitely find yourself needing to purchase one of these integrated fridges.

Originally posted. May 30, 2010

12v Fridge

If you are in the market for a 12v fridge for your car or off-road vehicle, there are several points to consider before taking the plunge.  I will briefly discuss here some of the more pertinent factors relevant to the purchase of a 12V refrigerator in the hope of making you a more informed buyer.

Compression Or Absorption Technology

The cooling system in nearly all refrigerators utilizes one of two basic technologies: Compression refrigeration or Absorption refrigeration.  Each of these systems has its respective advantages and disadvantages for use in a 12 volt cooler.


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The major advantage of an absorption refrigerator is that these devices can potentially be powered using gas.  If you are considering a 3 way fridge like those used in a caravan for its flexibility (they can be run off 12v DC, mains or LPG) then they will be an Absorption type fridge, as Compression refrigerators cannot run from gas.

One cheap 12v refrigerator good for those on a budget is the Koolatron KWC-4 Coca-Cola Personal 6-Can Mini Fridge. This highly decorative fridge can conveniently cool half a dozen cans of soda to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit below the ambient air temperature.

However, if you plan to run your 12v fridge freezer off  DC all the time, rather than using LPG propane, you should definitely lean towards purchasing a compression refrigerator.  This type of unit has several advantages absorption units’ lack.

Firstly, while both technologies can be setup to utilize 12v DC, a compression model will use a lot less power than a comparable absorption.  This will make a huge difference when you are parked and have the 12 volt fridge freezer powered from your vehicle.  An absorption fridge will draw down the car battery quite rapidly, with a well-chosen low amperage compression fridge it may be possible to leave the unit plugged in several hours with minimal impact to your battery charge state.

In fact, a compression 12v fridge can be so energy efficient is it possible to rig yourself up a setup using solar panels to keep it running indefinitely.  Given the price of solar power, the fact that this is considered an option speaks volumes to the efficiency of these 12v refrigerators.  Particularly noteworthy for their cooling efficiency are the 12v Danfoss compressor fridges.

A second drawback to absorption units is the issue of leveling your portable fridge.  They really need to be maintained very close to level in order to work correctly.  If you take your vehicle off-road you may well be deliberately seeking out ‘non-level’ terrain.  12v DC Compressor refrigeration shine under these conditions.

Fridge Or Fridge Freezer

If you want a 12v freezer, you should probably again opt for a compressor unit.  Absorption 12 volt fridges can usually cool only a certain number of degrees below the ambient temperature and thus makes for a poor 12 volt freezer.  With a properly equipped compressor fridge freezer temperatures are possible.

Choosing A Brand

There are several manufactures of 12v fridges suitable for use in vehicles. Norcold, Waeco and Engel are all well regarded model lines,  Engel and Waeco refrigeators in particular have a very good reputation for ruggedness and durability. Engels Engel AC/DC Fridge Freezer – Engel MT45F-U1 is a very well regarded 12v fridge freezer that gets rave reviews. The firm Novakool has a line of 12v marine refrigerators intended for use on a boat.

When shopping around you will notice these 12v compressor fridge models are generally significantly more expensive than a similar 12v absorption model; and you may be tempted to purchase a cheaper 12 volt refrigerator freezer absorption model.

However, when buying a 12 volt cooler a budget model may be more trouble than it is worth.

If you are looking for a true 12v fridge intending to use it solely with a 12 Volt power supply, it is almost certainly worth the extra expense for the compressor type of 12 volt refrigerators.

Originally posted. June 13, 2010

Viking Appliances

Many people just think of Viking Range Corporation as a cooking and ventilation manufacturer. The fact is Viking appliances encompass a wider range than one might think. Their brand is stamped on a wide variety of products including Viking refrigerators, wine cellars, dishwashers, garbage disposals, countertop appliances, cookware and cutlery. They also have extensive lines of outdoor and commercial kitchen equipment. It’s a lot to cover so we’ll just discuss interior residential appliance options here.

Residential Cooking & Refrigeration
By far the largest and most prevalent category of Viking products, Viking cooking appliances include freestanding ranges, range tops, cook tops, ovens, microwaves and warming drawers. All of these are available either as the professional series or the design series. The ranges are available as electric or gas with the fuel option of either natural gas or propane. All cooking appliances can be customized with desired features or accessories. The exclusive finishes available for some models (like the Professional Series 30” Gas Oven – VGSO) are so fun, ranging from stainless to iridescent blue to lemonade to racing red or a standard black and twenty three other colors in between. On the inside, all Viking ovens feature easy to clean racks, large capacity, ProFlow convection baffle and Courmet-Glo infrared broiler. The ranges have porcelainized cooking surfaces, and advanced burner technology includes TruPower Plus, SureSpark, VHS Pro Seals, and VariSimmer. Ventilation at Viking is extensive, and you can be sure top of the line. Choose from wall hoods, chimney wall hoods, island hoods, rear downdrafts and custom ventilator systems. The options here can almost be overwhelming, but really it just goes to show what expertise Viking has on the subject of cooking and ventilation, and ensures there is the perfect product out there for everyone.

Refrigeration & Wine Storage
The Viking family of refrigeration includes built-ins, freestanding units, beverage centers, refrigerated drawers, ice machines, and both full height and undercounted wine cellars. Like the Viking cooking appliances, the refrigeration units are available either as professional series or designer series. Viking boasts over twenty built in models alone, all available with the same exclusive finishes as the ovens and customizable with any specific features or accessories. ProChill Temperature Management, Plasmacluster Ion Air Purifier, Adjustable Cold Zone and Humidity Zone Drawers, all stack up for the ultimate in refrigeration technology.

Dishwashers & Disposers
Coined “Kitchen Cleanup” on the Viking website, the disposals and dishwashers available from Viking are perhaps the most straightforward line of products. A total of seven dishwasher models, and two disposals, they all encapsulate the Viking aesthetic and technologically driven mechanical design. The dishwashers are available again in either professional or designer series, multi level power wash, Sure-Temp water heating, Quiet Clean performance, Sturdi-Built Racks, and a meticulous five-stage filtration and disposal system ensures spot free dishes with no redepositing of food particles.

Countertop Appliances
The countertop appliances manufactured by Viking include coffee makers, stand mixers, toasters, hand blenders and mixers. There are different color options and features available. Accessories or replacement parts like carafes, pouring shields, dough hooks, and whip attachments are all readily available online. If Viking brand is appointed everywhere else in the kitchen, why not go all the way and keep the aesthetic and high quality consistent with counter top Viking appliances too?

 

Originally posted. May 24, 2011

Freezer Baskets

Anyone who owns a deep chest freezer will testify to the requirement for freezer baskets to effectively organize the contents. Without some careful forethought you are likely to find your freezer jammed full of a random jumble of items without rhyme or reason. To avoid this situation any owner of a large freezer should consider purchasing and using chest freezer baskets.  Unlike upright freezers, deep freezers do not come with built in freezer bins.

In a large freezer items may be stored for many months before being used. Often you will find yourself looking in the freezer at a mysterious container or bag that is covered in frost, and having no idea what is inside or how old it is. This is bad for multiple reasons.


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First of all, let us say you are looking for some frozen pork. You will have to rummage through the freezer looking for a bag that looks like it is pork. If you own a chest freezer this can be very rough on your back. Once you finally find what appears to be the right bag you will pull it out, and after it has been defrosted hope your visual inspection was correct and you did end up with what you were looking for. Was it the wrong bag? Oh well…you are stuck eating chicken tonight!

A second concern with unorganized freezers is that it can be very difficult to know how long a frozen item has been in there. With a big deep freezer it is easy to end up with unidentified items that have no indicate of age. Due to this you will likely find yourself throwing away perfectly good food simply because you don’t know how old it is.

By investing in some freezer baskets you can turn the chaos in your freezer into a well-organized, easily accessed frozen paradise. Both sturdy plastic and wire baskets are readily available; your best choice for a material for a chest freezer basket is up to you. If your deep chest freezer is particularly large, you have the opportunity to utilize stackable freezer baskets.  Stackable freezer bins are particularly popular, in some deep freezers these can be stacked 3 or 4 layers deep allowing for a very sophisticated organizational system. When you have several baskets available in your deep chest freezer you gain the ability to organize your food by both type and age. You might have a basket labeled for 2009 Pork, 2009 Chicken, 2010 Pork and 2010 Chicken. This allows you to solve both the issue of unidentifiable type of food, and unidentifiable age of food.

Also, by having everything neatly organized this way, you can find things fast. No more digging through the depths of the freezer item by item. You can also organize so the baskets for the newer food are placed at the bottom. By doing this you can ensure you are rotating your food out regularly. I.e. you will finish off the 2009 pork before starting on the 2010 pork. This will greatly reduce food wastage, thus saving you money.

As has been demonstrated, the benefits of freezer baskets are many. And any money you invest in purchasing them should be recouped fairly rapidly via the reductions in spoiled food. If you have a deep chest freezer you owe it to yourself to purchase a set of stackable freezer baskets.

Originally posted. May 28, 2010