Archive for November, 2006

Whirlpool Dryer Heating Element (279838)

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Your Whirlpool dryer isn’t drying your clothes. What do you do? Call someone to fix it? No way! Problems like this occur all the time. Most of the time it’s easier to fix them yourself rather than calling a professional out to your home. Usually when there is no heat going to the dryer, it could be one or both of two things. Checking the heating element and/or thermal fuse for continuity should be able to tell you if either one is bad (you should always shut down the power to the dryer when doing any repairs). There’s a special tool used for checking continuity called an Ohmmeter. It’s inexpensive and simple to use.

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dryer heating element

This heating element can be used on most Whirlpool, Kenmore, Roper, and Estate electric dryers. It carrys 240 volts and 5200 watts. Made by Whirlpool. Part Number: 279838.

Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter (4396508)

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Everyone knows that time is a valuable thing. Why waste it on an appliance? One thing you can appreciate about a Whirlpool refrigerator is how quick and effortless it is to replace their water filters. It literally takes a few minutes. All you do is remove the reusable knob, pop the old filter out and replace it with a new one. Three simple steps and you’re done! These water filters are great because they cut back on things like lime-scale build-up, bad taste, dirt, and rust. One other good thing to know about your Whirlpool refrigerator is that if you want your ice and water tasting fresh and crisp, it’s a good idea to replace your water filter every 6 months.

water filter

You can use this water filter for most Whirlpool, Kenmore, and Kitchen Aid models. There’s also a 2-pack available ($61.95 + $6.95 shipping) which makes it such a big convenience. Made by Whirlpool. Part Number: 4396508.

How to install your new water filter:

  • Twist the old filter counterclockwise about a quarter turn.
  • Pull the filter completely out and unscrew the reusable knob. Note that the water shuts off automatically when you pull the filter out.
  • Attach the knob you removed from the old filter onto the new one.
  • Slide the new filter through the grille and the refrigerator until it can’t go any further.
  • Twist the filter back (clockwise) about a quarter turn.

How to reset the “change filter” light:

If your refrigerator has a filter button, press the button and hold it between 5-10 seconds. If it does not have a filter button, just press on the light switch 5 times, repeatedly.

Older part numbers this filter replaces:


  • 2186444, 2200203, 2203980, 2255518, 2203220
  • 2305768, 2305766, 2305767
  • 4396918, 4396563, 4396562, 4392857, 4392857R
  • WF-NL240, WFNL240, WF-NL240V, WFNL240V, NL240, NL240V
  • WF-NL300, WFNL300, NL300
  • WF-L400, WFL400, WF-L400V, WFL400V, NL300, L400V
  • WF-L500, WFL500, L500, WF-300BR


  • 46-9902, 469902, 46-9908, 469908
  • 9902, 9902P, 9908, 9908P
  • 04609902000, 04609908000

Kitchen Aid-

  • 4396547, 4396163, 4396509, 4396509P

A list of all the residue this filter removes:

  • 92.50% of Carbofuran
  • 96.22% of Mercury at pH 6.5
  • 91.57% of Mercury at pH 8.5
  • 96.40% of Benzene
  • 95.10% of Particulates (Class II)
  • 99.35% of Lead at pH 6.5
  • 99.31% of Lead at pH 8.5
  • 99.77% of P-Dichlorobenzene
  • 99.00% of Chlorine
  • 92.86% of Toxaphene

Whirlpool Dryer Belt (341241)

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

You’ve got to love the simplicity and reliability of a Whirlpool clothes dryer. I keep hearing there are a lot of people that bought in to this whole “throw away mentality” thing, and I’m sure the manufacturers are thrilled! And why shouldn’t they be? A dryer quits running… what should I do now? Get a new one? Well, not me. After unplugging the power and removing the front panel I quickly found the problem, a broken drive belt. Got the new belt ($9.95 + $6.95 shipping) in one day from and after about 40 minutes of installation time the dryer was back to normal. Didn’t even use the instructions that came with the belt. – This was two years ago and the dryer still works like new!

Whirlpool Dryer Belt

This Whirlpool dryer belt fits over 90% of Whirlpool made dryers. It’s 92-1/4″ long and 1/4″ wide. It has 4 ribs and replaces the older 5 rib style (old part number 349533). You can also get the maintenance kit which includes this belt, an idler pulley, two drum support rollers, tri-rings, a clip, and replacement instructions. Made by Whirlpool. Part Number: 341241.