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Scary smoke and sparking in microwave--help?

I had repeated sparks and smoking coming from the upper left side of my microwave when trying to heat a bag of popcorn and some soup (I immediately stopped it of course). However, after a thorough cleaning the problem seems to have stopped. Is it safe to assume the microwave is fine? [more inside]
posted by hejrat on Nov 30, 2014 - 20 answers

Do compact washer and dryers work well?

I just moved into a small house and bought a frontloading washer and dryer. However when they came to install it, the appliances didn't fit. Now I am planning on buying a compact washer and dryer. However, in the past I have had problems with "mini" versions of appliances. Sometimes they are fine, but sometimes not only are they smaller, they also just simply work badly (don't clean, don't mix, don't heat etc. etc.)
posted by Spurious on Nov 14, 2014 - 22 answers

Yeah but that TrueCoat...

We're going to be buying a refrigerator, a gas stove, an above-range microwave and a dishwasher shortly. All mid-range. What are some good, not-obviously things to note? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Aug 22, 2014 - 23 answers

Why does my rice cooker's power cable have 2 different amp ratings?

I need to replace the power cable for my rice cooker. The kitchen area of my apt is pretty small, and the cable was stupidly close to the stove and I burned a hole through the insulation. On the end of the cable that connects to the mains, it says 16a 250v while the end that plugs into the cooker says 10a 250v. The appliance itself is labeled as 10a 250v. [more inside]
posted by pugg on Aug 21, 2014 - 9 answers

How have you shared appliance purchases with landlords?

Do you have experience with conversations like "I'd really like to get a nice new stove, can we come to an agreement on the cost?" What have you done, what's worked, etc? [more inside]
posted by colin_l on Jun 24, 2014 - 30 answers

Bringing our US electrical devices to the UK / also NTSC-PAL question

It's generally advised to leave as much behind as possible when moving abroad, but my wife's employer is paying to have a decent amount of our household stuff transported from the US to the UK. And why would we want to waste money buying duplicate items if it isn't necessary and we probably won't be staying more than a couple years? So I'm trying to figure out which of our electronics and appliances might be made to work overseas. I am aware of the voltage difference and the line/mains frequency difference between the US and the UK and I'm considering buying one or two good-quality step-down voltage converters for things that aren't universal voltage compatible. But I have some questions that my Google research has not cleared up. [more inside]
posted by theory on Feb 18, 2014 - 20 answers

Dishwasher questions -- trying to avoid a portable machine

There is a great spot in my small kitchen next to my refrigerator for a dishwasher. I would like to avoid one of those portable ones with wheels that you have to roll out and hook up to the sink. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by mzwz on Jan 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Kitchen appliance anxiety

It's time for another big grown-up milestone: new kitchen appliances. And I'm paralyzed by the thought of making the wrong decisions. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Jan 13, 2014 - 33 answers

Over-the-range microwave...works?

We need to replace the over-the-range microwave that came with our house. Do the vents actually work well? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Oct 5, 2013 - 10 answers

Chalkboard-painting a stainless steel refrigerator: possible?

Can I paint my stainless steel fridge with chalkboard paint? I've found lots of tutorials on how to do it with a regular white fridge (whatever those are made of) but nothing on stainless. Should I try to sand it? Do I need primer? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Sep 1, 2013 - 15 answers

I need a new dishwasher!

So, it seems my Whirlpool dishwasher has finally bitten the dust - rather than actually washing, it kind of groans for the entire "wash" cycle, without actually, you know, spewing any water onto the dishes and cleaning them. Unfortunately, my local appliance store closed due to the owners retiring, so I can't ask their expert advice. Has anyone here bought a splendid new dishwasher lately? I need recommendations! [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess on Aug 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Dishwasher repair -- how? And should I?

I have a 7-year old Whirlpool dishwasher (GU2200XTSB to be exact.) I got the 7 clean-light-flash error signal, and was able to clear that (so control panel seems good.) Heating element -- still hot. Water fills? check. But then it just hums when in the past the big chugging washing motion would begin. So it sounds like some kind of pump/motor problem. The water isn't getting pushed around. The little detergent door is opened but the detergent is still there, barely wet. I am pretty handy and have repaired several other major appliances before. so -- 1) how to diagnose pump vs. motor vs. ???? 2) Is this just stupid given the age of the dishwasher? I'd rather pay $50 or $100 than $500, but....
posted by msalt on Aug 21, 2013 - 7 answers

What are your recommendations for contemporary fixtures and finishes?

I am beginning the process of building a home that is going to be fairly contemporary in style. However, we are on a budget, so I am looking for your suggestions regarding the best budget-friendly, fixtures, finishes, appliances, etc. that would go in a contemporary home. I am really interested in clean lines, stuff that is well made, looks nice, but is affordable. [more inside]
posted by bove on Jul 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Versatile gadget for a minimal kitchen.

I live in a small studio apartment with an alcove "kitchen": sink, hot plate, mini fridge. I eat most meals at the cafeteria my employer provides. My counter space is extremely limited. What is the most functional and versatile appliance or device I can buy for those occasions when I want to cook something? (Assume I already have various pots, pans, and small kitchen tools.)
posted by Nomyte on Jul 8, 2013 - 25 answers

Any tips for dishwasher repair?

I have a Siemens dishwasher which has suddenly stopped working properly. It doesn't seem to be heating water. I've found plenty of ideas online about what might be wrong. I'm quite handy and would be happy to have a go at fixing it myself, but I'm not sure about the degree of difficulty here. I don't want to risk setting the thing on fire. My question is: have you repaired something like this yourself? Or it is definitely a "call the repairer" situation? I don't like to throw money away on things I can fairly easily do myself (eg in an afternoon), but safety is my first consideration.
posted by rubbish bin night on Jun 25, 2013 - 7 answers

Do I really need ½" of space on either side of my refrigerator?

Do I really ½" of space on either side of my refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Jun 19, 2013 - 18 answers

Is there a strategy for buying major appliances?

Looking for some advice for buying a refrigerator, washer, and dryer for the first time. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition on May 24, 2013 - 39 answers

Will my appliances work in Europe?

I'm moving to Germany in a couple of months and have a few questions about using various 110V US-purchased appliances on the local 220V power. Specifically the 50Hz/60Hz issue - how big of a deal is it? My understanding is that anything with a motor may have a shorter lifespan and run somewhat less efficiently (and of course anything that uses AC for timing will run slow), but any other issues? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on May 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Make my kitchen fan-freakin'-tastic!

I am getting ready to do a kitchen remodel. I've been thinking about this since before we bought the house 6 years ago, and am finally ready to take the plunge. Give me your best kitchen ideas! [more inside]
posted by msbubbaclees on Feb 22, 2013 - 27 answers

Tile Under Appliances in Kitchen?

The cabinets are already installed at floor level. Do we tile under the range and dishwasher or up to them? Also the dishwasher is already installed, but if we have to, we can take it out and tile under it. Opinions?
posted by Andrea2880 on Feb 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Which kitchen appliances/gadgets do you keep on the counter?

Which kitchen appliances/gadgets do you keep on the counter, and which do you store away in cupboards or a pantry? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Feb 11, 2013 - 58 answers

How to buy a new fridge?

We need to get a new refrigerator. So which of the new refrigerator features are worth it? And how bad is bisque color really? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Jan 7, 2013 - 29 answers

Climactic Flood Destroys Plantation in Bravo Movie

Man inherits plantation discovers half brother and wins appliances. Maybe you saw this movie on Bravo in 1994 as well? [more inside]
posted by phytage on Jan 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Is my fridge broken or is it just me?

Is my fridge broken or is it just me? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia on Dec 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Donations, anyone?

Charities in Southern California that accept appliances (a dryer) that ARE NOT the Salvation Army? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus on Oct 20, 2012 - 10 answers

Mother in law can't listen to her AM radio in the retirement community... and my life is a living hell as a result...

Mother-in-law loves AM radio...but... her new home in a retirement community is a mish-mash of fluorescent lights and steel beams so she only gets static on her trusty AM radio... I need a solution - perhaps a simple IP radio? Details after the jump... [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Oct 8, 2012 - 14 answers

They work, but is it worth it?

Looking to buy an old gas stove and old electric chest freezer (pre-60's). Advice wanted! [more inside]
posted by katyh on Aug 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Boilers boilers boilers

Can you tell me how to buy a boiler? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Aug 9, 2012 - 23 answers

I need to cook up big batches of yarn.

My turkey roaster used for yarn dyeing ... died. Help me find a replacement: a kitchen appliance with a very large, preferably shallow, stainless steel cookwell. [more inside]
posted by amber_dale on Jul 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Kenmore stovetop wants to burn our sauces -- can this stove be saved?

Crap electric stovetop acting crappily. Can this be repaired (preferably for less than $150)? [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord on Jul 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Stop sparking!

The sparkers on my gas cook-top keep 'sparking' even when everything is turned off. There is no gas flowing to the range but the little spark plugs keeping sparking by themselves. From my lounge room I can hear them and it's getting worse and worse. Any ideas? Should I just get someone in to fix it? European stainless steel cook-top around 10 years old. I saw this AskMefi, but it doesn't quite answer my question.
posted by evil_esto on Jun 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Best Combo Washer/Dryer?

What's a good combo washer-dryer available for purchase in the US? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Jun 25, 2012 - 8 answers

What is this cord called?

During a move I lost the power cord to my zojirushi rice cooker. It looks like this. What is it called? I'm looking to get a replacement. [more inside]
posted by maykasahara on Jun 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Why does the dryer fuse keep blowing?

Why do my fuses keep blowing? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on May 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Caffeine thy name is C8H10N4O2, now get in my belly!

DripCoffeeFilter: Help me find a great drip coffeemaker. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on May 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Why are appliances so crummy these days?

Has anyone noticed that the quality of kitchen appliances these days is really, really bad? I think I need a new dishwasher. [more inside]
posted by PJSibling on Apr 3, 2012 - 15 answers

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Wash

Long wash times and wet clothes with a Samsung front-loading washing machine -- please help! [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Mar 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Do I have to replace my entire oven because I cannot find a replacement part that is no longer manufactured?

Do I have to replace my entire oven because I cannot find a replacement part that is no longer manufactured? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine on Feb 8, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I choose a tumble dryer?

[UK filter] Tumble dryer purchasing advice sought! [more inside]
posted by wigsnatcher on Jan 22, 2012 - 8 answers

Microwave appliance bulb

Just replaced the bulbs under the microwave (over the range)... and now they're taking turns burning out. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on Jan 16, 2012 - 6 answers

What to do with our kitchen appliances from Australia?

We are in the US - Help me figure out what to do with our kitchen appliances from Australia. [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix on Dec 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Food Processors: Heaven or Hell?

Help restore harmony to our home. Do we need a food processor? Do we want a food processor? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Nov 27, 2011 - 55 answers

They make it look so easy on HGTV

We're remodeling our kitchen, yay. But... [more inside]
posted by Maisie on Nov 6, 2011 - 21 answers

Looking for advice on induction cooktops and electric ovens.

Looking for advice on induction cooktops and electric ovens. [more inside]
posted by crumbly on Nov 1, 2011 - 3 answers

This is kind of like that time I took a coupon from a chicken...

I won a washing machine and dryer that I can't use, and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare. How on earth can I get rid of it? I live in Washington, DC. Special soap-bubble details inside. [more inside]
posted by schmod on Oct 24, 2011 - 25 answers

Goodbye CRT, hello world of confusion

After resisting the call of the flatscreen tv for an embarrassingly long time, my boyfriend and I are finally saying farewell to our twelve-square-foot CRT and taking the LCD plunge. After much research we've settled on the Samsung UN46D8000, but I have two special-snowflake hardware concerns. [more inside]
posted by firstbest on Sep 5, 2011 - 27 answers

A countertop dishwasher for all my woe?

What do you know about countertop dishwashers? What should *I* know about them before purchasing one? Where can I find a selection (or heck, even 1) in stock at a brick'n'mortar here in Los Angeles? and, barring a local retailer, Which countertop dishwasher should I buy online? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Aug 19, 2011 - 12 answers

Please recommend an ice cream maker?

Having just purchased this awesome book about making ice cream, I am now in the market for an ice cream maker. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Jun 16, 2011 - 31 answers

Whence came this short, sharp shock?

I got a mild shock while putting together a seed starting light set-up in the unfinished basement of my rental apartment. The light was unplugged when I received the shock. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Knicke on Mar 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Rust really never sleeps...

How to cover rust on a refrigerator? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru on Mar 20, 2011 - 7 answers

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