Reconditioning Flooded Electrical Appliances Do not try to use washers, refrigerators or other
large electrical appliances until they are checked by a serviceman. Attempting to run equipment before it is properly cleaned could seriously damage it. The
manufacturer's authorized dealer has detailed information for inspection and repair of his particular equipment, and should be called for repair if possible.
Follow these general procedures if you must do your
Motorized appliances (refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers)
1. Remove the electric motor, if possible, and take it to an electrical repair shop. If the motor can't be removed, follow instructions to recondition it.
2. Remove dirt from insulation and dry insulation
thoroughly. Insulation may have been ruined from wetting. It may develop bad odors, or lose its insulating ability depending on exposure time in water. If so, the appliance will probably have to be discarded. Some newer sealed units may be unharmed by water.
3. Clean up outside of unit, and recondition the controls. Replace all bad wiring.
4. Clean gear housings and shafts in washing machines with kerosene. Clean bearings. Wipe metal surfaces with a kerosene-soaked rag to remove rust and dirt. Coat metal surfaces thinly with oil.
1. Disconnect electricity and flush appliance with clean water.
2. Aerosol cleaning products (like Quik-Kleen) are
available for cleaning hard to reach places in motors. Spray on parts and wipe or flush off. Do not use on contacts.
3. The insulation on hot water heaters may be soaked. Remove all panels, and if possible, the top of the heater. The insulation may never dry satisfactorily.
4. Clean and dry thermostat and wiring. Apply rust
inhibitor to all metal parts.
1. Throw away any damaged or fabric-covered cords.
2. Rubber-covered cords in good condition (with no cracks in the rubber) can probably be reconditioned as follows:
a. Remove connections from both ends
b. Peel back rubber covering until inside braid is
c. Cut off damaged part of cord.
d. Clean up plug and receptacle; connect to cord
All metallic appliances should be grounded when in
use to prevent electric shock. This is especially
important with washers, dryers, ranges, waffle irons,
dishwashers, portable drills, saws and grinders. Attach a wire from the frame of the appliance to a water pipe or to the ground wire in a grounded wiring system.
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