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Kaplan ITA's Monthly Inspection Tips - Free Electronic Newsletter

December, 2002
Appliance Inspections
Issue #10

Dear Inspector,

This month I would like to discuss a few brief tidbits about appliance inspections, for those of you that perform them.

Dishwashers: Always look inside before running a dishwasher. I have found them used for storage many times, including for firearms. I like to check to see that there are no holes or deterioration at the bottom, near the pump, and at the bottom of the door. Also check the gasket for deterioration. I like to check the soap door for operation, as well as the float at the bottom of the tub. Then I operate the dishwasher. I usually do a short "forced" cycle. I turn the knob until I hear water entering, allow the water to enter and the machine to wash for a minute or two. Then I turn the knob to get the unit to pump out (or push the "cancel/drain" button) and check for leaks. I make it clear I am checking fundamental operation only, not performance. The client should inquire with the seller regarding performance of all appliances.

Refrigerators: Some inspectors check refrigerators, it seems to be a regional thing. I would check the gasket for deterioration or misplacement, and of course be sure the items inside are cold. For the larger top motor mounted units (like "Sub-Zero") I open the doors and GENTLY pull down on them. If the refer moves the anti-tip block was not installed at the top and should be installed.

Wall ovens: Always look inside prior to operating. I look for cracked glass and deteriorated gaskets and any obvious damage. Then check upper and lower burners or elements. I always keep the door in the 2/3 closed position until I am complete with my test as a reminder the oven is still on. I also open the door fully and push down GENTLY to be sure the fasteners were installed, otherwise the oven could tip if someone placed an item on the open door. The same tipping problem applies to some range units; open the door and if the unit tips easily it is probably because the anti-tip device was not installed or was missing. Advise the clients to contact the manufacturer regarding this defect.

Mike Casey
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