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    Default Smartphone App to diagnose appliance problems by listening

    On a recent Ask TOH (Season 11, Episode 20) right near the end Richard Trethewey talked about smartphone apps which can diagnose appliance problems just by the sound the appliance makes. I am unable to find these apps, does anyone have any details such as the names and if they work on iPhone, Android, etc. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Smartphone App to diagnose appliance problems by listening

    I just repaired a Hotpoint fridge which was making howling sound. It was the circuit board and GE-Hotpoint sent me a new one free of charge (the fridge is 9 years old - it retails for $250).

    Don't wait for a smart phone to diagnose your problem, call a tech.

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    Default Re: Smartphone App to diagnose appliance problems by listening

    I saw the episode and it appeared to me that you have to put the appliance into "diagnostic mode" where it transmits digital diagnostic data via sound like a modem. Your iPad listens to this sound and decodes it back to digital data which it then presents to you in a friendly format.

    It doesn't actually diagnose that funny kaLunk-vzhhh sound your dishwasher started making last night.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: Smartphone App to diagnose appliance problems by listening

    Thank guys for your quick replies. I agree that often it is best to get a tech. Fortunately all my appliances are just fine, I just wanted to learn more about these apps, so if anyone has any details that would be very interesting. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Smartphone App to diagnose appliance problems by listening

    I was wondering if anyone had any more details?

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    Default Re: Smartphone App to diagnose appliance problems by listening

    Why doesn't the show post that information on the site? I find it irritating to say the least. I have done enough searching on this item and others to be frustrated by their lack of concern or inability to finish the job.

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    Thumbs up Re: Smartphone App to diagnose appliance problems by listening

    Quote Originally Posted by bansod View Post
    I was wondering if anyone had any more details?
    Here's the app; it is proprietary technology from LG for LG washers. Learn more here.

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