Useful tips for your home appliances

Refrigerator Tips & Repairs: Bottom Mount Freezer, Top Mount Freezer and Side by Side.

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Refrigerators; Require condenser coils to be periodically cleaned or the efficiency will be negatively effected and the life certain components such as the compressor will be shortened. The condenser on older models was previously located on the back of the fridge. However, on newer models you will typically located the condenser at the base of the fridge, which you can access by removing the bottom kick plate (trim).

However, some new models do require pulling the fridge out to access the condenser from the rear. The cleaning is subject to your home environment. For example, those home with pets will require more frequent cleaning. It is also recommended to consult the owner's manual as to the proper procedure to clean these coils or any other components. If you are not comfortable doing such maintenance and repairs, it is advice to bring in a technician periodically as per your owner's manual.

Refrigerator filters for ice & water dispenser:

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Many of today's fridges have filters for their ice & water dispenser's. These filters need to be replaced at a recommended intervals in order to maintain their effectiveness as they may become a health hazard if left in beyond their indented life span.

The temperature of fresh food comportment should be maintained at 3 to 5 degrees Celsius or 36 to 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

9 Tips To Help Extend The Life Of Your Refrigerator

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  • Make sure that you plug your refrigerator directly into a wall outlet. It is best not to use an extension cord, however, if you absolutely need to do that, be sure to use a heavy-duty extension cord that is rated for the amperage of your unit and be sure that it is properly grounded. Check your owner manual for additional specifications.

  • Refrigerators should be installed or located away from heat sources such as radiators, cooking ranges or windows that get a lot of sunshine. Make sure that airflow to the compressor and the cooling coils is not blocked or restricted. It is not recommended to locate your unit on top of carpeting given that most refrigerators have condensers located underneath the unit. Carpeting retains heat that can cause the compressor in your refrigerator to overwork.
  • If you are planning to be away for an extended period of time (several months), it is recommended to discard all perishable food, empty the freezer and the refrigerator, turn it off and leave the door ajar (slightly open).

  • Make sure that you do not over-fill your fridge. This can prevent the circulation of cold air that is used to regulate the temperature and can lead to spoilage of food due to inconsistent temperatures.

  • Food should be covered or wrapped before being placed in the fridge to prevent it from drying out and from emitting odors. If food spoils, make sure that you remove it immediately to prevent foul odors.

  • Keep the interior of your refrigerator and freezer clean. This is best done by removing all food as well as shelves and drawers. It is best to use a mild detergent or baking soda dissolved in water to wash the interior using a soft cloth followed by a damp cloth to remove soap or baking soda residue. Also, clean the shelves and plastic parts in a similar manner or wash them in a sink or tub. Just be sure not to place glass parts in hot water as they may crack. Avoid use of any abrasive cleaners to prevent scratches.

  • It is important to clean the condenser coils (usually located underneath the unit). Clean gently using specially designed brush to remove buildup of dust. Do this regularly as buildup of dust can cause overheating.

  • The door gasket(s) are used to seal the doors when closed. These need to be cleaned regularly to maintain proper temperature and system efficiency. Clean using mild detergent and then remove soap residue with a damp cloth.

  • Keep the area around the refrigerator clean and free of debris and make sure there are no blockages that may prevent proper airflow.

Repairs and Maintaining a Clean Dishwasher Tips:

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Dishwashers tend to be one of the higher maintenance major appliances in today's high tech. Some of the following tips will help decrease your need for costly repairs.

If you choose to use your dishwasher as a garburator then you will run the risk of a higher likelihood of problems and costly repairs as a result of the unit plugging up in various areas with fine food particles. This is specific to the models, as they all face different problems. As well, certain components will tend to wear our prematurely.

Dishes do not need to be rinsed, as every one thinks. But larger items need or should be scraped off the dishes and shower off in to the disposer prior to their placement into the dishwasher. Objects such as seeds, toothpicks, and paper labels from containers should be kept away from entering dishwasher pump and drain path system.

Be sure to use a quality detergent in combination with hot water. Which consequently will result in better performance. We recommend Quantum tabs detergent with power ball with jet-dry rinse agent.

In addition, have your dishwasher cleaned by using GLISTEN (dishwasher washer). Available at Winn Dixie, Publix and BJ's.

Dishwasher Soap

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The soap can be liquid or powdered and is squirted or placed into a designated area or receptacle. Another option is a small packet in which dish-washing soap is contained which can be thrown inside a dishwasher almost anywhere. Once loaded and with soap placed inside, users close and often lock the dishwasher before turning the device on.

Once on, the dishwasher takes in water from connected water hoses, heats the water to a high temperature, and then sprays the dishes with the hot water, rinsing them thoroughly. The process is repeated when the device adds the dish-washing soap or detergent to the hot water spray at high pressures, scouring stubborn stains, dirt and grease from dishes. A final step included on many dishwashers is a dish dryer, which leaves dishes warm, dry and free of spots. This last addition is awesome, as spotless dishes make it appear as if I hand-dried my own dishes before putting them away.

Using Rinse Agents

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Dishwashers are certainly timesavers, but their efficiency lies in more than their ability to clean dishes quickly. The quality of their output should rival that of good old-fashioned hand-washing. More and more new products have come on the market to help these handy appliances clean better, and rinse agents are some the most recent newcomers to join the cleaning group. Used in conjunction with dishwasher detergents, rinse agents can effectively combat remaining residue on the dishes.

Rinse agents are formulated to help remove spot-causing, filmy residue from dishes, glasses and flatware. Regular dishwasher detergents are most active in the washing cycle. However, spots tend to form in the dishwasher's rinsing cycle when most of the detergent is no longer present. Rinse agents cause the water to rinse off in sheets during the rinsing cycle. These clean-boosters lower the surface tension of water, so the water ?sticks to itself? instead of forming droplets. Without remaining drops on the tableware, the drying cycle yields clean, spot-free, film-less dishes.

Help Your Freezer Run More Efficiently (part 1)

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Your freezer has numerous essential functions, so keeping it at peak performance is important. There are ways you can help your freezer run more efficiently. By following a few easy tips, you can extend the life of your stand-alone or built-in freezing unit.

1. Keep the freezer stocked: If you don't have enough food to fill the unit, place jugs of water or several ice blocks in it.

2. Do not place hot food into the freezer: This will affect the freezing capabilities of the unit. Instead, allow food to cool down in the refrigerator first.

3. Get in and out of the freezer quickly: Keeping the freezer door open raises the temperature rapidly inside the unit.

4. Pay attention to the temperature: Keep your thermostat regulated, If you are uncertain about temperatures, place a thermometer in the freezer and check it often. A freezer should not go above zero degrees Fahrenheit.

Help Your Freezer Run More Efficiently (part 2)

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5. Keep the unit away from any heat sources: such as the oven, dishwasher or heating vents. Allow air to circulate behind the freezer.

6. Regularly clean the coils on the unit: Vacuum or brush them to remove dust or dirt buildup. Dirty coils prevent the freezer from running effectively. Read more about this on our Refrigerator page (insert link here)

7. Keep the door seals clean and in good condition: If a seal is broken or soiled, air can easily get in and out of the unit, which impacts the freezing function.

8. Defrost the freezer regularly: Units that don't have self-defrost functions will need to be deiced consistently.

Freezer Tips and Repairs: Chest, Upright Automatic Defrost and Manual Defrost

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A deep freeze is designed to run colder than a fridge freezer and is excellent for long term storage of many types of foods provided they are packaged properly. Typically a freezer should be set anywhere between -5 to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

There are two common freezer designs:

1) The upright freezer is convenient to access and requires less space as it is vertical like a refrigerator. Uprights however, are less efficient since every time you open the door the cold air tends to pour out. Many upright are now available in frost free versions, this is a practical feature that uses further energy for the defrost cycle. The freezer rises in temperature slightly and when the defrost cycle is complete, the compressor must turn on in order to bring the temperature down to the desire settings.

2) The chest freezer has been around since most of us can remember, it is a simple design that works well and typically does not require service for many years. Possibly not as convenient as the upright, or on the other hand, uses less energy and usually cost less to purchase and has more storage capacity for the same cubic footage when compared to an upright.

All Kinds of Appliance Repair

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Appliances are designed to make life simpler and easier by cooking and preserving our food, cleaning our clothes and dishes and by handling tasks that are otherwise time consuming. When an appliance goes on the blink, the effect is stressful. Food goes bad, can't be prepared and laundry starts to accumulate. Given our busy lifestyles, it can be difficult to find time to schedule an appointment to service the appliance.

Trained and Certified Technicians

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As appliance repair specialists, one of the most common questions we get asked is ?do I really need a repair technician?? In reality, sometimes you don't need to call a technician at all. You may be able to troubleshoot the operation of your appliance and to improve its lifespan. Here are some tips that can help you determine whether they should call an appliance repair specialist or not.

General Troubleshooting

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Several appliances rely on free flowing air or water to function properly. If your clothes dryer takes a long time to dry your clothes check your dryer vents. Make sure that the exhaust behind your dryer does not have the kinks in that the outdoor vent has no blockages and that the exhaust air is able to circulate freely. Dishwasher can often become in-operational due to clogged drains. Make sure that you regularly clean the drains of any debris. Check to see if there are any obstacles blocking the path of the spray arms. Clean your soap compartments once or twice a month and make sure that you load your dishwasher properly.

When it comes to refrigerators, one of the most important things you can do is to vacuum the dust on your refrigerator's condenser systems. Also, make sure that the cooling vents inside your refrigerator are not blocked by food or other items.

A lot of appliances have computerized controls that may need to be reset occasionally. It can help to unplug the unit from its power supply for several minutes in order to reset the computerized systems and then to plug it back in. If the problem persists, you may need to call for service.

When All Else Fails

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If the above steps fail to solve your problem, it may be necessary for you to call a repair technician. Take the time to explain your problem or your issue to your tech. They may be able to walk you through a simple and quick fix. Make sure you have the model number and serial number of your appliance available so your repair service will be able to can look up the appropriate repair manuals. Do your best to try to identify the actual problem as it is hard to recommend a fix for something that is simply ?not working?. If you follow the above tips you can improve the function and life of your appliances and even any service.