How to clean your clothes dryer

If your laundry is still damp after it comes out of the dryer, or it takes your dryer a long time to dry your laundry  (more than 30-45 minutes) and the outside of your dryer is hot to the touch, these are all signs that you might have clogged duct work or venting and it’s time to clean your dryer.

Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of 16,800 home fires reported in 2010, according to a report by the National Fire Protection Association. These fires contributed to 51 deaths, 380 injuries and $236 million in direct property damage.

To clean out your clothes dryer, use a special lint brush to reach deep into the lint screen compartment of your clothes dryer where lint is trapped inside.

To clean out your clothes dryer, use a lint brush to reach deep into the lint screen compartment of your clothes dryer where lint is trapped inside. After unplugging your dryer, remove your lint screen and push the brush deep inside the lint shoot. Pull out the brush and either using a vacuum attachment or your hand to remove the lint stuck to the brush. It might be a good idea to wear a mask while cleaning due to  floating lint or dust particles.

Next, clear lint from your clothes dryer duct work using a Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning Brush. Remove the vent from the back of your dryer and stick the brush inside your vent tubing. Once the brush cannot move any further, gently pull it out to remove any lint clogging the vent.

Clear lint from your clothes dryer duct work using a Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning Brush

Finally, after unplugging your dryer (if you have a gas dryer, turn off the gas) and doing some disassembly, use a Refrigerator and Crevice Cleaning Tool Vacuum Attachment to clean inside the dryer itself. The tool attaches to your vacuum cleaner and allows you to reach underneath the dryer drum and into all the crevices inside your dryer’s cabinet to remove dust and lint. It’s flat enough to fit underneath the dryer drum, saving you from disassembling more parts and removing the dryer drum. Plus, it can also be used to clean underneath other appliances as well.

Use a Refrigerator and Crevice Cleaning Tool Vacuum Attachment to clean inside the dryer itself

For a video on how to clean your clothes dryer. including how to disassemble the cabinet to reach inside, visit http://youtu.be/gtcVvFMG9YA

Other additional tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.

For more tips, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/clothes_dryers.shtm

Enjoy filtered water and ice from your refrigerator with the GE SmartWater Exterior Refrigerator and icemaker Inline Filter System (GXRLQ)

For refrigerators without built-in filters, works with most types of refrigerators

Enjoy clean, filtered water and ice from your refrigerator, even without a built-in water filter, with the new GE SmartWater Exterior Refrigerator and Icemaker Inline Filter System (GXRLQ).

GE SmartWater Exterior Refrigerator and Icemaker Inline Filter System GXRLQ

The system works with most types of top-freezer and side-by-side refrigerators and is housed behind the refrigerator.  Once installed, Continue reading

Avoid costly repairs by cleaning your dishwasher

Most people think that they do not need to clean their dishwasher, but over time parts can become coated and clogged with excess soap residue, food particles and broken pieces of plastic, glass or bone. Taking the time to disassemble a few parts from your dishwasher to give them a good cleaning will not only improve your dishwasher’s performance, but could possibly extend the life of your appliance and save you money by avoiding costly repairs.

Below are some tips on what to clean in case your dishwasher is not cleaning your dishes as well as it use to do.

Dishwasher Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

When was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher?

Stove knob covers prevent your kids (and your dog) from turning on your stove

Just recently, a fire was started in a New Jersey home when a dog turned on the stove, burning a laptop which was placed on top of the stove. This illustrates two points – one, don’t leave anything on top of your stove, even if it’s turned off and two, your dog can just as easily turn on your stove as your child.

In 2009, ranges and ovens were involved in an estimated 17,300 thermal burn injuries with children under the age of 5 making up 5,600, or 36%, of those injured according to The Electrical Safety Foundation International. Pets can also be the cause of fires and nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets according to the National Fire Protection Association. To prevent fires, many safety organizations suggest installing stove knob guards or covers to keep your child and pet safe.StoveKnobCovers

These clear stove knob covers by Child Safe mount under the knob without adhesive. The clear hinged lid allows easy adult-access to the knob when needed. Snap the lid shut to prevent child access to stove knobs.

To install:

  • Remove the stove knob and position the cover over the post.
  • Replace the knob back on and close the base push-in tab together.
  • Close the cover and snap into base to secure.

The lid covers can easily be removed when they are no longer needed on your appliance.

Comes in a pack of four clear knob covers. Purchase online at www.pcappliancerepair.com.

The dog involved in the New Jersey fire, who was home alone, was rescued by firefighters and is doing fine. Depending on the make of the stove, the above stove knob covers possibly could have prevented this fire.

Other suggestions for child-proofing your kitchen

  • Keep the latch on your dishwasher locked at all times. For added security, add locking straps to your dishwasher.
  • Run the dishwasher only after the children have gone to bed.
  • Turn pot handles toward the wall and away from the edge of the stove where little hands might grab them.
  • Use the rear burners on your stove whenever possible.
  • Use the lock feature on your oven door even if the oven is not on. This prevents your child from using the door to climb on.
  • Never keep treats on top of appliances or near the stove. Such placement might tempt the child (or a dog) to climb on top of the appliance to reach them.

Flooding and your appliance – what you need to know

To determine whether to repair or replace an appliance after a flood, consider the following factors:

  • The amount of water that has come in contact with the appliance.
  • The length of time the appliance was in contact with water
  • The cost to repair versus replace
  • Coverage provided by your home or flood insurance (appliance warranties and protection plans typically do not cover acts of nature, such as flooding.)

Flooding and your appliancesFirst, before entering a home after a flood, be sure that the electricity to the dwelling has been completely shut off.

Before scheduling a repair visit, make sure Continue reading

Rescue Tape – multi-purpose repair tape great for emergencies in your home, car or boat

Before you head out in your car or boat for the weekend, make sure your have Rescue Tape in your trunk or toolkit and keep a few rolls in your home as well.  

Rescue Tape is a self-fusing silicone tape that can create a permanent airtight, watertight seal in seconds. This multi-purpose repair tape is great for emergency hose repairs and can waterproof electrical connections and terminals. 

Rescue Tape has 950 psi tensile strength, insulates 8,000 volts per layer and can withstand 500-degree Fahrenheit heat and remain flexible to minus 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s a better solution thanRescue Tape multi-purpose repair tape great for emergencies in your home, car or boat Continue reading

Why does my gas oven not heat up?

If your gas oven is not heating up it might be due to your gas oven’s timer controls or electronic controls, glow-bar ignitor or safety valve.

WARNING: Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. The insides of appliances have sharp parts and pieces that could cut or otherwise injure you. Use caution when working inside appliances.gasovennotheatingup

First, check your oven’s timer controls. Are they on and getting power? Even though your oven uses gas, some parts need electricity in order to power on, create a spark, heat up or otherwise operate. Make sure the controls are in the proper position and you are not getting any error code messages on your oven display.

Is the door to your oven unlocked?  If yes, open your oven’s door to see if your oven light comes on. If it does, then you have power to your oven.

Check your oven’s display. Are you getting any error codes? You can also Continue reading

Appliances and homes designed for seniors and aging in place

As the baby boomers age and retire, they are not only customizing their homes, but also choosing appliances with features which will allow them to age in place while remaining safe in their homes.

Both homes and appliances are incorporating the aspects of universal design into their products. Universal design means designing products and spaces that are accessible to people with different levels of abilities.  Along with the increasing numbers of aging baby boomers, there is also a growing trend of multi-generational homes. According to the HuffingtonPost.com, “more than 51 million Americans  find themselves dealing with life in a multigenerational home, or a household with three or more generations living under one roof.”AppliancesforSeniors_aginginplace

A story in the Washington Post talks about one such couple designing their home so they can age in place; Tom and Susie McSweeny of Maryland, who  built their home with wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway. They also designed their kitchen to include plenty of room to allow for easy access to all food prep areas and appliances. Their laundry room is on the first floor, eliminating unnecessary steps to reach this area.

“You have to be realistic,” says Susie in the Washington Post story. “You don’t know what health issues you may develop as you get older, but you try to plan for it so that you can enjoy your later years.”

The AARP reports that most older Americans want to stay in their homes permanently and live independently. In order for this to happen, homes and appliances must be designed to be accessible and safe for those with future mobility, vision and health problems.

Appliances designed to eliminate bending, reaching

The placement of appliances is important, as are the features. For example,  Continue reading

Where to find appliance repair help and how-to videos to fix your appliance yourself

We’re busy working on improving our appliance repair section and producing how-to, step-by-step repair videos in order to help you fix your appliance yourself.

We recently started up an appliance repair YouTube.com channel where we provide how-to part replacement videos. Currently, we are demonstrating on a Whirlpool dryer (model number WED4800XQ0) but we will also be adding additional appliances, brands and model types as well. We will also be adding our videos to our appliance repair section as well. Check out some of our videos:


Our appliance repair section features repair help for refrigerators, washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, ovens and stoves. We list common problems associated with these appliances and provide a list of possible causes and repair solutions.

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube.com channel and visit our appliance repair section whenever you need appliance repair help or advice.

What type of repair videos would you like to see?

Protect your boat, RV, or other valuables with portable mini-dehumidifiers

Your basement has a dehumidifier, but what about your boat, RV, closet or safe? Protect your investments and improve the air quality in these small spaces with an Eva-Dry mini-dehumidifier.

These are made to work in small, confined spaces such as a closet, boat, carrying case or storage bin. You can even place one under a sink to keep the area dry and mold free.

Eva-Dry Renewable Dehumidifier

Eva-Dry Renewable Dehumidifier required no batteries or cords, Just plug into the wall to renew in ten to twelve hours. The silicon pack is non toxic and eco friendly lasting up to ten years before replacement.

The Eva-Dry 333 Mini-Dehumidifier works in areas up to 333 cubic feet, requires no batteries or cords for use and is 100% renewable.  It works up to ten years, is compact/silent, spill and mess free and is non-toxic.  The unit measures 6 1/4″ L, 1 ¼” W, 4 ¾” H.

Use in your boat, RV, closet, laundry area, or in cabinets under sinks to prevent mold, musty odors and moisture damage.

Eva-Dry compact dehumidifier

Eva-Dry compact dehumidifier works great in areas of 1100 cu ft. such as basements, storage spaces, bathroom and laundry rooms.

The larger Eva-Dry 1100 Petite Dehumidifier is perfect for storage spaces, bathrooms, laundry areas and spaces that are up to 1,100 cubic feet. It features a removable water tank and an automatic water level detector switch to indicate tank is full. The unit measures 6″L x 4 ½”W x 8 ½”H.

Areas that might benefit from a portable mini dehumidifier:

  • Bathrooms/Laundry Rooms: Eva-Dry absorbs excess moisture form vapor related activities, and helps dry fabrics faster.
  • Musical Instrument cases and storage bin of clothing: Prevents damage caused by excess moisture.
  • Gun Safes: Prevent rust to guns and expensive ammunition and other damage caused by excess moisture.
  • Basements: Protects stored clothing and tools from damage caused by excess moisture.