10 DIY Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

As the years pass, we all develop a long term relationship with our appliances. They are incorporated in our every day, basic routines so it is important to keep them in good shape. Major appliance malfunctions and issues can be easily avoided with just a little TLC (tender, loving, care).

This kind of TLC does not require the work of a professional handyman. Rather, these are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do yourself with little investment and no prior appliance experience.  Continue reading

Diagnosing Your Dryer

There are so many things that can go wrong with your dryer. From your dryer not drying to your dryer starting then stopping, and your dryer not spinning to your dryer making loud noises. These along with many other dryer symptoms can be fixed yourself as long as you know how to diagnose your dyers symptoms. Here are multiple different common dyer symptoms and repair videos on how to fix them!

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Dirty Stove-top? Worry No Longer

Electric stove tops can easily get dirty and grimy from everyday cooking. Sometimes the dirt and grime builds up and it can be extremely hard to clean.  Affresh Cooktop Cleaner is a non-abrasive cleaner that works to make hard to clean messes without making you scrub really hard. Watch how easy Affresh makes cooktop cleaning for this DIYer.

Why Does My Washer Make A Loud Noise?

Noise during or after the spin cycle could indicate a problem with the drain pump or pump and motor assembly (depending on your model). A noisy washer can indicate something as simple as an unbalanced load or a metal buckle from clothing hitting the drum when washing, or else a more serious problem from a defective washer part. Determining the causes behind a noisy washer might take some time and some parts that are causing the noise are incredibly time-consuming to reach and replace.  Here are some things you can check and some parts that might be causing noise from your washing machine.

One simple thing you can do is run your washer without anything inside (so an empty load). This will allow you to listen to the appliance at work. It might also indicate that the problem is not with your washer, but with a particular load of laundry. However, if you do notice an unusual noise, try to take note at what part of the cycle you hear it as this might give you a clue as to what part could be causing the noise.

While your washer is off and empty, spin the tub or drum by hand. If you hear a lot of noise or there is a lot of back and forth wobbling movement, this might indicate a problem with the drum’s support parts or bearing.

Drain pump or pump and motor assembly

Noise during or after the spin cycle could indicate a problem with the drain pump or pump and motor assembly (depending on your model). The drain pump pumps the water out the machine before and during Continue reading

Smelly dishwasher? Dirty dishes? Clean your filter!

Open dishwasher with dishes in rackDoes your dishwasher smell? Are your dishes coming out feeling gritty or covered with fine food particles? To fix this, clean your dishwasher’s filter.

Most new dishwasher models have a removable filter (also called a manual-clean filter) that you should clean on a regular basis. The filter sits below the lower dish rack and spray arms. There might be a cylindrical fine mesh filter and coarse mesh filter cover, as show in this video. Both these parts can be removed and cleaned in your sink with a little dishwashing soap and warm water. Check and clean out the sump area (the hole where the filter goes) for any food particles or other objects that may have become lodged there.

Why do dishwashers have filters?

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How to make your washer and dryer last

Washer and Dryer Washers and dryers that are sold today have a life expectancy from 10 – 14 years, depending on who you ask.  To make sure you are getting the full life expectancy out of your washer and dryer, here are some tips.

How to Make Your Washer Last

  • Check your inlet or fill hoses every year for leaks and damage. Change your hoses every five years. Over time, rubber hoses can weaken, leak, or even burst, which can lead to catastrophic water damage in your home.
  • Use HE laundry detergent in HE washers and be sure to use only the amount necessary.
  • Run your machine using full-loads (but not overstuffed) as smaller loads tend to easily become unbalanced.
  • Clean your machine regularly.

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Is your Home Ready for Spring?

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The groundhog  said we would have an early Spring, and we are already feeling it!

With this new season, this is a great time to take a closer look at your home to see the condition of it and make any changes necessary.

Complete these top 6 ideas to prepare your home for spring.

  1. roof shinglesRoof & Gutters. Check for any damage to shingles, evidence of leaks and general maintenance issues. Check the flashing around the edge of the roof to make sure nothing has shifted leaving any spots vulnerable to additional wear.  Don’t forget to look for any damage to and evidence of clogged gutters and clean out as necessary.
  2. paintingPaint Touch Ups. Look for any damage to paint on your gutters, trim, and woodwork. If you see spots that need a little work, consider scraping the damaged paint, and priming and painting the area. Taking the time to repair spots of damage can help extend…

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How To Replace An Oven Igniter

38755785_sIf you are in need of a replacement for GE oven igniter part number WB13T10045, we have them available for purchase on our website here:                                                                                                                                                    http://www.pcappliancerepair.com/inquiry.php?id=WB13T10045

                When it’s time to replace your old oven igniter, it’s important that you disconnect your range from its power source and turn off your gas shut off valve before you get started. Once you are ready to begin your repair, follow our easy how to guide below for best results:

  1. Remove the access panel on the back of your range, there should be four screws holding it up, unscrew them with a small screw driver.
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What causes a leaking refrigerator?

If water is leaking from your refrigerator, or is found pooling inside your refrigerator – underneath or inside the vegetable crisper pans – it might be due to a number of parts or factors. A clogged or freezing defrost drain or a broken or cracked part like a water tube line or faulty water inlet valve or drain pan can cause water to leak from your refrigerator.

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. Read more

Parts that could be causing your refrigerator to leak water

Clogged or Frozen Defrost Drain

A common reason for a leaky fridge is a clogged or frozen defrost drain. The location of the defrost drain can vary depending on your refrigerator’s model type. For top-freezer models, it is usually located in Continue reading

Why Is My Dryer Taking So Long?

If your dryer has been taking longer than normal to get your clothes dry, it may be a sign that there is a problem with your appliance.  Luckily, with the help of a few troubleshooting tips, you can usually get your dryer working efficiently again in no time.

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The most common causes of a longer than normal dry time are:

  • Excessive Lint Buildup
  • Inefficient Dryer Venting
  • A Faulty Thermal Fuse or Heating Element Continue reading
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