Learn to Microwave like a Pro

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Are you an avid microwave user? This is an extremely common appliance, and can be a very handy cooking tool. However, many people do not know that there are some elements of using a microwave that can be tricky, and some important things to keep in mind when making food in one. Continue reading to see some tips on using your microwave! Continue reading

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Benefits of Humidifiers

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Humidifiers have been all over the place. There are multiple benefits for them so they have been fairly popular the last few months. Especially in the winter season, the air is so dry so consumers turn to humidifiers to moisten the air. Humidifiers can benefit the whole household. Read below and see how.

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Washer Stops Before Rinse Cycle

man-peering-into-open-washer-with-puzzled-expressionA washer that stops before the rinse cycle is a frustrating problem that can leave you with a machine full of wet laundry that’s a chore to deal with. So what should you do when the washing machine will not enter the rinse or spin cycles? Here are the parts that could be causing this issue.

GE Washer Lid Switch Assembly WH12X10334

GE Washer Lid Switch Assembly WH12X10334

Whirlpool Washer Lid Switch 285671

Whirlpool Washer Lid Switch 285671

Lid Switch

A defective lid switch could be preventing the washer from going into the spin and rinse cycles. The lid switch does not allow the washer to spin if it senses the door is not closed. Even though the lid to your machine might be closed, the lock could be defective or possibly not engaging The lid switch can be Continue reading

Troubleshooting your Furnace

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This time of year, it is more important than ever to have adequate heating in your home. That means you definitely want stoves, furnaces, and all heating sources to be working properly! If you are experiencing issues with your furnace, continue reading to see some of the most common problems and how to fix them yourself. Continue reading

Grease on the Stove Top

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Overtime, grease can build up on the stove, especially during the holiday seasons that just passed. Grease can be difficult to get off and sometimes is left because of how hard it really is. Below is how to clean the grease off the stove without breaking your back.

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How to Clean Burnt Pots and Pans

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It is unfortunate when it comes to pots and pans being burned, especially if it is a favorite or a popular utensil used. No worries, though. There are simple steps to take in order to save those pans and remove the burned on food. Read below to find out how.

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New Years Cleaning Resolution!

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The New Year is right around the corner. The Christmas holiday is over so everyone will begin to think about the upcoming new year and what resolution, if there is any, that people will be making for themselves. Here’s a thought, what about making a resolution for your house? Below are some house cleaning resolutions that you may want to follow to keep the house looking clean all year round.

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Holiday Hacks!

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Since the holiday season is upon us, there are a few things that you can do to help make life easier. Read below for a few hacks this season.

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Refrigerator Too Cold, Freezing Everything – How to Troubleshoot

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A refrigerator should keep your food properly chilled — not frozen. If items inside your fridge are freezing here’s how to troubleshoot this problem. Luckily, there are a few things to try that do not require any tools.

Increase the Temperature Settings

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The ideal temperature range for the interior of a refrigerator is around 37° F. Try adjusting the temperature controls on the fridge to slightly increase the temperature. Use a refrigerator thermometer to make sure the temperature inside your fridge does not go above 40° F. Food stored above 40° F enters what is referred to by the United States Department of Agriculture as the “danger zone,” where bacteria on food can grow rapidly causing the food to become unsafe to eat.

Rearrange Food in the Refrigerator

 

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Refrigerator vent cover with damper inside.

Some areas inside the fridge get colder than others, especially items stored near the freezer compartment or near vents where cold air blows in from the freezer. Moving items to different areas in the refrigerator might solve your problem.

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

Damper

Refrigerator Damper Assembly

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The damper controls the amount of cold air that enters the refrigerator from the freezer. If the damper is stuck open then the refrigerator will become too cold which can freeze the food inside. Check the damper to make sure it can open and close properly. You will need to Continue reading

Holiday Preparation: The Fridge

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For most households, with another round of Holidays comes an excessive amount of food. To keep organized, now is the time to clean out the fridge! Emptying and organizing now will save you the confusion of not knowing what items are from when, and it will make space in there for all the new Holiday goodies! Here are some tips on how to effectively clean your fridge.

  • Empty out all of the food from the refrigerator. Go through it and dispose of anything that is expired or will be expired before anyone gets a chance to use it. Check those expiration dates!
  • Wipe down any spills or spots from the surfaces inside the unit with a hot rag.
  • Remove the drawers and removable shelves, and wash them in the sink as you would dirty dishes. Be sure to dry everything thoroughly before putting them all back in. You can use dish soap or a baking soda solution to clean surfaces.
  • When you put the food back in the (nice and clean) fridge, organize it! An organized fridge can save tons of time throughout the day. Try putting things that will expire sooner toward the front, so you know to use them first. Also, make use of the various drawers and shelves in your fridge- everything should have its proper place by the time you are done.
  • Remove any magnets/pictures on the outside of the unit and wipe the front, sides, and top down with a damp cloth.

Project complete! With these tips, you can be assured that your fridge is clean, that your food will stay safe and fresh, and that there is plenty of new space for the onslaught of Holiday food!


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