How to fix an electric range burner that no longer heats

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An electric range burner that no longer heats, might not mean there’s a problem with the surface heating element, the problem could also be with another part on the stove.

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

Try removing the heating element and switching it out with another element of the same size. Does the heating element work in its new location? Then this could indicate that the Continue reading

Why the dryer is making a rumbling or thumping sound

Worn dryer drum support rollers could be causing the noise  from your dryer.

Is your dryer loud? Does it sound like you are drying a pair of sneakers or shoes in your dryer? The rumbling or thumping sound could be caused by worn drum support rollers

The drum rollers support the dryer drum on some models and makes of dryers (like those made by Kenmore or Whirlpool.) Drum rollers can either be on the front of the dryer drum, such as on a cabinet door, or on the back of a dryer, or both, dependent on your dryer’s model.

Over time, the rollers (see below) Continue reading

Why does my dishwasher not drain?

Open dishwasher with dishes in rackIf your dishwasher is not draining, or there is too much water left over at the end of the cycle, it might be due to food particles blocking the sump area, or it could be cause by a clogged dishwasher drain hose or a defective part like the motor or drain pump.

It’s normal for some water to remain in the dishwasher after the cycle to keep the seals in your dishwasher from drying out. However, standing water that covers the heating element or that is more than one cup of water is not normal and could indicate a drainage problem.

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Clean your dishwasher

This is the easiest fix, so start here first. Use a towel and some hand protection (there could be broken glass or sharp food particles where you cannot see them) to clean the area around your sump, below the sprayer arms. These items could be clogging your drainage system.

Check the drain hose for clogs

After turning off the water and power to your dishwasher, check the Continue reading

Why does my refrigerator no longer cool?

Why-does-my-refrigerator-no-longer-coolNothing can ruin a summer faster than a refrigerator that is no longer cooling. If your refrigerator feels warm or the temperature indicator lets you know that your refrigerator is warmer than it should be, here are a few thing to do in order to fix it yourself.

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

Clean the condensor coils

Check the condensor coils on the bottom or back of your refrigerator. Depending on your refrigerator’s model, these coils could be located at the back of your refrigerator or underneath covered by a toe or kick plate. You may need to pull out your fridge and access it from behind to reach the coils.

These coils help cool and condense the refrigerant. Overtime, the coils can become coated with pet hair, dust and dirt which prevent them from releasing heat efficiently. Use a coil cleaning brush and vacuum to remove any buildup on your coils and see if it helps cool your refrigerator.

Sometimes there is a fan that helps blow air over the coils. Make sure it’s clean too and working properly.

Check for heavy frost build-up on the evaporator coils

This will require removing the panel inside your freezer to visually inspect, but another indication is frost buildup on the inside of your freezer walls and ceiling. This can indicate a problem with Continue reading

What to check when the refrigerator water dispenser is not working

refrigerator-water-dispenserA refrigerator water dispenser that is not dispensing any water or that is dispensing water slowly, might have an issue with a number of parts. However, the first and easiest thing you should check is the water filter.

Over time, refrigerator water filters gather impurities from the water that they filter, which can lead to a buildup of impurities inside the filter itself.  Changing your water filter could possibly fix the problem of a slow water filter dispenser or one that does not work at all.

Another part that might be causing a broken water dispenser is Continue reading

Why does the gas stove burner make a clicking noise?

 Electrolux Gas Range surface burner ignitor 316011200

Electrolux Gas Range surface burner ignitor 316011200. Sealed surface burner ignitor commonly used on Frigidaire/WCI brands gas ranges. Used with No. 5303935025 Sealed Top Burner. Find this part or other Gas Range surface burner ignitors at http://www.pcappliancerepair.com.

A gas stove burner that makes a clicking sound when the gas burner is turned on might be caused by moisture or dirt interfering with the surface burner ignitor, also known as an ignitor electrode or a spark ignitor.

Warning! Read this before attempting any repairs or maintenance on your gas stove.

The surface burner ignitor electrode is located on the burner and emits a spark that ignites the gas on the burner creating a flame. Overflowing pots, grease and other cooking debris can interfere with the spark. Try cleaning the surface burner ignitor electrode and the area surrounding it with a tooth brush, or a nylon scrubbing pad to remove any dirt or grease covering these parts. Allow the parts to dry completely before assembling and testing the gas stove burners again.

A persistent clicking sound could also indicate Continue reading

How to dispose of, donate or recycle old appliances

Old refrigerators waiting to be recycled Before you haul that old garage refrigerator to the curb, check to make sure how you should properly dispose of it. Here are some environmentally-friendly and lawful ways of disposing of your old appliance.

Remember, you can be held liable and fined if you do not handle the disposal of your old appliance or electronics correctly. Be sure to check with your state, city or town to know what laws are in effect in order to follow them.

Read more How to dispose of, donate or recycle old appliances

How to remove melted plastic from your dishwasher

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It may have happened to you – you place a plastic container or utensil in your dishwasher and it falls on to the heating element of your dishwasher and melts, leaving behind a mess. How do you remove the melted plastic from the heating element in your dishwasher?

You could try scrapping the still melted plastic off of the element. Use extreme caution if you choose to do this, as them plastic will be hot as well as the element and you could possibly burn yourself. You might Continue reading

Microwave Cooking Hacks

Microwave Cooking Hacks

Use your microwave oven for more than reheating leftovers and making popcorn with these cooking hacks.

Chop onions without tears

Cut off the ends of an onion and microwave it on full power for 30 seconds.

Dry fresh herbs

If your recipe calls for dry herbs and you only have fresh, microwave your fresh herbs on top of a paper towel for Continue reading

Spring Cleaning and Your Laundry Room Appliances

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Your washer and dryer need spring cleaning too. Here’s how to clean them and what parts to check for wear and tear. Check out our Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen Appliances.

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Use a washer cleaner like affresh Washer Tub Cleaner to clean the inside of your washer. Affresh breaks up odor causing residue, mold and mildew that can lead to bad smells from your washer, especially in HE washers.

If you have a Continue reading