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
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Why Won’t My Washer Drain?

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You load your washing machine and start the wash cycle like any other day.  It fills, agitates, but doesn’t drain, leaving you with a washer full of water and wet clothes.  If you’ve found yourself in this situation, there is a good chance that you can repair this yourself by checking a few common areas on your washer.

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

The Outer Drain Hose 

The Outer Drain Hose will usually be the larger hose on the back of your washer.  One end will be connected to the Drain Pump and the other will typically be in a designated Continue reading

Why Is My Dryer Making Clinking Noises? | How to Remove Coins from a Dryer

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People keep all sorts of things in their pockets, from change, to keys, to hair pins and paper clips.  Most of the time, we remember to empty our pockets before doing a load of laundry, but every now and then everyone forgets.  If you’re lucky, you’ll still find them right in your pocket after the dry cycle.  But sometimes, these items seem to disappear.

If you hear clinking or clanking noises during the dry cycle and suspect that you’ve lost loose change, or any other small items in your dryer we may be able to help.  Continue reading

How to test an appliance part for continuity

testinganappliancepartWhen fixing a broken appliance, it’s sometimes not always obvious if the part is faulty. Sometimes a visual inspection will tell you if a part needs replacing, like a corroded bake element, or a broken dryer belt.  However, for some parts like a switch, fuse or  electrical component, you will need to test the part using a test meter (also called a multimeter or a volt-ohm meter) in order to check it for continuity.

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

Continuity is an electrical term that means that electricity can pass through the component without Continue reading

Easy Fall craft – dryer vent pumpkins

Dryer vent pumpkin craftDecorate your  home for Fall with this simple-to-make craft idea: dryer vent pumpkins. You can use this craft as a decoration in your home at the beginning of Fall and keep them in (or outside) your home for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Unlike real pumpkins, these pumpkins won’t spoil.

To make the dryer vent pumpkins, purchase a box of flexible foil dryer venting available at www.pcappliancerepair.com. You will also need a hot glue gun or several twist ties, wire cutters, scissors spray paint (orange or light yellow for white pumpkins) and gloves or clips.

  1. Make a tight circle with your dryer venting to determine the size of your pumpkin and where you need to cut.
  2. Use scissors to start cutting. A wire runs through the venting tube, which will need to be cut using a wire cutter.
  3. Spread hot glue on one side of the venting and connect the other side to it to create a circle. Hold in place either by hand (wearing gloves) or by using clips. Let the glue dry for several minutes.
  4. You can also secure the ends together using twist ties.  Poke four holes in the venting (two on each end, top and bottom) and thread the twist ties together to complete and hold the circular shape together.
  5. Spray paint with your choice of color.  I used a glossy orange spray paint with a coating of Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint in Orange Burst over the glossy orange.
  6. Use a small branch as the stem (glue to secure) or use rolled cinnamon sticks for the stem like Courtney did here for her dryer vent pumpkins.  I like how she added some Spanish moss to the tops of her pumpkin.

Thanksgiving Day table decoration idea: place the pumpkins on a a plain burlap table runner (which you can purchase at any craft store). Surround the pumpkins  with some Autumn-colored leaves (real or fake).

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Orange and Yellow Flames on a Gas Range – What Causes Them?

Orange and Yellow Flames on a Gas Range If you noticed that your gas range has a yellow or an orange flame instead of the standard blue flame with yellow tip in the center of the flame, it might be due to the following factors.

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

Make sure the burners are clean and placed correctly

If you have an orange or yellow burner flame on your gas range make sure the burner portholes are clean and free of debris. Spillovers and cooking grease can block these openings which can affect the flame color. Make sure the burner holes and ignitor are clean and free from any debris. Use an old toothbrush to clean these areas. If you take the burners apart to clean them, make sure Continue reading

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