A Filter is Just A Filter, Right?

“MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and so you would think the higher the MERV rating the better, right? Not according to Mike, Mike’s Heating and Cooling generally recommends the highest rating of MERV 8. If you get much higher, the furnace has to work harder to draw air through the filter, which will hinder its efficiency and shorten the life of your furnace.”

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img_0611Unfortunately, all filters are not created equally.  Improper sized filters or even dirty filters are the number one reason for furnace or air conditioner failure.  We are here to take the mystery out of filter shopping and make sure your furnace runs as long and efficiently as possible.

  1. Does Size Matter?
    • Size difference is pretty obvious, as some are rectangle, square, thick, thin, etc.  The most important thing to remember is the thinner filters actually need to be changed or at least checked monthly.  The 1″ filter panels usually don’t seal as well, resulting in air bypassing it, causing a shorter life span of your furnace. The thicker pleated filters (4″-5″ thick) only need to be changed twice a year. Also, the filter will do its job best when it is properly sized for your unit.
  2. img_0613What is MERV Rating?
    • MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value and so you would think…

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How To Replace The 3 Most-Repaired Parts On A Range

Some range and oven parts are replaced more than others. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a range or oven according to sales from our website.Three most commonly replaced parts on a range


Plug-In Surface Unit Also called the  heating element receptacle , surface unit receptacle or terminal block. This is the part that the electrical heating element slides into which provides power to the heating element. It has wires and connections under the cooktop. Sometimes burnt areas  are visible on this part due to overheating.

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How to replace the 3 most-repaired parts on a washer

Some washer parts are replaced more than others. Here are the top three most-repaired parts on a washing machine according to sales from our website.

Three most commonly replaced parts on a washer

Agitator Dogs – Also called agitator directional cogs ( or dog ears), these cogs or dogs are made of hard plastic and can wear out over time. If your top-loading washer will not rotate or agitate your wash, and you can turn the top of the agitator without turning the bottom of the agitator, then you may need to replace this part.

Watch the video below to see how to replace the agitator dogs on a washer. Continue reading

How to Replace Your Refrigerator User Interface Board



During these hot summers we want to keep our appliances working at maximum efficiency, especially our Icemakers. However, if you have an unresponsive User Interface Board, it makes for a little extra unnecessary work to cool down your beverage.

Reach inside the freezer, grab a handful of ice… But wait! Don’t forget to wash your hands!

It’s extremely annoying when our daily used appliances suddenly fail – because that means you can either leave it as is or replace it.  Continue reading

How to Test an Icemaker Water Inlet Valve

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Water Inlet Valve. Dual outlet water valve used on some Whirlpool/Kenmore brands refrigerators with water dispensers and ice makers.

Testing your Icemakers Water Inlet Valve is not a common appliance occurrence. However some of the most common Icemaker problems do involve the Water Inlet Valve. So, we thought it would be a good idea for you to know how to safely test your Water Inlet Valve! Continue reading

Prolonging Your Dishwasher’s Life

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Your dishwasher is probably the second most used appliance in your home, next to your refrigerator. If you aren’t taking proper care of your dishwasher, it won’t last for as long as it’s supposed to. We’ve compiled a list of places to clean and precautions to take in order to sustain the life of your unit: Continue reading

Appliance History: Who Makes What?

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Do you ever find yourself at the store wondering, “Who really makes this product?” We’re not talking about your everyday morning routine products, rather, the appliances you use to carry out your everyday routines. We’re talking about your refrigerator, your range/oven, your washer and dryer, all of the important pieces of your household.

There are actually only a few major appliance manufacturers left in the marketplace. To expand their horizons, these top manufacturer have bought out smaller manufacturers and merged those products line into their own. The only difference between these brands is in their appearance, while the main components are similar, if not the same.  Continue reading

How To Keep Your Refrigerator Clean

Keeping a clean refrigerator is important to keeping fresh food and efficiency. Your fridge is one of your most used appliances and needs to be taken care of in order for it to last the approximate 13 years that it should. We have some tips to help you get started in caring for your unit:

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How to make your air conditioner more efficient

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Keeping cool and being efficient at the same time is possible. In less than ten minutes and with a few changes, you could set up your air conditioning unit to produce cool air and save you money. Follow our guide below for best results. Continue reading

Is Ice Forming Around Your Air Conditioner?

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As much as we love it when our air conditioner blows frigid air on a hot summer’s day,  a freezing air conditioner, or one showing ice build up on parts of the AC unit is actually a bad sign. If your air conditioner has ice forming inside or anywhere around it, that generally means that there is an issue with the unit.

Here are some easy DIY steps to solve your freezing air conditioner problem.  Continue reading