Samsung Recalls Millions of Top-Load Washing Machines

Location of Samsung Model and Serial number on washer

Model numbers and serial information can be found on two labels affixed to the back of the machine. Consumers can also contact Samsung to see if their washer is involved in the recall.

Samsung will offer owners of the recalled washers repairs, refunds and replacements after receiving 733 reports that the washer lids detached during operation, causing injury and damage to owner’s homes.

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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 Replace An Oven Igniter

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                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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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.

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

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

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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

What’s new in appliances from CES 2015

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Washers within washers, appliances controlled by apps and appliances that talk to each other were showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show which just closed in Las Vegas this month.

Among the appliances unveiled, Whirlpool showed off a Smart Top Load washer with a  touchscreen that simply asks what you’re washing and how you want it be cleaned, replacing confusing settings like “permanent press.” Instead, Continue reading

Stove knob covers prevent your kids (and your dog) from turning on your stove

Just recently, a fire was started in a New Jersey home when a dog turned on the stove, burning a laptop which was placed on top of the stove. This illustrates two points – one, don’t leave anything on top of your stove, even if it’s turned off and two, your dog can just as easily turn on your stove as your child.

In 2009, ranges and ovens were involved in an estimated 17,300 thermal burn injuries with children under the age of 5 making up 5,600, or 36%, of those injured according to The Electrical Safety Foundation International. Pets can also be the cause of fires and nearly 1,000 home fires each year are accidentally started by the homeowners’ pets according to the National Fire Protection Association. To prevent fires, many safety organizations suggest installing stove knob guards or covers to keep your child and pet safe.StoveKnobCovers

These clear stove knob covers by Child Safe mount under the knob without adhesive. The clear hinged lid allows easy adult-access to the knob when needed. Snap the lid shut to prevent child access to stove knobs.

To install:

  • Remove the stove knob and position the cover over the post.
  • Replace the knob back on and close the base push-in tab together.
  • Close the cover and snap into base to secure.

The lid covers can easily be removed when they are no longer needed on your appliance.

Comes in a pack of four clear knob covers. Purchase online at www.pcappliancerepair.com.

The dog involved in the New Jersey fire, who was home alone, was rescued by firefighters and is doing fine. Depending on the make of the stove, the above stove knob covers possibly could have prevented this fire.

Other suggestions for child-proofing your kitchen

  • Keep the latch on your dishwasher locked at all times. For added security, add locking straps to your dishwasher.
  • Run the dishwasher only after the children have gone to bed.
  • Turn pot handles toward the wall and away from the edge of the stove where little hands might grab them.
  • Use the rear burners on your stove whenever possible.
  • Use the lock feature on your oven door even if the oven is not on. This prevents your child from using the door to climb on.
  • Never keep treats on top of appliances or near the stove. Such placement might tempt the child (or a dog) to climb on top of the appliance to reach them.

Flooding and your appliance – what you need to know

To determine whether to repair or replace an appliance after a flood, consider the following factors:

  • The amount of water that has come in contact with the appliance.
  • The length of time the appliance was in contact with water
  • The cost to repair versus replace
  • Coverage provided by your home or flood insurance (appliance warranties and protection plans typically do not cover acts of nature, such as flooding.)

Flooding and your appliancesFirst, before entering a home after a flood, be sure that the electricity to the dwelling has been completely shut off.

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Appliances and homes designed for seniors and aging in place

As the baby boomers age and retire, they are not only customizing their homes, but also choosing appliances with features which will allow them to age in place while remaining safe in their homes.

Both homes and appliances are incorporating the aspects of universal design into their products. Universal design means designing products and spaces that are accessible to people with different levels of abilities.  Along with the increasing numbers of aging baby boomers, there is also a growing trend of multi-generational homes. According to the HuffingtonPost.com, “more than 51 million Americans  find themselves dealing with life in a multigenerational home, or a household with three or more generations living under one roof.”AppliancesforSeniors_aginginplace

A story in the Washington Post talks about one such couple designing their home so they can age in place; Tom and Susie McSweeny of Maryland, who  built their home with wide doorways to accommodate a wheelchair and a flat, no-step entryway. They also designed their kitchen to include plenty of room to allow for easy access to all food prep areas and appliances. Their laundry room is on the first floor, eliminating unnecessary steps to reach this area.

“You have to be realistic,” says Susie in the Washington Post story. “You don’t know what health issues you may develop as you get older, but you try to plan for it so that you can enjoy your later years.”

The AARP reports that most older Americans want to stay in their homes permanently and live independently. In order for this to happen, homes and appliances must be designed to be accessible and safe for those with future mobility, vision and health problems.

Appliances designed to eliminate bending, reaching

The placement of appliances is important, as are the features. For example,  Continue reading