How to Know When to Repair or Replace Your Clothes Dryer

Lint can accumulate inside the dryer, leading to conditions that could cause a dryer fire.

When your dryer breaks down, it can be difficult to know if it’s worth repairing or not. Before running out and buying a new appliance, here are a few factors to take into consideration. 

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Part 1: Are You Sure You Need to Replace? – Washing Machine

washer-over-sudsing-with-lots-of-soap-bubblesWhen your washing machine breaks down it can be difficult to know if it’s worth repairing it or not. Before running out and buying a new appliance, here are the following factors to take into consideration. 

The Average Lifespan of a Washing Machine

According to major appliance manufacturers, most washers will last anywhere between 10 to 15 years.  Of course, there are multiple factors which impact its lifespan such as how often you use it and how well you maintain it. The better maintained it is, the longer it will last. However, knowing the lifespan of your appliance can help you when determining whether to repair or replace. 

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Easy Fix or Call a Professional?

Trying to diagnose what is wrong with your washer can be tricky. Luckily, thanks to websites like YouTube.com and http://www.pcappliancerepair.com, its’ easier than ever to find free appliance repair information.  Some repairs are Continue reading

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

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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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

refrigerator temperature controls

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

A refrigerator damper assembly removed from the housing inside the refrigerator.

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

Storing Glasses!

 

 

Kitchenware on a wooden shelfHave you ever wondered if there was a way to store your cups in a cabinet? Well the answer is that there is no right way. It is based on personal preference. Sure there are pros and cons of doing one way or the other, but overall, it is was fits your household the most.

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Is Mold Growing in Your Humidifier?

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While humidifiers can help soothe dry noses and throats a dirty humidifier can actually make you sick. 

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DON’T put this in the Dishwasher!

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Dishwashers seem to be life savers when it comes to how many dishes pile up over time. However, there are some dishes that shouldn’t go into the dishwasher because they can be tough on certain dishes. Read below for more information on which dishes should be left out of the dishwasher.

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Fall Safety

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The season of fall has arrived. The fun of the cooler season will be here with the colorful fall activities such as apple picking, pumpkin picking and many more. There is something a lot of people forget around this time. Safety! There is never a wrong time to learn about safety during the changing seasons. Read below to see what you may have forgotten this fall.

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End of Summer Maintenance!

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Since the end of summer is coming up within a few weeks, it’s time to get the house ready for winter so you can save money and be happy about it. Below are a few tips for the end of Summer maintenance.

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