7 Things You Should Never Put in Your Dryer

29626837_sWe’ve all accidentally shrunk our favorite T-shirt or de-raveled our number one sweater. It’s a common mistake we all make, yet can be easily avoided with a little fabric knowledge. It is important to know which of our clothing items can go in the dryer and which can definitely not.  If you want to avoid shrinking, warping, or frankly destroying your clothing completely, follow our list of “don’t – do’s ” for your clothing: Continue reading

Diagnosing Your Dryer

There are so many things that can go wrong with your dryer. From your dryer not drying to your dryer starting then stopping, and your dryer not spinning to your dryer making loud noises. These along with many other dryer symptoms can be fixed yourself as long as you know how to diagnose your dyers symptoms. Here are multiple different common dyer symptoms and repair videos on how to fix them!

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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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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 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

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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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.

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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.

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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

Appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions

Appliances-can-help-you-keep-your-New-Year-resolutionsTrying to save money? Lose weight? Your appliances can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions.

Organize your refrigerator to save money and lose weight

Save money and lose weight by better organizing your refrigerator.  American families throw out between 14 and 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy, according to a statistic reported in the Washington Post. Make sure you use the food you buy before it expires by moving those items to the front of the fridge where you will be reminded to use them.

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