Getting Your Appliances Prepared For the Holiday Season

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The holiday season is finally upon us. As family and friends gather at our houses we must be sure that everything goes right. This time of year also puts the most stress on our appliances. Whether it’s preparing all of our favorite holiday meals and treats in our ovens, storing them in our refrigerators and freezers and cleaning all of our dishes after the big meal in our dishwashers, we are using our appliances more than usual. So how can we prepare ourselves and our appliances for all of this holiday chaos? Here are a few tips to help us out.

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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

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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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

10 DIY Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

3559029_l (1)As the years pass, we all develop a long term relationship with our appliances. They are incorporated in our every day, basic routines so it is important to keep them in good shape. Major appliance malfunctions and issues can be easily avoided with just a little TLC (tender, loving, care).

This kind of TLC does not require the work of a professional handyman. Rather, these are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do yourself with little investment and no prior appliance experience.  Continue reading

How to remove melted plastic from your dishwasher

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It may have happened to you – you place a plastic container or utensil in your dishwasher and it falls on to the heating element of your dishwasher and melts, leaving behind a mess. How do you remove the melted plastic from the heating element in your dishwasher?

You could try scrapping the still melted plastic off of the element. Use extreme caution if you choose to do this, as them plastic will be hot as well as the element and you could possibly burn yourself. You might Continue reading

What’s the best way to clean a baseball cap?

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Like everything, a beloved baseball cap will get dirty. So what’s the right way to wash it?

First, check the care label and construction

Most caps are made out of cotton, cotton twill, cotton polyester, or jersey with a plastic form replacing traditional cardboard brim, according to QualityLogoProducts.com.

Baseball caps made of wool, need special care (see below).

Washer, dishwasher or handwash?

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6 Easy Electric Stove Repairs

infiniteswitchknobfrontFixing some electric stove problems doesn’t necessarily require a lot of skill or time, just the right know-how and parts. Here are some repairs you can do yourself.

  • Before starting any repairs, be sure to unplug your appliance.
  • It’s also a good idea to use a multimeter to test any part to make sure it is in fact bad and the cause of your problem.
  • To find a part for your electric stove, find the model number on your stove and enter it into the part search box.

Burners not heating. Adjust or replace the surface burners.

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How to clean your clothes dryer

If your laundry is still damp after it comes out of the dryer, or it takes your dryer a long time to dry your laundry  (more than 30-45 minutes) and the outside of your dryer is hot to the touch, these are all signs that you might have clogged duct work or venting and it’s time to clean your dryer.

Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of 16,800 home fires reported in 2010, according to a report by the National Fire Protection Association. These fires contributed to 51 deaths, 380 injuries and $236 million in direct property damage.

To clean out your clothes dryer, use a special lint brush to reach deep into the lint screen compartment of your clothes dryer where lint is trapped inside.

To clean out your clothes dryer, use a lint brush to reach deep into the lint screen compartment of your clothes dryer where lint is trapped inside. After unplugging your dryer, remove your lint screen and push the brush deep inside the lint shoot. Pull out the brush and either using a vacuum attachment or your hand to remove the lint stuck to the brush. It might be a good idea to wear a mask while cleaning due to  floating lint or dust particles.

Next, clear lint from your clothes dryer duct work using a Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning Brush. Remove the vent from the back of your dryer and stick the brush inside your vent tubing. Once the brush cannot move any further, gently pull it out to remove any lint clogging the vent.

Clear lint from your clothes dryer duct work using a Dryer Vent Duct Cleaning Brush

Finally, after unplugging your dryer (if you have a gas dryer, turn off the gas) and doing some disassembly, use a Refrigerator and Crevice Cleaning Tool Vacuum Attachment to clean inside the dryer itself. The tool attaches to your vacuum cleaner and allows you to reach underneath the dryer drum and into all the crevices inside your dryer’s cabinet to remove dust and lint. It’s flat enough to fit underneath the dryer drum, saving you from disassembling more parts and removing the dryer drum. Plus, it can also be used to clean underneath other appliances as well.

Use a Refrigerator and Crevice Cleaning Tool Vacuum Attachment to clean inside the dryer itself

For a video on how to clean your clothes dryer. including how to disassemble the cabinet to reach inside, visit http://youtu.be/gtcVvFMG9YA

Other additional tips from the U.S. Fire Administration:

  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow and dirt.
  • Make sure the outdoor vent covering opens when the dryer is on.
  • Replace coiled-wire foil or plastic venting with rigid, non-ribbed metal duct.
  • Don’t use a clothes dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged or clogged.

For more tips, visit http://www.usfa.fema.gov/citizens/home_fire_prev/clothes_dryers.shtm

Avoid costly repairs by cleaning your dishwasher

Most people think that they do not need to clean their dishwasher, but over time parts can become coated and clogged with excess soap residue, food particles and broken pieces of plastic, glass or bone. Taking the time to disassemble a few parts from your dishwasher to give them a good cleaning will not only improve your dishwasher’s performance, but could possibly extend the life of your appliance and save you money by avoiding costly repairs.

Below are some tips on what to clean in case your dishwasher is not cleaning your dishes as well as it use to do.

Dishwasher Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

When was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher?