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

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How to Figure Out What is Causing Your Dryer to Squeak

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If you notice a loud screeching noise coming from your dryer when it’s running, there are one of four parts that could be contributing to this. The longer you wait to fix this, the more damage it causes. Before examining or replacing anything, it’s important that you completely disconnect your unit from its power source.

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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

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 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

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 are started every year  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.