Dishwasher Isn’t Cleaning the Dishes

Dishwasher Isn’t Cleaning the Dishes

There’s No Water: Make sure the water shut-off valve is open. If the valve is open, but the dishwasher still isn’t getting water during the fill cycle, the valve may need to be replaced.
 
More Soap: If you’re dishes aren’t coming out as clean as they should be, try using more soap. If there are two soap compartments and you’ve only been filling one, try filling both.
Clean Your Dishwasher: It’s a good idea to periodically clean your dishwasher to remove any calcium build-up that has occurred. Calcium build-up often leaves a smokey film on dishes, most noticeable on glassware. There are a variety of dishwasher cleaners available for purchase

Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry

Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry

 

Check the Vent: If the vent is clogged, the dryer won’t be able to heat properly. Regular cleaning should be performed by a professional since the process usually entails taking the appliance apart.

Power Connection: While simple, this step is easily overlooked. Check to make sure the power source hasn’t been bumped or disconnected. You may even try unplugging and reconnecting an electric dryer.

Refrigerator Isn’t Cooling Properly

Refrigerator Isn’t Cooling Properly

 

 

Clean the Seal: The seal on refrigerator doors can often have food particles or other grime that allow cool air to slowly filter out of the appliance. Use a solution of baking soda and water applied with a toothbrush, then wipe the rubber seal down with a wet cloth.
 
Dust the Coils: Dirty coils make the refrigerator work harder to cool down, often resulting in higher temperatures. Located your refrigerator’s coils (either at the front base or the back of fridge) and use the brush attachment on your vacuum to clear any dust or debris.
Check the Fan Motor: The refrigerator relies on the evaporator fan motor to cool it’s compartments. Locate the fan motor (often inside the freezer) and see if you can move the fan blades. If you cannot, you likely need a new motor.

Common Dryer Problem

Common Dryer Problem

 

We all know that having a reliable dryer is important in your household when it comes to doing your laundry. So when your dryer starts acting up and not doing what it is supposed to do like dry your clothes, then you’ve got a problem. Here are three common dryer problems that can easily be fixed and speed up your laundry washing time. Caution: Remember to always unplug your dryer before making any repairs.
When I turn on my dryer, no heat is coming out.
Air flow is important in efficient drying. Make sure the dryer settings are appropriate for the clothes you want to dry. The timer selection, fabric selection, and the temperature selection all play important roles in proper dryer operation.
You should examine the wiring connection to the dryer to the house regularly. Also, never use an extension cord to operate this appliance. An electric dryer draws a lot of power so it needs to be directly plugged into an electrical socket in the wall. Take a look at the power cord and make sure it is connected to a terminal block in the back of an electric dryer.  In some cases, the terminal can get burned out, so make sure the power is turned off and look for scorching or broken connections. For electric dryers, one broken connection might damage the dryer drum and timer to operate; this can cause no heat to come out.
If the wiring isn’t the culprit, check the heating element for any burned areas. The heating element is a coil made from nickel-chrome alloy called nichrome. Check the coil from continuity with a volt ohm meter. If the continuity is disconnected, it means that the element is damaged and it needs to be replaced.
 
Why are all my clothes wrinkled when it’s finished drying?
Wrinkled clothes happen when you leave your clothes in the dryer after the drying cycle is done. So try to remember to unload your clothes right after the tumbler shuts off. The longer you leave your clothes in the dryer, the more wrinkled they become.
Another reason why your clothes are wrinkled is due to not sorting your laundry properly, not adding fabric softener, or too many clothing articles squashed everything together during the drying cycle. Also if you thought hot water was good for washing your clothes, you thought wrong. Very hot water creates wrinkles in your clothes while it’s tumbling in the dryer. Try washing with warm to cold water and don’t overload the dryer. Another solution: use the permanent press cycle to let clothes cool down and reduce wrinkles.
 
My dryer is getting too hot
Yes, it’s true a dryer is supposed to get hot, but not that hot that it’s almost burning. A dryer that gets too hot is a dangerous problem that can cause overheating and fires. Check out the two vents as it might be clogged. Be sure to empty your lint trap after each drying cycle so it doesn’t build up. Also, check the vent outside of the house. You might need to clean it. If the vents are clean, and it’s still overheating, you might need to replace the thermostat or heating coils

How to Deep Clean Your Dryer

How to Deep Clean Your Dryer

 

 

We all know that having a reliable dryer is important in your household when it comes to doing your laundry. So it’s really important to clean your dryer from time-to-time. It’s common practice to clean the dryer vent and remove all the lint. But to maintain your dryer so it’s up and running smoothly, it’s a good idea to clean it annually. Here are the steps you should follow to deep clean your dryer. Don’t worry, it’s easy and won’t take up a lot of time. Caution: Remember to always unplug your dryer before making any repairs.
 
Deep clean the lint trap
It is typical to remove the lint with your hand, but to deep clean, your lint trap uses a small nozzle from a vacuum cleaner and let it suck up the accumulated lint and dust from the trap. Don’t have a vacuum cleaner? Use a lint brush to remove the lint, but a vacuum cleaner is more effective.
 
Vacuum the surrounding area of the dryer
This will require you to move the dryer out of its place just a little bit so that you can sweep or vacuum underneath the dryer. While you’re at it, you can clean the wall where the dryer is leaning up against to remove traces of dust, dirt, and lint.
 
Check the exhaust duct
First, unplug the dryer and inspect the exhaust duct. Use a vacuum cleaner nozzle to remove the lint accumulated from the duct.
 
Check the exhaust hood
For this step, you need to go outside for this inspection. First, turn the dryer on, ideally, while you’re drying a load of clothing, then go outside and check the exhaust hood to make sure the flaps are moving properly and isn’t being blocked by debris or pile of grass and dirt. If they aren’t moving properly, unplug the dryer, then go back outside and clean the hood.

3 Common Dishwasher Problems and Repairs

3 Common Dishwasher Problems and Repairs

Let’s face it your household depends on your dishwasher to clean all of your dirty dishes, kitchen utensils, and not to mention all of your pots and pans. So it’s important that you have a reliable dishwasher or nothing stinks then having no clean dishes lying around. Because your dishwasher is one of the most-used appliances in your household, you might encounter a few problems if you aren’t maintaining it from time to time. So here are three common dishwasher problems that have quick solutions. Caution: Remember to always unplug your dishwasher before making any repairs.

 

 

Dishwasher Doesn’t Run

If you turn on the dishwasher and it doesn’t run, most likely, there’s a problem with the power. Check to see that the door is securely latched and the control is engaged. Or unplug it and press the reset button if the dishwasher’s cord is plugged into a GFCI receptacle.

Check the electrical panel on the dishwasher for a tripped circuit or a blown fuse. If this is the case, switch the breaker to off and then back on. If this doesn’t work, replace the fuse.

Dishwasher runs, but doesn’t fill up with water

Check to see that the water is turned on. Check the hot water supply stop valve, located under the sink. Turn it counter clockwise all the way to open up the valve.

Another solution is to after when the dishwasher is cool (don’t do this right after a wash cycle), look for the float inside the dishwasher, this looks like a small plastic dome or cylinder mounted inside at the tub’s base, near the front. Lift out the float mechanism and clean with a damp rag around the float tube. Or you can disconnect the float from below, but you have to remove the lower access panel. Once the float is removed, rinse it off with water and then put it back in the tube. Make sure the float moves up and down properly when you put it back.

Dishwasher Overfills

If the dishwasher water flow doesn’t automatically shut off, then there could be a problem with the float, the timer might be stuck on Fill, or the water inlet valve is stuck open. Once the dishwasher overfills, immediately unplug the dishwasher. Reach into the cabinet and lift up the dome-shaped plastic float switch. Doesn’t lift up? Then remove the plastic top from the stem, clean the stem, and then replace the dome.

 

Refrigerator With Water And Ice Dispenser

Refrigerator With Water And Ice Dispenser

Although many cities treat their water to kill off harmful bacteria and parasites, what people may not know is that other impurities such as lead, copper, aluminum, pesticides etc, can still remain in the water. With chlorine and other chemicals in tap water, simply put its just does not taste that good.
For these reasons and any more companies introduces water and ice dispensers on fridges for our convenience. All that is required is a Carbon filter needs to be replaced every 6 months. It is very easy to be replaced, as they are very accessible inside the fridge. These filters can be purchased exclusively with APPLIANCE REPAIR SERVICE for the fraction of the price for bottled water. Research shows that water dispensers will save you roughly $600 a year if you were to buy 16oz water bottles. Not to also mention all the bottles end up in the landfill.
Ice and water dispensers can be purchased on almost all fridges, whether you’re looking for a 30” wide or up to a 48” wide fridge, side by side, bottom mount freezer, single door, counter depth or built in this feature is available.
INTERNAL DISPENSER
Typically internal dispensers are in French door style with ice maker in the bottom freezer drawer. People generally chose the internal feature usually for the visual appeal of a sleek look on a smooth refrigerator door, also if they are having a built in custom panel to match their cabinetry. Another advantage would be the space you save in the fridge section due to the icemaker in the freezer. They water line is usually run up the side of the cabinet to maximize interior space. A disadvantage would be the loss of energy every time the door is opened for a glass of water.
 
EXTERNAL DISPENSER
This feature would have dispenser on the door for easier access to the ice and water. In most cases there is a control where many features such as auto fill, crushed ice, child lock, etc, are available. Disadvantage would be the amount of space taken up inside.

Loading your dishwasher

Loading your dishwasher

New dishwashers conserve more water than ever. Some boast that they can wash dishes for twelve people in only fifteen litres of water or less……and they do, but the user has to help.
Consider enough dishes for twelve people with three courses. Fifteen litres is only a plastic bucket full. If you tried to do this in the kitchen sink the cleaning water would become pea soup!
The user needs to consider the practicalities when loading the machine. Scrape the plates of solid food beforehand. Give them a quick rinse under the tap too.
Do not place pots and pans in the machine if possible. A dishwasher is not really a pot scrubber or a garbage disposer as some early makers once described.   No machine ever did scrub pots effectively .
The bottom spray arm has a more vigorous action so the bottom rack is the place for dishes with the toughest dirt. The bottom basket will be filled with plates, soup dishes etc; allow a small gap between the items for circulation to occur.
The top basket is intended to take small to medium items such as glasses, coffee cups shallow bowls and light heat resistant plastic dishwasher safe objects.
Some of the better machines now use a heater ‘in line’ which heats the water more effectively and reduces the cycle time.


Maintenance
Regularly descaling your dishwashing appliance will ensure it keeps on working at optimum level. Descaling cleans the internal plumbing of your machine to keep it free of trapped grease and dirt. We offer quality descaling products.


Dishwasher Tablets
Dishwasher tablets are a modern and convenient item. They have a wash component, i.e. detergent, and a rinse aid component. Dishwashers can vary in cycle times and temperatures so the solvency rate of the tablets will not be the same in all machines. The wash quality can be affected by this. This is an opinion only, but we think it is better to use detergent powder of good quality in the dispenser door and a separate rinse aid liquid in the dispenser provided. Then the products can be released into the cycle at the right time. Your dishwasher will perform properly if you operate it in this manner.  There won’t be any dependency on the solvency rate of a tablet

Using your front loading washer

Using your front loading washer

Here are some points about using your washing machine that are interesting to know.

Only use small quantities of low suds soap. Good front loaders are water saturation machines as opposed to water immersion machines, so each fill is very small and the clothes are just sloppy wet. They tumble back and forth in a polished stainless steel drum. It only takes a small amount of soap to saturate this solution.
Identify which compartment the inlet wash will run into by setting the machine on cold fill and momentarily start the machine with the dispenser slightly open
Place the small amount of soap in the appropriate dispenser drawer so that the inlet flow of water dissolves the soap.
Now place a full sized load in the machine. How do you know if it is a full load? Pack the clothes firmly but loose until you can just fit your hand between the top of your load and the top of the drum. A bit awkward to discover until you are used to packing the machine, but it’s worth getting it right for the future longevity of the machine and clean washing. Front load washers work better and last much longer without problems if a mostly full sized load is applied. Small loads tend to place more strain on the mechanism because they are unbalanced, even if the machine appears stable while working.

 

Optimum temperature:
Most good quality front loaders have the facility to set the water temperature. The best setting for cleanest washing and low machine maintenance is to set the machine for a 40 degree wash and have it fill with cold water first. Some stains like blood and others are best washed with cold water. As the machine washes, it heats the water gently from cold to the setting of 40 degrees. So you are getting a range of temperatures to best deal with the stains.
Another reason for the 40 degree settings is to activate the soap enzymes. Enzymes dissolve body fat and greases for clean hygienic washing, and this keeps your machine clean and smell free. Don’t purchase cheap soap without enzymes. When the water heats, the chemists who make the soap say it takes 15 minutes at 40 degrees to activate the enzymes. That’s one reason why front loaders take a bit longer. Ideally 50 degrees is best, but it pays to be cautious as some delicates may be effected by the higher temperature. The amount of power consumed to heat the water is also negligible as the amount of water being warmed per fill is small.

Cleaning:
Keep the door seal of the machine clean. Wipe in the folds of the rubber frequently and ensure no items remain in them. Another point is to be diligent about cleaning out your pockets. Coins and keys for example can do irreparable damage to drums and pumps etc. So keep foreign objects out of the drum.
Avoid using fabric softeners if possible. In some cases fabric softeners can form a reaction with the soap and leave stains on your wash and can form a greasy deposit in the machine.

Now that you have a solidly mounted level washer, with a full foreign object free load, and a small amount of soap with a temperature setting of 40 degrees, you can select a wash cycle. Choose a NORMAL cycle for average washing. and away you go.

It is wise not to leave your appliance running when you are not in attendance. Although automatic appliances are designed for our convenience faults can occur and things can go wrong. Should this happen, if someone is around to intervene then a nasty experience might be avoided. Consider this when using you appliances.

How to keep your dryer safely working

How to keep your dryer safely working


How to clean your dryer lint trap
Keeping your dryer lint free takes very little time and will serve you well in the long run.  Regularly cleaned dryers work more efficiently – saving energy and money – because they have better airflow.  They are also safer as lint deposits in the dryer pose a serious fire hazard that is easily defused by regular and careful cleaning. Avoid damp or wet loads and longer-than-expected drying times or unnecessary dryer repairs by following these three simple steps.

 

Easy Steps 
Before each use, manually remove any accumulated lint from the lint screen.  To do this, open the lint door, remove the lint screen and, using the tips of your fingers (no water please!), roll the lint away from the screen.  If the lint door on your dryer is on the top of the machine, gently pull the screen toward you to remove it.  If it is in the front of your machine, pull the screen straight up.
Frequently clean the dryer lint trap with a long handled brush.  Begin by purchasing a long handled brush (you don’t want to accidentally drop it into your dryer!) from your local hardware or home improvement store.  Once again, carefully remove the lint screen and, as always, dispose of any attached lint.  Next, gently and without forcing it, push the brush into the lint trap to clean and collect lint from all of the nooks and crannies of the dryer lint trap area.  The big pieces will stick to the brush and come out of the dryer when you pull the brush back out.  To remove the few leftover smaller pieces, simply replace the lint screen, close the lint door and run the dryer on the “air fluff” or “no heat” setting.  The small bits of loosened lint will go out of the house through the exhaust pipe.
You can periodically wash the dryer lint screen to remove laundry detergent or fabric softener residue.  As above, begin by removing the lint screen and rolling any accumulated lint from the screen with your fingertips.  When all of the lint is off, wet the screen with hot water.  Next, using a nylon scrubbing brush wet with hot water and liquid detergent, scrub both sides of the lint screen.  Thoroughly rinse the screen in hot water and then inspect the screen to make sure that no residue remains.  If there is any left, repeat the scrub and rinse and when you are confident that the screen is clean, dry it carefully with a clean towel and return it to the dryer.  Check the screen for residue on a regular basis and when you see a build up occurring, wash it again.
Make these quick and easy steps a routine part of your dryer maintenance to improve the performance of your machine, save you money and keep your home safe.

 

Tip: If soap or fabric softener residue regularly builds up on the Dryer lint trap try using a little less on every washer load. High Efficiency washers don’t need too much soap or softener to do a great job