TeamDaveLogan.com There are a few things you can do to make sure your refrigerator is running efficiently. First, the temperature of your freezer should be at 0 degrees and your refrigerator at 35-37 degrees. It’s always a good idea to clean the condenser coil with warm soapy water once a year. And the water filter should be changed about once every 6 months, if you have one in your refrigerator.
TeamDaveLogan.com Run the water in your dishwasher at at least 130 degrees to ensure clean and dry dishes. You may also find you need to use a rinse agent (like JetDry) with newer dishwashers to make sure your dishes are drying properly. With the new energy efficient standards, new washers don’t always stay hot enough to dry the dishes completely. Also, occasionally check your cutlery holder for holes. If any of your silverware is slipping through the bottom of the holder, it can prevent the spray arm from turning, causing poor wash ability.
Garbage Disposal Tip
TeamDaveLogan.com Be sure to have the water on before you start feeding the food in the disposal and make sure the food is all ground up before turning off the disposal and the water. Avoid putting too much in the disposal at one time, as this can clog the pipes and cause a backed up sink. Also, do not put any stringy items in your disposal, such as corn husks or celery. These items do not grind up and end up clogging your unit. If you ever want to clean your disposal, you can do so by running an entire container of ice through it.
Venting For Clothes Dryer
Best Service Company, Appliance Repair A very common complaint that we receive for clothes dryers is: “It’s barely heating” or “It takes a long time to dry my clothes.” Often, this problem is not the dryer itself. It is caused by poorly run venting or restricted venting between the back of the dryer and the outside of the house. Consumers who are handy can often address this themselves; otherwise, it’s good to contact a professional HVAC contractor.
Improving your dryer vent
Your dryer vent pipe should be made of aluminum. The white vinyl duct that was common several years ago no longer meets most building codes, because if your dryer ignites it, a fire may start in your home. If you have the vinyl venting, please replace it as soon as possible. There were over 15,000 dryer vent fires last year alone.
- The shorter the vent, the better. Do not leave excess vent coiled behind the dryer.
Proper venting will allow your dryer to operate more efficiently and therefore dry your clothing quicker which will cost you less in electricity and extend the life of your dryer and your clothing.
Cleaning your dryer vent
Check the entire length of the vent pipe for lint buildup at least once a year, or more often if the dryer gets a lot of use. Remove the lint from the duct; don’t just push it back into the dryer or let it clog any part of the vent. You can tackle lint buildup in the duct with a vent brush for cleaning 4″ round vents. These are available at home improvement stores or appliance parts stores. Lint filter Check and clean the lint filter after every drying cycle. If the lint filter has any rips or tears, replace it. If the filter gets clogged by fabric softener residue or any other residue, you can easily clean it with a soft-bristle brush and a little detergent. Area under lint filter You can also clean the chute, duct, or area that the lint filter fits into. If necessary, use a vacuum cleaner to reach into the duct and clean out any lint. If the lint buildup is severe, it may be necessary to disassemble the dryer and clean out the lint more thoroughly. This is often a job for a qualified appliance repair technician, because there’s a risk of injuring yourself or damaging the machine. Best Service Company
The Cleaning Authority Almost every popular fabric softener brand now offers an eco-friendly alternative. If you’re trying to save money, you can even make your own! Fill a spray bottle with half water and half liquid softener. Spray the liquid onto an old washcloth and toss it in with your clothes. After every five washes, wash your “reusable dryer sheet.” If you want to bypass chemicals altogether, opt for either eco-friendly dryer sheets or reusable dryer balls instead. The Cleaning Authority
- Did you know that appliances account for almost 17 % of your homes energy consumption?
- The top offenders are your refrigerator, clothes washer and clothes dryer.
- If you are thinking of replacing your appliances, make sure you consider both the cost of the appliance and the cost of running the appliance year after year.
- If you are thinking about fixing the appliance that you already have, please call one of our pre-screened appliance repair companies and they can help you!
- How long should your appliances last?
- Will you be repairing your appliances or replacing them in the upcoming year?
- On average, your refrigerator should be keeping those eggs cold for about 14 years.
- Your clothes washer will be making the whites, white for 11 years and dishwashers 10 years.
- If your dishwasher needs repair and it’s only 6 years old, you may want to consider calling one of our pre-screened appliance repair companies before buying a new one!