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Repairing Small and Large Appliances

By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor


As it’s important to take precautionary measures when maintaining and sustaining your household small and large appliances, sometimes problems arise and need to be addressed. Here are a few preventive and constructive suggestions to avoid repairs.

Refrigerators: Freezer temperature should be 0 degrees F and the refrigerator 35-37 degrees F. Clean the condenser coil and wash the door gaskets with warm soapy water at least once per year. If your refrigerator has a water filter, be sure to change it regularly as per the manufacturer’s recommendations (usually every 6 months).

Dishwashers: Hot water is essential for clean and dry dishes. Water entering the dishwasher should be at least 130 degrees F. Run the hot water at the sink next to the dishwasher until the cold water is purged out of the hot water line. Check the bottom of the silverware basket for holes. Cutlery can extend through the hole and inhibit the spray arm from turning therefore causing poor wash ability.

Ovens: When using foil inside the oven to help keep it clean, keep it at least one inch from any electric heating element. Many oven breakdowns occur during the cleaning cycle, so it is not a good idea to self-clean an oven ‘immediately’ prior to a big dinner. Cleaning a week or more in advance would allow service to be scheduled should a problem arise.

Clothes Washer: Investing in new stainless steel braided hoses helps avoid costly damages (bursting hoses). Rubber backed mats can cause problems by putting added strain on a washer and possibly causing unbalanced loads. The rubber backing can break down and separate, infiltrating the wash system and clog hoses, pumps, filters and valves.

Clothes Dryer: A free flowing vent line to the outside of the house is necessary for good performance. Restricted air flow in a vent line is caused by the vent line being too long, kinked, too many bends, or being partially clogged with lint build-up. It’s a good idea to clean the lint out of the vent line at least once per year. Clean lint screens with dishwashing detergent, water, and a soft brush. Replace any white plastic vent hose with new foil or metal vents.

Microwave Ovens: Do not operate the oven without food inside. Always keep the inside of the microwave clean and cover foods when heating. Splattering foods can get behind the wave-guide cover and cause sparking and burning.