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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Refrigerator Tips (part 1)

1. We have the meats!
Store seafood, chicken, and all other meats on a bottom shelf. This prevents their juices from dripping down onto your other food.

2. Overload!
Don't overload your fridge. The air in fridges must circulate, and if it can't do that, food wont be properly cooled.

3. Chill
Try letting food naturally cool before you put it in the fridge. Putting in hot food just means your fridge has to do double duty to get it cooled!

4. We are closed.
An obvious tip is to keep the doors shut as often as possible. Keeping the doors open for a half hour while you're trying to figure out what to eat lets all of the cool air out and your fridge will have to start over with cooling it.

5. Smell ya later!
To combat odors, fill a clean old sock with activated charcoal. Activated charcoal absorbs smells and prevents them from spreading. Its used in fish tanks to filter the water and keep the smell down. It can do the same for your fridge!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Dryer Tips (Part 2)

5. I'm Going In!!
Once a month unplug the dryer and inspect the inside of it. Wipe down the inside of it to remove any lint or build up. If you don't clean it, this residue will transfer over to your clean clothes!

6. Clean the Vents!
A no-brainer is to clean the vents. Doing this will improve your dryer's performance and will save on energy bills.

7. Watch Carefully
If your dryer isn't drying properly or is making loud noises, you may want it inspected. Leaving an issue untreated will just make it worse.

8. A Balancing Act
If your dryer is off balance, it can cause performance issues and eventually ruin your dryer. Make sure all 4 feet of the dryer are level and on the ground.

9. Inspect the Belt
There is a belt that turns the drum of the dryer. The belt needs to be checked for wear-and-tear at least once a year. If there are any worrying problems with the belt, replace it! This will prevent any future disastrous problems with the dryer.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Dryer Tips (Part 1)

1. Less is More
You may be tempted to fit a couple of more shirts into the dryer to save on time, but if you overload the dryer you may lose more than just time. Consistently overloading the dryer can lead to your dryer giving out. To prevent this, just load it with a more reasonable load size.

2. Go Liquid
Using liquid detergent in the washer can help your dryer. It creates less lint than its non-liquid counterparts, which means less wear-and-tear on your dryer.

3. Clean, Clean, Clean!

Remember to clean the lint filter after every load! Double check before a load! Just make sure it gets clean! Not only will it make your clothes dry faster, but lint build up in the ventilation system could spell disaster for your house.

4. Right Place, Right Time.
Make sure there is plenty of space around your dryer. It needs space between it, the wall, and the washing machine for proper lamentation and proper clothes drying power!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wahing Machine Tips (Part 2)

5. Use the right amount of detergent
Don't listen to the detergent packaging, follow the washing machine's manufacturer's manual. If you have soft water, you may also want to reduce the amount of soap you use.

6. Keep it clean!
Residue can build up in the machine. Clean the inside once a month to prevent residue buildup.

7. Clean the dispensers
If you have a dispenser for your soap or softeners, clean that out once a month as well. Build up here can cause a loss of function, so make sure it stays clean as a whistle!

8. Squeaky clean!
Detergent can spill on the outsides and get in cracks that can cause problems with internal functions. If there is a spill, clean it up!

9. Rust?
If paint has chipped off, repair the paint job immediately. Otherwise your machine can start to rust!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Wahing Machine Tips (Part 1)

1. Inspect your Hoses
The connections from the hoses to the machine can show signs of weakness, and should be checked a couple times a year. Any cracks or bulges indicate that you should replace the hoses. Most manufacturers recommend you replace the hoses every 5 years.

2. Prevent Flooding
If your machine floods, you want to minimize or prevent water damage. A water shutoff system, which prevents water flow when a malfunction is detected, is a great addition to your machine. Another great one is an overflow pan, which catches any dripping or flooding water.

3. Don't Overload

Loading your machine at the proper limit is essential to preventing any malfunctions.

4. Keep it level
If your machine is on a slant or all 4 legs are not on the floor, it could cause problems and wear out your machine quickly. Take steps to make sure your machine is properly positioned.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fridge Maintenance Tips

1. Check the Seals
A seal that doesn't seal properly, you'll be spending more money cooling what's inside. If its not sealing properly, make sure that food isn't stuck in it. If there's no food, try the dollar-bill test: close the door with the bill in the door so that its half in/half out. If the dollar slips out, call the pro's.

2. Clean Coils
If the condenser coils are covered in gunk and dust, the fridge wont cool properly. Unplug the fridge and clean them at least twice a year.

3. Is the Price Right?
Make sure your fridge is set to the recommended temperature: 37 degrees for fridge and the freezer at 0 degrees.

4. Fill 'er up!
Fridges are made to work properly with food in them. If you eat out most of the time, just throw some jugs of water in there.

5. Be a Boy Scout: Be Prepared
If the power goes out, don't open it. Doing so will let the cold air out and they wont be able to get cold again, potentially ruining the food inside.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Still Need a New Year's Resolution? Check Out This Checklist!

Cleaning and checking our appliances for problems can be a difficult thing to remember, but it is very important to do. If you're still looking for a New Year's resolution, doing that simple maintenance is a great idea! Here is a chart we made to help you remember to do it. Print it off and put it somewhere you'll be able to see it every could months!

Clean and check washer and dryer

Clean and check hose connections on washer and dryer

Clean and check dishwasher for leaks

Clean and check fridge for leaks

Check water heater for leaks

Clean and check seal on oven