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Friday, June 15, 2018

Warning signs of a clogged dryer vent


Each year there are 2,900 house fires caused by a dryer that has been improperly maintained which resulted in 31 injuries and 5 deaths. There is a great need to make sure that your dryer vent is clean, because it is life threatening if it's not. You should clean your vent out at least once a year, and clean out the lint trap every time you use the dryer. Here is a quick list of some signs that you need your vents cleaned out:

  • The top of your dryer is hot when in use
  • clothes take a long time to dry
  • There is a burning or musty smell when dryer is in use
  • Your clothes smell burned or musty
  • Your clothes are unusually hot after being dried
  • You can see lint coming out of the vent from outside
  • Excessive amounts of lint are caught in the lint trap
  • The room is hot when the dryer is in use
  • Dryer just stops working
  • The exhaust termination ( the flap where the airflow goes outside) doesn't open when dryer is on
  • For gas dryers there's a carbon monoxide leak

If your dryer vent is clogged it should not be delayed. Give us a call today at 208-344-6700

Friday, June 8, 2018

Is the self clean cycle on your oven enough?



Having your oven clean itself is a very tempting chore to do, or in this case, not do. You can just switch it on and it takes care of itself, right?

Unfortunately, the self-cleaning oven feature isn't as effective as a good old fashioned scrubbing. It just can't be beat.

If you're wanting to put some elbow grease in, make sure the oven is unplugged and the racks are taken out. This might also be a good time to check to see if the seal on your oven is damaged.

This simple maintenance may help keep your oven staying hot for years to come!