Dave's Tips:


Dryer Automatic Cycles:

July 12, 2014

 

Many of the newer dryers have automatic cycles that utilize a moisture sensing system.

 

These sensors can over time become less sensitive and may not allow the cycle to run long enough to completely dry the load. This happens in particular if you use dryer fabric softner sheets which can leave a film on the sensor strips leaving them less sensitive to the moisture.

 

If you find the dryer works normally in the timed cycles, but not very well in the automatic cycles, you may have developed this condition.

 

Not to worry. For the most part a simple cleaning of these strips can get them back in working order.

 

If you look inside the drum, you may see a couple of metallic strips (often near the lint filter). Just use a light scouring pad or soft scrub to lightly clean the surfaces of the metal. This will generally clear any film build up from the sensors.


Refrigerator - Vacation Mode:

Apr 27, 2013

 

Here in Florida we have quite a number of seasonal homeowners. we are often asked recommendations on what to do with the refrigerator while they are away. Is it better to turn it off to avoid problems or better to leave it running?

 

Our recommendation is to turn the icemaker and waterlines off, but to leave the refrigerator running at a low setting. We have found refrigerators that are turned off can have serious problems with rusting of the steel freon tubing. This can sometimes be serious enough to leak the refrigerant and become a condition that is not repairable.

 

In general, refrigerators are not as big on power consumption as you may imagine. The cost of power used can be far less than the cost of repairing the damage resulting to the refrigerator.


Front Load Washers:

Apr 27, 2013

 

Most front load washers can retain moisture and develop an odor and mildew stains on the rubber door gasket area. Here are a couple of tips to help this from becoming a severe problem that would require replacement of that gasket.

 

As a routine, the door should be left open after each cycle to help allow the gasket to dry. Also occasional wiping it off inside and out with a rag can help prevent buildup.

 

The manufacturers also recommend a cleaning process where you run an empty cycle with the hottest water possible and using a bleach cycle to help clear the mildew buildup. If the machine already has an odor there are "washer cleaner" products you can buy that are designed to help clean up and make the washer smell better.


Dryer Performance:

April 13, 2013

 

Over time, even with good lint screen cleaning practice, your dryer performance may slow down. Dry times become longer and longer.

 

We receive frequent calls whereas customers think the dryer is not heating as good as it should. In actuality, it is more important to have good air flow than high heat.

 

We find that for the most part there are two common problems that negatively affect the air flow to the point that dry times suffer. If these two items are maintained you can get far better drying performance.

 

1. The dryer may have been pushed too far back toward the wall and is crushing the vent hose. This is an easy fix, simply straighten the hose and reposition the dryer so that maximum diameter is achieved on the vent hose.

 

2. The vent hood is becoming clogged with lint where it exits the house. This likely needs to be cleaned out every year or two and can be done without any special tools. The bulk of the restriction is almost always right on the outlet and can be cleaned substantialy by whatever you can reach by hand. Our method is to turn the dryer on "air fluff" or "no heat" and let it run while you clear the vent hood. This way you can feel the difference before, during and after cleaning.


Disposer Cleaning:

March 23, 2013

 

Over time, food particles may accumulate in the grind chamber and baffle. An odor from the disposer is usually a sign of food buildup.

 

To clean disposer:

1. Place stopper in sink opening and fill sink halfway with warm water.

2. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with water. Turn disposer on and remove stopper from sink at same time to wash away loose particles.

 

Disposers may also be cleaned with Disposer CareĀ®. This product is generally available in major home centers, hardware, and grocery stores. For more information on Disposer CareĀ®, contact Summit Brands at 1-888-476-6688 or www.summitbrands.com.


Disposer Performance:

March 17, 2013

 

Your disposer can become a little lazy and become a little out of balance over time. Many disposers can become rusted inside and the lugs that do the "chopping" can become sticky.

 

We have found that occasionally running a couple handfuls of ice through the disposer (without water at first) can be a big help. This can help to free up the sticky lugs and also helps to scour out the inside of the disposer.

 

This can be somewhat noisier than usual so beware. Once the ice has ground up completely you will need to run water with the disposer to clear the shaved ice from the inside. Hopefully this process will help your disposer performance to be the best possible.


Annoying Intermitant noises:

February 23, 2013

 

We occasionally go to a job to correct an appliance that has an unusual noise. Guess what, just like taking your car to the mechanic, the noise suddenly goes away so we cannot hear it. This happens more than you may think.

 

Without hearing the noise it becomes a guessing game at what the problem may be. However, we have heard many of these unusual noises and with a good description we may be able to pinpoint the problem.

 

The right description can be very helpful so we have come up with a brief list of some of those "noises" that you could use to help describe the issue. See if any of these sound familiar.

 

bang boom buzz chirp
clack click clunk crunch
groan growl gurgle hiss
hum jingle moan pop
rattle rumble scratch screech
sizzle squeak squeal tick
thud thump thunk tweet
whine whir whistle  

 

 

Compound noises such as "tha-thunk" "cha-chug" can be most beneficial too. These would be too numerous to try to list so we won't try that.

 

Yep, we have heard most of these noises coming from appliances so we just may know what was causing it. If you have a noise we did not list, please email us and we will add it to our list.


Dishwasher Performance:

Feb 16, 2013

 

One of the causes we see for dishwashers to have poor washing performance is the quality of the detergent used.

 

Detergents have a very short shelf life and their effectiveness can be reduced by exposure to moisture, sunlight, and even their age.

 

We recommend buying in small quantities and at stores that turn over the inventory more frequently. If it has been sitting on the shelf for an extended time frame, it may not be near as good as when it was new.

 

Also store your detergent out of exposure to moisture and direct sunlight. Your dishes and dishwasher will be happy you did.


Dishwasher Cleaning:

Feb 09, 2013

 

Yes your dishwasher needs an occasional cleaning. In particular if your water hardness is on the high side, the filters and interior can become scaled. The effectiveness of your detergents and washablity is decreased. You may see sandy residue on your glasses and dishes as an indicator that the machine needs cleaned.

 

There are dishmachine cleaners you can buy which help to clean up this buildup. Look in your store near the detergents.

 

Another method which has been recommended by manufacturers is to use white vinegar. Fill a cup with vinegar, leave it upright in the top rack and let it go a full cycle.


Glass Top Ranges:

Feb 02, 2013

 

We have found a method that works very well for cleaning your glass cooktop. Use your cream cleaner along with a plastic bag such as a grocery bag to scrub with. This helps to keep the cream from drying up too fast as compared to using a rag or paper towel.

 

You can also use this same method for cleaning those baked on stains from the door glass, inside and out.