"Check-It Yourself" Tips

AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF APPLIANCES​

  • Dishwashers = 10-12 years

  • Microwaves = 8 years

  • Ranges = 15-18 years

  • Refrigerators = 15-18 years

  • Washers and dryers = 10-12 years

  • **New appliances usually are covered under factory warranty service for one year. If your appliance has a problem within one year of purchase, call the manufacturer for free service under warranty**

 

REFRIGERATORS/FREEZERS:

  • To keep a refrigerator running efficiently, be sure to vacuum the coils on the back and bottom of the refrigerator at least once a year

  • If pets are in the house, cleaning is necessary more often

  • Overloading a refrigerator will cause it to run inefficiently

  • On the other hand, an empty refrigerator will run inefficiently as well-add water bottles to maintain the cold

  • Wipe up spills immediately to keep odors from developing

  • Store food in covered containers

 

DISHWASHER - NOT CLEANING?

  • Make sure there is nothing blocking the top or bottom wash arms when running.

  • Try raising the water temperature. A dishwasher needs water to be at 130-145 degrees to perform best.

  • Try changing the detergent. Sometimes if the detergent has sat around awhile (even on stores shelves), it becomes ineffective in cleaning the dishes

  • Clean the mineral deposits from the dishwasher (Add a quart of vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher after it has filled with water and run through a cycle without dishes)

 

DRYER - TAKING TOO LONG TO DRY?

  • Make sure to clean the lint filter before/after each use

  • A lint build up will result in longer dryer times that will cost more to operate

  • It could potentially cause a dryer fire

  • Check the outside vent hood for blockages

  • To prevent a dryer fire make sure if your dryer still has a vinyl vent hose, have it replaced with an aluminum vent as soon as possible

  • Make sure to dry “like” fabrics in a load so the dryer performs efficiently

  • At Appliance Remedy, we replace dryer vents

 

WASHER - NO WATER COMING IN?

  • Check to make sure the water valve is turned on to the washer

  • Make sure your hoses are stainless steel not the old fashioned rubber hoses that could burst

  • Call us, this a service we provide

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