Fabric softeners are waxy and can gum up in the washer if introduced undiluted with water before dispensing. So mix them with water before use. If there's a fabric softener dispenser on your machine, add the recommended amount and then top off with water. If you're pouring from a cup, use a 3-to-1 ratio of softener to water. Avoid overloading the washer. Add clothes until the unit is filled to just below top of the agitator axle without packing down the clothes. An overloaded washer strains the motor and transmission, shortening their lives. Once a month: Remove and clean intake screens where water-supply hoses enter the washing machine. The screens get clogged with sediment and/or mineral buildup. Because they're difficult to reseat—improperly installed, they can jam open an internal valve—replace them with flat screened washers (available at most hardware stores) in the end of the hose. Be extra careful when removing and replacing hoses, as the plastic threads on the intakes at the back of the washer are easily stripped. Every five years: Replace rubber water-supply hoses if they're splitting, cracking or are losing flexibility. Rubber replacement hoses last five years, but hoses that use a braided-jacket of stainless steel, although more expensive, last at least twice as long. Replace pinch-type hose clamps with more reliable worm-driven clamps.
For all dryers:Admiral, Amana, Jennaire, Speed Queen, Whirlpool, Maytag, Tappan, Frigidare, Kitchenaid, Bosch, Hotpoint, Viking, GE, Westinghouse, General Electric, Sears, Kenmore.
Clean the lint filter after every dryer load. Replace the door seal if it's loose, worn, damaged or hardened. If you don't, the warm dryer air will escape, forcing the unit to work harder. Check the seal by holding a tissue near door while the dryer is running. If the tissue is sucked toward the door, replace the seal. Replace flexible plastic exhaust ducting with aluminum or steel. It's more efficient and reduces the risk of fire. Limit the length of duct runs if possible, and keep sags out of longer runs if you have to use them, because they collect lint that can restrict or even block the flow of warm exhaust air. This puts a strain on the dryer fan and reduces overall efficiency. Two times a year Clean the lint filter with soap and water to remove built-up soap and fabric softener. Clean the lint filter with soap and water to remove built-up soap and fabric softener. Once a year Disconnect the exhaust duct from the dryer and remove accumulated lint. This should really be done a couple of times a year if possible. Vacuum lint from the dryer heater box. To get to this area, remove the access panel. Most are held in place by clips or screws, but check the product manual. Always unplug the machine or shut down the gas connection before you remove the panel.
Refrigerators all brands: Admiral, Amana, Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, Frigidare, GE, Gibson, Kitchenaid, General Electric, Maytag, Hotpoint, Jennair, Miele, Roper, Tappan, Thermador, Viking, Westinghouse, Whirlpool, Sears, Kenmore.
Keep the top of the refrigerator clear and make sure there is at least a 1/2-in. clearance on sides. Make sure the refrigerator is level or tilted back slightly so the door closes completely. Once a month Clean door gasket with 1 tsp. of baking soda dissolved in a quart of warm water. Besides cleaning the gasket, it will keep it soft and pliable. Two times a year Clean coils with a condenser coil brush ($6), available at an appliance dealer. The coils are usually behind the snap-out grill at the front bottom of the unit. On older models, they're located in the back and are partially covered by cardboard. Unplug the unit first so you don't strike the moving fan. Even when the unit is unplugged, avoid disturbing the insulation or bending the fan blades, which could damage the fan. If your pets shed, do this four times a year. Test the door gasket. A leaky gasket wastes energy and shortens the life of the compressor. Close the refrigerator door on a dollar bill at various places along the door, and pull lightly. If the bill does budge, replace the gasket (about $60). Peel back the gasket enough to loosen the retainer strip screws and slip a new one in place. Change the inline water filter on the ice-maker after turning off the source water. Use a bucket to catch water in the system. Buy recommended replacement filters. Once a year Slide the refrigerator out and vacuum around and beneath it. Left unattended, this dirt will end up on the coils.
Dishwasher all brands: Admiral, Amana, Jennaire, Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag, Tappan, Frigidare, Kitchenaid, Bosch, Hotpoint, Viking, GE, Westinghouse, General Electric, Sears, Kenmore
Run the hot water in the sink near the dishwasher before starting it, so even during the first cycle the water is at or near the design temperature of 120°F. If the water isn't at least 60°F, the soap won't dissolve. Promptly repair cut or chipped plastic coating on racks to prevent rust. Use steel wool to remove rust and cap the damaged rack tines with slip-on rubber tips. You can get a rack- or tine-repair kit from the manufacturer (around $9). Load the dishwasher correctly, follow manufacturers instructions. Use only dishwasher detergent in recommended amounts. Do not put any other cleaning compound inside dishwasher (laundry detergent, liquid dish detergent), as it may suds and overflow — you could fill your kitchen with soap suds!!! Store detergent in a dry, cool place, and do not keep extra packages on hand for a long time as it takes up moisture from the air and then loses cleaning ability. Two times a year Lift out the strainer and clean it with warm soapy water and a soft-plastic scrubby pad. Remove the spray arm and clean it by poking a piece of stiff wire through the holes. Then shake the spray arm to make sure nothing is inside, such as seeds from fruit like watermelon. Finally, scrub any mineral deposits off the spray arm with hot distilled white vinegar. (The cap holding the shower arm in place is typically reverse-threaded, which means you should turn it clockwise to remove it. Be careful not to drop the nut or washer into the motor.) When you run a regular wash cycle, place a small container filled with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in both the dish rack (lower) and the cup rack (upper); the dishwasher will disperse the vinegar during the wash cycle. This dissolves mineral accumulation and soap residue throughout the dishwasher, especially at the hinges where rust-causing buildup occurs.
Oven Maintenance for all brands: Admiral, Amana, Jennaire, Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag, Tappan, Frigidare, Kitchenaid, Bosch, Hotpoint, Viking, GE, Westinghouse, General Electric, Sears, Kenmore
Wipe down the range top. A clean surface prevents scratches and stops acidic food from eating away at the appliance finish. Run the self-cleaning cycle after removing racks (they discolor at high temperatures). Clean around the door and its gasket first—these areas often don't receive enough heat to thoroughly burn off grease and splatters. To cut down on smoke during cleaning, sweep out crumbs. The minimum duration of the cycle should be two and a half hours; some manufacturers recommend three or more. The self-cleaning cycle, which costs around $1 to run, burns off residue with an automatic 850°F setting. After the cycle has completed and the oven has cooled, wipe out ashes with a clean wet rag. Run the self-cleaning cycle at night, when kids won't get near the hot stove and you won't notice the odor as much. Once a year: Inspect the oven-door gasket. It should be soft and pliable. If it is hard, it may leak heat, which taxes the element in electric ovens and affects the performance of the oven. What's more, it will cost you energy dollars. If yours is held on with screws and clips, replace it. Most, however, require disassembling the oven door to replace the gasket—you might want to call a technician for this.
Garbage disposal units, or garbage disposers, have become fairly common in today's kitchens. They are a great convenience when they're working right and smelling good. When they're not, here's some things you can do. To help maintain water flow through the disposal, always turn the water on before you start the disposal and turn it off after the unit has stopped. To really get things flowing and help maintain your icemaker, start the disposal and feed it the old cubes sitting in the icemaker's bucket. To improve both odor control and water flow, feed all those leftover lemon or lime peels (from your iced tea, lemonade stand, or Corona-and-slammers party) into it -- fresh citrus is not as good, because it's the rinds that do the work. If the disposal hums but won't turn, it's probably jammed. Turn it off, stick an Allen wrench in the fitting in the bottom center of the shaft and turn it back and forth until it begins to turn all the way around. If you have to, use tongs -- not your fingers -- to pick out the jamming material. BE CAREFUL! If the disposal won't hum when you turn it on, its internal overload protection may have been tripped. Look at the bottom of the disposal for a red button. With the power off, at least at the switch, push and release that button, then try it again.
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Appliance Repair Orange County, offers same day services for fixing appliances and repair refrigerator, fix ranges, repair stove, fix oven, repair washer, repair dryer, fix dishwasher, repair disposal, fix trash compactor, repair microwave oven, fix heater and repair on brands such as Admiral, Amana, Asko, Bosch, Caloric, Chambers, Creda, Dacor, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, Frigidaire, Gaggenau, Gaffers & Sattler, GE, Hotpoint, Jenn-Air, Kitchenaid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Miele, Modern Maid, O'Keefe & Merritt, Roper, Sears Kenmore, Speed Queen, Sub-Zero, Tappan, Traulsen, Thermador, U-Line, Viking, Whirlpool, Wolf and all other brands. K&G Appliance covers all areas in Orange County
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Microwave Tips and Advice
•It is better in most cases to cook longer at a lower temperature rather than the other way around.
•To clean food baked onto the interior of the oven, heat a cup of water for about three minutes and then let it sit for another five minutes. The steam will help to loosen the food and make it easier to clean.
•Even after the oven shuts off, the heat in the food allows it to continue to cook. Let food remain in the oven to allow more even distribution of heat in the food, or remove it from the oven immediately to prevent over cooking.
•Point a container away from you when opening.
•Don't repair your own microwave oven. Even when unplugged the capacitor has deadly high voltage charge.
•Never heat sealed packages or containers in the microwave.
•Puncture food such as whole apples and potatoes so steam can escape.
•Don't overheat liquids, they can virtually explode out of their container when moved or something is put into the liquid.
•Use a pot holder when removing anything from the microwave oven.
•Never stand over a hot container when opening.
•While there are cases in which metal can be safely placed inside the microwave, it should be kept well away from any part of the interior. Metal (this includes foil) also interferes with the microwaves even distribution, so the use of metal should be avoided.
"Are Your Refrigerator Coils Dirty?"
What’s the big deal? Your refrigerator works harder when the coils are dirty. All manufacturers recommend cleaning the coils at least once a year to prolong the life of the appliance and to allow it to run as energy efficient as possible. The coils act as lungs and allow the refrigerator to breathe. When the coils become clogged the compressor (the heart) labors to maintain the correct temperatures. Don’t wait until your refrigerator breaks!!
Does Your Appliance Have A Recall Alert?
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There is a hidden fire hazard in almost every home...and it is in the dryer! The consumer product family safety commission estimates that over 15,000 clothes dryer related fires occur every year. Over time, lint that sneaks past your clothes dryer's filter collects both in the dryer cabinet and in the dryer vent duct. As lint build-up continues, over-heating can occur, leading to the possibility of a duct fire. Your dryer manufacturer suggests that the dryer and its venting system be cleaned at least once a year. Long drying times are often an indicator of a clogged vent system. Because the vent becomes clogged, lint collects on top of the heating element, and the heat from the element can ignite the lint and initiate a fire. Cleaning your dryer and its venting system may pay for itself by lowering your overall service and utility costs, and by extending the life of your dryer.
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"The High Cost of Neglecting Your Washing Machine"
Washing machine hoses are one of the most neglected but potentially damaging maintenance items in a home. Because they are out of sight, they are forgotten and give little warning of impending disaster. Not checking your washing machine hoses is like not checking your oil. Nothing seems to be wrong until that moment when your life seems to flash in front of you... as well as the floating dresser... and the sofa table... and the family pet... all magically cascading out the front door on a burst-hose tsunami!!If you can't remember how old your washer is or if you think its age is in the double-figures, its time to replace those hoses!!We recommend washing machine hoses be replaced every three to five years. You should also turn off the water to the washing machine when it is not in use to prolong the life of your hoses. This simple solution can save thousands of dollars in repairs from a flooded laundry area.