Have you ever had funny smells coming from your washer, or even have your clothing come out smelling funny after a wash? Some simple steps can help you keep your washer and dryer from not only developing funny smells, but also can extend the life of your machine!
Prevent Mold Buildup in Your Washer
The moist dark environment inside washers is the perfect habitat for mold. Not only are front load HE washers are extremely susceptible to mold, but top load washers can also have the same problems although you may not visually see them as easily. Follow these steps to keep mold from attacking your washer and performing its best.
Clean your lint filter
Make sure to clean the lint filter on your dryer after EVERY load. Not only does this allow for proper airflow and drying, but cleaning it regularly prevents the lint from building up in other parts of your machine or the venting. Buildup of lint in the machine is the #1 cause of dryer fires.
You will also want to clean your lint filter further once a month by washing it with warm water, soap and a scrub brush. Very small pieces of lint will end up clogging the small holes in the lint filter. You will notice that before you clean it, the lint filter may hold water not allowing it to pass through, but after water will pass through the lint filter and will not hold any water. Another option is to just wash it in your dishwasher!
Replace your washer hoses
Bursting washer hoses can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your home. Most hoses are only rated to last 5 years. Make sure you are replacing your washer hoses every 3-5 years to prevent any leaks and water damage to your home.
Clean your Dryer Venting
Dryer venting can get clogged up with lint over time. Make sure you either call a professional dryer vent cleaner, or at a minimum pull the dryer vent off the dryer once a year and vacuum out any buildup that may be inside. If you see a significant amount, this could be indication of a larger problem in which you will want to have your venting professionally cleaned.
This is also a good time to make sure that your venting is in fact metal venting. If there is anything besides metal venting, replace it immediately as plastic venting is not safe!
We often get complaints from customers who buy brand new units, saying that their dishwasher does not clean like their old one. There are a lot of reasons for this, but basically it boils down into three different reasons. These are:
We will explore each of these in more detail, giving some tips on how to make sure you are getting the best operation out of your dishwasher! Some of this is very detailed, so if you just want to know the best practices… be sure to read the tips at the end to make sure you are following each of them.
New units operate differently due to new regulations
For the most part, new dishwashers have to meet very strict energy and water consumption guidelines. They guidelines are set by the government. Modern dishwashers must use significantly less water, and less energy as well. As a result dishes are not allowed to “soak” in lots of water like in old dishwashers, and also the heaters are not allowed to stay on as long. Also, many new units sense dirt particles in the water and adjust the wash based in this information. If dishes are not very dirty, the unit may not run long enough to get your dishes looking the way you like. Basically, manufacturers are not allowed to build dishwashers in the same way they did in the past.
Change of ingredients in new detergents
In 2010 new regulations were put in place by lawmakers removing all phosphates from detergents. Phosphates were one of the main cleaning ingredients in detergents. Because these were removed, new detergents now contain oxidizers, surfacants, and enzyme additives that work together to break down and remove dirt from dishes.
These detergents work significantly different and believe it or not have a shelf life. Also, these additives react with each other and can destroy each other. They all activate at different temperatures, so too hot of temperature at the beginning of cycle can hinder performance. Improper temperature of water, too short of a wash cycle, not enough “dirt,” and old detergent will all greatly affect the performance of the dishwasher’s ability to clean.
Consumer use has not changed along with the new way dishwasher operate, resulting in improper use
Because of all these changes, many old habits you have used for years may actually hurt your dishwasher’s performance. Here are some tips to get the best performance out of your dishwasher
Cleaning your grill is essential to not only keeping your food tasting wonderful, but also to increasing the longevity of your grill. Here are some tips that will make cleaning your grill easier.
First off, you should already be cleaning your grates between each use with a wire brush. The best time to do this is while the grill is still warm preventing the food particles from hardening to the grates. A best practice would be to scrape the grates shortly after using your grill, and then next time you use your grill turn the unit on high for about 5-10 minutes and scrape with a wire brush again.
Depending on how much use your grill gets, you also will need to give your grill a major cleaning 1-2 times a year.
If you have a self-cleaning oven, one trick many people use to cleaning the grates is to put them in the oven while running a self clean cycle. After that, it makes all of the rest of the steps below much easier, but is not necessary.
Remember regular cleaning will keep the cleaning easy, increase the longevity of your grill, and keep your food cooking to perfection!
Also take a look at this great video courtesy of Lowe’s on cleaning your grill.
We have been very fortunate to be able to provide service to so many in the Northwest in 2012. We live and work in a beautiful area, and have served many new and returning people this year. As we celebrate Christmas and the holiday season, we want to give to others by providing needed items and gifts to the children served by Boys and Girls Aid Society again this year like we did last year. They have sent us a wish list with items specifically for individual children at Christmas, and with items they need throughout the year. We will be collecting these unwrapped gifts through Christmas. Feel free to drop these gifts off at our office, or you can give them to your technician when he is working on your appliance. We can also arrange pickup when we are in your area, just give us a call at 888-281-0041. We will be collecting gifts through December 24, 2012.
Thank you in advance for your generosity and for sharing with kids in difficult circumstances.
Gifts are for children 10-18 years of age.
BEDROOM & BATHROOM
ART AND CRAFT SUPPLIES
CLOTHING AND SHOES
Women’s Clothing (Teen Girls S-XL)
Women’s Shoes (Teen Girls Size 6-9)
Men’s Clothing (Teen Men’s S-XXL)
Men’s Shoes (Teen Men’s 9-13)
GAMES BOOKS AND MOVIES / ENTERTAINMENT
ITEMS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
HYGIENE AND COSMETIC ITEMS
*Please donate only new items, preferably in their original packaging.
For more than two decades Appliance & Refrigeration Hospital was served and led by a remarkable duo, Bill & Nancy Sehorn. Many of our current team members were privileged to have worked with them before they retired in 2001. Bill & Nancy were like parents and grandparents to the ARH team, and like best friends to customers. We have all been the recipients of the goodwill they generated.
Bill Sehorn has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, and is dealing with all the struggles this includes. Our desire is to support him and his family in all the ways we can, and one way is to participate in Sole Support for Parkinson’s. ARH will be participating in a walk and fundraising event on September 23 at Willamette Park at 1:30. We encourage all of you to join our team and registering to walk with us, or support our team by donating here. Below is a picture of Bill and his grandson on an earlier Sole Support Walk.
Everyone knows that bad odors in your refrigerator or freezer can be difficult to get rid of and are not appetizing. Not only is the odor unsanitary, but it also can permeate the food in the refrigerator, and also your ice cubes!!! We will examine some ways of getting rid of these poor odors, but first we will go over some of the main causes.
It is also important to remember that most refrigerator/freezer share air back and forth between compartments, so a foul odor in your refrigerator can also contaminate food and ice in the freezer as well. Keep this in mind when trying to find the cause of an odor.
If all of the above did not work, then the odor could have penetrated the liner and insulation. This is very uncommon and is not a repairable problem.
A Quick How-To Video on Cleaning Your Refrigerator Condenser
As warm weather approaches, it is important to keep your refrigerator performing to its highest standards. Cleaning your condenser is an easy way to prolong the life of your appliance and reduce energy consumption. The video above is a quick guide on how to clean most types of condensers. Your owners manual will have detailed instructions on how to clean your condenser as well. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have, or we can perform this cleaning for you!
With Easter just around the corner, we figured it would be great to share some quick candy stain removal tricks with you. Most all candy stains will be handled the same, except for chocolate. Chocolate stains will require some extra special attention because of its oil and dye based properties. As with all stains, you will not want to dry the item until the stain is completely removed or you are convinced the stain will never come out. Once an item is put through a dryer it will cause the stain to set in and will most likely never come out. Also remember to test any cleaners/chemicals you are going to use on an inconspicuous area first before treating the stain and check for colorfastness, etc.
Try to remove any excess chocolate by using a dull knife or a spoon. Be careful not to spread or rub the chocolate into the clean parts of the clothing.
Rinse the item FROM THE BACK with cold water. Rinsing the back of the stained area will allow the stain to travel through the least amount of fabric possible.
Gently rub liquid detergent into the chocolate stain and then let sit for 5 minutes. Next, soak the clothing for 15 minutes in cold water, Every 3-5 minutes, rub the stained area between your fingers and thumb to loosen the stain. Rinse thoroughly. Continue until no more stain can be removed.
You also may be interested in watching Tide’s video on chocolate removal!
We hope you find this information useful. From all the Doctors and Nurses at Appliance Hospital,
While stainless steel appliances are very beautiful, many times it can be difficult to keep these appliance clean and looking their best. Below we have outlined several tips to keeping your appliances looking their best.
Using the Proper Cleaner
Cleaning your appliance with plain water and a clean cloth may prove adequate at times, but this usually leaves behind water spots and staining after time. Using glass cleaner works very good for removing fingerprints and smudges, but does not usually remove staining can can sometimes leave streaks in the stainless.
We recommend washing the appliance with warm soapy water and then using an actual stainless steel cleaner. These cleaners are designed to not only clean stains, brighten stainless, and polish, but also will leave a protective film to prevent dulling the stainless to keep it looking like new.
When using these cleaners it is VERY important to read the directions before using. The main thing to pay attention to is to always clean the appliance using long strokes and going WITH the direction of the grain in the stainless. You should be able to see lines in the stainless (usually horizontally) and this is the grain that you want to follow. The reason is that many of these cleaners contain abrazives and polish which can scratch the stainless if used improperly. There are many types of stainless cleaners available and you can pick them up at most grocery stores or appliance repair companies and dealers. Below are a few examples of types of cleaners we sell.
Preventing Rust on Stainless
The main cause of rusting has been due to the types of cleaners used on the stainless appliances. Below is a perfect example of a Chlorinated Cleaner being used on a stainless steel surface.
Lately there has been a big push of cleaners containing bleach. The sample photo below is the Clorox brand but there are many others brands using chlorine as an active ingredient.
Do not use abrasive cleaners that will scratch the surface.
Depending on the surface finish of your stainless steel, abrasive cleaners can cause scratching. Duller finishes probably won’t show scratching as much as mirror or highly polished finishes. When in doubt, test in a hidden spot, and also work from the least risky type of cleaning, (ie water) to the heavy duty stuff.
Do not forget to rinse.
Gritty or dirty water, or residue from cleaning solutions left on a stainless steel surface can stain or damage the finish.
Do not use cleaners containing chlorine.
While it may be second nature to bleach everything, stainless steel and chlorine don’t mix. Stay away from the bleach when you clean stainless steel.
Do not use steel wool or steel brushes.
These products leave little particles in the surface of the steel and inevitably these particles begin rusting and staining the surface of the steel. They also can excessively scratch the surface of your stainless steel.
Do not assume it’s the cleaner.
If you do have some spotting or staining, and you’ve followed all of the rules, it may not be the cleaner. Water, especially hard water, can leave spotting and staining on stainless steel surfaces. Towel dry after rinsing can end the problem.