Appliance Care Tips
Washer Safety Tip: When your washer doesn’t work
• Proper power supply
• Unplugged or defective cord
• Blown Fuse or circuit breaker
• Kinked water supply or drain hose
• Repair power supply
• Plug in or replace cord
• Replace fuses or turn circuit breaker back on
• Straighten the kink. If you can’t, replace the hose
Dishwasher Tip: Dishes are still dirty at the end
• Water not hot enough
• Dishes not correctly prepared for washing
• Dishes aren’t stacked orderly
• Detergent is old
• Detergent dispenser doesn’t open
• Spray arms are blocked
• No water in the tub
• Check the temperature of the hot water from the tap: It should be at least 120F
• Run the kitchen sink faucet until the hottest water is attained before starting dishwasher each time
• Use “Jet Dry” or another brand rinse aid. The machines are designed for the product to be used.
• Scrape and rinse all dishes before loading the dishwasher.
• Make sure the dishes are positioned so water can flow through dishes and must face the direction of the spray to get completely clean.
• Start over with fresh dishwasher detergent.
• Check the detergent cup and remove hardened detergent or mineral deposits.
• Be sure the lid is not blocked and check the dispenser solenoid.
• Check and make sure nothing is blocking the arms.
• Be careful not to use too much detergent, dishwasher use very little water.
If you are looking to put a refrigerator in your garage, you should advise us prior to purchase. Most refrigerators will not work properly in an unheated environment. Unless your garage is heated, you should either purchase on designed for lower temperatures, or some refrigerators can be modified to operate in lower temperatures.
Stove Hints and Use
Since many new stoves have different output burners, it is very important you choose the correct burner for the pot. The pot or pan should just cover the burner.
• Never push a pot or pan against the back of the stove or underneath any part of the back guard of the stove.
• Always preheat your over prior to using.
• If you get a gas smell when your oven starts or it takes longer for your oven burner to light, call for service immediately.
A New Way of Washing
There have been many advances making appliances more energy efficient. Washers are a prime example. New washers use a fraction of the water they once did. The clothes come out clean, much dryer than before, and with less wear to the clothes. There are a few trade-offs. When purchasing a new energy efficient washer you should definitely read the owners manual. You may have to change the way you load and add soap to the machine. The machines use a tiny amount of soap. Most people put way too much soap in their machines causing washing problems and odor. Also the machines will also probably take a little longer to complete it's cycle. These are very minor issues compared to the benefits. If you do have any questions concerning using the new energy efficient machines, please give us a call. We'll be happy to answer your question the best we can.
Storms that cause loss of power or flickering of your lights are harmful to appliances. Since most of all the appliances today have some form of electronics, they are sensitive to voltage fluctuations. We suggest at the beginning of a storm unplug all your appliances and either unplug or turn off your air conditioner. When the storm passes plug everything back in. As far as refrigerators go, before you unplug them, turn them off by the temperature control first, then unplug. And DON'T FORGET to plug back in and turn on after the storm, before any food loss.
Big Tub Myth
Washer manufactures are continually increasing the tub sizes of their machines.
While the true capacities have increased some, they are really not what they appear.
When loading clothes in your washer with clothes, you must follow the manufactures instructions. You should load clothes in the tub as recommended, and not overload the machine. You will overload the machine if you try and wash; rugs, quilts, large blankets, comforters, or an entire load of towels. These items and similar ones should not be put in your washer, and taken to the cleaners for cleaning.