Appliance Tips & Hints

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One of the most common questions we are asked is whether an appliance should be repaired or replaced.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself to help you make a decision:

Although there are exceptions, we generally do not recommend that you invest more than half of the replacement cost in repairing an appliance. For that reason it is a good idea to scout out the replacement cost before getting too far into the repair. Here are some things to think about when considering the total cost of replacement.

If you can extend the useful life of your appliance another two years or more it is often actually more economical to repair the old unit than replace it. If you are just not sure, you could invest in the cost of getting a solid estimate of the repair and let us help you make that decision with all the facts. The last thing we want you to do is have us repair a unit that should not be repaired. On the other hand we hate to see you spend twice the money on a new appliance if it is not necessary.


Reasons for dishwashers not getting things clean are:

It should be at least 140 degrees.

If you don’t use the machine a lot buy smaller boxes.

Due to a plugged drain or plugged air gap.

So they cannot rotate properly.

Over time the excess soap can build up and cause trouble. Run the machine empty and check mid cycle to see if there is evidence of soap in the water. If so repeat until the excess is gone.


The most common cause of refrigeration problems:

This component must be able to vent heat into the ambient air around the refrigerator or freezer. If it is clogged with house dust or animal fur for example, it will reduce the efficiency of the unit at best, and worse, cause components to overheat and perhaps be damaged beyond repair. Your owner’s manual probably recommends cleaning the condenser on a regular basis. Click HERE for information on our refrigerator condenser cleaning special.

If not, it can cause the interior light to stay on and that will affect cooling. A defective door switch can do the same thing. Here is a way to test the door seal. Open the door and place a dollar bill between the seal and the body of the box, then close the door. Is the dollar bill easy to pull out or does it fall out on its own? If so you may have a sealing problem. Another sure sign of this is frost around the area where the door seals. That indicates warm air is getting into the box and when it mixes with the cold air and forms frost. You can also make sure nothing in the box is obstructing it from closing completely.

Laundry Products


If the dryer taking too long to dry:

If they are too wet it will take the dryer a very long time to get them dry.

We sometimes find animal nests in the duct work or in the vent on the outside of the house. Anything that obstructs the vent will cause problems.

We sometimes find animal nests in the duct work or in the vent on the outside of the house. Anything that obstructs the vent will cause problems.

This will also save some on your fuel bill. Note that some fabric softener products also clog the lint screen much faster and some manufacturers actually recommend that they not be used. They can also affect the sensors that tell some models of dryer if the cloths are dry yet or not.


Make sure you are using the type and amount of soap recommended by your manufacturer. Oversudsing and detergent build up in the clothes can result. Do not overload these machines either as they depend on the tumbling action for part of the cleaning process and packed in clothes don’t tumble well.

Cooking Products


It is common for these fans to not come on immediately and also to stay on after the appliance has been turned off. They will normally turn themselves off once the ovens internal temperatures reach a safe level. Also see the power down hint under microwaves below

Gas Cooktops

This ignition system provides a spark until the flame appears then automatically shuts off. If the sparking continues after the flame is burning it may be because of a burner cap out of position or dirt on the cap or ring. Try cleaning all the burners and making sure everything is seated properly.

Electric Cooktops

ake sure it is properly seated in the plug. You can check to see if the plug itself is the problem by moving elements around. If the problem stays in the same place there is most likely a wiring problem that will require a technician but if the problem moves with the element then it is probably bad.


and the until will not program, try unplugging the unit (or turning off the circuit breaker if it is wired in) and letting it sit for about a minute, then plug it back in. Sometimes that’s all it takes to reset the processors and get everything working correctly