Broken Appliance? Repair don’t replace!



Deciding whether or not to replace or repair a broken appliance can be a tricky decision, and many people end up opting to trash their broken appliance for a newer, fancier model. This logic may seem practical when considering the cost and hassle of repairs; however, upon further examination, springing for a new washer, fridge or dryer can be wasteful and cost you more in the long run.

You don’t replace your car every time it needs a new headlight or an oil change, so why would you throw out a perfectly-good dishwasher that may only need a new part or a small repair? Read on to find out why repairing your broken appliance is the best choice in most cases.

Stick to your budget

The most important reason to consider a repair instead of a replacement is to save you and your family money! When deciding to repair or replace, experts say to follow the 50 percent rule. According to this simple rule, you should replace the appliance if it will cost more than half the price of a new model to repair it, and vice versa. So basically, if it will cost you less than 50 percent of the price tag on a new model, a repair is your most fiscally-responsible choice.


“When deciding to repair or replace, experts say to follow the 50 percent rule.”


According to Angie’s List, repairs are usually only 20 to 30 percent of the cost of buying a brand-new appliance, so in most instances it will be cheaper to stick with the appliance you have rather than purchasing a new model.

Reduce your contribution to landfills

In addition to saving you money, repairing your appliance is an easy way to reduce your environmental impact. Choosing to stick with your existing dishwasher, refrigerator or washing machine, rather than tossing them into the trash, will minimize your waste production, and decrease your contribution to landfills that are brimming with perfectly good appliances that simply need a small repair.

Don’t forget about hidden costs

If you are considering replacing your current fridge, dishwasher or dryer you are probably only considering the cost of the appliance itself. However, it is important to remember that there will be other costs associated with a new appliance purchase.

For example, if you are purchasing a gas stove, but do not currently have gas hookups, you will need to factor in the additional costs of a gas line installation. Maybe you have your eye on a flashy new refrigerator with an ice maker and extra space, but be sure to also consider the extra energy costs associated with a bigger and better model.

Are you considering a new dishwasher, over-the-range microwave or wall oven? These built-in appliances will most likely require professional installation, which can cost up to 25% of the price of the appliance, adding a pretty major increase to the original price tag.

Is one of your appliances acting up? Chances are you are better trying to repair it, instead of wasting money on an expensive replacement. If you need a repair or are not sure if you should repair or replace an appliance you can always give us a call and we will be happy to come out and offer our expert advice!

Preventing Fires with Proper Dryer Maintenance

These days, pretty much everyone has a washer and dryer in their home. You probably use your dryer on a weekly (or daily) basis, depending on the amount of laundry your family produces. However, have you ever considered the fire risks associated with your dryer? According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 16,000 home fires in 2010 were caused by laundry units including dryers and washers. This is a pretty shocking number, right? But don’t worry﹣it isn’t time to give up your dryer quite yet. With proper maintenance and and cleaning you can greatly reduce and eliminate your chances of a home fire caused by dryer negligence.


Keep the lint trap clean!

The easiest and most obvious way to decrease your chance of a dryer-related fire is to ALWAYS clean out the lint filter before tossing a new load of freshly cleaned laundry in to dry. When removing built-up lint from the filter also be sure to remove any that has built up around the drum. On this same note, NEVER operate your dryer without a lint filter in place.

Regularly clean your ducts.

In addition to keeping the lint trap clean and free of build up, it is important to regularly inspect and clean your dryer’s vent. To make sure your dryer is functioning at its best and not a posing a fire hazard to you and your family, you should set aside time to check your vent several times throughout the year and thoroughly clean your vent at least once a year.

The first sign that you have a dryer venting issue is an increase in your dryer’s normal dry time. If your dryer is still getting hot but not drying, there is most likely an issue in one of two places: directly behind the dryer where the vent hose connects or outside of the house at the vent termination. If the problem is originating behind the dryer, the hose could be pinched or crushed against the wall causing a restriction. If the issue is with the vent outside of the house, the vent termination may be clogged﹣especially if it has a grate or screen over the end to prevent birds and rodents from entering.

Some amount of lint will always bypass your dryer’s filter and come out through your vent. If there is a screen or grate over the end of the vent, it will tend to clog frequently and cause problems. For this reason we do not recommend any vent termination with a screen or grate. Instead, we recommend using a vent hood with a flap or shutter that opens when the dryer comes on and drops closed when it shuts off. This style will not clog like a screen; however, it still requires regular cleaning to ensure that the flap drops closed to prevent wildlife from building a home in your vent.

If you are noticing longer drying times do not wait to have the issue checked out by a professional, as this could be a fire hazard. You can test your vent by turning on the dryer and checking the outside vent to feel how much air is coming out. It should be a strong flow. If you feel very little air or none at all, stop using your dryer until the restriction has been corrected. If you continue to run the dryer with a clogged or restricted vent, your dryer heating element will overheat﹣causing serious and expensive damage. This will also cause lint to build up inside the cabinet of your dryer as the back pressure on the vent causes lint and air to be forced out around the drum seals and build up around the heater and motor causing a dangerous condition that will still be there after the vent has been cleaned. If you do not correct the venting issue your heater or safety fuses in the dryer will eventually burn out﹣leading to costly repairs. In some cases the lint inside the cabinet of the dryer is able to ignite before the safety fuses are able to shut of the heating circuit causing a fire inside the dryer cabinet. Do not ignore what your dryer is telling you.

Take it a step further.

To avoid the risk of fire it is also important to keep the area surrounding your dryer clean and free of dust and lint. Never store anything on top of your dryer, check behind it for fallen clothing or cleaning supplies, and take a peek underneath to ensure you don’t have lint building up out of eyesight.

Be careful what you dry.

First of all, be cautious about using liquid fabric softeners with all-cotton clothing, as these substances were shown to accelerate fabric burning speeds when added to rinse water in flammability tests conducted by Consumer Reports. Stick to dryer sheets if you need a softener, and avoid liquid softeners when possible. It also important to consider the sources of stains on clothing that you are putting into the dryer. If a stain is from volatile or flammable chemicals such as gasoline, cooking oil or certain cleaning agents it is best to stick to air drying these laundry items.

As you can see, with common sense and regular maintenance you can greatly reduce the chance of a home fire caused by your dryer. If you are still concerned about the risk of fire posed by your current dryer, or if you have recently corrected a clogged vent, you can alway contact us to come out to inspect, disassemble and professionally clean your dryer unit.

Is it time to service your refrigerator?


Although you may not think about it often, your fridge is a central part of your daily life. It stores your perishable and frozen goods, provides you with ice, chills your favorite beverages and keeps your leftovers safe to eat. Without this key appliance, you would be forced to subsist on a diet of pantry items and warm drinks-and that’s not okay! Since the refrigerator is so important to your household, it is important to know when to repair it, and when it is time to splurge for a new model. The tips and warning signs below will help you know when you need to have a professional take a look at your fridge!

Listen up!

Is the humming of your fridge keeping you up at night? Does it make an annoying, buzzing or rattling noise while it is running? New energy-efficient fridges make different noises than older refrigerator models due to the addition of variable speed fans and compressor motors, as well as  computer controlled cooling, ice making and defrost cycles. Your fridge automatically defrosts itself at least once a day. During a defrost cycle, which could last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, you may hear popping, hissing, sizzling or water dripping. These are all normal sounds; however, if you are are familiar with the sounds of your fridge, and suddenly notice something out of the ordinary, it may be time to investigate.

Pay attention to temperature.

A properly functioning fridge should chill your food to at least 40 degrees. A range of 37 to 38 degrees is the recommended temperature for most refrigerators. If your appliance is no longer able to do so, or you notice your food spoiling more quickly than it has in the past, your fridge may need a service call.  You may also want to get a thermometer to hang in the middle to upper shelves of your fridge to monitor the temperature accurately. Some refrigerators come with a digital temperature display on the front, but this is not always displaying the actual temperature, but rather the desired set temperature. If your fridge is working properly, you should be able to set the fridge or freezer temperature knobs to the middle setting with the unit maintaining somewhere between 37-40 degrees.

Are your frozen goods a little too icy?

Yes, your freezer is supposed to freeze your food. The normal temperature for a freezer is approximately zero degrees fahrenheit. The first warning sign that a freezer is starting to have problems is often indicated by soft ice cream. Again, an accurate thermometer will tell the true story of what is happening in the freezer. However, if the items you pull out of the freezer are covered in an icy coating it may mean your unit is not functioning properly. If this happens, the first step is to defrost your freezer, which will temporarily eliminate the issue. If the problem persists, it is time to check for a door not closing properly or a torn or leaking door gasket. Excessive frost on the food almost always indicates an air leak﹣usually at the door seal. If your fridge or freezer doors are not sealing completely, you are not only wasting energy, but excessive ice and frost will build up on the fans, passages and dampers, causing loud noises and poor cooling performance. If left unrepaired, your unit may need to be shut down and allowed to defrost for several days to restore full functionality.

If you are having problems with frosting  at the back wall inside of your freezer, your automatic defrost system may be failing. If this is the case, you should call a professional as soon as possible. Once frosting gets severe, the unit will no longer cool properly and you will experience food spoilage in the freezer and most likely in the fridge as well. If you are experiencing a build up of clear, hard ice sheets in the floor of your freezer or fridge, your defrost drain is most likely clogged. If this happens to your unit you should call for service, as this problem does not usually cause cooling issues, but can lead to water leakage﹣causing serious damage. In these instances, the unit can be taken apart and cleaned, and replacement parts may be available to keep the drain from clogging as easily again.

Consider the age and efficiency of your appliance.

The lifespan of a modern refrigerator can be anywhere from 10 to 20 years, depending on many factors including brand, make and model. Most domestic refrigerators and freezers made prior 1995 used a refrigerant called R12. These units were known to last as long as 50-60 years. After 1995 the EPA banned R12 refrigerant, and most manufacturers switched to R134a refrigerant. These newer style units have a drastically shorter lifespan of about 10-20 years.

As your refrigerator gets older, you will find it becomes increasingly expensive to repair. At a certain point, you must weigh the cost of repair versus the cost of a new fridge. Generally when you have problems with the refrigeration system, such as a refrigerant leak or burned out compressor, it is more cost-effective to replace the unit. Be careful as sometimes inexpensive problems can disguise themselves as major issues.

If you have noticed your electric bill slowly creeping up, but have not been using more power than usual-an inefficient appliance, such as your fridge, may very well be the culprit. In fact, a refrigerator that is more than 10 years old uses at least twice the amount of energy to cool your food as a more modern, Energy Star rated appliance.

Still not sure if you need to stick with what you have or upgrade? You can always contact us to come out and help you make an informed decision about your refrigerator!

Maintaining a Gas Stovetop

You may love cooking on your gas stovetop; however, if you are like many out there, you probably have no idea where to begin when it comes to maintaining and cleaning this all-important kitchen appliance. Obviously the best way to keep your gas range in tip-top shape is to regularly clean and wipe it down after cooking. However, in reality, this is much easier said than done! If it has been a while since you have given your stovetop some TLC, you are probably due for a cleaning. The below process should have your kitchen looking spic-and-span in no time.


Soak, Soak, Soak!

While you are busy scrubbing the stovetop, an old-fashioned soak in warm, soapy water   can clean and restore your stove’s metal grates and knobs. Remove these first and let  them soak while you scrub. You can also remove the burner caps for a good soak.

Use Some Elbow Grease

Everyone has their preferred cleaning products. If you prefer natural cleaning products a 1:1 vinegar and water mixture can be sprayed on the stove top to cut grease. Want to keep it simple? Some basic dish soap on a sponge can go a long way. Just be sure not to use too much liquid, in order to avoid liquid dripping where it shouldn’t be.

Exercise Caution

Be cautious when cleaning around the knob and burner cap areas. Letting excess water drip into these areas can cause the burner switches to short out, or clog the gas orifices causing issues with lighting.

What About the Burner Heads?

Be sure to give the burner heads a good clean while you are at it. If they are removable, soak them as well. You can give them a good good scrub with a stiff bristled brush (not a wire brush it will damage the soft metal). Then inspect all the small holes and passages in the burner heads that the gas flows through. You may need to utilize a small needle or tool to remove any buildup that has accumulated and blocked the tiny passages. Be careful not to gouge the metal or enlarge the passages by forcing your tool through them. The metal is soft and if the small passage are damaged, the flame may not light or burn correctly. Be sure to let them completely dry before placing them back on the stovetop and attempting to light.

Don’t forget the inside!

Most gas ranges have spring hinges and can be easily lifted up. Before calling it a day, lift up the stove top and wipe down﹣or even vacuum﹣ food debris and crumbs from this area.
Keeping your gas range clean and residue-free can keep your stove running at it’s best and prevent expensive damage from corrosive food residue. Even with proper maintenance we know that issues can still arise. In these instances, it is always best to consult an expert to ensure the repair is safely handled. If you are having issues with your gas range feel free to contact us, and we will have you back in the kitchen in no time!

The Unique Maintenance of a Front-Loading Washing Machine

If you have recently upgraded to a sleek and modern, front-loading washing machinecongratulations! There are many reasons to switch to a front-loading washing machine, some of which include their space-saving design, cleaning performance, energy efficiency and higher spin speeds. However, when making the switch, it is important to remember that front-loading washing machines require special care and maintenance to keep them running at their best.


Ensure you are using the correct detergent

Purchasing a front-loading washing machine means you need to re-evaluate your current detergent. Make sure that you are using one that is compatible by looking for the “high-efficiency” label . Since these energy-efficient, front loaders use less water, a traditional detergent will create too many suds, which can lead to damage. In many cases, use of the incorrect type of detergent can even void your warranty.

Use the correct spin speed

It may not seem like a big deal, but using a spin speed that is not meant for the size load you are washing can cause severe damage to your washing machine. Higher spin speeds with the wrong-size load can lead to costly repairs or a shorter lifespan for your new machine.

Don’t forget your monthly cleaning session

Since these front-loading models are more prone to mold and mildew, it is important to maintain a monthly cleaning schedule. For a natural and easy cleaning, simply fill the detergent dispenser with distilled white vinegar, place a scoop of baking soda directly into the washer and run the machine on its hottest cycle. After that, use an extra rinse to ensure any mold or mildew is entirely removed.

Wipe it out, air it out, repeat!

In addition to this monthly cleaning routine, doing a few simple things after every load can help you keep any mold or mildew issues from developing. To do so, just remember to wipe down your washer and air it out after finishing every load of laundry. Don’t worry, you don’t have to air it out for too long. Simply leaving the washer door open for thirty minutes after a load will effectively air out the machine and prevent moisture-related smells and odors.

Annual Maintenance

Checking in on a few basic functions of your front-loading machine on a yearly basis is also an important part of keeping your new appliance in tip-top shape. Once a year be sure to:

  • Inspect the door seal and wipe off any residue with detergent or bleach. Be sure to check what your manufacturer suggests as a cleaning solution. Maintaining the air-tightness of the door seal will keep your washer from developing potentially messy leaks.
  • Remove and clean out detergent build up from product dispensers to avoid blockages.
  • Check on your machines connections, such as the power plug and the water supply hoses. Making sure everything is properly connected will save you from potentially expensive damage.

This may sound like a lot, but regularly checking in on your machine will help you to avoid costly repairs in the long term. If you do have any issues that need to be checked out by a professional, we are always just a phone call away!

How to Keep Your Microwave Running Like New

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You are the proud owner of a brand-spanking-new microwave. Your new appliance does not have the inevitable food splatter or make any strange noises—yet. So, what can you do to keep it this way? Following a few basic microwave maintenance rules, you can ensure your microwave will function at its best for years to come.

Keep it Clean

It sounds basic, but maintaining the cleanliness of your microwave is a crucial step in increasing the lifespan of your appliance. In addition to looking gross, excess spatter and food residue in your microwave can actually absorb energy, leading to damage and burning. One easy way to maintain microwave cleanliness is to simply cover the food you are heating—to avoid splashes in the first place. Also, be sure to give you microwave regular cleanings—both inside and out. This will keep your neat-freak relatives happy while also increasing the longevity of your microwave!

Be Careful What You Microwave

Another easy way to keep your new kitchen appliance running for years to come is to avoid heating certain materials. It seems like common sense, but you should never microwave any metal objects—including aluminum foil or plates with decorative gold or silver designs. In addition to being a fire hazard, this can also cause permanent damage to your appliance, leading to an expensive microwave repair. Ensure your dishware is microwave-safe in advance by checking their label to avoid these issues.

Don’t Run it if Empty

It may seem obvious, but never run your microwave without food or liquid inside. Some people may do this in order to utilize the timer, thinking it is no big deal. However, without anything inside of the microwave to absorb the energy, it will be trapped inside, bouncing around, which can cause the overheating of the magnetron and other expensive damage.

Use a Surge Protector

Another easy step you can take to increase the longevity of your microwave’s lifespan is to simply plug it into a surge protector, instead of directly into the wall. This simple step will protect your microwave during power surges or lighting storms—which can cause irreparable damage.

Don’t Slam the Door

No matter how much of a rush you are in, always be gentle when you shut the microwave door. We get it! You are busy, but slamming it shut in a hurry can damage the intricate mechanisms within the door—causing costly damage. Also, remember to never open the door while the microwave is in use, as this can lead to a safety fuse blow.

These pointers may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised by how many costly microwave repairs come from not adhering to these basic rules. Take our advice: stick to these guidelines and you should have long, happy relationship with your new appliance.

If it is too late, and your microwave is already damaged, get in touch with one of our microwave maintenance experts today. They will have your appliance up and running in no time!


Keeping Your Dishwasher Running at Its Best

Dishwashers are one of the most beloved appliances that a homeowner can ask for. Long gone are the days of slowly and painstakingly hand washing dishes! However, if a dishwasher is not cared for properly, trouble could occur very early on in the dishwasher’s life; leading to quite the inconvenience for the cook of the household. Keeping the dishwasher running reliably and at its best only requires a small amount of effort from the operator, so why not start now?

Always Remove Excess Food from Dishes

One of the biggest dishwasher use tips anyone can give is to clean the excess food off of dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. It is much less stressful on the dishwasher, and it only takes a few moments. In addition, the dishes will come out looking much cleaner at the end of the cycle. You definitely don’t want to clog up your dishwasher with old food; it could be quite the stinky affair!

Clean Seals and Traps Regularly

The rubber seals around the door of the dishwasher, the same seals that keep water inside, will develop a build up of dirt and grime over time. These seals should be cleaned to prevent the seals from failing or breaking prematurely. If they fail, you could find yourself with a flooded kitchen. Regular dishwasher maintenance also includes cleaning the removable food trap at the bottom of the dishwasher, usually located underneath the sprayer. This trap holds all of the food that couldn’t make its way down the drain. If food continues to sit in this trap for a long period of time, it can cause an unwelcome stench or potential clog.

Never Overcrowd or Mistreat the Dishwasher

Overcrowding a dishwasher will result in poorly washed dishes. It could also result in damage to racks within the dishwasher over time if excessively heavy loads are washed frequently. Never jerk and yank at the racks in the dishwasher when dishes or utensils become hung. While it might be frustrating when you can’t access your dishes, you must take the time to carefully dislodge the racks. Otherwise, you could break dishes, damage the racks, and destroy the hardware that allows the racks to roll in and out of the dishwasher.

Monthly Vinegar Wash Cycles to Eliminate Odors

Regular minor appliance maintenance, such as regular cleaning, is one of the best ways to keep a dishwasher in like new condition- and that includes the way it smells! Vinegar is a well known natural cleaner, and is completely safe for use in the dishwasher. While vinegar does have a rather unattractive scent, its deodorizing traits are unmatched by other natural cleaners. If the dishwasher smells horrid even after cleaning the food trap, put a cup of vinegar in it for an empty cycle.

Ice Maker Maintenance Tips

Ice machines are featured on increasingly more refrigerator models at all price levels. However, it’s important to remember that like the rest of your refrigerator, regular maintenance is key to how well the maker works, the overall quality of the ice it produces and reducing the chance you’ll need to pay for a freezer repair later in the life of your appliance.

Change the Filter

One of the most important appliance maintenance tips for your ice maker is changing the water filter once every six months to a year, depending on the frequency of use and your refrigerator model. This step helps keep your ice tasting fresh, as well as reduces issues with calcium carbonate deposits. Many refrigerators have an added feature that reminds you when it’s time to replace the filter.

Alternate Cubed and Crushed

It’s not uncommon for frost to block ice dispenser passages. One way to help prevent this from happening is to alternate between crushed and cubed ice each time you use the maker. You can also manually clean off any frost that accumulates.

Freezer Temperature

Keep your freezer temperature above -4ºF and below 0ºF to prevent frozen buildup on the ice machine tubing or the feeler arm.

Ice Lever

If your fridge has an ice lever, make sure you gently press your glass against it. Jamming the lever repeatedly increases the risks that you’ll start developing a lever that either sticks or that will not release at all.

Freezer Space

Another way to help reduce problems with your ice machine is to control how many items you store in your freezer, especially with older models. The more items in your freezer, the greater the chance that one of the freezer sensors that tell the maker when to make ice will malfunction. This will also help with your general freezer operation.


Cleaning your ice dispenser is another important aspect of refrigerator maintenance. Start by emptying out your ice storage container monthly to remove any blocks of ice at the bottom of the container. Follow your refrigerator model’s instructions for proper cleaning frequencies and methods as they may vary depending on your fridge.

Still having problems?

If you experience problems with your maker, it’s important to contact an experienced appliance repair or refrigerator repair company. This will ensure not only that your fridge is repaired correctly, but that you’ll have guaranteed fresh and clear ice when you need it.


Washing Machine Mold Prevention

Mold and mildew naturally form in areas of the home where damp conditions prevail, which is why your household laundry machine is a prime location for the development of these scourges. Although many homeowners resign themselves to living with fungal disorders in their washing machine, many ways exist to keep fungal populations down. Proper cleaning is the most important aspect of washing machine maintenance. Here’s how to clean your washing machine:

  • Using a damp, clean cotton cloth, completely wipe any and all residue off of the machine’s gasket. Is residue has formed on any part of the gasket’s surface, use hot, soapy water to remove it. Performing this task frequently enough so that buildup does not have the opportunity to occur is recommended.
  • Remove the detergent dispensers and give them a good scrubbing with a stiff-bristled brush in a sink filled with warm, soapy water. After drying them with a clean, lint-free rag, place them in a well-ventilated area and allow them to completely air-dry.
  • Newer washing machines usually have a cleaning cycle. If yours does, simply run the cycle with a cup of bleach or a cup of baking soda. Commercial preparations are also available that you can run through your washer. If your machine doesn’t have a cleaning cycle, simply run it through on its regular cycle.

If you suspect that your machine still has fungal colonies in it after running the cleaning cycle twice, contact a local appliance repair company for further assistance.

Preventative Maintenance

Proper ventilation helps keep washers problem-free. Consider placing exhaust fans in your laundry room to promote good air circulation, and always leave the door of your front load washer open slightly between cycles in order to provide the appliance with the opportunity to air out between uses. Avoid allowing clothing to sit in the appliance after the cycle is finished — this practice provides prime opportunities for the development of molds and mildews.

Choose Your Products Wisely

Laundry detergents and liquid fabric softeners can both leave residues in your washer machine that will provide the type of damp environment that fungus love. Use fabric softener sheets designed for dryers instead, and choose low-sudsing detergent to minimize residue.

Never hesitate to make an appointment with a washing machine repair service if you suspect that the interior of your machine is heavily infested with fungus.

Refrigerator Summer Maintenance Tips

Conditioning For Your Refrigerator and Freezer Summer Workout

Temperatures outside are rising. Don’t force your refrigerator and freezer to struggle to stay frigid in the heat. Appliance maintenance can mean avoiding a repair or complete breakdown and experiencing inconvenience and the loss of expensive food. Here are some tips to make sure your refrigerator and freezer are in condition for their summer workout.

1. Stay Cool

The FDA recommends that refrigerator temperature be maintained at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. At 32 degrees Fahrenheit, items will begin to freeze. Over 40 degrees Fahrenheit will allow harmful bacteria to grow. Freezers should be at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need to use a digital thermometer to assure that the temperatures are registering accurately.

2. Stay Clean

In many homes, the kitchen is a high traffic area. Dust and dirt can quickly accumulate at the bottom or back of your appliances where condenser coils are found. Check your owner’s manual if you are unsure of their location. Refrigerator maintenance requires that coils be cleaned at least once per year, but it is wise to check your unit more often. To clean the coils, you should unplug the unit. Use the brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner to carefully remove the dust. A paintbrush is a handy tool to remove stubborn dirt. If your unit has a fan visible, vacuum that carefully as well. Be sure that all lines and cords are not kinked when placing the unit back into position.

3. Stay Hydrated

To maintain freezer temperature and refrigerator efficiency, simply keeping the appliances about three-fourths filled should reduce energy consumption. Jugs of water will retain the cold if you don’t have the groceries to take up space.

4. Stay Fast

Your appliances are trying to maintain temperature through the added opening and closing of doors that warm weather brings. A tight seal is integral to keeping the cold in. To test the seal, place a piece of paper at the edge of the refrigerator and shut the door. There should be some resistance as you pull the paper out, indicating the seal is holding fast. If not, contact your appliance repair specialist.

Avoiding refrigerator repair and freezer repair by paying some attention to their maintenance will save you money and aggravation in the long run. Help your appliances go the distance.