Best Dishwasher Brands

Your dishwasher is probably the most convenient appliance in your kitchen. Nobody wants to wash a sink full of dishes! So you definitely want a reliable brand that you know is going to get the job done right and have a long lifespan. Here are some of the best dishwasher brands.

 

Whirlpool

Whirlpool is one of the most popular brands of kitchen appliances. The company has been around since 1911 and has built up a strong reputation over the last hundred years. Their dishwashers are known for their reliability, long life, and efficiency. They have high quality models with all the latest features and cycles for well under a $699 price point.

LG

LG dishwashers are a customer favorite. The brand is known for their 5-star reviews on online forums and is always a strong competitor with all the other name brands. Their models are known for having the latest technology, as well as a long life. The brand carries dishwashers at many different price points, so most customers can find one in their budget.

Samsung

Samsung may be somewhat new to the kitchen appliance game, but they are a strong contender. Samsung is known for their technology, and this counts for their appliances as well. If you are looking for a Smart Dishwasher, you cannot beat Samsung. On the other hand, Samsung also offers basic models at a much lower price point than other brands.

Bosch

Bosch is another reliable brand with many different dishwasher models on the market. They are known for their surprisingly quiet wash cycles and sleek designs. You can also find quality models as low as $450, making it great for families on a tight budget.

 

Whether you have one of these dishwasher brands or another, Express Appliance Repair can repair it! Give us a call for all your home appliance needs.

How Your Google Home or Amazon Alexa Can Connect to Your Appliances

Do you have a smart home system? Or are you thinking of getting one soon? If so, you will be happy to know that you can connect your Google Home or Amazon Alexa to your appliances. This allows you to do all sorts of fun and convenient things. Let us take a look.

 

Smart Refrigerators

When you connect your fridge to your smart home system, you will be able to open a whole new world of cooking and food planning. Your smart fridge can send updates to your phone about products you are running low on, or products that are expiring soon. It can even send you recipe suggestions so fresh produce does not go bad! This can make planning for weekly meals and grocery shopping a whole lot easier. Smart refrigerators work on a barcode or RFID system. They collect the batch and manufacture details directly from the internet and update your system accordingly.

Smart Ovens

Once you hook up your smart oven to your Google Home or Amazon Alexa system, you will be able to control the appliance through an app on your phone. Your oven will use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology to connect to your smart system. You will be able to set automatic functions on your oven, or even connect it to your smart fridge. This way, your oven can prepare itself for a recipe your fridge suggests.

Smart Laundry Appliances

Perhaps the most convenient of the smart appliances are the smart washers and smart dryers. Once these are connected to your Google Home or Amazon Alexa system, life gets a lot easier. Your washer will alert you when a load is ready to be transferred to the dryer. Or you can program it to start at a later time, so you won’t have wet clothes sitting in the washer while you’re out of the house.

 

Remember, even if you have Smart appliances, they still occasionally need repairs. Keep Express Appliance Repair in mind for all your home appliance needs.

Underrated and Underused Washing Machine Cycles

When it comes to doing your laundry, you probably have a routine. Turn it on, pour in the soap, throw in the clothes, close the lid, and go about your day. Most of us have not changed the setting on the dial for months, maybe even years! But what about those neglected settings? What do they do, and should you be using them? Here is a breakdown of those underrated and underused washing machine cycles. You may want to give them a try.

 

Delicate

The delicate washing cycle was designed for fabrics that are, well, delicate. It’s the shortest, gentlest cycle on your machine. We recommend using the cold water setting if your machine usually defaults to warm water. This cycle is very similar to handwashing and it’s more versatile than you think. If you have handmade items like knitted or crocheted scarves, shawls, or blankets, this would be the perfect use for this cycle. Just remember to lay the items flat or hang to dry.

Permanent Press

Does anyone know what the permanent press cycle actually does?? We do. This cycle was created in the 1940s to cater to the introduction of synthetic materials like polyester, nylon and wrinkle-free garments. It uses warm water, a slower spin speed and a shorter cycle with the intent to keep the shape of each item. Although you can use Permanent Press for your synthetic materials, it can also be used as a gentler cycle when you want a bit more oomph than the Delicate cycle.

Heavy Duty

The Heavy Duty cycle is for what its name implies, a little extra washing power when you need it. This cycle uses a faster spin and a more thorough rinse, so it’s great for loads where you want to add a bit more soap, like gym clothes, pet bed covers, or work clothes that might need a little extra decontaminating.

 

So take a look at that neglected dial next time you do the laundry, you might be surprised! And remember to keep Express Appliance Repair in mind for all your appliance needs!

Incredible New Oven Features

If you are in the market for a new oven, or will be in the near future, you’ll be happy to know that new ovens come stocked with some pretty cool features. Here is a look at some of the incredible new oven features available on the latest models.

 

Duel Ovens

Double ovens used to be luxury items that were only seen in the kitchens of movie stars. Not the case anymore! Duel ovens are much more affordable than they used to be and do not take up much more space than the traditional models. Duel ovens can be extremely useful for home cooks that entertain often. Imagine being able to cook a roast and a pie at the same time without adjusting temperatures or moving stuff around. Amazing!

Smart Tech

Smart technology is all the rage these days, especially for home appliances. Smart ovens allow you to do things you could never imagine doing a decade ago. For example, smart ovens can be controlled by your smartphone. So you could preheat your oven on the way home from work, or while you’re upstairs watching TV. But smart tech means more than just long-distance preheating. You can also send recipes to your oven from your phone for automatic temp changes or suggestions and pair your oven to Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Now you can just yell to turn on your oven!

Special Cooking Options

New ovens come with specialty cooking options, depending on what you are looking for. Some new options include “air fry” so that you can put a crisp on things like roasted chicken or turkey, and “dehydration” for fun items like homemade beef jerky.

 

Remember, whether your oven is new or old, Express Appliance Repair is here for all your home appliance needs, including emergency repair. Give us a call today!

How Your Appliances Can Work Together with the Latest Technology

Smart home technology is not only changing the way we secure our homes, use devices, and listen to music, it is also changing the way we use appliances. Read on to learn how your appliances can work together with the latest technology.

 

Washer and Dryer

The most obvious pairing with smart technology would be your washer and dryer. They are already working together to do your laundry, but with smart tech, they can do this more efficiently. With a smart home system, your washer can alert you when a load is ready to go in the dryer. Your dryer can also automatically adjust its cycle depending on what cycle was used in the washer. For example, if you washed your clothes on Delicate, your dryer will know to use a low heat setting.

Oven and Refrigerator

This next one is exciting for foodies and home cooks everywhere. With smart technology, your oven and refrigerator could work together to help you develop new recipes and ways to use up the food in your fridge. You could program your fridge to alert you when you have fresh foods close to expiring, and in turn, your oven could preheat and prepare for that recipe. No more rotten veggies, and lots of new recipes to switch up weeknight dinners. It’s a win-win!

Virtual Assistant

With a smart home system, your virtual assistant, either on your smartphone or through a device like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, will coordinate all your home appliances. Whether it is turning on your dishwasher at night while everyone is asleep or preheating your oven when it knows you are on your way home from work, your virtual assistant is like the butler of your appliances.

 

Whether you have smart appliances, or the traditional kind, keep Express Appliance Repair in mind for all your appliance needs. Give us a call today!

Take Advantage of Basic Fridge Features to Make Food Last Longer

The whole point of your refrigerator is to keep your food fresh as long as possible. But if you are not using some of the features it was made for, you may be missing out. Here is how to take advantage of basic fridge features to make food last longer.

 

Store Dairy Products At the Back of the Fridge

Your refrigerator’s shelving system was set up on purpose. Certain areas get cooler than others. It may be more convenient to keep your jug of milk in the door, but that could actually make it spoil faster. Keep your milk and dairy products on a shelf in the center of the fridge, near the back.

Use Your Crisper Drawers Correctly

Every fridge has crisper drawers specifically to keep vegetables fresh as long as possible. Some have humidity settings, and if you have those, make sure you are using them correctly. High Humidity settings are for veggies like asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers, green beans and leafy greens. Low Humidity settings are for the harder fruits and vegetables like apples, avocados, melons and plums. Using these drawers and their settings correctly could save you lots of money. Wasted produce is never a good thing.

Make Sure Your Temperature is Set Correctly

Most people do not realize that your fridge’s temperature can fluctuate with the seasons or how cool you keep your home. The ideal temp is 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or a few degrees cooler. If you have young children in your home, check the settings frequently. Little ones tend to play with dials, and you may not realize it until some of your food is already spoiled.

 

If any of your fridge’s basic features are not working correctly, or if your food is spoiling quicker than it should, the experts at Express Appliance Repair can help. Call for an appointment today!

Basic Appliance Tips to Save Energy

Did you know your appliances account for about 20% of your total household energy use? If you are looking to save money on your utility bills or cut down on your energy usage, start with your appliances. Here are some basic appliance tips to save energy.

 

Refrigerator Energy Saving Tips

When it comes to saving energy, the first appliance you should address is your fridge. Refrigerators use the most power out of any appliance in the home. Try these easy tips:

  • Keep the temp between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Don’t overcrowd, leave a little space between items so cold air can circulate
  • Always cover containers. Uncovered food release moisture into the air, causing your fridge to work harder
  • Make sure the doors are sealed tight

Dryer Energy Saving Tips

In a close second to your fridge, clothes dryers account for a large percentage of energy use in your home. Try these tips:

  • Dry towels and heavier fabrics separately
  • Use the moisture sensor setting if available
  • ALWAYS empty the lint vent before and after a load
  • Periodically inspect your outdoor dryer vents

Washing Machine Energy Saving Tips

Front loading washing machines are more energy-efficient than their counterparts, so when shopping for a new machine, keep that in mind. 80% of the energy used for a washing cycle is to heat the water, so to save energy, use these tips:

  • Unless you have heavily soiled items or are trying to sanitize a load, use the cold or warm water settings
  • Always wash a full load, but do not overfill
  • Buy cold water detergent and use cold water cycles for most items
  • Turn off the extra rinse or 2nd rinse option

 

For more energy savings tips or for any of your home appliance needs, ask the experts at Express Appliance Repair. Call for an appointment today!

How a Dishwasher Works

Sure, you may use it every night, and rely on it to wash your dishes so you don’t have to, but do you really know how your dishwasher works? Understanding how an appliance works is helpful when something breaks down or begins to fail, so you can treat it accordingly. Here’s a breakdown of how a dishwasher works.

 

What Happens When You Push the “Start” Button

Once you’ve loaded your dishwasher and added the soap, you close the door and press the necessary buttons for the cycle you want. Then the magic happens. Once a wash cycle starts, your dishwasher adds the amount of water needed to the bottom of the machine and heats it to the appropriate temperature. Contrary to popular belief, only the required water is added, your machine is not continuously adding water while it’s on. Once the proper amount of water is at the bottom of the machine, it activates a sensor which then turns the heating element on.

The Washing Begins

Once the water is hot enough, another sensor is activated, and the next stage begins. An electric pump takes the warmed water and forces it into the pipes on the side of the machine, which are connected to spinning paddles. When water enters the paddles, it makes them spin around. The spinning motion, much like garden sprinklers, assures the water goes everywhere it needs to go to wash your dishes. The water that falls down to the bottom of the machine is heated up again, and the cycle is repeated.

The Drying Cycle

Once your dishwasher has completed the washing phase, the water drains through the bottom of the machine and your machine heats up again. The water still on the dishes evaporates in the heat. When this process is complete, your dishwasher is done and your dishes are clean.

 

If your dishwasher isn’t working properly, remember Express Appliance Repair is here for all your home appliance needs. Call for an appointment today!

Dryer Safety Tips

According to FEMA, there are 2,900 reported dryer fires every year in the United States, resulting in $35 million in property loss. A large majority of these fires may have been prevented by utilizing some of the following fire safety tips:

 

Always Have Your Washer and Dryer Professionally Installed

The only way to ensure that your laundry appliances are set up correctly and safely is to have them installed by a professional. Professional appliance repair and installation technicians are trained in both electric and gas dryer setups. They will know how to pair your dryer with your home safely. While it may be tempting to save some money and do it yourself, the risks are not worth the savings.

Clean the Surrounding Areas

The top of your dryer or the area surrounding it should never be used as storage. Keep your laundry area free of clutter and vacuum and dust regularly.

Check the Lint Trap Before AND After Each Load

The most common source of dryer fires is an overflowing lint trap. Get in the habit of checking the lint trap before and after each load.

Check Your Vents

Your dryer vents should be cleaned out periodically. A dirty vent is a dryer fire just waiting to happen. Dryer vents should be cleaned professionally once a year. In between professional cleanings, be sure to check the outside exhaust and clean it if needed.

Never Overload Your Dryer

A load of wet clothes that is too heavy for your dryer will cause it to work harder than it needs to. Not only is overloading your dryer a fire hazard, but it can also cause your dryer to break down or not last as long as it should.

 

Another way to prevent dryer fires is to have it professionally repaired at the first sign of an issue. Express Appliance Repair is here for all your dryer-related repairs and all the major appliances in your home.

Common Appliance Malfunctions Caused By User Error

Appliances can be a little finicky sometimes, at least we think they can be. The truth is, many common appliance malfunctions are caused by user error. Here are some common appliance malfunctions and how to avoid them

 

Refrigerator Not Cooling Enough

 

There’s nothing more frustrating than opening your fridge to realize the temperature has dropped. Before you panic and start pricing new refrigerators online, check the coils. The black tube and wire coils on the bottom on your fridge can get grimy and covered with dust, pet hair and debris. Try to vacuum the area below your fridge regularly and carefully.

 

Washer Stops Spinning

When your washing machine begins to make loud conking sounds or suddenly stops spinning during a cycle, it could simply be an error. Overloading the washer, or filling it unevenly, can cause the spinning mechanism to go a little wonky during a cycle. Try taking some items out or redistributing the weight of the load around the spinner.

Dryer Not Drying

If your clothes are not drying, first check the settings dial. It may sound obvious, but it’s common for your dial to get set to the wrong cycle, air dry perhaps, without you realizing it. If you have checked your settings and it’s still not getting hot enough, check your lint vents. A build-up of lint in your dryer vent not only makes your dryer work harder, but it is also a fire hazard.

Dishwasher Not Washing

Opening the dishwasher to a load of semi-clean dishes is always a bummer, but it could be an easy fix. There are filters on the bottom of your dishwasher that are probably being neglected. Remove the filter and wash it with dish soap and warm water. Check your owner’s manual for guidance on this.

 

If you’re still having appliance malfunctions, call Express Appliance Repair. We’re here for all your appliance needs!