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!

A Comparison of the Many Different Kinds of Stoves

There are many different kinds of stoves to choose from, so it can be a little overwhelming when comparing all your options. We’ve compiled a list of the most common kinds of ovens on the market, and the pros and cons of each. Here is a comparison of the many different kinds of stoves.

 

Traditional Gas

Home chefs definitely seem to prefer gas ovens, due to the ability to cook over an open flame. Flame burners heat up immediately, as opposed to waiting for an electric burner to get hot. It’s also a bit easier to control the heat under your pot or pan if you can visually see the flame’s size. Gas ovens can range anywhere from $300-3,000, so there really is an option for every budget. Also, gas can save you 10-30% in energy costs than traditional electric.

Traditional Electric

Electric stoves are reliable, inexpensive and easy to install. They also keep your kitchen cooler than gas stoves, so if you live in a hotter climate or don’t have an air conditioner in your home, this may be a better option. The cooktops on an electric oven are also easier to keep clean than gas stoves, and easier to turn on and off. The cons of an electric stove are that they take longer to heat up, use up to three times the amount of energy as gas stoves, and tend to cook slower.

Cooktops

Cooktops can be quite the addition to the kitchen for a home chef. The ability to cook in a separate area than your oven opens up a world of possibilities. It can alleviate congestion in your kitchen and give a better flow and ability to move around while cooking. However, you definitely need more space for a cooktop, and it does cut down on available counter space.

Fridges from The Future

The following fridges may sound like features we still have to wait for, but they are all available for purchase right now!

LG Smart InstaView Door-In-Door Refrigerator

This model allows you to look inside of the fridge without having to open the door! All you need to do is knock twice on the glass panel to illuminate the inside of your fridge. In addition, the “door in door” technology does a better job of optimizing the space in your fridge than ever before!

GE GAS18P

Are you tired of refilling that pitcher of water in your fridge every day? If so, then this fridge may be right for you! It comes with an easy to use, auto-filling station in the fridge. All you have to do is slide the pitcher in and the fridge does the rest for you!

LG LMXS30776S

If you’re the type of person that gets frustrated with your crisper drawers because nothing seems to last as long as they should, then this might be the model for you. This fridge allows you to set a custom temperature on an entirely separate drawer in the fridge. This can help you keep that produce fresh for much longer than you could before!

Samsung Family Hub

The first thing you will notice about this fridge is the giant screen on the front of it. This touch screen can also be voice activated and it has many features. Through the screen, you can connect to many other appliances and devices throughout the house. This especially comes in handy with its combined feature of being able to come up with recipes based on what is in the fridge and preheating the oven once you choose one. The fridge also has a camera inside of it so you can see if you are running low on anything while you are in the grocery store.

What’s That Drawer Under Your Oven For?…And Other Oven Tips

Did you ever wonder what that drawer was for under your oven? If your answer is “Of course, it’s for storage”, then you may want to continue reading! We put together some common misconceptions about ovens to ensure you’re getting the best use out of yours. These tips can help any oven owner!

 

The Warming Drawer

That drawer under your oven? It’s actually for keeping food warm. It’s a perfect place to keep food that just came out of the oven nice and warm, without continuing to cook it. It’s especially convenient if you need to cook a separate item in the oven at a different temperature. Take the first part of your dish, put it in the warming drawer, adjust the oven’s temp, and throw in the next part of your dish! It is actually not recommended that you store anything in there, even pans. The constant change of temperature will negatively impact just about anything you are thinking of storing in there.

Don’t Open The Door!

We know it’s tempting to open the door during the cooking process, but that could change the oven’s temperature by nearly 20 degrees when you do. Try to utilize your oven light as much as possible to get a peek at your food. This is especially important if you are baking anything in the oven.

Calibrate The Oven’s Temperature

Whether the dial or screen is reading 400 degrees…how certain are you that it is correct? Invest in an oven thermometer to double check it. This is a great way to get ahead of any problems in the future. If you notice that the thermometer does not match the temperature indicated on your oven, regardless of it indicating the temperature is actually higher or lower, then it’s time to give us a call!

The Most Energy Efficient Appliances of 2020

Energy efficiency has become a growingly important feature when choosing an appliance. Whether you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint and/or save on your electric bill, consider these models:

 

Washing Machine – Electrolux EFLW42

This incredibly efficient washing machine made by Electrolux only uses 60 kWh per year, which is 15 less then it’s closest competitor. Incredibly, it doesn’t sacrifice features to use this little of energy. This washing machine uses a patented system which offers improved wash actions, temperature control, and smart load sensing. Furthermore, there is a 20-Minute fast wash feature and it utilizes a specific mode to specifically target stains.

Dryer – Miele PDR908 HP

Miele created this electric dryer which is leaps and bounds more efficient than its nearest competition. With an estimated wattage of 87 kWh per year, it uses over 30% less energy than the next most efficient dryer on the market today. Similarly to the Electrolux washing machine, advanced features were not sacrificed to achieve this level of efficiency. Through heat pump technology, this ventless dryer can maximize time and energy saving. It also has a full touch screen display to access 35 different programs and has WiFi connectivity.

Dishwasher – 9 Separate Miele Models

Miele did it again with 9 of their dishwashers as well. These models range from 199-210 kWh per year before their closest competition comes in with models at 220 kWh per year. The nine separate models all come with a great range of colors and features for you to chose from. If you are in the market for an energy efficient dishwasher, then Miele should be your preferred brand.

Refrigerator – Galanz GLR10TRDEFR

The competition for most efficient fridge was exceptionally close with the Galanz model beating out a Beko model by just 2 kWh per year. Coming it at 292 kWh per year, the retro looking Galanz model would be a perfect second fridge for a garage, man cave, or she shed. It will look great all while saving a lot of energy!

Appliances of the Future

In the last decade, everything in our lives has been altered by technology in some way. Some of the changes are subtle, and some are drastic. Most of these changes make our lives way more convenient, especially when it comes to technological advances in home appliances. And it’s only going to get even more convenient. Here’s a look at the appliances of the future.

 

Self-Cleaning Ovens

Now you may be thinking, “Wait, don’t we already have self-cleaning ovens?”. We do, but the self-cleaning option is usually just an extremely high heat setting that burns off all the debris inside your oven. This process makes your home extremely hot for a couple of hours, and can smell pretty nasty. Thankfully, the new self-cleaning options will include steam, that will clean grease and grime without extreme heat or chemicals.

 

Self-Cleaning Countertops

No matter how often you wipe down your kitchen counters, they never seem to stay clean. In the future, you may not have to worry about that anymore. Thanks to nanotechnology, the countertops of the future will be able to “vacuum” themselves by pushing any crumbs or debris into a receptacle to be emptied.

 

Smart Refrigerators

The fridges of the future are perhaps the most exciting. These advanced appliances will be able to alert you when food is about to go bad. They can even give you recipe ideas to use up the almost-expired ingredients. They will even be able to push these foods to the front of the shelves, so you definitely won’t forget to use them up. Talk about sustainability!

 

Excited for the future yet? So are we! But in the meantime, remember to think of Express Appliance Repair for all your appliance needs of the present. Call for an appointment today.

Most Reliable Refrigerators

Your refrigerator is the hub of your kitchen. It’s the center of your family’s eating and snacking habits and gets used all day long. When it comes to making a big purchase like a new fridge, you want to make sure you’re getting a reliable model. Here are the most reliable refrigerators available in 2020.

 

Whirlpool

When it comes to refrigerators, Whirlpool has built a reputation of creating the best and the most reliable. Almost all its latest models are rated high in both consumer reports and reliability. They have been making fridges for over 100 years, after all, so they definitely know what they’re doing. In fact, according to a Puls study surveying hundreds of repair techs to determine the most reliable brand of refrigerator, Whirlpool secured the top slot. We all know repair techs know what they’re talking about!

 

KitchenAid

KitchenAid ranked second in that same study, and since KitchenAid is owned by Whirlpool, we’re not surprised. The same quality standards are in play with KitchenAid fridges, so you can be sure whichever model you choose, you’re going to get your money’s worth. This brand is also known for emphasizing functionality and paying close attention to detail, so they make great fridges for large families, home chefs, or any other home.

 

Samsung

A Samsung refrigerator makes a great choice if you’re looking for reliability and the latest technology. Their fridges are physically durable and last a long time, while the brand is leading the way in appliance Smart technology. If you’re looking for features like the Family Hub, where you can connect all your apps and phones to the fridge, then a Samsung fridge is definitely the right choice. Samsung also ranks third in the Puls study, so you don’t have to compromise craftsmanship for convenience.

How to Recognize Dishwasher Malfunctions

Even the best-made appliance can malfunction from time to time. Luckily, for appliances like your trusted dishwasher, malfunctions are easy to spot. If you notice any of these telltale signs from your dishwasher, then it’s time to call the repair company.

 

Dishes Coming Out Dirty

The first sign that something isn’t quite right with your dishwasher is when the dishes stop getting clean after running it. There could be many different reasons for this. Maybe you’ve switched to a different generic detergent. Maybe there was a large serving spoon blocking the spinning arm. Maybe you’ve just overfilled your machine. Once you’ve ruled out these common issues, and your dishes still aren’t getting cleaned, it may be time to call in the pros.

 

Leaking Water

If water is pooling on the ground under your dishwasher when it’s in use, you definitely have a problem. First, check the door itself for any cracks or misalignments. Next, check the door gasket along the edge for any issues. If it’s not a physical defect letting the water out, you might have a bigger problem. Call an appliance repair company right away.

 

Dishes Not Drying

If you open your dishwasher to a load of wet dishes, it’s obviously not drying properly. Drying issues with your dishwasher are usually caused by either the heating element itself or a malfunctioning high-limit thermostat. Both these problems should be left to a professional to fix.

 

Won’t Turn On

Nothing is more frustrating than a loaded dishwasher that won’t start. First, check the power sources and look for a burnt fuse. If you can’t locate the source of the problem, you may have a burnt-out motor or an electrical malfunction. Time to call the repair company.

 

For these dishwasher malfunctions or any other appliance needs, Express Appliance Repair has you covered. Call for an appointment today.

Are Your Clothes Always Germ-Free After a Laundry Cycle

When we wash our clothes, we’re mainly thinking about getting them clean. Getting that dirt and grime off is obviously a priority, but what about germs? Most people assume clothes are getting sanitized when you throw them in the washer, but are they? Let’s take a closer look.

 

What You Can’t See

If you think about all the dirty things you’ve thrown in your washing machine over the years, you can probably imagine what’s lurking in there. Studies have shown that 60% of home washing machines test positive for the presence of harmful bacteria. This is because the average washing cycle doesn’t kill germs. And yes, throwing your wet clothes into the hot dryer does kill some of those germs, but not all.

 

So, how do you kill the germs?

An easy thing you can do to prevent germs from building up in your washer is to only wash certain items in hot water. Things that should only be washed in hot water are:

  • Cloth Diapers
  • Bed Linens
  • Undergarments
  • Towels
  • Cleaning Rags
  • Pet Beds and Toys

Besides washing these things in hot water, you should also wash them separately from other items. For example, don’t wash your underwear with your t-shirts. Keep undergarments as a separate load of laundry.

 

Use Bleach on Your Whites

Using bleach on a load of white clothes can not only keep them bright and white, but it can also help kill those pesky germs in your washing machine. Once a week, wash a load of white with the recommended amount of bleach. You can even run an empty load once a month with a cup of bleach to keep it sanitized.

 

Remember, Express Appliance Repair is here for all your washing machine needs. Call for an appointment today.

Appliance Malfunctions That Should be Addressed Immediately

No matter how well we take care of them, appliances break. It’s just a fact of life. Some malfunctions are easily fixed, some aren’t. So how do you know when you should call the repair company or when you can let it wait? Let’s take a look.

 

Broken Glass

Any glass components on appliances, like a door on an oven or washing machine, should be repaired right away by a professional. In fact, if there’s broken Glass on an appliance, especially on an appliance that heats up like an oven, it shouldn’t be used at all until repaired. Glass can crack further when heated, or even shatter, so to avoid a potentially dangerous incident, call Express Appliance Repair right away.

Broken Heating Elements

Heat is nothing to mess with. So if your appliance has a heating element that is broken or malfunctioning, discontinue use until you can have it repaired by a professional. Never try to rewire an appliance yourself.

Refrigerator Temperature

When a refrigerator isn’t maintaining the proper temperature, your food may not be staying as fresh as it needs to be. When food isn’t kept cold enough, bacteria can grow, causing your food to spoil or even be toxic to eat. So if your fridge or freezer isn’t staying cold enough, call the repair company right away.

Sparks or Smoke

Anytime you smell smoke or see sparks coming from an appliance, turn it off, unplug it and call a repair company right away. A smoking or sparking appliance can be extremely dangerous, so to avoid a disastrous electrical fire, call the experts immediately.

 

For these or any other appliance malfunctions, call Express Appliance Repair right away. Our expert techs come with fully stocked trucks, and in most cases, can fix your appliance the same day. Don’t try to fix that appliance yourself. Call the pros!