Signs Your Oven Needs to be Cleaned

If you cannot remember the last time you cleaned your oven, you are not alone. Most household ovens do not get cleaned as much as they should. But the truth is, cleaning your oven regularly will help keep it working efficiently and last a long time. How do you know when it is time to clean your oven? Here are some signs your oven needs to be cleaned.

 

Smoke When Baking

If your oven smells smoky when it is preheating or when it is baking, there’s probably built-up food debris on the bottom. When leftover food, sauces, or debris build up on the bottom of your oven – they burn and produce smoke as it is heating up. What is the big deal with a little smoke? Well, those smoky fumes can change the taste of your food and can even be hazardous to your health. If dinner time comes with smoke, then it is time to clean your oven.

A Strange Smell When Heating

Burnt food particles in your oven will not just go away. The more they get heated up, cooled down, and reheated – the more rancid they begin to smell. If you smell something “off” when your oven is preheating, or while it is baking, then it is probably time for a cleaning.

Your Oven is Taking Longer and Longer to Preheat

Although there may be other reasons for a slow-heating oven, needing a good cleaning could be one of them. If your stove is suddenly taking longer than usual to pre-heat, try giving it a good scrub. Call a repair company if it does not seem to fix the issue.

Your Food Tastes Weird

If your cupcakes have a lingering burnt taste, or that casserole tastes a bit metallic, that is a major sign that your oven needs to be cleaned. The fumes from burning debris can penetrate uncooked food as it heats up in your oven.

 

Did cleaning your oven not fix the problem you are having? Express Appliance Repair is here for all your appliance needs. Give us a call today!

Tips for Washing Large and Odd Shaped Clothing

Washing machines have come a long way in the last decade. Some items that you would have never dreamed of washing at home years ago are perfectly safe to throw in your washing machine today. However, you need to be aware of what can be machine washed and what cannot. Here are some tips for washing large and odd-shaped clothing.

 

Jackets and Coats

Always check the labels on your outdoor items before washing. You may be surprised to find out that most jackets and coats can be machine washed. We recommend washing all coats by themselves, on a gentle or delicate cycle with cold water. If the tag says the coat is dryer safe, then go for it, otherwise, hang to dry.

Comforters and Quilts

If you have a large capacity washing machine, then you probably can be washing your comforters and quilts at home. Your washing machine may even have a bedding or comforter setting. For quilts, we recommend a gentle cycle with cold water and dry and low. However, you may want to use warm water for your comforters, but a gentle cycle is still best.

Shoes

It can get a bit iffy when it comes to washing shoes at home. Leather shoes should never be thrown in the washer and should be wiped clean instead. Sneakers and tennis shoes are safe to be thrown in the washer, but you need to balance the load. We recommend washing all shoes on a gentle cycle with cold water. Throw in a few towels to keep the load balanced. Never put shoes in the dryer, and instead air dry, or hang outside.

Pillows

Always read the label on your pillows before washing. Most fiber filled and down pillows are machine washable. However, you MUST use a delicate cycle on the lowest spin speed. Washing your pillows on a heavy-duty cycle can lead to a feather or fluff disaster.

 

Remember to keep Express Appliance Repair in mind for all your washing machine and appliance needs.

How to Child-Proof Your Appliances

Everyone is aware that they need to child-proof their home to keep their little ones safe. That includes cabinets, doors, toilets, and stairways. But what about appliances? Small children are innately curious, and big shiny appliances with lots of buttons and dials are impossible to resist! Here are some tips on how to child-proof your appliances.

 

Dishwashers

When it comes to your dishwasher, it may not seem too dangerous for little ones. However, the large, heavy door can be quite dangerous for a child if pulled open. Plus, you do not want your kids turning on your machine and wasting water, or rewashing clean dishes, or stopping your dishwasher mid-cycle! So, to prevent these things, we recommend using inexpensive child-proofing latches for the door, as well as dial protectors.

Ovens

Ovens present some of the biggest dangers of the kitchen if left unchecked. We highly recommend getting dial protectors for your stovetop dials and a latch for the door. If you have a gas oven, it is even more imperative to prevent your little ones from touching the dials. Turning on the gas without igniting the flame is extremely dangerous.

Refrigerators

Child-proofing your fridge is not just about preventing your kids from sneaking food. Little kids could accidentally pull heavy things on top of them, or glass containers that could shatter and cut them. There are plenty of fridge locks on the market. We recommend getting one that is simple to use for adults too. No need to lock yourself out of the fridge!

Washer and Dryer

If you have a top-loading washer, there is not much to worry about. Besides storing your laundry detergent and bleach where your kids cannot reach it, the most you would need for your laundry appliances are door latches.

 

Keep those appliances safe for your little ones! Also, remember to keep Express Appliance Repair in mind for all your appliance needs.

Features Coming to Dishwashers in 2021

We are so ready to say goodbye to 2020. Not only is it a fresh start for all of us, but there is also a lot to look forward to. There are so many cool appliance features coming out in 2021! In this blog, we are going to look at the exciting new features coming to dishwashers in 2021.

 

Larger Capacities

Nothing is more frustrating than filling your dishwasher, only to realize you still have half a sink full of dirty dishes. That is why the new dishwashers of 2021 will have plenty of options for larger capacities. For example, Bosch has a line of dishwasher models with V-shaped third rack options that offer up to 30% more space for dirty dishes. More space means more clean dishes!

Better Drying

Have you ever unloaded a dishwasher full of clean dishes only to have to dry them by hand with a towel? Some new dishwashers’ features are coming out to eliminate that issue by using the latest drying technology. The Bosch 800 Series is one of the first dishwashers that use the power of zeolite. Zeolite is a mineral that can store heat and absorb water. Using this mineral, the dishwasher can speed the drying process and eliminate water droplets altogether.

Lower Prices

With the addition of all these new features, that means that earlier models will be a lower price point. So, if you have been putting off buying a new dishwasher for several years, 2021 is the year to take the plunge. Sure, you may not be getting some of the fancy features mentioned above, but you will get a brand-new dishwasher with plenty of useful features for a much lower price.

 

For all your dishwasher repair needs, for new or old models, remember Express Appliance Repair is here for you! In most cases, we can complete repairs on the same day. Give us a call today!

Gas vs. Electric Stoves

Several factors go into choosing the right stove for you. The first option you need to determine is gas or electric. Here is what you need to know about each type, so you can decide on what is best for you and your family.

 

Gas Stoves

First off, you need to make sure your kitchen has the capacity for a gas oven hookup. If not, one will have to be added. You will have to do some research to make sure adding a gas line is possible where you live. Gas stoves are usually the preference of most experienced home cooks since it is easier to control the heat with a flame vs. an electric burner. You also do not need to wait for the burner to heat up since turning on the flame means instant heat. Things tend to cook more evenly in a gas stove. However, you do have to contend with the possibility of your pilot light going out. If you have little kids at home, gas stoves present more danger. But it is nothing a little childproofing like dial protectors and door latches can’t fix. If you decide on a gas stove, make sure your home has working carbon monoxide detectors!

Electric Stoves

Some people assume electric stoves are more expensive than their gas counterparts. However, it really depends on what region of the country you live in. Sometimes it is exactly the opposite. However, energy bills will be a tad higher with electric stoves compared to gas. Electric stoves do have some benefits. Although the burners are not as easy to control heat-wise as gas, they are easier to clean, especially if you opt for an all-glass stovetop. Electric stoves are also safer in general.

 

Whichever stove you choose, electric or gas, Express Appliance Repair is here for all your stove repair needs!

Most Common Signs of a Broken Washing Machine

We sure rely on our washing machines. That is why it is always extremely frustrating when they start to malfunction or break down. It is best to call a professional repair company at the first sign of a problem, instead of waiting until it gets worse. Here are the most common signs of a broken washing machine.

 

Loud Banging Noises

While it can be common for your washing machine to become unbalanced during a washing load, this should not happen frequently. If rearranging the clothes to distribute them evenly does not solve the issue, and it is still making loud noises during a wash cycle, it is time to call in the pros.

Won’t Drain

A failure to drain usually means that something has jammed the drain line or hoses. While this is an easy fix most of the time, you will need a professional with the appropriate equipment to unclog it.

Leaks

There are several different areas that your washing machine can leak from. The most common leak site is at the drain line. However, you will need a professional to assess the washer and find the leak. Never use a washer that is leaking.

A Drum That Won’t Budge

If your washer is not turning like it is supposed to while washing, something is wrong. The culprit could be a damaged, loose, or missing belt. This is a sign to call in a professional repair company.

A Locked Door

Front-load washers use computer sensors to operate their door locking mechanisms. Sometimes the sensors can malfunction, causing the door to stay locked. Never force open a locked door. Forcing could result in much more trouble than just a bad sensor.

 

If your washing machine is experiencing any of these issues, or something else entirely, it is best to leave it to the pros. Luckily, Express Appliance Repair has years of experience dealing with all these common washing machine problems. Give us a call today!

Why You Shouldn’t Hesitate to Call an Appliance Repair Company

We rely on all our home appliances, now more than ever. So, when they break down, it can be extremely frustrating. You may even be tempted to try to fix them yourself to save time and money. The truth is that it is always best to call in an appliance repair company right away. Here is why.

 

Rising Energy Bills

Appliances use a lot of energy. Old and malfunctioning appliances use even more energy. Your refrigerator, for example, is the biggest energy-sucking appliance in your home. If one of its many components is beginning to go bad, it will use even more energy as it tries to keep your food cold. All this extra work can add up on your monthly energy bills. Repairing your appliance, or replacing it with a new one, will end up saving you much more money than continuing to use it.

Fire Hazard

Appliances like ovens and dryers that use heat sources should never be used when broken. If you are continuing to use a broken appliance because you do not want to pay someone to repair it, you could be putting your home or family in danger. Call an appliance repair company right away.

Not as Complicated as You Think

Some people put off calling in the pros because they think it will be a time-consuming or complicated process. This is not true. Professional appliance repair companies, like Express Appliance Repair, have got their repair process down to an exact science. They come equipped with the proper tools and parts. Most of the time, they can repair your appliance on the same day. They have got years of experience dealing with all sorts of appliance problems, common and not so common.

Not as Pricey as You Think

A professional appliance repair company will be upfront about their prices. If you call for or request an estimate online, you will get an accurate and fair quote that is probably a lot lower than you expect.

 

Do not hesitate to call Express Appliance Repair for all your appliance repair needs.

How You May Be Paying Monthly For a Broken Fridge

Your refrigerator is the biggest energy consumer in your home. Older fridges generally use more electricity than new models. When a fridge starts to break down, it will use more energy as it tries to maintain a consistently cold temperature. Basically, a broken fridge will work harder than it should have to. You may think you are saving money by keeping your old refrigerator instead of buying a new one, but the opposite may be true. Here is how you may be paying monthly for a broken fridge.

 

The Struggle to Stay Cold

The sole purpose of a refrigerator is to keep your food cold. There are a lot of components in the appliance to make this happen. A condenser, evaporator, fans, timers, and thermostats all work together to keep your fridge at the temperature you set. All these components use electricity. In addition, your fridge is heavily insulated to keep the cold air inside the appliance. It uses door gaskets to do this. If any of these components are beginning to break down or fail, they will use even more energy to keep up. Sometimes the working components will work twice as hard to make up for the work not being done by the failing component. This can add quite a bit onto your monthly energy bills.

A Faulty Thermostat

Whatever temperature you set your fridge to is controlled by its thermostat. It operates as an open switch that closes when the temperature gets too high. This causes the cooler air to be forced through fans to the freezer. It is possible for your thermostat to fail and get stuck in the closed position. This can eat up quite a bit of energy until it is replaced.

 

If you suspect your refrigerator has become an energy sucker, it may be time to replace it entirely. The experts at Express Appliance Repair can assess your current fridge and let you know if it is fixable, or time to upgrade. Give us a call today!

The Benefits of Owning Two Separate Ovens

If you have spent your entire life with just one oven in your kitchen, it may seem like the only way. Any more would just be overkill, right? Not quite. In fact, you may be missing out on a world of culinary possibilities. Read on to learn about the benefits of owning two separate ovens.

 

Make the Home Cook’s Life SO Much Easier

The assumption is that multiple ovens are only necessary if you entertain often. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sure, if you are a social butterfly and find yourself constantly hosting dinner parties, then owning two separate ovens does indeed make preparing for guests a whole lot easier. However, even if you are just used to cooking for you and your partner or your family, two ovens completely changes the game. Take a good old American classic, for example, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and roasted veggies. Those root veggies roast best at a high temp like 425. However, meatloaf would burn in an oven that hot. Instead of having to time things out and cook them separately, imagine roasting the veggies in one oven, while you are cooking the meatloaf and boiling the potatoes in the other. So much easier! It cuts cooking time in half as well.

Increase the Sellability of Your Home

Two ovens equal a fancier kitchen. It is just a fact. Even though a second oven is not a significant investment financially, it could increase the sellability of your home if you ever decide to sell. Besides the monetary benefit, it is just a big upgrade that turns your kitchen from ok to amazing. There are so many models and styles of ovens to choose from, you are sure to find something that works perfectly for your kitchen.

 

Own two separate ovens or are thinking about adding another one? Express Appliance is here for all your oven and home appliance needs. Give us a call today!

Understanding the Settings on Your Dishwasher

Our dishwasher is a lifesaver. What would we do without them? If you are like the average American who owns a dishwasher, you probably use it often. But do you use the same setting every time? Maybe you are not even aware of what the other settings do. Because if the tried and true “Normal” setting works every time, why try the others? Well, the truth is, you may be wasting perfectly good washing power. Your dishwasher has those other settings for a reason. Let us explore them a bit more.

 

Quick Clean

Most dishwasher owners probably shy away from this setting because a thorough clean is always best, right? Well let’s say you had a small gathering where only drinks were served, do you really need to wash a load of mainly glasses and mugs for an entire normal cycle? Probably not. The “Quick Clean”, or “1 Hour” on some models, is designed to sanitize dishes that are lightly soiled. This feature is great after a night of drinks and appetizers, but not so great after a Sunday dinner.

Heavy Duty

The “Heavy” cycle lives up to its name and is meant for dishes that are heavily soiled. Think cheesy casserole dishes or spaghetti sauce covered plates. This is the setting to use if you have a mix of plates and cookware to wash. It uses high temps and extra wash cycle times to get all those little bits of food and gunk off your dishes.

Air Dry

This setting is perfect for those looking to conserve energy but still want to utilize their dishwasher. Instead of using high heat to dry your dishes after a wash cycle, it just finishes. We recommend cracking the door open to speed up the drying process. Also, keep in mind that plastics do not dry as well with this method – so you may have to towel dry those dishes yourself.

 

Is something wrong with your dishwasher settings? Then give Express Appliance Repair a call today!