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!

Signs That It’s Time to Call a Pro To Repair Your Appliance

Repairs are sometimes necessary, no matter how well you take care of your appliances. It is best to know what clues to look for, so you can call before a little issue becomes a big problem. Here are some signs that it is time to call a pro to repair your appliance.

 

Your Energy Costs Have Gone Way Up

Sometimes there are no funny noises or big obvious signs that something is wrong with a major appliance. That is why it is essential to keep an eye on your energy bills. If suddenly, your water bill jumps up significantly, a water-using appliance could be the culprit. Or if your electrical bill doubles, your refrigerator could be working overtime to make up for a malfunction. If you notice an unexplainable jump in your energy costs, call an appliance repair pro.

A Burning Smell or Smoke

As soon as you smell something burning or see smoke coming from an appliance, turn it off and unplug it immediately. Do not attempt to fix the appliance yourself. Burning usually points to an electrical problem, so it is best to leave this major repair to a professional.

Funny Noises

Noises are usually the first sign of trouble when it comes to appliances. Every single household appliance can make strange noises if it is malfunctioning. Sometimes those noises can give you clues about the problem. For example, if your dishwasher is making a loud humming noise, it could be an issue with the motor. Or if your dryer is making a clunking noise, it could be a broken belt. Whatever the noise may be, it is time to call the repair pros.

Excess Moisture

Moisture around the appliance or the wall nearby the machine is a major sign of trouble. This could signal a leak or an issue with the humidity settings. Excess moisture can lead to mold or mildew, so do not ignore it.

 

For all these signs of problems, and any others, Express Appliance Repair has got you covered! Give us a call for all your appliance needs.

Sweater Dryer Cabinets and Other Unique Dryer Features

What is a sweater dryer cabinet? Well, it is a cool new feature on some new dryers. Let us look at what this unique dryer feature is capable of.

 

What is a dryer cabinet?

A dryer cabinet, like the one featured on The Neptune Drying Center, combines a dryer with a new feature on top. This top drying cabinet gently dries, prevents shrinking, reduces wrinkles, eliminates clutter, and saves you lots of time and energy. You can use the dryer under the cabinet as normal but have the option for much more specific features.

How does a dryer cabinet work?

The concept of a dryer cabinet is a lot like the old school method of hanging your clothes outside to dry. You hang your garments in a compartment where they are gently dried to avoid wrinkles and shrinkage. The cabinet uses fans and heating elements that use a very small amount of energy, so your clothes are dried gently while saving on utility costs. A humidity sensor alerts the system when the garments are dry, and the heating element is switched off.

What garments should be dried with a dryer cabinet?

The friction from a tumble dryer can be rough on some fabrics. A dryer cabinet works well with delicate fabrics and special garments like suits and gowns. They also work amazing on sweaters that you normally must lay flat to dry to avoid shrinkage. Anything you would normally take to a dry cleaner can be dried in a dryer cabinet.

Does a dryer cabinet take up a lot of space?

If you plan on purchasing a dryer with an included dryer cabinet, you will need some overhead space. A combined dryer and dryer cabinet unit takes up about 7-8 feet of vertical space. If you have room, a standard washer can still be installed next to it.

 

Have a dryer cabinet? Express Appliance Repair can repair that too, as well as all your other home appliances. Give us a call today!

Appliance Maintenance The Average Person Thinks They Can Handle

Here are some appliance maintenance tasks the average person thinks they can handle but unfortunately, they are usually mistaken.

 

Clouded Glass Oven Door

How can you possibly get that oven door clean if you must clean in between the glass panels? It is a lot more difficult than you think. The proper way to accomplish this task involves carefully removing the door from the oven and placing it on a surface that will not damage it. Then, screws connecting the door and panel need to be removed so the door can be taken apart. Finally, the glass can be very delicately cleaned but all those parts need to go back together in perfect order again after everything is complete. One misstep can cause you to have a cleaner glass oven door, but a nonfunctional oven.

Dryer Lint Buildup

Dryer lint buildup not only could hinder the performance of your dryer, but it could also be a fire hazard. Built-up dryer lint causes over 15,000 fires every year. To prevent any problems caused by lint, it is a good idea to know how to clean your dryer’s lint drawer yourself. However, anything further than this step is more complicated than one would think. Besides checking the lint drawer before and after a load, you will also need to check your outdoor dryer exhaust frequently for buildups. Depending on the location of this exhaust you may need a ladder to reach it. During this process, many individuals forget to shut off the gas and detach the hook up prior to diving into the project of deep cleaning the dryer lint and exhaust system. This can cause many dangerous issues.

 

Do not try to accomplish appliance maintenance tasks that may seem easy prior to contacting a professional. If you need some guidance or would like some help with maintenance tasks, then give us a call!