Why Does My Gas Stove Turn My Pots Black?

Why Does My Gas Stove Turn My Pots Black?Pots and pans used on a gas stove sometimes develop black marks on them. This sooting or staining can be caused by uneven heating, heat that is turned up too high, or even a dirty stove top. Here’s how to fix these problems and prevent future black marks on your cookware.

Uneven Heating

The proper surface burner flame should be 5/8 inches high with a well-defined blue flame. If a flame is a blue color with a yellow center, or a yellow flame, then this could indicate a problem with the air gas mixture.  Adjust the air shutter on the surface burner to obtain the correct size and color.  However, sealed burner cooktops cannot make any air adjustments.

If the stove was recently converted to liquid propane, then Continue reading

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Washer Fills and Drains at the Same Time –How to Fix

 Washer Fills and Drains at the Same Time –How to FixIf your washer fills and drains at the same time check the drain hose to make sure it is properly installed and meets all installation requirements.

If the drain hose is not properly installed, or the drain pipe is too small, then the hose could be siphoning water from inside the washer’s tub while filling.

Make sure the drain hose is at least 30 inches high and has an internal diameter of 1.5 inches in order to provide an air gap around the drain hose to prevent suction. If the drain pipe is Continue reading

Refrigerator freezer is not defrosting, or your refrigerator is not cooling

Refrigerator Freezer Frosty or Refrigerator is not Cooling defrost thermostatIf your refrigerator freezer is not defrosting, or your refrigerator is not cooling, it could be due to a bad defrost thermostat.

The defrost thermostat detects the temperature of the evaporator coils inside the freezer portion of a refrigerator.  Cold air from inside the freezer is then pushed into the refrigerator. When the temperature of the evaporator coils drops, the defrost thermostat turns on and allows power to flow to the defrost heater. The defrost heater then melts the frost and ice off of the evaporator coils, allowing the proper temperatures to be maintained in your freezer and refrigerator.

If the defrost thermostat stops working, then the defrost heater never turns on and melts the frost on the evaporator coils. This can cause the coils inside the freezer to ice up and stop producing cold air.

To determine if Continue reading

Can You Leave Wet Clothes in the Washer Overnight?

Opps, you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer and left them in the washer overnight. So what should you do? Give them the old smell test and if they smell ok, dry them as you normally would.

According to the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science, wet clothes can Continue reading

How to Replace a Gas Range Top Burner Ignitor

Gas-Range-Top-Burner-IgnitorIf your gas burner is not lighting, then it might be due to a defective top burner ignitor. This gas oven part creates the spark to light the surface burner. Continue reading

Washer Does Not Turn On, Spin or Drain – How to Fix

Washer-Does-Not-Turn-On,-Spin-or-Drain-–-How-to-FixIf your washer will not turn on, or your washer will not spin or drain, it might be due to a faulty or missing lid switch actuator. This washer part sits inside the washer’s lid and comes into contact with the lid switch inside your washer.

When the door lid is shut, the lid switch actuator is inserted into the lid switch which causes the Continue reading

Why Your Modern Slow Cooker Won’t Cause a Fire

Modern Slow Cooker and Fires Fans of a popular TV show were outraged when a fire caused by a slow cooker caused the death of a beloved character. So what are the chances your modern slow cooker could cause a fire as well? It’s very slim, according to an article on Popular Science. https://www.popsci.com/small-appliance-fire-safety-crock-pot#page-2

Thanks to a device that many modern appliances have called a thermal protector (also known as a thermal cutoff) your appliance will shut off before reaching a high temperature that could spark a fire.

The thermal protector acts as a Continue reading

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