Monthly Archives: July 2013

Dryer Rescue

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Dryers are a huge upgrade from the line drying technique used for many centuries.  They have become a necessity in today’s fast paced culture. When they stop working, it can be such a hassle to get it repaired.

Our gas dryer at home stopped heating fully after the first minute or so.  After a quick call to our local repair man, he suggested to replace the burner valve coils. These often fail, preventing the dryer from heating fully because one of the coils won’t energize enough to open the gas valve.

Luckily, these are easy to replace, and generally inexpensive.

Before you begin any of this process, unplug your appliance from the electrical outlet. This is always the most important step to prevent injuries.

First (depending on your model) you have to pop off the top lid, and front panel to get to the igniter assembly.

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On our model, we had to unscrew the bolts on the inside of the lint trap. Next, there is a switch that clicks into place when you close the top lid, this needs to be pushed back with a screw driver, or flat-ish tool, to lift the lid. Once the lid is hinged backwards, you’ll need to separate the wires running along the inside of the side panels, and front panel. You can use a screw driver here to undo the latch in the plug.

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After this, you need to undo another couple of screws to remove the front panel.  Then you’ll be able to get to the igniter assembly in the lower section of your dryer.

Looking at the assembly can be intimidating at first, but the part you need to replace is just sitting on top, and easily accessible.  If you can not access it easily with tools, you may need to pull out the tub.

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Once you locate the coils, unplug the wires running to them by simply pulling on them. Undo the screws holding them in place, and pull them out. Replace them with the new ones, placing them exactly how the original ones were set in there.  Tighten the screws that hold them in place, and plug the wires back into the respective plugs.

After you make sure all screws are back in place, replace the tub, if necessary.

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Line up the front panel, and snap it back into place, and replace the bolts holding it in place. Make sure to reattach the wires from the side panels to the front, and finally, snap the top lid back into place, and replace the screws in the lint trap.

That’s it! (Oh, and plug your dryer back into the outlet! Don’t forget that part!)

If you need help finding the exact part for your model, give us a call, and our customer service will be happy to help you!

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Millennial Appliances

Millennials are the generation of individuals who are now moving into their own houses for the first time, and with this migration, comes the necessity of new appliances.  While stainless steel appliances remain a huge focal point in many kitchens these days, the new Artistry series by GE focuses on innovative design aspects with a touch of tradition, at an affordable price.

The newest GE series is their latest line of kitchen appliances, targeted at first time home buyers, and younger families.  Assume that not every first time home buyer doesn’t have the funds to afford brand new stainless steel appliance suites; that’s where this line comes in.

The black gloss, and white gloss appliances lend a fresh look, with stainless accents, offering a contemporary look without compromising pocketbooks.

Tomas DeLuna led the design team in creating the Artistry series, and at 27 years old, he made sure that the necessary features that are needed in todays kitchens were included in way that were attractive for younger buyers.

For those of you interested, this line will be available for purchase some time in September 2013, and the whole suite is said to be under $2,500!

Squeaky Clean Efficiency

An important part of your dishwasher’s efficiency is how well you take care of it. There are several ways to ensure it maintains it’s peak performance.

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One of the main arguments about using dishwashers is whether or not to rinse off your dishes before putting them in.  I will always suggest rinsing off your dishes; this makes it easier for your dishwasher to clean dishes, and prevents clogging in the bottom of the tub from food debris left over from your meal.

Running your dishwasher through a cycle without anything in it will clean out it’s pipes.  I like to use a bit of vinegar in the wash tray to make sure everything is squeaky clean.  It may not smell too good, but it will do the job and lengthen the life of your appliance.

One of my main problems is always overloading the dishwasher.  I like to pack it all in to minimize the amount dishes I might have to do by hand.  This, however, never works out in my favor.  There’s almost always some sort of food residue left over on my plates and bowls. Making sure your dishes are loaded properly, and spaced out will ensure that your dishes will all get clean (and no residue). Image

For further information on dishwasher efficiency and maintenance visit here.

If you need to replace anything on your dishwasher, make sure to visit our site, and give us a call to help you find what you’re looking for.

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