Monthly Archives: April 2018

How to Make Sure Your AC is Ready for Hot Summer Weather

How to Make Sure Your AC is Ready for Hot Summer Weather Spring is a good time to prepare your home for the upcoming hot summer weather which should include tuning-up your air conditioning system, especially if its a few years old.

A spring tune-up can help identify and fix any small problems before they turn into summer breakdowns. A tuneup can  also improve the energy efficiency of your system and help extend its overall lifespan.

Here’s a good story by KTAR News in Phoenix, Arizona, about what HVAC professionals check out during an air conditioner inspection.

The inspection should include Continue reading

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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

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

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