Monthly Archives: January 2019

The Benefits of Using a Humidifier in Winter

benefits-of-using-a-humidifierAdding a humidifier to your home can help increase the moisture levels in your home’s air and help alleviate some common winter-time problems like dry skin, cracked lips and dry sinuses. It also can help protect your home as well.

Whether you use a warm mist or cool mist humidifier, they all work to add moisture to the air. Here are some of the benefits of using a humidifier in your home.

Better Skin

Adding a humidifier and moisture can improve dry skin, eyes and cracked lips. Dry air can also aggravate eczema and other chronic skin conditions. Using a humidifier might improve these conditions.

Better Health

Adding a humidifier can also help soothe sore throats, dry nasal passages and ease symptoms of the cold, flu, asthma or allergies. Added moisture can also prevent bloody noses caused by dry air.

Better for Your Home

Dry air can cause wood furniture and fixtures to shrink, split and crack.  Adding moisture will help protect these items inside your home. It can also help keep the soil in potted plants from drying out due to lack of moisture.

Better for Your Bank Account

Moist air feels warmer and might prevent you from constantly bumping up the heat in winter.

Humidifier Cleaning and Maintenance Tips

Clean the humidifier every three days. Unplug the machine and empty the tank of old distilled water. Check the manufacturer’s instructions on how to clean the appliance. Honeywell recommends weekly cleanings of the humidifier using white vinegar to remove scale deposits and a diluted solution of bleach and water to disinfect their humidifiers.

Use only distilled or demineralized water in room humidifiers.  Tap water contains minerals that can leave deposits inside your humidifier and promote bacterial growth.

Whole House Humidifier Replacement Water Pad Part Number A12PR

Whole House Humidifier Replacement Water Pad Part Number A12PR

For whole house humidifiers, replace the water pad (also called a water panel, evaporator pad, humidifier or water filter) once per heating season. Dust, scale and mineral deposits can clog the mesh in the water pad, which can restrict air flow through the pad. Find a replacement humidifier water pad at


Ice Will Not Dispense From In-Door Ice Maker- Replacing the Ice Dispenser Auger Motor

Replacing the Ice Dispenser Auger MotorIf your ice will not dispense from your indoor refrigerator ice and water dispenser, there may be a problem with the ice dispenser auger motor.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.

locate the ice bin assembly

To access this part, open the refrigerator door to locate the ice bin assembly and then open the door to the ice bin assembly.

removing the ice bin assembly from the refrigerator

There is a notch in the assembly which allows access to a button underneath the ice bin assembly. Push the button to release the entire assembly and Continue reading

4 Fixes for Bad-Tasting Ice Cubes

4 Fixes for Bad-Tasting Ice CubesIf the ice from your ice maker or dispenser is producing bad-tasting or bad-smelling ice, here are four easy fixes that may solve this problem.

1. Clean Out Your Refrigerator and Freezer

Water and ice can easily absorb bad odors which can also impact the taste of your ice cubes. Try cleaning out your freezer and refrigerator.  If there are bad odors from spoiled or strong-smelling food, they can make their way from the refrigerator into the freezer compartment. Cleaning out both areas will eliminate this issue.

2. Make New Ice

After you perform a deep clean in both the freezer and refrigerator, throw out any old ice and wait for new ice cubes to form. Old, stale ice can easily absorb odors from food, so using Continue reading

Dishwasher Not Draining? What Parts to Check

Dishwasher Not Draining? What Parts to CheckIf your dishwasher is not draining water then there could be a clog in the drain hose, pump or possibly a defective part. Here’s how to troubleshoot and what parts could be causing the problem.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.


Dishwasher Drain-Pump A00126401 Manufacturer:  Electrolux
Used on these Brands:  Electrolux, Frigidaire, Gibson, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Tappan, White-Westinghouse
This drain pump assembly can be used on some dishwasher models.

Drain Pump

The dishwasher drain pump forces the water out through the drain hose. Depending on your dishwasher’s model, you could have a reversible pump or a direct-drive pump. Disconnect the pump from underneath the dishwasher’s basin. Be sure to have a bucket and towels on hand to catch any residual water in these parts. Remove the Continue reading

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