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
A dryer that shuts off before its cycle is over is a frustrating problem. Here’s what to check in order to solve why a dryer is not completing its cycle.
Tripped or Bad Breaker
A dryer that shuts off mid cycle might be due to a bad or weak breaker. Find the breaker box and flip the breaker in order to reset it. If the dryer controls are now on, then the breaker might be bad and will need to be replaced.
Dirty or clogged venting could be the reason why the dryer is not finishing its cycle. The dryer could be overheating due to air flow restriction, causing Continue reading
Vacuum Crevice Wand Attachment
Be sure to add cleaning out your clothes dryer to your spring cleaning check list. Experts advise you do this twice a year to get rid of dangerous lint build-up which can be a fire hazard and also cause your dryer to perform poorly.
Make the job easier by using a crevice cleaning vacuum attachment that can help you reach inside your dryer, and underneath the drum. You can also Continue reading
If your dryer seems to take forever to dry your laundry and it’s also noisy, you might have a broken or obstructed blower wheel.
The blower wheel helps to circulate air throughout the drum, exhaust and over the heating element. If no air is circulating in your dryer, it could be Continue reading
How many years can you expect to get out of that washer, dryer or refrigerator? The average life expectancy for a dishwasher and microwave oven is about 9 years, while you might get 18 years out of a gas range. Of course, the amount it is used can also factor into life expectancy, but knowing the average lifespan of an appliance might help when determining if you should repair or replace your appliance.
Here’s a chart using information from the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) many consumers replace their appliances long before they wear out due to styling, technology and consumer preference.
Maybe you moved into a new apartment or are downsizing your home and you need some extra space; stacking your washer and dryer might just be the answer. But before you get stacking, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Measure the space
Make sure you have enough room so that your newly stacked appliances fit into their new space. You also need to have some room in back for venting, cords and hoses. If you are placing Continue reading
Maybe your oven is not heating up as quickly as it used to, or your dishwasher stopped working. How do you know when to repair or replace your appliance? Here are some factors that will help you decide.
Research your repair
Before calling the repairman, use the internet to try to figure out what could be wrong with your appliance. It might be a small fix, or even just a matter of cleaning your appliance, or a part on your appliance — something you can do yourself. Also consult your appliance’s owner’s manual for things like fault code displays and solutions to common problems. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, use your appliance’s model number to find a digital copy online.
Some repair jobs are very simple, Continue reading