Reasons Why Your Clothes Dryer is Not Heating

Reasons Why Your Clothes Dryer is Not Heating

Reasons Why Your Clothes Dryer is Not Heating

If the clothing in your dryer is still wet and cold after the cycle finishes and it takes additional time to fully dry your laundry, then your dryer might not be heating. A dryer that is no longer heating could be caused by a problem with one of the following parts below.

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.

Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse is a safety device that shuts off the dryer when it detects dangerous levels of heat inside the dryer. This is done to prevent fires and also to prevent damage to the dryer’s motor. If the thermal fuse is blown, it might be the reason why there is no heat in your dryer. This part cannot be repaired and will need to be replaced. Test the thermal fuse for continuity and if no continuity exists, replace the thermal fuse.

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How to Remove a Broken Appliance Light Bulb Stuck in a Socket

How to Remove a Broken Appliance Light Bulb Stuck in a SocketRemove a broken appliance bulb from the socket even when the glass breaks by using this simple method.

First, cut power to the appliance to avoid the risk of electric shock by turning power off at the breaker.

Be sure to wear gloves when trying to remove a broken bulb. If the broken bulb is in the refrigerator, clear out a space and place paper or a small box down to catch any shards. The same goes for the oven, make the job easier by removing the racks and laying down paper or a box to catch any small shards.

Remove the bulb using a pier of pliers. Insert the pliers into the bulb and grab by the filament and twist counter clockwise.

If the filament breaks, then insert the end of the pliers into the broken base of the light bulb and open the ends wide till each tip is touching an opposite side of the base. Turn counter clockwise to remove the broken light bulb base.

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Making Kitchen Appliances Senior-Friendly For Aging in Place

Making Kitchen Appliances Senior-Friendly For Aging in PlaceMaking your kitchen senior-friendly does not always require a costly kitchen remodel, or even buying new appliances, it can simply mean repositioning or adding accessories to appliances already there.  Here are some tips from, shared by Accessible Construction, Inc.  that we thought were especially helpful.


  • Choose a counter-top microwave, versus one over-the-range for easier handling of food.
  • Clear counter space right next to the microwave so hot food can be easily moved from the microwave to the counter.

Stoves and Ranges

Add an automatic shut-off device or stove monitoring device to the range or stove. This device can prevent accidental fires by turning off the stove burner or oven when it senses that it’s been left unattended. Most of these devices are made for electric ranges only. Some of these devices can be as easy to install as adding a sensor to the front of the stove.


The article suggests choosing a side-by-side refrigerator model to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to access both the fresh food compartment and freezer.

Appliance Shopping

If you are planning on purchasing more senior-friendly appliances, the article suggests choosing a range with a hot indicator light to warn against touching a hot burner.

Induction ranges are another appropriate choice for the elderly as they use electromagnetism to generate heat, instead of an open flame or coil. Induction also does not heat the surrounding cooking area, making it a safer choice.

If purchasing a new microwave, stay away from over-the-range models to avoid lifting as an older person might not have the upper body strength or mobility to raise and lower items.

Choose a refrigerator with good inside lighting and storage on the door which makes it easier to find items. Lighted in-door water and ice dispensers are also helpful. Again, a side-side refrigerator with a long and easy-to-grasp handle is a good choice.

Get more advice from about choosing senior-friendly kitchen appliances.

Which Oven Rack Position Should I Use?

Which Oven Rack Position Should I Use? It can be confusing to know where to position your oven rack when cooking or baking, especially if the recipe does not mention or suggest it. Here are some guidelines that might help.

Top Oven Rack

Use this rack placement when broiling or anything you want to brown on top, like casseroles or fruit crisps.

Middle Oven Rack

Ideal for most types of foods, this position allows for proper air circulation and even cooking due to consistent heat. This is also the best position for baking cookies. If you need to cook two sheets of cookies at once, use the top and middle racks and swap the sheet positions midway through baking. Add an additional two minutes to the cooking time.

Lower Oven Rack

Use this position for roasted vegetables, pizzas and breads that need a crisp bottom from intense heat.

You can also move items to different racks during the cooking or baking process. You can choose the middle rack for even and consistent cooking and move it to the top rack for only broiling or browning.

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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

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