Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings

Make Your Clothes Last Longer with the Right Washer and Dryer Settings Choosing the right settings on your washer and dryer can help reduce the added stress each item goes through every time you wash and dry it. Learning the best laundry settings will help preserve your favorite items of clothing and help all your laundry look it’s best.

Preparing the Laundry for Washing

Always read and follow the care instructions on the label.

Sort the laundry by color and fabric type to make sure that delicate items are not put on the same cycle as items with sturdier fabric.

Turn pockets inside-out to prevent items like candy and lip balm from being included in your wash cycle.

Turn items inside out to help preserve their color.

Use this sorting time to exam each piece for stains that might need to be pre-treated. Although, the ideal time to treat stains is as soon as they happen to minimize the stain and prevent it from setting into the fabric.

Washing Machine Settings

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How to Make Electric Stove Burner Coils Stay Level and Flat

How to Make Electric Stove Burner Coils Stay Level and FlatIf the electric coil burners on your stove won’t lie down flat, allowing you an even cooking experience, then you should remove the drip pan and ring and gently push the coil burner down into the stove cavity.

Be very careful not to Continue reading

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

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

Refrigerator freezer is not defrosting, or your refrigerator is not cooling

Refrigerator Freezer Frosty or Refrigerator is not Cooling defrost thermostatIf your refrigerator freezer is not defrosting, or your refrigerator is not cooling, it could be due to a bad defrost thermostat.

The defrost thermostat detects the temperature of the evaporator coils inside the freezer portion of a refrigerator.  Cold air from inside the freezer is then pushed into the refrigerator. When the temperature of the evaporator coils drops, the defrost thermostat turns on and allows power to flow to the defrost heater. The defrost heater then melts the frost and ice off of the evaporator coils, allowing the proper temperatures to be maintained in your freezer and refrigerator.

If the defrost thermostat stops working, then the defrost heater never turns on and melts the frost on the evaporator coils. This can cause the coils inside the freezer to ice up and stop producing cold air.

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Can You Leave Wet Clothes in the Washer Overnight?

Opps, you forgot to put the clothes in the dryer and left them in the washer overnight. So what should you do? Give them the old smell test and if they smell ok, dry them as you normally would.

According to the Whirlpool Institute of Fabric Science, wet clothes can Continue reading

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