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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.

Find a replacement refrigerator light bulb or oven light bulb at http://www.EveryAppliancePart.com.

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How long do appliances last?

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.

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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.

Buy a new oven? Why you should do a “burn in”

7971009_mlCongratulations on your new oven purchase. Now you need to turn the oven on with nothing in it. Why? To burn away the oily, burning smell and smoke that sometimes is produced when using your new oven the first time. Continue reading

Get your kitchen and appliances ready for the holidays

Although the holidays seem far away, now’s the time to make sure your appliances are operating properly before you start all your holiday baking, hosting and after-party cleaning.

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Refrigerator

Replace broken refrigerator veggie or crisper drawers with new ones.

Replace taped up or broken refrigerator door bars and get back some of your storage space.

Change your refrigerator’s water filter.

Stove or Oven

Consult your owner’s manual to see the best way to clean your oven. Some ovens have a special coating on them that cannot be cleaned with detergents, soaps or commercial oven cleaners. Also, if you do use the self-cleaning feature, check whether you are to leave the racks inside your oven during the process. Some manufacturers recommend you remove them and clean them by hand.

Be sure to use the self-cleaning function a few weeks before guests arrive as sometimes the process leaves a lingering smell. Check your oven’s heating function after it has cooled down.

Use the self-cleaning feature after you have already heated the oven to cook. This will save energy and save you money.

Replace old or worn stove knobs with new ones for a better cooking experience.

Replace stained and dirty drip pans .

If your electric oven doesn’t heat, you may need to replace the bake element or the broil element (check both).

Check your oven’s temperature accuracy with an oven thermometer. Take four different readings and space them 20 minutes apart once your temperature hits its setting. Average the different readings together and divide by four for an average temperature.

Dishwasher

If your dishwasher is not cleaning like it should, check out our article on “How to clean your dishwasher” and use a dishwasher cleaner like Affresh to remove excess detergent residue and stains from inside your dishwasher.

Replace missing rack roller wheels.

Need a new dishwasher utensil or silverware basket? You can purchase a new one using your dishwasher model number to find your correct part.

Garbage disposal

Use a garbage disposal cleaner to clean and freshen your disposal. Or freeze ice cubes with a slice of lemon or citrus rinds and grind them in your disposal to deodorize. Flush with cold water.

Appliance tax free holidays for Florida, Georgia and Virginia

Several states are forgoing the sales taxes you pay on new energy efficient appliances during designated tax-free holiday weekends. These tax-free holidays can save you several hundred dollars depending on the price and number of appliances you purchase. Plus, stores are often competitive during these times, offering free installation, delivery and haul-away of old appliances and other discounts the equivalent to the deals you find on Black Friday.

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Below is a list of states and dates, along with the offers per states.

Florida – September 19-21

Purchases of certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products purchased for non-commercial use and costing $500 or more.

Applies to the following purchases:

  • Air conditioner
  • Air purifier
  • Ceiling fan
  • Clothes washer
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator

For more information, visit http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/

 Georgia – October 3-5

Purchases of certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products purchased for non-commercial use and costing $1,500 or less.

Applies to the following appliances:

  • Air conditioners
  • Ceiling fans
  • Clothes washers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Refrigerators

For more information, visit http://gefa.georgia.gov/energy-star-and-watersense-sales-tax-holiday

Virginia – October 10-13

Purchases of certain Energy Star and WaterSense qualified products purchased for non-commercial use and costing $2,500 or less.

  • Air conditioners
  • Ceiling fans
  • Clothes washers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Refrigerators

For more information, visit http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=EnergyStarQualifiedProductsHoliday

How to save even more money 

By planning ahead, you can be prepared and save even more money with these tips:

  • Compare. Shop online and use ads to find out what discount and promotions stores will be offering before the tax-free weekend. Some stores will offer free delivery and haul-away of old appliances, which can mean an extra $90 in savings.
  • Ask about price matching, installation, delivery and haul-away charges.
  • Measure the space and dimensions for your new appliance and make a list of any features you would like in a new appliance.
  • Show up early for best selection.

To find even more renewable and energy efficiency incentives, visit http://dsireusa.org.

Have you ever bought an appliance during a tax-free holiday? What did you think of the deals and selection?

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