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Improve Your Dishwasher’s Performance, Here’s How

How to Improve the cleaning power of your dishwasherYou dishwasher needs cleaning and maintenance in order for it to get your dishes as clean as possible. Dirt and food particle can accumulate inside your dishwasher leading to problems with its performance and dirtier dishes. Here’s what you should be cleaning.

Clean and Check the Gasket Seal around the Dishwasher

The gasket or seal that surrounds the dishwasher door helps prevent any small leaks from your dishwasher. Food, detergent and dirt can build up here, so be sure to wipe around the door using a warm soapy cloth. Check the door seal for any rips or cracks which could lead to small leaks. Order a new door gasket seal using the model number of your dishwasher from www.EveryAppliancePart.com.

Use Affresh or Lemi Shine to Clean the Inside of the Dishwasher

Gets rid of smells and hard-water mineral stains and build up with a dishwasher cleaner like Affresh or Lemi-Shine. These cleaners also remove detergent residue which can affect the cleanliness of your dishes.

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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 https://www.seniorhomes.com, shared by Accessible Construction, Inc.  that we thought were especially helpful.

Microwaves

  • 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.

Refrigerators

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 SeniorHomes.com about choosing senior-friendly kitchen appliances.

No, don’t store your valuables in the dishwasher

insideofdishwasherDue to the recent news of hurricanes, lots of advice is making the rounds on social media on how best to protect your home and valuables. Some of that advice is not so great, like storing your valuables in the dishwasher. That’s because while dishwashers are very good at keeping (limited) amounts of water in, it’s not so good at keeping large quantities of water out. Continue reading

Try this tip to get a discount on new appliances        

Couple looking at appliances in a store Shopping around and comparing prices can save you money, as everyone knows, but telling the place you are calling that you are doing this might just spur a better deal.

According to Kevin Brasler of the Delaware Valley Consumer’s Checkbook, (“When buying appliances, consider more than just price”) mentioning that you’re contacting multiple stores for price quotes can often spur discounts, delivery fee  and installation fee waivers.

This tactic also works on big box, big chain stores, although the wait time to finally speak to an appliance-department sales managers, took some time.  Save yourself the on-hold time by doing this by e-mail.

For more tips, read “When buying appliances, consider more than just price.”

Should I Buy All Stainless Steel Appliances?

Modern Kitchen with Stainless Steel AppliancesIs stainless steel still the best finish option when it comes to buying new appliances? It all depends on taste and how long you plan on staying in your home.

Frederickrealestateonline.com writes, “…studies are still showing that stainless steel has the most popularity. Stainless appliances will be a safe choice for at least another 5 or 10 years. If you want to play it safe, choose stainless.”

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Testing an Appliance Part for Continuity with a Multimeter

When it comes to appliance repair sometimes the damaged part is pretty obvious, for example a broken hinge or a snapped belt.  But when it comes to electrical components, it’s not a simple as looking for the broken or damaged part.  Sometimes it takes a bit more investigating to find the culprit.

DM10T

Part # DM10T : Digital Multimeter with Temperature Sensor

Parts like fuses, switches, coils, heating elements, circuit boards, and disc thermostats can be functioning improperly but appear to be perfectly fine with no signs of damage or corrosion.  So how do you test these parts?  With a volt-ohm meter, more commonly referred to as a multimeter.  With a multimeter, you have the ability to check for continuity and/or resistance relatively easily.

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20 tips to make appliances last longer

20 tips to make appliances last longer A little maintenance can go a long way in helping to extend the life of your appliance and also make them as energy efficient as possible – saving you money each time you use them.

Washing machines

Check your washer fill hoses for kinks and bubbles. Consider replacing your old rubber hoses with stainless steel braided washer hoses which are much more resistant to bursting. Washing machine hoses can burst and cause flooding in your home. Such damages cost Americans approximately $170 million in damages every year.

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