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Broken, Cracked or Missing Gas Stove Grate? How to Replace a Gas Range Stove Top Burner Grate

Broken, Cracked or Missing Gas Stove Grate? How to Replace a Gas Range Stove Top Burner GrateThe stove top burner grate provides a durable surface for cooking on the gas burner. When one of the grates is cracked, broken or missing, this can impact your ability to fully utilize your gas range.  Replacing a grate is as easy as lifting up the old grate and replacing it with your new O.E.M. grate from our parts website.

Be sure to only perform this replacement on a range or stove that is cold to avoid any risk of being burned.

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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.

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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.


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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Why is my dryer not drying?

Why is my dryer not drying?

If your clothes dryer is no longer getting your laundry completely dry, it might not be your dryer’s fault. You might want to take a look at your washer.

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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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Make your home smell like Christmas – stove top potpourri recipes

stove-top-potpourriGive your home the scent of Christmas with this homemade potpourri. Below are a few recipes and suggested herbs, spices and fruit for festive holiday smells.

From luluandgeorgia.com.

Add to a large pot:

  • A few cinnamon sticks
  • Four orange halves
  • One cup of fresh cranberries
  • Two sprigs of rosemary

Cover all ingredients with water and simmer. Remember; never leave a boiling pot unattended.

There are many variations on this holiday stove-top potpourri with recipes suggesting a tablespoon or teaspoon of whole cloves, ground nutmeg or vanilla in place of the rosemary.  Others use lemons in addition to, or instead of oranges. Another recipe suggests fresh whole pine needles and adding jojoba oil to the water, like this recipe from www.make-haus.com.

Experiment until you develop your own perfect holiday smell. What scents remind you of Christmas?

More recipes and ideas for homemade, stovetop potpourri

Dryer vent pumpkins – an easy-to-make Fall craft

These dryer vent pumpkins are easy-to-make, lightweight and can dress up a home or table. If you plan on using these as outdoor decorations, you might want to attach them to a wood base so they don’t blow away.

Dryer vent pumpkin craft for Fall,  Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Dryer vent pumpkin craft for Fall, Thanksgiving or Halloween.

All you need to make this craft is a box of flexible aluminum dryer venting, a hot glue gun or twist ties, wire cutters, scissors and spray paint. If you are using hot glue, gloves or clips are recommended so you do risk coming in contact with the hot glue.

  1. Make a tight circle with your dryer venting to determine the size of your pumpkin and where you need to cut.
  2. Use scissor to start cutting. You will need a wire cutter to cut the wire inside the venting.
  3. Use either hot glue on one side of the venting to secure it to the other side. Bring together with the other side and join. (Gloves or clips are recommended for this part!) Or else poke four holes in the venting (two on each end, top and bottom) and thread the twist ties together to complete and hold the circular shape together.
  4. Spray paint with your choice of color. No need to prime with another color. Used in the picture above: glossy orange spray paint and Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint in Orange Burst over a layer of glossy orange.
  5. Use a small branch as the stem (glue to secure) or use rolled cinnamon sticks for a festive fragrance.

You can purchase inexpensive four inch wide by five feet long flexible dryer venting on http://www.EveryAppliancePart.com.

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