- Soaking Your Burners and Knob Area When Cleaning
Try to avoid soaking your range with water when cleaning it. Water and liquid from cleaning products can cause the stove top spark electrode ignitor to continuously click or spark.
Liquid and water can get into stove burner knob openings when cleaning, especially when the knobs are removed causing burner problems.
- Cooking Directly On the Oven’s Heating Element
Don’t cook directly on the oven’s heating element. It can damage the oven’s heating element and it can also lead to a fire.
- Lining Drip Pans with Foil
It might seem like a great easy-to-clean idea, but lining your drip pans with foil can overheat the burner coil and increase the possibility of an electric shock.
Instead, regularly clean the drip pans or replace them.
- Lining the Bottom of the Oven with Foil
Aluminum foil can block airflow and interfere with the oven’s heating element. Instead, place a baking sheet underneath anything that can spill or bubble over. Continue reading
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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Fans of a popular TV show were outraged when a fire caused by a slow cooker caused the death of a beloved character. So what are the chances your modern slow cooker could cause a fire as well? It’s very slim, according to an article on Popular Science. https://www.popsci.com/small-appliance-fire-safety-crock-pot#page-2
Thanks to a device that many modern appliances have called a thermal protector (also known as a thermal cutoff) your appliance will shut off before reaching a high temperature that could spark a fire.
The thermal protector acts as a Continue reading
Gas Stove Burner Grate by Whirlpool WP305810B
Keep your stovetop grates clean so they can heat properly. If your grates are especially dirty with stubborn, cooked-on stains, pour a 1/4 cup of ammonia into a large gallon size freezer bag along with the grates and seal the bag. Don’t worry about the ammonia covering the gate, you only want to expose the grates to fumes. Leave the bag in the sink overnight and in the morning, any residue should wipe off easily with a sponge.
Buy replacement Gas Stove Burner Grates at EveryAppliancePart.com.
If your ice maker won’t produce or push out any ice, you may need to replace the icemaker motor. Find a new icemaker motor at http://www.everyappliancepart.com/Category/Icemaker-Parts.
You’ll need to disconnect the icemaker from it’s harness wiring and remove it from your refrigerator (unscrew a few screws).
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 More
Once, the icemaker is disconnected, you will also need to Continue reading
Is your dishwasher leaking from your door? It might be because your gasket is worn, ripped or needs replacing. Luckily, you can purchase a replacement part to fix it yourself.
An upright or chest freezer that is colder than normal or causing freezer burn might be due to a faulty part, improper temperature settings, but also could be caused by improper food packaging.
Freezer burn happens when moisture is lost from the food item, leaving discolored patches and dry areas on your food. Freezer burned food is still safe to eat, but it affects the taste and texture of foods, so most people toss out freezer burned items.
If you are planning to keep food for long-term storage in your upright freezer, make sure it’s packaged properly. Here are some suggestions from TheKitchn.com.
- Wrap large items like portions of meat and loaves of breadin a double layer of plastic wrap, wax paper, or aluminum foil, then store in a container or plastic freezer bag.
- Store smaller items like zucchini slicesor liquids in portion-sized containers or plastic bags so the food fills the container entirely with minimal leftover space.
RealSimple.com suggests using “freezer-safe wraps and bags, making sure to squeeze out as much excess air as possible.”
If you suspect that it is your upright or chest freezer that is the source of your freezer burn, the first thing to check is the temperature controls. If your temperature reading is above freezing, try adjusting the controls. You might want to Continue reading