Do it yourself to save on costly repairs!
Diy Appliance Maintenance to keep your kitchen in order.
You don’t have to live in fear of your appliances breaking or performing poorly and you can probably avoid some type of social or communal catastrophe by just doing some regular maintenance on your appliances. Could a little maintenance avoid causing unnecessary fears? Like the one of having the oven break while trying to cook your prized turkey for Thanksgiving! Or maybe you have suffered the terrifying vision of the refrigerator breaking on a hot day and you had a social gathering that required beer, there goes your party right…wrong just perform these maintenance tips regularly and you can save on costly repairs. Bargain Appliance Repairs wants our customers in Lodi California and the greater San Joaquin area to save as much on costly repairs as possible so here are some easy do it yourself appliance repair tips you do in about 10-15 minutes.
- Check to see if your oven door has a good tight sealing on it. If it does not your oven can lose enough heat that it will not cook properly, often losing more than 20 percent of your heat through the leaking door seal. In order to check if the seal is working properly open the oven door and look for the gasket seal around the perimeter of the oven door. This gasket will be composed of either rubber or fiberglass in most cases. Next thing to do is feel around the seal to see if there are any broken, deformed, torn or missing areas where the seal should be. If you can find any issues you will need to replace the seal.
- Another great thing to check on your oven is if the range hood or downdraft vent filters are dirty or clogged. Regularly washing these filters can prevent ventilation problems. Wash metal-mesh grease filters by hand with soap and water, or the in the dishwasher. If you have a charcoal or paper filter you should just replace them, do not wash these as they are intended to be disposable.
- If you have drip bows under your burners on the stovetop you should clean them regularly, from once a day to once a week depending on how much you cook here. To clean them simply remove the drip bowls from under you burner elements and soak them in a cleaning solution, (oven cleaner solution works well) then hand wash with soap and water and replace. If you don’t clean the drip bowls after a spill then the food can become “baked on” and will require stronger cleaning agents and more elbow grease for all the extra scrubbing required getting these clean. Practicing this can avoid problems with the burners getting clogged with debris and causing the stovetop to not function correctly.
Refrigerator coils will become clogged with debris if not cleaned often enough. The coils dissipate heat and when clogged can cause your fridge to stop cooling efficiently enough to maintain a good temperature inside the box to correctly preserve the goods inside. Nobody likes warm beer (except Germans maybe). To clean these coils and free up the air flow around them take time once or twice a year to vacuum up any debris around the coils, such as hair, dust bunnies, and dirt. You can locate the coils by searching underneath the kickpanel on the front of the fridge near the floor, or at the rear of the fridge in most cases on most models.
Refrigerator water filter.Filters can become clogged over time and need to be replaced every three to six months in order to keep out harmful contaminants from the water supplied to the refrigerator. You don’t want any heavy metals or dirt in your ice cubes or chilled water you get from the ice box do you? Contaminated water can be a serious health hazard, most water treatment facilities add chemicals that can be hazardous to your health and drinking unfiltered tap water is not advisable. Instructions for replacing the filters vary by model and manufacture but most are as easy as turning the filter and popping it out, then back in with the new one, simple.
Do you have a smell in your microwave that you would like to get rid of, like burnt popcorn or maybe something worse? If so you can get rid of it by this really simple method. This will make your Microwave smell good again. In a Microwave safe bowl add 1 cup water 6 whole cloves 1 whole lemon grated rind and all, put bowl in Microwave and boil for 6 minutes. In some cases you may have to do it a second time