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Washing Tips for Washing Machines

Over time your washer is going to need a repair or two, especially as it begins to age. By using your machine properly, and performing regular maintenance, you can not only get cleaner clothes, but extend the life of your washing machine as well. Keep reading for washing tips that will not only help your clothes come out cleaner, but will ensure your washer lasts longer as well.

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Don’t Overload

Adding too many clothes to your washer can actually damage the machine. This is because when you add water to the clothes it increases their weight, and if there is too much weight, it means that the drum is not able to spin properly. Not only does this mean that your clothes aren’t getting cleaned properly, it also means that the machine can break over time. Your clothes should fill the washer drum, but you should not have to shove them in tightly.

Use the Right Detergent

Some detergents will work better in certain washers. For instance, detergent that is made for high-efficiency machines will work better than a regular detergent. You should also make sure to use the correct amount, as using too much will create extra suds and can leave your “clean” clothes soapy after the cycle; on the other hand, too little won’t clean your clothes at all. Using too much can also lead to mold if it is not cleaned properly. Be sure to check the label of the detergent carefully and see if it is compatible with your washing machine.

Use the Correct Speed

Just like making sure you select the right load size, you need to make sure that you are using the right spinning speed for the size of the load you are washing. The machine will start to malfunction if you are constantly using the high spinning speeds to wash your loads even if it’s unnecessary. This can damage your washer in the long run if you constantly have it on the wrong speed. Using the right speed will not only keep your clothing lasting longer, but it will keep your washer lasting longer as well.

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Your fridge an important appliance to have in your home, and if it breaks down you will lose a lot of money not only in repairs, but in groceries if the food inside rots. No one wants to run into this problem, especially over the holidays, but luckily there are ways to avoid fridge malfunctions. Keep reading for 3 maintenance tips for fridges.

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Make Sure Fridge is Level

Your fridge needs to be level in order for it to run efficiently. When it is crooked, the internal parts shift and aren’t able to operate properly. You could also get a leak if the appliance is tilted on an angle for too long. The process of leveling a fridge can easily be done, but if you have never done it before, it may be better to hire a licensed technician to do it for you to avoid injury.

Coils Should Be Clean

The coils in your fridge help release heat from your fridge in order to keep it cold. If the coils get dirty, they can’t efficiently release heat, which will make your fridge’s compressor work harder and use more energy to keep the interior cold. Cleaning the coils is fairly simple; you just need to pull the fridge out and wipe them down. Some fridges have the coils underneath it as opposed to in the back. Always make sure that you cut all power to the fridge before cleaning the coils to avoid injury.

Listen for Dripping Noises

If you notice dripping  this is a warning sign that there is a leak inside the fridge. If this happens you should try pulling out the drip pan to see if there is any debris or clogs in the area causing the problem. If you find excessive dripping it could mean water is blocked in one of the tubes, for which you will need to call a technician for a repair.

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Worried that your endlessly running Kenmore dryer is going to cause a problem?
See if the problem may just be a faulty part that can be easily replaced! Can’t find the problem or need a licensed technician to fix it? Let Quick Fix Appliance’s team take care of your Kenmore appliance. Our team is open all week, evenings, weekends, and holidays and strive for simple hassle-free repair at your convenience.

Door Switch

The door switch is a safety feature in Kenmore dryers that prevents the drum from turning when the door is open. If the dryer continues to turn, the door switch might be faulty. The switch is usually found behind the front panel with the switch sticking into the door opening. You can test the functionality of the switch by first turning off and unplugging your machine. You can test the continuity of the switch through its terminals with a multimeter. Between the “No” and “C” terminals, there should be an infinite amount of Ohms from the multimeter when the door is open or when the button isn’t being pressed. If there isn’t, you will very likely need a replacement part from a reputable appliance service company.

Cycling Thermostat

Kenmore dryers that have an “auto dry cycle” will have a cycling thermostat that adjusts the timer and temperature inside the dryer. In other words, the thermostat will adjust the timer or heat source to get the desired temperature. During a cycle, check for power in the in the timer motor with a multimeter to check the thermostat. Caution should be used as this is a live voltage test.

Cool Down Thermostat

At the end of a cycle, some dryers use a cool-down thermostat to tumble the clothes without heat. The dryer will stop running after the drum has dropped to a specific temperature. The drum can end up running continuously or until the door is opened if the cool down thermostat isn’t working properly. Power is run through the thermostat to keep the drive motor running so you can check the thermostat for continuity using a multimeter. Be sure to only run this test without power from the dryer.

Timer

A defective timer motor or it’s circuits can also cause a Kenmore dryer to not shut off. If one of these parts aren’t working properly, the dryer motor, heat circuit, or timer motor may not be shut off at the right time resulting in the dryer running after the desired time. The contacts can be checked with a multimeter to identify any problems. If the timer is defective, it should be replaced. This test should only be done with the dryer unplugged.

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Getting a midnight snack from the fridge and end up with soaking socks? Find out 3 reasons why your fridge could be leaking, and what to do about it!

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3 Reasons Your Fridge May Be Leaking;

Water Dispenser

If your Kenmore fridge comes equipped with a water dispenser or an ice maker, this is a good place to start. The associated tubing to the water filter, water fill valve, ice maker inlet, and dispenser should be inspected first to ensure they are all water tight.

The tubing should be checked for signs of wear, brittleness, and heat damage. The ice maker or water dispenser might need to be activated as leaks may only occur when water is flowing through the tubing and components. If any of the tubing or connections are damaged, they need to be replaced.

Drain Pans

Puddles of water appearing underneath the fridge could be related to the drain pans overflowing or leaking. Drain pans can develop holes or become displaced, which can drip water onto the floor. The drain pan is located behind the front grill, near the bottom of the fridge. The drain pan can be accessed by pulling the front grill out.

The pan can be removed and should be inspected for any cracks or holes that are causing the water to leak out. Additionally, the drain pan should be cleaned on a daily basis to prevent the buildup of dust and mold. It’s important to place the pan back securely so it is level and does not continue to leak.

Air Leaks

If you are finding that the drain pan is overflowing, an air leak in the fridge should be suspected as this allows an excess amount of defrosted water. An abnormal amount of moist air can enter the fridge if the door doesn’t close properly due to a faulty door seal. The moisture that gets into the fridge may condense in the fridge surface and leak out through the door. In other cases, frost will build up due excess moisture collecting on the evaporator. This can impede airflow in the fridge causing temperature fluctuations and can cause abnormal amounts of water in the drain system that overflows the drain pan.

The door seal should be frequently cleaned and damaged seals should be replaced. A way to test the seal is to place a dollar bill between the seal and the door. You should feel tension as you pull on the bill and this process should be repeated along the fridge.

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Complications with your fridge can stem from a variety of problems that can cause huge issues in the preservation of your food. Symptoms such as unusual heat in the fridge body or loss of coldness are signs that there is an issue.

Before contacting a repair service, you can take a look at these tips and guides to see if you can conveniently fix the problem yourself, or if you require a professional. If all else fails, don’t let these complications get in the way of your everyday life and let our professional technicians take a look at your sub zero fridge. Our technicians have years of experience with troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing, Sub-Zero fridge appliances. We’re experienced in fixing all models of sub-zero fridges and will deliver your service on the same day you call!

Common Sub Zero Fridge Problems

Insufficient Cooling

 You can easily tell this by the loss in cool temperature in your fridge and freezer, or if  the area between the doors is getting hot. You can also check if your compressor motor is working. It is in a black kettle-like casing and can be found on top of the Sub-Zero appliance. If it is humming or making constant noise, there could be a problem with one or several of the various components.

The number one reason for a warm fridge is that the condenser is clogged with debris, lint, and hair; the condenser should be cleaned every six months.  

No Power

To check for power, push the power button on the display located in the top right-hand corner. Next, check the power supply, which can be found plugged in behind the grill section on the top right-hand side of the appliance. You test that the power source is functioning by plugging in something else, such as a phone charger. Lastly, it is possible that the circuit breaker or fuse has tripped. This is found in a common area of the house and will list all electrical units.

Filter Replacement

By not replacing the filter regularly, it can result in sediment and debris build up. As a result, you may not be getting the cleanest water. The filter cartridge should be changed every twelve months. Water filters should be replaced when water flow becomes low or when the indicator is lit

No Ice or Water

Like issues mentioned above, your freezer may not produce ice if your freezer is not cool enough or the filter is clogged with sediment. Ice makers also require 40 psi to fill. You can do this by turning on the water supply valve. At times, the fill tube may also be frozen. You can do this by removing the icemaker and looking at the tube itself.

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Let’s be real: with the luxury of owning a KitchenAid dishwasher, no one wants to handwash dishes. We get it. But you’d be surprised to find that many of the items you put t hrough your dishwasher are actually quite unsafe for the appliance or the cooking tools themselves. You might find that after prolonged exposure, your dishwasher will suffer some long-term consequences from these dishwasher unsafe items.

 

Curious to see if you’re dishwasher-savvy? Read our blog below and see the 5 items you should not run through your KitchenAid dishwasher! These rules can apply to other dishwasher makes and models, too, so make sure to get informed on what is and isn’t safe in your dishwasher.

Knives

While some dull butter knives are fine to put into your dishwasher, we would advise you not to put any sharp knives used for chopping into your KitchenAid dishwasher. Sharp cutting knives can cause internal damage to the unit as the water pressure moves them around. The water pressure can also negate the quality of the knife, making it dull much more quickly than it should.

Crystal

This one should be obvious, but you’d be surprised by how many people throw their China or crystal in the dishwasher. Crystal can easily get chipped or cracked in your dishwasher, as the water pressure is too high for the thin, delicate build of crystal. Hand wash any expensive dishes to avoid unwanted damage.

Cast Iron Pans

Cast iron pans, sadly, are a little more stubborn in terms of cleaning in comparison to other pans. Because food really gets stuck on there, you will most likely need to hand wash and scrub your cast iron pans. Even if the food debris is not completely stuck on there, the weight of your cast iron can bend or damage the dish slots in your dishwasher.

Wooden Cooking Tools

Some wooden utensils are safe to put in the dishwasher; however, you should avoid putting them in your KitchenAid dishwasher unless they are clearly marked as safe by the manufacturer. Wood can warp in the dishwasher due to the extreme high heats, and can lose their finish as well.

Nonstick Pans

Most nonstick pans are not dishwasher safe, unless they are clearly marked as so. The reason it is unwise to put nonstick pans in your dishwasher is because the non-stick film is actually more sensitive than you think; after prolonged exposure to the water pressure in your dishwasher, it is likely that your nonstick film will begin to lose effectiveness. Handwashing is, usually, the only safe option for your pan.

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Paying for stove repairs is never fun, especially when they could have been avoided with a few minutes of preventative maintenance each month. In this post, the Quick Fix stove repair experts share 4 appliance maintenance tips to save you money and keep your cooking gear running smoothly!

  • Bolster your oven’s seal. Have you ever heard the old baker’s adage that you should never open the oven door unless you absolutely have to? Bakers avoid opening the oven door because it allows a tremendous amount of heat to escape, potentially ruining the even bake they were aiming for. However, it doesn’t take a fully opened door to hemorrhage heat: even a minor issue with your oven door seal can cause up to 20% of its heat to trickle into your kitchen. This not only forces your AC to work harder to regulate the room’s temperature; it means your oven has to expend 20% more energy to get the job done. That means paying 20% more on your energy bill each month. Furthermore, keeping your oven running on overtime will move it closer to an early “retirement,” which can mean spending a week’s pay on an oven replacement.

    Check the condition of the fiberglass gasket that runs along the perimeter of the oven door. Feel for breaks, tears, or deformities, and close the door to check for suspected leaks. If you find a leak, give our oven and stove repair experts a call at 1-888-549-6777.
  • Clean out your dirty range hood and downdraft vent filters. The dirtier you allow these vent filters to get, the harder your stove and oven system will have to work, which means a greater chance of needing oven and stove repairs in the future. Wash metal mesh grease filters in hot soapy water. You can also run them through the dishwasher, but we advise you to give them a quick scrub or spray before you do to prevent soggy dust buildup in your washer’s interior. Charcoal or paper filters will need to be replaced entirely.
  • Clean out your stovetop drip bowls. Tired of breathing in the burnt residue from last night’s supper every time you turn on your stove? Give your drip bowls a wash to improve their appearance, eliminate unpleasant odours, and remove a common cause of house fires. Remove the drip bowls and pre-soak them in a cleaning solution for a few minutes, then hand wash them clean. If you waited too long and the spills have been scorched into the bowl, you can contact our stove repairs department for replacement parts.
  • Clean spills the second they happen. Stuck-on spills are a nightmare to clean, especially when it all could have been avoided with a few seconds of effort as it occurred. Cooking spills are inevitable, but you can mop up almost any mess in seconds with a damp sponge or paper towel if you get it while it’s still warm. Getting in the habit of wiping spills away the second they happen can save a lot of effort, and prevent the scuff marks that are usually made during bouts of heavy scrubbing.

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Is your dishwasher refusing to drain? Hopefully you spotted this fault before you tried to run another load, otherwise you’re looking at some serious flood damage.

In either case, Quick Fix can help. Whether you’re looking to book a professional Kenmore dishwasher service, or would like to inform your own DIY repair attempt, the following post will help. You can call 1-888-549-6777 to speak with a Kenmore dishwasher service expert, or read on for a step-by-step instructional.

DIY Dishwasher Repair – Fixing a Faulty Drain

As you approach your DIY Kenmore dishwasher service attempt, you may feel a little trepidation. After all, there are so many makes and models out there; what if you’re following the wrong guide and only end up making things worse?

Don’t worry. The good news is that dishwasher technology hasn’t changed much in the past decade or so, and most models function in the same basic way. Though certain models may offer fancy (and delicate!) features accessed through an electronic interface, our focus today is on mechanical functionality, so you can rest easy knowing the advice you’re getting is good!

Step 1 – Troubleshoot the Drains

Before you get wrist-deep in dishwasher parts, check if your drain is clogged. Peer into the garbage compactor or unscrew the pipe running beneath it to see if there are any food blockages. If there are, you may have solved your problem. Knock out the blockage and see if your problem stops.

Step 2 – Disassembling the Dishwasher

If the drains and pipes look clear, it’s time to delve deeper into your dishwasher. Remove the racks. The top rack may be held in place by a small clip on the left and right sides. Remove these with a screwdriver or butter knife and the rack should slide out.

Before you start removing screws, lay a dishcloth down along the bottom of your dishwasher compartment. This will save you a lot of hassle that would arise if you dropped a screw or two into the bottom.

Remove the screws in the back and top of your dishwasher.

The lower sprayer comes out by unscrewing the middle screw. Once removed, you’ll be able to lift the top cover away. You should have 4 more screws to remove. Typically, 3 are visible, and 1 will be hidden by the sprayer arm. When removing the sprayer arm, be sure to keep the plastic O-ring set aside for later. Don’t lose it!

With the arm and the screw it was hiding removed, the plug and filter should lift right out. From here, you should be able to spot any issues. Quite often, our Kenmore dishwasher service experts will report a label, price tag, or sticker obstructing the drain.

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Kenmore appliances are built to last, but even a top-tier Kenmore fridge will stop working someday. In this post, our Kenmore appliance repair experts share 7 signs of fridge failure. If any of these issues sound familiar, give us a call at 1-888-549-6777 – your grocery and utility bill will thank you for it!

 

  • Sweaty fridge syndrome. Is your fridge sweating like a suspect in police custody? Kenmore appliances aren’t supposed to be slicked in excess condensation. If you notice water droplets on the inside or outside of your fridge, consider it a serious red flag. Excess condensation indicates that your fridge isn’t cooling properly. Alternately, it could mean that your gaskets aren’t sealing the way they should be.

  • The motor’s running hot. Don’t be alarmed if you feel some heat coming out of the back of your refrigerator. Motors generate heat. That said, the heat should not be excessive. After all, the coils in the back of your fridge are insulated, which should keep you from feeling too much heat. If the back of your fridge is emitting excess heat, contact a Quick Fix Kenmore appliance repair expert. Replacing your fridge’s coils is a tough task that is best handled by professionals.

  • Foods is spoiling fast and grocery bills are rising. If you notice that you’re throwing away more food than you’re used to, your fridge is probably on the fritz. Old or malfunctioning fridges will take longer to cool your food, and will be unable to maintain their optimal temperatures. This is a big problem for your grocery and energy bills.

  • The Ice Age has hit your freezer. You shouldn’t need a chisel to get a bag of frozen peas out for dinner! If your freezer looks like a winter wonderland, it’s probably time for a repair. Your first move should be to defrost the freezer. If the problem persists after you’ve plugged your fridge back in, it might be time to invest in a replacement.

  • Your Kenmore appliance is entering its Golden Years. If your fridge is more than 10 years old, it may be time for a new one. Kenmore appliances are high quality and can last anywhere from 10-20 years with proper maintenance and upkeep, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule. If you’ve had to schedule multiple repairs in the same year, consider it a sign that your fridge’s life expectancy is coming to an end.

  • You can hear the motor running. Can you hear your refrigerator running? No, this isn’t a crank call. Refrigerators aren’t exactly noiseless appliances, but they shouldn’t make a lot of racket, either. If your fridge is buzzing or humming, it’s time to call in a repair expert.

  • Your energy bill keeps climbing. If your daily routine is unchanged but your energy bills are climbing, your fridge could be the culprit. It’s even more likely if your Kenmore appliance is over ten years old. Scheduling a repair with a Quick Fix professional could save you a lot of money in the long term, so call now!

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Though most appliance service calls have to do with more critical internal component failures, faulty fridge doors are just as serious of a problem. While the fix is usually less involved and less expensive, a faulty door will stop an otherwise functional fridge from doing its job, which means spoilage, inflated grocery bills, and excessive energy consumption as your fridge tries in vain to cool the exterior air that’s leaking in.

If your fridge door is faulty, our appliance service in Toronto is just what you need. Our team is fully licensed, insured, and specially trained to fix refrigerators of all makes and models. You can learn more about our professional kitchen appliance service and fridge repair at https://www.quickfixappliances.ca/refrigerator-repair/.

If you’d rather make a repair attempt of your own, the following fridge door repair walkthrough will come in handy!

My Fridge Door Won’t Seal Properly – Step by Step Repair Instructions

So you notice a gap at the top of your fresh food compartment fridge door. It’s allowing warm air to seep through, compromising the cooling capabilities of your unit. It sounds like you’ll need to replace your fridge’s two nylon hinge washers.

What You’ll Need:

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • ⅜” nut driver

Here’s how:

  • First, you will have to remove both hinges. You will have to take the freezer door off to properly access the fridge door.
  • The hinge cover can simply be popped off. There will be two ⅜” screws holding the hinge in place. Remove these using your screwdriver, but be sure to hold the door in place as you do so.
  • Once the freezer door has been removed, you can move on to the fridge door hinge. Loosen the screws using a phillips head screwdriver and set both aside. Remove the hinge by lifting up and then remove the fresh food fridge door.
  • To install the new hinge washer, simply slide them in place over the exposed hinge piece’s pin. Now you can put the door back in place. Ensure that it is resting at the correct height.
  • Replace the pin and screws for the middle hinge. Fasten the Phillips screw in place.
  • Install the freezer door. This will require you to line up the door with the hinge pin and lower it into place.
  • Now you can reinstall the top hinge. Put the pin in the opening, line up the hinge, then secure the two ⅜” screws where they were resting initially.
  • Once the screws are secured, you can snap the hinge cover back into place. Line it up and push down.
  • Check for gaps. The fridge door should not be scraping along the bottom of the freezer piece, and no airflow gaps should be visible.

Still having trouble?

If the hinge repair didn’t fix your fridge issue, then it’s time to contact our professional appliance service team! Call 1-888-549-6777 to schedule a free quote on your same-day repair service.

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