When you hear moans, groans, squeals, rattles, crackling, or bumps &
thumps from your appliances, chances are it's not a ghost (could be
a gremlin, though). Spooky sounds from your refrigerator, ice maker, cook
top, oven, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposer, etc. can be pretty
scary if ignored. You could have trouble with any of your appliances in
the middle of holiday baking, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, or
your annual Holiday party.
Here's what you should do -
Your oven is center stage. You, like many of our customers, might be concerned about your oven temperature.
You're more likely to have a problem with the oven after you have
used the self-clean feature. So, if you intend to use the self-clean feature
before the holidays, you should do so 2 weeks in advance. That way there
should be adequate time to respond to a problem, if one occurs. What would
you do if the door won't open, for instance? It happens & it's scary!
You certainly want your refrigerator to be in top condition, as well. Most frost-free refrigerators have a set of coils underneath (on top
on some models) called condenser coils. These must remain clean for efficient
cooling. You should vacuum them at least once a year. Be careful. If you
puncture the coils, you will have "toil & trouble".
Take some precautions to avoid nasty odors. To reduce refrigerator odors, cover all foods well and put onions and
garlic in sealed bags. Use baking soda, or a high-quality activated charcoal
air filter, to absorb those unpleasant smells. Then, dump that old baking
soda container you had in the refrigerator down the disposer to "freshen"
it up, as well.
Rusty or spotted silverware can be ugly! Customers complain more about the performance of their dishwasher than
with any other appliance. With these simple steps you can keep your dishwasher
functioning at peak performance and avoid embarrassing results:
- Only use dishwasher soap in the dishwasher.
- Clean the debris off your dishes.
- Make sure your hot water is set to 130 degrees.
- Run hot water at the tap 'til it reaches maximum temperature before
starting your dishwasher.
- Clean any filters your dishwasher may have monthly.
- Monthly, use a cleanser, such as, one cup of vinegar, Dishwasher Magic,
Affresh or Glass Magic.
One other thing - check your manufacturer's recommendations. For instance,
some silverware companies specifically warrant their product only if you
do not use dishwasher soap containing lemon.
Don't wait 'til it's too late. Or, if you've been putting
off a repair now's the time to get it done.