Dishwasher Tips: Help Your Dishwasher Clean Better – Just in Time for the Holidays!

The holiday season is right around the corner, and chances are, your dishwasher will see a lot of action in the next month and a half!

Whether you feel like your dishes aren’t getting clean enough or you’re happy with the dishwasher’s cleaning performance, there are ways that you can help your dishwasher clean even better! Give your dishwasher a tune-up with these dishwasher cleaning tips from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

Run Hot Water First

We’ve shared this tip before with the washing machine, but it applies to your dishwasher too. Hot water is key in breaking down food particles and gunk, and if you start with cold water, it can affect the performance. Run your hot water at the sink until it gets hot, then turn it off and start the dishwasher.

Sanitize with Vinegar

Before the holiday season throws your dishwasher into overdrive, sanitize it with vinegar! Just pour a cup in the bottom of your dishwasher after unloading it and run a quick cycle. The vinegar will sanitize and help to break down any built-up food particles in your dishwasher.

Clean the Gaskets & Dishwasher Trap

After running the vinegar cycle, grab a sponge and wipe down the interior with warm, soapy water. Be sure to pay extra close attention to the rubber gaskets on the outer part of your dishwasher and the dishwasher trap at the bottom.

Overcrowded Dishes = Dirty Dishes

During the holidays, you may want to pack in as many dishes as possible – but don’t! Overcrowding leads to “hot spots” where the water can’t spray, leaving you with gunk and debris stuck to your dishes.

Hopefully these tips help get you ready for the holiday season! And if you suspect your dishwasher needs service or a dishwasher repair, don’t get stuck in a pinch before the holidays! Appliance Rescue Service is the best appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas with expertly trained technicians you can trust. We’ll have your dishwasher repaired before you can say “pumpkin pie!”

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Kitchen Safety: How to Prevent a Cooking Fire

The holidays are coming and that means lots of cooking and time spent in the kitchen!

Did you know that HALF of all residential fires are caused by cooking accidents in the kitchen?

Take these precautions from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas to prevent any kitchen accidents this holiday season:

 

Don’t Deep Fry Your Turkey in the Kitchen.

Many people like the taste of fried turkey during the holidays – us included! – but plan to do your frying outdoors if at all possible. Grease fires are very common when a ton of grease is used indoors, and those grease fires can be difficult to put out. If you ever find yourself with one in the home, pour baking soda or salt – not water! – on the fire.

 

Never Leave Food on the Stove Unattended.

If you’re boiling, frying, or grilling anything on your stove or cooktop, plan to be in the room at all times – particularly if you have a gas cooktop with a flame.

 

Keep the Cooktop Clean.

Not only do you need to make sure your cooktop is clean and without grease, but you also need to make sure that there aren’t any hot pads, plastic bags, etc. close to the cooktop that could catch on fire.

 

Check All Appliances Before Leaving the House.

Get in the habit of swinging by the kitchen on your way out the door to make sure all burners and appliances are turned off completely.

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Establish a “Kid-Free” Zone.

Teach children to be safe around all kitchen appliances. The American Red Cross recommends having children stay 3 feet away from the cooktop area.

 

If you’re concerned it might be time for your appliances to get a tune up before the holidays, call us at Appliance Rescue Service, the top appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas! We’d be happy to come inspect your appliances and make sure everything is in excellent working order before the holiday season. Don’t delay in calling – we may need to order parts and we want to make sure everything is in perfect condition before Thanksgiving! 

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

As the holiday season approaches, the last thing you want is for your garbage disposal to go out! You’ve got company to host and meals to cook, and no time for garbage disposal repair!

Before we enter into the crazy holiday season, remember these 5 tips for extending the life of your garbage disposal from Appliance Rescue Service:

 

1.  Cold Water Only

You may think you’re helping to kill germs and clean the disposal when you use hot water, but think again! Hot water makes food in your disposal mushy and more likely to stick to the edges. On the other hand, cold water will harden the food, preventing sticking as it grinds.

 

2.  Follow with Water + Dish Soap

After the disposal is done grinding the food, put a little dish soap in the stream of water and allow the disposal to keep running for another 30 seconds to a minute. The dish soap and water will help clean the disposal and drain pipe, all while preventing a clogged drain by adding a little extra run time.

 

3.  Run it Once a Day

Make an effort to run the garbage disposal once a day. Running it regularly will prevent any buildup or residue in the disposal and keeps everything is good working order.

 

4.  Citrus Freshens

Any time you are cooking with lemon, lime, or oranges, throw the peel in the disposal instead of the trash! The citrus peel is great at providing friction on the blades that breaks down any residue, and it also freshens and disinfects naturally.

 

5.  Remember what NOT to Throw In the Disposal

While garbage disposals can handle a lot, there are certain items you should never put in the disposal:

·     Non food items: glass, rocks, etc. have no place in a disposal – unless you want to break it.

·     Starchy foods: pasta, potato peels, rice, etc. will cling to the blades and cause clogged pipes.

·     Fats: oil and cooking fat should never go down the drain.

Hopefully these tips keep your garbage disposal running smoothly through the holiday season and beyond! As always, if you ever need an appliance repair company in Plano or the surrounding Dallas area, you know that Appliance Rescue Service is here for you! 

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3 Tips to Get Your Oven Ready to Bake and Roast This Season

It’s fall, which means the season for baking and roasting is right around the corner.

 

Not only do you need to stock up on vegetables to roast and butter for baking, you also need to make sure your oven is in its best working condition so that your meals turn out perfect every time.

 

Need some tips to get started? Try these from our team at Appliance Rescue Service, the top appliance repair company in Dallas!

 

Clean Your Oven

When was the last time you cleaned your oven? If you can’t remember, then it’s time! Typically, you’ll want to clean it at least every 6 months. While you can use the ovens self clean option, we do not recommend it. Because the self clean option makes the oven extremely hot to melt away debris, there is just too much risk that something will get damaged in the process. Instead, make a baking soda and vinegar paste and apply it all over the inside. Then, take a scouring pad and hot water and wipe it clean. Easy and all natural!

 

Check the Oven Temperature

Did you know that your oven temperature can be off by 20-30 degrees? It’s true. We often get calls about ovens not being properly calibrated. Before you call for an oven repair in Dallas, try testing it yourself by setting the oven to 350 degrees and putting a probe thermometer on the middle rack. Check it periodically over an hour’s time to see how accurate the temperature reading is. If you are concerned about an issue, call us for an oven calibration service.

 

Put a Pizza Stone in Your Oven

Adding a pizza stone to your oven adds mass to the oven. It’s smart to store a pizza stone on the bottom rack of your oven, because as the oven heats up, the stone with absorb the heat as well and keep oven temperatures more steady as the oven opens and closes, perfect for keeping roasts cooking evenly and cookies too.

 

Hopefully these tips get you prepared for the fall baking season, and if at any point you notice your oven needs be serviced, call us at Appliance Rescue Service – the best appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas.

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Washing Machine Tips: How to Clean Sport Uniforms

Fall is in full swing, which means your laundry room is likely bustling with laundry. And if you have anyone in your family who plays sports – football, baseball, soccer, etc. – it’s likely you’ve seen a stinky uniform or two come through your washing machine and dryer.

Getting a sports uniform clean and fresh can be difficult, but our team at Appliance Rescue Service in Plano, Texas is here with a few tips to make your life easier:

 

1.  Wash it as Soon as Possible

This isn’t always possible, but the sooner you wash the uniform, the easier it is to get dirt, stains, and unpleasant odors out of the uniform. If you can’t wash it right away, at least pre-treat the stains with a stain remover to prevent them from setting in.

 

2.  Pre-Rinse Dirt

This may seem like a no-brainer, but your washing machine is not a miracle maker. The caked on mud from a wet day at the soccer field is going to go somewhere. Prevent that dirt and mud from clogging up your washing machine and causing Plano washing machine repair by pre-rinsing all caked on mud and dirt before it gets laundered.

 

3.  Add Vinegar and Baking Soda

One of the simplest ways to remove unpleasant odors from sports uniforms is to add a little white vinegar to your bleach dispenser. Adding the vinegar neutralizes the odors, leaving your uniform clean and fresh. Baking soda is also a great laundry booster and odor neutralizer, helping remove stains and odors. Sprinkle a little in after adding your detergent and clothing.

 

4.  Air Drying is Best

After laundering your uniforms, skip the dryer and let them air dry instead. Heat and plastic/synthetics don’t go well together, and many uniforms and gear have plastic letters or synthetic fibers that can get warped or all-together ruined in the dryer. Play it safe and air dry instead. If using a front loading washing machine, always remember to leave the door cracked after unloading. This lets the washing machine air out, preventing mold or mildew that can cause Plano appliance repair.

 

Here’s to a successful sports season, and as always, if you need washing machine repair in Plano, McKinney, or anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, give Appliance Rescue Service a call today!  

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Icemaker Not Making Ice? This Could be Why.

In our experience, icemakers often last around 3-10 years, so with that being said, they tend to be less reliable than the refrigerator itself. Often, the refrigerator is working great, but the icemaker is not making any ice. It’s a problem.

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If you are experiencing issues with your McKinney icemaker not making any ice, here are some possible reasons:

 

1.  Faulty Water Inlet Valve

The water inlet valve is the part of the icemaker that controls how much water gets to the icemaker. If you know that your water pressure is good and your icemaker has power, then a faulty water inlet valve could be the culprit. These can just break on their own, or they may get stuck due to mineral build-up over time from the water running through.

 

2.  Temperature is Too High

This is a simple one you can troubleshoot on your own! Icemakers produce ice best when they are running at a temperature below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. If your freezer is running around 10 degrees or higher, try bumping the temperature down a few notches and see if it begins to produce ice more efficiently. Sometimes it’s an easy fix that saves you the cost of any icemaker repairs!

 

3.  Faulty Ice Maker Assembly

Unfortunately, if one of the above does not fix the issue, you may need a new icemaker assembly. Most manufacturers do not sell the icemaker parts separately, so a new assembly may be in order. At Appliance Rescue Service, we always do everything we can to ensure a specific part cannot be ordered to fix the issue before recommending an entirely new icemaker assembly.

 

If you need appliance service in McKinney or anywhere in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, give Appliance Rescue Service a call today! Our team is expertly trained in all icemaker repairs – along with refrigerator, oven, dishwasher, cooktop, and washer/dryer repairs.

How to Remove Scratches from Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel appliances remain the most popular appliance finish out there, and this doesn’t appear to be changing any time soon. After you’ve had your beautiful stainless steel appliances awhile, you may notice an unsightly scratch here or there and wonder – is there a way to get that out?

While removing a scratch may be impossible without professional help, there are some home stainless steel scratch removal techniques you can try to remove the scratch yourself:

 

Mild Abrasive & Water

Start by purchasing a dry powder cleaner with mild abrasive properties. Examples include Comet, Ajax, and Barkeepers Friend. When combined with water, each of the products forms a paste that can buff out mild scratches and water spots from your stainless steel appliances without major stainless steel appliance repair. Simply apply this solution to a soft cloth and rub WITH the grain of the stainless to watch those scratches disappear.

 

Stainless Steel Scratch Removal Kit

There are several products on the market that are specifically designed to restore the stainless steel and remove scratches and abrasions.  We recommend trying the Scratch B Gone Stainless Steel Scratch Removal Kit or the Siege 63001 Stainless Steel Scratch Remover. Both products give you step-by-step instructions with specially designed products included to give you the best results possible.

 

Before attempting any scratch removal technique, always make sure to check the owner’s manual to determine any tips and tricks from the manufacturer specifically and make sure you aren’t doing anything that would negate an appliance warranty!

If you are nervous about attempting a stainless steel appliance repair on your own – even if is just a scratch removal, call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas! We’re happy to help with your Dallas appliance repair needs – big and small! Proudly serving Plano, McKinney, Allen, Frisco, and the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

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4 Reasons You Must Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter

When was the last time you changed the water filter in your refrigerator?

Chances are you might not remember – or it may feel like you just did it! But bottom line: if it was longer than 6 months ago, it’s time to replace your water filter again, and here’s why:

 

1.  Your Filter Will Stop Filtering

This may seem obvious, but a water filter won’t work forever. When it has been overused, it gets clogged and can no longer filter out new impurities, microbes, and chemicals in the water. Instead, it just runs your water through, leaving everything in it from the tap. This is not necessarily bad, but it’s not optimal either. A filter can’t do its job if it’s been overused and become clogged, so replacing your water filter is vital.

 

2.  Shortens the Life of your Refrigerator

Okay, so maybe your whole refrigerator won’t be affected, but certain parts of it can be. If hard water is consistently run through the dispenser or ice maker, mineral deposits can build up inside the tubing or dispensers, creating issues that can lead to Dallas refrigerator repairs, or worse, a new refrigerator purchase.

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3.  Cloudy Ice

Freeze unfiltered water and you’ll be surprised at how cloudy it looks! The cloudiness represents the mineral deposits, chemicals, and other impurities that haven’t been filtered out yet. If you want crystal clear ice, then replacing the filter is a must. 

 

4.  City Water is Not Always Perfect

We’re not saying that a new water filter makes your water perfect, but it certainly provides additional protection against unnecessary microbes, heavy metals, and chemicals that appear in the water. Our local municipalities do their best to produce water that is safe and held to the highest standards, but the truth is that they can’t always remove everything.

 

Check your refrigerator’s owner’s manual today to find out where your water filter is and how to change it. Need help? Call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, the leading appliance service in Dallas, Plano, and McKinney.

Refrigerator Buying Guide: Pros and Cons of French Door Refrigerators

Maybe you’ve had our team of appliance repair experts at Appliance Rescue Service out to the house to assess your broken refrigerator.

Maybe you’re buying a new home and your old refrigerator just doesn’t fit in the new home.

Or maybe you’re just in the market for a newer model.

Whatever the reason, buying a new refrigerator can be daunting! French door refrigerators are one of the most popular refrigerator styles these days, but they aren’t for everyone. Here are the pros and cons of the French door refrigerator to help you decide what’s right for you:

PROS

Ease-of-Use: French door refrigerators are a big draw because everything you need in your refrigerator is easily accessible at all times. No need to bend down and look for things in the back of the fridge. Freezers get a lot less use on a day-to-day basis so it’s just common sense to put it on the bottom.

Spacious: French door refrigerators provide more room for storing large baking dishes, platters, etc. – particularly those that need more width than a side-by-side refrigerator or a traditional freezer-up model.

Aesthetics: Because French door refrigerators don’t need the same range-of-motion as a traditional refrigerator, you can often find more compact models to fit tight spaces. There are also considered very stylish, with many stainless finishes available.

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CONS

Large Objects in Freezer: If you store large turkeys or meats in your freezers, they could be cumbersome to lift out of a bottom freezer.

Clutter: Some models have drawers or shelves within the bottom freezer; some do not. Without some way to separate out where food is stored, it can be difficult to find what you need, when you need it.

Cost: French door refrigerators are more expensive that more traditional styles. Also, opening and closing two doors can let more air out than a normal refrigerator, which can lead the refrigerator to work harder, thus costing you in refrigerator repairs, longevity, or energy bills.

And as always, if you begin having issues with your French door refrigerator, do not hesitate to call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas! We do French door refrigerator repairs daily!

Are Your Appliances Tripping Your Circuit Breakers?

A tripped circuit breaker can be a nuisance.

And when it happens repeatedly, you often wonder if your home appliances are to blame.

Here are the ins and outs of tripped circuit breakers in the kitchen and what you can do to fix it.

 

What are Circuit Breakers?

Circuit breakers are installed in the home’s electrical box as a safety mechanism. Before circuit breakers, many homes had fuses, and fuses had a tendency to overheat and create home fires. Not a good situation! A circuit breaker is designed to “trip” when it receives an overload of power that the circuit cannot handle.

 

I lose power every time I run two kitchen appliances. Do I need appliance repair to fix the issue?

While you may see that two kitchen appliances – refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, etc. – are plugged into two different outlets, chances are they are on the same circuit. And when those two appliances start working at the same time, they are sending too much power to the particular circuit and shutting down the whole operation for your safety. So in this case, the issue is not with your kitchen appliances, but rather with the electrical system. Call a licensed home electrician to come remedy the issue. Chances are, they will put the two appliances on different circuits to avoid further Dallas appliance repair.

 

Which appliances are most likely to trip the circuit breaker?

Refrigerators require a lot of energy to operate, and older model refrigerators are one of the top culprits for tripping circuit breakers in the kitchen. Thankfully, refrigerators are getting more and more energy efficient, reducing the risk of a tripped breaker.

 

If you are constantly having a circuit breaker issue when running your kitchen appliances and aren’t sure what the issue is, you can always call Appliance Rescue Service in Addison, Texas to get you a consultation and determine where the issue lies. Our technicians can evaluate your appliances and make sure they are in proper working order before it's too late!

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Appliance Rescue Service Does Luxury Appliance Repair!

“What appliance brands do you service?”

 

It’s a question we get a lot…and an easy one to answer.

 

All of them!

From Samsung to KitchenAid, Maytag to Whirlpool, our technicians at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas go through extensive training to understand the ins and outs of each individual brand. Yes, it’s a lot of training but it’s what it takes to be the best appliance repair company in Dallas.

 

What about High End, Luxury Appliances?

Yes, we service those too! Most of the high-end appliance companies offer their own training to become a certified appliance technician for their brand. Our techs are equipped to repair Sub-Zero, Viking, Wolf, Thermador, Miele, Bosch, Asko, Gaggenau, and more. We understand that your luxury appliances are an investment and our role is to protect your investment, helping it continue to last for years to come. Trust that our technicians know luxury appliances and will provide a satisfactory repair in no time.

 

More than Just Luxury Appliance Repair.

When our technicians arrive at your home, expect courteous, no-nonsense service. Our guys will inspect the appliance and then offer an estimate for repair before any work is done. It’s your call on whether or not you want to proceed with the repair. Also expect our technicians to offer bonus tips on how to clean the appliance, how to extend the life of your appliance, whether we believe the repair is worth it depending on the lifespan of your appliance, and more. We do more than just luxury appliance repair – we help you maintain it for the long haul.

 

Should your luxury, high-end appliance need repair – you know where to turn! Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas services nearly every zip code in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Check our website for a complete listing of zip codes, and if you don’t see yours, call us! 

5 Freezer Myths – BUSTED by Appliance Rescue Service!

Over the years, our technicians at Appliance Rescue Service have learned that people have many preconceived notions about what their freezer does and does not do, so we’re here to set the record straight. Here are 5 common freezer myths – BUSTED by Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

 

Myth #1: You Can Keep Frozen Food in your Freezer Forever

Wrong! Wondering whether or not you should cook up that roast that’s been sitting in the back of your freezer for over a year? While food will still be safe to eat a year later, its quality diminishes over time. You can’t just leave food in the freezer forever. Check with FDA guidelines to find out how long each type of food should be kept in the freezer for optimal quality and taste.

 

Myth #2: Freezer Burn Means the Food has Gone Bad

Wrong! Freezer burn is not a sign that your food has gone bad in the freezer; it simply means that air has gotten into the food’s packaging. Freezer burned food is still safe to eat, but again, the quality may be subpar.

 

Myth #3: You Can’t Refreeze Thawed Frozen Food

Wrong! This should come as a relief to all of those who have thawed meat to cook for dinner and then changed their minds. As long the thawed food has not been sitting out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours, it’s safe to refreeze it. 

 

Myth #4: Frozen Produce is Less Nutritious

Wrong! Frozen produce is picked at the height of freshness, and then flash frozen for superior taste and nutrition, making it an excellent choice for out-of-season fruits and vegetables.

 

Myth #5: If you Freeze Food, You Kill the Bacteria.

Wrong! It’s a key reason you can’t just put expired meat in the freezer and then pop it back out in a few months to cook it. While the bacteria goes inactive when frozen, it’s still there. The only way to remove it from your food is to cook foods to the proper temperature.

 

So there you have it! Common freezer myths debunked! As always, if you need freezer repair in Dallas – or any other appliance repair for that matter – call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas.

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4 Ways to Help Your Refrigerator Stay Icy Cold This Summer

The air conditioner isn’t the only thing that has to work on overdrive over the summer.

Hot, humid air makes the refrigerator work harder too.

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas has been servicing a lot of refrigerators this summer, and we want to help you keep yours running in tip top condition. Follow these tips to help your refrigerator stay nice and cold, even during these hot summer months:

 

1.  Clean the Condensers

Use your user manual to locate the condenser coils, then once every 6 months, go ahead and clean them with a lint brush. Keeping the condenser coils clean helps maximize the efficiency, making it easier for the refrigerator to keep cool.

 

2.  Check for Leaks

Gaskets and door seals break down over time, allowing warm air in and cold air out – even when the door is closed. Check if it’s time to replace yours by putting a piece of paper in the door, the closing the door and trying to pull the paper out. If the paper slides out easily, then you know the gaskets and seals are leaking air.

Beat the Summer Heat with these Appliance Maintenance Tips!

Beat the Summer Heat with these Appliance Maintenance Tips!

 

3.  Leave Room Between Wall & Refrigerator

Pressing the refrigerator as close to the wall as possible doesn’t give the refrigerator any room to “breathe.” Leaving a few inches between the unit and the wall gives ample room for the condenser to disperse heat from the condenser.

 

4.  Don’t Overload It

Cram packing a refrigerator full of food is one way to make your unit go into overdrive. The more food and less room for air to circulate in the refrigerator, the tougher time your fridge will have keeping up.

 

If you feel your refrigerator is still not keeping food as cold as it should, don’t hesitate to call Appliance Rescue Service – the best appliance repair company in the Dallas area. We serve Addison, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Irving, Las Colinas, Flower Mound, Lewisville, and nearly every Dallas-Fort Worth zip code. 

Appliance Tips & Tricks: How to Avoid Scratching Your Glass Cooktop

Glass cooktops are beautiful, but arguably, they require more care than a gas cooktop. In order to keep your glass cooktop looking like new, try these 5 tips from our team at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas – the number one appliance repair company in the Metroplex:

 

1.  Clean Spills Immediately

It can be tempting to leave a spill on the cooktop indefinitely, but don’t! Clean the cooktop as soon as it has cooled down. Depending on the type of spill, it can leave abrasions or even pitting in the cooktop. (Sugary spills are particularly guilty). 

 

2.  Watch the Bottom of the Pan

When you’re done using a particular pot or pan, lift it up vs. sliding it across the cooktop. The bottom of some cookware can scratch even during everyday use when slid across the glass. Also be sure to keep the bottoms of your cookware clean and never use cookware that has a rough surface on the bottom.

 

3.  Avoid Aluminum Foil

Keep aluminum foil away from your glass cooktop, as it can leave grey streaks on the glass that are difficult to remove, especially on lighter glass appliances.

 

4.  Reserve the Cooktop for Cooking Only

Because glass cooktops are flat, it can be tempting to throw misc. items on them, just as you would a counter. Avoid doing this, as the cooktop doesn’t need to be in use to get scratched by misc items.

 

5.  Consider Covers

When all else fails, consider buying a glass cooktop cover to protect the unit when not in use, prolonging the life and beauty of your appliance.

 

In the event that you do get some scratches or pitting on your glass cooktop, call Appliance Rescue Service immediately. Our team will gladly explain your Dallas appliance repair options, all while providing industry-leading customer service.

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Know the Signs: 4 Signs Your Appliance is About to Die

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas repairs a lot of appliances. We service dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, cooktops…everything! Over the years, we have noticed there are some signs you just can’t ignore. Signs that your appliance may be on the fritz and it’s time to contact a professional appliance repairman in Dallas before it’s too late!

 

Sign #1: Refrigerator is Constantly Running or Loud

If a refrigerator starts getting noisy, running constantly, or just plain loud, it’s time to have someone out to look at your refrigerator because it could give out any day. These are typically signs of a compressor issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

 

Sign #2: Gradual Decline in Refrigerator Cooling

When you notice your refrigerator is not cooling properly, it’s time to have the issue diagnosed because no one wants to waste all of the food in their refrigerator the day it just decides to give out! Cooling issues can signal a leak in the refrigerator, and this issue is often costly, so depending on age, you’ll want to consider whether a repair or a new purchase is the way to go.

 

Sign #3: Dryer Drying Slowly

There is one great way to curb the issues you have with your dryer: take care of it. A dryer is a workhorse, and the more you use it, the less you clean the lint trap, etc. – the quicker it is going to give out. Take good care of it and extend its life. At any rate, if a dryer is taking multiple cycles to dry, it’s time to call someone to access the issue.

 

Sign #4: Dishes are Coming Out of the Dishwasher Dirty

Dishwasher issues can be complex, but if you feel that your dishes are not coming out clean, it’s time to call someone. The issue could be a simple clog in the line – or it could be something more serious like a warped door or cracked tub.

 

Bottom line: trust your gut. If something seems off about a particular appliance, call a professional appliance repairman in Dallas at Appliance Rescue Service before it’s too late!

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Dishwasher Not Draining? Try these 3 Tips from Appliance Rescue Service

The dishwasher is a workhorse in the kitchen, and we frequently forget how much we use it until it’s broken. When you find your dishwasher not draining, it can be a huge inconvenience, not to mention a stinky mess!

 

Appliance Rescue Service – the best appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas – is happy to offer these 3 simple solutions to fixing your dishwasher issues without a costly dishwasher repair:

 

Solution #1: Clean the Filters

When was the last time you cleaned the filters in your dishwasher? As a good rule of thumb, it’s smart to rinse them each time you refill the drying agent. At any rate, a clogged dishwasher filter can cause a dishwasher not to drain. Take them out and rinse them thoroughly with soap and water to see if it solves the issue.

 

Solution #2: Check the Connections

After turning off the power to the unit, remove the toe-kick panel from the bottom of the dishwasher. Inspect the connections thoroughly to see if anything is loose or corroded around the drain hose connection, valve bracket, and drain hose clamp. The valve bracket should actually move and rotate freely, so if it doesn’t, then you likely have a burned out electrical solenoid.

 

Solution #3: Clear the Drain Hose, Disposal, & Sink Drain

This one is usually the #1 culprit. Something has clogged the line and you need to clear it. Disconnect the drain hose. Next, try to blow air through it to see if there is a clog or kink. Clogs can also originate with the disposal and sink drain since many dishwashers drain through the sink drain. One solution to clearing a sink drain or disposal clog is to run hot water through it.

 

If none of the above solutions fix your issue and your dishwasher is not draining, call Appliance Rescue Service! We provide the highest quality appliance repair in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, serving nearly every zip code. Call us today with all your dishwasher repair needs!

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Are you Making These 5 Common Laundry Mistakes?

If there is one thing in life that is inevitable, it’s laundry.

And while we’ve all got laundry to do, many of us are making laundry mistakes everyday that are creating extra wear and tear to our washing machines, dryers, and clothes. So Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas wants to know, are you guilty of these common laundry mistakes? Read on to find out!

 

#1: Overdoing it on the Laundry Detergent

More soap means more clean – right?! Wrong. In fact, excess bubbles in our machine can trap bacteria and dirt as it comes off of clothes, and then those suds can get stuck in hard to rinse spots, like in creases of pockets. This makes the clothes less clean because the bubbles can’t rinse clean. Avoid overdoing it on the laundry detergent by using less than you normally would, and see if the laundry gets clean. If it does, then you may consider even using less to conserve detergent. Find a happy medium between clean clothes and detergent.

 

#2: Allowing Clothes Snags

Ever get clothes out of the laundry and it’s been torn up or pulled by other clothes? While you can’t avoid all of these mishaps, you can avoid clothing snags by zipping all zippers to the top (so the teeth are not exposed) and un-buttoning shirts (buttoned shirts cause unnecessary stress on the buttons while in the wash).

 

#3: Overfilling the Washing Machine

Another common mistake we see at Appliance Rescue – your leader in Dallas washing machine repair – is overfilling the washing machine. Overcrowding the washing machine doesn’t leave room for clothes to float in the water; therefore, they don’t get clean. It also puts major stress on the washing machine’s bearings and shock absorbers.

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#4: Leaving Clothes Unfolded

Leaving clothes in the dryer indefinitely, or taking it out and leaving it in a basket without folding it, is a recipe for wrinkles. Avoid those wrinkles by folding it immediately. No time to fold immediately? 2 things can help: 1) use the permanent press cycle that allows for a cool down/wrinkle free fluff; 2) lay clothes out flat before folding instead of crumpled in a pile.

 

#5: Scrubbing Stains

A little elbow grease is not helpful when properly pretreating stains. Instead, carefully blot the stain with a white cloth, working from the outside in to keep the stain from spreading outward. Treat a stain as soon as you can for maximum results.

 

Need more tips for using your washing machine or dryer more efficiently? Just call the experts in Dallas washing machine repair – Appliance Rescue Service. We’re always just a call away and can help with all your appliance repair needs.

Chemical Free Cleaning: 2 Natural Ways to Clean a Microwave

The microwave is one of the most commonly used appliances in the kitchen, and yet many times it’s also overlooked when it comes to cleaning. At Appliance Rescue Service Dallas, we try to clean without harsh chemicals as much as possible. That’s why we wanted to bring you 2 great chemical free cleaning methods for cleaning your microwave that you may not know about:

 

1.  Lemon

Lemon is a natural cleaning agent, and a great one for cleaning the microwave! Grab a microwave safe bowl and fill it with ½-1 cup of water. Then take your lemon, cut it in half, and squeeze it into the water. Throw the lemon rinds in for good measure! And here’s a tip for helping the water not to boil over: throw in a toothpick as well!

Now, set your microwave for 3 minutes and watch the magic work! The water will boil and create steam; the steam will loosen stubborn food particles that have been stuck to the sides of your microwave. After the 3 minutes are up, let it sit for a few minutes, then remove the water/lemon mixture, and wipe down the microwave with a clean cloth or sponge. A sparkling clean microwave awaits – and it smells good too!

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2.  Vinegar

Don’t have a lemon on hand? No problem! Pour in some vinegar in place of the lemon. If you don’t like that vinegary smell, you can also add a drop or two of your favorite essential oil. Follow the chemical free cleaning instructions above and voila – clean microwave!

 

From microwave cleaning tips to ideas on how to help them last longer, Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is here for you! We are the Dallas appliance repair experts in Addison, Plano, Frisco, Richardson, Irving, Las Colinas, and the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Call us for your next appliance repair in Dallas!

Do I Fix or Replace My Broken Appliance?

It always seems that appliances go on the fritz at the worst possible time – in the middle of a laundry load, when company is about to show up, when you’re about to go out of town for vacation, etc.

 

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas knows a thing or two about Dallas appliance repair, and we often get the question – should I fix my appliance, or replace it? Here are a few guidelines from the Dallas appliance repair experts to help you make an educated decision:

 

1.  How Long Have You Had the Appliance?

Appliances are built to last, and while they may seem more repair-prone today than in years past, it’s only because today’s appliances have more technology built in – and that extra technology can have glitches. Below is a list of the average lifespan of today’s appliances, to give you an idea as to where your appliance is in it’s lifespan:

·     Refrigerator: 10-13 years

·     Range: 15 years

·     Microwave: 9 years

·     Dishwasher: 10-12 years

·     Washer: 10-13 years

·     Dryer: 10-13 years

If it’s newer; it pays to repair it. If it’s close to 10 years old, you may consider a replacement.

 

2.  How Much Will it Cost to Replace?

At Appliance Rescue Service, our service call fee is $59.95, and then our appliance technician will provide you with an estimate for the cost of the appliance repair. Chances are, the repair will end up costing at least $100, and then the price can increase from there given the repair needed. A good rule of thumb: If your appliance is worth less than $200, it’s time to replace it vs. fix it. If your appliance repair estimate is at least half the purchase price of a new one, you may want to weigh the value of a new one vs. the current appliance repair.

 

If you ever need Dallas appliance repair, Appliance Rescue Service is happy to give you a no hassle service call and will discuss your repair options with you at the time of service. 

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Your Dryer’s Dirty Secret: The Lint Trap

When was the last time you cleaned your dryer’s lint trap?

Keeping a dryer’s lint trap (or lint catch as some call it) clean is vital to optimum dryer performance. Let Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas help shed a little more light on this important topic!

How often should a lint trap be cleaned?

The answer is simple: every single time to run the dryer. Lint – or the tiny particles of dust that come off of your clothing as they are drying – is an inevitable part of the drying process. If you do not remove the lint from the lint trap regularly, then the lint begins to build up and can cause Dallas dryer repairs.

 

What about cleaning the dryer vent?

If you really want to keep your dryer in peak operating condition and avoid Dallas dryer repairs, then plan to clean the dryer vent once every 3-6 months. While a lint trap catches most lint, it’s impossible for it to catch it all. What escapes can get stuck in the dryer vent, causing damage to the dryer – or worse – a house fire!

 

What are signs that my lint trap or dryer vent is clogged?

Normally, one of the first signs that you have a clog in the lint trap or the dryer vent is that clothes become difficult to dry. It might take more than one cycle to dry, or it may never get dry at all!

 

If you begin to experience issues with your dryer or suspect a clogged dryer vent, be sure to call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for all of your Dallas dryer repair needs. Appliance Rescue Service serves the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and fixes everything from dryers, to dishwashers, to refrigerators, and more. Give us a call today!

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