FAQs: Everything You Need to Know about Your Oven’s Self Cleaning Mode

An oven’s self cleaning mode can be a homeowner’s best friend – and then it can also be a nightmare. Many homeowners simply don’t use it because they don’t understand it or how it works. Here are a few frequently asked questions we get here at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas about the oven self cleaning mode and how it can work for you:

How Does the Oven’s Self Cleaning Cycle Work? 

The oven’s self cleaning cycle works by heating your oven to above 900 degrees Fahrenheit and then burning any baked on grease and food debris into ash. This is not harmful to your oven because the oven is coated in a porcelain resin that is fireproof and resistant to the high heat. 

Should I Leave My House During the Self Cleaning Cycle?

Yes, the North Texas Poison Center recommends that you leave the home while running the self cleaning mode. Putting the Teflon coating of your oven under extremely high heat conditions can produce fumes, and possibly, carbon monoxide. Be sure your home is well ventilated when running a self cleaning cycle. 

Do I Pre-Clean My Self Cleaning Oven?

As sad as it may be, you can’t just run the self cleaning cycle and expect it to do all the work. For best results, use an oven cleaner prior to running the self cleaning cycle to remove any larger crumbs of food or debris that might be lurking in the oven. You want to run the cycle when the oven basically looks clean, but you want to remove baked on, hard to remove spots. 

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Do I Leave the Racks in When Running the Self Cleaning Mode?

No, racks should be removed prior to running the self cleaning cycle. If you leave the racks in, they are likely going to warp and discolor due to the high heat, rendering them useless the next time you try to bake with them. 

When Can I Use My Oven After Self Cleaning?

The self cleaning mode will lock the oven shut until it has properly cooled down, and this time period varies based on your model. Check your user manual for details on your specific model, but this can vary from 30 minutes-2 hours post cycle. 

Want to learn more about the self cleaning mode on your oven? Do you suspect you need oven repair after running your self cleaning cycle? Call us at Appliance Rescue Service – the #1 oven repair company in Dallas, Texas. We’ll inspect your oven and give you a full estimate before starting any work. 

The BEST Way to Clean Baby Clothes

As a new mom myself, I am CONSTANTLY ensuring that what goes on/in my baby is free of allergens, dirt, dust, ANYTHING to do with contamination. Especially when it comes to the clothes my son wears every day. Here are some helpful tips when washing your infants clothes!

Prepping The Clothes

A BIG one to always remember is to wash the baby’s clothes before putting them in it. I mean to wash them, even if you just bought them from the store. All babies have sensitive skin, and washing prior to wearing will prevent their skin from having an allergic reaction

Washing The Clothes

When it comes to washing the babies clothes, you’ll always follow the same steps as you would for your clothes. Always separate colors, whites, and darks. Thanks to “Better Homes & Garden”, they have listed some amazing hacks when washing baby clothes!

  • Place socks & other small items in a mesh bag when washing.

  • Fasten all loop-and-hooks when washing so nothing becomes attached in the process!

  • When folding the clothes, ensure that there are no loose buttons, fragments, or edges that might get stuck on baby’s skin.


Which is the best Baby Laundry Detergent?

One may think that washing a babies clothes can be done with regular laundry detergent. However, going back to one of my previous statements, babies have extremely sensitive skin. That means the detergent used is important too. Here is a list of the BEST laundry detergents you can get.

  1. Best For Sensitive Skin - Puracy Natural Liquid

  2. Best For Hard Water - Molly’s Suds Powder

  3. Best Hypoallergenic - Dreft Stage 1

  4. Best All Natural - ECOS Laundry Detergent

  5. Best Liquid - Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

  6. Best For Baby Eczema - Dreft Purtouch

  7. Best For Cloth Diapers - Rockin’ Green Classic

  8. Best Powder - Grab Green

  9. Best Organic - Eco Nuts Organic

  10. Best Smelling Detergent - Purex Liquid

(List Courtesy of Moms Love Best)


Following these steps & products should leave you with the best care for your baby’s clothing! Even though they grow into and out of those clothes within minutes it seems like, you always want to take great care of them. And if you are facing any issues with your washer or dryer, contact Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas for a service call!


How Do I Decide Which Dishwasher Cycle to Use?

Today’s fancy dishwashers have so many built-in settings it can be hard to determine what cycle to use! While these settings can be perplexing, they are actually there to help you get your dishes cleaner and do it more efficiently. 

So how do I decide which dishwasher cycle to use? Appliance Rescue Service – the #1 appliance repair company in DFW – is here to help you figure it out!

Auto Clean

Consider this your go-to if you aren’t sure which setting best fits your load. The auto clean cycle assesses how many dishes are in the dishwasher – and how dirty they are – and then adjusts the cycle and water temp accordingly. 

Heavy 

This cycle will use the highest water pressure and the hottest water to get baked on gunk off your dishes and leave them sparkling clean. Do not put any delicate dishes in this cycle and be aware that this cycle normally takes the longest. Reserve this cycle for that night you baked lasagna and it’s really caked on your dishes. 

Light

The light wash cycle isn’t necessarily for a load with very little in it. Think of it as a load for delicate items. If you’re going to put fragile stemware or china in your dishwasher, then run it on the light cycle. The light cycle will use low pressure and cooler water to get things clean with little effort. Be sure all caked on food is removed before loading in the dishwasher or you’ll be disappointed with this cycle. 

Quick Load

So what cycle should I use if I don’t have many dishes and they aren’t that dirty? Quick load is your best bet! This option uses hot water and high pressure to get things clean, but doesn’t spend as much time (or water!) getting it done. Why waste a heavy load option that runs longer when your dishes only need a mild cleaning and sanitizing? 

So there you have it! Hopefully these tips help take the mystery out of which dishwasher cycle you should use. If you have more questions – or need dishwasher repair in Dallas, Texas – do not hesitate to call Appliance Rescue Service for all your appliance repair needs. 

6 Things You Should Never Put in the Dryer

Laundry – the necessary evil.

We love fresh, clean clothes and the idea of sorting and pulling things out that shouldn’t go in the dryer is well, exhausting. Many of us get lazy and just throw everything in there, but don’t! If you want to avoid dryer repair in Dallas, Texas, then here are 7 things our technicians here at Appliance Rescue Service say you should never put in the dryer:

1.    Wool

Wool sweaters, gloves, and socks get a lot of use, particularly during the winter months. Unfortunately, putting them in the dryer will cause them to shrink. Instead, take nice wool sweaters to the dry cleaner and take gloves and socks out to air dry flat.

2.    Overalls

What? Why not overalls? Well, you know those metal clasps. If you’ve never put a pair of overalls in the dryer, then chances are you’ve heard the metal clasps clanking around in there. The clasps are normally heavy and can damage the interior of your dryer. Instead, hang them to dry or put them in a pillow case to protect the dryer.

3.    Running Shoes

There are many tutorials online for washing running shoes in the washing machine, but just make sure you don’t transfer them to the dryer! Before washing, remove laces and insoles, then let them air dry after washing to avoid damaging the rubber or other layers of the shoe. 

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4.    Rubber Bath Mats

Sure, bath mats can do in the washing machine, but if they have a rubber backing, never put them in the dryer! That rubber backing will break down in the dryer and cause Dallas dryer repair! And at worse, it can actually catch on fire! Instead, wash them air dry them. 

5.    Denim Jeans

Jeans don’t need to be washed often, and if you want to extend the life of your jeans, spot clean regularly, then wash and air dry sparingly. 

6.    Swimsuits and Bras

These are in the same category because both normally have a decent amount of elasticity that can break down and get ruined with the heat of the dryer. Instead, line dry both for long life. (Just make sure to dry swimsuits in the shade to avoid fading.)

Hopefully these tips help you extend the life of your dryer and your clothes too! As always, if you ever need Dallas dryer repair, call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service!

5 Tips For This Year’s Spring Cleaning : Appliance Edition

Spring has finally sprung! And that means it is the start of our cleaning spree we all do every year. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you get a good scrub on your household appliances this season!

 

1)    Wipe Down Your Microwave - While this seems like such a simple task, it is SO EXTREMELY important to wash down the microwave! Every time we use it, no matter what food seems to makes it way onto the rotating dish. Each time that happens, a plethora of germs grow & expand every minute. Take the time to wipe down your microwave with a cleaning supply, such as vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and even window cleaner!

2)    Clean the oven - Just like the microwave, the oven seems to be the place for spillage of foods. In this case, grease & food will build up over time, meaning you really should clean this more often than not! This can lead to a nasty charcoal taste in your mouth with there being too much build up. Not only that, your oven can be in serious danger of damage. If that is the case, give Appliance Rescue Service a call to come fix it!

3)    Clean the Lint Trap in the Washer & Dryer - We all know that when doing the laundry, there are steps to it. First step : put the dirty clothes in the washer with soap, and following that step in putting those clothes in the dryer. From personal experience, I use dryer sheets. BUT, did you know that even if you don’t use these, you still need to clean the lint trap in BOTH the washer & dryer?? Not only does this help get your clothes to the cleanest they can be, but it can even save you money! If the lint screen gets too clogged, it will use more energy to push through the load. In return, creating a higher bill! So don’t forget this step to save money!!

4)    Clean your Refrigerator Shelves - This is one of the most IMPORTANT appliances to clean in the house. We know that the fridge holds almost all of our food in the kitchen. With that being the case, we are susceptible to there being a spill from raw foods, such as chicken. And not just raw foods, but any kind of food that has spilled & is left for too long can lead to food poisoning! The best & quickest method to this is to

a)    Remove all the food from both fridge & freezer

b)    Take out all the shelves & drawers

c)    Wipe & Clean all the surfaces with the simple dish soap & water

d)    Dry off and Place back in the fridge!

5)    Clean BEHIND & BENEATH the Refrigerator - Along with the fridge shelves, behind & beneath the fridge is extremely important too! Things like food, dust, and mold can begin growing in these tight spaces. Not to mention, the coils under the fridge become dusty, leading to a broken fridge! Again, if this happens to you have no fear! Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas is at your Service!

 

These are 5 Simple & easy steps to getting your house in tip-top shape for this Spring! However, if you seem to be facing challenges with any of your home appliances, please call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas today to set up all your appliance repair service requests!

Follow these 4 Steps If You want to Avoid Refrigerator Repair 

It’s never fun when your refrigerator goes out. 

No one is excited to spend thousands on a new refrigerator – or even spend hundreds on refrigerator repair – and at Appliance Rescue Service, we get that. 

We make many refrigerator repair service calls, and we’ve noticed some trends in service. If you want to avoid refrigerator repair in Dallas and prolong the life of your unit, here are several steps we recommend you follow:  

 

Step 1: Clean the Coils

If there is one thing you take from this article, then it should be the importance of clean condenser coils. The condenser coils – normally located on the bottom of the refrigerator – should get a good scrubbing once a year. The best time to do that is now, before the summer heat hits and your refrigerator has to work harder to keep up.

 

Step 2: Allow for Airflow

When purchasing a refrigerator, consider the space it is going in and make sure it has adequate airflow on all sides once installed. Tight spaces don’t allow air to circulate, which prevents the refrigerator from cooling properly. Unless you have a built-in refrigerator, airflow and circulation is key.

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Step 3: Keep the Doors Sealed

Many modern refrigerators have a chime that goes off if the refrigerator is left open too long, and that’s a good thing. When the refrigerator doors are left open, it allows cold air to escape, which in turn, makes your refrigerator’s condenser work harder to cool. (Think about the way your home’s air conditioner works.) Another tip – regularly clean gaskets to get a tight seal so cold air doesn’t escape even if the door is closed. 

 

Step 4: Avoid Overloading the Refrigerator

Just as airflow outside the refrigerator is important, it’s also important inside the refrigerator. This means you must not pack too many items into the refrigerator if you want it to work at maximum efficiency. Also – many people will go to Costco, buy huge containers of ranch, bbq sauce, etc., and then put them all in the refrigerator. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, too many heavy containers placed together can add strain to the refrigerator doors, shelves, etc. – causing issues with door seals and more.

Hopefully these tips help you avoid Dallas refrigerator repair and extend the life of your unit for years to come. If for some reason you do find yourself in a situation where your refrigerator isn’t working properly, please don’t’ hesitate to give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service – the #1 appliance repairman in Dallas, Texas

Clean Your Glass Cooktop Like a Pro

Glass cooktops are not only beautiful, but can are often purchased because all the elements are hidden, making cleaning a breeze – right?!

Even glass cooktop owners will affirm that sometimes appliances just get dirty – and cleaning can be difficult. Appliance Rescue Service often performs cooktop repairs, and we have a few tips on how to keep those glass cooktops looking brand new for years to come:

 

Always Allow the Cooktop to Cool Before Cleaning

Before cleaning, let the cooktop cool completely, for obvious reasons. 

Use Gentle Products

Use a mild non-scratch scubbing sponge or microfiber cloth for cleaning, along with non-abrasive cleaners. Anything abrasive will scratch the glass and create irreversible damage. 

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Check the Owner’s Manual

Your owner’s manual will offer important maintenance tips on what works best for your particular model, so take those suggestions into account. Plus – you may learn if there are any cleaning products or methods that could void a warranty. 

Spritz Daily

Don’t wait until the gunk and build-up has overtaken your cooktop! Instead, keep a squirt bottle full of half vinegar/half water and lightly spray in on the cooktop after it cools. Then, wipe off right away to prevent any build-up that can lead to cooktop repairs in Dallas. 

Razor Blades Work on Tough Stains

If you have hard, burnt on foods, then a razor blade can work well to remove it. As long as your owner’s manual doesn’t advise against using a razor blade, very gently use the full edge of the blade – as flat as possible – and scrub at the dried residue. It should clean right off. Never use the very edge of the blade, as it will scratch. 

 

Hopefully, these tips will extend the life of your glass cooktop and prevent the need for any Dallas glass cooktop repair. Should you ever need appliance repairs, don’t hesitate to call us at Appliance Rescue Service! We’re your #1 appliance repairman, servicing cooktops, refrigerators, wall ovens, dishwashers, and more. 

5 Laundry Hacks to Make Laundry Easier

Some things never end, and at the top of that list: dirty laundry and dirty dishes. 

While dirty laundry can’t be avoided, there are ways to make laundry easier and more efficient. Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas recommends trying the following 5 laundry hacks to kick your laundry game up a notch:

1.    Fold Right Away.

Stop what you’re doing and fold the clothes straight out of the dryer. If you really think about it, this task normally takes only 10-15 minutes, and when done right away, avoids the mess of piles sitting around and wrinkles too. Get in the habit of holding clothes right out of the dryer, and even if it’s not put away, you’re still winning.

2.    Pick a System.

Like most things in life, laundry works best with a system. Haphazardly doing a little laundry here and there can leave you frustrated and frazzled. Instead, choose to do one load a day – start to finish – to keep laundry bins from brimming, or dedicate one full day to getting everything done. 

3.    Separate the Socks.

Tired of losing socks and the tedious chore of matching socks? Invest in a mesh laundry bag for each member of the family, and instead of throwing their socks in the hamper, ask them to put their dirty socks in the lingerie bag. When it’s full, pop it in the washer and dryer, then return to the owner of the bag to match and put away. No more lost socks!

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4.    Sort Right Away.

Have you ever thought to have a divided hamper in your room? Instead of lugging the hampers down to the laundry room and THEN sorting, why not sort when you take the clothes off? That way, it’s easy to throw in a load of whites with zero effort.

5.    Clean the Washer & Dryer.

Want cleaner clothes? Then clean the washer and dryer as well. Regular washer and dryer maintenance can go a long way to keeping your whites white and avoiding major issues down the road.

Hopefully, these tips will help make the burden of laundry a little lighter. And as always, if you ever have washing machine issues and need washing machine repair or dryer repair, call us at Appliance Rescue Service, proudly serving Dallas, Fort Worth, Richardson, Addison, McKinney, Plano, Frisco, Little Elm, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Grapevine, Coppell, Colleyville, Keller, and the entire North Texas community. 

The 2 Day Instant Pot Roast

If you came here for advice on what to do with your ailing or aging dishwasher - you are mostly in the right place.

 By mostly, I mean that, yes - you will find that kind of information here. After all, you are on the web site for Appliance Rescue, and they definitely have that kind of info and have some excellent posts on this blog for that very thing.

 This post, however, is not one of those posts.

 THIS post is meant to break up your day with a little chuckle, or a big chuckle. It may motivate you to the creative arts (You wouldn’t hurt my feelings if you are sitting there, swearing to yourself that you could write a better post than this. In fact, if you are thinking that, you definitely should—the world needs more people doing creative things. And by should, I mean that you should write, not that you should sit there swearing to yourself and then not writing).

 But I digress. It happens. I’m not sure the fine folks at Appliance Rescue Dallas quite knew what they were getting in for when they asked me to drop some guest posts on this blog. But, too late now. We’re here, aren’t we?

 If you have managed to make it through the other things I have written, peppered through these pages, you will notice a pattern. The pattern is, I think we as a society are moving too fast. We are expecting things to be done for us immediately. And I think that the things we used to wait on would now drive us mad if we had to wait as long as we used to have to wait (does anyone remember dial up? Can you even imagine that now?)

 There is even a device that you can buy for your kitchen called an Instant Pot. Now, if I’m not mistaken, Instant Pot is a brand name, but there are many vendors that produce these kinds of gizmos.

 They are pretty straightforward. It’s basically a pressure cooker with a computer attached to it. You are supposed to be able to make everything from bread to yogurt to filet mignon in a fraction of the time it used to take you.

 Pressure Cookers, for those that don’t remember them, were essentially giant steam-powered bombs that our parents and grandparents would dig out of the back of the cupboard when they wanted to do some canning or scare the crap out of themselves and us by telling us at least a hundred times to STAND BACK WHEN I HAVE TO RELEASE THE PRESSURE FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE! IF THIS THING POPS OFF YOU CAN LOSE AN EYE JUST LIKE YOUR UNCLE BENNY!!

 As much as I wanted to learn everything I could in the kitchen when I was growing up, the pressure cooker was one device I was happy to stay the heck away from.

 So, imagine my joy when my roommate let me know that in addition to the pre-built library and typewriter collection she was bringing with her, she also came with an Instant Pot.

 At first I thought these were just fancy Crock-Pots with a cool computer and built in subscription to Spotify. After doing some reading, though, I found out the truth. The stove-top steam bomb from my childhood had evolved and was now computer controlled. I was sure this was just the robots second wave at taking over. The first wave, Teddy Ruxpin, didn’t fare so well in the 80’s due to the number of kids that removed the original storybook tapes and played Black Sabbath through the animatronic bear.

 So, yeah. Instant Pot. Slow-cooker on steroids. Pretty much the exact opposite of a slow crock cooker.

 I realized something else as I was reading up on this scary thing sitting on my counter. The thing that made these devices so irresistible was the fact that it could do so many things. Seriously. The main selling point was that you no longer needed your bread machine or your yogurt machine or your pressure cooker or your deep fryer or your slow cooker.

 Wait. What? This thing replaces the slow cooker? Something with the word instant in the name is going to replace something designed to cook things slooooooooow? No wonder the avocado toast set was snapping these things up. It was like having a little time-traveling Bobby Flay right on your counter.

 Sure...you normally cook this roast all day, but I’ll do it in 4 hours or something like that. It’s going to be fast. Faster than slow, that’s for sure.

 Alright. We’ll give it a go.

 After some google-fu, I figured out that I needed to set the Instant Pot on the Slow Cooker setting (I was still having some serious trouble wrapping my head around that one) and then, per the interwebs, set the temp setting from Normal to Low to actually mimic my slow cooker.

 Here’s the thing, folks, in case you’re wondering.  If you use the slow cooker setting on your Instant Pot, it no longer even vaguely resembles anything instant.

 The pot roast that I cooked in the Instant Pot took (are you ready for it)...

 Two Days.

 You read that right. I wish it were a typo, but it’s not. And I’m sure that if you are an aficionado with an Instant Pot, somewhere in this post you will have figured out why it didn’t work as expected. And no, I’m not going to tell you if you’re right or not.

 So, yeah, at the end of the 8 hours (just as long as the slow cooker would have been), the carrots were still raw. The potatoes still had the constitution of an angry golf ball, and the roast was not really done, although the whole house smelled amazing.

 The first night, we had paninis instead. The roast and its friends were transported into the crock of the slow cooker. And on Day Two, the slow cooker did it’s thing. And by the time I got home from work, the pot roast was amazing. The carrots were soft, and the potatoes had given up on being anything other than delicious.

 The lesson, dear friends and readers, is that sometimes you can’t rush perfection. You’re not always going to get things on your time. Some things have to be prepared a certain way, no matter what we may want.

 And if you have any doubts, I can assure you, the roast was worth the wait.

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 Until next time, my friends, take some time to enjoy the things in life. Hug your loved ones, pet your dog, and don’t be afraid to slow down.

 

-Todd

Refrigerator Cleaning Hacks You’ve Got to Know About

Spring is in the air, and around here, that means Spring cleaning those appliances! We know your oven, refrigerator, cooktop, and dishwasher took a beating during the holiday season, so now it’s time to freshen them up and give them a new lease on life for the Spring and Summer seasons.

This week, we recommend starting with your refrigerator. Here are a few refrigerator cleaning hacks to help you jump start the process:

1.    Get Everything Out

Before you begin cleaning, it’s a good idea to take every last bit of food out of the refrigerator. That way, you control what goes back in and you can really see where the grime and gunk is that has been covered by the food items. Start by throwing away old leftovers, expired food, and duplicates.

2.    A Toothbrush and Toothpaste Work Wonders

When scrubbing the interior of the refrigerator, a little toothpaste and toothbrush can go a long way in removing stuck on splatters. The toothpaste has a nice abrasion to it, is non-toxic, and smells great. 

3.    Odor Removal? No Problem!

There are many odor removers readily available in your pantry for removing stubborn smells. Everyone knows about the age old baking soda trick, but what about cotton balls soaked in vanilla or orange extract? Simply place on a dish in the back of the refrigerator to let them soak up scents. Crisper drawers a little musty? Crumpled paper bags left in them overnight will soak up the scent. 

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4.    Find Door Leaks with a Flashlight

As you’re scrubbing that refrigerator door seal, remember what it’s there for: to trap in the cold air. You can easily check for leaks by putting a lit flashlight in the refrigerator, then shutting the door. If the room is dark, you should be able to see if any light is shining through and your refrigerator door seal needs repair.

5.    Vinegar and Olive Oil on the Exterior

You don’t need a fancy stainless steel door cleaner! Check the pantry! Vinegar or olive oil on a microfiber cloth are both great at removing stains and restoring shine. Simply rub with the grain and watch the door sparkle again!

Happy spring cleaning! And if you do discover any issues with your refrigerator as you are spring cleaning and need Dallas refrigerator repair, give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service! We serve the entire North Texas community, including Addison, Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Las Colinas, Colleyville, Southlake, Flower Mound, Keller, Argyle, Coppell, and more.

Refrigerator Training

John is doing well in training with us here at Appliance Rescue Service.

John is starting on refrigerators today, as you can tell from the pictures he is determined, but limited to working only on the bottom drawer freezers for the time being. There is a height issue we are working on here, but we feel one day he will reach the top.

We will keep you posted, but the Appliance Rescue Service family is very impressed so far!

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Dishwasher Making Noise? Learn What it Means from Appliance Rescue Service. 

Dishwashers are very handy in the kitchen, saving us precious minutes that we would otherwise spend washing and drying dishes individually. But when your dishwasher is making loud, strange sounds, it can be concerning. Before there is a major issue with your dishwasher, learn why your dishwasher is making noise and what those noises mean, from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

Swishing Noise

If you hear a swishing noise in your dishwasher, there is no cause for alarm. During the wash cycle, the spray arm will spray water into the basin and that is the noise you are hearing.

Loud Banging Noise

If the noise is especially loud, like a loud banging that might echo a little afterward, then you might have a water hammer that needs professional attention. A water hammer occurs when a valve is shut off quickly and the water is forced to “bang” against that closed valve. 

Rhythmic Thumping or Knocking Noise

A rhythmic thumping or knocking noise can usually be attributed to a spray arm hitting something inside the dishwasher at regular intervals. Open the dishwasher door, take a peek inside, readjust anything that might be hitting, then restart the dishwasher. The problem should be solved, but if it isn’t, then give a dishwasher repairman a call. 

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Squealing Noise

Is your dishwasher new? New dishwashers do not have water inside them yet, so sometimes a new unit can squeal a little as mechanisms begin working and water has not fully filled the dishwasher cavities yet. The same issue can occur in a vacation home where a dishwasher goes months without use. If you suspect this is an issue, try pouring a little water in the bottom of the dishwasher basin before starting the cycle to see if it solves the issue. 

Humming Noise

A mild humming noise can be normal, but if it’s loud or constant, then it could be a faulty motor or a fan that needs replacing. Call a professional dishwasher repairman to properly diagnose the issue.

Still have questions about your dishwasher and why it’s making noises? Call us anytime at Appliance Rescue Service for a full diagnosis of your machine. We are your Dallas dishwasher repair specialists

Appliance Storage Hacks: Where to Store Food in your Fridge

Did you know that your refrigerator was actually designed in such a way that certain foods should be kept in various parts of the refrigerator – both for optimum convenience and to keep food fresher longer? 

It’s true, and while you might feel like you know exactly wehre everything should go in a fridge (let’s face it, you’ve been using one your whole life), Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is here to share a few food storage hacks you may not know:

 

Store Milk on Shelves – in the Back

As you might guess, milk is more apt to spoiling than other items in the fridge. Many homeowners keep their milk on the door, but this is just not optimum for freshness. The temperatures on the door fluctuate the most, since the air changes each time the door is opened and closed. Instead, store your milk on a shelf, toward the back of the refrigerator. Also – keep it away from foods with strong odors, as it can absorb those scents. Ick.

Keep Meat On Bottom Shelves

Meat storage works best when you keep it down low in the refrigerator. This prevents cross-contamination with other foods in the refrigerator and prevents meat from dripping on other foods. Of course, you should always keep your meats well sealed to prevent any drips or spills. 

Utilize the Crisper Drawers for Fruits and Vegetables

Those drawers near the bottom of your refrigerator – the crisper drawers – are there for a reason! Use them for fruits and vegetables. Each drawer has valves that allow you to adjust the humidity of the drawer, based on how much humidity is needed to store various fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens need higher humidity; while heartier items like apples and carrots need low humidity. 

Hopefully this helps you get organized and extend the life of your food – and your appliance! Should you ever suspect issues with your refrigerator and need Prosper refrigerator repair, call us at Appliance Rescue Service! We offer appliance repair to Prosper, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Grapevine, Flower Mound, and the entire North Texas area. 

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Ask Appliance Rescue: Why is My Microwave Sparking?

When your microwave is sparking, it’s a clear sign of an issue – but it doesn’t necessarily mean your microwave is at the end of its life. If you notice sparking, discontinue use and inspect the following:

 

Is there metal in the microwave?

Most of us know that metal inside a microwave causing sparking, but sometimes a forgetful mishap can land a fork in the microwave by mistake. What could be less obvious is a speck of tin foil left on a dish as you reheat. Inspect for metal just to be sure that isn’t the issue.

 Is the Wave Guide Cover damaged?

If you look inside your microwave, you will notice a square plate off to one side that is known as the wave guide cover. This cover conceals the magnetron in the microwave, and it also guides the heat waves toward the food. If food particles or grease get stuck on the cover, the waves released from the magnetron can hit that debris and cause numerous sparks to fly. 

Is your microwave rack support the culprit?

Some microwaves have racks and require microwave rack supports. Simply put, if you notice sparking coming from the support areas of the racks, then that’s a good indicator that the microwave rack supports need to be replaced. 

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Still not sure what is causing your microwave to spark? Call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service today to fix the issue. Many times, sparking in the microwave is an easy fix and does not require a microwave replacement. Our technician will conduct a thorough inspection of your appliance and give you a detailed estimate before any microwave repair is done. We’ll have your microwave up and running again in no time – with no sparking! Call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for all your Dallas appliance repair needs!  

5 Things You Should Never Put in Your Microwave

Sure, microwaves are one of the greatest kitchen inventions of our time. Most of us are too young to remember the days before you could just pop food in and heat it up in a matter of minutes. 

While modern-day microwaves can take on quite a bite of abuse, there are certain things that just don’t belong in the microwave. Microwaving these 5 things is a sure fire way to ruin your microwave, create a huge mess, and call for Dallas microwave repair:

Plastic

Plastic plates, cups, and to-go containers just don’t belong in the microwave. First of all, they can begin to melt, leaving plastic residue in your food (not fun). Secondly, as plastic is heated, it secretes BPA, a substance known to disrupt your hormones and cause other health issues. The same applies to styrofoam.

Paper Bags

A bag of popcorn goes in the microwave – why can’t other paper bags? It’s simple. Popcorn bags are made for the microwave, specially formulated with a substance in the liner to absorb radio waves in the microwave. Regular paper bags don’t have this; therefore, they can break down, catch fire!, or even emit their own toxins and fumes into the microwave. No thanks.

Travel Mugs

It’s tempting to heat your coffee in your travel mug before leaving for work, but don’t do it! Travel mugs – whether stainless steel or plastic – are just not designed to be heated in the microwave. The stainless steel mugs may not heat because steel is common in the construction of the microwave, plus, it may cause other interferences with the microwaves. Plastic mugs – even those that say they are microwave safe – may melt, so avoid them all together. 

Foil

Most people know this, but it’s worth repeating. Any liner or material that contains foil cannot go into the microwave. If it does, it will likely cause sparks in the microwave, as the waves reflect off of the foil. This can be extremely dangerous – not to mention a surefire way to need microwave repair.

Nothing

Why would anyone run the microwave with nothing in it? It seems pretty straightforward, but people do it everyday, and the results are not good. Without any food in the microwave, the waves simply bounce around aimlessly and can cause severe damage to the microwave components. 

Hopefully these tips help your microwave last longer and prevent microwave repair. Should you ever need appliance repair in Dallas, Texas, call us at Appliance Rescue Service for the best appliance repairman every time!

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Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Those Dirty Tennis Shoes in the Washing Machine

The new year has many of us decluttering and throwing out things that “aren’t sparking joy” Mario Kondo style. But before you throw out those old tennis shoes, think, “would I still love these if they weren’t so dirty?” If the answer is yes, then read on to learn how to wash your dirty tennis shoes at home in the washing machine, courtesy of Appliance Rescue Service:

 

Step 1: Sprinkle Baking Soda Inside the Shoes

Baking soda is known for its deodorizing properties, so sprinkle a little in your shoes the night before you plan to wash to get a fully fresh scent the next day. 

 

Step 2: Remove Laces and Insoles

Before putting your shoes in the washing machine, remove the laces and put them in a laundry bag, or a pillow case if you don’t have one. Take the insoles out as well and hand wash those.

 

Step 3: Remove Debris

If you want to avoid DFW washing machine repair, don’t skip this step! Before you ever put your sneakers in the washing machine, get an old toothbrush or other soft bristled brush and scrub any caked dirt or debris off of the shoes. Otherwise, that debris may end up clogging your washing machine and creating costly issues.

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Step 4: Wash the Shoes

Now it’s time to begin the wash! Throw your tennis shoes in a laundry bag, then place in the washing machine with a few old towels to muffle the banging and clunking in the washing machine. The laundry bag is necessary to prevent the shoes from causing any damage to the washing drum. Add adequate liquid detergent for your load, then run the delicate cycle with cold water. Important tip: never use powdered detergent for washing tennis shoes in the washing machine, as it can get caked up in the shoes. 

 

Step 5: Air Dry

This is the most tedious part! In order to get those tennis shoes looking brand new and avoid shrinkage or warping, do not put the tennis shoes in the dryer. Instead, just set them out to air dry. 

 

As always, if you ever suspect issues with your washing machine and need washing machine repair, call the #1 appliance repair company in DFW, Appliance Rescue Service.

Always Wear Shoes

Hello there! I feel I should apologize. It’s been a few months since I’ve visited, and normally I’m not so bad about keeping in touch. I could wax poetic about the holidays being crazy and not really knowing what day it was on that weird week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I could talk about getting lost in the manuscript I’m currently working on. Both of those things are true. But that’s not the whole story. Oddly enough the main reason has to do with a dishwasher.

I have this thing I do when I know I need to do things around the house. I always wear shoes. I know it seems odd, but hear me out. It’s really more of a mental thing. If I put my shoes on, my brain shifts into a mode of “Hey, Todd, it’s time to get to work now.”

Today was one of those days. Today I got a lot of stuff sorted in a room I’d been avoiding for a while. That’s right, the laundry room. After about 3 hours today, things were actually going well and it is now a usable room instead of a scary place to try and do the washing.

There are still many things I need to do around the house. Projects that would squarely fall on the “fixer-upper” list.

I know that I’m going to be wearing my shoes when I do.

What’s that you say? Oh, I suppose I did leave you hanging with the dishwasher thing, didn’t?

Well, coincidentally, I was also wearing my shoes on the day my dishwasher decided it wanted to give me a swimming pool. In my kitchen.

Now, I know what you’re saying, and yes, I absolutely agree. A swimming pool in the kitchen would be awesome. Who hasn’t dreamt of having grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup while lounging on an oversized inflatable unicorn floatie thing? I know I have. There’s just one problem. My kitchen was not designed with housing a swimming pool in mind. Granted, there is an island, but it’s not the kind of island that should be surrounded by water.

None of these things mattered to my dishwasher, though. It was new in the eighties. These days, it no longer wanted to live up to its Potscrubber name. It seems it would rather earn a new name, like Poolswimmer. To that end, it had decided to longer do what it was supposed to do with the water.  

Being a reasonably handy guy, I thought I could fix it. So I did what any geek who didn’t want a swimming pool in his kitchen would do. I googled what could cause the particular model of dishwasher I have to lose its mind, and its water.

I found a few things it could be. And I ordered the parts to fix it myself. I mean, sure it’s 30 years old, but I figured that if I could fix it for less than the cost of a new dishwasher, it was worth it. I would love to say that wearing my shoes made a difference.  I would love to say that the money that I spent on the replacement door seal was worth it because it was just what my dishwasher needed to be reminded that it was a dishwasher and not a pool-maker.

I would love to say that, but I can’t. The truth is, I’m much better and putting words on the page than I am helping dishwashers remember why they were made. At the first little sign of a swimming hole in my kitchen, I really should have called someone like Appliance Rescue Service, but I didn’t. Sometimes I not that smart. Even when I do wear my shoes.

I have a new dishwasher now. One that washes dishes instead of trying to make swimming pools in my kitchen. Will it last 30 years like the last one? I have no idea, but if it starts misbehaving, I can tell you without a doubt, I’m going to call in the experts.

Anyway my friends, I hope you are well. And I hope your year is well on its way to being amazing. Now it’s time to kick off my shoes, grab a bowl of chili, and watch the snow paint my yard white.


Until next time, be safe, be kind, and always remember the shoes.

-Todd


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What Happens If I Don’t Change My Refrigerator’s Water Filter?

It’s a question we often get from homeowners: What will happen if I don’t change my refrigerator’s water filter? 

The short answer is nothing you’ll immediately notice.

However – you are compromising on water quality, and may over time, damage your refrigerator. Read on to learn more about water filtration in your refrigerator from Appliance Rescue in Dallas, Texas:

Why You Must Change the Water Filter

If your filter light has been red for some time, telling you to change the water filter, but you feel like you can’t tell a difference so it’s fine – then you’re mistaken. Water filters are designed to last about 6 months, and after that point, the filter stops being as effective. This means that pollutants, minerals, and other sediments from the pipes - or things that the water treatment plant doesn’t remove - can find their way into your water supply. You may also begin to notice an odor or slightly odd taste to the water – it’s because the water isn’t being effectively filtered.

Another reason to change the filter? The water will begin to flow more slowly, as the dirty filter clogs and cuts off the water’s ability to flow freely. This can lead to buildup in your refrigerator, damaging components, if left unchecked over time.

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How Often Do I Change My Refrigerator’s Water Filter?

Most manufacturers recommend changing your filter every 6 months. Many refrigerators will have an indicator light that will shine when it’s time to change the filter, just be sure to reset it once you change the filter!

If you’re not sure how to change your refrigerator’s water filter or suspect some other refrigerator repair is needed, then call us at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas. As a leading appliance repairman in Dallas, we will get your problem solved quickly and courteously. Proudly serving Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding suburbs. 

Why Appliance Rescue Service has the Best Customer Service in Dallas, Texas

It’s not the way you want to start a new year.

One of your major appliances has broken and you are debating whether to replace or repair.

What’s the solution? Before you jump to replacing it, here are a few reasons why you should give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for appliance repair and the best customer service in town:

The Original Appliance Rescue Service 

We’ve been around for years, and we’re thankful to our loyal customers who have helped us build a quality reputation in a segment where that isn’t always the case. We take pride in repairing all levels of appliances – from luxury high end appliance repair, to basic appliance repair, to everything in between. Washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers; you name it, we repair it.

Always New Parts

When Appliance Rescue Service fixes one of your appliances, you can rest assured that we’re always using new parts, unless for some reason you have chosen otherwise. We will even give you the old parts if you’d prefer to have them. 

90 Day Warranty

After the repair, if you notice an issue, call us back! Your new parts are warrantied from 90 days of the service, no questions asked. Labor is warrantied for 30 days after service. 

Detailed Explanation of Work

When our technicians evaluate your appliance, they will never do any work until you have approved it. They will evaluate the appliance, write out an estimate, and answer any questions you have about the appliance repair in Dallas before beginning work. Once you give the ok – then we’ll start. 

Your Appliance Consultant

We hire the best and our technicians frequently offer preventative measures, maintenance tips, etc. that will extend the life of your repair. It’s just one of the ways we go above and beyond for our clients, wishing them many years with their appliances in good working order.

 

Ready to get started with your Dallas appliance repair? Call the best appliance repair in Dallas, Texas: Appliance Rescue Service. 

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