Is Your Oven Leaking Hot Air? Appliance Rescue Service Can Help!

When using your oven, have you noticed that there seems to be an abnormally high amount of hot air leaking out? 

Is the oven taking longer than normal to preheat?

Is food cooking unevenly – or taking longer to cook?

These are all signs that your oven may be leaking hot air. 

If you notice your oven leaking hot air, then Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas recommends replacing your oven gasket.

 

What is an Oven Gasket?

An oven gasket is the seal between your oven and the oven door. It is found around the outside of the oven, generally silver in color and made out of mesh-like material. When this oven gasket gets frayed or worn out, not only is your oven working less effectively, but it’s probably contributing to higher energy costs too!  

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How do I replace an Oven Gasket?

Replacing an oven gasket can be done at home with just a few simple steps:

1.    Order a New Gasket: Locate your oven’s model number and then search for a new oven gasket on Amazon or at your local home improvement store.

2.    Cut the Power: Before attempting to do anything to your oven, be sure to cut all power at the breaker. 

3.    Locate the End of the Gasket: Look around for the ends of the gasket. They are generally located near the bottom of the oven, inserted into two holes.

4.    Remove the Gasket: Once you’ve located the ends, begin pulling them out of the holes. Now, carefully dislodge gasket all along the perimeter. There are small clips holding it in place, so you may need needle nose pliers to remove some sections.

5.    Reinstall the New Gasket: Now that the old is out, you can install the new gasket! Simply line up each pin with the existing holes in the oven and begin placing the gasket accordingly.

As always, if you suspect an issue with your oven leaking hot air, call us at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas! We handle all types of Dallas oven repair, including oven door gasket replacements and more. You can expect fast, courteous, and quality service – and an oven that is back up and running in no time!

Dallas Microwave Repair: Signs it’s Time to Call the Professionals


Many of us take for granted what a workhorse the microwave is until it’s out of commission. When microwaves came on the scene in the 1980s, Americans rejoiced at a faster, easier way to get dinner on the table. And when your microwave isn’t working right…it’s a huge pain. Here are several signs that it might be time to call Appliance Rescue Service for Dallas microwave repair before it’s too late: 

 

Door Won’t Seal Shut

This is a problem. Without a proper seal, the food in your microwave will not cook evenly or completely. Be wary of running the microwave if the door doesn’t shut or seal properly.


Sparks are Flying

Occasionally, you might get a touch of something metallic in the microwave and it will spark for just a sec, but this should not be the norm. If there are sparks flying in your microwave, immediately open the door to stop the appliance, then unplug the device or cut power at the breaker. Do not turn the appliance back on until it has undergone professional microwave repair to avoid a fire hazard. 

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Loud Noises

When the microwave is running, do you hear clanging, humming, or other loud noises coming from your microwave? If so, this can often be a sign of a turntable issue. If you do not immediately see an issue with the turntable after inspection, it’s time to call an expert Dallas appliance repairman to remedy the issue.


Food is Cold

If the food didn’t cook all the way and you know it should have in the time allocated, then something is off. Call the experts in microwave repair to fix the issue.

 

Contact us at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas if you experience any of these issues and need professional microwave repair in Dallas. Our expertly trained technicians will fix the problem quickly, so you’re back up and running in no time. We proudly serve Dallas, Fort Worth, Carrollton, Irving, Las Colinas, Flower Mound, Carrollton, Coppell. Grapevine, and more. 

Mixing The Old With The New

By Todd Skaggs

 

So many things in our society push us to upgrade. We are constantly being told that in order to be the best that we need the latest and greatest gizmos. Our computer tells us to get the latest updates. Our phones constantly want us to upgrade.

What about our kitchens? Well, funny you should ask. I’m going to let you in on a secret.

I’m sorry, what’s that? Who am I?

Ah, yes, introductions.  I almost forgot. My name is Todd. No, I know, you’re absolutely right, you could have read that from the byline. Fine. Let’s see. I’m a Sagittarius. I don’t really care for walks on the beach, but love a good sunset just about anywhere. I dislike strawberries but love anything that is strawberry flavored. I love bacon of all sorts. I enjoy—you know what? None of that really matters. Just think of me as an impartial observer on this big blue marble we’re all floating around on. From time to time I’ll drop by and leave some words here for you. Hopefully they make you smile and brighten your day a bit. After all, isn’t that what makes it all worth doing?

Good. Great. Now that we sorted that, where was I?  Right! Getting the “Latest and Greatest” because that’s what we’re told we need.

Horse apples.

What always happens when you get the latest and greatest? In no time at all you’re sitting there thinking, “Man, they sure don’t make them like they used to!”

When I was a kid, I can remember going over to my grandparents. And before the days of the internet and streaming this-and-that, people actually talked to each other. Lavish dinners were made and stories were shared. And sometimes vacation slides were brought out, but we won’t talk about that. Ever.  

At my grandparents’ house, I have one distinct memory from those dinners (besides, of course, the traumatic vacation slides).

 

The double oven.

 

My friends, and people I just met, the double oven is a thing of beauty. Two separate ovens with completely independent controls. You can make a turkey in one oven and a that amazing fried-onion-green-bean casserole that appears at nearly every church potluck in the other. If you’re still having problems visualizing this little piece of magic, allow me to illustrate.

 

Check this out.

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How fantastic is that?!  That is the original double-oven of my childhood, direct from my grandparents’ house.

And I get to see it every day. I get to use it. If you’re lucky enough to find a home to move into that has one of these beauties, you may want to think twice before ripping it out and dropping in that steel-faced Viking you saw on the interwebs.

Seriously consider working with a company like Appliance Rescue Service and get that beauty in tip-top shape. Not only will you get a quality appliance (I can assure you they truly don’t make them like that anymore), but if you’re lucky like me, you’ll get one that has that wonderful Avocado color from our childhood!

But, Todd—what if I really want something new and shiny?

Look, I’m not going to tell you how to run your kitchen.  That’s totally up to you. And I would be a hypocrite if I said that all new things are bad.

As awesome as the double oven of my childhood is, the actual stove that used to sit alongside it was kind of a nightmare. I could have had the burners replaced (and I’m sure my grandparents did once or twice), but in the end, it just wasn’t cutting it.

 

Enter the glass cooktop!

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Now, I’m going to be honest with you, I’m normally a gas-stove kinda guy, but there is something about this cooktop that I really love. It gets up to temp in time flat and is super easy to maintain and service. Plus, it’s sleek and makes me think I’m boiling my water in a tea kettle in space!

 

Well, yeah. I guess I am a little odd, but you know what? You’ll get used to it.

 

So what’s the moral of the story here?

 

Don’t be so quick to get rid of those old things. There’s definitely a happy medium. You can have the old and awesome, and the latest and greatest!

 

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Most of the time, you just need someone who can come in and give the old and awesome some of the TLC it needs.

 

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to go check on the ham that’s in the oven. Or maybe the cake that’s in the other oven!

 

Until next time my friends, have an awesomesauce day!!

 

-Todd

 

 

 

 

 

Gas Cooktop Repair: Why Won’t My Gas Burner Light?

Gas cooktops and ranges are a chef’s dream, often touted as the best for their ability to distribute heat evenly and then maintain that constant heat temperature over time. 

But here’s a common gas cooktop repair question we get at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas: Why won’t my gas burner light?

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It’s a great question and one of the most common frustrations from homeowners. Here are a few simple reasons your gas burner isn’t lighting:

 

1.    Burner Cap isn’t Aligned Properly.

Once your cooktop has cooled, remove the grate and burner cap. Reinstall the burner cap, paying careful attention to the alignment, and then see if that resolves the issue.

 

2.    Food Debris is in the Way.

Again, allow the burner to cool, and then inspect the igniter, burner, and control knobs. Is there any food debris that has been burned onto these areas? If so, wipe away with a soft sponge and cleaner. For any small crevices, use a paperclip to scrape the debris out, then try to ignite the burner again.

 

3.    Burner is Too Wet.

If you recently cleaned the cooktop or had a spill of some sort, then your issue might be that there is moisture in the burner that is preventing it to light. Simply remove the burner cap and allow at least 30 minutes for the burner to dry out, then try again.  

 

If none of these troubleshooting tips remedy your question as to why your gas burner won’t light, then the issue might be your igniter, spark ignition switch, or spark module. Call the best appliance repair company – Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas – today and we can diagnose your issue quickly and efficiently. We proudly serve the entire North Texas community, including Addison, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Prosper, Little Elm, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Keller, and more.

 

How to Level a Shaking Washing Machine

Ever been in the other room while a load of laundry is washing, only to be startled by a sudden, large rumbling. The culprit: an uneven washing machine.

Washing machines that aren’t sitting level – or where the weight inside isn’t evenly distributed – can not only be a noise violation, but they can damage the internal mechanisms of the washing machine or even the floor beneath the washing machine. 

If you suspect the shaking washing machine is not sitting level, then here’s an easy fix from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

 

Step 1: Check if its Level

The obvious first step is to grab a carpenter’s bubble level and set it on top of your shaking washing machine to determine if it’s level. If not, keep reading to learn how to adjust the legs of your machine. 

Step 2: Adjust the Front Legs of the Washer

Start by adjusting the front legs of your washing machine. The goal is to have the machine sit as low to the ground as possible to prevent vibrations, so loosen the lug nut on one of the front legs, shorten the leg, and then use your level to adjust the other leg accordingly. 

Step 3: Adjust the Back Legs of the Washer

Normally the back legs of your washing machine are built to self adjust, so once the adjustments are made on the front legs and everything is level, gently lift the back of the machine and set it back down. Take your level to verify that all is properly leveled. 

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Step 4: Tighten Everything Down

One you’re satisfied with your adjustments, tighten all lug nuts back into place.

Step 5: Test the Machine

Now for the true test! Run the wash cycle and see if the shaking washing machine issue still exists. If the problem is not remedied, it may be time to call in the professional appliance repairmen in Dallas at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas!

Dishwasher Not Draining? Try these Simple Tips for the Experts at Appliance Rescue Service!

Dishwashers are a workhorse in the kitchen – daily scrubbing away stuck on food particles – that it’s no surprise they can sometimes become backed up. If you notice that your dishwasher is not draining properly, don’t panic. Try these simple tips before calling the best appliance repairmen at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

 

1.    Run the Disposal

Water that drains from the dishwasher often drains up through the disposal, so if the disposal is full – you guessed it – the water may get backed up! So first up, run your disposal for a minute or so to loosen any harden food that is stuck in the disposal that could be contributing to the issue.

 

2.    Clean the Air Gap

Many homes have an air gap which prevents water from the sink from backing up into your dishwasher. Sometimes that air gap can gets clogged, which leads to water backing up in the dishwasher. If you have an air gap, it’s likely a dome shaped object sticking up by your sink somewhere. Simply remove the cover and clear any debris, then try the dishwasher again. 

 

3.    Check for a Clog in the Drain Hose

This one is no fun, but if the first two tips don’t help your dishwasher start draining, then you’ll need to check your drain hose to see if there is a clog in the line. First, disconnect all power from your dishwasher. Next, remove the toe kick panel and locate the drain hose. Disconnect the line and then attempt to blow air through it to loosen any clogs in the line. 

 

If you find that your dishwasher still won’t drain and you need help finding the issue, call Appliance Rescue Service for Dallas dishwasher repair today! Our team will fix the issue quickly, with prompt, courteous service every time. 

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Call us for Luxury Appliance Repair in Dallas, Texas!

Luxury appliances are known to be as long lasting as they are beautiful, and it can be frustrated when one of them is in need of repair. 

Unfortunately, even the highest quality, luxury appliances sometimes need repairs too. Many people worry this will cost an arm and a leg or take forever to fix, and sometimes it does. But it doesn’t have to when you call us at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas!

 

How Does the Pricing Work for Luxury Appliance Repair in Dallas?

It’s simple. When you call for an appointment, an expertly trained technician will come, diagnose the issue, and then provide you with a full estimate before any work is done. Our diagnostic fee is the same whether it’s a luxury appliance or not. We do not upcharge for luxury appliances or parts; however, sometimes certain parts from various manufacturers do cost more than others. All of this is outlined and explained to you in advance, and we will proceed with the luxury appliance repair when you’re ready! 

 

Can Your Technicians Fix All Brands of Luxury Appliances?

In short, yes! Many luxury appliance manufacturers require their own specialty training on their appliances, and our technicians are expertly trained to get the job done. You can trust us to fix your Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Miele, Dacor, Gaggenau, Thermador, Bosch, Fisher-Paykel, and Asko.

 

Do Your Repairs Come with a Warranty?

Yes again! Our 90-day warranty on parts (30 days on service) applies to all manufacturers – even luxury appliance brands! Simply call us back, and we can come remedy the issue at no cost to you. 

 

So before you reach to dial the manufacturer’s appliance repair hotline, remember to call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for all your luxury appliance repair needs. You will not be disappointed with our level of service that gets the job done quickly and effectively, so you can get back to enjoying your appliances. 

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How to Prepare Your Appliances for Moving

How to Prepare Your Appliances for Moving

 

All the excitement of moving into a new home can quickly go out of the window when you realize just how much work you need to do to get settled into your property. For instance, you don't just need to re-paint the walls, change the carpets, and check that the roof is in good condition, you also need to think about how you're going to get your appliances safely moved over to your new home. While you can always turn to an appliance rescue team to help repair anything that doesn't work by the time you reach your new home, it's best to keep the risk of damage to a minimum.

 

If you're worried about getting all of your belongings to your new property in one piece, then the following tips might be able to help.

1.     Unplug the Fridge in Advance

Before you call your Dallas moving experts to come and transport your belongings, one of the first things you'll need to do is clear out your fridge and turn it off. Pull all of your food out into coolers and throw anything away that you're not going to take with you. Switch the refrigerator off at least 24 hours before moving and clean it out thoroughly.

 

Once your fridge has defrosted, wash and dry the surfaces, and remove any containers within so that you can transport them separately.

2.     Clean and Prep Your Stove

 

Like the fridge, your stove needs to be cleaned thoroughly, and the racks need to be removed before you start moving. If you have a gas stove, it's crucial to make sure that the gas supply is turned off before you begin disconnecting anything. Be cautious, as gas lines can be fragile. If you're nervous, it may be worth calling your gas company to ask for assistance.

 

Tape down any elements and knobs to make sure that you don't lose any parts during the move either. If anything does get lost, remember to call your local appliance repair team in Dallas for help as soon as possible.

3.     Prepare the Washer, Dryer, and Dishwasher

 

Moving large and heavy machines like washers, dryers, and dishwashers can be particularly challenging. It may be a good idea to clean the units before your move by running a cycle and letting the unit dry out before you tape the doors closed.

 

If you've got the bolt that was used to keep the internal drum of your washing machine sturdy during delivery, you can re-attach that to ensure that the drum doesn't move around too excessively during your move. Additionally, remember to remove all the hoses you need to take with you and pack them separately in a box for safe keeping.

4.     Don't Forget the Little Things

 

Finally, when you're getting ready to move to your new neighborhood, don't forget about the little things. For every appliance, make sure that you unplug the unit and secure the plug to the back of the machine with packing tape.

 

For smaller appliances, remember to cover them in bubble wrap and place them carefully in boxes ready for your move.

 

 

 

5 Tips for Perfect Baking with a Convection Oven

Do you own a convection oven?

Have you always been mystified on how to use it properly? 

At Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, we know it can be confusing to know when to use your oven’s regular baking settings – and when to use convection. If using your convection oven, here are 5 tips for perfectly baked meals every time:

 

1.    Use Low Sided Dishes

Convection baking works by circulating air in the back of the oven via a fan and exhaust. By circulating the air, it helps prevent hot or cold spots throughout the oven and makes food cook more evenly. Low sided pans work best for cooking in a convection oven because they allow the air to circulate more evenly around the food. 

2.    Lower the Temperature 

If modifying a standard recipe for convection baking, plan on lowering the temperature by about 25 degrees. It’s just that much more efficient.

3.    No Overcrowding

You want the air to have plenty of room to circulate throughout the oven, so be sure you are not overcrowding the oven. When using multiple racks, just make sure they are not stacked too high with food.

4.    Shorten Cook Time

Due to the efficiency of a convection oven, it is recommended that you also shorten the cook time. Begin checking on the food halfway through cooking, and then more frequently as it gets closer to time. 

5.    Avoid Convection for Certain Dishes

There are certain dishes that do not benefit from convection cooking, in fact it hinders their ability to cook evenly. Skip the convection setting for custards, cakes, soufflés, and breads.

 

We hope these tips have helped you learn more about your appliance, and as always, if you are experiencing issues with your convection oven and need convection oven repair in Dallas, be sure to call the expert Dallas repairman at Appliance Rescue Service. 

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Refrigerator Storage Tips: Where to Store Fresh Fruits & Veggies

If you’re the gardening sort, then chances are your garden is bursting with color about now. Fresh tomatoes, peppers, maybe even a melon or two.

Even if you don’t have a garden, the local farmers market or grocery store are also full of fresh seasonal fruits and veggies. It’s easy to want to stock up when everything look so delicious – but where do you store everything? 

Did you know that there are certain parts of the refrigerator specifically designed to keep your fruits and vegetables fresher, longer? Read on to learn the tips and tricks of refrigerator food storage from Appliance Rescue – the appliance repair experts in Dallas, Texas:

The Magic of Crisper Drawers

Everybody has them, but do you know how to use them? The crisper drawers are designed specifically for fruits and vegetables, with a sliding vent that provides varying levels of humidity based on what each fruit or vegetable needs. 

High Humidity Setting

This setting is for things that wilt, so think green! All those leafy greens are likely to wilt and need more moisture to stay crisp and green longer. The high humidity drawer is perfect for fresh lettuce, and even heartier vegetables like cucumber, squash, carrots, green beans, and broccoli. 

Low Humidity Setting

Once you’ve set one drawer for “high” humidity, set the other for “low.” This is perfect for any fruits and vegetables that tend to rot quickly. This list can include cantaloupe, mangos, apples, berries, and basically any fruit is a safe bet in the low humidity drawer.

Counter Storage

There are some fruits and vegetables that just do better at room temperature. Keep your tomatoes, avocadoes, onions, bananas, and plantains out on the counter. If you notice any of them are their peak ripeness, you can then place them in the refrigerator in the low humidity drawer but eat in the next day or two. 

We hope you find these refrigerator storage tips useful when preparing to store your bounty of the season! And as always, if you run into an issue with your refrigerator or any other appliance, call the best appliance repairman in Dallas at Appliance Rescue Service.

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Buying a New Home? Don’t Overlook the Appliances!

Summer is a busy time for buying and selling homes, and if you find yourself in the market for a new home this summer, then don’t overlook the appliances! Here are a few tips from Appliance Rescue Service – your Dallas appliance repairman – on how to evaluate the home appliances during the moving process:

 

1.    Learn About the Appliances

Once you’ve worked through which appliances are staying and which are going, take a little time to get to know the ones that are staying – generally speaking – the oven, dishwasher, microwave, etc. Do you understand how they work? Does the current owner have the manuals still? Now is the time to ask the existing homeowner any questions before the deal is done and while you still have access to their knowledge on the subject.

 

2.    Repair/Replace Appliances

During the inspection process, the home inspector may call to your attention opportunities to repair or replace appliances. This is a good time to assess which appliances to fix and which to replace. Appliance Rescue Service can help you evaluate repair costs and whether or not a repair is optimal based on appliance age/issues. You may also want to consider upgrading to energy efficient appliances that will save more money in the long run. 

 

3.    Look at Replacement Logistics

Are you moving an existing refrigerator, washer, and dryer into your new home? Make sure they fit! Take stock of cabinetry widths, doorways, etc. that might dictate the size of appliance you can put in your new home. Also take a look at fitting and hoses to make sure that 1) there are no cracks and 2) they are the right size for the new space.

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If you have buying a new home and looking for a Dallas appliance repairman to help repair existing appliances or just have appliance questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service! We are proud to be one of the best appliance repair companies in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. 

Ice Maker Not Working? Troubleshooting Ice Maker Repairs

It’s summer in Texas, which means it’s HOT! You grab a glass to go fill it with ice water, only to learn there is no ice in your refrigerator! It’s a frustrating predicament, but one that Appliance Rescue Service in Plano, Texas knows all to well. Here are a few tips on troubleshooting ice maker repairs in Plano when the ice maker is not working:

 

Is there ice in the mold?

If there is no ice in the bin, check the icemaker mold first. Does it have ice? If so, then it means that water is reaching the ice maker, but it’s not ejecting the ice properly. If this is the case, first look at the ice maker arm. Did it accidently get bumped up into the off position? If so, just lower it and you’re back in business! If this isn’t your problem, there is likely a mechanical or electrical issue occurring, and you’ll wan to call for ice maker repair in Plano. 

Is there no ice at all?

If there is no ice at all, then you may be dealing with frozen water in the water line to the ice maker. Simply unplug the refrigerator, turn off the water line valve, and then get a bucket of warm water or a hair dryer and try to warm the water line. This will melt any frozen sections of the line. Plug the refrigerator back in, and hopefully you are back in business!

If this doesn’t fix the ice maker problem, or you see a clog in the line that is obviously not ice, then please call a professional appliance repair service in Plano, Texas.

Is the ice too small?

If you’re seeing ice come through, but it seems oddly small, chances are this is again due to a clog or the ice maker needs a little adjustment in how much water to fill in the mold. Try the steps above for unclogging a water line, and if that’s not the issue, look to adjust the dosing in the freezer mold.

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If these ice maker troubleshooting tips do not fix your ice maker problem, it’s time to call in the professionals. Call us at Appliance Rescue Service, one of the best appliance repair companies in Plano, Texas! We’ll have you back in business in no time! 

How to Clean a Washing Machine the Cheap & Easy Way!

We count on our appliances to clean our things. Dishwashers clean our dishes, washing machines clean our clothes…but do we ever consider that maybe those machines need a little TLC too?

Without regular cleaning, the basins of a washing machine or dishwasher can become dirty with soap scum and mineral deposits that reduce the effectiveness of the machine. And over time, the wear and tear leads to premature Dallas appliance repair. In order to avoid washing machine issues, and to get your clothes as clean as possible, follow these cheap and easy tips for cleaning your washing machine from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

 

Step 1: Grab Your Supplies

You ready for this; you only need two things: bleach and vinegar. Don’t worry – we’re not going to ask you to mix them (because that could be bad!). You may also want to grab a magic eraser to wipe down the inside.

 

Step 2: Fill the Basin with Bleach Water

Set your washing machine on the hottest wash setting and begin filling the empty basin with hot water. As it begins to fill, add 1 quart of bleach to the water. Close the lid to let the cycle begin for a few minutes and mix the bleach, then open the washing machine’s lid and let the hot bleach water sit and soak for about an hour. After an hour, close the lid and let the cycle run its course and drain.

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Step 3: Fill the Basin with Vinegar Water

For Step 3, you do exactly what you did in Step 2, but this time you use vinegar instead. This step will further disinfect the inside of the basin and break down residue. 

 

Step 4: Wipe it Down

Once all the water drains, inspect the interior of the basin and see if there is any remaining buildup on the agitator in the center. If so, grab your magic eraser and wipe it down.

 

And just like that, your top loading washing machine is now sparkling clean and more effective! We hope this cheap and easy washing machine cleaning tutorial helps extend the life of your appliance, and should your washing machine ever have any issues, be sure to call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas – the best appliance repairman in Dallas!

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Appliance Service Call

At Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, we’ll be the first to acknowledge that anything related to maintenance and repairs is a hassle. It’s just one more thing to worry about, coordinate, and schedule.

 

This is why Appliance Rescue Service – the best appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas – strives to make the process as painless as possible. Our technicians genuinely want to make the repair process as painless as possible so that you can get back to life. In the event that you do need to call a Dallas appliance repairman, here are 4 ways that you can make the most of your appliance service call:

 

1.  Clear the Path to Your Appliance

This may seem like a no brainer, but our technicians have often shown up and waited as a customer cleans up and removes stuff from around the appliance so that we can diagnose the repair. By cleaning up around the appliance before, you are helping us get our job done more quickly and efficiency.

 

2.  Ask Questions to Understand What Went Wrong

Having our appliance repair experts in your home is like being in the room with your doctor. It’s your chance to ask any questions about what went wrong, how to avoid future issues, etc. while you have a captive audience. This gives you the opportunity to take preventive measures to avoid issues in the future – saving you time and money. 

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3.  Request Maintenance Tips

On that note, it’s also a good idea to ask our team for maintenance tips that will prolong the life of your appliance. Our appliance repairmen in Dallas are expertly trained and can provide a wealth of information on how to get the most out of your refrigerator, washer, dryer, dishwasher, etc.

 

4.  Understand Your Warranty

At Appliance Rescue Service, each and every job we do is covered under our exceptional appliance repair warranty: 90 days on parts and 30 days on labor. Take time to ask any questions you may have about the warranty, and should you have issues after we leave, do not hesitate to call us so we can make it right!

Beat the Heat with these 5 Summer Cooking Tips

Summers in Texas are brutal!

The weather is already heating up, and sometimes it can be difficult to manage the heat in your kitchen from cooking. Not only can it get uncomfortable, but it raises your energy bills. No bueno.

Appliance Rescue Service is a top appliance repairman in Dallas, Texas, and we know that those kitchen appliances – ovens, cooktops, etc. – can really raise the temperatures during the summer months. Try these 5 tips to keep it cooler!

 

1.  Add a Fan

Adding a fan will circulate air and keep your kitchen cooler with minimal effort. No need to install a permanent one (unless you really want to!), a tabletop fan will work just fine.

 

2.  Lean on Small Appliances vs. Large Appliances

Dig through your cabinets and get out the small appliances that are taking up room – but you never use. Griddles, Panini presses, toaster ovens, etc. are all great appliances to use when making a quick, simple meal on a hot summer evening.

 

3.  Change Your Cooking Time

If you have the opportunity to cook and prep in the morning before you leave for work, then take that opportunity to do so before the hottest hours of the day arrive in the evening. It will be less taxing for your air conditioner, and you’ll have everything cleaned up by dinnertime!

 

4.  Skip the Oven

Your oven is the biggest culprit for adding heat to the kitchen, so rely on small appliances or no-cook meals to get you by. Salads make a wonderful summer dinner and require little effort.

 

5.  Take the Cooking Outdoors

Start up the grille, outdoor cooktop, or smoker and take the cooking outdoors! It’s an easy, fun way to stay cool in the home and enjoy those beautiful summer evenings.

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If you notice any issues with your appliances this summer and suspect appliance repair in Dallas is needed for your refrigerator, oven, cooktop, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, etc., call us at Appliance Rescue Service! Our fast, friendly technicians will have your issue resolved in no time! 

3 Ways Summer Temps Can Affect Your Appliances

The weather in North Texas is heating up, and it’s a sign that summer is on its way. School will soon by out and it will be time for vacations, pool parties, and cookouts with friends. 

The last thing on your mind is likely your appliances, but did you know that the hot summer temperatures can also affect them? Here are 3 ways those higher temps can wreck havoc on your home appliances:

 

Overworked Washing Machine & Dryer

All of those dirty beach towels and sports uniforms don’t clean themselves! In the summer you might notice extra loads of laundry due to the kids being out of school, extra practices for sports, beach towels from the pool, etc. Those extra loads can affect your washing machine and dryer’s performance levels and lifespan. Keep an eye on them and if something seems off, be sure to call an expertly trained Dallas appliance repairman.

 

Refrigerator Could Struggle

Did you know that more refrigerators die during the summer months than any other time of year? This is likely due to the higher temperatures. When temperatures outside creep up into the 90s – and even 100s – internal temps creep up too. Today’s refrigerators are typically built to battle the heat just fine, but keeping your home cool is a must for helping your refrigerator not to work overtime.

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Water from the Water Heater Gets too Hot

Just like everything else during the summer months, water temperature in the pipes will heat up too. And as that water is transported through your water heater, it could come out the other side a little too hot. If this happens, lower your water heater’s temperature slightly during the summer months.

 

If you sense that the summer heat is affecting the performance of your refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, washing machine, or any other home appliance, be sure to call the appliance repair experts at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas! 

Top 5 Mistakes You’re Making When Loading Your Dishwasher

A dishwasher is like an extra set of hands in the kitchen. It perfectly washes and dries your dishes with little effort on your part….or does it?

When you notice that your dishwasher isn’t cleaning properly, it could be because you aren’t loading it efficiently. Here are the top 5 dishwasher loading mistakes we’ve noticed here at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

 

1.  Sorting Silverware by Type

When loading forks, spoons, knives, and other cutlery, it may seem orderly to organize each one by type. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always work for getting them sparkling clean. One of the best ways to do it is to evenly distribute the silverware, with knives facing downward, forks facing up, and spoons going up and down so that they don’t nest.

 

2.  Pre-Rinsing Everything

According to Consumer Reports, modern dishwashers are designed to clean stuck on food and do an “very good” to “excellent” job of getting htem clean – even when they are caked in food particles. Go ahead and remove the big stuff, then let your dishwasher do the rest.

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3.  Putting Last Minute Cups on the Bottom

You’re trying to use every last space – so why not put the extra cups on the bottom? Seems logical, but most dishwashers are designed to clean cups best when they are on the top rack. Read your user manual to learn about optimal placement and bottle jets that can reach hard-to-reach places in tall glasses or bottles.

 

4.  Dishes Don't Face Center

Another common mistake when loading your dishwasher is cramming plates and bowls into the bottom in every which way. In order to get the maximum clean, all plates and bowls should be facing the center of the dishwasher, so arrange them accordingly.

 

5.  Skipping the Pod Detergents

The leading detergent companies have spent millions perfecting the usage of pods, and research shows that they are more effective at getting dishes clean than the traditional powder and liquid detergents. Skip this common dishwasher loading mistake and buy the pods next time!

 

If you feel that your dishwasher is not cleaning properly after following these tips, call us at Appliance Rescue Service – your leading appliance repairman in Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and the surrounding areas. We’re happy to take a look at your dishwasher and give it the necessary dishwasher repair to get it up and running beautifully. 

It’s Time to Clean Your Dryer – and Here’s Why:

Did you know that dryers – and dryer vents – are one of the leading causes of household fires?

 

Do we have your attention?

The National Fire Protection Association reports that dryers cause approx. 15,000 fires a year and the leading cause of these fires is failure to properly clean your dryer.

So today’s helpful tip from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is how to properly clean your dryer and keep your home hazard free:

 

Step 1: Clean the Dryer Filter Between Every Load

If you take nothing else away from this article, remember this: your dryer filter – or lint trap – must be cleaned out between each and every load in order to help your dryer run efficiently and without issues. Not cleaning the dryer filter is the #1 cause of dryer fires, so this is a must. Clean any particles that are in the lint trap, and don’t forget to look around the dryer for any loose pieces that might have escaped before they go up the dryer hose.

 

Step 2: Run the Dryer When You’re Home

When you leave the house, do yourself a favor and just stop the dryer. This is not a scare tactic, but merely a way to give you peace of mind and help you keep an eye on performance at all times.

 

Step 3: Vent the Dryer Out of your Home

Options abound on venting, but if your dryer doesn’t already vent out of your home, ask a professional to come and reroute the vent.

 

Step 4:  Call for Professional Dryer Service

Even with the most diligent dryer filter cleaning, some of the lint is bound to escape up the dryer hose – causing a hazard to your home as it builds up over time. Every 6 months (or a year if you only use your dryer moderately), call a professional dryer repair company in Dallas to service your dryer and get the lint out of the hose.

 

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is one your one-stop shop for all things appliance repair  - including the best Dallas dryer repair. Call us for all your dryer repair needs, including any questions as it relates to lint build up and dryer fire prevention.

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5 Energy Saving Kitchen Hacks You Probably Don’t Know About

Whether you have energy efficient kitchen appliances or not, saving energy in the kitchen is a priority for most. Did you know that there are ways you can conserve energy that are simple and just require small changes to your daily routine?

Here are 5 energy saving kitchen hacks from Appliance Rescue in Dallas, Texas that you probably didn’t know about:

 

1.  Clean Your Cooktop

Over time, grime and grease can buildup on the burners and grates of your cooktop or range. This build-up creates a barrier between your appliance and the pot, making it less efficient. The best way to increase cooktop efficiency is to keep it shiny and clean.

 

2.  Size Matters – Use the Right Pots & Pans

Speaking of cooktops and ranges, did you know that using the wrong size pot can lead to a 40% reduction in energy efficiency? Make sure you are using pots and pans that match the size of the burner you are placing them on. Also consider using lids when appropriate as it holds the heat in.

 

3.  Consider Small Appliances

While those small appliances can be cumbersome and take up room in your cabinets, they can be handy when it comes to reducing energy usage. Using a crockpot, rice cooker, or steamer often uses less energy than the equivalent task on a cooktop or range. Same holds true if you use a toaster oven for a quick job vs. preheating your full-sized oven.

 

4.  Cook Less

Less time spent in the kitchen means less energy used. Think about ways to cook once – and then repurpose the meal again for night 2. For example, bake chicken one night – and then use it in a salad or wrap the next day. Meal planning is key to cooking less and increasing your energy efficiency in the kitchen.

 

5.  Cook Outside

Dining al fresco? It’s a great way to reduce energy consumption! Not only does it give your kitchen appliances a break, but it prevents the kitchen from getting too hot – which can cause the air conditioner to work overtime to keep it cool.

 

Hopefully these tips will help you reduce your energy consumption in the kitchen, and as always, if you suspect your appliances are not as efficiently as they should be and need appliance repair in Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, or any of the surrounding area – give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service! We’re your #1 appliance repair company

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The Truth About Vent Hoods – Ductless vs. Ducted Range Hoods

Every kitchen has one, but few understand them.

Sure, you know that your vent hood (also known as a range hood or exhaust hood) needs to run while cooking, and you probably turn it on when things begin to smoke on the cooktop. But that’s just one of the many functions of a vent hood. Not only to vent hoods pull smoke from the kitchen (an important feature), but they also pull out particles in the air that we wouldn’t want in our food, moisture, fumes, etc.

Vent hoods can be either ductless or ducted, and today, Appliance Rescue Service - the appliance experts in Dallas, Texas - will explain the pros and cons of each:

 

Ductless Range Hoods

A ductless (or ventless) range hood does not vent out of the home, instead, it carries the debris and smoke form the air and filters it through a charcoal or carbon filter before releasing it back into the room. While many times this method is not as functional as a vented hood, it does work. You might find this method to be more noisy because more power is needed to pull the air out and circulate it. However, on the upside, ductless hoods can be put anywhere you want because they do not need to vent out.

 

Ducted Range Hood

As you might have guessed, a ducted range hood vents out of the home through ductwork. This will somewhat limit where the vent hood can be placed; however, you’ll find it to be more efficient at keeping smoke, moisture, and other unsavory air particles out of the kitchen while cooking.

 

Both types of range hood require routine maintenance and upkeep to ensure that they are working properly. Read your instruction manual about vent hood filter cleaning and other precautionary things to extend the life and functionality of your hood. And if you find that your range hood is not working properly and are in need of range hood repair in Dallas, be sure to give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service for fast, reliable appliance service in Dallas, Texas. 

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