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Are Your Appliances Tripping Your Circuit Breakers?

A tripped circuit breaker can be a nuisance.

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

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

 

What are Circuit Breakers?

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

 

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

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

 

Which appliances are most likely to trip the circuit breaker?

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

 

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

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Appliance Ratings: Most Reliable Refrigerator Brands

At Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, we not only want to save you money when doing Dallas appliance repairs, but we also want to recommend brands that are going to perform well, day in day out. Take a look at this list of the most reliable refrigerator brands, as rated by Consumer Reports:

 

French Door Bottom Freezer Refrigerator Models

This refrigerator style has now become the most popular refrigerator configuration, as reported by Consumer Reports, and it’s not hard to see why! Many consumers want to see their food at eye level, not bend now and dig around in lower level crisper drawers and shelves. Of these models, Consumer Reports rates the Kenmore brand as the most reliable, beating out other popular brands like Whirlpool, Maytag, and KitchenAid.

 

Side-by-Side Refrigerator Models

The second most popular type of refrigerator is the side-by-side model, with about 25% of respondents owning this type of refrigerator. Surprisingly, reliability numbers are pretty consistent across side-by-side brands, but Consumer Reports gives the nod to Samsung because of its impressive features, efficiency, and overall performance.

 

Top Freezer Refrigerator Models

Once the most popular type of refrigerator out there, top freezer models are now much less common. That being said, nearly 16% of respondents still own this style. If a top freezer is what you want, then go for Maytag or Frigidaire as the most reliable refrigerator brands.

 

Overall Refrigerator Brand Satisfaction

Don’t see your favorite brand listed above? Don’t worry. Refrigerators have come a long way, and brand satisfaction is very high across the board! When looking at overall brand satisfaction across all categories, all brands performed well, with standouts being LG at #1, Samsung #2, and Kenmore #3.

 

Hopefully this helps you select the most reliable refrigerator brands, but should you ever need Dallas appliance repair, be sure to call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service!

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Tips & Tricks: Dishwasher Not Draining - Appliance Rescue Service

Here’s an appliance issue that just about everyone can relate to: your dishwasher is not draining properly.

It’s a common appliance headache and one that our technicians at Appliance Rescue Service fix on a routine basis. When your dishwasher isn’t draining, it is important to get the situation under control asap as to avoid hand washing piles of dishes or having unwanted smells in the kitchen. Before calling the experts at Appliance Rescue, try these tips and tricks to see if they fix the issue:

 

1.   Clean the Drain Basket

When something isn’t draining – whether it’s a sink, shower, or dishwasher – one would assume there is a clog somewhere and there is no better place to start than with the drain basket. Look near the base of the spray arms or off to the side of the dishwasher, locate the drain basket, and clean it out. While a little gross, removing the sludge and food debris from the drain basket may be the key to your issue.

 

2.   Run an Empty Load

Sometimes all it takes is an empty run cycle to push any clogs through and solve the problem. You will quickly know after the wash cycle whether or not this worked to solve your dishwasher drain issue.

 

3.   Inspect the Garbage Disposal Hose

Many dishwashers are tied to the garbage disposal, so when a clog happens in the garbage disposal, the problem manifests itself in the dishwasher. To check this issue, disconnect the garbage disposal, and then disconnect the disposal hose. Use a long object to push any debris out of the hose (a screwdriver works well), reconnect, and then run another empty dishwasher cycle to see if the issue is fixed.

 

4.   Look for a Drain Hose Kink

Check your owner’s manual to see where the drain hose is located, but most commonly, it’s located below the door hinges on the front of the dishwasher.  Remove the panel cover and you should see the hose right there. Look for any kinks or visual issues.

 

Still having dishwasher drain issues? We hope these tips helped to solve the issue, but if not, it might signify a more serious problem with your unit. Call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas today to get the problem solved quickly and professionally. 

Troubleshooting Trash Compactor Issues - Appliance Rescue Service

A trash compactor is a great kitchen appliance to have because the average American creates approx. 4 lbs. of trash each day. That’s a lot of trash! But what do you do when you are having trash compactor issues? Do not fret or start having nightmares about carrying huge bags of trash to the dumpster each day. Call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service! In the meantime, here are probable solutions to the most common trash compactor issues we see:

 

Problem #1: Trash compactor has no power.

Troubleshooting: Examine the unit’s power cord and make sure it has ample electrical supply. It is also important to examine the compactor’s latch, as it may been having trouble closing properly and creating a tight seal.

 

Problem #2: Trash compactor will not open.

Troubleshooting: Trash compactors function by rolling in and out on guided tracks. If the door is not opening, it is likely you have an issue with the track, guides, wheels, or rollers. The tracks may be broken, ungreased, or have some gunky build up. Either way, an appliance repair expert in Dallas like Appliance Rescue Service can help assess the issue.

 

Problem #3: Trash compactor will not compact the trash.

Troubleshooting: Most often, we find the issue here is that the drive belts are worn out from years of extended use. If the drive belts are in good working order, inspect the motor for issues.

 

If all else fails and you cannot troubleshoot the issue on your own, the experts at Appliance Rescue Service can fix the problem in no time. Our technicians are trained to work on trash compactors, disposals, dishwashers, cooktops, ovens, washers, dryers, and more.

 

Call us today to schedule your trash compactor repair appointment with Appliance Rescue Service!  Proudly serving Dallas, Garland, Plano, Richardson, Allen, Forney, Frisco, Las Colinas, and more.

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