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The Forgotten Appliance: Troubleshooting Vent Hood Issues

We all think about cleaning our refrigerators, dishwashers, cooktops, and ovens, but how often do you think about vent hood maintenance?

Vent hoods are typically the forgotten appliance. You’re happy with how they are doing until they are no longer running well. Here are a few signs from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas that indicate it is time for some TLC and possibly vent hood repair in Dallas:

 

1.  Vent Hood Not Clearing Smoke.

First, it’s important to diagnose whether your vent hood truly vents out of your home, or if it circulates the air to clean it? Either way, if the smoke does not appear to clear – even on the highest setting – then something isn’t functioning properly. The issue might be as simple as a dirty air filter that needs to be cleaned and reinstalled. Or, the issue could be more involved – like a worn out vent hood fan motor or grease clogged vent. If you can’t immediately diagnose the issue, it’s a good idea to call the best appliance service in McKinney, Plano, and Dallas to take a look.

 

2.  Vent Hood Makes Loud Noises When Running.

You know when an appliance is running properly, and when it just doesn’t sound right. If your vent hood sounds like it needs a little TLC, then it probably does! The issue is likely with the motor, either it’s rubbing against something because of grease buildup or it might just be time for the motor to be replaced. Clean the unit thoroughly, and if that doesn’t solve the issue, call us to diagnose the issue.

 

3.  Vent Hood Won’t Turn On.

After checking the electrical box to make sure there isn’t a tripped circuit, come back and see if your vent hood will turn on. If nothing works, then you’re likely looking at a control panel malfunction and that will require a professional to diagnose and replace. Depending on the age and brand of your vent hood, replacing the unit might be a better option, but our technicians can make a recommendation after evaluating the problem.

 

If you’re experiencing any issues with your vent hood, do not hesitate to call us at Appliance Rescue Service – the best appliance service in McKinney and all of North Texas! 

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How to Store Leftovers in the Refrigerator - Appliance Rescue Service

If your family is anything like ours, during the holidays we accumulate a lot of leftovers in the refrigerator. In order to avoid waste from forgotten leftovers or improper storage, here are a few tips from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas on how to store leftovers in the refrigerator:

 

Don’t Overstuff the Refrigerator

In order to maximize efficiency – and keep your refrigerator running longer – try not to overstuff it with food. This can be hard during the holidays, but immediately throw out anything that won’t be eaten and freeze anything that you don’t plan to eat again for awhile. This frees up room for holiday meal prep and leftovers, all while maximizing airflow in your refrigerator.

 

Refrigerate Leftovers Within 2 Hours

Modern refrigerators are really good at handling really hot foods, so don’t feel like you have to let something cool all the way down before placing it in the fridge. Get leftovers in the refrigerator within 2 hours to avoid spoilage.

 

Don’t Store Leftovers in Cans

It can be tempting to just put some plastic wrap over a half used can of cranberry sauce and put the rest in the fridge for later, but don’t. Leaving food in open metal cans can cause metal from the open lid to leach into food and create a metallic taste.

 

Use Leftovers within 2 Days

After putting leftovers in the refrigerator, either plan to eat them within 2 days, or put them in the freezer for future consumption. Investing in a quality vacuum sealer can really reduce waste when storing in the freezer.

 

Happy Holidays from your friends at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas! And as always, if you find yourself in need of refrigerator repair in Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, or the surrounding North Texas communities, give us a call for fast service you can count on.

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4 Ways to Help Your Refrigerator Stay Icy Cold This Summer

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

Hot, humid air makes the refrigerator work harder too.

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

 

1.  Clean the Condensers

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

 

2.  Check for Leaks

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

Beat the Summer Heat with these Appliance Maintenance Tips!

Beat the Summer Heat with these Appliance Maintenance Tips!

 

3.  Leave Room Between Wall & Refrigerator

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

 

4.  Don’t Overload It

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

 

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

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

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

 

1.  Clean Spills Immediately

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

 

2.  Watch the Bottom of the Pan

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

 

3.  Avoid Aluminum Foil

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

 

4.  Reserve the Cooktop for Cooking Only

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

 

5.  Consider Covers

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

 

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

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Chemical Free Cleaning: 2 Natural Ways to Clean a Microwave

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

 

1.  Lemon

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

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

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2.  Vinegar

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

 

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

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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