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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! 

Kitchen Safety: How to Prevent a Cooking Fire

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

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

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

 

Don’t Deep Fry Your Turkey in the Kitchen.

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

 

Never Leave Food on the Stove Unattended.

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

 

Keep the Cooktop Clean.

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

 

Check All Appliances Before Leaving the House.

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

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Establish a “Kid-Free” Zone.

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

 

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

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Garbage Disposal

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

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

 

1.  Cold Water Only

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

 

2.  Follow with Water + Dish Soap

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

 

3.  Run it Once a Day

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

 

4.  Citrus Freshens

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

 

5.  Remember what NOT to Throw In the Disposal

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Appliance Rescue Tipline: Help! Something Melted in my Dishwasher!

As an appliance repair company in Dallas, we’ve heard this phrase before! And we don’t blame you.

 

We know you put all the plastic items perfectly organized on the top rack, but somehow during the cycle, that pesky plastic utensil slipped through the cracks and landed on your heating element in the bottom of your dishwasher.

 

So now, you’re left with the pungent smell of burning plastic and no clue how to get it off without dishwasher damage. Follow these easy steps from Appliance Rescue to remove melted items from your dishwasher:

 

Step 1: Disconnect the Dishwasher

Locate the power cord (normally under the sink beside the dishwasher) and disconnect the unit from all power sources.

Step 2: Finish Unloading Dishes/Cool Dishwasher

Take all dishes out of the dishwasher for easier assess to the burning issue at the bottom of your dishwasher. While unloading, the dishwasher will cool. Do not attempt to remove the melted item before the dishwasher is completely cooled off.

Step 3: Remove Melted Item

The best way to do this is to grab some ice from the freezer, put it in a Ziploc bag, and place the ice on the melted object. The ice will help the plastic harden, which helps make it easier to remove. Gently pry the plastic item away from the heating coil, carefully avoiding any damage to the coil or pulling hard enough to disrupt the brackets holding it in place.

Step 4: Remove Plastic Residue

Grab some acetone-based nail polish remover and put some on a clean cloth. Apply the cloth of nail polish remover to the melted plastic residue for at least 5 minutes, then begin scrubbing until all plastic is removed.

Step 5: Clean the Heating Element

Put a little dish soap and warm water on a sponge and gently clean the heating element to remove any remaining plastic or nail polish remover. Rinse and repeat until you are satisfied.

 

If you are still concerned about ruining the heating element, you can always call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas! Our team will take care of your appliance repairs in no time, with fast, courteous service that doesn’t cost a fortune.

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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Ask an Expert: What do I do if my oven temperature seems off? - Appliance Rescue Service

Your oven – whether it’s a Maytag, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Jenn-Air, Wolf, Viking, etc. – will come preset from the factory with an oven calibration. The oven should be calibrated properly once installed, but Appliance Rescue Service has seen instances where oven calibration is necessary even on brand new ovens.

Temperature Testing

Before modifying the oven calibration, buy an oven thermometer and test the temperature in different parts of the oven. Do the temperatures line up with what the oven temperature is reading?  Are they all the same?

Checking the Thermostat Sensor Bulb

Sometimes a variation in temperature is simply due to a loose or misplaced thermostat sensor bulb. Look in the back of your oven for the thermostat sensor bulb, a cylindrical rod that will be attached to the oven. Make sure this rod is not loose or touching the interior walls of the oven. Make adjustments if needed, then check the oven temperature again.

Bringing the Temperatures into Alignment

Temperature variations of 100 degrees or more are not normal and a professional like Appliance Rescue Service should be called immediately to remedy the issue.  If you have an oven with a knob, it is possible to remove the knob and make manual adjustments with a screwdriver for minor temperature issues. However, most ovens today have electronic panels, requiring a professional to service the oven calibration issue.

If you suspect an oven calibration issue in Dallas, call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service today! We service nearly every zip code in the greater Dallas area, including Garland, Coppell, Carrollton, Plano, Richardson, Little Elm, Frisco, and more. Just put in a service request via the website, a text message, or a phone call, and a friendly staff member will call you immediately to set up a consultation. And no work is done until you give us the go ahead! Trust Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, TX to give you all costs up front and fair, honest service. 

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Let Appliance Rescue Take Care of your High-End Appliances

Do you have high-end appliances? Are you worried that someone might actually ruin your appliance by “repairing” it?

At Appliance Rescue, we get it. You’ve spent thousands on the perfect appliances to complete your dream kitchen and the last thing you want is an untrained appliance repairman doing a repair job that is anything but adequate.

When you call Appliance Rescue, you know your high-end appliance repair is in good hands.

Which High-End Appliance Brands do we Service?

That’s an easy one – all of them! Sub-Zero and Wolf are too extremely popular high-end brands and two brands that we have spent hours learning about and are certified to repair properly. Viking, Fisher & Paykel, Thermador, Miele, Asko, Dacor, and Gaggenau are just a few of the other brands that we are certified to repair.

Aren’t High-End Appliances More Dependable?

Yes, high-end appliances have a reputation for being more dependable than their general market brethren. But that doesn’t mean they are without their flaws! Keep Appliance Rescue Service’s number on hand in case you need a high-end appliance repair in Dallas.  We will get it done!

Do You Charge More for High-End Appliance Repairs?

The simple answer is no. Before performing any work, we will have a certified technician out to your home to estimate the work. It’s the same consultation fee no matter what appliances you have. Once the estimate is in your hands, you can decide whether to proceed with work. It’s as simple as that. Our hourly repair rate is always the same; parts vary depending on what you need.

So the next time you encounter an issue with your high-end appliance, give Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas a call. Our highly trained staff will complete the work to your satisfaction – guaranteed! Proudly serving Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Addison, Southlake, Allen, and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Tips for Preserving Food When the Freezer Goes Out

We rely on our freezer to preserve our food and keep it ice cold for weeks – and months! – at a time. But what do you do on that ill fated day when you need freezer repair in Dallas? Call Appliance Rescue Service and follow these simple tips to preserve your food longer!

 

·      Keep the Door Closed: Opening the freezer door repeatedly to check on the food is a bad idea. Keep your freezer securely shut and only open it when it’s an absolute necessity in order to keep the cold air in and the seal in tact.

·      Stack Food Together: If your freezer is not full, consider opening the freezer briefly and grouping frozen foods together so that they can better keep each other cold. Most full freezers will keep food for 48 hours; 24 hours for a half-full freezer.

·      Buy Dry Ice: Dry ice will do wonders for keeping food in your freezer frozen! Buy some at your local convenience store and place it near the food to increase longevity.

·      Be Mindful of Meats: If you think your meats may begin to thaw, consider placing them on a cookie sheet in the freezer or at least grouping them in one area. That way, the juices released during thawing do not run all over the freezer.

·      Install Appliance Thermometers: Not sure what the temperature of your freezer is? An appliance thermometer can easily show you what is going on. A freezer must be kept at 0 degrees or below. After the appliance comes back on, anything that was over 40 degrees for over 2 hours will most likely need to be discarded.

As soon as you suspect you have a Dallas freezer issue, give the experts at Appliance Rescue Service a call! Or if you feel more comfortable, you can text or book an appointment online. Our team will get back to you promptly to setup a time to diagnose the issue and get your freezer up and running again in no time.

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