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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! 

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 Reasons You Must Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter

When was the last time you changed the water filter in your refrigerator?

Chances are you might not remember – or it may feel like you just did it! But bottom line: if it was longer than 6 months ago, it’s time to replace your water filter again, and here’s why:

 

1.  Your Filter Will Stop Filtering

This may seem obvious, but a water filter won’t work forever. When it has been overused, it gets clogged and can no longer filter out new impurities, microbes, and chemicals in the water. Instead, it just runs your water through, leaving everything in it from the tap. This is not necessarily bad, but it’s not optimal either. A filter can’t do its job if it’s been overused and become clogged, so replacing your water filter is vital.

 

2.  Shortens the Life of your Refrigerator

Okay, so maybe your whole refrigerator won’t be affected, but certain parts of it can be. If hard water is consistently run through the dispenser or ice maker, mineral deposits can build up inside the tubing or dispensers, creating issues that can lead to Dallas refrigerator repairs, or worse, a new refrigerator purchase.

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3.  Cloudy Ice

Freeze unfiltered water and you’ll be surprised at how cloudy it looks! The cloudiness represents the mineral deposits, chemicals, and other impurities that haven’t been filtered out yet. If you want crystal clear ice, then replacing the filter is a must. 

 

4.  City Water is Not Always Perfect

We’re not saying that a new water filter makes your water perfect, but it certainly provides additional protection against unnecessary microbes, heavy metals, and chemicals that appear in the water. Our local municipalities do their best to produce water that is safe and held to the highest standards, but the truth is that they can’t always remove everything.

 

Check your refrigerator’s owner’s manual today to find out where your water filter is and how to change it. Need help? Call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, the leading appliance service in Dallas, Plano, and McKinney.