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Use All Your Appliances to Get that Meal Done at the Same Time

Ahhh – the challenge: getting everything on the table at the same time, piping hot and ready to eat. If you’re anything like us, we typically have one or two hot things, and the rest end up cold before serving. As the holidays approach, Appliance Rescue Service is here with a few tips on how to use all your kitchen appliances to get that meal done – and on the table! – at the same time:

 

1.    Plan Out Your Dishes and Cook Times.

It’s impossible to be cooking everything at the exact same time and having it all done at the exact same time. The key is to understand what can cook early and simmer, what can be prepared in advance, what needs to be done last, etc. Having a good idea of what steps go into each recipe – and which appliances are needed – will go a long way toward getting dinner on the table hot.

 

2.    Prep as Much as Possible in Advance.

Before you ever turn on an oven, cooktop, or microwave, plan to prep as much as you can in advance. This will prevent you from scrambling when certain steps – particularly chopping – take longer than you think they will! 

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3.    Roasting is Your Friend.

When preparing a large meal, remember the value of your oven and how wonderfully easy it is to roast vegetables or meat as part of your meal. Roasting is great because most roasted vegetables are very hearty, meaning they are flexible if you need to take something out a little early – or leave it in a few minutes longer to stay warm. If your veggies are done roasting early, simply turn the oven off and leave them in there with the oven door shut to help them stay crispy and warm.

 

4.    Start Cooktop Dishes First.

When planning out your cooking order, plan to start dishes on the cooktop first. Boiling water can be time consuming, as can simmering. Plus – if you’re making a stew or soup, those are easy to leave simmering on low while you prepare other dishes.

 

Ready to host your big holiday meal? Make sure those appliances are ready too! Call Appliance Rescue Service in Frisco, Texas today to request a service on your oven, cooktop, refrigerator, range, dishwasher, or other kitchen appliances. We are DFW’s best appliance repair company!

Appliance Spring Cleaning: The Refrigerator Edition

Throughout this spring season, Appliance Rescue Service – the best appliance repair company in Dallas, Texas - will provide a series of appliance spring cleaning tips, designed to extend the life of your investment! So today, let's start with the refrigerator.

How often do you clean your refrigerator? Are you cleaning it properly? Follow these steps below to ensure everything continues to run smoothly and to avoid costly refrigerator repairs.

Step 1: Clean the Compressor Coils

This first step is one that many people skip completely! Twice a year, your refrigerator’s compressor coils – or evaporators as some manufacturers call them – need a good wipe down. Invest in a good coil brush (sold at most appliance stores) and quickly clear the coils of any debris or dust that might have floated in. Clearing away the gunk allows for the coils to run at their maximum efficiency.

Step 2: Throw Out Old Food & Condiments

When was the last time you used that fish sauce sitting in the door of your refrigerator? If you’re like most Americans, you tend to keep food items in the refrigerator long past their expiration. Give your refrigerator a good clean out and help it run more efficiently. Overfilling the refrigerator with food can lead to Dallas refrigerator repair because an overstuffed refrigerator runs overtime to keep the food cold.

Step 3: Wipe it Down

While wiping down the exterior of yoru refrigerator along with the shelves inside is an essential part of appliance spring cleaning, pay special attention to the gaskets. Sometimes food and spills can make the door gaskets sticky, cuasing them to breakdown and not seal properly.

Hopefully these spring cleaning tips will help you avoid refrigerator repair! Should you ever need Dallas refrigerator repair, call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service! Proudly serving Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Garland, and all of the DFW Metroplex.

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5 Ways to Save Money When Running Your Dishwasher – Appliance Rescue Service

At Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, our goal is to help preserve the life of your appliances, saving you money in the process. When one of our expert appliance technicians arrives at your home, not only will he give you an estimate for the Dallas appliance repair, but he will also offer tips and tricks for extending the life of your investment.

 

So today, Appliance Rescue Service wants to share a few tips on saving money while running a dishwasher:

 

1.  Read the Owner’s Manual

This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s an easy step to skip! Each dishwasher is different, but most manufacturers will provide tips and tricks for using their appliance in the owner’s manual. Slow down and take a peek in the manual for ways to optimize the performance of your particular machine.

 

2.  Only Run a Full Load

It can be tempting to run a partial load, but if you want to save on energy costs, wait for a full load instead. This practice maximizes each dollar you are spending on energy costs and your water bill. Can’t stand the idea of dirty dishes lurking about? Load them into the dishwasher as you dirty them and then run a rinse only cycle if you just can’t stand to wait a day for washing.

 

3.  Do Not Pre-Rinse

Did you know you can save 55,000 gallons of water over the life of your dishwasher, just by skipping the pre-rinse in the sink? That’s huge cost savings! Instead of rinsing, just thoroughly scrape all the scraps into the trash can. Today's dishwashers are equipped to handle the grime and grit that might be leftover.

 

4.  Run Your Dishwasher at Night

There are several cost savings benefits to running your dishwasher at night, as opposed to during the day. For one, many energy companies charge less for “off peak” hours than they do for daytime hours. Secondly, running your dishwasher can create heat, which adds to the strain on your air conditioner. And since we live in Texas, we know this is used during the majority of the year! Running the dishwasher at night, when the home is naturally cooler, reduces cooling costs.

 

5.  Skip the Drying Cycle

Simply choose not to run the drying cycle and you’ll save money in the process. Instead, invest in a high quality rinse aid that will dissolve spots and water marks, then pop your dishwasher open to let dishes air dry right after the cycle ends.

 

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is committed to helping you make the most of your appliances. As always, should you ever need Dallas appliance repair, call us today! 

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Extend the Life of your Microwave with 3 Simple Tips

Microwaves are the workhorse of the kitchen appliances. We use them throughout the day to reheat and cook and generally forget how much we rely on them until they are broken!

 

The good news is that you can extend the life of your microwave with just a few simple changes:

 

Tip #1: Clean It Regularly

While this tip holds true for preserving the life of most things, it’s especially true of microwaves. Microwaves operate using steam and microwave waves to cook your food. When spills and food particles get left on the inside of the microwave, they interfere with the cooking process. The caked on food reduces the effectiveness of your microwave and may lead to microwave repairs. It’s also important to pay attention to the seal on the microwave door and wipe it down periodically.

 

Tip #2: Cover Food While Cooking

In the vein of tip #1, cover all food while you are cooking or reheating. Covering the food reduces the likelihood of spills and splatters, but it also helps prevent food particles from getting in the air and interfering with the microwaves ability to function. Microwave filters can get clogged with grease or food debris, one of the leading causes of microwave failure

 

Tip #3: Use Microwave Safe Dishes Only

Before putting anything in the microwave, double check to see if it is “microwave safe.” While some plastics are considered microwave safe, we do not recommend heating food in them. Some studies suggest they can break down in the microwave, unknowingly contaminating food. Others tend to melt, getting stuck to the microwave and causing permanent damage.

 

When microwave issues arise, do not attempt to take the microwave apart yourself and assess the damage. Call an experienced Dallas appliance repairman like Appliance Rescue Service for all your appliance repair needs. 

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Top 10 Kitchen Hazards to Avoid this Holiday Season

Chances are, you will be spending more time than usual in the kitchen during this holiday season. With company visiting and additional food prep for holiday meals, the “hub of the home” will likely be the busiest part of the home.

 

Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas wants you to stay safe this holiday season. While we love being in the kitchen, we also know this room can be dangerous! Here are the top 10 kitchen hazards to avoid this holiday season:

 

1.   Burns

We’ve all done it. You either tried to grab a dish before it cooled from the oven, had hot oil splash on you from the cooktop, or maybe you just accidently touched the edge of the oven. Whatever the case may be, kitchen burns can be avoided. Use splash guards when cooking on the cooktop and always use oven mitts around the oven.

 

2.   Knife Injuries

Even the cook with the steadiest hand can make a mistake. Take your time to carefully chop fruits and veggies and always point the blade away from yourself.

 

3.   Unattended Cooktop

Kitchen fires are one of the most disastrous kitchen hazards. Keep all flammable materials away from the cooktop (particularly if you use a gas cooktop) and never leave the kitchen when the cooktop is on.

 

4.   Contamination

Food-borne pathogens can wreck havoc on the body and can be avoided. Wash hands often while cooking and never go from prepping raw meat to another task without fully cleaning and disinfecting the entire workspace. Cutting boards are a big culprit, and the minute you start seeing deep grooves in the board where bacteria can hide, throw them out.

 

5.   Kitchen Chemicals

Child safety locks are essential when storing chemicals – such as cleaning products – in the kitchen. Makes sure all access points are shut off from children and pets.

 

6.   Spills

A wet floor can be dangerous and cause slips and falls. If you spill something, clean it up immediately so that you don’t forget about it.

 

7.   Hot Peppers

Hot peppers can burn skin and the oils can get in your eyes and be very painful. Always wear gloves and safety goggles when preparing hot peppers like jalapeños.

 

8.   Overstocked Pantry

Beware of cabinets or even a refrigerator overflowing with food! Organize food so that there is no chance a jar or other heavy objects can fall out and land on someone’s foot.

 

9.   Falling

Falls can happen for a number of reasons, but a sudden fall in the kitchen can cause you to drop something breakable, bump a knife, or hit something on the cooktop. Take every precaution not to climb on anything unstable that can increase risk of falling.

 

10.                 Greasy Range Hood

Range hoods accumulate grease from cooking, and without proper range hood cleaning, that grease can start a fire when you least expect it. Look in your owner’s manual for proper cleaning instructions.

 

Want to have your oven, cooktop, or range inspected for issues? Have a Dallas appliance repair? Call Appliance Rescue Service – the best appliance repairman in the Metroplex - for a full inspection. 

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Why Our Customers Love Appliance Rescue!

At Appliance Rescue, we love feedback. Really, we do. It helps us know how we’re doing, what areas we are excelling in, and what areas could use some improvement.

 

What we really, really love is when we receive positive feedback from satisfied customers who want to tell their friends about Appliance Rescue Service and keep coming back year-after-year with their business.

We’ve been fortunate to receive quite a few of these reviews over the years, and here are just a few reasons why our customers love bringing their appliance repair issues to Appliance Rescue:

 

“Appliance Rescue technicians are exceptionally professional and courteous. They clean up from their work. Any costs are clearly explained. Appliance Rescue would be my first call if I ever had a repair issue.” – Nedra in Richardson, Texas

We’re proud that our customers see how talented our technicians are! Each technician goes through rigorous training on all the major appliance brands – Whirlpool, Maytag, Bosch, Samsung, etc. – and can speak confidently about what the issues are before any work is done. Our guys will answer any questions you have about the Dallas appliance repair; they’ll even offer up tips for how to better maintain the appliance in the future!

 

“They were polite and punctual. I would recommend their service to anyone needing repairs.” – Beverly in Wylie, Texas

When you call Appliance Rescue Service for your appliance repair, you don’t have to worry about when we’ll arrive or if our technician will arrive when he says he will. We know many companies offer a “window of service” and you have to set aside half your day to take care of an issue, but expect our technicians to operate differently. Our technicians pride themselves on punctuality and strong communication from start to finish.

 

“I have used Appliance Rescue Service for about 6 or 7 years, and I like that they are very nice people who do exactly what they tell you they will do.” – Suzanne in Dallas, Texas

Repeat business is always a sign we are dong something right, and we are proud to have many customers who have become friends over the years due to their repeat business. With Appliance Rescue there is no “run around.” We present all estimates before any work is done, talk you through the work to be done, and then only perform work when you say go. Pure and simple.

 

These are just a few of the stellar customer reviews we’ve received recently. Thank you to all of our customers for their loyalty and referrals! If you are in need of appliance repair in Dallas, give Appliance Rescue a call today to see the difference!

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Vacation Checklist: 5 Tips for your Home Appliances

Summer is here, and chances are, you are planning a vacation sometime in the near future. Whether your vacation is for a weekend or a whole month, having your Dallas home vacation-ready is a big part of the process. Have a neighbor water plants, put a stop on all mail deliveries, etc., but have you thought about what to do with your appliances?

Before you go on vacation, make sure to follow these 5 tips from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas to get your appliances vacation ready!

 

1.    Put Water Heater in Vacation Mode

Set your hot water heater on vacation mode – or “low temperature mode” – before leaving on your vacation. This simple adjustment will save you money by conserving energy in your absence.

 

2.    Turn off Water Valves

The last thing you want is to come back to your Dallas home after a wonderful vacation to find that your home has suffered water damage due to flooding while you were gone and you now need appliance repair in Dallas. Gain piece of mind and turn all valves to dishwashers, sinks, and washing machines off completely before leaving.

 

 

3.    Unload the Refrigerator

One week before vacation, begin using up perishable foods from your refrigerator. Anything that is left uneaten, throw away before departing. A less cluttered refrigerator will help the refrigerator run more efficiently and save you from coming home to spoiled food.

 

4.    Unplug Small Appliances

It’s easy to focus on the big things – refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. – but don’t forget your small appliances! Be sure to unplug or turn off all major and minor appliances in the home.

 

5.    Clean the Disposal

Don’t let bacteria and mold grow in your unused kitchen garbage disposal while you are gone! Run the disposal with half a cup of vinegar and water to clean and sanitize before heading out of town.

 

Need appliance repair in Dallas? Call Appliance Rescue Service today where our goal is to provide the best appliance repair service in Dallas and the greater Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex! 

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Refrigerator Cooling Issue? Check These 5 Things!

We count on our appliances to work properly, and when they fail, we need help immediately. Refrigerators are one of the most problematic appliance issues. When food – particularly meat and diary items – are not kept at the proper temperature bacteria begins to creep in.

If it seems that your refrigerator is not cooling properly, then it’s important to check these 5 things as soon as possible:

·      Faulty Compressor: The compressor is the lifeblood of your refrigerator and the first thing that should be checked if you are experiencing a refrigerator issue in Dallas. The compressor controls the flow of refrigerant throughout your refrigerator.

·      Dirty Condenser Coils: In order for your condenser coils to function optimally, you must clean them. Most refrigerator manufacturers recommend cleaning them every 6 months, so check your owner’s manual for details. When the coils are not clean, they are not efficiently pushing air through the refrigerator.

·      Faulty Thermostat: This may seem like a no brainer, but if the thermostat goes out in the refrigerator, then maintaining a consistent temperature may be difficult or impossible.

·      Broken Condenser Fan: Not every refrigerator has a condenser fan, but if the condenser is located with the compressor compartment, then checking the condenser fan is essential. If the condenser fan is not functioning properly, then the compartment where the compressor is located will overheat, causing compressor failure.

·      Broken Evaporator Fan: An evaporator fan works similarly to a condenser fan, but circulates air through the freezer and refrigerator. If you hear any sort of rattling behind the freezer, then that is normally a tell-tale sign of a evaporator fan issue.

Still not sure what is causing your refrigerator cooling issue in Dallas? Call Appliance Rescue Service of Dallas, Texas today! Our team can quickly diagnosis a plethora of brands including Sub-Zero, Jenn-Air, Viking, Maytag, Whirlpool, Samsung, and more and get your refrigerator repaired in no time. We're your one stop shop for Dallas appliance repair.

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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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Signs of a Great Appliance Repairman in Dallas - Appliance Rescue

When looking for an appliance repair company in Dallas, you want to be sure that you are going with an honest, reputable company. But how do you know? Appliance Rescue Dallas has a very robust warranty and service policy, which means you’re sure to get a top quality repair!

 

·      90 Day Warranty on Parts: When Appliance Rescue Dallas installs new parts on your refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and more, our parts are guaranteed for 90 day of regular household use. This means that is something is not installed right or still isn’t working, our team will cover it – no questions asked.

·      30 Day Warranty on Labor: Concerned that something still isn’t quite right on your Dallas appliance repair? Call us and we’ll make it right – free of charge.

·      Only New Factory Parts: When we say “new parts,” we mean NEW parts! We aren’t using leftovers or second hand pieces. Appliance Rescue Dallas only uses factory sealed parts, direct from your appliance’s manufacturer.

·      $59.95 Service Fee for All Calls: Any house call, any Dallas appliance issue, the charge is going to be $59.95 plus tax. When our trustworthy appliance repairman shows up, he will give you a full estimate on the spot before performing any work – meaning there are no surprises to you! Just a $59.95 service fee and then you decide what to do next.

·      Certified Technicians: Our technicians go through rigorous training to understand all the brands out there and what makes them tick. Even luxury brands like Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Thermador, and more. When you spend thousands on an appliance, you want to ensure that your appliance repair is done properly to ensure many years of life ahead. Not only will our technicians fix the problem at hand, but they are great about offering up maintenance advice, troubleshooting tips, and more – free of charge!

Appliance Rescue Dallas loves serving the greater Dallas community! The next time you have an appliance issue – don’t hesitate to call the experts at Appliance Rescue. It’s service and quality workmanship that you can trust!

 

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