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5 Things You Should Never Put in Your Microwave

Sure, microwaves are one of the greatest kitchen inventions of our time. Most of us are too young to remember the days before you could just pop food in and heat it up in a matter of minutes. 

While modern-day microwaves can take on quite a bite of abuse, there are certain things that just don’t belong in the microwave. Microwaving these 5 things is a sure fire way to ruin your microwave, create a huge mess, and call for Dallas microwave repair:

Plastic

Plastic plates, cups, and to-go containers just don’t belong in the microwave. First of all, they can begin to melt, leaving plastic residue in your food (not fun). Secondly, as plastic is heated, it secretes BPA, a substance known to disrupt your hormones and cause other health issues. The same applies to styrofoam.

Paper Bags

A bag of popcorn goes in the microwave – why can’t other paper bags? It’s simple. Popcorn bags are made for the microwave, specially formulated with a substance in the liner to absorb radio waves in the microwave. Regular paper bags don’t have this; therefore, they can break down, catch fire!, or even emit their own toxins and fumes into the microwave. No thanks.

Travel Mugs

It’s tempting to heat your coffee in your travel mug before leaving for work, but don’t do it! Travel mugs – whether stainless steel or plastic – are just not designed to be heated in the microwave. The stainless steel mugs may not heat because steel is common in the construction of the microwave, plus, it may cause other interferences with the microwaves. Plastic mugs – even those that say they are microwave safe – may melt, so avoid them all together. 

Foil

Most people know this, but it’s worth repeating. Any liner or material that contains foil cannot go into the microwave. If it does, it will likely cause sparks in the microwave, as the waves reflect off of the foil. This can be extremely dangerous – not to mention a surefire way to need microwave repair.

Nothing

Why would anyone run the microwave with nothing in it? It seems pretty straightforward, but people do it everyday, and the results are not good. Without any food in the microwave, the waves simply bounce around aimlessly and can cause severe damage to the microwave components. 

Hopefully these tips help your microwave last longer and prevent microwave repair. Should you ever need appliance repair in Dallas, Texas, call us at Appliance Rescue Service for the best appliance repairman every time!

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How to Clean Your Ice Maker

Is your ice cloudy?

 

Does it have a strange odor?

 

Is the taste a little off?

 

If any of these things apply, then it’s likely time to clean your ice maker. Ice makers can harbor sediments that are left unfiltered in the water, or can even absorb odors or flavors from the freezer. These changes to your ice may not only be unpleasant, but left unchecked, it can lead to ice maker repair. This is why it’s so important to make ice maker cleaning at least a bi-annual affair.

 

Here are 5 steps from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for cleaning your ice maker and creating delicious, fresh ice every time:

 

Step 1: Cut the Power

Most ice makers have a bar that – when raised – stops ice production. Go ahead and lift that bar, and if you can’t find out, look for an on/off switch behind the ice maker or just unplug the refrigerator all together.

 

Step 2: Remove the Bin

Slide the bin out of the freezer and inspect for any issues or debris that has been trapped in the freezer area. Empty the full contents of the bin into the sink and discard.

 

Step 3: Clean the Freezer Cavity

Using a warm, soapy rag, wipe down the inside of the freezer where the ice maker sits. You may even want to follow up with a diluted bleach solution or white vinegar, just to make sure everything is thoroughly sanitized. Wipe it down one more time with a clean cloth to remove any standing water.

 

Step 4: Clean the Ice Bin

Check the refrigerator’s user manual to see if the ice maker bin is dishwasher safe or not. If so, run it through the dishwasher; otherwise, hand wash in warm, soapy water.

 

Step 5: Reactivate the Ice Maker

Replace the ice bin, lower the arm, and you’re set!

 

If you feel like your ice maker has more complicated issues and is in need of ice maker repair in Dallas, then give Appliance Rescue Service a call today! We are the #1 appliance repair company in Dallas, Richardson, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Allen, and beyond. 

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All-Natural Appliance Cleaners that Actually Work! – Appliance Rescue Service

Ready to get your kitchen cleaned up after all the holiday festivities?

There has been a lot of research lately on the hazards that commercial cleaners can pose to you and your family, and while we’re not here to debate the issue, I think we can all agree that we’d like more all-natural products in our lives.

 

So with that, Appliance Rescue Service – one of the best appliance repair companies in Dallas, Texas – is here to offer you a few all-natural appliance cleaners that actually work!

 

Oven Cleaner

Break out the baking soda, water, vinegar, and a little elbow grease for this one! You’ll want to mix about ½ cup baking soda and 3 Tablespoons of water to create a paste. Then, gently rub all over the interior of your oven into the whole thing is covered. Let it sit for 12 hours or overnight; then, begin removing with a rag and water this next morning. Spray any remaining paste with vinegar in a spray bottle. The remaining baking soda will foam up, and you’ll be able to remove it with a clean cloth. Repeat until the entire oven is spic and span!

 

Garbage Disposal Cleaner

Freshening and sanitizing your drain is easy with ingredients you already have in your pantry! Start by running the hottest water you can for a few minutes in order to loosen the gunk and build-up. Next, slowly pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of lemon juice. This will cause it to foam – and that’s how you know it’s working! Cover the drain and let it sit for half an hour, then run the hot water again.

 

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Stainless steel appliances are still very popular, and they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon! Get them clean and fingerprint-free by dousing them in vinegar, then using a microfiber cloth, rub in the direction of the grain. Next, dip the cloth in olive oil, and again, rub with the grain of the appliance.

 

Do your appliances need to be serviced before you can even clean them? Give Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas a call today to help you with Dallas oven repair, refrigerator repair, dishwasher repair, icemaker repair, and so much more! We will fix it fast with courteous, honest service that makes us one of the best appliance repair companies in Dallas!

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