Follow these 4 Steps If You want to Avoid Refrigerator Repair 

It’s never fun when your refrigerator goes out. 

No one is excited to spend thousands on a new refrigerator – or even spend hundreds on refrigerator repair – and at Appliance Rescue Service, we get that. 

We make many refrigerator repair service calls, and we’ve noticed some trends in service. If you want to avoid refrigerator repair in Dallas and prolong the life of your unit, here are several steps we recommend you follow:  

 

Step 1: Clean the Coils

If there is one thing you take from this article, then it should be the importance of clean condenser coils. The condenser coils – normally located on the bottom of the refrigerator – should get a good scrubbing once a year. The best time to do that is now, before the summer heat hits and your refrigerator has to work harder to keep up.

 

Step 2: Allow for Airflow

When purchasing a refrigerator, consider the space it is going in and make sure it has adequate airflow on all sides once installed. Tight spaces don’t allow air to circulate, which prevents the refrigerator from cooling properly. Unless you have a built-in refrigerator, airflow and circulation is key.

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Step 3: Keep the Doors Sealed

Many modern refrigerators have a chime that goes off if the refrigerator is left open too long, and that’s a good thing. When the refrigerator doors are left open, it allows cold air to escape, which in turn, makes your refrigerator’s condenser work harder to cool. (Think about the way your home’s air conditioner works.) Another tip – regularly clean gaskets to get a tight seal so cold air doesn’t escape even if the door is closed. 

 

Step 4: Avoid Overloading the Refrigerator

Just as airflow outside the refrigerator is important, it’s also important inside the refrigerator. This means you must not pack too many items into the refrigerator if you want it to work at maximum efficiency. Also – many people will go to Costco, buy huge containers of ranch, bbq sauce, etc., and then put them all in the refrigerator. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, too many heavy containers placed together can add strain to the refrigerator doors, shelves, etc. – causing issues with door seals and more.

Hopefully these tips help you avoid Dallas refrigerator repair and extend the life of your unit for years to come. If for some reason you do find yourself in a situation where your refrigerator isn’t working properly, please don’t’ hesitate to give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service – the #1 appliance repairman in Dallas, Texas

Clean Your Glass Cooktop Like a Pro

Glass cooktops are not only beautiful, but can are often purchased because all the elements are hidden, making cleaning a breeze – right?!

Even glass cooktop owners will affirm that sometimes appliances just get dirty – and cleaning can be difficult. Appliance Rescue Service often performs cooktop repairs, and we have a few tips on how to keep those glass cooktops looking brand new for years to come:

 

Always Allow the Cooktop to Cool Before Cleaning

Before cleaning, let the cooktop cool completely, for obvious reasons. 

Use Gentle Products

Use a mild non-scratch scubbing sponge or microfiber cloth for cleaning, along with non-abrasive cleaners. Anything abrasive will scratch the glass and create irreversible damage. 

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Check the Owner’s Manual

Your owner’s manual will offer important maintenance tips on what works best for your particular model, so take those suggestions into account. Plus – you may learn if there are any cleaning products or methods that could void a warranty. 

Spritz Daily

Don’t wait until the gunk and build-up has overtaken your cooktop! Instead, keep a squirt bottle full of half vinegar/half water and lightly spray in on the cooktop after it cools. Then, wipe off right away to prevent any build-up that can lead to cooktop repairs in Dallas. 

Razor Blades Work on Tough Stains

If you have hard, burnt on foods, then a razor blade can work well to remove it. As long as your owner’s manual doesn’t advise against using a razor blade, very gently use the full edge of the blade – as flat as possible – and scrub at the dried residue. It should clean right off. Never use the very edge of the blade, as it will scratch. 

 

Hopefully, these tips will extend the life of your glass cooktop and prevent the need for any Dallas glass cooktop repair. Should you ever need appliance repairs, don’t hesitate to call us at Appliance Rescue Service! We’re your #1 appliance repairman, servicing cooktops, refrigerators, wall ovens, dishwashers, and more. 

5 Laundry Hacks to Make Laundry Easier

Some things never end, and at the top of that list: dirty laundry and dirty dishes. 

While dirty laundry can’t be avoided, there are ways to make laundry easier and more efficient. Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas recommends trying the following 5 laundry hacks to kick your laundry game up a notch:

1.    Fold Right Away.

Stop what you’re doing and fold the clothes straight out of the dryer. If you really think about it, this task normally takes only 10-15 minutes, and when done right away, avoids the mess of piles sitting around and wrinkles too. Get in the habit of holding clothes right out of the dryer, and even if it’s not put away, you’re still winning.

2.    Pick a System.

Like most things in life, laundry works best with a system. Haphazardly doing a little laundry here and there can leave you frustrated and frazzled. Instead, choose to do one load a day – start to finish – to keep laundry bins from brimming, or dedicate one full day to getting everything done. 

3.    Separate the Socks.

Tired of losing socks and the tedious chore of matching socks? Invest in a mesh laundry bag for each member of the family, and instead of throwing their socks in the hamper, ask them to put their dirty socks in the lingerie bag. When it’s full, pop it in the washer and dryer, then return to the owner of the bag to match and put away. No more lost socks!

4.    Sort Right Away.

Have you ever thought to have a divided hamper in your room? Instead of lugging the hampers down to the laundry room and THEN sorting, why not sort when you take the clothes off? That way, it’s easy to throw in a load of whites with zero effort.

5.    Clean the Washer & Dryer.

Want cleaner clothes? Then clean the washer and dryer as well. Regular washer and dryer maintenance can go a long way to keeping your whites white and avoiding major issues down the road.

Hopefully, these tips will help make the burden of laundry a little lighter. And as always, if you ever have washing machine issues and need washing machine repair or dryer repair, call us at Appliance Rescue Service, proudly serving Dallas, Fort Worth, Richardson, Addison, McKinney, Plano, Frisco, Little Elm, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Grapevine, Coppell, Colleyville, Keller, and the entire North Texas community. 

The 2 Day Instant Pot Roast

If you came here for advice on what to do with your ailing or aging dishwasher - you are mostly in the right place.

 By mostly, I mean that, yes - you will find that kind of information here. After all, you are on the web site for Appliance Rescue, and they definitely have that kind of info and have some excellent posts on this blog for that very thing.

 This post, however, is not one of those posts.

 THIS post is meant to break up your day with a little chuckle, or a big chuckle. It may motivate you to the creative arts (You wouldn’t hurt my feelings if you are sitting there, swearing to yourself that you could write a better post than this. In fact, if you are thinking that, you definitely should—the world needs more people doing creative things. And by should, I mean that you should write, not that you should sit there swearing to yourself and then not writing).

 But I digress. It happens. I’m not sure the fine folks at Appliance Rescue Dallas quite knew what they were getting in for when they asked me to drop some guest posts on this blog. But, too late now. We’re here, aren’t we?

 If you have managed to make it through the other things I have written, peppered through these pages, you will notice a pattern. The pattern is, I think we as a society are moving too fast. We are expecting things to be done for us immediately. And I think that the things we used to wait on would now drive us mad if we had to wait as long as we used to have to wait (does anyone remember dial up? Can you even imagine that now?)

 There is even a device that you can buy for your kitchen called an Instant Pot. Now, if I’m not mistaken, Instant Pot is a brand name, but there are many vendors that produce these kinds of gizmos.

 They are pretty straightforward. It’s basically a pressure cooker with a computer attached to it. You are supposed to be able to make everything from bread to yogurt to filet mignon in a fraction of the time it used to take you.

 Pressure Cookers, for those that don’t remember them, were essentially giant steam-powered bombs that our parents and grandparents would dig out of the back of the cupboard when they wanted to do some canning or scare the crap out of themselves and us by telling us at least a hundred times to STAND BACK WHEN I HAVE TO RELEASE THE PRESSURE FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE! IF THIS THING POPS OFF YOU CAN LOSE AN EYE JUST LIKE YOUR UNCLE BENNY!!

 As much as I wanted to learn everything I could in the kitchen when I was growing up, the pressure cooker was one device I was happy to stay the heck away from.

 So, imagine my joy when my roommate let me know that in addition to the pre-built library and typewriter collection she was bringing with her, she also came with an Instant Pot.

 At first I thought these were just fancy Crock-Pots with a cool computer and built in subscription to Spotify. After doing some reading, though, I found out the truth. The stove-top steam bomb from my childhood had evolved and was now computer controlled. I was sure this was just the robots second wave at taking over. The first wave, Teddy Ruxpin, didn’t fare so well in the 80’s due to the number of kids that removed the original storybook tapes and played Black Sabbath through the animatronic bear.

 So, yeah. Instant Pot. Slow-cooker on steroids. Pretty much the exact opposite of a slow crock cooker.

 I realized something else as I was reading up on this scary thing sitting on my counter. The thing that made these devices so irresistible was the fact that it could do so many things. Seriously. The main selling point was that you no longer needed your bread machine or your yogurt machine or your pressure cooker or your deep fryer or your slow cooker.

 Wait. What? This thing replaces the slow cooker? Something with the word instant in the name is going to replace something designed to cook things slooooooooow? No wonder the avocado toast set was snapping these things up. It was like having a little time-traveling Bobby Flay right on your counter.

 Sure...you normally cook this roast all day, but I’ll do it in 4 hours or something like that. It’s going to be fast. Faster than slow, that’s for sure.

 Alright. We’ll give it a go.

 After some google-fu, I figured out that I needed to set the Instant Pot on the Slow Cooker setting (I was still having some serious trouble wrapping my head around that one) and then, per the interwebs, set the temp setting from Normal to Low to actually mimic my slow cooker.

 Here’s the thing, folks, in case you’re wondering.  If you use the slow cooker setting on your Instant Pot, it no longer even vaguely resembles anything instant.

 The pot roast that I cooked in the Instant Pot took (are you ready for it)...

 Two Days.

 You read that right. I wish it were a typo, but it’s not. And I’m sure that if you are an aficionado with an Instant Pot, somewhere in this post you will have figured out why it didn’t work as expected. And no, I’m not going to tell you if you’re right or not.

 So, yeah, at the end of the 8 hours (just as long as the slow cooker would have been), the carrots were still raw. The potatoes still had the constitution of an angry golf ball, and the roast was not really done, although the whole house smelled amazing.

 The first night, we had paninis instead. The roast and its friends were transported into the crock of the slow cooker. And on Day Two, the slow cooker did it’s thing. And by the time I got home from work, the pot roast was amazing. The carrots were soft, and the potatoes had given up on being anything other than delicious.

 The lesson, dear friends and readers, is that sometimes you can’t rush perfection. You’re not always going to get things on your time. Some things have to be prepared a certain way, no matter what we may want.

 And if you have any doubts, I can assure you, the roast was worth the wait.

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 Until next time, my friends, take some time to enjoy the things in life. Hug your loved ones, pet your dog, and don’t be afraid to slow down.

 

-Todd

Refrigerator Cleaning Hacks You’ve Got to Know About

Spring is in the air, and around here, that means Spring cleaning those appliances! We know your oven, refrigerator, cooktop, and dishwasher took a beating during the holiday season, so now it’s time to freshen them up and give them a new lease on life for the Spring and Summer seasons.

This week, we recommend starting with your refrigerator. Here are a few refrigerator cleaning hacks to help you jump start the process:

1.    Get Everything Out

Before you begin cleaning, it’s a good idea to take every last bit of food out of the refrigerator. That way, you control what goes back in and you can really see where the grime and gunk is that has been covered by the food items. Start by throwing away old leftovers, expired food, and duplicates.

2.    A Toothbrush and Toothpaste Work Wonders

When scrubbing the interior of the refrigerator, a little toothpaste and toothbrush can go a long way in removing stuck on splatters. The toothpaste has a nice abrasion to it, is non-toxic, and smells great. 

3.    Odor Removal? No Problem!

There are many odor removers readily available in your pantry for removing stubborn smells. Everyone knows about the age old baking soda trick, but what about cotton balls soaked in vanilla or orange extract? Simply place on a dish in the back of the refrigerator to let them soak up scents. Crisper drawers a little musty? Crumpled paper bags left in them overnight will soak up the scent. 

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4.    Find Door Leaks with a Flashlight

As you’re scrubbing that refrigerator door seal, remember what it’s there for: to trap in the cold air. You can easily check for leaks by putting a lit flashlight in the refrigerator, then shutting the door. If the room is dark, you should be able to see if any light is shining through and your refrigerator door seal needs repair.

5.    Vinegar and Olive Oil on the Exterior

You don’t need a fancy stainless steel door cleaner! Check the pantry! Vinegar or olive oil on a microfiber cloth are both great at removing stains and restoring shine. Simply rub with the grain and watch the door sparkle again!

Happy spring cleaning! And if you do discover any issues with your refrigerator as you are spring cleaning and need Dallas refrigerator repair, give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service! We serve the entire North Texas community, including Addison, Dallas, Fort Worth, Irving, Las Colinas, Colleyville, Southlake, Flower Mound, Keller, Argyle, Coppell, and more.

Refrigerator Training

John is doing well in training with us here at Appliance Rescue Service.

John is starting on refrigerators today, as you can tell from the pictures he is determined, but limited to working only on the bottom drawer freezers for the time being. There is a height issue we are working on here, but we feel one day he will reach the top.

We will keep you posted, but the Appliance Rescue Service family is very impressed so far!

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Dishwasher Making Noise? Learn What it Means from Appliance Rescue Service. 

Dishwashers are very handy in the kitchen, saving us precious minutes that we would otherwise spend washing and drying dishes individually. But when your dishwasher is making loud, strange sounds, it can be concerning. Before there is a major issue with your dishwasher, learn why your dishwasher is making noise and what those noises mean, from Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas:

Swishing Noise

If you hear a swishing noise in your dishwasher, there is no cause for alarm. During the wash cycle, the spray arm will spray water into the basin and that is the noise you are hearing.

Loud Banging Noise

If the noise is especially loud, like a loud banging that might echo a little afterward, then you might have a water hammer that needs professional attention. A water hammer occurs when a valve is shut off quickly and the water is forced to “bang” against that closed valve. 

Rhythmic Thumping or Knocking Noise

A rhythmic thumping or knocking noise can usually be attributed to a spray arm hitting something inside the dishwasher at regular intervals. Open the dishwasher door, take a peek inside, readjust anything that might be hitting, then restart the dishwasher. The problem should be solved, but if it isn’t, then give a dishwasher repairman a call. 

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Squealing Noise

Is your dishwasher new? New dishwashers do not have water inside them yet, so sometimes a new unit can squeal a little as mechanisms begin working and water has not fully filled the dishwasher cavities yet. The same issue can occur in a vacation home where a dishwasher goes months without use. If you suspect this is an issue, try pouring a little water in the bottom of the dishwasher basin before starting the cycle to see if it solves the issue. 

Humming Noise

A mild humming noise can be normal, but if it’s loud or constant, then it could be a faulty motor or a fan that needs replacing. Call a professional dishwasher repairman to properly diagnose the issue.

Still have questions about your dishwasher and why it’s making noises? Call us anytime at Appliance Rescue Service for a full diagnosis of your machine. We are your Dallas dishwasher repair specialists

Appliance Storage Hacks: Where to Store Food in your Fridge

Did you know that your refrigerator was actually designed in such a way that certain foods should be kept in various parts of the refrigerator – both for optimum convenience and to keep food fresher longer? 

It’s true, and while you might feel like you know exactly wehre everything should go in a fridge (let’s face it, you’ve been using one your whole life), Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas is here to share a few food storage hacks you may not know:

 

Store Milk on Shelves – in the Back

As you might guess, milk is more apt to spoiling than other items in the fridge. Many homeowners keep their milk on the door, but this is just not optimum for freshness. The temperatures on the door fluctuate the most, since the air changes each time the door is opened and closed. Instead, store your milk on a shelf, toward the back of the refrigerator. Also – keep it away from foods with strong odors, as it can absorb those scents. Ick.

Keep Meat On Bottom Shelves

Meat storage works best when you keep it down low in the refrigerator. This prevents cross-contamination with other foods in the refrigerator and prevents meat from dripping on other foods. Of course, you should always keep your meats well sealed to prevent any drips or spills. 

Utilize the Crisper Drawers for Fruits and Vegetables

Those drawers near the bottom of your refrigerator – the crisper drawers – are there for a reason! Use them for fruits and vegetables. Each drawer has valves that allow you to adjust the humidity of the drawer, based on how much humidity is needed to store various fruits and vegetables. Leafy greens need higher humidity; while heartier items like apples and carrots need low humidity. 

Hopefully this helps you get organized and extend the life of your food – and your appliance! Should you ever suspect issues with your refrigerator and need Prosper refrigerator repair, call us at Appliance Rescue Service! We offer appliance repair to Prosper, Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Grapevine, Flower Mound, and the entire North Texas area. 

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Ask Appliance Rescue: Why is My Microwave Sparking?

When your microwave is sparking, it’s a clear sign of an issue – but it doesn’t necessarily mean your microwave is at the end of its life. If you notice sparking, discontinue use and inspect the following:

 

Is there metal in the microwave?

Most of us know that metal inside a microwave causing sparking, but sometimes a forgetful mishap can land a fork in the microwave by mistake. What could be less obvious is a speck of tin foil left on a dish as you reheat. Inspect for metal just to be sure that isn’t the issue.

 Is the Wave Guide Cover damaged?

If you look inside your microwave, you will notice a square plate off to one side that is known as the wave guide cover. This cover conceals the magnetron in the microwave, and it also guides the heat waves toward the food. If food particles or grease get stuck on the cover, the waves released from the magnetron can hit that debris and cause numerous sparks to fly. 

Is your microwave rack support the culprit?

Some microwaves have racks and require microwave rack supports. Simply put, if you notice sparking coming from the support areas of the racks, then that’s a good indicator that the microwave rack supports need to be replaced. 

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Still not sure what is causing your microwave to spark? Call the experts at Appliance Rescue Service today to fix the issue. Many times, sparking in the microwave is an easy fix and does not require a microwave replacement. Our technician will conduct a thorough inspection of your appliance and give you a detailed estimate before any microwave repair is done. We’ll have your microwave up and running again in no time – with no sparking! Call Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for all your Dallas appliance repair needs!  

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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Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Those Dirty Tennis Shoes in the Washing Machine

The new year has many of us decluttering and throwing out things that “aren’t sparking joy” Mario Kondo style. But before you throw out those old tennis shoes, think, “would I still love these if they weren’t so dirty?” If the answer is yes, then read on to learn how to wash your dirty tennis shoes at home in the washing machine, courtesy of Appliance Rescue Service:

 

Step 1: Sprinkle Baking Soda Inside the Shoes

Baking soda is known for its deodorizing properties, so sprinkle a little in your shoes the night before you plan to wash to get a fully fresh scent the next day. 

 

Step 2: Remove Laces and Insoles

Before putting your shoes in the washing machine, remove the laces and put them in a laundry bag, or a pillow case if you don’t have one. Take the insoles out as well and hand wash those.

 

Step 3: Remove Debris

If you want to avoid DFW washing machine repair, don’t skip this step! Before you ever put your sneakers in the washing machine, get an old toothbrush or other soft bristled brush and scrub any caked dirt or debris off of the shoes. Otherwise, that debris may end up clogging your washing machine and creating costly issues.

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Step 4: Wash the Shoes

Now it’s time to begin the wash! Throw your tennis shoes in a laundry bag, then place in the washing machine with a few old towels to muffle the banging and clunking in the washing machine. The laundry bag is necessary to prevent the shoes from causing any damage to the washing drum. Add adequate liquid detergent for your load, then run the delicate cycle with cold water. Important tip: never use powdered detergent for washing tennis shoes in the washing machine, as it can get caked up in the shoes. 

 

Step 5: Air Dry

This is the most tedious part! In order to get those tennis shoes looking brand new and avoid shrinkage or warping, do not put the tennis shoes in the dryer. Instead, just set them out to air dry. 

 

As always, if you ever suspect issues with your washing machine and need washing machine repair, call the #1 appliance repair company in DFW, Appliance Rescue Service.

Always Wear Shoes

Hello there! I feel I should apologize. It’s been a few months since I’ve visited, and normally I’m not so bad about keeping in touch. I could wax poetic about the holidays being crazy and not really knowing what day it was on that weird week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. I could talk about getting lost in the manuscript I’m currently working on. Both of those things are true. But that’s not the whole story. Oddly enough the main reason has to do with a dishwasher.

I have this thing I do when I know I need to do things around the house. I always wear shoes. I know it seems odd, but hear me out. It’s really more of a mental thing. If I put my shoes on, my brain shifts into a mode of “Hey, Todd, it’s time to get to work now.”

Today was one of those days. Today I got a lot of stuff sorted in a room I’d been avoiding for a while. That’s right, the laundry room. After about 3 hours today, things were actually going well and it is now a usable room instead of a scary place to try and do the washing.

There are still many things I need to do around the house. Projects that would squarely fall on the “fixer-upper” list.

I know that I’m going to be wearing my shoes when I do.

What’s that you say? Oh, I suppose I did leave you hanging with the dishwasher thing, didn’t?

Well, coincidentally, I was also wearing my shoes on the day my dishwasher decided it wanted to give me a swimming pool. In my kitchen.

Now, I know what you’re saying, and yes, I absolutely agree. A swimming pool in the kitchen would be awesome. Who hasn’t dreamt of having grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup while lounging on an oversized inflatable unicorn floatie thing? I know I have. There’s just one problem. My kitchen was not designed with housing a swimming pool in mind. Granted, there is an island, but it’s not the kind of island that should be surrounded by water.

None of these things mattered to my dishwasher, though. It was new in the eighties. These days, it no longer wanted to live up to its Potscrubber name. It seems it would rather earn a new name, like Poolswimmer. To that end, it had decided to longer do what it was supposed to do with the water.  

Being a reasonably handy guy, I thought I could fix it. So I did what any geek who didn’t want a swimming pool in his kitchen would do. I googled what could cause the particular model of dishwasher I have to lose its mind, and its water.

I found a few things it could be. And I ordered the parts to fix it myself. I mean, sure it’s 30 years old, but I figured that if I could fix it for less than the cost of a new dishwasher, it was worth it. I would love to say that wearing my shoes made a difference.  I would love to say that the money that I spent on the replacement door seal was worth it because it was just what my dishwasher needed to be reminded that it was a dishwasher and not a pool-maker.

I would love to say that, but I can’t. The truth is, I’m much better and putting words on the page than I am helping dishwashers remember why they were made. At the first little sign of a swimming hole in my kitchen, I really should have called someone like Appliance Rescue Service, but I didn’t. Sometimes I not that smart. Even when I do wear my shoes.

I have a new dishwasher now. One that washes dishes instead of trying to make swimming pools in my kitchen. Will it last 30 years like the last one? I have no idea, but if it starts misbehaving, I can tell you without a doubt, I’m going to call in the experts.

Anyway my friends, I hope you are well. And I hope your year is well on its way to being amazing. Now it’s time to kick off my shoes, grab a bowl of chili, and watch the snow paint my yard white.


Until next time, be safe, be kind, and always remember the shoes.

-Todd


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What Happens If I Don’t Change My Refrigerator’s Water Filter?

It’s a question we often get from homeowners: What will happen if I don’t change my refrigerator’s water filter? 

The short answer is nothing you’ll immediately notice.

However – you are compromising on water quality, and may over time, damage your refrigerator. Read on to learn more about water filtration in your refrigerator from Appliance Rescue in Dallas, Texas:

Why You Must Change the Water Filter

If your filter light has been red for some time, telling you to change the water filter, but you feel like you can’t tell a difference so it’s fine – then you’re mistaken. Water filters are designed to last about 6 months, and after that point, the filter stops being as effective. This means that pollutants, minerals, and other sediments from the pipes - or things that the water treatment plant doesn’t remove - can find their way into your water supply. You may also begin to notice an odor or slightly odd taste to the water – it’s because the water isn’t being effectively filtered.

Another reason to change the filter? The water will begin to flow more slowly, as the dirty filter clogs and cuts off the water’s ability to flow freely. This can lead to buildup in your refrigerator, damaging components, if left unchecked over time.

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How Often Do I Change My Refrigerator’s Water Filter?

Most manufacturers recommend changing your filter every 6 months. Many refrigerators will have an indicator light that will shine when it’s time to change the filter, just be sure to reset it once you change the filter!

If you’re not sure how to change your refrigerator’s water filter or suspect some other refrigerator repair is needed, then call us at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas. As a leading appliance repairman in Dallas, we will get your problem solved quickly and courteously. Proudly serving Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding suburbs. 

Why Appliance Rescue Service has the Best Customer Service in Dallas, Texas

It’s not the way you want to start a new year.

One of your major appliances has broken and you are debating whether to replace or repair.

What’s the solution? Before you jump to replacing it, here are a few reasons why you should give us a call at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas for appliance repair and the best customer service in town:

The Original Appliance Rescue Service 

We’ve been around for years, and we’re thankful to our loyal customers who have helped us build a quality reputation in a segment where that isn’t always the case. We take pride in repairing all levels of appliances – from luxury high end appliance repair, to basic appliance repair, to everything in between. Washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, microwaves, dishwashers; you name it, we repair it.

Always New Parts

When Appliance Rescue Service fixes one of your appliances, you can rest assured that we’re always using new parts, unless for some reason you have chosen otherwise. We will even give you the old parts if you’d prefer to have them. 

90 Day Warranty

After the repair, if you notice an issue, call us back! Your new parts are warrantied from 90 days of the service, no questions asked. Labor is warrantied for 30 days after service. 

Detailed Explanation of Work

When our technicians evaluate your appliance, they will never do any work until you have approved it. They will evaluate the appliance, write out an estimate, and answer any questions you have about the appliance repair in Dallas before beginning work. Once you give the ok – then we’ll start. 

Your Appliance Consultant

We hire the best and our technicians frequently offer preventative measures, maintenance tips, etc. that will extend the life of your repair. It’s just one of the ways we go above and beyond for our clients, wishing them many years with their appliances in good working order.

 

Ready to get started with your Dallas appliance repair? Call the best appliance repair in Dallas, Texas: Appliance Rescue Service. 

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Dishwasher Issues: Why are My Glasses Coming out Cloudy?

When it happens, it can be very frustrating. 

While it’s not a huge dishwasher repair, removing cloudy glasses after a dishwasher cycle is both frustrating and perplexing. What is causing the issue? Should I get a new dishwasher? Here are a few reasons why your glasses might be coming out of the dishwasher cloudy and what we recommend at Appliance Rescue Service in Frisco, Texas to fix the issue:

Reason #1: Too Much Detergent

If your glasses are coming out of the dishwasher cloudy, then one reason can be that you are using too much detergent. That cloudiness can actually be residue left from caked on soap. 

Solution: Remove all dishes from your dishwasher and give your dishwasher a deep clean with vinegar. Vinegar will dissolve detergent residue that is lurking inside your machine. Also be sure to switch to pods that will emit just the right amount of detergent into your dishwasher and help prevent the issue.

 

Reason #2: Hard Water

Did you just move to a new home and are noticing issues with cloudy glasses? It could be the water. Hard water is considered “hard” because it is high in calcium and magnesium, often leaving behind limescale on your dishes or anything the water touches. While you might not see it on your other dishes, it’s more obvious on your glassware. 

Solution: Again, vinegar to the rescue! Soak a microfiber cloth in white vinegar and rub down your glassware to remove the film. You can also try newspaper, as it is also a great tool for removing the mineral buildup.

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Reason #3: Etching 

Another reason your glasses might be coming out of the dishwasher cloudy is that they might be permanently etched. That etching can look like cloudiness, but if you look closely, you’ll see the tiny scratches. This can be a result of too much soap, detergent that is high in phosphates, or soft water.

Solution: If you notice your issue is actually etching the glass, then experiment with different soaps and cleaning methods to see what stops the etching for occurring in the future.

 

Still suspect dishwasher repair is needed? Appliance Rescue Service in Frisco, Texas is always here to help! Give us a call for fast, friendly, and quality service every time. We pride ourselves on being the best appliance repair in Frisco, Texas!

3 Common Washing Machine Mistakes You are Probably Making

There seem to be many myths that people hold as truth when it comes to the washing machine, but Appliance Rescue Service is here to set the record straight! Here are 3 common washing machine mistakes you are probably making:

 

Using Too Much Detergent so Clothes Gets Extra Clean

It just makes sense, right? The more soap, the cleaner the clothes. Unfortunately, that’s just not how it works. Always use the recommended amount on the scoop for the size load that you are running. If you overdo it, excess soap can build up in your machine and on your clothes. And if it’s on your clothes, it can transfer to your skin and cause irritation to those with sensitive skin.

 

Washing Everything on Cold so It Doesn’t Shrink or Fade

Another good idea, but not the best for maintaining your washing machine for years to come. One of the common washing machine repair issues we see is clogged washing machines, and many times this can result from undissolved soap that gets stuck in the machine. Instead, make sure you wash delicates on cold, but choose to wash cottons and lights on warm or hot every few cycles to break down any soap residue in the machine.

 

Overloading the Washing Machine

It’s oh so tempting to shove everything in and hope it gets clean, but chances are, if the washing machine is overloaded then it won’t. Plus – overloading the washer can cause it to get imbalanced during the cycle, causing that awful shaking noise and ruining key components like the bearings and shock absorbers more quickly.

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If you are experiencing issues with your washing machine and need Dallas washing machine repair, call us at Appliance Rescue Service today for an in-home repair consultation. Our team will have an expertly trained appliance repair technician to your home to quickly diagnose the issue and get it fixed before the holidays. 

3 Common Oven Repairs – and What to Do About Them

‘Tis the season…for baking that is!

Chances are, you’re planning to use that oven or range to bake a few dozen holiday cookies or prepare an amazing meal for friends and family. Now is the not the time you want your oven to start having problems! Here are 3 of the most common oven repairs we see this time of year at Appliance Rescue Service – and what to do about them:

1.    Uneven Heating or No Heating at All

This is the worst. You’re ready to bake and the heating element just doesn’t seem to be heating properly – or isn’t heating at all. First thing to check – do you have power and is your digital display working? If not, then your problem is likely a blown fuse and you’ll want to call for oven repair. If the display is working properly but the heating is off, go ahead and heat the oven, then examine the heating elements to see if you notice any gaps in its “glow” or other damage that can be seen with the untrained eye. 

2.    Gas Oven Doesn’t Ignite

Gas ovens will normally click when turned on, and then you’ll hear a “poof” as the oven ignites. If you hear clicking and then nothing after that, it’s likely a faulty igniter. Be sure to turn off gas to the unit immediately and call for professional oven repair to get it fixed.

3.     Oven Temperature is Incorrect

If everything appears to be heating properly, but the temperature is still a little off inside the oven, then there are a few possible causes. 1) It could be a faulty temperature sensor. Check to make sure the temperature sensor is not touching the wall of the oven and affecting the temperature. 2) Your oven may need to be recalibrated. Call a professional appliance repair service in Dallas, Texas to help you get it done!

 

Don’t be caught without an oven this holiday season! If you suspect your oven is in need of oven repair or just want to get an appliance check-up, call us at Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas today! We also service Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Richardson, Flower Mound, Little Elm, Coppell, Southlake, Allen, Highland Village, Carrollton, and the surrounding Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Are You Ruining Your Appliances During the Holidays?

The holiday season is a blur of cooking, baking, and hosting, and there is no other time of year that our kitchen appliances are so front and center. But did you know that the way you use your appliances this holiday season could be ruining them? 

At Appliance Rescue Service in Dallas, Texas, we get a lot of service calls during the holidays and we want to help you avoid that predicament. Here are some common mistakes we see homeowners make when using their appliances during the holidays:

Mistake #1: Overstuffing the Refrigerator

You’ve got a lot of mouths to feed, so you’ve stuffed every nook and cranny in your refrigerator with food. While this may be okay for a day or two, be sure not to make this a habit for any extended period of time. When you overstuff the refrigerator, it makes the refrigerator work harder to keep everything at the desired temperature. Also, air cannot move as freely around the refrigerator, causing stress on the fridge and Dallas refrigerator repairs.

 

Mistake #2: Sending Everything Down the Disposal

A garbage disposal is a wonderful thing, but it’s not meant to take everything! Be sure you do not send any fats (think bacon grease), bones, potato peels, or fruit pits down the drain. All of these things are known to wreak havoc on your components and back up your drain. When in doubt, just put items in the trash can to avoid garbage disposal repair. 

Mistake #3: Cooking in your Microwave

Microwaves are excellent for quickly heating or reheating items, but you really shouldn’t use your microwave to cook an entire entrée. Many microwave manuals will say you can cook in your microwave, but extended heat times can cause cracking or popping and damage to the interior of your microwave. 

Mistake #4: Not Cleaning the Range Hood

Cooking that big holiday meal is going to require proper ventilation, and if your range hood is not properly cleaned, it can prevent air from flowing freely, creating stress on your appliance. Before cooking, be sure to properly clean any range hood filters and check for clogs in the exhaust ports.

As always, if you experience any appliance issues and need holiday appliance repair in Dallas, Texas, call us at Appliance Rescue Service! We strive to be the best appliance repair company in Dallas with quick turnaround times, honest, highly trained technicians, and excellent rates. 

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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!