One of the most basic things that anyone can do to keep their refrigerator in good shape is keep the condenser coils clean. Depending on your refrigerator, you will find the coils on the bottom, back, or top of the refrigerator. No matter where the coils are, you should always start by unplugging the refrigerator before you begin any maintenance.
You can use a coil brush and a vacuum to tackle any dirt or dust that your coils may be holding on to. You can brush and wipe the coils clean ever so often to ensure that the coils do not overheat and overload, which can cause your refrigerator to stop cooling altogether. This is one of the most important refrigerator maintenance jobs you can perform to prevent larger repair problems later on.
Suddenly being without the washer and dryer can be a true inconvenience for most families, in both time and money spent at the laundromat. Washer repair and washer maintenance are the best ways ensure that your appliances operate efficiently every time that you need them.
Simple washer maintenance should be performed every few months, and includes vacuuming behind and underneath the washer, wiping out the trays and compartments, and running a cycle with hot water and an appliance cleaning product. If your household has pets, you should consider washer maintenance every two months or so to prevent buildup of pet hair and dust.
If these simple steps do not keep your washer operating efficiently, we can schedule an appointment to review the washer for any problems that must be addressed with washer repair.
Modern high efficiency (HE) washers are becoming more common in Arizona households today. Hillside Appliance Services sometimes gets washer repair calls when the washer cycle is running longer. With the HE washers, it is most likely that the washer is more efficient EVEN IF it is running a longer cycle. Before you call for washer repair, check the washer’s manual or the manufacturer website to see what a normal cycle length is for your make and model of HE washer.
Clothes dryers are an important appliance to keep in good repair. Running a dryer too long or running a dryer that needs appliance repair will raise energy costs and cause frustration. Fortunately, many common dryer repair problems can be solved simply by paying attention to regular dryer maintenance.
Cleaning the lint trap or lint screen after EVERY load is one of the most important maintenance steps you can take. Not only will a clear lint trap help the clothes dry faster, it will also lessen the chance of lint getting into the dryer’s exhaust hose – a significant fire safety concern. It is equally important to vacuum behind and underneath the appliance several times each year. Do this more frequently if you live in a household with pets where pet hair and dust collect even faster.
If the dishes are not coming out of the dishwasher clean, there are a few dishwasher maintenance tricks that you can try before calling a dishwasher repair service. First, check to see if adding a rinse agent might help. Many homes in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas of Arizona have minerals in the water or hard water.
Also try adding a commercially available dishwasher cleaning product and run an empty dishwasher through a full wash cycle with hot water. This will often clear out food debris and mineral deposits that can keep the dishwasher from working efficiently. Clean around the dishwasher door gasket, as well as the sides, top, and bottom of the door to ensure that a good seal is maintained and no food debris builds up.
If these tricks do not improve the performance of the dishwasher, then schedule a dishwasher repair service. Hillside Appliance Repair Service will evaluate the dishwasher and make further adjustments and repair until your dishes return to a sparkling clean.
With the last few years of economic turmoil, many families have rediscovered the advantages of eating meals that are prepared at home. Both cost and nutrition goals can be better maintained when you have full control over the food your family eats. To cook a healthy meal, it helps to have appliances in good repair.
One of the most aggravating kitchen appliance repair problems is an oven temperature that is not on setting. Often you do not discover this until a few recipes have turned out “not quite right.” We can help determine the problem causing the oven temperature to be off and can make the appliance repair.
If your kitchen has gas appliances, call a trained appliance repair technician to assist you if the gas is not coming on as it should, or if a gas appliance repair is needed. While owning and using gas appliances is safe and energy efficient, making repairs or changes to a gas appliance should be done by a qualified professional.
Ah … you can already feel the cooler days wafting through the Arizona Valley of the Sun. Residents of Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ, are getting ready to plan for outdoor parties, holiday parties, and snow-bird guests. You might want to consider planning for Arizona appliance repair, too.
Before all those party guests and house guests start descending on you, consider getting the routine maintenance for home appliances taken care of before an appliance repair is needed. Holidays, parties, and house guests usually mean much more cooking, much more food storage, and much more laundry for a typical household. Your refrigerator, oven, range, washer and dryer will all be working overtime in the coming months.
Routine AZ appliance maintenance is a smart investment. Often cleaning and routine care can catch problems before they become expensive – not only in the cost of the repair, but also in the cost of lost food or clothes.
And while you are thinking appliance maintenance, now is a good time to have seasonal air conditioner maintenance performed, too. Arizona can experience random hot spells well into the holidays, and you do not want to be caught without efficient climate control when you have a house full of guests
In the appliance industry, the life cycle of any particular style or color has traditionally been about 12-15 years. Not so with stainless steel appliances, now reveling in a strong 25 year cultural phenomenon. A public attachment to any one color has never – never – spanned that period of time before. And in Arizona, particularly the upper end neighborhoods of Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ, stainless steel appliances are by far the largest appliance installations.
Many major appliance manufacturers are now touting the decline of stainless steel appliances in favor of some sleek new colors, but there seems to be some differing opinions about what, exactly, will be the next big choice in appliance finishes. Whirlpool, the largest maker of home appliances, is releasing a new glossy white appliance finish called, “Ice.” Wolf Appliance is preparing a glossy black finish. GE appliances will soon be seen in a muted grey that they hope is a neutral stainless complement color that can help consumers bridge the gap period of buying appliances over time instead of replacing them all at once. All of these new finishes are being billed as, “The new stainless.”
New appliance installation is often a precursor to selling a home, and with the Arizona housing marketing picking up, it will be interesting to see if homeowners embrace these new appliance looks, or stick with what can now be called a classic: stainless steel.
There are so many reliable brands of home appliances to choose from in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ, that sometimes it can be a daunting task to sort them all out. The Amana line of appliances began all the way back in 1934. Today Amana Appliances is a division of the Whirlpool Corporation, but remains a distinct line of home appliances that specializes in simple solutions at affordable prices.
Amana appliances are uncomplicated. While that might mean a few less bells and whistles, it also means dependable quality that may require less maintenance and appliance repair. It just makes sense; with fewer gadgets, there is less to break.
The Amana appliances brand strives for contemporary looks that will match the décor of any home. They have popular models that today’s consumers are looking for, including French door refrigerators and modern looking stove hoods and vents.
Amana offers a full line of appliances including refrigerators, freezers, ranges, microwaves, dishwashers, washer and dryers, and even air conditioning and heating. Amana appliance repair in AZ is easy to find with Hillside Appliance Repair Services.
Maytag appliances have a well-deserved reputation for reliability. They are a popular brand of appliances in the homes of Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, residents. Maytag offers appliances from washer dryer combinations to all types of kitchen appliances, including full kitchen suites.
Maytag laundry choices include high efficiency front load washers and dryers, high efficiency top load washers and dryers, and traditional top load washers and dryers. All of the Maytag washers and dryers are Energy Star rated, and any one of them would be a productive addition to your household appliances.
The Maytag kitchen appliance line offers a wide array of refrigerators and freezers, ranges, cooktops and microwaves, dishwashers and trash compactors. There is a model with the features needed for any kitchen in Phoenix. The Maytag line of appliances is also impressively affordable for the quality they offer.
Though it might not happen often, if Maytag appliance repair is needed, chose an AZ appliance repair service with experience in the homes of your neighbors and friends. Hillside Appliance Repair Service has a solid reputation working in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas of Arizona.
As appliances of all types become “smarter,” protection of their internal components becomes more important to appliance repair. The control panels and motherboards that make an appliance perform some of their spectacular tasks are – truly – computer components. It makes sense to protect them in the same way that you protect your home computer and other electronic devices.
In Phoenix, Scottsdale, and other locations around Arizona Valley of the Sun, significant
thunderstorms and other dramatic weather occur every year. Most conscientious homeowners add surge protectors to their computers, televisions, and other electronics to prevent accidental damage from electrical surges. It makes sense to add this same layer of protection to your high end appliances. Doing so will help avoid an appliance repair to replace the damaged components.
In the Phoenix, AZ, area, Hillside Appliance Repair Service offers refrigerator repair as an emergency appliance repair service. The year-round warm temperatures mean that a refrigerator that is not cooling will begin to lose the food stored inside within a relatively short period of time.
To avoid repairing high end appliances damaged by electrical surge, install a quality surge protector. This will not only protect your appliance, but also the food, medicine, wine or other items stored within.