Christmas Gifts With Cords Are Now Acceptable (Appliance Service)

Men used to be told that gifts with cords were not acceptable at Christmas or on a woman’s birthday. Cords usually represented work. So the giving of appliances, electric skillets, can openers and the like were not allowed if you wanted to stay on a woman’s good side.

My how things have changed! With more women in the workforce full time and the women who do stay home just wanting more time with their children, anything that makes life a little easier is a much appreciated sentiment. So guys, that now includes appliances!

At this important time of year, listen to the ladies in your life. What are they doing when you hear their biggest sighs? What do they say about the things they are currently using to do their daily chores or to keep up with the housework? What peeks their interest in the weekly flyers from the newspaper or on tv? What do you hear them discussing with their lady friends on the phone or when they’re chatting together? This is asking a lot, I know but just view this as part of the perfect Christmas gift process!

There are so many improvements that have been made to appliances in recent years. Technology has practically developed clothes washers that do everything but put the clothes away.  Dishwashers are quieter, more versatile and can be used for more than just washing dishes. Garbage disposals eat more and more items and help save on trips to the smelly garbage can. Refrigerators are now designed with common sense and your back in mind with freezer drawers on the bottom and sliding shelves that eliminate bending over to find things. All of these appliances are a way to say “I love and care about you and want to make your life a little easier.”

So if you really want to “WOW” a special person in your life, consider shopping at your local appliance store for that perfect, unexpected and delightful gift that will make your loved one happy all year long!

Move over diamonds. You are not a girl’s only BFF any longer!

Just as diamonds need cleaned and repaired from time to time, so will your appliances. When that need arises, call Fred’s Appliance Service for qualified, competent service.

Contact us today for more information on the types of service we provide.

How To Clean A Stainless Steel Fridge

A stainless steel fridge can make your kitchen look amazing. However, it can be hard to clean your stainless steel fridge. It seems like every fingerprint and smudge shows up on the stainless steel. In order to get your fridge looking great for the holiday season, all you need to do is follow these simple appliance repair steps to make your stainless steel fridge shine like it is brand new.

You will need the following supplies to clean your stainless steel fridge with:

  • 2 Cleaning Buckets
  • 2 Sponges
  • Dish Soap
  • Lint Free Cloth

First, take one cleaning bucket and fill it up with soap and warm water. Fill the other cleaning bucket up with just warm water.

Take a sponge and dip it in the soapy water. You want to squeeze the sponge out so that it is wet, but not dripping water. Then you want to start at the top of the fridge and wipe in the direction of the grain. You should clean the sponge out in the soapy water as needs.

Once you have wiped down the entire fridge with the sponge and the soapy water, it is time to switch buckets. Take the sponge that is in the clean water and once again, wipe down the fridge from top to bottom going in the direction of the grain. Make sure the sponge is just moist and is in not dripping wet.

After you have completed wiping down the fridge with a clean sponge, you need to take the lent free cloth and finish wiping down the fridge.

If you really want to make your fridge shine, you can use stainless steel polish on your fridge. The manual for your fridge should let you know how often you can use stainless steel polish on your fridge. To apply it, you will need to use a lint free cloth. You will want to apply the polish in the direction of the grain on your fridge, from top to bottom, just like how you cleaned your fridge. You can buff and dry the polish with a lint free cloth as well.

If you need more information about how to take care of your fridge, please contact us.

How To Clean The Inside of Dishwasher With Vinegar and Baking Soda


Dishwashers, just like every other major household appliance, must be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent buildups of food debris, hard water and mold. Unfortunately, running an empty load with hot water isn’t enough to do the job. This might wash away some of the smaller particles, but it’s not going to clean stubborn, stuck-on debris. With a little bit of vinegar, baking sods and elbow grease, however, you can clean even the dirtiest dishwasher.


Prepare Your Dishwasher


Before you begin the actual cleaning process, it’s recommended that you remove any racks, trays and utensil baskets from inside your dishwasher. Most modern-day dishwashers contain racks that can be removed from the rolling track. If you are having trouble removing them, try lifting up and pulling outward.


Check The Filter


After removing the racks, trays and the utensil baskets from your dishwasher, check the filter at the bottom to determine whether or not it needs cleaning. This mesh screen is designed to catch larger pieces of food and utensils, preventing them from being flushes down the drain. Scoop up any debris you find here and dispose of it accordingly. You can also rinse the filter in the sink using hot water and dish soap.


Check The Sprayers


While you’re inspecting the inside your dishwasher, check the sprayers on top to ensure they aren’t obstructed in any way. It’s not uncommon for food particles to get stuck in the sprayers, restricting/blocking the normal flow of water. You can often unclog them by pressing a toothpick into the sprayer holes.


Vinegar and Baking Soda


Place 2 cups of filtered white apple cider vinegar in the dishwasher and turn it on the energy-saving cycle (if applicable with your unit). The vinegar will clean, disinfect, and freshen the inside your dishwasher. Vinegar is also completely natural, offering a fast and effective method of cleaning without the use of harsh chemicals.


Look inside your dishwasher after the cycle with vinegar is complete. Some areas of hardened debris may linger behind, which is where the baking soda comes into play: mix a small amount of baking soda with vinegar to create a paste-like consistency. You can them scrub this vinegar-baking soda paste on the problematic areas to clean them. Last but not least, run an empty load to wash away any remaining vinegar or baking soda.

The Poisoning Risk of Laundry Detergent Pods


Doctors and health officials across the country are warning parents about the dangers of using laundry detergent pods. While tossing a small coin-sized pod into the washing machine is convenient, children are showing up at hospital emergency rooms after consuming them. To learn more about this disturbing trend and whether or not you should stop using detergent pods, keep reading.


According to a recent study conducted by Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, there were 17,230 individual phone calls placed to U.S. Poison Control Centers involving the swallowing and/or inhalation of laundry detergent pods involving children 5 years of age or younger. What’s even more shocking is that 66% of these cases involved toddlers between the ages of 1 and 2. Assuming this information is accurate, roughly one child consumed these laundry detergent pods per day in the U.S.


Nationwide Children’s Hospital researchers also narrowed down the effects of consuming laundry pods. They found the single most commonly reported symptom was vomiting, which occurred in 48% of all cases, followed by choking (13%), eye irritation (11%), drowsiness (7%), and mouth pain, burning, and windpipe injuries to a lesser degree.


Granted, most children experienced a full recovery after receiving medical treatment, but several dozen had more serious complications. Researchers note that 30 children went into a coma, 12 experienced seizures, 11 had vomited up blood, 6 had fluid buildup in their lungs, 4 experienced respiratory arrest, and 5 had dangerously slow heartrate.


Laundry detergent pods are new products in the US marketplace that pose a serious poisoning risk to young children. This nationwide study underscores the need for increased efforts to prevent exposure of young children to these products, which may include improvements in product packaging and labeling, development of a voluntary product safety standard and public education,” wrote researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the study.


So, what should parents do to prevent accidental consumption of laundry detergent pods? Dr. Marcel J. Casavant, chief of toxicology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the study’s co-author, gives a simple answer: parents and families with small children should use other forms of laundry detergent, not the pods.


Casvant also notes that exposure to detergent pods typically occurs when the product is being used. A parent may place the detergent pod on top of the washing machine or dryer while preparing the laundry, at which point the child may grab it, assuming it’s candy.

Is Your Clothes Dryer a Fire Hazard?


According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), dryers and washing machines were responsible for roughly one out of every 22 residential house fires during 2006 to 2010. In 2010 alone, there were 16,800 residential structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments, 92% of  which involved clothes dryers. So, how do you know if your clothes dryer is a potential fire hazard?


We discussed this in a previous blog post, but it’s worth mentioning again that overheated clothes dryers may trigger a house fire. Most modern-day dryers operate by blowing hot air over the clothes and dispensing it out through the exhaust vent. If the unit becomes too hot, the cycling thermostat will automatically turn off the heating element to prevent a fire from occurring. However, a broken or otherwise malfunctioning cycling thermostat and/or heating element may cause the heating element to remain active; thus, increasing the risk of a fire.


Sources of Ignition


Heat alone usually isn’t enough to trigger a house fire. The clothes dryer must be in close proximity to a combustible material to start a fire. The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) identified the leading sources of combustible dryer fires as the following:


  • Dust, fiber, lint
  • Clothes
  • Soft goods, wearing apparel
  • Appliance housing or casing
  • Linens (not bedding)
  • Electrical wire, cable insulation


Lint Filter


Being that “dust, fiber and lint” are the number one source of combustible material for dryer-related house fires, you should get into the habit of cleaning your dryer’s lint filter between each and every load of laundry. Allowing lint and debris to accumulate here may restrict the flow of hot air and gas through the exhaust. So instead of the heat traveling to the outside of your home, it may built up to dangerous levels inside the drum.


Exhaust Ducts


In addition to cleaning the lint filter, you should also perform some routine cleaning/maintenance on the exhaust ducts. Even if the filter is clean, a dirty and/or blocked exhaust system may also restrict the flow of hot air and gasses. If you believe your exhaust ducts are clogged, turn your dryer on and go outside to see whether or not air is freely flowing out. Normally, the exhaust air should blow out the vent, but lint and/or debris buildups may prevent this from happening.


Depending on the size and scope of your dryer’s exhaust system, you may be able to clean it yourself. However, larger systems may require the professional expertise of either an appliance repairman or HVAC technician.