Refrigerator Appliance Repair and Maintenence

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By performing regular maintenance on your refrigerator can prevent you from needing costly repairs.

The refrigerator is one of the most under appreciated appliances that we own. Most of the time we don’t think much about how it operates as long as it’s doing the job it’s supposed to. Below are a few simple maintenance tips that can help to avoid your refrigerator breaking down. However, if you begin to experience anything out of the ordinary, make sure to contact a refrigerator appliance repair specialist right away.

Simple Tips

1. Door seals: A loose seal allows cool air to escape, using more energy and causing your fridge to work harder. Clean the seals about twice a year.

2. Clean the coils: When the coils are covered with dust, the refrigerator cannot run efficiently. A couple of times a year it’s a good idea to use the brush attachment on your vacuum to remove the dust.

3. Set the right temperature: Keep the fridge between 37 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help your fridge to stay cold and run properly, not working overtime to maintain the correct temperature.

4. Be prepared: If the power goes out, keep the doors closed as much as possible to retain the cold. An unopened refrigerator will keep food safe for approximately four hours.

Following the above referenced tips will help to keep your refrigerator in good condition, and avoid costly repairs. Also, following these tips will help to keep your power bill low. However, if you notice that your fridge isn’t operating properly, call a professional right away.

For more information on maintenance tips, or repairs, please contact us.

Know When to Call For An Appliance Repair Professional

We all want to believe we're capable of fixing our broken appliances, but it's important to know when it's time to call in a professional.

We all want to believe we’re capable of fixing our broken appliances, but it’s important to know when it’s time to call in a professional.

Know When to Call For An Appliance Repair Professional

There are two basic types of homeowners when it comes to appliance repairs.

  1. Those who can read the troubleshooting section of the appliance’s manual and have a basic understanding of what they can and cannot fix.
  2. Those of us who act like Al Bundy or Tim Taylor when it comes to fixing appliances.

Type 2 will not, under any circumstances, read the manual. If they cannot fix the problem in an hour, they will call in another type 2 friend to help. They will look at the broken appliance, cuss at it while drinking a couple of beers, before deciding to call in another friend who is somewhere between a type 1 and a type 2. If they do not manage to fix the busted device. The third friend will try to convince the friend who owns the device to call a repairman. Finally, after four more beers and an hour of discussing the topic, the wife, tired of the whole mess, calls Fred’s Appliance. They come out and fix the problem, by plugging in the appliance’s power cord in the wall socket. It was later discovered that their son had tripped over the power cord and pulled it out of the wall.

Type one would have read the manual first and checked to make sure the appliance had power. It took him about ten minutes to fix the problem.

Some times the solution is not that simple. That is when you need to contact us at Fred’s Appliance.

What to Do When Your Dishwasher Needs Repair

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Repairing a dishwasher on your own can be frustrating. Call in the professionals to be sure your dishwasher gets fixed right the first time.

A dishwasher is a huge convenience for many contemporary American families.  Just load the dishes inside, add soap, press a few buttons, and it takes care of scrubbing the dishes while you sit back on the couch and catch an episode or two of your favorite show.  Doing dishes by hand?  That’s for old-fashioned people who don’t have anything better to do with their time!

That’s what you believe right up until your dishwasher breaks.  Perhaps it’s a subtle change:  suddenly, instead of pulling sparkling clean dishes from your dishwasher, you’re pulling out dishes that are smudged, still dirty, and kind of gross looking.  You’ve washed out the dishwasher yourself.  Maybe you’ve even tried the vinegar trick that you’ve seen floating around Pinterest.  Unfortunately, your dishwasher still isn’t getting the dishes clean–and you’re back to standing at a sink, slaving over your dishes.  Other times, it all hits at once:  your dishwasher isn’t running at all, refuses to drain, or you find yourself standing in a puddle of water.  If you’ve found yourself in this position, there’s only one thing to do.

First, change the settings on your dishwasher in the desperate hope that using a different one will lead to better results (nine times out of ten, it won’t).  Wait hopefully for the familiar sound of a functioning dishwasher.  Despair when it fails to happen.

Next, remove all of the dishes from your dishwasher.  Examine the interior.  Discover that you have no idea what any of those parts have to do with a functioning dishwasher.

Resort to Google, hopefully while someone else is washing and drying the dishes that were previously in the dishwasher.  “How do I fix my X brand dishwasher” is a popular search.  It helps if you can be specific about what the dishwasher is failing to do.

Watch videos on YouTube of someone who effortlessly repairs the dishwasher in less than thirty minutes.  Decide that you can do that.  Go hunting for your toolbox.

Open up your dishwasher, only to discover that you remember none of what you watched in those videos.  Attempt to take the dishwasher apart anyway.  Realize that you don’t really fit into the space allotted, and you have no idea how the people on YouTube fit in there with a camera.

Try cleaning out all the places that it was suggested that you clean things out.  Bang your head at least twice.  Cut your finger on something that shouldn’t have been sharp enough to draw blood.  Discover, on attempting to put the dishwasher back together, that getting all those pieces back in is twice as difficult as getting them out in the first place.  Wish you’d taken “Dishwasher Appliance Repair 101″ as an elective in high school.  Or college.  Or any time, really.

Turn the dishwasher back on and discover that it still doesn’t want to perform the action that it wouldn’t perform prior to taking it apart.  Kick it in frustration.

If all of that sounds like too much effort, consider a better alternative:  call in the professionals!  If you’re in the  Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Lorain and Portage areas in northeast Ohio, contact us!  We’ll send in our professional appliance repairmen to take care of your dishwasher as soon as possible.

3 Ways That You Can Make Money With Used Appliances

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Instead of just throwing out your broken or used home appliances, make money by repairing and selling them.

You probably don’t put much thought into your household appliances, except for when you need to use them. However, since pretty much everybody uses appliances, there are actually a few ways that you can make money off of them. These are some of the ways that you can start making cash off of used appliances.


1. Haul Off Old Appliances for Scrap

If you have a pick-up truck — and if possible, a trailer — then you can make money picking up old appliances and selling them for scrap. Some people are willing to give away their old appliances for free just so that they can get them out of the way. You may even be able to charge a small hauling fee, so you can make money in two ways off of these unwanted appliances.


2. Fix Old Appliances and Re-Sell

Another option is to pick up old, unwanted appliances from people who don’t want them anymore. Then, you can repair them and sell them for a profit. If you take an appliance repair class, then you can fix up appliances that don’t work and get them back into good condition. Cleaning and painting old appliances can also help them sell.


3. Buy Cheap and Sell Higher

Even if you don’t know how to fix appliances, you can still make a profit from buying them cheap and selling them higher. Some people sell their working, used appliances at very low prices. If you snap them up at good deals and mark up the price when you re-sell, you can make a tidy profit.


As you can see, there are a few ways that you can make money with used appliances. If you are able to fix them, however, you are sure to see even higher profits. To find out more about our appliance repair classes, contact us today.

Prepare for Future Repairs by Getting Appliance Repair Parts Beforehand

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If you notice any issues with your appliances, you should consider taking notes on the symptoms

Many individuals will get professional help when they notice one of their appliances is not working properly or is completely broken. Although this will lead to solving the problem at hand, you can follow alternative methods such as preparing for future maintenance and repairs. Instead of relying on professionals, you can buy appliance repair parts to replace parts when needed or handle repairs.

Follow Manuals to Keep Up With Replacement Parts

It is important to keep appliance manuals with you as you never know when you might need to refer to them for valuable information on your appliance. For instance, you could learn about when certain parts should be or will likely need to be replaced, which can help you avoid appliance problems altogether.

Take Note of Symptoms and Get the Parts

If you notice any issues with your appliances, you should consider taking notes on the symptoms. It should be fairly easy to determine the problem that you are having by analyzing the symptoms, looking at the manual, and gathering information from reliable sources online. When you figure out the problem, you can buy repair parts to replace the damaged or broken part and get your appliance working again.

Save Money by Doing Your Own Repairs

Although you might end up in a situation where you need to use appliance repair professionals, you should be able to save a considerable amount of money by handling most repairs on your own. By reading through manuals meticulously, writing down symptoms, and learning as much information as you can, you can determine what most appliance problems are and handle them on your own.

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