3 Tips To Follow When Moving a Washing Machine

 

 

Washing machines pose one of the biggest challenges to individuals and families relocating to new homes. Their large size and heavy weight makes them awkwardly difficult to move – not to mention the fact that most units retain at least some water after being disconnected. Moving a machine machine incorrectly could result in water being leaked onto the floor of your new home. To help make this process easier and less stressful, we’ve compiled a list of three important tips to follow when moving a washing machine.

Tip #1) Drain It

To eliminate the possibility of water leaking onto the floor, you should drain the remaining water from your washing machine. If you haven’t done so already, disconnect the unit from the water supply. While holding the drain hose up, carefully move the washing machine to the edge of an entry door or garage where you can safely drain it. Next, lower the drain hose below the actual washing machine and let gravity do the rest of the work for you.

Tip #2) Secure The Hoses

Whether you intend to move your washing machine by hand or with a dolly, stray hoses can make the process ten times more difficult. Securing them to the washing machine will keep them out of the way, allowing you to move the unit without interference. The most effective way to secure the hoses on a washing machine is with ties, but you can also electrical or duct tape as well. Toss the hoses over the top of the unit and secure them with ties or tape.

Alternatively, you can remove the hoses from your washing machine rather than securing them. If you’re going to remove them, however, you’ll need to keep track of all the pieces so you can reattach them later. Place them inside a sealed plastic bag to reduce the chance of lost pieces.

Tip #3) Use a Dolly

A dolly (AKA hand cart) is typically the preferred method for moving washing machines and other major home appliances. Just a single person can move the unit while exerting a minimal amount of energy. Use the included straps to secure the washing machine to the dolly. And if you’re going up or down a steep ramp, such as moving van or hill, have someone support the front of the unit.

Following these three tips will make your washing machine moving experience a breeze.

4 Mistakes That Can Harm Your Washing Machine and the Clothing it’s Cleaning

Your washing machine is a handy appliance that can make your life a little easier each day. Unfortunately, your own actions can cause your washer to work against you. When you throw a load of laundry into your appliance without taking a few simple precautions, you could actually end up ruining your clothes and hurting your machine. The 4 common washing machine mistakes listed below can turn what should be a regular batch of laundry into a nightmarish mishap.

Not Checking Your Pockets

We understand how hectic life can be, but even when you’re in a hurry, you should still check the pockets of your clothing before putting them into your washing machine. If you leave foreign objects in your pockets, they can end up clogging your washer’s drain, and a clogged drain can lead to you calling your local washer appliance repair company. Your clothing can also become a victim when you forget to pat down your pockets. Imagine opening your appliance to find all your clothes marked by a permanent marker because you son or daughter forgot to take the writing utensil out of their pants before throwing them in the hamper.

Forgetting to Read the Labels on Your Clothing

While today’s washing machines have various setting for all types of clothing, if you don’t read the label on your favorite shirt or pants, you can’t expect your appliance to wash them without the items becoming damaged. While following the instructions on your clothing is your first step to keeping them intact, you should also read your washing machine’s manual, to better understand all of its possible settings and how they will effect your clothing.

Using Extra Detergent

Even if your clothes are excessively dirty, adding more than the recommended amount of detergent will do more harm than good. Newer washing machines are built to conserve energy and water, so when you overload the machine with soap, the appliance will not have the adequate amount of water to dissolve the extra detergent. Unfortunately, that means your clothing and your machine will be covered in leftover soap residue. When you have extremely dirty clothes, rather than adding too much detergent, we suggest running the items through an additional wash cycle.

Ignoring an Unbalanced Washing Machine

If your appliance is shaking more than usual, it’s probably unbalanced, and if you allow the machine to stay that way, you could be looking at some costly repairs in the future. Catching an unbalanced washer early and repairing it immediately can save you hundreds of dollars. If you’re unsure on how to fix this problem, take a look at a blog we posted earlier this month which can help you solve the issue of an unbalanced washer.

If your washing machine is refusing to corporate with you and you just can’t seem to pinpoint the problem, please contact us today, and we’ll be happy to help you get your appliance up and running again.

How to Give Your Refrigerator an Intense Cleaning

If you haven’t given your refrigerator a thorough cleaning all year, spring is the perfect time to get the job done. While you may think your appliance looks spotless, you might be surprised at what you find once you start moving items around. Listed below are tips on how to give your fridge an intense cleaning and on how to keep it clean throughout the year.

 

Give Your Refrigerator a Thorough Cleaning

 

  • Before you can start cleaning, you’ll need to remove all the contents from your refrigerator. Having a dish rag handy as you’re performing this task will allow you to wipe down any sticky jars or containers that you’ll be putting back later on. Once your fridge is empty, take out all detachable shelves and drawers. You are going to want to soak these items in hot soapy water until any dried food stuck to them can be easily cleaned off. Since your sink will obviously be too small, you can either use your bathtub or a large storage bin.

 

  • Now that the inside of your refrigerator is completely bare, you can really start scrubbing all of those normally hidden surfaces. If you would prefer not to use a store bought cleaner, you can mix 1 part vinegar and 3 parts hot water into a spray bottle to create a safe and natural cleaning solution. Take the time to really douse every little crevice with your chosen cleaner and then let the substance sit for a few minutes before wiping it away with a sponge or dish rag.

 

  • Once you’re satisfied with how your refrigerator’s interior looks, go check on the shelves and drawers you left soaking. The dried food that was stuck on the items before should easily wipe off. To complete the job and to get rid of any leftover soap bubbles, pour some fresh hot water over the shelving. Allow the drawers and shelves to air dry before putting them back in your fridge.

 

  • Cleaning the exterior of your refrigerator is essential to its well being and its performance level. While wiping down the doors and sides of the appliance will keep it from looking dingy, you really want to focus on getting the dust and dirt off the fridge’s condenser coils. The coils are either located at the bottom or the back of the refrigerator. To clean them, simply use a vacuum. Unfortunately, neglecting the coils can lead to your refrigerator needing an appliance repair expert.

 

Keeping Your Fridge Clean

 

  • Organizing your refrigerator after you’ve given it a thorough cleaning will help you keep it spotless throughout the year. A simple but effective technique that will aid in your organizational goal is the use of plastic baskets. Placing a few baskets inside of your refrigerator will allow you to group appropriate foods together while also saving your shelving from spills.

 

  • Throwing out spoiled food more frequently will keep your appliance smelling better, and it will make spotting sticky liquids and dried up food much easier.

 

  • Whether it’s a tiny drip or a puddle, make sure you wipe up spills immediately. Allowing them to dry will make your life just harder when you next big refrigerator cleaning rolls around.

 

If you’re refrigerator or one of your other appliances is malfunctioning, please contact us today, and we’ll be happy to help you.

Recycling Your Appliances Leads to a Happier and Healthier Earth

Not long ago getting rid of an unwanted appliance meant adding it to one of the many landfills that exist across our country. Luckily, that’s no longer the case. Whether an appliance is broken or you’ve simply decided that it’s time for an upgrade, you have multiple options when it comes to offloading your older appliances.

Pass on or Donate Working Appliances

  • Asking friends and family whether they are in need of an appliance or if they know someday in need is a great way to recycle a large or small appliance that still has a few years of life left in it.

 

  • Freecycle is an online community that allows its members to post information and pictures related to items they wish to give away. Once an ad is placed on the message board, a member located in or near your town can send you a message indicating they are interested in the object. After a brief back and forth, arrangements can then be made for the receiving party to pick up the item.

 

  • You can also choose to donate your used appliances to a charity such as The Goodwill. Although we do suggest calling your local store or drop off center before attempting to donate your appliance. Fortunately, most branches do accept smaller items, like toasters and coffee makers, although fewer accept refrigerators, washers and dryers, you can always ask for a list of a nearby Goodwill that will take your item.

 

Recycling Your Appliance

  • There are quite a few stores that will offer to cart off your old appliance when you buy a new one from them. While the simple switch can make your life a little bit easier, there is a possibility that the store will not recycle the item, so before you agree to the arrangement ask the sales clerk whether or not your former appliance will receive the recycling treatment. If it won’t, you should look for a more earth-friendly option.

 

  • We highly recommend contacting your local municipality for information surrounding the proper steps needed to safely recycle your appliance. Many cities have programs set in place that make recycling your appliance extremely simple.

 

  • If you’re having trouble finding the information you need, before giving up, try contacting your local appliance repair company. They’ll most likely be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to properly recycling your appliance.

 

If you have an appliance that isn’t running properly, but you’re not ready to give up on, please contact us, and we’ll send you one of our trusted repair technicians to remedy the issue.

Appliance Repair: What’s That Unpleasant Smell Coming From My Washing Machine

When you load your washing machine with your family’s dirty clothing, you can usually rest assured that, within an hour, the items will come out not only looking clean but also smelling clean. Unfortunately, there may be certain times when that expectation does not come true. If you’ve noticed a sour smell emanating from your clothes after you’ve washed them, or if the tub of your appliance has acquired a musty odor, the causes and solutions listed below can help you get your laundry smelling fresh without needing to call an appliance repair company.

Possible Causes

 

  • Using too much detergent when you wash a load of laundry can actually cause your appliance to acquire an unpleasant smell.

 

  • Constantly overloading your washer can also contribute to your clothing coming out of the machine smelling less than agreeable.

 

  • When you allow your clothes to sit wet in the washer machine for a prolonged amount of time, they will end up carrying an undesirable odor.

 

  • Bacteria that is growing around the lid of the appliance or on the gasket that seals the washer’s door can make your entire machine smell.

 

  • Mold and mildew can also develop inside your washer’s tub when the appliance is not cleaned regularly.

 

Solutions

The above issues all have simple solutions that should quickly eradicate the odor from your washing machine.

 

  • Before you load the next batch of laundry into your appliance, check the washer’s manual to find out the correct amount of detergent to use and how large of a load is acceptable for the machine.

 

  • When your appliance finishes a cycle you should promptly remove your laundry from the machine; otherwise your clothes will gain a musty odor and that smell may get transferred to the inside of the washer.

 

  • Thoroughly cleaning your washing machine will rid the lid, gasket, and tub of any bacteria, mold, or mildew. To begin the process, run a hot water cycle with the machine completely empty, and instead of using detergent place a ½ cup of baking soda into the appliance. Once the first cycle has completed, run another one, this time with hot water only. The purpose behind the second cycle is to remove the grime and grit that was loosened by the first one. After the machine has drained, wipe it down with a rag and white vinegar. Be sure to also clean the lid and gasket of the appliance with the vinegar.

 

If you’ve tried the solutions above and an unpleasant smell is still lingering in the machine and on your clothes, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you.