A Quick List of Simple Tips to Avoid Dishwasher Appliance Repairs

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Although it is reassuring to know that Fred’s Appliance Repair is ready to fix your appliance if it breaks, there are some simple ways to maintain your appliances and avoid a repair.  Here are a few easy ways to avoid a major dishwasher appliance repair and keep your dishwasher running smoothly:

 Regular maintenance of your dishwasher, including cleaning and checking the hoses and gaskets, can help you avoid bigger, more costly repairs.

Regular maintenance of your dishwasher, including cleaning and checking the hoses and gaskets, can help you avoid bigger, more costly repairs.

 

  • Use your dishwasher regularly. Frequent use of the dishwasher reduces the need for heavy duty cleaning.
  • Don’t overload! It may be tempting to overload the dishwasher after a big meal or holiday gathering.  Overloading prevents your dishwasher from effectively cleaning each dish.
  • Clean the dishwasher using 2 cups of vinegar. Just pour 2 cups of vinegar into the bottom of your dishwasher and run it through a short wash cycle. Also, you can scrub any visible residue using a sponge.
  • Scrape off heavy food particles. The dishwasher will clean your dishes more effectively if food is scraped off before running the dishes through a cycle.
  • Run hot water before starting the dishwasher. Water should be set at 120 degrees. Dishes will come out cleaner if the dishwasher uses only hot water during the cycle.  Running hot water will also benefit your plumbing by preventing your pipes from freezing during the winter.
  • Clear out the garbage disposal. Your dishwasher and your garbage disposal may use the same drain. Make sure that the drain is clear before your dishwasher enters the draining portion of its cycle.
  • Replace worn out hoses. When hoses become brittle and form cracks, they can leak water, creating a bigger problem. Make sure all hoses are tightly sealed.
  • Check the rubber gasket around the door. When the rubber gasket becomes loose or worn out, it need to be replaced.
  • Clean the spray arm and removable filter. Poke a pipe cleaner or wire through any holes to clean them out.
  • Lastly, a routine tune-up by our appliance repair experts can keep your dishwasher running for years to come! An expert can quickly replace damaged parts and get your dishwasher operating at its full efficiency.

For more information on appliance repair, contact us!

Dishwasher Appliance Repair: Warning Signs You Can Look Out For

In the last 15-20 years, dishwashers have moved from being a modern convenience to being considered a necessity in many households. However, just like any appliance, one’s dishwasher can break down or fail over time. It is important to know the signs that may indicate that you may be in need of dishwasher appliance repair by knowing when your dishwasher is in need of repair can help you to prevent a kitchen disaster in the future. Here are a few symptoms you can look out for that could indicate that your dishwasher may soon be in need of repair.

Water Temperature

Hot water in a dishwasher helps to ensure that the dishes are properly cleaned and sanitized during each wash. This means that after your dishes are finished in their wash cycle, they should still be hot to the touch. If you grab a dish immediately after your dishwasher’s cycle has ended and it is not hot, then it is likely that the water cycling through your dishwasher is not hot enough and your dishes are not being properly cleaned. This can be a good indicator that something is wrong with your dishwasher or your water heater and either product may be in need of repair.

Pooling of Water

If your dishwasher is in need of repair, you may notice that there is water pooling at the bottom of your dishwasher after each cycle ends. Many individuals believe that this is normal of dishwashers; however, pooling water is one of the greatest indicators that something is wrong with your dishwasher, and it is vital that you have it repaired by a specialist as soon as possible as pooling water can lead to ineffective dish washing or possible mold growing.

There are a few signs to look out for that indicate your dishwasher may be in need of repair.

There are a few signs to look out for that indicate your dishwasher may be in need of repair.

Broken Door Latch

An obvious sign that your dishwasher needs repair is if the door does not latch properly. While in some units, this will prevent the dishwasher from running, in other units, the dishwasher will still seem to run fine without the door properly latched. However, this can lead to improperly washed dishes, and on occasion, water leakage, which makes it imperative that you have a broken dishwasher latch repaired.

Some signs that a dishwasher will need to be repaired will be obvious to owners, while some of these signs will be more subtle. However, it is important to be aware of these symptoms so that you can have your unit repaired before it breaks down completely and/or floods your kitchen. Contact us to find out more about the signs that can indicate that you may be in need of dishwasher repair.

Appliance Repair Training: 4 Reasons to Enroll at Fred’s Appliance Academy

In the field of appliance repair, customers desire fast, friendly, and competent repair technicians. To be a successful appliance repair technician, you need to get the right training by enrolling in a high-quality appliance technician training program. Fred’s Appliance Academy can provide you with all of the necessary skills for success in your appliance repair career. Here are 4 reasons to enroll in Fred’s Appliance Academy:

Fred's Appliance Academy can quickly provide you with the skills you need for a successful appliance repair career.

Fred’s Appliance Academy can quickly provide you with the skills you need for a successful appliance repair career.

  1. Hands-on Training: In addition to theoretical training, Fred’s Appliance Academy will give you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience. You will gain practical repair skills on all major brand appliances, including appliances with electronic controls. When you meet your first customer, you will have the confidence and knowledge to get the job done.
  2. Learn crucial soft skills: Appliance repair is more than technical skills. Fred’s Appliance Academy’s curriculum covers customer service skills and computer training that will set you apart from your competitors. Customers desire technicians who have strong people skills. With our computer training, you will be able to look up information from manufacturers with ease, allowing you to quickly and efficiently finish any repair.
  3. Classes designed for your success: Fred’s instructors have over 30 years of experience. They have real-world knowledge and wisdom to pass on to new technicians. Class size is kept at 18 students, giving you the chance to get to know your instructor. You will receive individualized instruction from experts in the field of appliance repair.
  4. You are only 3 weeks away from a fulfilling career: In just 3 weeks of training, you will have taken the NASTeC (National Appliance Service Technician Certification) exam. In a very short period of time, you will gain specialized skills and be fully prepared to begin your new career in appliance repair.

A career in appliance repair can be fulfilling, challenging, and fun! To truly be successful, you need the right training. Contact us to begin your appliance repair training journey today.

Is Your Oven Ready for Holiday Meals?

Don't wait until the last minute to see if your oven can handle your holiday meal plans!

Don’t wait until the last minute to see if your oven can handle your holiday meal plans!

The holiday season means big meals for you and your family. Maybe this is the first time you’ve invited all the relatives over for Christmas dinner at your place. Or you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve with the gang and you’re bringing the main dish. Don’t wait until the last minute to see if your oven can handle what you want to cook. Start prepping for it now.

First, give the interior of your appliance a good cleaning. You don’t want the residues of Christmas meals past to affect the flavor of holiday’s present. If you don’t want to use a store-bought oven cleaner because of the chemicals, spread a paste of baking soda and water through all interior surfaces and let it sit overnight. Then wipe it off. Spray some vinegar to remove any left-over baking soda.

Be careful about running the self-clean cycle if you haven’t used it in years. It can burn out and render your oven inoperable.

Test your oven by cooking something that takes a long time to bake. The ideal experiment would involve what you plan on cooking for the meal. But a full-sized turkey is expensive and you possibly couldn’t eat one by yourself. Try a chicken, which you can roast for an hour or a roast for two or three hours. If it comes out perfectly, then you’re good to go. If it doesn’t, then you shouldn’t risk your holiday meal with your oven.

Why don’t you give us a call if your oven is giving you problems. As your appliance service specialists, we can advise you if you need repairs. If you like, we can also give you a cooking tip or two. After all, we cook holiday meals at home as well.

Appliance Repair Tips: The Do’s and Don’ts of Garbage Disposal Care

Although, your garbage disposal may not need an intense maintenance plan, proper care and TLC is still a necessity that can help prolong its life. While you most likely know placing items, such as, banana peels and corn husks down your drain is a huge garbage disposal misstep, you may not be aware of the other do’s and don’ts that go hand in hand with disposal use. To help you with the upkeep of your appliance, we’ve listed 7 tips that will make your garbage disposal a reliable and effective kitchen tool.

Proper care of your garbage disposal will help prolong its life.

Proper care of your garbage disposal will help prolong its life.

  1. Do use cold water while you run your garbage disposal. Hot water can increase the chance of overheating the motor or the shredder assembly.
  2. Don’t overfeed your disposal. Stuffing scraps into the appliance too quickly can lead to a serious clog or a malfunction that may require a call to your local appliance repair company.
  3. Do listen carefully to the progress of your garbage disposal. You should be able to here when the blades have finished grinding down your scraps. Once you’re sure the process is finished, switch off your appliance, however, continue to run the cold water to ensure your pipes are properly flushed out.
  4. Don’t pour hot water down your drain when your disposal is clogged. Unfortunately, the water’s temperature will only cause certain materials left in the pipes to melt which will worsen the obstruction.
  5. Do use ice to clean the blades of your disposal. Grinding down a few cubes will effectively remove any debris that is covering the appliance’s shredders, which in turn, increases the grinding efficiency of your garbage disposal.
  6. Don’t pour bleach or other harsh cleaners in your garbage disposal’s drain. If you are looking to deodorize and sterilize the unit use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. This natural cleaning substitute won’t damage your appliance.
  7. Do read and keep your garbage disposal’s owner manual. Not only does it provide proper maintenance for your unit, but it can also help when you’re faced with troubleshooting the appliance.

If you have questions about your garbage disposal’s performance, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you.