Dryer vs. Range Gas Lines: What You Don’t Know Can Increase Fire Risk

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National Fire Protection Association reports indicate that clothes dryers and ranges collectively account for the majority of home fires in America. Why are these two appliances often to blame? In some cases, it’s faulty installation. Many Americans incorrectly assume that all gas flex lines are the same. As such, they use the wrong ones when installing their homes’ appliances. So this week, in the interest of safety, we wanted to discuss dryer vs. range gas lines.

Before we get to the differences in appliances, it’s best to start with a look at two of the most common types of flexible gas lines. If you were to look behind a dryer or range, chances are you’d see a flexible line running from the back of the appliance to a fitting. From the fitting, the flexible line likely connects to another. One is probably a piece of corrugated, stainless steel tubing.

Get to Know CSST

Also known as CSST, it is frequently used to run gas from the outside of a home to the interior.  However, it may also be used to run gas lines through a home’s interior walls, basements and other enclosed areas. CSST tends to come in various lengths and diameters. Plus, they feature color-coded sheathing which may become damaged in certain situations.

Accordingly, they are often installed with supports that hold the longest sections of pipe in place. The supports help prevent breaks in connections as well as the pipe. Nonetheless, such damage may still occur over time, as the home settles or falls into disrepair for whatever reason. So therefore, even when CSST is in place, homeowners should consider installing combustible gas detectors for safety sake.

But we digress. Although it looks similar to other flexible pipes, CSST is not meant to run directly to a home’s appliance because of those features we just mentioned. Instead, it must be attached to a FAC, which is also known as a flexible appliance connector.

Introducing FACs

Flexible appliance connectors tend to be shorter, narrower and less rigid than their CSST cousins. They also typically boast factory-installed fittings and may or may not feature specialty sheathing.  Those design features make them ideal for connecting appliances to main gas lines because let’s face it, people move appliances during routine maintenance or house cleaning.

Consequently, the pipes must be able to handle those movements without breaking or kinking. Why kinking? Simply put, the unnatural bends will disrupt the flow of gas and put unnecessary pressure on the pipes, which could eventually cause breakage.  Also, remember that the exteriors of clothes dryers and ranges may get hot or wet during normal use. They could also come into contact with household cleansers that in turn, could damage the flexible pipes’ sheathing. As such, some stretches of flexible pipe come without rubber or degradable coatings. Instead, they’re treated with paints meant to protect them from scratches and rust.

Fittings and Final Observations

Furthermore, as we touched upon before, flexible gas pipes come with different fittings. Clothes dryer installation requires one type of fitting and gas range installations demand another. Consequently, the fittings are meant to match the CSST and FAC used in the respective appliances’ designated installations. Failure to choose the right one could create gaps that allow gas to escape into the home, thereby creating a fire hazard.

So, what are the differences between gas flex lines for clothes dryer and ranges? As we’ve indirectly pointed out, the answer lies in the CSST, FAC and fittings required for each appliance’s installation. To learn more about those differences and determine if your home’s gas appliances are connected to the main line properly, please contact Fred’s Appliance for a meeting today.

Cooking with Appliances: Fun Fall Treats

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Fall weather is here, and along with it comes tasty treats. From bake sale fundraisers to hungry family and friends, you are sure to find an excuse to make some warm sweets with your KitchenAid oven and range this fall.

The next time you get a hankering for something delicious and toasty, try making one of the treats below. They are sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who happens to try one. That is, if you don’t eat them all first.


— Cute Pumpkin Cupcakes —

If you are looking for something to make for you child’s fall party, a dance school bake sale, or a Halloween party with family, these pumpkin cupcakes are the perfect thing. They are tasty, adorable, and the perfect addition to fall decor.

You’ll need:

  • White or yellow cupcakes (made according to package instructions)
  • White frosting
  • Orange sugar crystals
  • Orange cupcake papers
  • Green fruit leather


Spread frosting on each cupcake, making sure to cover the entire top. Cover the frosting on each cake with a layer of orange sugar crystals in order to create your orange “pumpkin” top. Place each cupcake in an orange cupcake paper, and finish the look by adding a green fruit leather “stem” and “leaf”.


— Easy Hot Cocoa —

Sometimes chilly fall nights call for a warm drink and a book. Hot cocoa is the perfect warm drink choice, and this quick and easy version of the traditional favorite is sure to make even the pickiest hot chocolate drinker happy.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the milk, cocoa, sugar, and salt until sugar and cocoa are dissolved. Slowly whisk in the remaining milk and heat the mixture to desired temperature. Stir in vanilla, and serve in a mug with marshmallows.

Note: This recipe serves one, but can be easily multiplied to serve the whole family.


— Pumpkin Pie Crescents —

Sometimes the craving for pumpkin pie sneaks in and just won’t go away. However, nobody wants to go through all the effort of making an entire pumpkin pie. These pumpkin pie crescent rolls are an amazing alternative that are tasty and easy to make.

You’ll need:

  • 1 roll refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • ½ cup canned pumpkin pie filling
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk (or ½ tablespoon, if you prefer)


Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a small bowl, combine pie filling, spice, and egg yolk. Unroll the crescent dough and place a heaping tablespoon of the pie filling mixture on each roll. Roll the pastry dough into the crescent shape shown on package. Bake the rolls for 10–12 minutes or until golden brown.

While the rolls are baking, combine powdered sugar, syrup, and milk in a small bowl and mix until smooth. Place the glaze mixture in a small zipper bag and zip shut. When rolls are finished baking, snip the corner of the baggie and drizzle glaze over the pastries.

Serve warm and watch them disappear like magic.


These are just a few of the awesome fall treats you can make with your KitchenAid cooking appliances. Of course, using your appliances requires that they are in good working order. If you find that your kitchen appliances are acting up, it is a good idea to have them looked at sooner rather than later. This will ensure you aren’t left without an appliance—and thus your wonderful fall treats—for any amount of time.

If it is time for your kitchen appliances to have a check-up, or if one is in need of repair, we do hope you will consider using our services at Fred’s Appliance repair. We offer friendly, fast service at prices you can afford.

Please contact us today for more information.

Appliance Repair Services In Cleveland: Finding The Right One

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When you purchase an appliance, you know that you can always count on it to break down at some point, right? When it does break down, you will have to call an appliance repair service.

Appliances are more durable today than they have been in the past, but our ovens, microwaves, washers, dryers, refrigerators, etc. will all come to a point when they just stop working completely or do not work as well as they once did.

When you do need an appliance repaired, the big question you have to ask yourself is: “Who am I supposed to call to fix it?”

Before you call any random appliance repair service in Cleveland, here are some things you should think about before you choose a repair service:

When Will It Be Repaired?

If your microwave or dishwasher is not working, it may not be as significant as your washer/dryer or refrigerator not working. It is always important to get an accurate answer on how fast the repair technician can come to your home and take a look at your broken appliance.

It should not take a significant amount of time to schedule an appointment. If the appliance repair technician you have spoken with works for a good appliance repair service company, you should have an appointment scheduled for the next day, or at least within a couple of days.

If you do not need the appliance for your day-to-day operations within that time, you may be able to hold out for a couple of more days. However, when you call an experienced repair company, they will understand how important it is to get those appliances repaired as soon as possible.

Is The Company In Your Area?

If you do not want to pay additional fees to have your appliance repaired, you should try to find an appliance repair service that is in your area. Some appliance companies will charge a fee depending on how far they have to drive to your home.

What if the appliance repair technician arrives at your home and has to drive back to the company to pick up additional tools and parts? It will take longer for your appliance to be repaired.

If you choose a company in your area, you will likely be able to get feedback and reviews from neighbors, family, friends, etc. who may have used that particular company in the past.

What If It Is An Emergency?

You will find that many appliance repair companies will provide emergency services. If your washer, dryer, refrigerator, oven, etc. breaks down, you will probably want those appliances repaired as soon as possible. If you have a big dinner to prepare or if you just purchased food and your refrigerator stops working, that could definitely be a big inconvenience.

You will want to call a company that has a complete understanding of your situation. If your situation is urgent, you want the company to understand and do its best to come to your home right away. If you call an appliance repair service company and they arrive at your home that same day, that is definitely a company that you should consider moving forward.

When your appliance breaks down, you will want to call a dependable and understandable appliance repair service. You want that company to be able to repair any appliance you may have that is broken. If if is an emergency situation, you do not want to wait an extended amount of time to have that appliance repaired.

At Fred’s Appliance, we understand our customers and we understand what our customers need. Contact us today for your appliance repair needs.

Let An Appliance Repair Service Get Your Appliances Ready For The Holiday Seasons

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Summer has faded away and we are enjoying the lovely fall weather. There are many holidays ahead to prepare for. This means you will need to have your appliances ready for all the fantastic meals you are going to prepare for the holidays.

If you want to make your famous dish or create new memories in the kitchen, your oven, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, etc. will all need to be in working order. If you do find any problems, you should make sure you get them repaired as soon as possible. If not, you may not have a fun time trying to prepare your meals.

The Oven

You are definitely going to need to use your oven during the holiday season. It does not matter if you are cooking a ham or baking a cake, you will need your oven. It is important that all electrical components and parts have been inspected before using them.

You do not want to get a surprise a few hours later and find that the cake you have been baking has not been baking at all. There may be some problems that you may not be aware of, but when you can check those problems before using the oven, you will save yourself plenty of time and frustrations.

Has your oven made it safely through another summer when it was probably used constantly by hungry kids? If you have noticed some problems, you should contact an appliance service to have it inspected before the holidays arrive.

The Refrigerator

Where do you put all your foods and drinks during the holiday season? The refrigerator and/or the freezer. Your refrigerator and your freezer will receive plenty of work during the holiday season. People will constantly open it and close it to find what they are looking for. They will also pile the refrigerator and freezer with delicious foods that need to be cooled. If your refrigerator does not cool properly, you are going to have some serious problems. Before the holiday season arrives, you should make sure your refrigerator has been thoroughly inspected.

The Microwave

You are going to use your oven the most, especially when you need to cook something for a significant period of time. You will also need to use your microwave. You are going to need your microwave to reheat some foods, defrost some foods, and enjoy some delicious leftovers a few days later. You want to make sure your microwave has no issues. Are the electrical parts and components still in good shape? If you think your microwave may have a problem, you should not try to repair it yourself, unless you are a skilled repair technician.

When you contact an appliance repair service, your appliances will receive the maintenance and attention it needs to be completely ready for the holiday season. You should not assume that all of your appliances will be in working order when the holidays arrive.

The type of maintenance needed on your appliance will depend on the problems and the manufacturer. If you think you may be able to troubleshoot some problems you are noticing, you should look in your owner’s manual. You should make sure you are using every recommended safety precaution before trying to troubleshoot your appliance.

If you do not know anything about appliances and how to repair, that is no problem. You can find an appliance repair technician that will find the problem and fix it. Now is the time to contact a professional so your appliance can be repaired and working before relatives start to file into your home looking for a delicious meal.