Make the Most of Summer at Local Events in Cleveland

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There is no shortage of fun local events in Cleveland this summer. This July, enjoy good food and entertainment at local festivals, rock out at a big concert, or take the family to a baseball game. Check each event’s web page for more details.

Taste of Tremont

Professor Avenue, between Starkweather and Fairfield

Sunday, July 17, 2017

12PM to 8PM

Enjoy the best of local food, beer and wine at this popular annual foodie festival. Located in the Tremont neighborhood, this festival drew about 35,000 visitors last year. Admission is free and there will also be entertainment.

35th Annual Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds

July 21-23, 2017

Celebrate Irish culture and heritage at this annual festival, which is now in its 35th year. Enjoy food, entertainment, exhibits, plays, children’s activities and more. Tickets are $12 for adults and the proceeds go to various local and national charities. Children under 10 are free and so is the parking.

Queen with Adam Lambert

Quicken Loans Arena

July 21, 2017

8PM

What would summer be without a blockbuster rock concert? The legendary band Queen pairs with American Idol contestant Adam Lambert to bring their classic hits to life. Tickets range between $49.50 to $175.00 and are on sale now.

Cleveland Indians vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Progressive Field

July 22, 2017

7:10

Spend a summer night under the stars as you watch our home team play baseball. The first 125,000 fans get a Jason Kipnis bobblehead courtesy of Medical Mutual.

Don’t let your summer fun become ruined by an appliance in disrepair. We can come to your home and get your washer, dryer, refrigerator or any other appliance running well. Please contact us for more details.  We provide appliance repair to Cleveland and many other cities in Northeast Ohio!

How to Replace the Upper and Lower Spray Arm in Your Whirlpool Dishwasher

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Your Whirlpool dishwasher is a time-saver. When it’s working properly, the time you spend in the kitchen is drastically reduced. However, nothing is more frustrating than opening your appliance to find the dishes inside are still dirty. While this may seem like a serious problem, it can actually be a simple fix. Damaged spray arms are a likely culprit. Luckily, replacing the lower or upper spray arm in your appliance is not a difficult or an expensive repair. Keep reading to learn how to accomplish this quick fix.

Safety First

Before starting any type of dishwasher repair be sure to unplug your appliance. You should also turn off the water supply. Wearing a pair of work gloves and safety glasses to protect you from injury is highly recommended. If you don’t feel confident in your ability to safely carry out the repairs listed below, please contact a professional.  Also, keep in mind that dishwasher models vary and these steps may not match your dishwasher exactly.

The Spray Arm

Malfunctioning spray arms can affect your dishwasher’s ability to clean. Your appliance’s upper and lower spray arms discharge a strong stream of warm water and detergent, which helps sterilize your dishes. The holes in the spray arms can become blocked due to food particles or other types of debris, such as broken glass or hard water deposits. If a blockage is an issue, simply cleaning the small holes with a paper clip should solve your problem. However, the spray arms in your Whirlpool appliance can also become damaged over time. Cracks or separated seams can form causing the spray arms to become ineffective. Luckily, replacing a spray arm is an easy fix. For help just follow the directions below.

  • Before you can remove the lower spray arm, you’ll need to pull out the bottom dish rack. Once the dish rack is out of the way, the spray arm will be visible. Now pull up on the spray arm to detach it from your appliance. After you have discarded the old spray arm, grab the new one and carefully line it up before pushing down to reattach the part. You should hear a snap when the spray arm is connected properly. Spin the arm around a few times to ensure it is secure and moves freely.
  • In order to gain access to the upper spray arm, you’ll need to remove the top dish rack. After you’ve set aside the rack, separate the water supply tube from the mounting bracket which is located on the top of the dishwasher’s tub. Once the tube is free, detach the spray arm assembly. At this point, grab your new upper spray arm and snap it into place on the water supply tube. Now reattach the water supply tube to the mounting bracket. Before you insert the dish rack spin the spray arm to make sure it is stable and can move without any obstructions.

If the above repair doesn’t fix your dishwasher’s failure to clean, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to diagnose and repair the malfunction.

No Rumble in the Freezer: What to Check When Your Whirlpool Ice Machine Stops Working

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If your ice machine is suddenly silent with none of its usual rumblings or you notice that the levels of ice in your tray is getting lower and lower, something in your ice machine isn’t working right. One of the most common problems is a broken connection point that stops ice from breaking free of the machine and landing in your tray, which signals the machine to keep making new ice.

How to Troubleshoot Your Whirlpool Ice Maker for Common Problems and Repairs:

  • Is the connection to the heating element broken? Ice machines work by pouring chilled water through the inlet valve into the machine, and the water starts to freeze in the pan. Depending on the precise model of ice machine you have, it will either sense when the ice is frozen or operate on a timer; when the ice is considered complete by either mechanism, the floor of the ice machine will start to warm up through a heating element just enough of the tines of your machine to push the cubes free into the waiting tray. The two most common ways the heating element can start to break down and not function as well is if mechanisms within it freeze over or if water gets inside to the electrical components of the motor and heating element. Check over the heating element and any moving parts for bits of ice you can carefully chip away to free those parts of the machine; you can also remove the ice machine from the freezer for a more thorough investigation, and some of the icy obstructions will start to melt away. If it doesn’t look like unwanted ice is preventing the heating element from turning on, dismantle and inspect the heating element. Be sure to unplug the refrigerator prior to working on it.  If the metal is corroded and starting to break down, water is probably getting in through one of the connection points. If you see rust carefully sand it away and solder on a copper contact point to ensure a new, strong connection.
  • Is the inlet valve hose frozen over? Look for a tub above your ice machine that pours water into the machine; you can find it in the corner of your freezer. If the hose is full of frozen water, this forms an obstruction that prevents water from falling into your ice machine. Because it’s typically made of pliable material, all you have to do is squeeze the hose to break off or loosen any ice without detaching it from the valve.

If you think your Whirlpool ice machine might be suffering from a couple of different maladies, try the easiest solutions first that require the least amount of dismantling. This makes troubleshooting less of a potential headache but also lets you pick up on trends in how your ice machine malfunctions if it frequently stops working. Once you can isolate the core problem, you can decide if a part needs to be replaced, if you would rather replace the whole machine, or if it’s simple enough to regularly maintain. At the point at which you have to dismantle the entire machine and inspect it outside of the freezer, make a list of any damage you see so you can systemically diagnose the problem. With ice machines, you often have to wait between each adjustment so the machine can try to complete a test cycle and testing for some of the most common defects can take all day or even a couple of dedicated sessions.

If your ice machine needs more than a soldered connection point to kickstart the heating element and it’s not just a frozen inlet hose blocking up your machine, be sure to contact Fred’s Appliance for more advice about how to fix your specific appliance.