Maintenance Helps Prevent Washer Appliance Repair Calls

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Maintaining your appliances can increase their life span and save you the cost and inconvenience of calling a repair service. Here are some easy ways to keep your washing machine in good working order:

Don’t overfill it. Cramming too much laundry in one wash load strains the motors and belts that agitate the drum, especially during the spin cycle. If the load is also unbalanced, it can cause the machine to bang against surrounding objects or “walk.” With front-loading machines in particular, overfilling can cause leaks. Besides everything else, the machine cannot properly clean clothes that are packed in too tightly. Follow your manufacturer’s instructions for loading the machine, and leave room for it to do its job.

Use a mesh bag for small items. Baby socks, long thin fabric belts or scarves, and nylon hose should be collected in a bag for washing. In a full load, small loose items may be washed over the top of the drum into the drain hose, and long items can get wrapped around the agitator. A bag protects the clothes as well as the machine parts.

Check the fill and drain hoses periodically. Over time, hoses will crack or blister, especially if you wash many loads in hot water. Drain hoses can become clogged with lint or those socks that went missing over the years. Hoses should be replaced at least once every five years. (You may quickly find the parts you need here.)

Clean the lint trap often. If you didn’t even know that your machine had a lint filter, you may have to go hunting for it. It is often located along the top of the washer drum, inside the agitator, or at the end of the drain hose. Cleaning the filter will safeguard against leaks and get your clothes to come out cleaner, too.

If all else fails—and sometimes it does—check the Appliance Repair Help, Troubleshooting & Tipssection at Fred’s Appliance. And if you’re anywhere in Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage, and Cuyahoga counties or Cleveland, Ohio, contact us for a prompt, courteous service call.

The Current Job Forecast For The Appliance Repair Technician

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Today we are changing our focus and instead of being a disposable society, we are becoming a sustainable society.  As we realize the enormity of our garbage control problems today, we can readily see the importance of reducing the amount of waste we are throwing into our landfills.  It is obvious that we cannot continue on our current course.

Rather than replacing our appliances with the latest feature-loaded version, we are much more likely to be diligent with maintenance and have a malfunctioning unit repaired. Of course, the money we save repairing rather than replacing is another great incentive to think sustainable.

Due to this change in our thinking, we can expect that the job of the Appliance Repair Technician will become a very busy occupation.  Not only will you need to be able to repair large appliances but chances are you will need to know how to repair the smaller appliances that used to be so disposable.  Additionally, our love of automation means that we will be using more types of appliances in the future.

Vocational training in appliance and electronics repair is also helpful for future job prospects as a knowledgeable employees will be more attractive than the apprentice.  There are some other skills that you should have to help increase your employment opportunities.

Communication Skills

Technicians may be called upon to explain to a homeowner the methods being used in a non-technical and easy to understand manner.  Patience and good humor will help you make your customers feel more at ease.

Technical Skills

There is no way around needing the knowledge to use sophisticated diagnostic equipment and methodologies.  You will also need to understand how to use the appropriate tools to repair or install most types of appliances.

Diagnostic Skills

You will need to be comfortable with troubleshooting more complicated types of failure as our appliances become more intricate and sensitive. Many appliances and diagnostic equipment utilize computer technology so a level of comfort is needed in that area as well.

The Appliance Repair Technician job growth is expected to continue to rise with many opportunities to develop specialties and expertise in areas of technology and sustainability.  If you are considering the field as a career choice, contact us to find out how you can started.

DIY is Easy With Our Repair Center Info and Appliance Repair Parts

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You’ve enjoyed tackling a variety of home maintenance and repairs yourself…installing a new water-efficient toilet, adding a glass tile back-splash in the kitchen, moving an electrical outlet to a more convenient location. It has not only saved you a lot of money, but has given you a sense of accomplishment and a fun learning experience as well, right? Then you’re a great candidate to try your hand at simple appliance repair, too!

Whether you’re experiencing a problem with your microwave, dishwasher, range, oven, refrigerator, washer, dryer or other home appliance, our online Repair Center offers maintenance and repair tips, DIY help, FAQ’s and information to help you troubleshoot your situation and find the appliance repair parts you need to do-it-yourself. We even stock a helpful library of brand-specific repair manuals such as GE, Whirlpool, Hotpoint and Kenmore.

For example:

Let’s say you find yourself with a Whirlpool gas oven with a broiler that has suddenly decided not to work. You want to see if you can fix it yourself. What steps should you take?

  • On you’ll click on “Replacement Parts – Order Parts” then “Repair Center
  • Once in the Repair Center, you’ll select “Ranges – Gas” – Here you’ll find a wealth of information and repair tips.
  • You view the FAQ’s and see “Why doesn’t the oven broil?” AHA! Exactly what you need. The information here explains how the broiler works and what could be causing the problem. It details various things to check and helps narrow it down to either the broiler ignitor or the gas safety valve. A little more detective work and you determine that the problem indeed lies with the ignitor, which is nice because it is the least-expensive to replace.
  • You enter your model number in the Part Finder search box, view a detailed manifold diagram and confirm the exact ignitor you need to order.
  • Voila! A few clicks and your part is on its way.

A few days later you’re savoring not just a perfectly-broiled steak, but the fact that you repaired that broiler yourself and saved some serious bucks to-boot!

Of course if your investigation determines that the repair is more involved that you want to dive into, just contact us…Fred’s friendly technicians have got your appliance repairs covered in all parts of Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, and Portage counties in northeast Ohio.

BlueStar Wall Ovens Recalled by Prizer Painter Stove Works Due to Fire Hazard

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Recall Details


About 940


This recall involves all colors of three models of BlueStar gas-powered stainless steel wall ovens manufactured prior to November 23, 2012. Oven sizes include 24-, 30- and 36-inche wide units. Each of the three sizes was available for use with natural gas or liquid propane. The propane version is designated by the letter “L” at the end of the model number. Model numbers and date codes are located on the rating plate inside the control panel. There is a BlueStar logo on the upper left front of the oven, above the door.


Model Name Model Numbers Color
24-Inch BlueStar™ residential wall oven with swing door BWO24AGS



All Colors
30-Inch BlueStar™ residential wall oven with French doors BWO30AGS



All Colors
36 -Inch BlueStar™ residential wall oven with French doors BWO36AGS



All Colors

The firm has received one report of a fire, resulting in property damage to the cabinet that held the oven. No injuries have been reported.


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ovens, contact BlueStar for instructions on identifying affected units and to schedule a repair.

Sold at

Appliance stores and authorized kitchen equipment dealers nationwide between January 2008 through November 2012 for between $2,250 and $3,900.


Prizer Painter Stove Works Inc., of Reading, Pa.

Manufactured in

United States

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on