Tips to help keep your dishwasher appliance repair to a minimum

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We load our dishwashers, close its door and let the water flow in; remarkable how this appliance does all of its work behind a tightly sealed door with plumbing fittings perfectly set.

But even this highly reliable household appliance needs to be checked over a couple of times a year to make sure all is working well underneath the sink and to keep your Dishwasher Appliance Repair to a minimum.

Check the rubber seal…

No doubt it will need some wiping down—white vinegar on a clean rag is good. This will remove the build of mineral deposits. Be sure to do the same cleaning around the inside edges, too.

Then the drain…

Ideally, you should be able to simply remove the drain cover inside your dishwasher. A large particle of food, for example, could get hung up here, but chances are the drain will be clear.

Water sprayer plugged?

Grab a pair of tweezers to remove any food particles, or to open up the holes that might show a buildup of mineral deposits.

One cleaning cycle using ‘vinegar.’

Make sure the dishwasher is completely empty; then, fill a cup with white vinegar and place on the top rack facing up. Run the washer on its highest temperature setting. This process will further clean areas from any tiny food particles and mineral deposits

Keeping your kitchen appliances up and running is what we do at Fred’s Appliance. We offer a fully-trained team of appliance technicians available for service requests throughout all of Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Portage and Cuyahoga counties…and Cleveland, Ohio.

Contact us or more information on our services, including appliance-tech training as well as parts and tools availability.

Avoid Refrigerator Appliance Repair Costs with Regular Maintenance

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We know it sounds strange for a company whose livelihood revolves around charging for appliance repair to tell you how to avoid repair costs. The fact is, our goal is to help you get the most life out of your appliances. Sooner or later everyone needs the help of an expert, so we’re not worried about decreased demand for our services. Consider the following checklist for maintaining your refrigerator to avoid premature refrigerator appliance repair.

  • Regularly vacuum the fan and condenser coils every three months, more often if you have pets that shed. The coils are located at the bottom of the front of your refrigerator, as well as on the back.
  • Ensure you are getting a snug seal by cleaning and inspecting the door gasket every three months. Clean with warm, soapy water and replace when it becomes damaged.
  • Unless you have a zero clearance or front-vented unit, be sure there is an appropriate amount of clearance on all sides of your unit. This will ensure proper ventilation and function.
  • If your unit has a water filter, be sure to replace it when the refrigerator’s indicator light is displayed. If your unit does not have a light, every six months is a good rule of thumb. Regular replacement not only ensures you are getting clean ice and water, but it prevents clogs and leaks.
  • Regularly check to see if your unit is level. This can prevent future icemaker problems.

The bottom line is the life of any appliance can be maximized with proper maintenance. At some point, your unit will require professional care. When it does, contact us for an honest appraisal.

Appliance Repair Training: Your New Career Is Waiting

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Are you unhappy in your current job?  Would you love a career that challenges you on a daily basis?  Are you looking to acquire a trade that will benefit you regardless of where you live?  If that sounds like you, Fred’s Appliance offers appliance repair training that will help you get started in a career that you’ll love.  If you’ve always been interested in fixing appliances around your home, or if you simply think you’d like to try something new, appliance repair is a growing occupation that will provide you with multiple job opportunities.

At Fred’s Appliance, our appliance repair training program is a hands-on technical program that will give you all the tools and expertise you’ll need to jump start your new career.  Have you always wanted to work for yourself?  Appliance repair is a great business to start if you’ve had a dream of owning your own company.

When you attend our appliance repair school, you’ll get more than just technical knowledge.  While learning how to repair multiple appliances is imperative for this type of work, it’s also important to understand good customer service skills.  You’ll learn how to handle everything from customer complaints to basic communication skills.  You’ll also receive an incredible amount of computer training.  You’ll be able to easily access the Internet and find what you need once you’ve completed our program.

Life is too short to keep working in a job you don’t like.  If you’re ready to make a change in your life and you think appliance repair training might be the career you’ve been looking for, we’d love to talk to you.  We’ll give you the information you need to decide if Fred’s Appliance Academy is the right fit for you.

For more information about our appliance repair training program, contact us today!


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GREENWOOD, Miss. (December 31, 2012)

Fred Carl, Jr., Founder, President and CEO of Viking Range Corporation, announced today that Viking has been acquired by Middleby Corporation of Elgin, Illinois.

Viking, based in Greenwood, Mississippi, is the industry’s leading manufacturer of professional category appliances, a segment of the residential major appliance industry it created in 1987 when it introduced the first Viking range.  Middleby is a leading producer of commercial cooking and food processing and packaging equipment for the foodservice industry.  With more than 30 brands, Middleby manufacturers, sells, distributes and services its products worldwide.  Middleby is a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ: MIDD) with a strong track record of acquiring and growing companies.

“I am excited about the future of Viking as it becomes a part of the Middleby Corporation. I have always had a great deal of respect for Middleby, a company I’ve known well over the years, and very much look forward to becoming affiliated with an organization that has such a strong and impressive track record,” said Carl. “We are looking forward to launching a new product line in 2013 and excited about the great R&D and innovation Middleby brings to the Viking brand, including their truvection, induction and speed cooking technologies.”

“We are delighted to add Viking Range Corporation to our portfolio of highly respected companies,” said Selim A. Bassoul, Chairman and CEO of The Middleby Corporation.  “As our entry into the residential appliance industry, we see many synergies and growth opportunities between Viking and our existing business units.  We hope to aggressively grow and expand the Viking brand and add to their product offerings for the residential market.”

Mr. Bassoul emphasized that Viking will remain headquartered in Greenwood and will maintain its current operations there. “It is our intent to help Fred and his team to continue to grow Viking right there in Mississippi where it’s been since he started the company,” he added.

Stephens Inc. served as financial advisors to Viking in the transaction.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Middleby Corporation is a global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. The company develops, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of equipment used for commercial food cooking, preparation and processing. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the commercial foodservice industry include Anets®, Beech®, Blodgett®, Blodgett Combi®, Blodgett Range®, Bloomfield®, Britannia®, Carter Hoffmann®, CookTek®, CTX®, Doyon®, FriFri®, Giga®, Holman®, Houno®, IMC®, Jade®, Lang®, Lincat®, MagiKitch’n®, Middleby Marshall®, Nieco®, Nu-Vu®, PerfectFry®, Pitco Frialator®, Southbend®, Star®, Toastmaster®, TurboChef® and Wells®. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the food processing industry include Alkar®, Armor Inox®, Auto-Bake®, Baker Thermal Solutions® (formerly Turkington), Cozzini®, Danfotech®, Drake®, Maurer-Atmos®, MP Equipment®, RapidPak® and Stewart®. The Middleby Corporation has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Best Small Companies every year since 2005, most recently in October 2012.  For more information about The Middleby Corporation and the company brands, please visit 

Viking Range Corporation is a culinary lifestyle company and major appliance manufacturer that originated ultra-premium commercial-type appliances for the home. Viking is headquartered in Greenwood, Mississippi. Viking major appliances are sold through a network of premium appliance distributors and dealers worldwide, and Viking culinary products are sold through a network of premium gourmet retailers.  For more information about Viking Range Corporation, please visit