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Troubleshooting Tips For Your HE Front Loading Washer

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Tips For Your HE Front Loading Washer

Front loading washers are a little different than your usual top loading machines. They require a little more care and maintenance than a top loader. If you aren’t careful with your machine, it can mean a pricey repair cost for you. See below for a few troubleshooting tips to help you keep your washing machine working properly. Moldy Smell If your front loading washer has a moldy smell, or your clothing has a moldy smell to them, you may need to clean up your machine. To clean your machine, simply pour bleach into the bleach reserve and turn the washing machine onto the clean washer setting. You need to also be sure when your machine is not in use to keep the door open. There is an air tight seal in the door that traps moisture in the machine, so if it’s closed all the time, that moisture will allow bacteria, mold and mildew to grow. Be sure to look inside the inner seal to clean up any mold inside the seal. Simply pull up the seal and clean it out with a rag soaked with bleach or white vinegar. You can also clean the drum with a bleach or white vinegar soaked rag. Vibrates Or Makes Loud Noises If your washer is rocking or making loud noises while in the spin cycle, you may need to check the “legs” on the bottom of the machine first. Check to be sure the machine is level. Then check the clothing inside–it may be too full. Try to take some of the load out of the machine to see if that helps. If it’s still rocking, you may have a problem with a broken nut around the drum. You can either try to take the machine apart yourself by taking off the back panel, or call your local appliance repair company for help with this. Clothes Are Soapy If the cycle ends and your clothes still have soap on them, check to be sure you used HE (high efficiency) detergent. If you used regular detergent, it can make too many bubbles in your machine. Simply run your machine again without any soap to get the soap out of your clothing. If you used HE detergent, you may be using too much detergent. Follow the manufacturer directions on how much soap to use in your machine. HE Front loading washers are nice to have, as they are more energy efficient; however, you need to take good care of them in order to keep it working like new. For more information, contact a business like Wiseman’s...

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Appliance Repair: Common Problems With A Dishwasher

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Appliance Repair: Common Problems With A Dishwasher

If you have noticed problems with your dishwasher, such as leaking water or the dishwasher being excessively loud, you are not alone. These are among the most common issues with this type of appliance. Here are some common problems to be aware of so you can get the repairs you need. Water is Leaking A common problem that occurs with a dishwasher is that the water starts to leak. This is often occurs during the wash or rinse cycle, as opposed to just randomly leaking water when the dishwasher isn’t running. If you notice a puddle of water on the floor every time you run the dishwasher, it is time to have it looked at. This could be from different problems, such as a failing water inlet valve, worn door seals, or a pump that needs to be replaced. It Doesn’t Turn On You might also be having issues with running the dishwasher. While it may seem obvious, the first thing you should check if your dishwasher doesn’t turn on is the power supply. It is possible that the circuit breaker was accidentally knocked and it simply needs to be reset. If nothing was wrong with the breaker, make sure the appliance is plugged in, and that the power cord to the unit is not worn. Another possible issue with it not turning on is if your door latch doesn’t close all the way. Also check to see if there is build-up near the electronic controls, as this could keep the buttons from working properly. There is a Lot of Noise If your dishwasher is generally quiet during the cycle, but then every once in a while in a makes a loud or odd noise, it is time to call in a technician> There are many potential problems with dishwashers in relation to the noises they make, from the spray arm seal needing to be replaced to issues with the water pump. You may also have other components that need to be tightened. It is best to consult a professional to figure out the reason for the noises. The Latch Isn’t Working It is also possible that you are having issues with your dishwasher because the latch is failing. If the latch becomes loose, a component of the latch is worn away, or if there is build-up, the latch might not work properly. This keeps you from being able to close the dishwasher fully, which can lead to even more issues. You can repair it with a latch kit from your local improvement store or call in a repair service, like Lakewood Appliance, to have it looked...

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How To Keep Back Pain From Affecting Your Cleaning Business

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Back Pain From Affecting Your Cleaning Business

If you own a cleaning business, you know it takes a lot of physical labor to keep your income coming in each month. While there are some perks to being your own boss, you can find yourself in a tough position if your back pain is keeping you from working. If you don’t want discomfort to keep you home, consider the following: 1. Use the right equipment.  A high-quality commercial vacuum cleaner can make a world of difference in how quickly you can complete your work, and using a backpack-style vacuum can really help alleviate any pain in your back. Those that come with wide, cushioned straps can make carrying your equipment easier, and tightening your straps can make things even more comfortable. The main reason why these models are better for your back is because you can maintain an upright position while cleaning. Bending over causes a lot of strain on your muscles, so it’s something to be avoided when possible. Try to find a vacuum with a long cord so that you don’t have to bend over as often to unplug and plug it in. Many commercial vacuums come with cords that are 50 feet long, which means you can clean a whole space while standing up straight. Talk to an appliance sales store like Sweeper World to discuss different commercial vacuum options. 2. Move your feet. Remember to move your feet to get you in close proximity to an object rather than reaching to grab things. If you’re trying to grab a paper towel from the table, take a step in that direction so that you can keep your upper body more stationary. This is in contrast to rotating your body and straining to grab it, which might cause to feel that familiar pain shooting through your muscles as you overextend your muscles. 3. Get a good night’s sleep. At the end of a long day of work, laying down in bed can feel great. To make sure your time spent sleeping can work in your favor, try to avoid sleeping on your stomach, as this can worsen your discomfort. It’s suggested that you should sleep on your side, with a pillow in between your legs to reduce pressure on your hips and back. Likewise, put a small pillow under your knees if you sleep on your back. Using this information can help you prevent your back pain from interfering with your business, and you can keep working everyday and enjoy cashing your pay...

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Questions Concerning Two Common Issues With Commercial Refrigerators

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions Concerning Two Common Issues With Commercial Refrigerators

For businesses that sell food and other perishable items, a commercial refrigerator can be the most important piece of equipment in the building. Not surprisingly, this can be one of the most expensive items that you must purchase. Due to the complexity of these machines and the intense demands on them, it is possible for a variety of issues to arise that can cause problems for your business’s unit. Without a proper understanding of the issues that commercial refrigerators are most likely to encounter, you may not know how to handle these problems. Learning the answers to the following two questions should help you to ensure that these issues cause as few disruptions and expenses as possible.  Why Does The Refrigerator Regularly Overheat? It is extremely common for commercial refrigerators to experience problems with overheating. Unfortunately, this is a problem that can cause extensive damage to your unit if it is not addressed early. Generally, this problem can arise from a couple of different causes.  Low oil pressure is a common source of this issue, and while you may be shocked to learn that your refrigerator can contain oil, it is essential to properly lubricate the powerful gears and motors that drive these machines. The steps for checking the oil level on these refrigerators can vary based on the make and model, but your owner’s manual will provide you with detailed steps for checking this critical fluid.  In addition to oil issues, a failing condenser can also lead to this problem. When these units start to fail, they may have to constantly cycle on and off, which will generate substantial heat and wear on the unit. Sadly, you are unlikely to have the skills needed to repair a failing condenser, and it is often best to save this task for a professional.  How Can You Confirm The Presence Of A Coolant Leak? Without coolant, your refrigerator would be unable to adequately cool itself. Sadly, this fluid can leak out of the pipes and hoses that transport it, which will dramatically reduce your refrigerator’s performance. The most effective way of determining the presence of a leak is to add a special dye to the coolant before pressurizing the entire system. This will make it possible to easily see whether a leak is present by looking for this dye on the exterior of the hoses.   When your commercial refrigerator encounters problems, it can bring your entire enterprise to a sudden stop. By understanding these answers to questions about common problems these units may encounter, you should be better prepared to protect your business from the loss of business these issues may cause. You also may understand when it is time to look for new commercial refrigerators for...

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Tips For Using Your New High Efficiency Washer

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Using Your New High Efficiency Washer

There are many benefits that come along with choosing to replace your old washing machine with a new high efficiency washer. Unfortunately, far too many people fail to enjoy all of the benefits that these front loading washers have to offer due to minor mistakes when using them. Thankfully, the simple tips below can help you to avoid these mistakes and ultimately ensure that you get the most out of your high efficiency washer. Don’t Forget To Bleach Your Whites Throwing a bit of bleach in with your whites will not only help to get rid of stains and keep your clothes fabulously bright, but it can also help to prevent your high efficiency washer from developing a foul odor. This is because each time you do a load of laundry, a small amount of waste water remains in the drainage tube rather than being completely eliminated. Over time, this water that is left behind can start to smell, and that foul odor can ultimately be deposited onto your clothes. By running the washer at least once or twice a month with a bit of bleach, you will be able to eliminate these odors and ensure your washer remains free of foul smelling bacteria. Use Powdered Detergent When Dealing With Hard Water If your home has hard water, you may find it difficult to get all of the stains and odors out of your clothing. This is because liquid laundry detergent is most effective when used with soft water. While you could simply install a whole house water softening system, this approach to the problem could prove to be very expensive. Thankfully, there is an easier way. Powdered laundry detergents include an extra ingredient known as builders. These builders help to soften water and therefore make the detergent far more effective in homes with hard water than even the highest quality liquid detergents. If you are not sure about how hard your water is, you can find out by completing a simple test. Fill up a small soda bottle with tap water. Add a few drops of dish soap, put the cap on the bottle, and vigorously shake the bottle several times. Take the cap off and watch the soap suds begin to overflow. If the soap suds up generously and overflows from the bottle, you have soft water and are okay to use liquid detergent in your high efficiency washer. However, if the soap fails to create a large amount of suds, you have hard water and should consider making the switch to powdered detergent. For more information about your high efficiency washer, contact Hudson Appliance...

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2 Surprising Options For Home Protection For Deaf And Hearing Impaired People

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have a hearing loss or are deaf, your home security is more important than it might be for a hearing person. Given that current statistics indicate that someone with a disability is 6% more likely to be a victim of a violent crime than someone without a disability, it is crucial to know that you are safe at home. Fortunately, there are easy additions to a home security system that can effectively protect you, your family and your belongings.   Add To The Standard Audio Alarm With Bright Lights The standard audio burglar alarms make a loud, piercing sound when a home invasion has been noted by the system. If you live alone and are hard of hearing or deaf, that sound may seem pointless. As tempting as it may be, do not remove or reduce the sound level of the audio alarm. The reason for doing so is simple. Specifically, your neighbors are likely to hear that overwhelming sound. Whether or not you are home, neighbors who can call 911 on your behalf or watch for someone running from the home are an important and often overlooked benefit. Few neighbors would be able to go back to sleep when that sound is going off and in this instance, you will want everyone watching and listening for a dangerous break-in. Strobe, bright or other obvious lights will wake you up and alert you to the problem, while the sounds going off do the same for your neighbors.  Keep Multiple Remote Options For Calling For Help It is obvious that if you suspect you have an intruder in your home, you may not have time to get to your TDD unit and ask for help. When seconds count, you will need a button you can push quickly and without giving away your location. One option to protect yourself would be having a button in each room of your home that can notify the security company of a problem. Another popular choice is to wear it around the neck or to keep it in a drawer by your bed. You may feel safer by wearing it constantly. With this option, you will not be asked to speak. The system will place an emergency call to the company sponsoring your burglar alarm and they will get help on the way, without any effort from you after pressing a button. In conclusion, a hearing loss can make it more likely that you could be a victim of a crime. Fortunately, you can improve those odds by pro-actively choosing an effective company to provide your security.  ...

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