MONEY SAVING TIPS

REFRIGERATORS ~ FREEZERS ~ STOVES ~ WASHING MACHINES ~ DRYERS ~ DISH WASHERS


Here are some money saving tips to eliminate the need for a service call or to reduce your service charges:

In General


Before calling Mike's Appliance Servicing, you need to be able to describe the problem. For example: If your fridge's freezer is not cold enough, ask yourself, 'Is the fan coming on at all?'
When you have identified the problem, check the tips below to see if you can correct it yourself.
Note the "don't try's" as well as the "try's" to avoid damaging your appliance further.
Check the fuses or breakers in your fuse panel (usually located in the basement or garage). If your stove is not working, check the fuses in the stove to see if they need replaced.
Please don't disassemble the appliance thinking you can save money on service charges. Mike may have to reassemble the appliance to determine the problem, costing you more money.
When you call Mike's Appliance Servicing, please have ready the following information:
  • type and brand name of appliance
  • model # (if possible)
  • description of the problem
  • day and time most convenient for an appointment and/or contact.
  • Mike will gladly help you over the telephone, but charges a service charge for coming to your home.


    Refrigerators

    Change the "Humid/Dry" setting in your fridge as required. Change to "Humid" in hot weather, and change back to "Dry" in cooler weather. This controls the moisture level in your fridge, keeping your food fresher, and preventing buildup of mold and mildew inside and outside.
    Change the cold control to regulate the temperature in your fridge and in its freezer. The higher the number, the colder the fridge/freezer.
    A refrigerator can be stored for an indefinite period of time as long as it is kept dry and covered. It can be kept in a cold storage area as long as it is not plugged in during storage.
    DON'Ts
    If your refrigerator has been laid on its side, allow it to stand upright for four hours before plugging it in to prevent damage to the cooling system
    Don't overload your fridge or its freezer as this will prevent proper cooling from taking place
    When placing freshly washed vegetables into the crispers, make sure the vegetables are dried first to prevent moisture buildup in your fridge which causes the fridge to work harder
    Don't place hot foods directly into the fridge or its freezer as this causes the fridge/freezer to work harder to control its temperature. Let it cool down outside of the fridge/freezer and then refrigerate. Placing hot foods into the fridge/freezer may also cause them to sour before they are cool enough.
    If there is an ice buildup in your fridge's freezer, don't use an icepick or other sharp object to remove it. Unplug the appliance and allow it to thaw, or use a hair dryer or hot water in a pot to speed the thawing up.

    Freezers

    When buying a freezer, preferably buy one with a power light indicator. This will alert you if the power to the freezer has been interrupted.
    If you feel you may need to lock your freezer at any time, purchase one with a lock already
    You can fill a freezer to its storage limit without affecting its performance.
    When possible, have food orders pre-frozen. Adding large quantities of unfrozen food causes the freezer to work harder and use more energy to freeze the food.
    DON'TS
    If there is an ice buildup in your freezer, don't use an icepick or other sharp object to remove it. Unplug it and allow it to thaw
    If a temporary power failure occurs, open the lid as little as possible to keep the cold air inside the freezer. The freezer will keep food frozen for several hours only. Do not refreeze thawed foods (however, you can refreeze food after it has been cooked)


    Check the fuses located inside your stove when something is not working. These may be found in different locations in the stove.
    If the oven is not coming on, check if the clock control knob is on manual. Often this knob is changed by accident when cleaning the stove panel.


    If your washing machine is jumping around, you probably have an off-balanced load. Lift the lid and redistribute the clothes.
    When installing a washing machine, make sure it is properly leveled and installed on a solid foundation (not on a wooden platform) and that the water shutoffs are easily accessible.
    If your washing machine has a lint filter, clean it out after every wash. If the lint is allowed to build up, the water entering the lint filter will be forced over the top, causing it to leak onto the floor.
    When washing small items or lingerie, place these in a lingerie bag. These items can lodge under the agitator causing costly damage to your machine.
    DON'TS
    Don't overload your washing machine or press down the clothing as this puts stress on the motor. Your clothes will not be washed as well either.


    If your dryer is working, but not heating, check the fuses or breakers in your fuse panel. There are two separate fuses to check for your dryer and one of them may need replaced.
    Clean out the lint filter after every load. If the lint is allowed to build up, this prevents proper air circulation in the dryer causing the dryer to work longer. Lint buildup can also cause a burning smell when drying your clothes, and when left to build up over a time, can cause a fire in your appliance.
    Clean out the vent tubing and cover area every month to prevent lint buildup in the tubing. Lint buildup will block the hot wet air from leaving the dryer, causing longer drying time.
    If possible, vent to the outside. This removes hot wet air and lint from your laundry area. Cover the outside opening to prevent entry of objects (wild animals, toys, wind-blown material) which will block the tubing.
    DON'TS
    If your dryer is making noises or grinding sounds, call Mike immediately for service. Usually these repairs are inexpensive, but if not seen to quickly, they can result in more expensive repairs being needed.
    Don't place small items or lingerie in the dryer by themselves as these can lodge in different parts of the dryer causing costly repairs. Use the same laundry bag as you used to wash them



    When loading your dishwasher, place objects securely to prevent them falling into the bottom of the machine and place large objects so that the spray arms are not obstructed.
    Scrape your dishes to remove larger objects such as bones and food particles as these will clog up the machine, damaging your seals and pump.
    If you find broken dishes in your machine, the dishwasher must be checked thoroughly for fragments which will damage the machine. This is one time it's worth calling in a professional.
    If you find your dishwasher is leaking, call Mike's Appliance Servicing right away to prevent electrical and other damage to your machine.
    DON'TS
    Don't place small objects such as marbles, toys or stones in the dishwasher. These will damage the machine.
    Use only dishwasher detergent in your machine. Other detergents will cause excess 'sudsing' and leakage from your machine. If this occurs, you must remove the dishes and clean out any suds which are in the machine. Then allow the dishwasher to fill up again with fresh water and remove the suds again. This may need to be repeated several times until all the suds disappear. You don't need to put the machine through the whole cycle each time you re-fill it.



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