Thursday, March 31, 2016

Do you know the life expectancy of your appliance?

International Association of Certified Home Inspectors has given a recommended life expectancy chart for various appliances.

Check to see how old yours is! If its time to put yours out to pasture and get another one, come see us today!

Air Conditioner (window)
5 to 7
Compactor (trash)
Disposal (food waste)
Dryer Vent  (plastic)
Dryer Vent  (steel)
Dryer (clothes)
Exhaust Fans
10 to 20
Gas Oven
10 to 18
Hand Dryer
10 to 12
Humidifier (portable)
Microwave Oven
Range/Oven Hood
Electric Range
13 to 15
Gas Range   
15 to 17
9 to 13
Swamp Cooler
5 to 15
Washing Machine
5 to 15
Whole-House Vacuum System

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530 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706
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(208) 385-9074

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Need a dryer or need your dryer fixed? We can help.

This week we're going to be very forward:

If your dryer needs repair or you need to buy a dryer, washer, refrigerator, or freezer, we can help. We have an a professional staff that will help you find exactly what you need.

Call us at (208) 385-9074
or stop by at 530 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706

Thursday, March 17, 2016

5 Oven Maintenance Tips

Check the seal on your oven

If the seal on your oven isn't tight, it could leak a lot of that heat out, which means it takes more to cook your food! There should be a rubber or fiberglass gasket around the edge of the door. Touch it and seal if it feels melted, warped, or broken. If it does, replace it!

Clean those fans!

The fans over your oven are often forgotten on your cleaning list. Next time its time to wash the entire kitchen, put it on your list!

Burners and drip bowls

Lots of dust and flakes can build up in the drip bowls and on your burner. It make your oven run in tip top shape, clean them fairly regularly, especially if you drip food on them!

Self cleaning safety

Your oven's self cleaning setting can be a lifesaver, but only if you use it correctly. To prevent any accidents, make sure you stay home and check on it every 10 minutes or so.

Non-self cleaning safety

Sometimes you just gotta get in your oven and scrub it! Before you roll up your sleeves, make sure you unplug the oven or turn off the gas. You don't want it to somehow turn on and start frying you up or start suffocating you.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Its begining to look a lot like Spring!

The first day of spring is just 9 days away! We can finally count on the weather defrosting.

If your freezer isn't defrosting properly, contact us! We will be able to get your freezer repaired, or get you another one at a great price!

Call us at (208) 385-9074or stop by at 530 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706

Thursday, March 3, 2016

How to Help Your Appliances Last Longer

Is it just me or does it seem that appliances don’t last as long as they’re supposed to?

Our dryer died after 11 years (two years before a typical dryer’s lifespan is up), and we repaired our refrigerator three times before it reached its 12th birthday (it’s supposed to live for 13 years).

Full disclosure: I wouldn’t give myself an A in appliance care. But in the future, I vow to keep up on regular maintenance that’ll keep my new dryer running longer than my last one.

Rob Carpenter, owner of a Mr. Handyman franchise in Maryland, shares some insider tips about how to extend the life of home appliances.

Refrigerators That Last

Refrigerators break down when doors don’t close tightly, forcing motors to work overtime to keep food cold. To test your door seal, close the door on a dollar bill: If the bill slips, you’ve got a problem that requires refrigerator maintenance.

Magnetic strips embedded in gaskets around refrigerator doors make doors close snugly, but they routinely wear out and should be replaced or re-magnetized every couple of years. If you’re handy, re-magnetizing is a DIY job — just run a powerful magnet along each side of the gasket, in the same direction, about 50 times.

If messing around with the refrigerator door is beyond your pay grade, call a professional. Pros typically charge around $242 to repair door problems.

Washing Machine Endurance

Loose change banging around your washer drum can cause dents, chipped paint, and rust, so make sure to empty pockets before washing clothes.

Also, maintain your washing machine by regularly cleaning or replacing filters that trap water sediment before it enters your machine. Filters, which look like thimbles, are located in the back where supply hoses attach to the machine. Remove hoses and either poke out debris with a tip of a flathead screwdriver, then remove and wash the filter, or replace it.

Dryers That Keep on Drying

In addition to regularly cleaning out your dryer’s lint trap and exhaust hose, inspect the exterior vent — hot air must escape your house unimpeded.

Make sure the hinged exterior vent pops open when the dryer runs. If it doesn’t, open the cover and scrape out lint with the end of a hanger or dryer vent brush ($13). If your vent is louvered, clean slats with an old toothbrush.

When my dryer recently lost its heat, we called a repair guy who discovered a family of sparrows living in the vent. He sucked the birds out (poor birdies), and then we covered the vent opening with a wire mesh.

Dishwasher Extenders

Here are ways to keep your dishwasher stress-free and long-lasting:

  • Prime your dishwasher by running the hot water in your sink before you begin the cycle. This will clean your dishes with hot water from the very start of the cycle.
  • Once a week, run your dishwasher empty except for a cup of vinegar, which will keep it shining and smelling fresh.
  • Clean out food traps regularly.
  • Wipe clean the seals around dishwasher doors.