Thursday, December 28, 2017

Life span of appliances

Eventually your appliances will wear out. Here is the average lifespan of some of the most common ones:

Disposers, Food waste12
Exhaust Fans10
Gas Ovens10-18
Heat Pumps16
Microwave Ovens9
Range/Oven Hoods14
Electric Ranges13-15
Gas Ranges15-17
Washing Machine5 -15
Water Heaters10-11

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dishwasher Loading Tips

Minute-per-minute, using a full dishwasher saves more time and energy than washing dishes by hand. To ensure that you're loading your dishwasher right, here's a couple hints:

  • Put bowls in upside down. This prevents the bowl from filling up with dirty water. Same goes for cups.
  • leave some space between every item. Heat, water, and vapor need to touch every part of a dish in order to properly clean it.
  • Angle everything to ensure water doesn't sit on top of it.
  • Don't stack dishes
  • Put butter knives blade up, but all other knives blade down.
  • Do not put these items in the dishwasher: cast iron, pewter, delicate glassware, tin, sterling silver, china, anodized aluminum, and wood.
  • Only run the dish washer when its full, otherwise the dishes can get overheated and break or melt.
  • Make sure the arms can freely spin
  • Unload the bottom rack first. Moving the top one may cause drips to fall onto dry items
  • Always use the appropriate amount of detergent.
  • Occasionally run an empty cycle with white vinegar (a natural cleaner) to remove water buildup and food particles and kill fungi.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas is Coming! Is Your Oven Ready?

If you're wanting to ensure that your Christmas dinner goes off without a hitch, NOW is the time to check your appliances. If you find that your appliance is in need of maintenance or a new appliance, call us at 208-385-9074 or stop by 530 N Orchard St, Boise, ID 83706 Mon-Fri 9:30AM-5:30PM.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Month of Smells, Week 5: Dryer

Since they handle water, dryers can get smelly too! Luckily there's some easy tricks to prevent put a stop to this:

General deodorizing

Pull out your lint screen and clean it. After that, get your vaccuumm and put the hose attachment down the lint trap to get any further lint. After that, vaccuum behind and around your dryer. You may also want to go to your exterior vent and clean that out - ensure there's no clogs. If you're feeling particularly thrifty, you can open up your dryer and vaccuum the drum, but this is typically for professionals only.

After that wipe down the inside with a disinfectant like white vinegar.

Burning rubber

If you smell burning rubber, it means your dryer is broken. Continuing to use it will just break it further and increases the risk of a fire. Give us a call and we'll fix it for you.

Smell of gas

If your dryer is gas powered and you smell gas, you should shut your gas off immediately and check for leaks.