How to help your washing machine and dryer survive football season this and every year.

Protect your washing machine from dirty football or soccer uniforms.

Fall is upon us with all that includes. Like football Fridays, sports, parties and more. But our appliances can get a beating with the kids running here and there.

The laundry room can be abused by overuse. Keeping your washing machine working well is a priority during this time. Having lots of extra dirty football, soccer, dance, and school uniforms can be tiring not just for the parents but the appliances that they are using.

I am a Mom with a large family, and having lots of extra dirty laundry is something I remember well. But there are things that can be done during this time to keep that dryer drying and the washer spinning and cleaning.

I know that your washing machine is probably the last thing on your mind. But keeping it run great, will save you money and time.

 

 

Help Your Washer Survive Football Season.

Here are some ideas to help keep your washer and dryer working with out issues.

1. Always check your pockets before putting items in the washer – You never know what someone has left in their pocket. It can be a pen or pencil, which can do internal damage to both your washer and your dryer. But cars or electronics are equally as damaging to the machine. Letting loose change go into the machine can cost you more than the change you lost.

2. Never use the plastic covered soap into your washing machine. The plastic does not dissolve and can cause clogs in both your washing machine and dryer , this can create a flood in your laundry room. But it also can do damage in your dryer.

3. Look at every item that goes in your machine before you put it in. Shake out the mud , put pre-washing on extra dirty stains as well as make sure it is something that goes in a washing machine. This will save you money. The harder your appliances work, the easier it is to break,

4. Maintain your appliances yearly, having a good appliance company and maintain your appliances properly on annual bases will keep them running better and longer. It will not mean things won’t wear out, but it means you should avoid very expensive repairs.

5. Front Load Washing Machines need to be dried out after your done with your laundry every time and leave the door open. A closed wet machine can grow mold and start stinking.

6. Put a whole house surge protector on your home if you have any appliances that were made after 2005. New appliances have control boards in them that will go out when surges and dirty electricity hits them to many times. The average home in Texas is hit with about 20 surges a day. This can save you thousands of dollars.

7. Use less soap – soap does not work in your appliances the way you think. Less is more in fact that soap does build up in your machine and cause trouble. So using less and proper type for your washer is vital to keeping that machine lasting longer.

 

Like I said before I know that your washing machine is probably the last thing on your mind. But keeping it run great, will save you money and time.

 

Are Your Appliances Ready For Summer?

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Protect Your Appliances This Summer

Eight Things You Can Do Now To Protect Your Appliances From A Long Hot Amazing Summer.

Living in the North Dallas area, we all know to well that eventually it will get over 100 degrees and our pools will be used often. Summer will be here! Kids having lots of fun and spending time going from one thing to the next. But for our families to work well we need our appliances to run with out problems.  So how can we keep our appliances running great?  We need a plan! 

 

Keep the appliances running great this summer plan:

  1. Keep Your Refrigerator door closed when it's not in use - a open door can overwork the compressor. Refrigerators are more likely to have problems in summer than any other time of the year.  
  2. When you take your summer family vacation, never turn your air conditioning off or raise the temperature. This will put your refrigerator in danger of overworking and the compressor shutting down. I hate it when my clients come home to a refrigerator that has completely defrosted and full of food that is no longer any good. 
  3. Have your appliances professionally maintained before you leave for vacation - this needs to be done at least once per year. It will protect your appliances and save you money.  
  4. Make sure the kids close your doors on your home when they come in or outside.   The heat will over work your air conditioner, ice makers, refrigerators and wine coolers.   
  5. Protect you whole home with a whole house surge protector.  All of our homes are hit with an average of 20 surges every single day.  This wears down all of the electronics in our appliances.  It can and will save you serious money and time.  Prevention in your appliance care is just as important as it is in your car. 
  6. Use your dishwasher at least once a week.  When you and your family leave for a prolonged vacation out of the area, have a friend or family member run the dishwasher once every 7 days. It will prevent leaks and keep it running better. 
  7. Check all the pockets of the clothes before they go in the washing machine.  During the summer we are all doing more fun things which means we can have the strangest items left in our pockets.  Those items can do damage to your washer and dryer. 
  8. Make sure someone checks your home out at least once a week.  Get them to run the dishwasher, check the mail. and all of your appliances, pool and air conditioning. 
  9. Turn off the water at the street before you leave town. This will prevent floods! (Keep in mind if you are on a prolonged vacation that the person watching your house will have to turn it back on temporarily to run your dishwahser)

What is your idea of a great summer?

 

Will You Have An Appliance Break This Summer? 

 

In Texas, summer always comes early. With our weather, we want to have cold beverages in the fridge and the ability to have our favorite outfit washed and ready.  But for that to happen our appliances must continue to work properly.  Those appliances also are under attack by hot weather, over use, under care and all those surges that hit our homes every single day. So, no matter if you are going to take a great vacation or not, there are some things you need to do to protect your appliances. 

 

You need your appliances to be ready for the summer.  No matter what your idea of a great summer is, my idea is keep your appliances running without problems.  The one appliance that is hit hardest in the summer is the fridge. I see more refrigerators that need to be repaired or replaced in the summer than any other time of the year.  But there are things you can do right now as summer is looming.  

 

I do not want you to have to stay home all summer because of an unexpected extra expense or go on vacation to come home to appliances that are no longer working.  

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Refrigerator Care and Maintenance

 

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With hot weather just around the corner, it’s important to keep refrigerators up and running – that includes the one in the garage with the beer. For a number of reasons, hotter weather puts more stress on refrigerators.  And nobody likes more stress.

With just a little TLC you can protect your refrigerator and conserve more energy.

If you’re on my maintenance service plan, you’re all set. But for the rest of you, here are a few important tips to keep your refrigerator cool and calm . . .

Keep the Doors Closed

If you have small kids this may be difficult, but try to keep them from standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open. Every time you open the door to the refrigerator, you let warm air in and cold air out causing the cooling unit to work overtime.

Check the Door Gaskets

Take a look at the door gaskets. Cracked or torn refrigerator door gaskets keep the door from sealing correctly and let cool air escape. Take a few minutes to lubricate and clean the gaskets with an all-purpose cleaner to keep them flexible.

Keep it Cool

You know how you feel when you get all hot and tired in the summer. Your refrigerator feels the same way. Just like you, it wants to be in a cool place with air flowing around it. Refrigerators in garages are especially susceptible to heat stroke. It helps to put a fan near the base behind the frig to disperse heat.

Keep it Full

Your refrigerator freezer needs to be full. The more food you have in your freezer the better it will maintain the proper temperature. Full doesn’t mean packed tight, though. The air inside needs to circulate to correctly chill food.

 Maintain the Right Temperature

Speaking of proper temperature, the ideal temperature for a refrigerator is 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and the ideal for the freezer is 0 – 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Cranking down the temperature will only cause the compressor to work harder than is needed.

Clean the Condenser Coils

Just like the furniture in your home, refrigerator condenser coils get covered in pet hair and dust. When the coils get dirty, the compressor runs hotter increasing your energy bills and reducing its life span. No one likes a dead refrigerator except me.

Try using a vacuum or broom to remove the dust. Or call me at (972) 890-5014, and I will come and do it for you.

Change the Water Filter

While you’re at it, take a look at the refrigerator water filter. It’s a good idea to change the filter every six months to prevent clogs and leaks and keep ice and dispensed water clean.

Let Food Cool Outside

Resist the urge to put hot food directly into the refrigerator. Letting leftovers cool to room temperature first cuts down on the amount of warm air in the refrigerator.

Use a Surge Protector

I know I don’t have to tell you hotter weather brings thunderstorms causing electrical surges that can zap your refrigerator. You can prevent the potential expense of a costly repair with a surge protector. Of course you can check out my Whole House Surge Protector and protect the whole house.