Do It Yourself Tips

When the range isnt heating up, the freezer has defrosted or the washing machine isnt turning on, how do you know when it is time to call a repair service technician? The following tips can help you make a sound decision.

  • Troubleshoot the Problem. Home appliances may stop working for a variety of reasons, and often the solution can be very simple. First, consult the owners manual for the troubleshooting section. If you dont have the owners manual, check the manufacturers website or try a website like www.consumerreports.com for a list of manufacturers contact information.
  • Follow the Recommendations. If the appliance issue matches the troubleshooting guide, and you are comfortable with the task, follow the recommendations provided. Newer home equipment and appliances will often provide error codes to simplify the process.
  • Call a Service Professional. If the recommendation did not correct the issue, or if the task is beyond your comfort level, call a service professional to repair the appliance. A new home appliance may cost hundreds to thousands of dollars, so the cost of a service call for a proper diagnosis and accurate estimate may make economic sense.

Appliance Energy Saving Tips

Home appliances and electronics consume a considerable portion of your energy bill. By making a few energy-focused changes, you can reduce energy usage and save money.

Upgrade with ENERGY STAR Appliances
ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerators use at least 20% less energy; dishwashers use at least 41% less energy and up to one-third less water; and clothes washers are at least 40% more energy and water efficient than conventional models.

Tune Up the Refrigerator
Ensure the air vents and condenser coils are clean and the door seals are airtight. If necessary, periodically defrost the refrigerator to improve performance.

Set the Refrigerator for Optimum Performance
Save energy by setting the freezer between 0 F and 5 F and the refrigerator between 34 F and 38 F.

Avoid the Special Dishwasher Options
Avoid the often unnecessary features like sanitary, cycle heat-dry and rinse-hold. Save energy with the energy-saver mode and air-dry feature.

Wash Only Full Loads
Save energy by avoiding small loads of dishes and clothes, since a small load will use the same amount of energy as a large load.

Wash Clothes in Cold Water
About 90% of a washing machines energy usage is from heating water. Use cold water for regular loads and only use hot water for oily stains.

Remove the Moisture from Clothes
Use a high spin speed or extended spin option to remove extra moisture from clothing the less moisture, the more effective your dryer.

Dry Clothes with the Moisture Sensor
A moisture sensor automatically turns the dryer off when the clothes are dry, saving energy and minimizing wear and tear. Be sure to clean the lint trap before every load.

Power-Off Unused Equipment
Home electronics, like big screen televisions and DVD players, use electricity even when powered off. Plug electronics into a power strip and turn them off when not being used.

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