• Use & Care Tips

  • Use & Care Tips

    August 2, 2015 | nokcarin
  • Cooktop 

    • Do not use scratching pads to clean stainless steel or glass ceramic surfaces.
    • Use a razor blade with a handle to carefully scrape off burned-on stains on flat surfaces such as glass.
    • Clean up spills promptly.  Something like tomato sauce, which is very acidic, can pit and corrode drip pans and burner bowls.
    • Clean burner holes with a toothpick or safety pin if they are becoming clogged. This can increase their efficiency.
    • Is your range or oven displaying an error code?  A hard reset can resolve most error codes on your range or oven.  To do so, turn the power off and then on again.  If the error code remains, give us a call at (303) 437-123.

     

    Refrigerator

    • Clean condenser coils every 6 months for efficient cooling.
    • Remove unpleasant odors from ta fridge or freezer by cleaning the interior with a sponge and mild detergent.  Add odor-absorbing products found in stores or online.
    • change water filters regularly.
    • During a power outage a refrigerator stays cold for about 8 hours and a freezer for 48 hours.  Do not open the door unless absolutely necessary!
    • A full fridge is more efficient than a half-empty one, but do not overfill it either, obstructing the air flow. 
    • During moving and storage, keep your refrigerator upright and keep the doors open
    • After moving a refrigerator, wait 24 hours before plugging it in.  It is full of oil and can shift to one side.  It will take time until everything settles down again.  The motor should only be running when upright and not shifted on its head or to one side.
    • Do not store your refrigerator unplugged for extended periods of time.  Some units require continuous use to ensure proper lubrication of the compressor.  If possible, plug in the refrigerator once every few months and let it run for at least a couple of hours.

    Gas Ranges

    • If the gas range does not work at all, make sure it is receiving power.  Check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse.  Check the wall socket for power with a voltmeter  by plugging in something else.
    • If the range does not work, often the problem is a dirty or clogged burner.  Make sure the burner is clean.
    • If you have a pilotless model, it uses a spark igniter to ignite the gas, which works in combination with a spark switch (located on the burner gas valve) and a spark module.  Because it is not simple to test these parts and find our which one is defective, we recommend contacting us.

     

    Electric Ranges

    • If your electric stove is giving you trouble, make sure it is receiving power.  Check for a tripped circuit breaker or a blown fuse.  Check the wall socket for a power with a voltmeter.  Sometimes the power cord disconnects or burns at the appliance.  If this is the case, the wiring and terminal block require repair or replacement.
    • If you have recently cleaned the stove, your might not have seated the element terminals properly when reinstalling them.  Lift the stove top to take a look.  Also, make sure you did not knock the terminal block out of the holder.
    • If the top element works partially or does not become red hot at the high setting, the element might be plugged in to a burned out receptacle.  If this is the case, replace both the element and the receptacle.  You can usually tell when the element itself burns out because it might have small holes or bubbles on the coil.  If the element is defective, replace it.

    Washing Machines

    For safety reasons, always unplug and turn off the power and gas of the appliance before attempting an inspection or repair. Failure to do so could result in injury or even death so please use caution. Safety is of utmost importance before interacting with any electrical and gas appliance.

    Problem:  The machine has an unpleasant odor.

    Solutions:  For front load washers, use only 1 to 2 tablespoons of "HE" detergent.

    Clean the machine's interior once a month by running the hottest cycle available with a little detergent or bleach.

    When not using the machine, leave the door slightly open.

    If your machine has a filter, clean it at least once a month.

     

    Problem:  The laundry remains unclean.

    Solutions:  For front load washers, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of "HE" detergent.

    For lower temperatures, use liquid detergents.  They dissolve better than powder detergents in cold water.

    Do not overfill the machine with laundry.

     

    Washing Machines

    • Water spots on glassware are usually avoided by using a rinse aid product such as "Jet Dry." While drying, the water droplets containing minerals won't run off and will dry on the glassware.  Adding rinse aid will leave the dishes spot -free.
    • Glassware with white streaks is a sign of etching and usually occurs over time.  The problem is that the wash water is too soft (too few minerals in it) and absorbs the minerals from the glassware.  This is  irreversible, but several things can be done to avoid it before it gets worse:  use less detergent and use rinse aid. Do not overload the dishwasher and turn the water temperature to around 130 F - 140 F.  Ideally, the water hardness should be between 4gpg and 8gpg (grains per gallon).  Try another brand of detergent to see what works best in your situation.
    • Mineral rich water, also called "hard water" will leave a white film inside your machine and on your glassware.  To avoid this, use a little more detergent or try another detergent brand to see what works best for your machine.  Use the softener inside your dishwasher, if it has one, or install a house softener. To remove minerals from the machine and glassware, add two cups of vinegar to the wash cycle and run a main wash cycle.

    Dryer

    • For best results, clean the lint filter before each load.
    • When drying only 1 0r 2 items, toss in a few items of varying size to promote good tumbling action and improve drying results. Dryers with an auto-dry cycle will not dry properly with a very small load in the tumbler. 
    • If drying is taking longer than it should, clean the vent hose and the lint filter screen to allow airflow.
    • If possible, vacuum the inside of the dryer to prevent fire dangers.
    • Clean the sensor strips with fine sandpaper from time to time to prevent incorrect dryness readings.
    • If you're in a rush for a load of laundry to dry, toss a clean, thick, cotton towel in the dryer with the wet clothes.  The towel absorbs some of the moisture so the clothes dry faster.
    • If clothes are left in the dryer too long and are wrinkled, toss in a damp towel and turn on the dryer for 15 minute intervals until wrinkles smooth out.