It is extremely important to clean you condenser coil once a year, more often if you have dogs or cats with long hair. This keeps the compressor running cooler and extends the life of the compressor.
Check your door gaskets every year to make sure there are no gaps where air can escape.
If you have an ice maker, change your filter at least once a year, more often in hard water conditions or if the manufacturer recommend it.
Check your fill hoses. Look where the hose goes into the metal coupler. If it is bubbled, replace them immediately!
Replace fill hoses every five years. Per the insurance industry, more floods happen from washer fill hoses than any other source.
Clean your washer with Affresh cleaner once every three months to keep down the build-up of soap particles that cause odors. Affresh and Affresh 3X is available from our office or our technicians.
Clean your filter after every load. Clean your house vent at least once a year. Back pressure from a poor or a dirty house vent causes more fires than any other source per the insurance industry.
Tip #1: Cloudy Dishes - Over the past several months there have been a lot of problems with dishes coming out with a white film on them. Good news, we have a solution.
First the problem:
- As of July 1st, 2010 detergent manufacturers had to remove phosphates from their soap. Phosphates helped to clean the dishes and they also neutralized minerals in the water to keep this white film from appearing.
Now the solution:
- First we need to clean all of the soap residue out of the dishwasher. To do this we have a Dishwasher Cleaner that we stock on our trucks. This needs to be done because all of the soap and soap deposits need to be removed from the dishwasher. You can't mix different brands of phosphate free soaps or it will make the problem much worse.
- Next we need to change our soap use. The brand that we recommend (as well as Bosch, Whirlpool & Maytag) is Finish Quantum Finish has replaced phosphates with enzymes and it works very well. I use it and can tell you it has made a tremendous difference.
- Finally, when using Finish Quantum it is important not to rinse your dishes before putting them in your dishwasher. I know, this sounds crazy, but it is true!! The dishes still need to be scraped but the residues need to be left on the dishes for the soap to work properly. The enzymes need something to wash and if you rinse first then it simply won't work properly.
Odor from disposals can be eliminated by using Affresh Dishwasher Disposal Cleaner, available from our office or technicians.
Keep the interior of microwaves clean of any and all food splatters. Especially around the clips that hold the removable shelf. It’s easy to miss this and the food will eventually burn, turn to carbon and become conductive, causing sparking to occur in the cavity.