Appliance Maintenance Tip: Cleaning Your Refrigerator
Hey all, When's the last time you cleaned your refrigerator? Have you ever cleaned it? More often than not the answer is "It's been awhile" or "You have to clean that?"
I'm not talking about cleaning your shelves or your ice bucket. I'm talking about the back side where the compressor (that big black tank) is or underneath the unit where the coils are. This is a simple task that if done two times per year can save you money on your electric bill AND greatly increase your life expectancy of your refrigerator. Think about it; have you ever just turned your refrigerator off because your not using it? Rarely. Your refrigerator runs 24/7 - 365 days per year.
Most modern refrigerators have a condenser fan that keeps the compressor cool. It draws air from the front of the unit (where there is normally a grille) over the coils. However, anything in the air also gets drawn into the refrigerator such as dust, pollen and animal hair and dander to name a few. These things accumulate on the coils under the refrigerator and restrict airflow. Once air flow is restricted, the unit works harder and so do the components such as control boards. Room temperature can also make a difference too. In the summertime with no air conditioning and the oven on your kitchen is hot. That hot air is also pulled into your refrigerator.
So how do you do this you ask? It's easy and quick!
Here's what you'll need:
Follow these steps:
Congrats, now you have a happy refrigerator that will save you money and last longer. If you're near our area and would like us to do it just contact us at (260)223.3666.
Your Dryer Vent Could Be Costing You Time And Money...So Clean It!
Let me guess - your dryer takes forever to dry your clothes...if it drys them at all. Right?So, when's the last time you cleaned you dryer exhaust venting? Last year? Two years ago? Ever?!
Dryers are like cars; If your exhaust on your car is clogged or obstructed it wont run very efficiently or sometimes not run at all. Same for you dryer. The only difference is that your dryer CAN CATCH ON FIRE AND POTENTIALLY BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN. There are several reasons why your dryer vent can cause your dryer issues. Here's a few:
Blocked or obstructed
Lint build up
Bird nests or animals / rodents (they like the warm air especially in the winter Venting run length
90 degree turns
Again, think of it like your car; have you ever heard of a muscle car having "straight pipes"? What this means is that the straighter the run is for air flow, the more efficient it will be. A normal residential dryer will only blow air roughly 40-50 feet. Now, that sounds like a lot but you should also consider that every 90 degree turn in the vent is like adding 10 more feet to the length. This is the equivalent of suffocating your dryer. Some instances is can go into the wall, make another 90 degree turn upwards and go 10-20 feet up to the roof. Same for going below a first story such as a basement.
If your venting looks like this, you'll be buying a new dryer about every 2-3 years IF YOU'RE LUCKY! So if you keep wondering why your dryer wont last DON'T CALL YOUR DRYER A PIECE OF CRAP - FIX YOUR VENT! Any brand, any model, any priced dryer will malfunction or die if you venting is a mess. Appliance repair people just love to see this stuff because it means constant maintenance and customer's that are cheap never want to spend the extra $20-$50 in parts to correct it. A good repairman or installer would tell you that this is horrible and needs replaced and wont even repair your unit without you replacing this first.The other issue with all the turns in your vent is that it's a great place for lint to build up. Once the lint builds up in the vent the dryer has nowhere else to exhaust this lint and hot air but back inside the dryer. This causes two HUGE issues:
So how can you prevent these issues? Simple - Clean you dryer vent and the inside of your dryer out every 3-6 months.There are a few easy ways to clean your vent:
Hopefully this has been informative and it's really something easy you can do yourself. However, if you don't have the ability, time or just plain don't want to do it, give us a shout and we'll be happy to come and do it for you.
Avoid being a statistic like the folks in the image above. Keep your family safe with less than an hour of work.
Have a fun weekend cleaning your dryer vent!
Klenk - CEO of MASCo.
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Here at MASCo. we believe that for your appliances to run properly they need to be maintained every now and then. Much like your car or truck needs an oil change - your dryer vent needs to be cleaned, your refrigerator coils need a good cleaning and the filters on your microwave or vent hood need changed. You should also be running a cleaning agent through your washer, dishwasher and garbage disposal to clean their water and drain lines from leftover soap that doesn't always breakdown and other debris. Most homeowners do not think of this type of maintenance. But if you want to get your money's worth out of your investments and have your appliances last as long as possible these types of maintenance needs to be done. We have a whole section below on exactly how to do this yourself but we also have a Maintenance Package that we offer and we'll just come do it for you! Here's how it works:
This includes all labor but any parts or accessories used are extra if you do not supply them. Here are some more details:
We'll get you on our schedule as quickly as we can and get the job done!
Neighbor Referral Program
Also, before we come out be sure to ask us about our "Neighbor Referral Program". This works by getting together with your neighbors and we get all of you in one day. If you and your neighbors save us some time and gas by not having to come back - we'll be glad to pass you on some savings. We offer a $10.00 Neighbor Referral discount off of you AND your neighbor's bill!*
* Neighbor Referral Program is only good for regular priced services. Offer not good for any packages or deals.
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For the many years I worked for my family's company I witnessed some really bad circumstances that happened due to washer hoses bursting. One instance a customer went on vacation and their hot hose burst on the washer and filled their whole basement with hot water. The steam from that water went all through the house and the house was a total loss. Don't let that happen to you.
Klenk - CEO of MASCo.
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