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:

  1. Shop Vac or a vacuum with a hose with good pressure. (Air compressors work but cause quiet the mess)
  2. An appliance brush or any type of long skinny brush that is flexible


Follow these steps:

  1. Unplug the refrigerator.
  2. Take the grille off the bottom of the front (if there is one)
  3. Run a flexible appliance brush over the coils with one hand and pull the dust towards the vacuum in your other hand.
  4. Pull the refrigerator out. Most units made in the last 15 years have rollers but you'll still want to put some cardboard or thin ply wood under the unit to not scratch your floors.
  5. Take the screws out of the back panel. Most units will have either flat-head screws or hex head screws (such as a 5/16" or a 1/4")
  6. Once the back panel is off, use the appliance brush to clean around the compressor and the fan then vacuum up any dust, dander or hair back there.
  7. Put your panel back on, plug in your refrigerator while your back there. 
  8. Push it back in place and put your grille back on.
  9. Your done!


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:   

  1. Air build up inside the dryer causes the unit to get really hot inside and can confuse the thermostats and do damage other internal parts. Some dryers have what's called a thermal fuse inside them or a safety thermostat. When these parts sense that the temperature inside the dryer is too hot, they "blow" or break and do not allow the dryer to turn back on.   
  2. If the lint has nowhere else to go it will build up inside the dryer. It can become a nice thick blanket of lint that is just waiting to catch on fire. Don't believe me? Check these US government statistics.


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:   

  1. Blow it out         
  • Disconnect the venting from your dryer.       
  • Take the outside housing of your dryer vent off outside the house(like a cage or the flapper on the outside)       
  • Take a fabric potato sack or a normal garbage bag and apply it with tape to the outside (or have someone hold it over the hole) of your vent. Make sure to poke some holes in it so that some air can flow through but will catch the lint / nastiness.       
  • Use an electric leaf blower inside your house, insert it into the vent and turn it on. It will blow all the goodies from the vent into the sack or bag and bang - you're done.     
  1. Suck it out       
  • Get a wet / dry Shop Vac style vacuum with some extra hose and vacuum it out from the inside and from the outside.



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.

Maintenance Pricing and Packages

  • Each individual section from the above section is priced individually at $49.99 each.
  • We offer a deal that combines different services. For example:
    • ​​You have us to your home to clean your dryer vent for $49.99
      • We notice that the vent is EXTREMELY clogged with lint.
      • We clean the vent and advise you that with that much blockage it could have backed up in the dryer (this is a serious fire hazard).
    • ​​At this point we'll offer you two options:
    1. ​We'll take your dryer apart and clean it for you.
      • ​​Since we're already there we're not going to charge you the whole $49.99 that it would have cost you for just that call. 
      • Instead we charge you an extra $24.99 (50% of what the service normally costs) and we perform the service.
    2. ​We send you a link to your email of a YouTube video and "how to" information so that you can do the rest of the repair yourself and save you the extra charge.


Our Appliance Maintenance Services

  • Refrigerator Component Cleaning
  • Dryer Vent Cleaning
  • Dryer Cleaning (Take The Unit Apart And Clean It)
  • Washing Machine Cleaning
  • Washing Machine Hose Replacement
  • Dishwasher Cleaning
  • Vent Hood Filter Replacement
  • Range Oven Door Window Cleaning
  • Garbage Disposal Cleaning


Appliance Maintenance Tip and Tricks From MASCo.

MASCo.'s Appliance Maintenance Package

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:


  1. You decide that you'd like us to come and maintain your appliances
  2. ​You CLICK HERE to fill out our form to get on our schedule
  3. You Get: For 2015 we're offering special pricing on our package: $69.99 will maintain ALL major appliances in your house!

This includes all labor but any parts or accessories used are extra if you do not supply them. Here are some more details:

  • Dryer Vent Cleaning
  • Putting A Washing Machine Cleaning Agent In Your Washer
  • Putting A Dishwasher Cleaning Agent Through Your Dishwasher
  • Cleaning and Vacuuming Your Refrigerator Condenser Coils
    • ​Includes Garage and Basement Refrigerators Too!
  • ​Changing Your Refrigerator Water Filter (If Available)
    • ​Customer Responsible For Filter Purchase From Us
      • ​Filter Prices Vary By Make & Model
  • ​​Changing Your Microwave or Venthood Grease Filters
    • ​Also Includes A Charcoal Filter Replacement (If Non-Vented)


​​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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