How to make your kitchen bright and airy

Taking Spring into your Kitchen

At last you can open your kitchen windows once again to feel refreshed as the warmer spring weather arrives. Just follow the colors of nature to brighten up and make your kitchen airy as the season changes. Fresh flowers and checkered prints tell everyone that spring is here. Try out these economical and easy kitchen styles this spring.

Paint Away that Bland

Are you tired of seeing that dull kitchen wall? Why not add some color to your white cabinets? Break out the monotone paint of your kitchen and put some color excitement in there. For glass cabinet doors, a delicate way to balance your white dishes inside is to paint the interior of your cabinets.

How about a new Backsplash?

The best time to upgrade your kitchen is spring. If you’ve been thinking to install a new back panel or backslash, don’t think anymore! Subway tiles of lime green color, dazzling mosaic tiles or modern checkered designs are all fantastic styles for kitchen in spring. This ambiance will keep your kitchen feel fresh all year round.

Get rid of those boring Accessories

If you don’t want to rig-up your kitchen then adding colorful accessories can be the temporary change you are looking for. Striped pillar candles on the counter, vivid colored pottery on your cabinet shelves and bar stools with bright upholstery truly brings spring into your kitchen.

Fresh Flowers say it’s Spring-time

Daisies, tulips or lilacs from the garden all speak aloud “greetings spring-time”. Make a single type flower bouquet or make your own artistic arrangements to add oomph factor to your kitchen.

Don’t keep fresh fruit in the refrigerator

Fresh life comes not only to flowers but also to fruits in spring. Adorn your kitchen counter with fresh lemons, apples, strawberry or some other fruit. This adds an adornment element to your kitchen, and also reminds you to eat healthy means fruit. Make frequent use of fruits in your cooking or when it’s time to grab a quick snack.

Get new window covering

Are your kitchen’s windows uncovered or still having thick wintertime stuff? Brighten up your windows with a trendy springtime colors. From light stripes to floral patterns to your favorite shade of green, you’ll be amazed what artistic change can new window coverings bring to your kitchen.

Bring in linens for the spring

Spring-themed tablecloth, runner or placemats can brighten up your kitchen table or breakfast corner. You are the stylist here. Add classic floral prints or childish characters. To complete the look, add matching hand towels and jar holders.

Customize your kitchen look as you want with so many spring styles to choose from. Most of the given ideas are economical and easy to do it yourself. If you find out that your stove, refrigerator or dishwasher needs functionality restored this spring as well, rely on Appliance-Guru for all your kitchen appliance repair needs.

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How to clear a clogged drain pipe in a refrigerator?

Featured Question

How can I clear the drain hose for an automatic defrost system on a Kenmore fridge? Water accumulates in the small white drip tray below the opening in the freezer base but doesn’t drip down the black rubber pipe connected to the tray. Please help! Thanks.

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In household appliances, this is one of the routine problems in refrigerators. Clearing the blocked pipes in refrigerators can be difficult and sometimes require an appliance repair technician. However, it can be done with the help of African Engineering Technology (AET) which Appliance-Guru expert technicians also apply.

The first step is to reach to the condensate drip pan. On your Kenmore Refrigerator it should look like this. As you must have seen the cup pulls itself out. Sometimes there will be ice accumulated, sometimes dark grey greasy stuff that is somewhat in liquid form. Anyways just clear the drip out in the sink.

The second step is to clean the drain pipe connected with the drip pan. If there is ice buildup in their carefully use a long thin piece like chopstick or think blade screwdriver to clear it. Be very cautious not to damage the pipe. If there is still more greasy stuff in their use a length of 1/4 nylon tubing to push it farther and then wash it out with hot water.

In some models refrigerator maintenance is not that easy. You cannot take out the drip pan to clean the ice block. There’s still an easy way to do so! Just add saltJ. Salt works great on the roads in icy winters and it does a fantastic job in melting ice blockages in refrigerator condensate drain pipes.

Yet another way for this problem is to take some of the heat from the defrost heater to the drain pan and the drain hole. Use a 12 ga. or a 14 ga. solid copper wire to do so. Wrap one end of the wire around the heater a few twists. The other ends will be fanned out in the drip pan and run into the condensate drain hole two or three inches. Just be careful with any sharp edges of the evaporator.

Not everyone is in a mood to take matters of appliance repair work in own hands. If you want refrigerator repair in Nassau and Suffolk County then your refrigerator appliance repair expert is just a call away at (631) 517-4341.

Why is my refrigerator leaking water?

This is a common problem in home refrigerators and it occurs mostly due to plugged up defrost drain opening or drain hose with ice or dirt. You can confirm it by looking at the drip pan. If the drip pan is bone dry, it’s a definite sign that the drain opening or drain hose is blocked. See where is it picking up the condensate in the refrigerator cabinet by tracing the drain hose back? Don’t leave any pieces and just clean up whatever comes your way.

On some models the problem could be the drain heater. You need to find a permanent solution for repeatedly freezing condensate drains. Whirlpool refrigerator and Kitchenaid refrigerator has this issue common in top-mount refrigerators. In some models of refrigerators including the mentioned ones the condensate drains frequently freezes over which makes the water run inside the refrigerator during defrost. If you are a DIY person – want to do it yourself –and have cleared the ice by opening the drain the bad news is that it will just re-appear in a few days. Don’t bang your head and call us at (631) 517-4341 to fix it up for you. Schedule service online and let us call you back.

Time to learn a bit! Compressor functions to condense the humid air inside the freezer onto the surface of the evaporator. This water buildup on the evaporator is called condensate. Over time this condensate will keep increasing on surface of the evaporator taking shape of a white fuzzy coating. The automatic defrost cycle periodically melts off this coating. To melt the condensate off the surface two things take place.

  1. The compressor turns off.
  2. A heater under the evaporator, called the defrost heater, fires up to dissolve the condensate.

When the condensate melts, it accumulates onto the drip pan under the evaporator. Here comes the problem. Water in the drip pan is not completely drained when the defrost cycle ends and the compressor starts running again and condensing the humid air onto the evaporator surface. This causes some of the water in the drip pan to freeze. This cyclic process continues and the frozen water keeps building up in the drip pan blocking the drain pipe. When defrost cycle melts the coating and the drain pipe is blocked, the water backs up and starts running into the lower compartment of the refrigerator.

Door gaskets could also be the reason for refrigerator leak. If they are worn out or not making proper contact with the cabinet it’s a sign that there is a need of refrigerator maintenance. That’s where all the water is coming from cooling down the outside humid air into liquid. No? Well you know, your fridge can’t make water!

Energy Efficiency Tips for Your Dishwasher

Energy factor is the metric to measure energy efficiency of a dishwasher. The latest minimum energy factor that is allowed for standard capacity dishwashers is 0.46. As this number goes higher the dishwasher efficiency in using energy increases. Below given tips can improve your dishwasher’s energy factor and get good cleaning results:

  •  Watch Your Water Temperature. Hot water is the most important thing in getting good clean results from the dishwasher. Lesser the amount of hot water needed to clean the dishes better the energy efficiency of the dishwasher will be.
  • More than 75% of the energy used by the dishwasher goes for heating the water. It has to be just right; too hot water means waste of energy and too cold just won’t clean the dishes.
  • Set the temperature of the dishwasher at 130 degrees Fahrenheit to effectively remove all stains and food particles leftover in the dishes without wasting any energy. It is also recommended by most dishwasher manufacturers and detergent companies.
  • Place a thermometer inside the dishwasher to determine if the temperature is appropriate. If above or below 130 degrees, adjust your hot water heater.
  • Run Hot Water in the Kitchen Sink. This is the easiest thing you can do to keep the pipes·clean and running. Before turning on the dishwasher run hot water in the kitchen sink for a minute. This will get hot water flowing through your pipes and start the wash cycle off with hot water rather than cold.
  • Avoid Using the Delay Cycle. In simple words keep your dishwasher’s efforts at the· minimum in heating the water. Filling the dishwasher tub with cold water for first few cycles is an extra effort for the dishwasher and consumes more energy. This could be easily avoided.
  • Avoid Using the Heated Dry Setting. Dishes can air dry without the use of heated air.·This can produce substantial energy savings.
  • Run Full Loads Only. Running only a portion of a load will use the same amount of energy·and water as a full dishwasher load. Don’t be wasteful.
  • Avoid Pre-rinsing of Dishes. Scraping off leftover food is sufficient; a good dishwasher·should be able to loosen and remove most food particles, even sticky ones. Soaking or pre-washing of dishes usually only necessary when something is burned or baked on.

At Appliance-Guru we service dishwashers of all major brands. We do LG washer repair, Samsung washer repair, Kenmore washer repair, Maytag washer repair, Bosch washer repair, Kitchenaid washer repair and Whirlpool washer repair. Schedule repair online or call us at (631) 517-4341 to clear that heap of dirty dishes.

 

Easy and Quick Dishwasher Care and Maintenance

How to Avoid Troubles of Plumbing, Drain and Dishwasher Disasters!

Modern appliances have made our lives easier and save us time and labor but probably none has done it better than kitchen dishwasher. We may not realize how important the dishwasher is when it is working fine but only get to know it when dishwasher goes on the fritz or is inefficient in cleaning. It affects our personal efficiency badly. Dishwasher repair is a small appliance repair but a few days without the dishwasher causes major inconvenience for us. By the way no one wants dirty dishpan hands!

But all this could be easily avoided with little care and proper usage. Reason being it is vital that you keep your dishwasher in good running condition. Maintenance and attention of dishwasher promise you years of comfort, excellent performance and energy-efficiency. Appliance-Guru offers quality services of dishwashers of all brands. Contact or call us now at (631) 517-4341.

General Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

Dishwashers can avoid local appliance repair service with the below useful tips. (Note: Turn the power off of the dishwasher from the circuit-breaker box before doing any work on it)

  • Don’t Get Zapped. Dishwashers consume a lot of electricity as they have built-in water heaters and motors. For safety it is extremely important to have proper wiring and connections. All dishwashers should always be plugged into a grounded outlet or wired direct.  Moreover, the main socket must be suitable for bearing large load required by the dishwashers.
  • Make Sure Your Dishwasher is Level. If dishwashers are not level they could leak. Placing an air-bubble level along the edge inside will ensure that the dishwasher is level. Adjust the feet of the dishwasher or add a wedge to balance it correctly if the dishwasher is not level.
  •  Check Gaskets for Cracks and Deterioration. When you close the door of the dishwasher there are rubber or plastic seals along the dishwasher door to provide a water-tight seal.Faulty gaskets cause water around the dishwasher. Remove the gasket by unscrewing it or prying it out with a screwdriver if the gasket is faulty. Replacement gaskets are easily available at hardware stores or alternatively order one from the manufacturer. Before installing the new gasket, soak it in hot water to make it more flexible.
  • Check Sprayer Arm for Clogs. Sprayer arm has holes in it which can get clogged over time with food particles, mineral deposits and other debris. From time to time these small holes must be cleaned to ensure efficient working of the dishwasher. Soaking the sprayer arm in warm vinegar for a few hours periodically will loosen any obstacles. Then clean out each spray hole with an awl or a pipe cleaner.
  • Check and Clean Screens and Filters. Regularly clean the screen or filter of the dishwasher (at least every other week). The screen or filter is located above the food drain near the bottom of the dishwasher to stop any large food. Dishwasher owner manual has complete instructions on how to remove and clean the filter. The filter can damage other parts of the dishwasher it has holes in it. Also, inspect and clear out any food or debris that might be trapped in the food drain.
  • Invest in a Repair Kit. Notice any exposed metal, nicks or corrosion on your dish racks? These can cause rust and stains to dishes and dishwasher walls. Most hardware stores sell repair kits  that allow you to quickly mend worn or chipped plastic.