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Washer Repair Tips and General Maintenance

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General Maintenance and Washer Repair Tips

Laundry day is coming. You both dread and anticipate it. After all, who actually enjoys classifying whites and colors, or going through the pain of sorting petite from machine-washable clothes? Yet, like it or not, the washing machine is a prime example of an appliance that many people these days just can’t imagine living without, even though it may cause some headache every now and then with its glitches and inconveniences. To keep inconsistencies to a minimum, it’s best to keep washing machines, like all appliances, carefully maintained and cleaned. It may seem oxymoronic, cleaning a machine that cleans, but it is still necessary. Here are some tips and suggestions for avoiding washer repair and keeping your washing machine happy (and in turn, you) from your local appliance repair team in the yellow booties:

  • Checking water-fill hoses and fittings. After a couple years of use, the hoses in a washer may deteriorate. It is always good to check every once in a while if the hoses are cracked, blistered, or leaking. Similarly, check the fittings surrounding to see if they are corroded in any manner. Should you find any of these warning signs, you need to replace the hoses and fittings immediately, preferably with higher-quality steel hoses. We specialize in any kind of washer repair and can help you with any maintenance or installation issues. However, the main issue, above all, is always your safety: should a blistered hose burst, hundreds of gallons of water can be spilled in just an hour. If the water is hot, it is particularly dangerous to the surrounding appliances and you. It is recommended to replace washer hoses every 3-5 years.
  • Diluting detergent and fabric softeners. These liquids are generally very thick and as a result, can clog the water dispenser drawer and jets, potentially leading bacteria to build up. It’s recommended to dilute the detergent and fabric softener with water, usually about a 50/50 division.
  • Cleaning the dispensers. If the dispensers become clogged or leak detergent, it’s a good idea to take them out and clean them thoroughly. If it’s possible to remove the dispenser drawer, soak it in hot water and scrub with an old toothbrush. Furthermore, it’s beneficial to scrub the dirty spots, or “gunk,” on the roof of the machine where the jets are located with hot water. If the dispenser drawer is unable to be removed, then run hot water through it until it appears to be clean and ready to use again.
  • Leveling the washer. When washing machines are in use, they may vibrate from the heavy spinning cycles. It’s a must to keep the washing machine level on the ground, otherwise it will violently rock back and forth and as a consequence, may become damaged or damage other appliances. You can level the washer with a simple leveler and by adjusting its front or back legs.
  • Cleaning the interior. It’s recommended to run a maintenance wash once every 1-3 months by setting the washing machine to its hottest temperature and letting it run (without any clothes inside!). Some sources recommend adding 2-3 cups of white, distilled vinegar to the empty wash, which will help in the cleaning process. If the tub contains some signs of bacterial residue, put in some lime scale remover or soda crystals.
  • Cleaning the exterior. Keep your washing machine pretty! It’s fine to use general dish detergent and a wet sponge or rag to help keep it nice and polished. Be careful with stain removers or other stronger chemicals, however, like ammonia or bleach, because they might damage the surface.

It’s not necessary to be hypersensitive towards the state of your washing machine, but it certainly is beneficial to be aware of potential problems and issues. If you ever have any questions, or if your washing machine decides to up and stop listening to you one day, please don’t hesitate to call us at SoBellas Appliance Repair. We serve in 3 locations in 2 states, serve more than 35,000 customers, and offer same day service calls. We’ll help keep your washing machine happy (and in turn, you)! Contact us for any questions on your local appliance repair issues today.

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Appliance Repair Tips: Is Your Dryer a Fire Hazard?

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Appliance Repair Tips: Is Your Dryer a Fire Hazard?
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You probably don’t think of your dryer as a dangerous appliance, and it’s not when you properly maintain it. However, neglecting to clean your dryer on a regular basis can turn it into a serious fire hazard and result in needed appliance repair. Over time, the dryer hose and vent duct can become clogged with lint and other debris, meaning your dryer’s air flow becomes restricted. That restriction can cause your appliance to overheat, which can ultimately lead to a fire. Luckily, a thorough vent cleaning can stop your dryer from becoming a threat to your household. If your dryer is plagued with any of the symptoms listed below, turn it off immediately, and either clean the dryer and vent on your own, or call a dryer repair professional to do it for you.

A Burning Smell

If your dryer is running and you smell something burning, turn off your appliance right away. A build-up of lint somewhere in the machine has most likely ignited due to your dryer overheating. Lint is extremely flammable, which is why you should always clean your dryer’s lint trap after every use. If you fail to do so, the trap won’t be able to stop lint from entering the dryer’s cabinet or the vent duct.

Long Drying Times

Damp clothing at the end of a regular dry cycle can indicate a clogged vent. Increased drying times suggest the hot, moist air your dryer is supposed to push out is trapped due to a blockage, meaning your clothing will take much longer to dry. A clogged vent isn’t just a fire hazard, it also decreases your dryer’s efficiency and puts more strain on the machine, which can significantly shorten its life expectancy. Cleaning your dryer’s vent will eliminate the risk of a fire and return drying times to normal.

Your Dryer Feels Excessively Hot

If the top of your dryer feels hotter than usual, a clogged exhaust vent is a likely culprit. The restricted air flow will cause the temperature inside your appliance to exceed its normal level, which can lead to the top of your dryer feeling hot to the touch. You may also notice the clothing coming out of your dryer feels hotter than normal. Both occurrences signal your dryer is overheating and needs a thorough vent cleaning.

Other Possible Causes Of A Dryer Fire

Although a blocked vent is one of the leading causes of dryer fires, it isn’t the only hazard that poses a serious fire risk. To make your dryer completely safe, keep the following threats in mind.

  • You should think twice before overloading your dryer. From excessive lint to clothing restricting air flow an overloaded dryer is a definite fire hazard. If you haven’t already read your dryer’s manual, do so to learn the load restrictions of your appliance.
  • Keep the area around your dryer clean and clutter free. Sweep the dust and lint from the back and sides of your appliance, and never store combustible items near your dryer.
  • If your dryer still has a plastic or foil accordion-like duct, you will want to replace it immediately with a rigid, non-ribbed metal duct. Plastic and foil ducts tend to collect lint and can become crushed due to their flexible nature, which can drastically restrict air flow.
  • Items containing foam, plastic, or rubber should not be placed in your dryer.
  • Don’t leave your dryer running when you leave your home. If a malfunction occurs and nobody is home, a small issue can quickly turn into a major disaster.

When maintained properly, your dryer is a safe appliance that shouldn’t give you many issues. Unfortunately, busy schedules can often make it hard to perform cleaning tasks, such as, removing lint from your dryer’s vent duct. If you don’t have the time to properly clean your dryer or you are concerned your appliance is malfunctioning, please contact us today for local appliance repair and we’ll be happy to help you and your appliance.

 

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator Running Efficiently

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator Running Efficiently
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There are few appliances that put in the kind of work that a refrigerator does. Outside of your hot water heater, only your refrigerator runs twenty-four hours per day, day-in and day-out, and that means any inefficiency in operation is magnified.  Continue reading for tips on how to avoid refrigerator repair needs.

As a result, an inefficient refrigerator could cost you a significant amount of money over the long-term. Below are three tips that will help ensure your refrigerator is running at peak efficiency.

Maintain Door Gaskets

One important energy-saving tip when it comes to refrigerators is to maintain the door gaskets. Dirty or bad door gaskets on your refrigerator and freezer doors allow chilled air to pass through, and this forces the appliance to work harder to maintain the temperature at a stable level.

That’s why you should regularly clean the gaskets to remove any residue that will prevent a tight seal between the door and refrigerator. You can use plain warm water mixed with a couple of drops of liquid dish soap to clean the gaskets, or a mild household cleaning product will also work. Avoid using alcohol-based products, since these could dry out the gasket and cause cracking.

If the gasket is already cracked, or feels hard to the touch and will no longer “give” when pressed, you will probably need to replace the gasket. Replacement gaskets can be purchased from your local appliance dealer or service specialist or be quickly installed by SoBellas Home Services.

Clean the Coils on the Back

If you haven’t looked at the back of your refrigerator lately, you probably should take a moment to pull it away from the wall and take a peek. Dirty or dusty coils can also prevent your refrigerator from running as it should.

That’s why you should take a few minutes to clean off the dirt, dust, and cobwebs that accumulate on the back of a refrigerator. This is a critical area where heat from inside the refrigerator is transferred to the air, and any type of debris will hinder this transfer process.

Cleaning isn’t difficult, as all you need to do is use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to lightly stroke the coils and suck up debris. However, be careful when cleaning so as not to puncture any refrigerant lines or pull wires loose. In addition, always unplug the refrigerator before performing maintenance on the backside, as you don’t want to risk an electrical shock.

Set the Temperature Properly

A common problem among homeowners is keeping their refrigerators and freezers too cold. While you certainly do not want to keep the refrigerator too warm, since this can cause food to spoil or items to melt inside the freezer, setting the temperature too low is just a waste of money.

To determine if your refrigerator and freezer is set correctly, purchase an inexpensive thermometer designed for measuring refrigeration temperatures and place it inside your unit. It will provide precise information for you and allow you to more accurately set your thermostat inside the refrigerator and/or freezer. Be sure to allow the thermometer to remain in place at least 24 hours inside both the refrigerator compartment and freezer before taking readings.

In general, a refrigerator should be set at 40 degrees Fahrenheit while a freezer should be set just at zero degrees.  This the optimum temperature level for both energy efficiency and food safety and will keep your energy bill lower while also protecting you from foodborne illness.

If you have questions about your refrigerator’s efficiency, or if you need help with repairing or servicing an old appliance, be sure to contact SoBellas Home Services for assistance with refrigerator repair. Our reputation for service is top-notch, and we are eager to serve you in any way we can.

 

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Repair and Maintenance to Extend The Life Of Your Refrigerator

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Extend the life of your appliance with this easy refrigerator maintenance.

Purchasing a quality refrigerator is a great investment into your kitchen. Not only will it provide space to store your culinary creations, but it can also bring style and a unique look to your kitchen. To make sure your refrigerator lasts as long as possible, there are some easy maintenance tips you can follow to help avoid refrigerator repair.

Keep the Inside & Outside Clean

Keep your refrigerator as clean as possible on the inside and out. Routinely discarding old and out of date food items will help keep fresh food last longer. Take a damp sponge or cloth and wipe down the shelves and doors (inside and out). This will eliminate potential bacteria growth which will keep your family healthy and happy.

Conserve Energy

When taking things out of the refrigerator, make sure you are not leaving the door open for extended periods of time. This will cause the refrigerator to run to keep the items inside cool for long periods of time which can increase your electric bill and potentially cause food stored inside to go bad.

Clean the Condenser Coils to avoid refrigerator repair

When the condenser coils are dusty, the refrigerator has to work harder which can translate into higher electricity bills and a shorter life expectancy of the refrigerator. An easy way to clean the coils is to use a vacuum or broom to remove dust. You should try to incorporate this into your cleaning routine once every three months. Typically the coils on your refrigerator are located on the bottom or behind your refrigerator.

Change the Water Filter

If your refrigerator has an ice maker and water dispenser, it is important to change the filter on a regular basis. Typically the filter is changed once every six months but you should check with your refrigerator owner’s manual for the correct recommended time.

Is your appliance acting up.  Is your ice cream a little soft or your ice maker struggling to keep up.  If you need assistance with any of these maintenance tips or find that your refrigerator is on the fritz, contact SoBellas Appliance Repair today — they’re the experts in refrigerator repair and maintenance.  Call the guys with the yellow booties today.

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Getting Your Appliances Repaired Before the Holidays

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Getting Your Appliances Repaired Before the Holidays
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As leaves and temperature drop together, the imminence of the holiday season draws every closer. For some people, the holidays may still seem like miles away while others can practically taste their mother’s famous apple pie that she makes every year for the annual family gathering. Of course, nothing wears your appliances down more than exposure to the constant cooking, washing, and general activity of visiting family. Whether the holidays are hosted at your house this year or you’re simply getting a head start on baking cookies for all your coworkers, now is the perfect time to get ahead of the inevitable holiday rush on appliance repairs. Any trouble you’d like taken care of before new years should probably be arranged now because the repair professionals will soon be stacked with last-minute emergency calls from less prepared hosts.

Check Your Cooking Appliances

If there’s one thing everyone does over the holiday season, no matter what background or traditional culture, it’s cook special holiday foods and eat together. While you may have been fine with that one sparking burner or broken timer feature when it was just you cooking, the last thing you want is for someone unfamiliar with your stove to get hurt or burn something. Before you call in, do a full check of your three major cooking appliances.

Check each burner of the stove for even heating and response to the knob, then turn them all off. Next, check and make sure your oven is heating all the way across its heating elements and that the light works. Now, test the digital display. A short in the display could indicate deeper potential problems. Lastly, run your microwave once and make a note if the screen flickers, and if you use a toaster or toaster oven, now is a good time to test them as well.

Inspecting Clothing Washer and Dryer

The ability to wash clothes is incredibly important when you have family visiting as they’re likely to only have a few changes of clothes packed. Having guests over for the holidays can sometimes more than triple your laundry machine usage, so you’ll want to your set to be as robust and ready as possible. If the spin drum in either your washer or dryer bumps, if there’s a problem with the display, or if your dryer isn’t fully drying things, these are all signs that you might need an appliance maintenance visit to get your washer and dryer ready for the greater holiday usage. YOu may also want to wipe these down as residual soap, lint, and hair can build up on the insides while dust and spilled detergent often hit the outside.

AC, Water Heater, Furnace

Some of your appliances you use every day but never actually look at. Your air conditioner, for instance, probably won’t get a ton of use this holiday season, but while we’re talking repairs you might as well have it inspected and change the filter. Then there’s the furnace or whatever your home uses to spread heat around. Tending to the furnace or your home’s heater equivalent, on the other hand, is vital to prevent your guests from becoming relative-scicles. Along the same lines, doubling or even tripling the number of people showering in your home can put extra stress on the water heater. Have it inspected, flushed, the filter changed, and repairs done, if necessary.

Having gone down the necessities checklist for holiday host appliances, with a single call to your favorite repair service, your home should be one step closer to being ready to host countless family members and their children. And hey, with your water heater and washer in top condition, now is the perfect time to wash all those extra linens. For more helpful appliance repair tips and expertise, contact us today!  The best rated appliance techs around.

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Use Your Warranty with the Help of an Appliance Repair Professional

Warranty and appliance repair, whats the deal?

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Before you decide to use your warranty to fix an appliance, make sure the problem is actually covered.

Buying an appliance and getting a great warranty often increases the value of your purchase. However, you still have to make use of the warranty, if you end up having a problem. When you have an issue with an appliance, you should get help from a local appliance repair professional to determine the right course of action for your machine and your family.

Determine the Severity of the Problem

It is possible for the problem to be such a minor issue that using the warranty would be counterproductive. In this case, you can just have the professional take care of the problem in a short period of time. However, getting a professional service technician opinion will give you confidence when you actually need to use your warranty.

Find Out if the Issue Is Covered

In some cases, the problem at hand might not be covered within the warranty. If you do not know the cause of the appliance issue, you must rely on an appliance repair professional to diagnose the problem.

Get the Help You Need

The most important part of the process is to get the help you need. Instead of trying to diagnose the problem and possibly make the wrong decision, a local appliance repair professional can help you make the right choice.

Handle Minor Repairs

When the appliance has a minor issue and you use your warranty, you could have to wait a long time to get the problem fixed. Unfortunately, this could leave you with a non-working or inefficient appliance for some time. An appliance repair professional can save you the trouble by doing the repair on their own.

Although a warranty is excellent to have, you should know when it is worth using.

Contact us, the guys in the yellow booties, if you have any questions or want to use our services.

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Appliance Repair Pros Tips for Loading Contemporary Trash Compactors

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Don’t put glass or plastic bottles near the drawer’s sides, front or back. Place them squarely in the center of the drawer and on their sides instead.

Half the battle of keeping modern-day, trash compactors and other appliances in excellent working order is taking the time to load the drawer properly. Just ask our appliance repair team members. They’ve seen their share of misloading mishaps and the amount of tears those compactor disasters have caused property owners. So, to help stem the tide of compactor related frustration, we’ve assembled some loading tips and jotted them down in today’s blog post. We hope that you find them valuable enough to pass along.

Don’t put glass or plastic bottles near the drawer’s sides, front or back. Place them squarely in the center of the drawer and on their sides instead. Otherwise, they may shatter or roll in a way that alters the standard performance of the trash compactor’s drawer or interior ram.

Do remember that liquid logged trash has a tendency to splatter during trash compaction. Granted, the liquid won’t splash out on to your kitchen floor but it will make an unnecessary mess nonetheless. Consequently, our appliance repair team recommends wringing out and disposing as much liquid as possible from your household’s trash before placing it into the compactor.

Don’t forget about juicy fruits, meats and mushy veggie too. In order to keep them from splashing all over the trash compactor’s interior, contemplate wrapping them up in unwanted, plastic bags or used paper towels first. The unrecyclable bags and towels will help keep the unavoidable splatter to the bare minimum.

Do yourself, the environment and the trash compactor a solid. Refrain from running the appliance until the drawer is 75% full. Running it earlier than that typically just wastes time, energy and labor. Besides, many trash compactor manufacturers design their units not to work unless there is sufficient material available for compression.

To speak with our appliance repair pros about these and other trash compactor loading tips, please contact us at SoBellas Home Services now for kenmore appliance repair and other services. We’d be happy to share what we know about trash compactor usage and schedule a routine maintenance, repair or any maytag home appliance repair and replacement call us today.

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Appliance Repair Tips: 4 Missteps That Can Cause Your Energy Bill to Sky Rocket

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Ignoring a faulty appliance is a big reason homeowners see an increase in their energy consumption.

Energy waste is a problem most households face. Fortunately, correcting the issue isn’t complicated and can be done by simply recognizing a few common missteps. The 4 tips listed below will help you increase your home’s energy efficiency and decrease your monthly energy bill.  Look to a local appliance repair company for all your service needs.

Malfunctioning Appliances

Ignoring a faulty appliance is a big reason homeowners see an increase in their energy consumption. Whether it’s a malfunctioning refrigerator or a defective dryer, putting off an appliance repair causes you to waste energy and money. If you suspect there is an issue, look up the symptoms online, and if you’re unable to pinpoint the problem, call your local ge appliance repair company to diagnose and fix the faulty appliance.

Neglecting Your Furnace Filter

A dirty filter restricts your furnace’s air flow, which causes the unit to work harder and run longer. You can avoid this problem by simply changing the filter every three months. However, if you choose to skip this DIY maintenance step your energy bill is bound to increase. Replacing the filter can also save your furnace from other costly malfunctions that occur due to negligence. As always call on local furnace repair near my location to take care of your home heating repair needs.  Or just call on the yellow booties near you.

Using Outdated Appliances

Although, purchasing a new appliance may not seem practical, doing so can actually save you money in the long run. Replacing an older refrigerator, dryer or washing machine with an energy star certified appliance can significantly decrease your home’s energy use. For example, www.energystar.gov states “Energy Star certified clothes washers use about 20% lees energy and 35% less water than regular washers.” Choosing to invest in an energy efficient appliance is key to reducing your monthly bill.

Not Cleaning Your Appliances

Whether it’s cleaning the lint from your dryer or removing the dust from your fridge’s condenser coils, a regularly schedule maintenance routine allows your appliances to run at their highest efficiency level. Overlooking these basic cleaning practices not only ups their energy consumption, but it also lessens their life expectancy.

If one of your appliances is malfunctioning, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to fix the problem and help you avoid costly appliance repair or just with some free appliance troubleshooting.  Call on the guys in the yellow booties for all of your service needs including Samsung and whirlpool refrigerators service repair.

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Washer Repair Tech Urges Everyone to Remember the Silent Workhorses

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Washer Repair Tech Urges Everyone to Remember the Silent Workhorses
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Most people in Texas remember to periodically clean their residential washing machines inside and out. There are also those that never miss a chance to disinfect their machines’ interiors too. But there is one area that gets neglected more times than not, which troubles our washer repair techs. Do you know which washing machine part we’re talking about? It’s the seemingly lowly hose.

They may appear insignificant at first but they’re categorically not. Without them, washing machines cannot move water and other liquids throughout their respective cycles. With that said, our washer repair team likes to think of them as silent workhorses. They literally stay behind the scenes and do a large part of the hefty lifting every time the machine is in use. However, when one breaks open or leaks, everyone notices and scrambles to call for washer repair.

To help our customers steer clear of those wet moment, we like to periodically inspect all of the machine’s hoses. Our techs also recommend replacing the hoses every few years whether they look in good shape or not. After all, signs of dry rot may not be readily visible. For instance, the hose could be weakening from the inside out. As such, it will likely appear fine on the surface but burst open the next time the washing machine is used.

As expected, hose material breaks are not the only problems that arise over time. There may be occasions when the hose’s fitting, gasket or screen fails too. If the gasket or fitting fails, they’ll undoubtedly be leaks to worry about. As for screen failures, they could exacerbate sedimentation problems. And those types of problems can ultimately damage clothes too. So to learn more about keeping washing machines’ silent workhorses in excellent shape before it’s too late, please contact us today.

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Refrigerator Repair Tech Shares Post-Power Outage Tip

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Liebherr Refrigerator Repair Tech Shares Post-Power Outage Tip
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Liebherr home appliances continue to enjoy elevated status among Texas consumers. Although the units are generally able to withstand summer brownouts and storm related interruptions, there will be times when Liebherr refrigerator repair experts must step in and analyze flashing symbols or codes for homeowners.

On a good note, most warning notices that tend to appear after power hiccups are often signaling minor problems as opposed to significant events. For example, did you know that some temperature settings must be reset after brownouts? It’s true. Otherwise, the Liebherr brand appliance will invariably sound an alarm or flash a service code.

The codes generally indicate that the freezer or fridge has an internal temperature that’s within the danger zone. We’ve discussed food danger zones several times before in other posts. Consequently, we won’t cover them again today.  Those that may have missed the previous discussions are welcome to review our blog or reach out to our Liebherr refrigerator repair team for answers.

Without question, there are also other alarms that may crop up after a power outage or surge. A few of the alarms that our Liebherr refrigerator repair team members often see are associated with the appliances’ doors, drawers and filters. For the record, they are typically quick, alarm problems to resolve as well. Also, there may be occasions where our team members can walk homeowners through the resolution process over the phone or via e-mail. As such, when it comes to door and filter alarms, there may be no need for an in-person visit.

With that in mind, do you want to know more about electrical interruptions and how they may negatively impact home appliances? If so, please contact our Liebherr refrigerator repair technicians online or by phone. We’ll do our best to discuss as many easily correctable, warning codes with you as possible.