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Why Your HE Front-Load Washer Smells and How to Fix IT – Washer Repair

How to deal with washer smells, and avoid washer repair…

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Why Your HE Front-Load Washer Smells and How to Fix IT
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No doubt, you were excited to get your new HE front-loading clothes washer, or to move into a place that already had one. However, despite being better in every other way from old top-loading washers, HE front-loaders do have one significant weakness: Then tend to smell.  How can you avoid washer repair?

If you’ve been wondering what is wrong with your otherwise-fantastic HE washer, you’re not crazy. And you’re not alone. Countless appliance owners have discovered to their dismay that the super-efficient design of HE washers incidentally makes a much more welcoming environment for mildew. It can get so bad that your washer smells even when you’re not using it, and your clothes may smell even if you move them to the dryer immediately after the wash cycle is over.

Why HE Washers are Prone to Mildew Smells resulting in washer repair needs.

The problem with HE front-loading washers is that they are actually too efficient. The two biggest culprits for mildew cultivation are the low amount of water used and the very tight seal on the washer door. HE washers use less water than older washers, filling only the bottom of the drum, then tossing clothes through the soapy water to wash them. If you use the wrong kind of soap, or too much, it may not all be washed off which can promote sour laundry.

The other problem is the door seal. To prevent leaking, the front-loading door is ringed by a very tight rubber gasket seal. Unlike old fall-closed washer lids, the sealed door traps moisture inside the washer when a load is sitting inside and even when the washer is sitting empty. This sealed moist environment is unfortunately ideal for moisture. And even worse, the gasket itself has folds that fill with laundry crud that contribute to the smell problem.

Solutions For a Sour HE Washer Repair

Wipe Down Weekly

The first step to solving the smell problem in your HE washer is to wipe down the inside. Wipe any soap residue in the soap cup, wipe the inside of the drum. And most importantly, carefully wipe the entire gasket, including the cruddy inner folds. This may take several paper towels and sprays of cleaner, but when you see what you’re pulling out of your washer, it’ll be worth it.

Run Hot with Vinegar

Once you’ve got the washer surface-cleaned, you can refresh the entire machine with a little white vinegar. Other HE washer owners have found some results from running hot bleach loads or using baking soda. However, the easiest way to clear out the lingering mildew smell is simply to fill your soap dispenser with vinegar and run the washer empty and hot once. This should clear out any remaining smell and kill any hiding mildew in the nooks and crannies you did not or could not wipe.

Leave the Door Open

In order to prevent mildew from growing when your washer is empty between loads, you’ll need to leave the washer door hanging open. Leaving the door even slightly ajar will allow air to circulate and the inside of your washer can dry from the last load’s moisture. If the door tends to fall open, you can use a towel draped over the top to keep it swung mostly closed, and another towel propped in the gap to make sure it continues to air out.

Seek Repairs if Practical Solutions Don’t Work

While these solutions stop the common reasons why your HE washer has a persistent sour smell, it’s also possible that mildew is growing somewhere other than the drum and gasket. If there is an unpleasant smell coming from your washer but wiping the inside, running with vinegar, and keeping the drum aired out are not doing the trick, your problem may be deeper inside the washer. For professional help with HE washer repairs, contact us today for all you washer repair needs and any appliance repair!

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Combine an AC Tune-Up with Energy-Efficient Improvements to Minimize Energy Costs

Heater tune up to maximize energy efficiency all year.

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Keep your furnace going all winter long.

Texas does not get that cold throughout the year, so you should not have to worry too much about keeping your heating system maintained before summer arrives as it may not get much use, if any at all. In some cases, you may find yourself using your air-conditioning to stay cool on extremely hot days. Since you do not have to rely on your furnace as much after winter comes to an end, you should get a heater tune up. During this time, you will also find it beneficial to make energy-efficient improvements to minimize future energy costs.

Avoid Replacing Your Air Conditioning System

At some point in time, you will have to replace your air-conditioning system. However, you can extend your current system’s lifetime by getting tune-ups on a regular basis and improving the energy efficiency of your home. The heater tune up will help you save money in the long run by maximizing furnace longevity.

Make Changes during the Cooler Season

It is ideal to make changes and improvements in your home during wintertime, mainly because you can get away with replacing a window and not have it be unbearable in your home during the installation.

Prepare for a Comfortable and Affordable Summer

Fall, winter, and early spring should be pretty minor temperature-wise, but summer can be quite rough. Fortunately, your willingness to make improvements before this scorching season arrives will ensure that you are ready to have a comfortable and affordable winter in your home with a hassle free heater tune up.

If you want to get a heater tune up, feel free to contact us today.

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So you’re the principal of a school, and today is the day when a number of students are going to be displaying their science projects in a big room.  In addition to students, there will be teachers and parents too.  The room probably has air conditioning but you’re wondering if it’s strong enough to take on the number of people who will be in the room today.

Air Conditioning for Science Project Day

Consider also the fact that some of these science projects are complicated and might need to be plugged into electric sockets.  Some might even contain lights.  Overall, it’s safe to say that the science projects along with a number of warm bodies all jammed into the same room are going make things a bit hot under the collar for you!

You’re definitely proud of the various science projects your kids have done.  You think that they display a great deal of ingenuity and interest in the subject.  If only it weren’t so hot!  Now, however, you can solve all your air-conditioning problems by getting AC tune ups.  And in case there is an emergency, we’ll be there to repair your air conditioners in time for your events.

Air Conditioning for Other School Events

Air-conditioning is also important for other events, such as parent-teacher conferences and indoor games.  Occasionally, even lab experiments can lead to the generation of a lot of heat within an enclosed space.  To encourage the children at your school to continue to be creative and athletic, you’ll need air-conditioning.

Promoting Harmony at Parent-Teacher Conferences

When it comes to parent-teacher conferences, you may even find that making sure that there is air-conditioning can lead to fewer issues.  It’s amazing how a little bit of physical discomfort is likely to work people up mentally and emotionally.  By making sure that everyone is comfortable within a certain space, you can minimize conflict and even promote rational and effective decision-making.

Helping Children to Think Better

It’s hard enough for your teachers to make sure that the children in their classes are listening and learning new things.  You make it easier for them by making sure that those children are physically comfortable and mentally alert.

Contact us for more information about air conditioning for schools.

Home Heating Tips to Save Money & Keep Your Family Safe

How to Avoid High Utility Bills

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Understanding how your HVAC system works and what type of care it needs can prevent fire hazards and help you save some money on heating bills this winter. Following are some tips on how to spend less keeping your family warm and safe this holiday season.

In the United States, the average household spends about $110 per month on electricity, notes this infographic from The Refrigeration School. However, homeowners in some regions pay more than those in others. Fortunately for residents of Knoxville and other cities in east Tennessee, electricity prices in the state are relatively low. Even though Tennesseans typically use about 33% more electricity than the rest of the country, they pay close to the national average for it, indicates the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

One hundred and ten dollars a month is still a lot of money—even if you’re not paying as much as people in other states to heat your home. Save money with simple maintenance like replacing HVAC filters once a month, cleaning the heat exchangers, and making sure air ducts, heating pipes, and windows are properly sealed.

Adjusting the thermostat can also save you money. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that lowering the thermostat by ten to fifteen degrees can enable you to save up to 15% on your electric bill. The agency recommends setting the temperature to 68 degrees while you’re awake and even lower when you’re at work or asleep.

How to Prevent a House Fire

Problems with HVAC equipment, lighting, and other home appliances were the second leading cause of house fires in the United States from 2007 to 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Aging or faulty wiring in this equipment is often the culprit. When you have an HVAC technician come to maintenance your heating system, he or she will not only lubricate the moving parts, inspect the condensate drain, and examine the system controls but also check and tighten the electrical connections. If you have an older home, it’s also a good idea to have an electrician inspect the electrical wiring in the rest of the house from time to time.

Following these guidelines can help you enjoy a warm, safe winter free from HVAC problems and high-energy bills. Check out the infographic below to learn more about your home heating system.  For more information contact us or give us a call at 800-617-6235.

 

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Why Wait For Your AC Installation?

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Make 2015 your last hot summer, and look forward to staying cool inside in 2016.

The sweltering hot days of summer are finally behind us.  This summer was even fairly mild compared to most Texas summers because of all the unusual rain we saw. Of course the flooding was a nightmare, but the regular thunderstorms helped to cool off temperatures. If you are new to the Texas area then you should probably know now that the summer you just experienced is about as cool and comfortable as Texas summers get.

So if you found yourself hot, sticky and uncomfortable while trying to make do with fans or a swamp cooler, it may be time to consider refrigerated air conditioning with an AC installation. Swamp coolers actually work better in drier climates and aren’t designed for the humid conditions we experience here.

If you have put off getting air conditioning installed in your home or business because of the cost, now is the perfect time to remember how hot you felt and how important your quality of life really is, and set aside a little money every month through the fall and winter to be able to budget for air conditioning. Make 2015 your last hot summer, and look forward to staying cool inside in 2016, even if we go back to the record heat we’re used to experiencing in the summer time.

If you would like an estimate on what it would cost to install an air conditioning unit in your home, please contact us. We would be glad to let you know what’s required to keep your home cool and comfortable all summer long with a new AC installation.

Removing Risks from Your Home’s Indoor Air

What you can’t see can hurt you says one residential comfort advisor. Your indoor air may contain any number of contaminants that are microscopic to the eye but easily inhaled through the breathing passages.

As a matter of fact indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air according to the Environmental Protection Agency. And the cause could be from typical household activities including smoke from cooking fumes from cleaning or hobbies fibers from carpets and moisture from showers and baths just to name a few.

Indoor pollution can come from gases and particles released into the air through gas stoves water heaters dryers for example. Another kind of pollutant volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in paints and lacquers cleaning supplies pesticides furnishings air fresheners and even dry-cleaned clothing just o name a few sources.

Unfortunately once inside the pollutants can stay for a while. In the summer homes that are closed up tight to keep cooling systems running efficiently can trap and recycle pollutants in the living space.

As a first line of we encourages homeowners to change or clean their air conditioning filters regularly. These filters are essential for collecting dust dust mites pet dander and other elements but they lose their effectiveness as they get full. Keeping clean filters in service keeps the air cleaner in your home.

Air conditioning in the summer can be good for indoor air quality because as it removes moisture from the atmosphere it also removes pollutants that are water-soluble as well as pollen and particulate matter. But he cautions that systems need to be checked annually and tuned up to ensure safe and efficient operation.

If you’d like to evaluate the indoor air quality in your home call SoBellas or contact us to schedule an indoor air quality check.

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The Easiest Way to Save Money I’ve Ever Seen… is about to end

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You know what they say, “There’s no business like slow business.”  Well, maybe that’s not what they say, but they would if they were in the heating and cooling business!

During this mild fall, we’ve done too much sitting! So has your furnace… since last winter! Even though we’ll both be in “high gear” soon, we can turn this downtime into good fortune for both of us.  Am I clear as mud so far?  Well, let me explain…

You probably already know the importance of keeping your heating and cooling system tuned.  Just like on your car, it saves you energy dollars and keeps things running smoothly. It can also help you avoid big repair bills. It’s just smart.

Unfortunately, many people go season after season, thinking, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  This can be costing you a small fortune. And not just in energy and repairs…

A system failure may be headed your way!  Research shows that lack of maintenance is the #1 cause of a system failure.  Have you budgeted the $3,000-$7,000 needed for a new system?  I promise, “saving money” by not getting a tune-up can be very costly!

Save your system, your money and repair hassles with an annual maintenance agreement.  Our Customer Care Club gives you two 17-point seasonal tune-ups for smooth, efficient running, plus a full system safety check to keep you healthy and safe. All for just $18.00.  Thousands of local homeowners are already on this smart plan.

You get the two tune-ups, plus Priority Service, 15% discounts, free service reminders and peace of mind just to start.  All just $18.

You must act soon.  I figure we can serve another 250 Customer Care Club customers by December 31 (when we get real busy). Schedule yours soon and you’ll get everything I’ve offered in this letter.  After that, this offer ends.

Just fill out this form online, email us at support@sobellas or give us a call at 800-617-6235 so you can start saving money with a SoBellas Customer Care Club membership.  I told you it was easy. And it’s basically free. But it’ll soon be over. Schedule yours now.

Call us if you have any questions about air conditioning repair or converting to refrigerated air conditioning in El Paso and Las Cruces.

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Washer Repair Tips and General Maintenance

Washer Repair, tips and tricks…

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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?

Appliance service pros talk dryer fires.

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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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Don’t let air conditioning repair spring up on you

Spring is officially in the air and Texans know that the sweltering heat is well on its way.Air Conditioning Repair

In preparation, Better Business Bureau suggests homeowners get their air conditioning units checked by a trustworthy professional to make sure it’s in good working order so to avoid air conditioning repair.

Don’t get burned by hiring the wrong service company. Nationally, BBB received nearly 1,000 complaints against residential air conditioning service companies in 2013. Complaints against AC service contractors often allege problems with the final price or payment process, as well as complaints that the service was ineffective.

If you’re due for an upgrade, spending a little money on improvements can save you a lot over time. Air sealing is one of the quickest ways to cut your heating and cooling costs. Also, you can visit the Energy Saver website for DIY Savings Projects that provide step-by-step instructions on how to weatherstrip your windows and seal air leaks with caulk.

There is a growing industry of professionals who are qualified to make recommendations to homeowners on how to improve the overall energy efficiency of their homes. Be sure to use a certified energy auditor.

According to Energy.gov, turning your thermostat back from its normal setting by seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day can save you as much as 10 percent a year on heating and cooling costs. Small changes have big results.

Unplug devices that aren’t being used

Keep air vents open

Replace traditional bulbs

Turn off lights when you leave

Change the filter

Install a programmable thermostat

Use fans

Plug leaks

BBB offers this advice when hiring a trustworthy air conditioning contractor:

• Consult your owner’s manual. Before doing anything, check the warranty on your current air conditioning unit to determine whether any tune-ups, repairs or replacements may be covered.

• Hire a professional to maintain your heating and cooling system. Arrange for annual maintenance with a qualified technician. This includes checking the airflow over the coil, testing for the correct fluid (refrigerant) level, checking the combustion process and ensuring proper air-flow to each room.

• Research the company. Visit bbb.org for the BBB Business Review of any air conditioning service or energy auditor you plan to hire to learn details about the company, like its history of complaints.

• Check licensing. The Department of Licensing and Regulation requires a license for heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians and electricians. Ask to see a copy of the license before work starts.

• Compare prices. Get at least three estimates in writing. All bids should provide a full description of the services provided and the materials used.

For more information on air conditioning repair or if you are interested in an AC Conversion call on the guys in the yellow booties.

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Central AC Repair Pros

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Even with the most diligent maintenance done for your central air conditioning system, you’ll likely need some repair work done at some point in time. In order for you to feel confident during the entire process of your AC system being repaired, it’s important that you seek out a business that you can trust with this job. Knowing what to ask before having a specialist visit your home for central AC repair can help clear up any uncertain feelings and allow you to get your system repaired in a timely manner.

Understanding the average cost of several popular repair services can help ensure that you’re getting a fair price for the work that you’ll need done in your home. A lot of people make the mistake of rushing into getting their air conditioning system repaired without requesting quotes initially, resulting in them being surprised by the cost once it’s time to pay.

Along with considering the costs from air conditioning repair businesses, it’s important that you become familiar with the services that are generally done. Sticking with an air conditioning business that is able to perform everything from installation jobs to difficult repair work can help ensure that you’re choosing the best choice for the repair that you need.

Requesting a time frame for the repair work that you need done can help give you the peace of mind that your central AC system will be working properly very soon. Depending on the extent of the repairs that need to be done, you’ll likely be able to get a timeline for how long the repairs will take and how soon you can expect the system to be working again. It’s also helpful to look into when the business will be able to visit your home so that you can know how soon the repairs will be completed.

If you want the very best customer service and professional results, we urge you to contact us right away for local central AC repair services.

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Refrigerator Running Efficiently

Tips to avoid refrigerator repair.

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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.