shape up tips
The holidays are over, and now it's time
to whip those appliances back into shape.
Here are some things you may want to check:
on gravy spills are difficult, sometimes
impossible, to get off burners and
drip pans. Consider replacing yours
with new ones to make your stove look
new again. Use the PartDetective
to find the exact drip pans and burners
for your model.
you're like most people, a quick peek
in your refrigerator shows exactly
what you served for holiday dinners
- even after you've tossed the leftovers.
Perhaps a smidge of pumpkin pie remains
caked on the door seal or some cranberry
sauce dripped onto a shelf. Regardless
of the story your refrigerator tells,
now's a good time to clean it before
anything leaks into the insulation
and causes a bad odor.
little soapy water will do the trick,
and use a toothbrush to get at all
the nooks and crannies of the door
seal. If the seal looks dry and cracked,
you might want to replace it to ensure
continued cooling efficiency. To reduce
odors, RepairClinic.com suggests Fridge
Aid, a high-quality activated
charcoal air filter.
your dishes not getting as clean as
they were before the holidays? Check
to see if the unit is filling with
enough water for each cycle. If not,
replacing the water inlet valve may
fix this problem and get your dishes
sparkling clean again. To find the
right water inlet valve for your model,
use the PartDetective.
help prevent floor damage, RepairClinic.com
sells a unique type of dishwasher
mat that diverts any leaking water
to the front of the unit. That way,
you'll see when there's a leak right
away and will have plenty of time
to make a repair before standing water
damages your floor. Check it out here.
you're drying comforters and sheets
now that holiday guests are gone,
be sure to clean the vent leading
to the outside of the house. It will
reduce drying times and the risk of
fire. RepairClinic.com offers two
sizes of dryer vent brushes to make
this task a snap:
foot dryer vent brush
foot dryer vent brush
as frozen pipes can cause a small
flood in your house, cracked and brittle
rubber washing machine hoses can burst
and cause a mess. Replace them with
steel hoses for increased
durability and peace of mind.
that the last of the fruitcake has
been safely ground up, it's time to
freshen up the disposer. Grind a half-lemon
in the disposer to reduce odors or
Care to clean and deodorize.
doors can be tempting jungle gyms for little
ones. Make sure yours has an anti-tip bracket
installed to prevent the unit from tipping
over on an overzealous toddler. The bracket
is mounted to a wood plate on the bottom
of your wall with screws, and then the leg
of your stove actually slides underneath
it when you slide the unit back in place.
That way, no matter how much pressure you
put on the front, it can't pull up or tip
over. But you can still slide the stove
out if you have to work on it. Manufacturers
now include anti-tip brackets with all models.
So if yours doesn't have one and you can't
find it, call the manufacturer and ask them
to send one. Or you can purchase one from
us for just few dollars. Use the PartDetective
to find the right bracket for your model.
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