your appliances from April showers
your appliances from April showers
already protect your computer from electrical
storms with a surge protector. It's also
necessary to protect several household appliances
in the same way. Many appliances made in
the past 10 years now use electronics that
are just as sensitive to power surges and
voltage spikes as computers.
are some of the appliances that should be
Microwave Ovens: All. With or without digital display.
Range/Stove/Oven (gas): Any with a digital
Range/Stove/Oven (electric): Any with a
digital display. Requires professional installation
at the house circuit breaker panel.
Washing Machine: All front loaders. Any
top loader with a digital display.
Dryer (gas): Any with a digital display.
Dryer (electric): Any with a digital display.
Requires professional installation at the
house circuit breaker panel.
Dishwasher - Any with a digital display.
Other appliances: In general, any appliance
with a digital display is vulnerable to
power surge problems. Even appliances without
digital displays benefit from surge protection
since parts such as motors and timers can
be damaged by power surges.
is a power surge? It's a surge in electricity
often caused by lightning. However, surges
can also be associated with many other
types of uncontrollable events such as
hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, vehicles,
accidents involving utility equipment,
etc. Most surges are caused by the starting
of motor-driven equipment, such as a refrigerator,
air-conditioner, furnace or garbage disposer.
probably already suffered damaging effects
of power surges without even realizing
it. Surges shorten the life of electrical
appliances and components in your home
and often lower their operating efficiency.
Check out your local hardware or electronics
store for surge protection devices. Be
sure to choose a surge protector that
is rated for the same voltage as the appliance,
usually 120 volts, and the same amperage
(or watts). Appliances often draw much
higher amps (or watts) than computers.
solution is to have an electrician install
a whole-house surge suppressor to protect
all devices plugged into the household
electrical system. This may be the best
choice if you have many appliances and
other devices with electronic controls.
surge protection for your appliances can
help prevent damage due to brownouts,
a common occurrence during the hot summer
cleaning tips for your appliances
Door Seals - It's important to clean refrigerator
door seals periodically so they don't
get stuck to the door frame and tear.
Use an old toothbrush and a little soap
and water to clean in all the nooks and
crannies. Use a bit of bleach for any
Odors - To reduce refrigerator odors,
cover all foods well and put onions and
garlic in sealed bags.
Condenser Coils - Frost-free refrigerators
have a set of coils underneath called
the condenser. These coils must remain
clean for efficient cooling. This should
be done once a year - more often if you
have pets that shed.
We carry a high quality condenser
brush to make this job easier.
Cleaning your Disposer - Soapy water from
washing dishes or running a dishwasher
is usually adequate to keep your garbage
disposer clean and functioning properly.
For more thorough cleaning, try Disposer
Drip Pans - Drip pans on most stoves can
be easily removed and put in a dishwasher
for cleaning. For stubborn stains you
may need to use a scouring pad, or replace
the pans altogether. Use our PartDetective
to find replacement drip pans for your
Self-cleaning - All self-cleaning ovens
have a timing mechanism, a door lock,
and special setup procedures. Consult
your owners' manual for your oven's specific
Bad-smelling ice cubes - A good water
filter is a must for better ice cubes.
Also, empty the ice bin every month or
so to get rid of stale cubes. You may
also need to replace the storage bin for
You can find replacement water filters
in our icemaker/water filter accessories
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