LET YOUR APPLIANCES HAUNT YOU THIS HALLOWEEN
maintenance and repair tips:
are some useful tips we've put together
based on questions from RepairClinic.com
Usage: Powdered detergents seem to work
better than gels, and the hotter the water,
the cleaner the dishes. If your dishwasher
has a "sani" or extra heat setting for the
wash water, use it.
Dishwashers have seals that last much longer
if they remain wet and are used regularly.
Use your dishwasher at
least once every two weeks - even if that
means running it through its shortest cycle while empty.
If dishes aren't getting as clean as they
used to, the most common problem is there
may not be enough water getting into the
machine. It's common for the water inlet
valve to need replacing every few years,
depending on water conditions. Anyone can
make this repair with just a few basic
tools. To find the right water inlet for
your dishwasher, use the
Usage: Use the "timed
bake" feature on your oven to simplify many
cooking tasks. You can even use the feature
to preheat the oven for you. Just set the
timer to turn on the oven 15 minutes before
you'll need it, and the oven will be hot and
ready to go when you are.
It's not a good idea to line the bottom of
your burner drip pans with aluminum foil.
This can cause a short circuit at the burner
or the foil could block airflow through the
oven vent, which might cause discoloration
of the control panel or premature failure
of the door gaskets. Instead, replace the
drip bowls with new ones. Your range will
look new again, and the burners will work
more efficiently by reflecting more heat toward
the pan. You can find drip pans and burners
for most ranges in our
Stove burners fail over time. When GAS burners
fail to light properly, cleaning and unclogging
the burner assembly usually solves the problem.
Use a toothpick to unclog the small holes
around the perimeter of the burner. An intermittent
ELECTRIC burner is usually the fault of
a bad connection with the stove element
socket, which is much like a socket in your
home. Replace the socket and return your
stove to full power. Find the exact burner
parts for your stove using our
RANGE TIP: During the canning season,
try our heavy-duty electric range
surface element, which is made especially
for canning. It will help prevent damage
to your stovetop caused by excessive heat.
Usage: Try not to put
fibrous materials, such as cornhusks, celery
stalks, onion peels or potato peels, down
the disposer as they may clog and jam the
disposer. Always run water full blast while
using the disposer. Then, run the water
for 30 seconds after putting food down it
to help push food particles through the drain
system. It's also a good idea to occasionally
run very hot tap water through the unit to help
clean out any accumulated grease.
To clean and deodorize the interior, use Disposer
Care. It helps to scrub away food, grease
and odors, and it's safe for septic tanks
and PVC pipes. Order
Your disposer can jam if foreign objects get
into it, such as coins, twist ties, plastic
bread bag closures, shards of glass, soda
can tabs, etc. BEFORE ATTEMPTING A REPAIR,
UNPLUG AND TURN OFF THE DISPOSER. Then, with
most disposers, you can insert a 1/4" allen
wrench into a port on the bottom center of
the disposer (under the sink). Turn the wrench
back and forth so you can wiggle the masher
plate inside the disposer. Then try to dislodge
whatever has jammed the disposer. To make
the job easier, you can order a special, long
our dishwasher, range/stove/oven and garbage
disposer accessories for many other useful
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