October 28, 2013
Not ready to face the expense of replacing your stove, dishwasher, or even your vacuum?? Read on to discover some preventative measures you can take to keep many of your household appliances from reaching an early demise. Also, discover when it might be to consider finding a replacement…
How to care for it
When to replace it
||Never overload the mixer, causing it to work harder and put extra strain on the motor. When cleaning, make sure ALL parts are cleaned including the attachment socket!
||If the mixer won’t turn on at all, you probably have a dead motor.
||Always use proper microwave-safe plates and bowls. Keep the interior clean and the turntable rotating smoothly.
||Takes too long to heat food or it won’t turn on. Beyond replacing a fuse, the cost to repair could exceed the cost to replace.
||Rinse pot and grind basket after each use. Once monthly, run 1 part vinegar/2 parts water solution through it to clean, followed by 2 brew cycles of plain water to rinse.
||If your coffee isn’t really hot after brewing. The heating element has probably died.
||After every few uses, clean the filters, the opening to bag or canister, hoses, etc. Keep all air flow and parts moving properly.
||If the motor dies. The cost to repair typically costs as much as a replacement.
||Clean lint and dust from the rear filter regularly.
||Replace if blowing cold air or has a burning smell!
||Wipe up spills and messes right away, keeping burners clean and preventing fires. The same applies to spills in the oven which can smoke or ignite!
||Time to replace when the buttons or knobs no longer work the burners, gas burners won’t light, or the oven doesn’t heat up.
||Check the filter located in the bottom of the machine for clogs and debris. Use a cleaner made for dishwashers regularly.
||If the machine is cracked, rusted, leaking from the bottom, and if the motor or pump stop working.
||Keep machine level, never use more detergent than instructed, and always remove objects from pockets to avoid damage to the machine.
||If the washer sounds like a freight train during the spin cycle! This indicates a bad support bearing and a very pricey repair!
||Clean lint screen after each cycle. Hire a professional to clean vent duct and interior of dryer once a year.
||Time to replace if you need to repair more than one part at a time, like a motor and timer.
||Once a year, use a vacuum to clean the coils located in the bottom or rear of the fridge. Also test the doors seals periodically to keep cold air from escaping.
||Replace if it no longer keeps food cold or frozen. Almost every other part is repairable or replaceable except for the cooling system.
With a little extra time and TLC you may be able to squeeze a few more days, months or years out of these frequently-used home appliances!
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August 19, 2013
A few simple improvements can help define your personal style
and will make your space feel more like home!
» Swap your knobs – Add a little pizzazz. Pick a pattern and finish that will accentuate your kitchen’s style and décor.
» Hang pendant light – Install one over your kitchen sink to create an elegant focal point and to make sure you can see as you scrub pots and pans!
» Create an island – Paint a beloved bureau, desk, or sideboard to match your cabinets and top with butcher block for extra work space. Extend 12” past one long side to create an instant breakfast bar.
» Open plate rack – Install one for a touch of cottage charm. It also makes storing everyday dishes a breeze and leaves your countertops clutter-free!
» Dress up walls – Wainscot or simple strips of lumber can form a board-and-batten treatment that protects drywall and provides an anchor for installing hooks and towel rods.
» Wall Sconces – Install on each side of the mirror at eye level (66” from floor) for flattering lighting that won’t cast shadows on your face.
» Storage cubby – Carve a space between the wall studs in a space-challenged bathroom. Line it with beadboard and wrap the opening with trim or simply install a prefab wall niche, available in many shapes, sizes and designs!
» Wall Rack – Perfect for a closet-less entry. Install a rack with hooks and baskets for storage of coats, keys, and more. Customize it with paint for any look you would like.
» Stair Runner – Install for a splash of color and cushiony comfort. Woven cotton runners are affordable and easy to work with. Vacuum regularly to keep shipshape.
» Use Wallpaper – In small doses….it can be used to boost any room’s personality. Use to cover a door, add to stair risers, or line the back of a bookcase for a hint of color and pattern. Have fun exploring the wide array of colors and textures available. Be creative!
» Boost curb appeal – With container plants. This is an easy way to experiment with different plant varieties. You can even move them around until you find the perfect spot for their growth!
» Dress up your porch – Treat it like any other room in your house. Add homey touches like a painted floor, ceiling fan and comfy furnishings. Encourage guest to kick back and relax!
» Front Entry focal point – A handsome door painted in a vibrant hue will set your house apart from the neighbors and will cheerfully greet your guests. Complete the look with elegant hardware, furnishings, and plants.
» Doorbell – Install one that compliments your home’s style and other hardware.
If you liked these tips check out some other articles we have posted for homeowners
How to Paint Like a Pro | Dress-up Your Homes Decor | Decorate Your Homes Kitchen | Dress Up Your Backyard
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