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How to Stop Your Oven from Draining Your Pockets

An oven, just like any other cooking appliance, consumes quite a significant amount of power.  If your power bills are draining up your bank account, it might be time to change the way you use your oven in a bid to trim the huge spending. Here are some tips on how to make sure you are not needlessly wasting energy   Cook meals in batches The oven has multiple racks that can enable you to multitask. Some foods can be baked simultaneously without any problem.  Hence you should make the most use of the oven by putting more than one … Continue reading


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7 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Toss In Your Washing Machine

A washing machine is an excellent appliance for your laundry needs. It turns out that it isn’t just for clothes. Surprisingly there are loads of other things that you can clean in your washing machine. Here is a list of household items you can toss in that washing machine other than your clothes.   Stuffed toys Your little one’s stuffed toys and teddy bears can be washed in the washing machine. First, make sure there are no rips to prevent loss of filling. Put the playthings in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase and wash on delicate cycle. Use cold … Continue reading


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The Pros and Cons of Induction Cooktops

If you only used gas or electric cooktops, you might be interested in learning about the new benchmark in stove-top cooking. Popular for their efficiency and safety, induction cooktops do not emit any heat and are incredibly durable.   How it works The key factor in this type of cooktop is electromagnetic energy. The cooktop doesn’t use an open flame that dissipates energy; instead, it generates heat when the cookware interacts with electromagnetic elements below the glass top. An induction coil below the glass carries low current electricity and produces a magnetic field. Once the cooktop detects the cookware, the … Continue reading


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Oven Safety Tips

An oven is one of the most essential and useful household appliances; however, it can be a source of danger and caution must be taken when in use. If not handled with care, ovens can cause fires, scald burns and other injuries. Here are several tips that must be put into consideration.   Use the right cookware You must always use cookware that is specifically intended for oven use. Some plastics may melt when heated thereby causing harm. Others like metal may damage the oven or cause food to cook unevenly. Additionally, the oven should not be operated when empty. … Continue reading


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How to Get Rid Of Fridge Odours

Fridge odours may emanate from different sources; from the leftovers you forget to throw away when going for a vacation, leaking containers to the dairy products past their expiry date. Whatever the cause, that pungent smell is offensive. In case you open your fridge, and an awful stench greets you, try these tips to get your fridge smelling fresh again.   Get rid of expired and spoilt foods The first step is to go through your fridge and throw out anything that could be spoilt, rotten or past their expiry date. Always label and date leftovers for easy identification.   … Continue reading


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Energy Saving Tips For Washing Machines

Washing machines are efficient and a lifesaver when it comes to laundry work.  However, they can also be a significant cause of your high energy bill. You can actually lower your energy bill by changing various washing habits. Here are some tips to save energy when doing your laundry   Use warm or cold water A lot of energy is used by a washing machine to heat up the water. Warm or cold water can as well do the job, saving you more energy. Furthermore, hot water makes your clothes wear out more quickly. There are detergents which are designed … Continue reading


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FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A DISHWASHER

Dishwashers have become a necessity in our households. They help make your work easy, thereby giving you more time to spend with your family. However, with so many models in the market, choosing the best dishwasher for your kitchen can feel like a daunting task. This is why we have compiled the most important factors to consider when buying a dishwasher.   Size The first thing to consider when getting a new dishwasher is its capacity and the space in your kitchen. You need to know the dimensions of your kitchen space to ensure that you buy a dishwasher that … Continue reading


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WASHING MACHINE MAINTENANCE TIPS TO MAKE IT LAST LONGER

  A washing machine is an essential household appliance that we rely on to clean our laundry. While it keeps our clothes and textiles clean and fresh, many people do not give it the care and maintenance it needs. What they do not know is that regular maintenance can prevent the common washer problems such as foul smells, draining issues, and breakdowns, and make it last longer. Below are a few useful tips to keep your washing machine running smoothly.   Cleaning It’s normal for detergent or fabric conditioner residue to build up inside your washer. Therefore, use a cleaner … Continue reading


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HOW TO DISPOSE OF YOUR FRIDGE

No appliance lasts forever, and a fridge is no exception. No matter how good it is, at some point, its lifespan will come to an end, and you’ll have to replace it. Getting rid of a fridge is not the same as throwing out some garbage into a waste container. In addition to its immobility, a fridge contains several substances that are harmful to the environment. Therefore, you have to dispose it of in a more responsible way. Whether you’re upgrading to a new model fridge or replacing a dysfunctional one, there are several safe options for getting rid of … Continue reading


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THE 6 MOST COMMON OVEN ISSUES

An oven is one of the simplest appliances in the kitchen but one of the most useful. It helps you to cook delicious meals and enables you to try out different cooking methods. Unfortunately, if you’re not careful, oven issues such as heating woes and sensors failure can cut short your dinner. Therefore, to keep your oven working smoothly and avoid frustrations, be on the lookout for the following common oven issues.   Uneven Cooking One of the most common issues you might have come across is food not cooking evenly and adequately. The problem here could be the heating … Continue reading


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The dishwasher deep clean – the job nobody wants to do

It’s not often that we take a look inside the dishwasher beyond loading and unloading our dishes, but when we do, it can be a nasty shock to discover the build up of dirt, debris and slime and covers the filters and surfaces. Sound familiar? It’s time to do a dishwasher deep clean. Here are our tips for keeping your dishwasher sparkling.   Get into the filter This is a grim job, but hopefully the level of dirt will inspire you to become more frequent with your dishwasher deep clean. If you need to, consult your manufacturer’s manual on how … Continue reading


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How long should by washing machine last?

How long should your washing machine last? Popular opinion says the average washing machine should last around 11 years. Usually we don’t ask ourselves this question until our washing machine breaks and we have to make the decision to have it repaired or replace it. If your washing machine is 8 years old or more, you should consider the cost of repair vs. the cost of replacement, but it’s worth taking into consideration your unique situation before acting based on the “average.” Here are some questions to ask yourself before replacing or repairing your washing machine. What are your usage … Continue reading


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Signs your oven needs repair

  A good quality oven should last up to 15 years – but as with all appliances that are in daily use,  they can and do break down from time to time. This doesn’t mean you need to replace your oven! All large appliances require some maintenance, but are often up and running again with a bit of work. Worried your oven needs repair? Here are five signs to look out for.   Electrical issues If your oven won’t turn on, turns on intermittently or is causing the electricity in the rest of the house to trip, you have a … Continue reading


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4 home appliance trends you’ll love

    Our number one priority when considering appliances is functionality. We are looking for appliances that make our lives easier, save us time and get the job done. But let’s be honest. We love aesthetics too. Luckily, the current trends in home appliances are about both – making appliances smarter, easier to use and more efficient, while also looking great. Have you heard of the “french door” oven? The perfect solution to small spaces. What about the washer/dryer that let’s you set the cycle from your phone? Here are four home appliance trends you’ll love.   Simplicity   Minimalism … Continue reading


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Is there a “best way” to load a dishwasher?

Apparently there is! According to experts, how you load your dishwasher affects not only the cleanliness of your dishes, but the longevity of your dishwasher too. Have you every removed dishes to find they are still dirty? Washing dishes by hand after they’ve been through the dishwasher (or repeating the cycle) is a waste of time and energy. Follow these simple tips for loading the dishwasher the “best way.”   Plates and bowls   It might seem obvious, if the water can’t get between the plates or bowls, the dishwasher can’t clean them. Stack plates on the bottom tray leaning … Continue reading


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How to make your laundry more energy efficient

Modern washing machines and dryers have good energy-efficiency and many customisable features that make it possible to easily save money and energy. Washing machines account for about 7% of your household energy bill, and hot water about 10%. With a few simple changes, you can save money and ensure your home is being kind to the environment. Here are our tips on how to make your laundry more energy efficient.   1. Check your settings   Always wash your clothes on the shortest cycle and lowest water level. Unless you have particularly dirty washing or stubborn stains, try to wash … Continue reading


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What to look for when buying an oven

Buying a new oven is an exciting task, but the choices are endless when it comes to design and features. Here is our list of what to look for when buying a new oven.   Gas or electric? Whats the difference between gas and electric ovens? A gas oven has a naked flame on the hob, and an electric cooker uses electricity to heat hot plates. Usually, the oven will work in the same way, but their are dual-fuel options available which combine gas hobs with an electric oven. Chefs like gas burners as they feel better able to control … Continue reading


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4 signs you need your fridge looked at

Let’s be honest, if your fridge has stopped doing it’s number one job – keeping your food cool – it’s a clear sign you need either a replacement or a repair. But what if the signs are more subtle? The fridge is one of the hardest-working appliances in the home, and needs to be in good working order to run efficiently. Here are four signs that you need your fridge looked at.   Your food is spoiling quickly If your fridge isn’t cooling the way it used to – or the temperature is inconsistent – there is a good chance … Continue reading


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3 Essential Outdoor Appliances for Easy Entertaining

Outdoor kitchen and entertainment areas are the perfect place for a summer barbecue, evening get together or games night. Creating a comfortable, easy-to-use space can be the difference between between outdoor entertaining being a pleasure or a pain in the neck. Whether you need a fully kitted outdoor kitchen or are just upgrading your veranda, here are 3 essential outdoor appliances for easy entertaining.   The outdoor grill Every outdoor entertainment area needs a cooking unit. You can go for a smoker or a pizza oven, but most people opt for the classic grill. If you want to take it … Continue reading


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Do I Really Need a Stand Mixer?

If you’ve walked into a kitchen with a stand mixer like Kitchenaid, you have probably felt that pang of desire that comes with fabulous kitchen appliances. They not only look good, they do everything. A stand mixer combines heavy duty steel with a powerful motor, making it an essential for professional cooks and bakers. But are they necessary in the average kitchen? And more importantly, are they worth the financial investment? We think so, and here why.   They are better than human hands For centuries, many a loaf of bread has been mixed and made with nothing but elbow … Continue reading


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How to Responsibly Dispose of Appliances

Gone are the days when you purchase one appliance and expect it to last a lifetime. Even if it did, we wouldn’t want it to. We are in an exciting age of technological advancement, and there is always something new, more efficient or better than the appliance we bought a year ago. Unfortunately, this comes at an environmental cost. So how do we stay responsible as electronic consumers? Australians collectively own about 45 million appliances, but about 2.5 million of these end up in landfills. E-waste (electrical waste) has become a global issue. Here is how to responsible dispose of … Continue reading


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Dropped Your Phone in Water? Try this!

If you’ve had one of those awful moments where you’ve dropped your phone in the swimming pool, down the toilet or into the kitchen sink, you’ll know the feeling of panic as you realise you might just have lost your phone for good. Unfortunately, often water-logged phones do need to be replaced, but if you act quickly enough, there is a chance your phone will survive the dunking. Follow these tips to save a water damage phone.   Act fast   As quickly as you can, get the phone out of the water. The longer the phone is submerged, the … Continue reading


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Quick Tips: Cleaning Your Refrigerator Coils

The refrigerator is an essential appliance in any modern home, and luckily doesn’t require much maintenance to keep running efficiently. If your fridge isn’t as cold as it should be, it might be that the condenser coils need cleaning. The dirtier the condenser coils, the harder they work to keep your fridge cool. As a good rule for maintenance, cleaning should be done about every 12 months, especially if you have pets or the fridge is exposed to a lot of dust. The good news is, cleaning your condenser coils is a quick and easy job that should take less … Continue reading


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Are You Ready for Smart Home Products?

The number of smart home products is growing all the time. Smart speakers have become almost normal, but did you know that there are dozens of other smart products to improve your home? Via a single app, you’re now able to control much more than just your music. These are our favourite smart gadgets.   LG’s Touchscreen Fridge   Coming soon – this fridge freezer isn’t just for keeping food cool. With a 29 inch touch screen (it is powered by ALEXA, Amazon’s voice assistant. It has a camera that will send photos of the fridge contents to your smartphone, … Continue reading


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How to Choose a Tumble Dryer

Tumble dryers are essential to most homes, ensuring clothes are dried quickly during wet or winter seasons. Choosing a tumble dryer might seem simple, but there are a range of models available and some key decisions to make when considering the right tumble dryer for your home. These are our top tips for how to choose the right tumble dryer.   Vented, condenser or heat pump?   This decision is fairly easily made, because it will depend on whether or not you have a wall vent to feed a hose through. If you do, a vented tumble dryer is a … Continue reading


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The Five Best Summer Side Dishes for Your Slow Cooker

You might think of a slow cooker as a winter appliance, but although it makes amazing casseroles, stews and soups, the slow cooker is also brilliant for summer entertaining. While you’re at the beach, delicious meals can be soaking up flavour and goodness, ready to be the perfect side dish for your evening barbecue. See below for the 5 best summer side dishes for your slow cooker:   Garlic Rosemary Tricolour Potatoes Not only do these potatoes taste amazing, they also look good! A ridiculously easy side dish, all it takes is a bag of tricolour potatoes tossed in a … Continue reading


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Is it Worth Repairing Kitchen Appliances?

When something goes wrong with an important household appliance like a fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine or dryer, you usually want to get things sorted quickly. Obviously, you can’t go long in the summer without a fridge and most families struggle to last a week without a washing machine. There is no easy answer to the question of whether or not it’s worth repairing an appliance, but our experience in the appliance repair industry has taught us to consider these 3 things when deciding whether to repair or replace appliances.   How old is the appliance?   The first thing … Continue reading


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Kitchen Essentials: Top Tips for Maintaining Your Oven

Over busy holiday periods, often with lots of guests, the oven works overtime. There are two types of modern ovens, gas and electric, and both do best with good maintenance routines and regular servicing. Read below for our top tips on maintaining your oven, and remember that should you need any repairs, Nationwide Appliance Repairs are here to help. Call us today for a comprehensive quote on servicing or repairing your oven. In the meantime, see below for our top oven maintenance tips.   Cleaning   If you’ve cleaned an oven recently, you know it’s a task most would rather … Continue reading


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Small Kitchen Appliances That Make Great Gifts

Looking for great ideas for gifts? Small kitchen appliances make great gifts and come in a variety of sizes, colours and styles to fit any budget. See below for our favourite small kitchen appliance gifts for 2018.   The coffee priority The ultimate in coveted gifts, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you start shopping for coffee makers. The first step is to think about your budget. Coffee makers range from the simple cafetière to the top of the range, stainless-steel “I do everything and foam the milk” variety. A new favourite gift idea is the portable “Minipresso,” a compact, … Continue reading


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How To Service And Maintain Your Coffee Machine

If you care about good coffee enough to buy an espresso machine, keeping it clean and serviced is essential! Excellent coffee is the result of a combination of factors, and caring for your machine will not only give you a delicious taste, but ensure you have your machine for years to come. Coffee beans produce an oil residue which turn bitter over time. Follow this guide to protect the taste of your beans by servicing and maintaining your coffee machine. Servicing It’s recommended to service your coffee machine ever 12 – 18 months. Servicing usually involves disassembly, inspection, repairs and … Continue reading


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Is it Worth Repairing Phones and Laptops?

You’ve cracked your screen, your USB ports have stopped working or your laptop has stopped charging. So do you go for a replacement or try and get it fixed? It’s not always an easy decision, but here are some things to consider when deciding it’s worth repairing mobile phones and laptops, or if you’re better off investing in a replacement. Compare the Cost The first thing to do is compare the cost of repair with the cost of getting something new. If the cost is similar, investing in a new device might be the best way forward. Unfortunately, mobile phones … Continue reading


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Facts to Know About Unclogging your Range Hood 

Often taking a look under your range hood can be a scary business. It’s easy to remember to clean the surfaces we can see – counters, stove tops, even fridge and cupboard doors. But the range hood is one of those out-of-the-way surfaces its easy to just forget about. If you can’t remember the last time you checked yours, today is the day to look! What is a range hood? A range hood is suspended over the stove, fitted with an extractor fan and light to absorb the steam, smoke and fumes from frying, steaming and cooking. It’s useful for … Continue reading


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The Pros and Cons of Robot Vacuum Cleaners

The latest in household technology, robot vacuum cleaners amazingly move themselves throughout your house, picking up dirt and dust, and using sensors to avoid obstacles and manoeuvre around furniture. At first glance the benefits seem obvious – vacuuming the house has become a job you no longer need to do. But is it worth owning a robot vacuum cleaner? See our guide below for the pros and cons of owning a robot vacuum cleaner. Your days of doing the vacuuming may be numbered! The pro: These little robots are designed to be small and compact to easily manoeuvre into tight … Continue reading


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Why Your Dishwasher Isn’t Cleaning Properly  

The one thing you need your dishwasher to do, is clean the dishes. If it’s not doing it’s job, try these simple home fixes to get your dishes sparkling again.  Dirt and Grease Build Up  Unfortunately, your dishwasher probably isn’t as clean on the inside as the dishes that come out of it. Food particles, grease build up and other debris easily get caught in filters, stuck in seals and float on the bottom of your dishwasher. At least once a month, run a dishwasher cycle with no dishes in it. You can buy a special dishwasher cleaner for this, … Continue reading


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How to Baby-Proof Your Kitchen Appliances

Children are naturally inquisitive and love to explore the home. They like to pull wires, press buttons and seem naturally curious about things they’re not supposed to touch. To keep your children safe, follow this guide to baby-proofing your kitchen appliances.  Latch the doors  Just like your cupboard doors, use adhesive mount safety latches on your large appliances. Secure the doors on your fridge and freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There are many types of latches on the market, and they are inexpensive and easy to install. This will give you peace of mind that your child can’t get into … Continue reading


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4 Quick and Easy Steps to Defrosting Your Fridge Freezer

  Defrosting your fridge freezer is essential to keep it working efficiently. Whether your appliance is frost free or not, it will benefit from a twice yearly defrost and deep clean. Follow these 4 quick and easy steps to defrosting your fridge freezer. 1. Switch off and unplug Open all the doors and remove any food from the shelves. It’s wise to plan ahead and use up food the week before you defrost, but if this isn’t an option, transfer food items to a cooler with some ice bricks. Remember certain food items, especially raw chicken, cannot be refrozen. Keep … Continue reading


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Smelly Washing Machine? Try These Home Cleaning Tips!

Did you know that to keep functioning well, your washing machine needs regular home cleaning? If your machine has become smelly, the chances are you’ve got a build up of grime that needs clearing out. Try these simple home tips to get it running smoothly again – without the smell. White Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda cycle For top loaders: Pour 2 cups of white vinegar and half a cup of bicarbonate of soda into the drum and set your machine on a hot cycle. Both these products are inexpensive and can be found at your local supermarket. For front … Continue reading


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What to look for when buying a new Fridge

1.Can your old fridge be repaired? For both economical and environmental reasons, you should always check that your fridge can be repaired before deciding to buy a new fridge. If in doubt contact a company like ourselves and request an inspection of your appliance to determine if your fridge can be economically repaired, so call us for with your Fridge repair inquiry 2.What size fridge do you need Depending on what you are using it for, the size of your fridge requirements will vary. If you are a single person or a large family will significantly change the size of … Continue reading


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Tell tale signs of a fridge needing repair

  Your fridge, like any other home appliance, will need repairs in its lifetime. If you know the signs that the fridge is going down, you can seek help from appliance repair professionals in time and get your fridge back up and running. Below are some key signs that your fridge needs help.  Your food does not cool You may notice that the fridge doesn’t keep your food cold. In fact, the food goes bad before its use-by date. When this happens, turn the thermostat to a lower temperature and run the fridge again. But if it still does not … Continue reading


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How to tell if your oven actually needs repair

5 Signs That Your Oven Needs Repair Imagine that your guests are ready for the meal. You go to collect the roast from your oven and realize that it is still raw, or worse it is burnt. What an embarrassment? You can avoid such scenes if you fix the oven immediately it starts to misbehave.  Below are signs of the most common oven problems. Your food is undercooked or overcooked When you bake your favorite cake – the one that has made you a star in your family – you want it to come out just right. Fully baked. But … Continue reading


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5 Signs That Your Dishwasher Needs Repair

Do you know if your dishwasher needs repair? Maybe your dishwasher is not working well but you cannot decide whether to replace or repair it. These signs will help you to make a decision.   Your dishwasher does not power on If you plug in your dishwasher but it does not power on, confirm that you have properly plugged it in and switched on the power. Also, make sure that you have closed the dishwasher door. If you do these and still your washer does not power on, then you should call an appliance repair technician who will figure out … Continue reading


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3 Sure Signs That Your Washing Machine Needs Repair   

Have you noticed the inconsistent performance of your washing machine of late? Perhaps you have. But you are not sure if it is a serious problem that requires repair or it’s something you can live with. We highlight three key signs that will help you know that your machine certainly requires repair.   What sound does your washing machine make when it is running? Do you hear the normal sound that your beloved washing machine always makes? Or are you startled by the noise that it makes now? If you overload the machine with too many clothes or do not … Continue reading


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Common Problems With fridges And How To Fix Them

The refrigerator is one of the most common appliances in your home. It will be a serious inconvenience if anything goes wrong with it. But often it fails to work as expected. There are common problems associated with refrigerator and we show you how you can fix them. Your refrigerator is over running              The refrigerator runs until the temperature in its chamber reaches the thermostat level that you set, then it stops. It starts to run again when the temperature rises. So if you find that your fridge is running continuously, it means it does not reach the desired cold … Continue reading


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How To Extend The Lifespan Of Your Microwave Oven

The microwave oven is a very handy appliance in every kitchen. It performs many functions – cooks, heats and bakes in a very short time. Take good care of your oven because it will save you money and serve you efficiently for a long time, well beyond its average lifespan of nine years. Grease, stains, food spills and particles in the interior of your oven reduce its endurance. So wipe the interior regularly, otherwise, the stains may become permanent. Use a damp cloth for this.   Also, avoid dirty and clogged vent hood filters. They will make your kitchen have … Continue reading


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What you should know about appliance manufacturer’s warranties

Your major appliance is a major investment, don’t lose out by not knowing about your warranty! Manufacturers warranties are promises made by the manufacturers of the responsibilities they assume regarding their product. They are usually required by law and typically are available to read before you even make the purchase. The coverage on warranties can vary from product to product. When shopping for a major appliance, consider what is in the warranty and if the coverage is right for you, before committing to a purchase or otherwise you will be in for un-needed costs of repairing appliances. When considering a … Continue reading


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Common appliance issues and easy fixes

Let us show you how to resolve the most common issues with your appliance! Troubleshooting appliance problems sounds like something only a technician knows how to do. This can’t be farther from the truth, in fact, many troubleshooting problems you can do yourself. Let us show you how you can troubleshoot problems you may run across during the life of your appliance. This list will provide you with some helpful tips that you can do yourself. If your appliance is on the blitz try these simple steps first: Clean hoses and/or clean or replace filters–This very common problem is probably … Continue reading


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Autumn cleaning for your appliances, the good ole fashioned way

We want to share with you, our tips on how to get your appliance clean just in time for winter! Autumn is in upon us and you know what that means? Autumn cleaning for the winter season. Maintaining your appliances by keeping them clean and working properly can extend their life as well as provide you with the continued performance that you would expect from your appliance. To keep your appliances, clean all you need to do is follow a few of our simple tips to get the most out of your cleaning, and best of all this method is … Continue reading


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