Category Archives: Tips, Tricks, Techniques

4 Appliance Cleaning Tips to Make a Habit of in the Year Ahead

[tweetmeme source=”plassappliance”]With the New Year, comes the opportunity to create new habits for you in your home. How often to you clean out the lint filter in your dryer? How often do you clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator? Did you know that a dishwasher doesn’t clean itself? These are all important tasks and to do’s that if don’t already take care of, you should think about making them a habit in the year ahead.

Only You Can Prevent Dryer Fires: Mark this one down as #1 on your list – Clean your dryer’s lint filter after each use. Don’t have the motivation? Lint is highly flammable, and its heavy buildup can contribute to clothes dryer fire. Convinced yet? Hope so. Also, not only will this improve your dryer’s efficiency but it will help your clothes to dry faster. In the event that you haven’t cleaned your lint trap on a regular basis before, try a lint brush or vacuum attachment to remove accumulated lint from under the lint trap and other accessible places on a periodic basis.

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5 Long-Term Savings Tips to lead you into the New Year

[tweetmeme source=”plassappliance”]As we say goodbye to 2011 and hello to 2012, it is important that we all begin to make a conscious effort to be more energy-efficient and save energy, money, and reduce the risks of global warming. We’ve compiled 5 long-term savings tips for you to add to your New Year’s Resolution list in order to start your year off saving by making smart and more efficient choices.

Improve Refrigeration: Did you know that Refrigerators are the largest users of electricity among household appliances? It’s true, that beautiful stainless steel icebox that looks so sharp in your Kitchen uses more energy than any other appliance in the house. In order to your improve Refrigeration, make sure the energy saver switch is turned on. This switch allows you to adjust the heating coil under the “skin” of the refrigerator (the purpose of the heating coils is to prevent condensation on your refrigerator). Check the seal on door gaskets periodically. Close the door on a dollar bill, if it pulls out easily, you may need a new gasket. Avoid setting refrigerator temperatures colder than necessary. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that refrigerators be set at 37 degrees F and freezers at 3 degrees F. Remember to cover liquids and wrap foods stored in the refrigerator. Uncovered foods release moisture and make the compressor work harder. Lastly, if you have a manual-defrost unit, regularly defrost the freezer and refrigerator; frost buildup decreases the energy efficiency of the unit.

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4 Unique Panel Options for your New Built-In Refrigerator

[tweetmeme source=”plassappliance”]So you’ve purchased a brand new Built-In Refrigerator and are looking to add your own Panels. Here are 4 unique Panel options for your brand new Built-In.

Custom Wood: Custom Wood Panels are by far the most popular panel choice when it comes to choosing to add panels to a built-in. Creating custom panels to match your cabinets gives your kitchen a seemless and clean  look. Given the specifications provided by the appliance manufacturer, your cabinet-maker can simply create custom panels that match your cabinet design and look. Take note that there are three different types of Refrigerator models that accept Custom Wood Panels; Framed, Overlay, and Flush Inset. Each provides a different look and feel which you’ll need to notate to your cabinet-maker in order for them to create panels the right size and shape. Framed models accept wood panels that will sit inside of the exterior stainless steel frame of the Refrigerator unit. Overlay panels adhere to the doors of the Refrigerator and will cover the entire front of the Refrigerator matching your cabinets. Flush Inset Panels will also adhere to the doors of the Refrigerator however the look of the panels will allow Refrigerator to hide amongst the cabinets creating a kitchen where the Refrigerator is undetectable. Once you figure out which front custom panels you need for your new Built-In work with your cabinet-maker and be sure to provide all specifications. Custom wood panels add elegance and sophistication to your kitchen and are certainly a nice touch to consider for your new Built-In Refrigerator. See the example below of a Framed Sub Zero Built-In Refrigerator featuring Custom Wood Panels that match the Kitchen Cabinets.

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6 Great Tips to Help Clean Up your Home Appliances

[tweetmeme source=”plassappliance”]Each and everyday our Appliances encounter alot of hands. Your dishwasher gets loaded with dinner’s dishes, the fridge gets filled with tonight’s leftovers, and the microwave may get messy from that late night snack. Dirty or not your Appliances work hard and get the job done for everyone in your family. They may not always get the proper cleaning they deserve, but when it comes time, here are 6 great tips to help clean up your Home Appliances.

Dishwasher: Don’t let hard water deposits or food stains destroy the inside of your dishwasher. Instead knock out those deposits and send those stains away using items you have in your very own home and pantry, like lemonade drink mix, lemon juice, distilled white vinegar, or even everyone’s favorite drink Tang. Simply add one of the following items to your dishwasher detergent cup, and run a light/short cycle. The acid will attack the hard water deposits and food stains and remove them from within the inside of your dishwasher, making your tub look as good as new. Continue reading


8 Dishwasher Tips for Cleaner Dishes

[tweetmeme source=”plassappliance”]Do you ever run the dishwasher only to find at the end of the cycle your dishes are still dirty? If this sounds like you, listen up. Cleaner dishes are on the horizon my friend. Here are 8 helpful Dishwasher tips that you can try to implement in order to ensure those dishes come out of your dishwasher squeaky clean.

Don’t Overload: Rule #1 in all households that own a dishwasher should be, “Do Not Overload the Dishwasher!” I’m sure you think that you can fit that last dish, bowl, or even fork in the dishwasher, but don’t. Leave it out and save it for the next load, or better yet wash that last one by hand. Overloading the dishwasher is a no-no. The more dishes that block the washer arms, the less chance they have to clean the dishes. Set a limit of how many dishes to load and stick to it.

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15 Helpful Laundry Tips to try out in your Home

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Laundry, Laundry, we love Laundry! Laundry will never go away and will always be one tough task to catch up on. But don’t let Laundry get you down! Here are 15 Helpful Laundry Tips to try in your Home to maximize efficiency, increase energy savings, and lessen the load in your laundry basket.

1. As your laundry accumulates, pre-sort it into designated baskets for lights, darks and whites. This way, a load will be ready to throw in the washer whenever you have a minute to spare.

2. Pretreat stains: Tackle any stains before loading the washer. Presoak clothes from the “very dirty” basket for a half hour in the washer, a large bucket, or a sink.

3. While sorting, don’t forget to close zippers, clasp hooks and check pockets to prevent snags and avoid washing tissues, money, lipstick, etc. Read more…


10 Helpful Home Appliance Tips

[tweetmeme source=”plassappliance”]At one point or another, we could always use a helpful tip or two, especially when it comes to our Home Appliances. Here are 10 Helpful Home Appliance Tips for you to use to improve the efficiency of your appliances and your home, while lessening your workload around the house.

1. Always be sure to clean the Dryer filter after every use. This will allow the dryer to breathe better which will in turn allow your clothes to dryer faster.

2. Washing your clothes in cold water saves on energy and lowers your utility bills. Cold water also works best to lift out tough stains on treated pre-treated clothes.

3. To keep your Dishwasher running smoothly and working longer, run the Dishwasher once a week even if there are no dishes to be done.

4. Many Refrigerators have open coils at the back of unit. Clean these coils early and often, at a minimum every six weeks. If you have pets, like dogs that shed, you’ll want to clean the coils more often. This will allow the Refrigerator to breathe better and prolong the life span of the unit. Read more…


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