Household appliances are the heart and soul of your home. They are an essential part of our busy modern lifestyle. Nowadays, home appliances aim to free our time from tedious tasks as they have become more efficient, less time-consuming, and reliable. However, it is also crucial that we take care of them properly to get the most benefit. ElectraFix appliance repair can help you with that.
There is no doubt that modern home appliances make family life easier. Dishwashers, washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and ovens can improve the quality of living when in good condition. However, when damage occurs, choosing the right solution is critical.
At some point, household appliances can stop working, leaving you with a decision to make. Is it better to repair or replace it? Before deciding, our experts at ElectraFix recommend you consider the following:
Although the life expectancy of a dishwasher is about 10 years, 30% of new dishwashers will need some type of repair within 5 years. Some common dishwasher repair issues are:
Not all plastic is dishwasher safe. Some contain harmful chemicals such as BPA and phthalates. They get released with heat and spread to other stuff in the dishwasher. The “dishwasher safe” symbol looks like two circles under slanted lines. Some plastic items that are dishwasher safe are:
Tupperware acquired after 1979 is dishwasher safe. CheeSmart CondensControl™ Grid, Shape- O-Toy, TupperChef Knives, any printed models and containers with transparent, glass-like finish are not dishwasher safe. Even if your Tupperware is dishwasher safe, you should avoid placing them in direct heat areas on your dishwasher. Also, don’t use high-temperature cycles as your Tupperware can melt, causing damage to your dishwasher.
Refrigerators are an essential appliance in everyone's home, and it can be chaotic when they don't work correctly. Some common refrigerator problems are:
Most people are not concerned about food organization inside their fridges. The approach is “wherever it fits best” most of the time. However, this may not be best for all produce. While the temperature is constant at the refrigerator shelves and drawers, it is not the same at the fridge door. The temperature is warmer as the heat comes in every time we open the door; therefore, the items to be stored here should be less perishable.
The food to place at your fridge door are condiments such as ketchup, mayo, mustard, relish and maple syrup. Also, bottled water, soft drinks like juice (not fresh), and soda and salad dressings. These items are more resistant to warmer temperatures. Produce that you should not store in your fridge door is raw meat, milk, eggs, cheese, fish and poultry because they tend to spoil rapidly here.
Meat should be stored between 28°F to 32°F. When the temperature rises, food is more prone to spoilage. When meat is exposed for a long time to temperatures 50°F or higher harmful bacteria develop. The best place to keep your raw meat in your fridge is the coolest part, as the top shelves. In addition, you should put the raw meat in containers to avoid cross-contamination due to spillage.
Raw beef, lamb, pork, fish and poultry should be stored below ready to eat or prepared food. Bear in mind that most meats are good only for a couple of days in your fridge, then they should be stored in the freezer where they can last longer.
Your kitchen is the heart and soul of your home. Extraordinary moments are shared during family meals. Therefore, if your stove, oven or range fails, you should waste no time in getting them working again. Our knowledgeable Appliance Repair Team at ElectraFix are experts in all oven, stove and range issues such as :
Glass top stoves had certainly revolutionised the kitchen. They are more convenient than electric or gas cooktops as they require less cleaning. However, they can get scratched or cracked, which are more complicated and expensive to repair. When the burner from a glass cooktop does not work could be due to problems with the switches, and troubleshooting can be done by checking the connections. However, if the damage is significant, it may need a replacement.
Doing laundry by hand is a job from the past unless your washer breaks. Our technicians at ElectraFix can promptly repair any washer problem like:
Simply put, a washer and dryer combo is a combination of a front loading washer with a condenser clothes dryer. The combo offers the same features like the separate units and is more or less the size of one. The washer and dryer is an attractive solution that has pros and cons, like:
Because of its price, a washing machine is a significant
investment in any household. Thus, people consider price, brand,
performance, efficiency, and lifespan when buying a new one.
On average, a washer is expected to last 14 years, one load or cycle, seven days a week, about 5,100 loads. Some cheaper machines may only have 4,000 cycles, as more expensive ones can reach 8,000 cycles. Also, you can shorten your washer lifespan by overloading it, which stresses various components in your machine.
Some warning signs that your washer needs replacement instead of repair can be:
Although the most common issue with a dryer is not drying the clothes, it can also present troubles like clogged exhaust vent, clogged lint filter, failed internal fuse or broken start switch.
Wool dryer balls are an environmentally friendly alternative to dryer sheets. Dryer balls can eliminate static and soften fabrics. Helping clothes separate can cut up to 14 percent of the drying time and moderately reduce wrinkles.
When choosing between gas vs electric dryer, you want to consider initial cost, long-run cost, safety and efficiency. Both dryers have their pros and cons for you to evaluate what fits you best.
Garbage disposals are a standard feature in most Canadian and American homes. They are not so common in the rest of the world, and places like Europe have banned them for environmental reasons. Like any other appliance, they can malfunction and need some repair.
Trash compactors have been around since the 40s. Some advocate
for trash compactors for environmental reasons; others are
against them because of foul smells. However, modern trash
compactors manufacturers have added odour-control solutions in
the last years,
There are three main models of trash compactor: freestanding, under-the-counter and convertible. If you are thinking about getting one in your kitchen, here is a list of pros and cons.
Trash compactors are easy to use and composed of three elements: a metal ram that crutches the waste, a bin for the waste and an electrical switch. It works like a little garbage truck compacting trash. Its use is simple; you just need to place the garbage in the bin, close the container and turn it on. Some have alarms that indicate if it’s loaded wrongly or any other malfunction for safety.
Cleaning a dryer vent removes dryer debris and dust that accumulates in the filter and dryer vents. When ducts become clogged, your dryer stops venting adequately and can create severe problems for the dryer and your home.
Absolutely, your dryer vent and ducts need to be cleaned regularly. Over the years, lint can accumulate in the ducts, when mixed with hot air, cause fire, resulting in economic loss and even deaths. Cleaning the exhaust ducts often prevents serious problems.
You can try to clean your dryer vents and may be able to get some small debris out. However, as you don't have the same tools as a specialist, your ducts will not be completely clean. Your dryer vents absolutely need to be cleaned professionally to avoid any future serious issues. At ElectraFix, we provide excellent dry vent cleaning service by using advanced tools to clean the ducts entirely without damaging the vents. Afterwards, we offer a post-cleaning check to confirm we have done a complete service job.
Overall consistent appliance maintenance and repair has many advantages such as: