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Repair appliances today – Save the planet tomorrow!

No one is here to blame the fact that technology is evolving and we try to implement the best and most efficient ways we can in our everyday life style. Just the time we are in is the time to take action, and think about where does the appliance go when we throw it away ? My two cents on this matter and an inside perspective on what is what nowadays

Lets begins with why we repair appliances in the first place, the obvious answer would be to save money of course, at-least that was the only worry we had back a couple decades ago, now we have a crazy global crisis on our hands called climate change, now tell me do you know where appliances go when you throw them away ? If you guessed straight into a landmine you guessed right. In most cases it’s really difficult to recycle thrown away appliances, especially when they are fully assembled. Probably one of the worst ways to create a waste in our ever so fragile eco system as it is today. It’s not just about saving a buck anymore, it’s about something much bigger that can be prevented if we do our due diligence in repairing what we have and not turning a blind eye to what our future will be.

Since appliances began in the mid early 1900’s they had an everlasting mechanics to them, they did still break like everything, but at a way lower rate than traditional residential appliances do today. I am not pointing fingers at any company and saying it’s not necessarily their fault, but instead the evolution of technology has made thus appliances break more frequently. With inserting electronics into them. Example back 40 years ago a standard washing machine had a timer in which you twist the dial to choose a select cycle. What would happen is that select cycle would send voltage to a select mechanical part in this case.  Appliances were much simpler then and had fewer problems than what you see today. Today they are filled with extra functions which include putting in more parts, parts that used to be good quality, now the quality is not the same especially when you add electronics in the mix. 

If you own an appliance i am talking directly to you, if you own old appliances and you think they are too old to fix or the fact that they are just too “old”  stop right there you are falling into a trap. The fact of the matter is the older your appliance is the higher the lively hood it has, and that is a proven fact. I am not trying to start a mob against appliance companies and go after them, i am just stating what i see from an insider perspective into this matter and you can take advantage as well as save money and the planet.

The True Longevity of Whirlpool Appliances 

Choosing the right appliance brand for you, depending on what you like, how much money are you willing to spend, and just how well it serves your needs. We will dive in the most topics that all our customers ask about. Starting with the most asked one, longevity of the actual appliance it self.  Let’s get one thing out of the way first no appliance brand is perfect and like everything mechanical, something will end up breaking, and we will be here to fix it. We will be covering North Americas biggest appliance titan in this article, let us  dive in.

Whirlpool  ( kitchen Aid, Maytag ) Fridges, Dryers and Washers

Coming in at the largest appliance distributor, owning Kitchen Aid as well as Maytag. You can pretty much say they are Whirlpool but with a different name in front of it.( When speaking about whirlpool I am also including Kitchen Aid and Maytag appliance products ) Now when it comes to longevity of the Whirlpool  appliances they definitely rank in the top three of lasting the longest without breaking, but that goes for only some of there appliances, for refrigerators they have been very good with keeping there sealed systems in check, sealed system repairs can be extremely costive for the customer, in allot of cases its a big punch in you’re wallet, either speaking having to repair it or replace it, there is no cheap way of fixing this problem but whirlpool has not lacked in this department. Which means the remaining problems in the fridges are way less costing. So I would definitely promote getting a whirlpool fridge for longevity.  

Next up we have there washers and dryers, I will be doing the laundry products in pairs. The best thing I have to point out about there laundry products is that they are simple the thing about simplicity is that less things inside a machine the less probability of something breaking. They are built with “features” like all appliances are. What I mean by features is the options you have on the dial when choosing what type of drying mode you want. Some brands have 15 some have 20. Whirlpool has the ones you only really need. Less mechanics in general, less probability in failing. Consider a robot with one hundred different parts that works and a robot that has 25 parts for requiring both of them to work. Who do you think will break first ? As goes for the same as their washing machines they have just what you only really need. If something does end up breaking or defecting, it will definitely be a cheaper repair than other appliance brands.

Whirlpool ( kitchen Aid, Maytag ) Dishwashers and Stoves 

Now every brand is not perfect even the biggest and most profitable can bleed. The dishwashers are cost effective but definitely notorious for having problems in there first couple of years, due to their very high technology that whirlpool has implemented in there machines I am talking about there computer boards they have and the amount of small parts that they have included that have brought a nightmare to house wives or husbands all across North America. The worst part is these problems are usually having to do with their electronic parts meaning their boards and computers, the brains of the machine. Out of all their appliances  I would say their dishwashers are their Achilles Heel when it comes to longevity term for their products. 

Last but not least we have the Whirlpool Stoves or Ranges as others would like to call them. Beginning with the electric ranges they have a large variety of types of their electric ranges, ranging from the old school element burners to their new inductive cook tops. Surprisingly I don’t run into them too often which is the best sign for longevity and parts breaking inside them. Basically only breaks when used improperly or not taking care of the stove itself. Examples would be keeping the cook top clean from any debris or debris of any kind touching the bake element. I would definitely  recommend their electric stoves you are in fact paying for what you are getting. 

The most dangerous if not handled properly for last is the whirlpool Gas ranges they rank amongst the middle I would say if I had to rank them not because they are built to break but their horrible self clean option that they implement. Not so bad for electric stoves but the gas ones tend to go out much more after using the self clean option. The number one most common issue is when you use the self clean option the heat that is generated from the gas igniters gets so hot and the way most of the whirlpool gas ranges are built are with the Control boards right in front and centre of the appliance. So where does all that heat go ? It rises. Rises up right to the board, then bam. You have yourself a cooked and ready to replace control board. Either then that it is a really reliable purchase for anyone that like gas ovens over electronically ones.

What is the High – Efficiency detergent (HE) and How important to use in front loud washer.
Any laundry detergent like stain removers, boosters, and fabric softeners with the HE symbol are formulated to be used in high-efficiency washing machines. High-efficiency washers use much less water than an older standard top loud washers. The HE detergents developed as low-sudsing andante quick-dispensing cleaners for use in low water volume machines. The HE detergents are formulated to hold soil in suspension in that lower volume of water, so it is not re-deposited onto clean clothes.
Using a traditional laundry detergent in a high-efficiency washer will produce too many suds that will not be fully rinsed away. Excess suds will interfere with the tumbling action used to clean clothes in both types of HE washers.
The use of traditional detergent with lots of suds can also cause the washers to leak, damage the electronic system of the washer, and damage rubber
gaskets and creating bed oder in the machine.
Best recommended HE detergent in Britich Colambia
Vancouver area is Persil and Country Safe.

Announcement

Dear Customer we happy to announced that we are add to addition complete Appliance Repair Service for following brands of appliance such as LG, Blumberg and AEG. From February 8, 2018 you are welcome to contact us to schedule an appointment for repair or maintenance, or schedule service on-line.

Home made eco-friendly dishwasher detergent very good for Metro Vancouver area.

Simple not expensive and environmentally friendly. Specialy useful for soft water environment (Metro Vancouver)

Ingredients:

1 cup washing soda

1/2 cup citric acid

1/2 cup sea salt

Direction: Use 1 table spoon per load.

For rinse aid compartment use distilled white vinegar.

Tips on maintaining a front-load washing machine

  1. Always, always use detergent made for high-efficiency (HE) machines, and use the minimum amount (more is not necessarily better). Regular detergents produce much more suds, and over time, can build up a film on the drum and hoses that become a breeding ground for mold. Read the label carefully — some detergents are marked “HE compatible,” but still produce lots of suds, which is difficult to rinse out as your high-efficiency machine uses less water, and therefore should not be used in your front-loader. We can’t stress this enough — in same cases, using the wrong detergent may even void your warranty.
  2. Use less fabric softener (one teaspoon will soften a whole load). Ditto for bleach (one tablespoon for concentrated bleach, two tablespoons for regular). Remember, high-efficiency machines use less water, so less product is needed.
  3. Remove finished loads immediately. Do not let damp clothes sit in the machine (this provides an ideal breeding environment for musty smells and mildew). Care should be taken to ensure pets or children don’t climb in.
  4. When not in use, leave the door of the washer ajar, to improve air circulation inside the machine and to prevent the buildup of mold and mildew.
  5. Clean out the washer door’s rubber seal thoroughly. Remove any bits of hair or fabric you may find — these trap odors, sludge and provide a wonderful home for mold. Wipe the inside of the drum with this solution as well.
  6. For a third month cleaning session, pour some distilled white vinegar instead of laundry detergent into the dispenser, and add one cup of baking soda directly into the drum as well (this will neutralize the pH, but provide a scrubbing action). Run the machine on the hottest cycle, plus an extra rinse. For extreme cases of mildew-y smells, replace vinegar with bleach and run a few quick cycles with hot water. If there’s a self-cleaning cycle, follow your manual’s instructions on how to use it.
  7. Clean out the drain pump filter every few weeks or whenever you notice problems with water drainage, excessive vibrations, wet clothes after the final spin, longer than usual cycle time, or unusual pauses during a wash cycle. Hair, fabric, and other various bits can get clogged up in the drain pump filter, leading to sluggish drainage of water. The drain pump filter’s location varies by machine (check your manual for details) but it is usually located at the front and bottom of the machine behind a small trapdoor.
  8. Ensure that the spin speed you select is appropriate for the load you are washing — higher spin speeds may mean drier clothes prior to putting them in the dryer, but also means extra wear and tear on the machine’s inner parts, potentially shortening its lifespan.

Upgrade washing machine hoses to no burst hoses! (posted 5 Dec, 15)

If your washing machine is connected to bare rubber hoses, you’re risking thousands of dollars’ worth of water damage. Under constant water pressure, these hoses are prone to leaks or even bursting. That’s why building codes say that the water supply should be shut off when the washer isn’t in use—unless it’s connected to no-burst hoses.Old-Washing-Machine-Hoses

Proper Dryer Maintenance (posted 27 Nov, 15)

By observing a few simple indications of poor system performance, one can examine the dryer components for any blockage or excessive heat. A clogged dryer vent may be your problem if: you notice heavy clothes such as blue jeans or towels taking a long time to dry, or clothes feel hotter than usual at the end of the cycle.

Follow these few safety tips:

Clean the lint screen/filter before or after drying each load of clothes. If clothing is still damp at the end of a typical drying cycle or drying requires longer times than normal, this may be a sign that the screen or the exhaust duct is blocked. Inspect lint screen for rips. If any are found, replace immediately.

Replace plastic or foil, accordion-type ducting material with a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct. Most manufacturers specify the use of a rigid or corrugated semi-rigid metal duct, which provides maximum airflow. The flexible foil type duct can more easily trap lint and is more susceptible to kinks or crushing, which can greatly reduce the airflow. Note: WHITE VINYL HOSE is prohibited and should never be used in dryer venting.

Disconnect, clean, and inspect the dryer duct and venting every couple of years, or hire a company to clean the dryer components. Some dryer vents may need more frequent inspection, such as in homes with complex construction where the dryer vents exceed 6 feet from the outside, or with smaller stack dryers and dryers that are older and do not have moisture sensors or high temperature safety limit controls. This will reduce the fire risk and increase the dryer’s efficiency.

Wasp Nest Obstructing Vent Flapper
Wasp Nest Obstructing Vent

Inspect your outside exhaust termination. Outside wall dampers should have a covering that will keep out rain, snow, and dirt. However, do not use wire screen or cloth of any kind to protect the exhaust opening. It can collect lint and clog areas of the dryer vent. In order to deter birds and small animals from nesting in vents, make sure the dryer vent system and damper are working suitably.

Keep the area around the dryer clean and free from clutter. Clean behind dryer, where lint can build up. Have a qualified service person clean the interior of the dryer chassis periodically to minimize the amount of lint accumulation.

Never let your clothes dryer run while you are out of the house or asleep. If it malfunctions, no one will be there to avert possible disaster.

Never put synthetic materials such as rubber, plastic, foam, or pieces of cloth that have been used to sponge up flammable liquids in the dryer, even if previously washed. Vapors from these products could ignite or explode.

Have gas-powered dryers inspected by a professional annually to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.

Install a smoke detector in or near your laundry room. Consider installing a carbon monoxide detector if using a gas-powered dryer.