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Troubleshooting Tips For Your Refrigerator

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Troubleshooting Tips For Your Refrigerator

Before you call a refrigerator repairman for issues you are having with your refrigerator, there are some troubleshooting tips you can do and repair your refrigerator by yourself. You’d hate to call out the repairman for something like a blown fuse, or a burnt out light bulb. These are very simple things you can do yourself, and save a few bucks. See below for symptoms and their troubleshooting tips. 1. No Light In Your Refrigerator Just because the light doesn’t come on, doesn’t mean your entire refrigerator is broken. It could possibly be the light itself. Check that the refrigerator is staying cool. Try first to replace the bulb. Check the door switch to see if it is stuck. There’s a small switch on the inside of your door, either at the top or the bottom. Check to see if it’s stuck. 2. Refrigerator Not Running And No Light If the refrigerator is not cool and you have no light on, chances are it isn’t just a light bulb issue as it was above. Check the plug at the back of the refrigerator to be sure it didn’t get unplugged somehow. Then check the breaker box to see if the fuse is blown. Look at the outlet itself and check that there is still power going to the outlet (the outlet could have gone bad). Also look at your refrigerator’s power cord to be sure there isn’t any damage to it. 3. Loud Or Strange Sounds Coming From Refrigerator No that squealing or banging noise your refrigerator is making is not normal. You may hear it running, but anything outside of that could be a problem. Check that the refrigerator is level. Inspect the drip pan to see if there is water in it. Water drips into the pan, but should evaporate. If there’s a lot of water in it there could be an issue with the condenser fan or evaporator fan. Be sure to check these as well to be sure they are running properly. Look at the mounts for the compressor. If the mounts are broken, make any necessary repairs. Your refrigerator isn’t made to run forever, but it should definitely run for ten years or more. You may run into some issues throughout those years, but hopefully they aren’t big issues. Use the troubleshooting tips above to help make small repairs to your refrigerator. Contact a professional refrigerator repairman for help if you have problems that you aren’t able to repair on your own to ensure your refrigerator runs for those entire ten years (or even longer). For more information or assistance, contact companies like Appliance...

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The Pros And Cons Of Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Pros And Cons Of Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

It may be time to brighten up the old kitchen in your home, or just bring it into the modern world. Kitchen remodels can be pricey, particularly when it comes to cabinets and countertops. Getting all new kitchen cabinets can really transform the look and feel of your kitchen, but it can also cost a pretty penny. Cabinet refacing is an alternative way to make your kitchen look new again without spending the cost of an entire kitchen cabinet replacement. Before you decide which way to go, read on to learn about the various pros and cons of kitchen cabinet refacing. Pros of Refacing Perhaps the most obvious plus to kitchen cabinet refacing is its overall lower cost. There is less labor and material involved, so it can sometimes cost as much as half of what it would be to have them completely gutted and replaced. Here are some other pros to cabinet refacing: The time to complete an entire refacing takes almost half as long as a replacement, since there is less labor involved. There will be less mess, since the entire body of the cabinet doesn’t have to be demolished and removed. You will still be able to use your kitchen while the process is underway. There are a wide variety of finishes and styles to choose from for cabinet refacing, allowing for almost any look you choose. If you have the skills and the ability to get the needed materials, you can do the cabinet refacing yourself, saving even more money. You’re being more environmentally conscious, since you are not contributing to your local landfill by removing all of your cabinets. Cons of Refacing While refacing your kitchen cabinets will certainly be a less costly alternative to sprucing up your kitchen, there are a few downsides. Read on to learn more about the cons of resurfacing: If the basic structure of your cabinets is failing, resurfacing them will not fix it. This includes cracking, warped shelves, or broken shelving. If your existing cabinets are older, and the wood has any damage, the veneer used to resurface them may not stay secure or adhered, and could warp over time. The current kitchen cabinet layout cannot be changed if you get the cabinets resurfaced. Consider this if you were thinking of adding more room, or changing the way your kitchen is laid out. Warranties on resurfaced cabinets may not cover as much or last as long. Read all warranty information carefully before you choose to resurface over replace your cabinets. If you’re looking for professional help, look for a business that refinishes kitchen cabinets in...

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Three Reasons Why Your Ice Maker May Not Be Making Ice

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Reasons Why Your Ice Maker May Not Be Making Ice

If you notice that the ice maker in your freezer has stopped making ice, troubleshooting the situation as soon as possible is important if you want to have ice in the near future. There are quite a few reasons why an ice maker may stop working. The following guide walks you through a few of the most common reasons why your ice maker may have stopped producing ice and what you can do to get it working again. Lack of Water Pressure There are times when there may be a shortage of water coming to the ice maker, especially if you have a well and it has not rained recently. When this happens, the pressure that is created with the water when it flows from the well to the ice maker will be diminished, and the ice maker may not be able to operate until more pressure is created. In order for more pressure to be created, you may have to wait until it rains so that the well can collect more water, which will then create more pressure. Freezer Not Cold Enough All ice makers are designed to stop operating when the freezer they are in reaches a certain temperature. This is to ensure that the ice maker does not keep making ice that cannot stay frozen because the internal temperature of the freezer is too high. If you recently had a power outage or turned off your refrigerator for some reason, you may need to reset your freezer. Simply look inside of the refrigerator portion of the refrigerator and find the small dials that set the temperature for both the freezer and the refrigerator. Set the temperature in the freezer above three-quarters of the way to the coldest option available. This will give you wiggle room to make the freezer colder if needed. A Clogged Water Filter The water that goes into your ice maker runs through a filtration system to ensure that the water is as pure and crisp as it can be. Over time, the filter needs to be changed to ensure that it works as efficiently as possible. If you have not replaced your filter in a while, there is a good chance that it may be clogged and limiting the flow of water to your ice maker. The filter may be located inside of the refrigerator side of the fridge, or you may have to pull the front grate free from the fridge and find the filter twisted directly under the doors facing toward you. The filter should be able to easily be twisted out and replaced with the new filter within minutes. If you cannot figure out what is wrong with your ice maker, it may simply be outdated and need to be replaced. The motors in ice makers can wear out after extended use, and replacing them is often more efficient than having them repaired. For more information, contact a company that specializes in appliance repair in Surrey or the surrounding...

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