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Appliance Maintenance Tips


  • Warning - make sure you unplug the unit before cleaning out lint. There are special brushes with vacuum adaptors for this. Avoid the condenser fan when cleaning.

  • Do not overload unit. It can block the airflow from freezer to refrigerator.

  • Keep unit about 2-3 inches from back wall.

Ice Makers

  • Be sure to keep objects clear of baling arm (wire rod or paddle on icemaker).

  • If you are seeing black or grey flakes in ice you may need a new icemaker.

  • Small ice cubes usually means you need a new filter.

  • If you leave home for an extended time you should turn water off to refrigerator and turn Ice Maker off.

Top Load Washers 

  • Do not put more than 10 pounds on top of washer lid.

  • Every 6 months fill washer with hot water and ¾ gallon white vinegar, run through cycle without clothes. This will help eliminate odors and break down alkaline buildup.

  • Too much detergent causes over-suds which will damage the pump.

  • Overloading causes premature failure of major components.

Front Load Washers

  • Using too much or non-HE detergent can damage the pump.

  • Some of these washers especially those with a pedestal (drawer underneath) have a tendency to vibrate or walk. You can help eliminate this by     using carpet remnants or anti-vibration pads under the feet of the washer.


  • Do not kink vent hose causes not to dry well.

  • Wash lint screen with warm soapy water every 2 months if using dryer towels. Let dry completely before reinserting into slot.

  • Clean lint screen after every load.

  • Do not put clothes into dryer that are very wet.

  • Most new dryers do not come with a cord (pigtail) today. Call today for an appointment to install your cord and hook up your dryer.

Stackable washer and dryer 

  • Most people try to wash and dry the same size loads as a regular washer and dryer in these units. They are not made to do large loads.

Cooktops Gas

  • Avoid getting water or other liquids into the inner workings of this appliance. If you do, let it dry for 48 hours before using again because the fluids   can short out the igniters.

  • Clean with a damp cloth or sponge with warm soapy water.

Cooktop Glass or Electric

  • Use flat bottom pans.

  • Do not use heavy pots.

  • Use damp cloth or sponge with warm soapy water. No abrasives.

Range Gas

  • Follow gas cooktop hints for care and cleaning of top burners and the oven.

  • If you pull your range out from wall remember that it has a gas flex line connected to a gas valve at the wall. You can break this line or valve if you are not careful. 

Range Electric

  • Refer to electric cooktop hints for cleaning.

  • New ranges do not come with cords. Check your outlet before purchasing because there are different types of cords.

  • If your oven seems to take too long to heat you may have a burned out element. Replacing element can be dangerous. Be sure to disconnect   power to appliance before servicing. Call us for repair if needed.

Built in ovens

  • On most built-in ovens when in self clean mode you have a high temperature of over 1200deg F. If oven was not vented properly when it was   installed heat can cause damage to electrical and electronic controls. 

  • The door is weight sensitive and is not designed to hold heavy weight. Most will not handle over 15 pounds. It can damage hinges or break glass.


  • Slamming door can break delicate switches.

  • Do not ever run unit without anything in it.

  • Microwaves have a moisture sensor. If you run unit without something with moisture it can cause sensor to burn out.

  • Clean all spills and splatters to keep the microwaves from acting on spots and damaging inner workings of microwave.

  • If you have special coated double rack microwave remove the rack when not using both levels. Leaving rack in place can cause damage to inner workings.


  • If water supply to dishwasher does not have its own heater you will need to run water in sink until it becomes hot. The water temperature needs to      be a minimum of 120deg F coming into dishwasher to break down detergent.  

  • Use approximately 2-2.5 teaspoons of detergent only.

  • Keep rinse aide full.

  • Every 3 months let dishwasher fill with water, once it is full, open door pour 2 cups white vinegar directly into water at bottom of dishwasher. Close     door and run complete cycle but do not dry. This will extend life of pump by breaking down alkaline buildup.

  • Plastic can melt in heated dry cycle.

Garbage Disposal

  • Run ice through the garbage disposal once every 30-40 days. Run hot water behind the ice. This cleans & sharpens blades.

  • Keep hands out of the garbage disposal.

  • Call for repair or installation.