Reliable and St. Barbs, Belmont Community SEA Students

Recently, Reliable Appliance Parts & Service Ltd., were honoured to be part of a prize giving and thanksgiving celebration with the SEA students of the St. Barbs, Belmont community. “We are so pleased to have been able to provide books and stationary to these enthusiastic young people. We are happy to support the future of community with this gesture and look forward to even more involvement.” commented Brian Manswell, Managing Director Reliable Appliance Parts & Service Ltd.

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Keep Your Washing Machine Clean

Who washes the washing machine? Well it’s yours so it has to be you, and it needs to be kept in optimal condition for it to work efficiently and last long. Here are some tips:

  • Front-loading washers are prone to odors caused by mildew and detergent build-up. There are commercial cleaners that can be used. Or, some manufacturers recommend cleaning the washer each month by running a regular cycle with one cup of chlorine bleach to help reduce the risk of mold buildup. Check your owner’s manual for their recommendations.
  • Top loading washer should also be cleaned regularly by running a cycle with hot water and one cup of distilled white vinegar. This will remove any residual detergent build-up and freshen the machine.
  • For both types of washers, leaving the door open until the washer is completely dry will help prevent odors and mildew growth. The washer should be dry within two to three hours.
  • If your washer has automatic dispensers for detergent, bleach, fabric softener or other products, they should be cleaned monthly. Product build-up can prevent even distribution and can even stain clothes if too much product is deposited on the fabrics.

Leveling

Because your washing machine is so heavy, when it’s not level, it can vibrate strongly during the spin cycle. If your washing machine is not perfectly level (with all four legs touching the floor) it can bang and rock back and forth, and even begin to “walk” across the room. This isn’t good for the machine and may damage anything near the machine.

Your washing machine usually has adjustable, front leveling legs with a lock nut. You adjust the leg to the proper height, then tighten the lock nut up against the body of the machine to keep the leg from rotating.

Some machines have adjustable leveling legs in the rear also, and you can adjust them in the same way. Keep the machine as close to the floor as possible, the lower it is, the less likely it is to vibrate.

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Maintaining Your Dryer

Yes, even with all the breeze in sunny Trinidad & Tobago there are some instances when households do need a dryer, like when living in an apartment building and there is no space or if you have no backyard. Here are some tips if you own one:

  • Lint filter
    Check and clean the lint filter after every drying cycle. If the lint filter has any rips or tears, replace it. If the filter gets clogged by fabric softener residue or any other residue, you can easily clean it with a soft-bristle brush and a little detergent.
  • You can also clean the chute, duct, or area that the lint filter fits into. If necessary, use a vacuum cleaner to reach into the duct and clean out any lint.
  • Failure to clean out lint traps is the main cause of dryer fires.
  • Make sure the appliance is plugged into an outlet that is suitable for its needs.
  • Make sure it is properly vented and that vent flaps are not sticking. Remove lint buildup inside the vent by vacuuming occasionally.
  • Pull out the appliance occasionally to vacuum away any lint behind or underneath. Learn how to remove the front panel of a dryer and vacuum inside to remove built up lint.
  • Do not leave the house unattended when the appliance is on.
  • Do not leave flammable items nearby (clothes, rags, cleaning supplies, etc.).
  • A dryer is an electrical appliance, make sure it’s serviced by a professional only.
  • Have a functional smoke detector placed in the laundry room (somewhere near the appliance).
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Kitchen Appliance Tips

Stoves and Cooktops

You can clean any porcelain cooktop with a non-abrasive cleanser. Don’t pour the cleanser directly onto the cooktop, instead, put some cleaner on a soft, damp rag, and then wipe the surface.

Remember to clean the hood! Locate your vent hood’s filters and remove them from the vent hood. Fill your sink or a large basin with hot water and a large squirt of degreasing soap and several shakes of baking powder. Add your stove hood filters to the soapy water and allow them to soak for about 10 minutes. Next, remove the vent hood filters from the water and use your sponge to remove the rest of the debris. Once your filters are clean, let them air dry, and after they are fully dry, put the filters back into the vent hood.

Refrigerator Tips

Self-defrosting refrigerator
You don’t need to manually defrost your self-defrosting refrigerator/freezer. Every 6 to 8 hours, it heats up its cooling coils slightly and melts any frost accumulation on the coils. The resulting water drains into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator/freezer.

There’s no need to empty the pan. The water in it will evaporate. But it may begin to smell bad over time. You may be able to remove it for periodic cleaning by detaching the lower grill and sliding the pan out the front of the refrigerator/freezer.

Note: When mold grows in the drain pan, it is sometimes considered to be a health concern. If your drain pan is removable, and if you’re sensitive to mold, consider cleaning the drain pan periodically.

Dishwasher

Interior cleaning & deodorizing
You don’t need to clean the interior of your dishwasher if you use it regularly. If it goes un-used for a week or more and begins to develop mold or smell bad, you can clean it using Dishwasher Cleaner and Deodorizer.

Microwave Oven Tips

Interior cleaning

  • Clean the inside of your microwave frequently. Food particles and splatters absorb some of the microwave energy while the unit is operating and may cause burns and other damage to the microwave. By periodically wiping down the inside of the microwave, you can prevent that from happening and lengthen the lifespan of your appliance. You can clean the interior with a microwave oven cleaner.

Exterior cleaning

  • The touch pad controls, door hardware, and other exterior trim pieces last longer when they’re clean.

Surge protection

  • Because microwave ovens have solid state circuitry inside, they’re susceptible to damage from voltage spikes caused by lightening, etc. It is recommended that you plug your microwave into an appropriate surge suppressor to protect the circuitry.

Door safety

  • Your microwave oven’s door keeps the microwave energy inside, where it belongs. If the door is in any way damaged, or if the door seal doesn’t seem to fit correctly or be in good repair, have the microwave checked by a qualified appliance repair technician.

Running empty

  • Warning! Never operate a microwave oven without food or liquid inside it.
    Microwave ovens heat by bombarding the food or liquid in the oven with super-high-frequency microwave sound energy. If there’s no food or liquid in the oven to absorb the microwave energy, the energy can feed back to the microwave itself, which can permanently damage the internal microwave antenna (magnetron).
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