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Preventative maintenance will extend the life of your appliances and ensure they run at peak efficiency.

Washer Tips

Tip: Fabric softeners are waxy and can gum up in the washer if introduced undiluted with water before dispensing. So mix them with water before use. If there's a fabric softener dispenser on your machine, add the recommended amount and then top off with water. If you're pouring from a cup, use a 3-to-1 ratio of softener to water. Avoid overloading the washer. Add clothes until the unit is filled to just below top of the agitator axle without packing down the clothes. An overloaded washer strains the motor and transmission, shortening their lives. long.

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Dryer Tips

Tip: Clean the lint filter after every dryer load. Replace the door seal if it's loose, worn, damaged or hardened. If you don't, the warm dryer air will escape, forcing the unit to work harder. Check the seal by holding a tissue near door while the dryer is running. If the tissue is sucked toward the door, have the seal replaced. Two times a year Clean the lint filter with soap and water to remove built-up soap and fabric softener.

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Microwave Tips

Tip: Avoid unnecessary spatters by covering dishes, using wax paper or paper towels. If the oven does not have a removable glass shelf, a plate or paper towel placed under the food (such as baked potatoes) keeps it cleaner. Wipe up spills after cooking. Wash regularly with mild detergent and water. Rinse and wipe dry with a paper towel or clean cloth. Especially clean around edge of door and door opening, to prevent soil buildup which would prevent door closing tightly. If spots seem dried on, boil water in a glass cup a few minutes; steam will help loosen soil. Leave in oven 5 minutes. Then wipe dry. If odors, either clean the interior with a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda to 1 cup warm water, rinse and dry. Or mix 1 part lemon juice to 3 parts water in a large glass cup and boil 3-5 minutes. Let cool. Then remove water and wipe dry. Never use abrasive pads or powders on oven. Follow manual directions for care. Microwave combination ovens (with convection or conventional heat) may have spills cook on from heat present. Follow manual directions for cleaning.

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Refrigerator Tips

Tip: KEEP THE STINK OUT OF YOUR FRIDGE Items stored in refrigerators sometimes emit an unpleasant odour. To get rid of it, soak a piece of cotton in a favourite essence of yours (like vanilla/lemon/ice-cream) and keep it preferably on the top shelf (may be next to the eggs). When you open the refrigerator, it will greet you with a welcome fragrance! A piece of fresh lime also helps in reducing the unpleasant odour. This is a must-do especially if you tend to keep chopped onions in the fridge regularly.

Keep the top of the refrigerator clear and make sure there is at least a 1/2-in. clearance on sides. Make sure the refrigerator is level or tilted back slightly so the door closes completely. Once a month clean door gasket with 1 tsp. of baking soda dissolved in a quart of warm water. Besides cleaning the gasket, it will keep it soft and pliable. Two times a year clean coils with a condenser coil brush ($6), available at an appliance dealer. The coils are usually behind the snap-out grill at the front bottom of the unit. On older models, they're located in the back and are partially covered by cardboard. Unplug the unit first so you don't strike the moving fan. Even when the unit is unplugged, avoid disturbing the insulation or bending the fan blades, which could damage the fan. If your pets shed, do this four times a year. Test the door gasket. A leaky gasket wastes energy and shortens the life of the compressor. Close the refrigerator door on a dollar bill at various places along the door, and pull lightly. If the bill does budge, the gasket probably needs replacing. Once a year slide the refrigerator out and vacuum around and beneath it. Left unattended, this dirt will end up on the coils.

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Dishwasher TIp

Tip: Run the hot water in the sink near the dishwasher before starting it, so even during the first cycle the water is at or near the design temperature of 120 degrees F. If the water isn't at least 60 degrees F, the soap won't dissolve. Promptly repair cut or chipped plastic coating on racks to prevent rust. Use steel wool to remove rust and cap the damaged rack tines with slip-on rubber tips. Load the dishwasher correctly, follow manufacturers instructions. Use only dishwasher detergent in recommended amounts. Do not put any other cleaning compound inside dishwasher (laundry detergent, liquid dish detergent), as it may suds and overflow — you could fill your kitchen with soap suds!!! Store detergent in a dry, cool place, and do not keep extra packages on hand for a long time as it takes up moisture from the air and then loses cleaning ability. When you run a regular wash cycle, place a small container filled with 1 cup of distilled white vinegar in both the dish rack (lower) and the cup rack (upper); the dishwasher will disperse the vinegar during the wash cycle. This dissolves mineral accumulation and soap residue throughout the dishwasher, especially at the hinges where rust-causing buildup occurs.

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Stove Tip

Tip: KEEP YOUR GAS OVEN SPARKLING CLEAN... Your burners and ovens often accumulate greasy grime that is just not easy to scrub away. Here's a solution: pour a tablespoon of vinegar on a sponge and wipe the stains on the gas stove carefully. This will make them come off easily. Then clean the stove the usual way, with some detergent and water. Your gas burner will sparkle like a new one. Of course, don't let the water filter into the burner where the flame comes from, since it takes a long time to dry till which your burner's useless. Most gas stove problems are simple mechanical adjustments or maintenance tasks that have been overlooked over time. If at any time you smell gas or have to replace any part and feel uncomfortable doing so, call your local gas company first for help. Never try to repair the gas stove yourself. Failure to do so can have grave consequences.

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Oven Tips

Tip: Wipe down the range top. A clean surface prevents scratches and stops acidic food from eating away at the appliance finish. Run the self-cleaning cycle after removing racks (they discolor at high temperatures). Clean around the door and its gasket first—these areas often don't receive enough heat to thoroughly burn off grease and splatters. To cut down on smoke during cleaning, sweep out crumbs. The minimum duration of the cycle should be two and a half hours; some manufacturers recommend three or more. The self-cleaning cycle, which costs around $1 to run, burns off residue with an automatic 850 degrees F setting. After the cycle has completed and the oven has cooled, wipe out ashes with a clean wet rag. Run the self-cleaning cycle at night, when kids won't get near the hot stove and you won't notice the odor as much. Once a year: Inspect the oven-door gasket. It should be soft and pliable. If it is hard, it may leak heat, which taxes the element in electric ovens and affects the performance of the oven. What's more, it will cost you energy dollars.

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Vent Hood Tips

Tip: Range hoods and fans remove grease and moisture from cooking, and so collect dirt that needs regular cleaning. Often wash exposed metal with warm suds solution and rinse. If very greasy, use ammonia and water and rinse. Never use abrasive pads or scouring powders as they can scratch the finish. Wash light bulb when cool with suds then rinse and dry to keep the light clear and bright. Occasionally clean fan blades of dirt and grease, which can restrict air flow, and cause motor over-heating and fire hazard. Wash the hood with warm, soapy water often. Wash the inside and outside. Rinse the hood and wipe it dry. If the hood is vented, check the exhaust vent regularly, especially if you find a lessening of the hoods efficiency. Grease clogs or dirt buildup, both of which occur normally with age, can block the vent. The vent should offer an unrestricted air flow. Occasionally take the metal filter out of the hood. Put the filter in warm, soapy water. Let it soak for a few minutes. Wash and rinse it. Dry the filter and put it back in the hood. Some hoods have activated charcoal filters. These cannot be cleaned. They should be replaced about once a year. You can buy charcoal filters from stores that sell that brand of hood. Check manual directions for cleaning your hood and fan. If instead you have electronic air cleaners in place of a ducted system, follow manual instructions for regular cleaning of filters.

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Disposal Tip

Tip: Garbage disposal units, or garbage disposers, have become fairly common in today's kitchens. They are a great convenience when they're working right and smelling good. When they're not, here's some things you can do. To help maintain water flow through the disposal, always turn the water on before you start the disposal and turn it off after the unit has stopped. To really get things flowing and help maintain your icemaker, start the disposal and feed it the old cubes sitting in the icemaker's bucket. To improve both odor control and water flow, feed all those leftover lemon or lime peels into it -- fresh citrus is not as good, because it's the rinds that do the work.

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