Tips from CP and Sons

Some helpful tips and tricks from CP and Sons Appliance Repair in Albuquerque, NM, to keep your home appliances working efficiently & effectively longer.


Tips and Tricks 

To increase your appliances’ effectiveness, efficiency and longevity, CP and Sons recommends the following:

Tip #1 – A $20 surge protector can save a $250.00 computer circuit board. For any appliance that has a computer circuit board in it, we recommend getting a surge protector. Most new appliances have computers in them, especially the high end ones. This small investment will pay for itself in now time.

Tip #2 – Less is more! Most Americans use too much soap. Today’s appliances are very efficient, and too much soap can build it and cause problems in the future.


Washers:

1) Always check pockets – We’ve seen numerous washers need repair because of a pen or paper clip destroying the water pump and our customer ended up with a floor full of water.
2) Less clothes, more water – Overloading your washer causes unnecessary strain on your washer. Be sure to use ONLY High Efficiency (HE) products with your front load washer.
3) Use less soap! – Too much soap gums up the inner workings of your washer causing unnecessary repair. Highly recommend Amway’s SA8!
4) Be careful not to let the lid slam on a top load washer. Set it down gently. Many a safety lid switch has broken and rendered the washer useless.
5) On front load washers, leave the door slightly open to allow the moisture to dry out in between wash sessions. This will prevent mildew and odor.
6) If you already have an odor on your front load washer, purchase a package of “Afresh” and use 3 tablets with no clothes. Run washer at least once per month with 1 tablet.

Dryers:
1) Always check pockets – We’ve found as much as $15.00 in a dryer. Coins and small metal objects get lodged and make noise.
2) Always clean out the lint screen after every load, and keep your vent duct on the back of your dryer clear.
3) Electric dryers sometimes stop heating, but still run because the breaker is half tripped. Always check your breaker first before contacting a technician!

Refrigerators & Freezers:
1) Keep your temperature settings as close to the center as possible.
2) Frequently clean off the lint from the condenser (the metal tubing on the back or underneath the machine).
3) Cover food! – Food dust can blow around and clog the defrost drain causing an unnecessary repair expense.
4) Don’t overstock where food is blocking vents and airflow.

Dishwashers:
1) Rinse all food off of plates and glasses.
2) Run the hot water at the sink before starting your dishwasher.
3) Use less detergent! – Really a pinch in each receptacle is all that is needed. Excess food or detergent can gum up a machine’s parts and cause it to stop washing your dishes thoroughly or worse.

Stove, Ovens, Cook tops:
1) Clean it often.
2) If your knobs require you to push them in before turning, do so. Don’t force them.

Disposals:
1) Run cold water when using, don’t run dry.
2) Avoid “slippery” foods.
3) Put a lot of ice in to clean and sharpen the “choppers”.
4) If it jams, there is often a reset button underneath or a spot for an Allen wrench (hexagon head) to turn the disposal and free it. This can save an unnecessary repair expense.

Microwaves:
1) Never put metal inside a microwave.
2) Clean often – Put 5 cups of water with a little lemon juice in a glass measuring cup and “cook” for 5 minutes. Then let it sit in microwave for 5 minutes and then wipe down interior of microwave.
3) Always cover food when cooking. Only use “Microwave Safe” kitchenware in a microwave.