What You Shouldn’t Put In Your Dishwasher
During the festive season, you will find that a lot more cooking is done and your dishwasher may take in heavier loads than usual. However, there are some things you should not put in there. One thing is washing up liquid, due to the build-up of foam and bubbles you’d get. Sharp kitchen knives shouldn’t be put in there as they can get blunt. Any cutlery that is gold coloured may lose their colour if they are washed in there. You shouldn’t put anything made of wood in the dishwasher, due to wood expanding from the water. If you put cutting boards or other wooden utensils in there, the wood can lose natural oils, potentially splitting and drying out.
Non-stick pans can lose their coating after a while, coming off when you are cooking. They will usually say if they are dishwasher safe on the bottom of the pan. Another pan you must take care with, is a cast iron pan. These need oil to work properly, so if they are washed in the dishwasher, their oil may be stripped away. If you have a copper pan, the shine can eventually disappear. If you have anything that is insulated (like a thermos mug) it can get damaged from the higher temperatures. You should also not put any precious or antique items in the dishwasher. These should be washed by hand, to ensure you do not damage them.
When in doubt, you should wash your possessions by hand, no matter how tempting it is to just pop it in the dishwasher. It is safer then potentially ruining both the item and the dishwasher itself, call us for a free quote on your Dishwasher repair in Plymstock.
Common Issues With Your Electric Oven
An electric oven is very handy but now and again issues may crop up. For instance, if it stops working suddenly with no heat or lights working, then it’s worth checking the fuse box. The fuse could have gone or there may be a tripped switch. It could be something like the digital timer needing to be reset or even faulty. It is best not to mess around with anything though, if something is up with the power, then a professional should be contacted to find a solution. However if it turns on fine but the heating isn’t working, there are a variety of reasons. For instance, there could be an issue with the heating element or the thermostat. Sometimes it is due to ageing or a wiring problem. But on the other hand, if food is actually burning even with the right temperature setting, then the thermostat may still be to blame. A thermostat that overheats is a fire risk and needs to be replaced straight away.
Sometimes you may have trouble with the fan or motor. If you hear strange noises during cooking, then the fan could be struggling or something has gotten loose. The oven door may also stick or not close efficiently, which can lose heat quickly or over work. The door hinges may need looking at in case they are worn out or the seal may need replacing. Whatever the issue is with your electric oven, it is best to get a professional to check it over. They have the experience and will find a solution efficiently and safely. For all Electric cooker repairs in Plymouth, give us a call now.
Tumble Dryers And Common Issues
Quite often the most common issue you can have with a tumble dryer is no heat. Sometimes it can be lint causing a blockage that is the problem (which can also cause bad odours), due to the build up. Smells can also indicate unclean filters) or the heater could have an issue, such as a faulty element. You may find the thermostat has tripped or may be damaged.
Occasionally the drum may stop turning, therefore clothes won’t dry properly. Luckily it is usually a common fix. Sometimes a belt may need to be replaced, or the motor may have an issue. Sometimes the machine won’t start at all, which could be down to the switch being faulty. It could also be a case of overheating and not being vented correctly.
You may find that your tumble dryer is making a noise when it is turning. This can be due to the jockey wheels or bearings having an issue. Occasionally the felt pads can have wear and tear. Sometimes people stack both their tumble dryer and washing machine, which can cause damage due to the vibrations. You may notice a leak, which could indicate the water tank (if you have a condenser dryer) hasn’t been poured away, or put back properly.
If you have any issues, call us for all tumble dryer repairs in Plymouth, it is best to get a professional to have a look, as we will be able to give it a thorough and experienced check over.
Is It Time to Replace Your Dishwasher?
A dishwasher is very handy in the kitchen. You can simply load and start it, leave the room and then unload lovely clean dishes later on. However, even a dishwasher can get overworked and may need replacing eventually.
There are some signs to look out for, such as the door refusing to close efficiently. Sometimes it can be as simple as cutlery or crockery getting in the way. But it could be the latch, which is generally an easy fix. However, it is possible your dishwasher has distorted. Unfortunately, this can’t be fixed, so you need to get a new dishwasher before it leaks.
Occasionally there may be puddles of water in your dishwasher after a wash. This could be a problem with the draining. Sometimes you may find food and small cutlery stuck in the drain. If the drain is empty, then it needs looking at properly in case of a bigger issue.
Within the dishwasher, there is a heating element. When this breaks, the dishwasher will work but all the dishes will be cold and sometimes damp, which means it won’t have done a correct wash, which isn’t very hygienic. If you need to replace the heating element, although it might be financially more efficient to get a new dishwasher.
Smaller signs to look out for are rust spots, cracks (which can cause a leak), water around the machine and the cupboards around it may have mildew from the damage. If this is the case, it may be best to get a brand new dishwasher. If you’re not sure whether you need to replace or repair your dishwasher in Plymouth, then call for professional advice today.
Electrical Appliances Will Be Cheaper To Run With New Rules
British customers will soon be able to save money on their energy bills, due to the new rules to be set out. Electrical appliances such as washing machines and fridges will be more cost efficient to run and repair, and will have a longer life due to the new energy rule by the UK government, announced on the 10th March 2021.
Legally, manufacturers will have to allow spare parts to be obtainable for machines from the summer, to allow them to be repaired simply. This is to potentially allow their life to lengthen up to a decade more. This should stop machines being scrapped too early, helping to reduce carbon releasing and being more environmentally friendly, as the UK can produce electrical excess of around 1.5 millions tonnes each year.
This will be financially efficient, due to customers being able to save around £75 on energy bills every year. There is also a chance to make a ‘green’ choice, due to the new labels portraying energy classes from A-G. These will give more information on how efficient the appliance is with energy, which hopefully will allow customers to choose carefully when looking for an eco-friendly alternative. To get a repair to an Electric oven in Ivybridge, call Ace domestics.
How To Lengthen Your Washing Machine’s Life
One important appliance in your household will likely be a washing machine. Though extremely useful, they can wear out and overheat if overused. This won’t necessarily mean you have to replace it however, as long as you know what to do to take care of it.
One thing to do is not close the door when the clothes are washed and out. Keeping the door open allows ventilation of air to help dry out the drum and stop mildew from developing.
Washing machines have weight limits, and it’s best not to stuff it full to the brim with clothes. They can still become overloaded and the mechanics can become under pressure, resulting in a malfunction.
A way to keep the machine energy efficient, is using a lower setting temperature wise. The machine will also benefit from regular empty hot wash cycles so it reduces mould in the drum, and in the long run will keep your clothes fresh and the best they can be. If you need a free quote to fix your washing machine in Plymstock or Ivybridge, then call us today.
Green or not?
Which? Has said that quick cycles on washing machines may not be as financially prudent or as green as thought previously.
The consumer watchdog found that out of a study of 10 different washing machines, the average cost of a standard cycle was 18p and a quick wash about 9p. This sounds impressive, however, Which? says that the shorter cleaning, rinsing and spinning means that people often need additional washes or use tumble dryers for longer.
Which? found that out of a survey of 1,199 washing machine owners, that 55% of people used the quick wash often or sometimes. The report said that quick washes are only really suitable for a few shirts that you’ve worn to the office for a day that don’t have stains or lingering smells.
If you need a local company that will repair your Tumble dryer in Plymouth, rather than just throw it away, call Ace Domestics now.
How long should your appliances last?
Historically, dishwashers like the Speed Queen Washer were built to last 25 years or more, whereas more modern machines will break down faster than the ones your grandparents owned.
However, this doesn’t relate to the quality of the machine’s performance, which more modern machines drastically out-perform the classic machines.
Most modern machines have a lifespan of 10 – 15 years. The experts from Sears Home Services have revealed these tips to help maintain the lifespan of your machine.
- Whilst you don’t need to wash dishes before putting them in the dishwasher, it is important to scrape off food particles that could cause a gunk build-up in the filter of your machine.
- Every few months it is worth removing the filter from your machine and cleaning it with a soft bristle brush – this prevents odour problems and drainage issues.
- Leave your washing machine door ajar between loads to let the rubber dry out and avoid mould building up.
- Clean the linen trap in your Tumble Dryer every time you use your dryer to prevent dryer fires.
- Prevent grease build-up on your oven by using a pipe-cleaner to clear gas burner pots from time to time.
- Brush the condenser coils in your refrigerator for dust every year. When dusty, condenser coils can’t push out hot air, meaning the fridge runs constantly to keep cool.
If your dishwasher is nearing the end of its lifespan or could simply do with some TLC, get in touch with Ace Domestics in Saltash for expert repairs.
Smart appliances – genius or insecure?
In the modern age, convenience is everything. The newest revolution in the convenience era is the introduction of smart appliances, controlled by a central system.
Similar to smart heating and smart lighting in the home, smart appliances would mean controlling your washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge and more from the comfort of your phone, or with your voice.
Hotpoint and Amazon Alexa have been working together in recent years to collaborate over the first smart appliances. There are even rumours that the fridges could contain technology which orders milk when you run out.
All this convenience is a step forward in some people’s eyes, but what about your security?
Studies are suggesting that adding more and more appliances to your central system could lead to vulnerabilities and potential access to your sensitive information by criminals – including your card details, passwords and more.
The question remains – is the comfort of convenience really worth the risk of insecurity?
For fast and effective Washing machine repairs in Plymouth, get in touch with ACE Domestics today.