Controlling your refrigerator temperature

Tips For Troubleshooting A Non-Responsive Gas Stove

If you’ve decided that it’s time for tighter control over your cooking, you may have invested in a gas stove for your kitchen. These stoves are often preferred for the precision that they allow for heat control. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t without their problems. If you turn the burner on and don’t get a flame, you can do a few things to narrow down the source of the problem. Check the response from the igniter. If you push the knob and nothing happens, that’s a key indication that the igniter isn’t working. When the grates surrounding the burners are cool enough to touch, take them off the stove. Then, test each igniter by turning each burner knob individually. Listen closely for a click as you turn each knob. Make note of any burner that doesn’t make that noise, because those are the ones you need to examine. Lift the range top, supporting it with the rod that’s attached underneath. Locate the metal tube on each problematic burner. That tube is the burner’s igniter. Check the wires connected to the igniter, pushing the connector together to be sure that it’s secure. Test it again. If it doesn’t work, replace that igniter. Test the burner itself. If the igniter is clicking but the burner isn’t turning on, that means there may be a problem with the burner. Turn the knob to the halfway point. This should open the gas line. Use a long kitchen torch to light the burner. If the burner doesn’t light, that means something is blocking the gas from reaching the burner. You’ll need a gas... read more

Is Your Refrigerator Running: Three Ways To Troubleshoot Your Rfergierator

Your refrigerator is the heart and soul of your kitchen, and when it goes out, you may have to replace your groceries. Knowing how to troubleshoot this appliance can help you to determine when appliance repair is necessary. Here are a few troubleshooting tips you can use when you spot trouble with your refrigerator. The Refrigerator Is Not Cold Enough If your refrigerator is cold, but not cold enough to store your food properly, there are several steps you can take. Check the temperature settings first, and adjust them if necessary. In some cases, the temperature adjustment controls may have been inadvertently changed as you moved food in the compartment. If the controls are set properly check the door seals. Broken seals may allow cold air to exit the refrigerator, causing the temperature inside to rise. You should also check to make sure there is enough clearance around the back and sides of the refrigerator for air to flow. If air cannot flow freely, the refrigerator may overheat, causing the unit to stop cooling. Your refrigerator’s owner’s manual should indicate how much room is needed for your particular model. If these steps do not work, look for a home appliance repair company in your area to inspect the refrigerator. Ice Maker Is Not Working If your refrigerator has an ice maker that is malfunctioning, check to make sure that your water line is properly connected. Check both the connection point on your wall and on the back of the refrigerator. Your ice problems may also be caused by not having enough food in the freezer. When the freezer is... read more

Invest In Duct Cleaning Now To Save Money In The Future

Maintaining your home can be costly, so it can be tempting to forego some basic maintenance tasks that might not seem important. One task that homeowners often choose to overlook in order to save some money in the short-term is duct cleaning. If you are worried about the bottom line in your budget, spending money on duct cleaning could help you save money in the future. Here are three future costs that regular duct cleaning can help prevent. 1. When you don’t clean your ducts regularly, you could end up paying for expensive repairs to your HVAC unit in the future. You rely on your HVAC unit to help you maintain a comfortable temperature within your home. When the ducts that move heated or cooled air from the HVAC unit throughout your home become dirty, the mechanical components within the HVAC unit have to work harder to maintain your desired temperature. Homeowners spend an average of $318 on repairs each time their HVAC unit breaks down. By cleaning out your home’s air ducts regularly, you reduce the workload your HVAC unit must bear. This reduced workload keeps the unit working properly, and eliminates the need for expensive repairs. 2. When you don’t clean your ducts regularly, you could increase your energy costs in the future. The same contaminants that build up in your duct system and place additional strain on the mechanical components within your HVAC unit can increase your energy costs. If you are looking to save money, reducing your monthly utility expenditures is a simple solution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a layer of dust measuring... read more

It’s The Heat And The Humidity: Choosing Refrigeration For Your New Floral Business

If you’re just starting out in a floral business, it pays to be extra careful when shopping for your floral shop’s refrigeration units. Delicate cut flowers need special care that ordinary refrigerators can’t provide. Here are 3 features you need to look for when shopping for refrigeration for your floral business: The Correct Humidity. You may think that any old refrigerator will do for storing cut flowers, or you may believe that a glass-fronted beverage cooler will work just fine as a bouquet display. However, normal commercial refrigerators are designed to have low humidity that will cost you plenty if you use them for your flowers. That’s because flowers need refrigeration with a humidity of at least 80%, and preferably it should be between 90 and 95%. In this lush environment, flowers will absorb water from the air inside the unit as well as from their containers, so they will not wilt easily. A standard dry refrigerator with low humidity will cause the flowers to dry out faster, as their moisture content will be released into the dry air and they will fade more quickly. Make certain to purchase refrigerators that are designed to deliver high humidity for your chilled-flower inventory. Proper Temperature Control Most cut flowers depend on refrigeration to get them from the farms where they are grown to the floral shop. Once they reach your business’ doors, they’ll need cooler care, too. Be certain your coolers have good temperature controls and plenty of thermometers to keep an eye on temps. The most ideal temperature for your cut flowers is between 33°F to 35°F, which seems downright... read more

Three Other Sources You Can Purchase Air Conditioning Units From And Have Them Installed

Most of the time people who want or need air conditioning units installed buy the units and pay for the installation service from an HVAC contractor. However, the prices some of the contractors charge can be out of the range of most homeowners. The price ranges are typically developed with commercial installations in mind, and usually only minor alterations to the final cost for installation are made for residential customers. If you want to cut the costs of buying and installing a new central air system, but you do not want to “do it yourself,” here are three other sources from which you can purchase air conditioning units and have the units installed by these sources. Discount Department Stores Discount department stores differ from high-end department stores in that the discount stores not only sell some furniture, but they also sell major appliances and heating and cooling systems too. Additionally, you can receive various discounts throughout the year on your appliance needs, including central air units and the appliance services needed to install them. These stores either have installation experts that work for them, or they subcontract installation services out to handymen who do the work and then bill you or the store for services rendered. Appliance and Electronics Stores Stores that specialize in strictly appliances or appliances and electronics are another source for your consideration. These stores sell nothing but appliances or appliances and electronics, and they do have their own people install whatever you buy. As with the discount department stores, you can either have your new air conditioner’s components delivered to the house or load them... read more

3 Clever Ways You Can Make Money With Old Appliances

If you have a few old appliances sitting around, or if you are looking for a creative way to make a little extra cash, here are two clever ways you can make money with old appliances. #1 Sell Them For Scrap Money One of the easiest ways to make a little cash off of your old appliances is to sell them for the scrap metal. In order to do so, you need to own a pick-up truck or a trailer that you can haul your appliances with. From there, you will need to find out where the local scrap metal dealer is located in your town. If there are multiple dealers, you will need to call each dealer in order to find out which one will offer you the most money for appliance scrap metal. If you enjoy selling your own old appliances for scrap metal, you can pursue online listings and pick up any appliances that are listed in the free section. You can also pursue local garage sales for broken appliances. Often times, people don’t want to deal with getting rid of their broken appliances, and will happily give them to you for free just to get them off their hands. #2 Fix Them Up, Resell Them, & Increase The Price Another way to make money off appliances is to purchase them from online listings and from garage sales. In order to make the most money, look for appliances that either need to be fixed or are being sold well below asking price. Fixer-Upper Used Appliances Oftentimes, people just don’t want to spend the time to fix... read more

How To Get Your Appliances To Last Longer

Buying large appliances, like a refrigerator and washing machine, is a considerable investment. The last thing you want to do is have to replace a broken washer only a couple years after you purchased it. The following tips will help you prolong the life of some different types of appliances. Washer and Dryer Your washer and dryer are most likely among the biggest investments in your home as far as appliances go. Protect that investment with regular cleaning and maintenance. If you notice your washer running for longer than normal, a leak of water, or a dryer that requires two cycles to get your clothes dry, these are warning signs. Get a repair professional in your home to look at them before it creates bigger problems and you have to replace them. To help extend the life of your washing machine, make sure you empty out the pockets regularly. The washer drum can get scratched and chipped if you leave metal objects or change in those pockets. They can also cause big dents and eventually rust. The filters should also be cleaned regularly. With your dryer, clean the lint trip not just in the machine, but the vent trap that leads outside as well. Exterior hoses also need to be inspected and cleaned. Refrigerator To help your refrigerator last longer, you need to not only focus on daily care of the appliance, but regular cleaning and maintenance as well. Be gentle with your refrigerator and don’t open and close the doors too often, slam the doors closed or swing them open too roughly. This can all have an effect... read more

Should You Repair Or Replace Your Fridge?

Is your fridge not keeping things cool like it once was, or is it making strange noises that have you worried? If so, it’s likely time to decide whether you should repair or replace this appliance. The following guide can help you make the best decision. #1: How old is your fridge? Older refrigerators can eat a lot of electricity, resulting in high energy bills. If you have an older fridge and you aren’t sure how much it is costing to use, use the calculator provided by to see if it is time to replace your old appliance with a newer model. #2: What is broken? Another factor to consider is what part of the fridge needs to be repaired. If it’s just something as simple as the ice maker or a water dispenser, repair itself is voluntary and not mandatory. This means it’s much better to repair or even ignore the problem instead of replacing the fridge. If the fridge or freezer is having trouble cooling and it’s a newer model fridge approved by Energy Star, then you should definitely call the repair tech first. Cooling issues could result from a leak in the cooling line or the condenser and motor may need to be fixed. For fridges that are still cooling sufficiently but are making some frightening noises, there could be an issue with the motor. Call a repair tech immediately before the problem gets worse. #3: How much will it cost? Once you have the tech out there and the problem has been diagnosed, compare the repair cost quote to the cost of replacing the... read more

Furnace Failures: What You Need To Know About Troubleshooting The Draft Inducer

Your furnace functions by drawing air into the system, passing it through a heat exchanger and then routing it out to your home through a vent pipe into your air ducts. A small fan component, called a draft inducer, pulls the air into the furnace to start this cycle. Since this inducer plays such a vital role in the operation of your furnace, it’s important to know the early signs that it’s failing and the basics of how to address it. With this information, you can spot and correct problems before they lead to failure. Potential Inducer Trouble Signs There are a few key warning signs that your inducer fan needs attention. For example: The inducer motor runs and the fan is turning, but there’s no response from the furnace – this is a sign that the vent pipe may be clogged or you have condensate in the inducer. In either case, this is an easy repair for a furnace technician. The inducer motor isn’t running at all – if the motor on the draft inducer isn’t running at all or is only starting up part of the time when it should, it may need to be replaced. To find out for sure, feel the case around the inducer. If the case around the motor is hot to the touch, that’s an indication that it’s time to replace it. Tips to Replace the Inducer Motor Start by turning off the power to your furnace. It’s typically best to do this at the breaker panel so that you can be sure that there are no surprises as you work. Then,... read more

Managing Air Conditioner Condensate Leaks in the Office

The air conditioning process of an A/C unit usually gives off water as a byproduct. Most air conditioners have an inbuilt system to get rid of this water. However, there are times when this inbuilt drainage system falls short when it comes to preventing water spillages.   Having a pool of water around the office creates risks of injury. It also makes the office an eyesore while also increasing the risks of damage to moisture-sensitive property such as electronics and furniture. The following are tips that will come in handy in helping you to manage condensate leaks in your office. Level the unit Air conditioning units have drip pans that collect the condensate. This condensate then drains out of the pan in two ways. It can directly flow out of the pan through a port. Or it can be routed out of the pan through a system of small tubes. If the unit is tilted, the condensate might have difficulty draining out of the pan through a drainage port or through the tubes. And where the unit relies on a pump to empty the pan, the tilting might interfere with the on-switch mechanism especially given the fact that most pumps rely on water levels when it comes to determining whether they should go on or off. Leveling the unit will thus ensure that the draining of the condensate occurs properly. Furthermore, you can enhance moisture control in your office by slightly tilting the unit towards the drains in your building. Unclog the drain port The condensate in the pan usually leaves through a drainage port. With time, debris may... read more

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You count on your refrigerator to keep your food cold enough to keep it from spoiling. If your food doesn’t seem to be kept cool enough, there are a few different things that could be causing the problem. I had served my family food that had spoiled without me knowing it and we all got awfully sick. It was a terrible couple of days for everyone in the house. It took a few days for me to realize what had happened, but since then, I have paid careful attention to the temperature of the refrigerator and have learned how to maintain better control.