Appliance Doctor – How to Clean Your Oven Without Using Chemicals

Oven RepairIn recent years there has been a conscious shift in many peoples thinking to move away from using harsh polluting chemicals for household products. The trend towards the use of natural products has never been bigger for cleaning agents. At Appliance doctor, we are environmentally conscious and responsible. Here are some practical tips for cleaning your oven without the need for industrial chemicals.

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You can start with three basic ingredients, baking soda, vinegar and water. Optionally you can add essential oils like lemon which smell really good and can be used for treating other appliances as well. First off you are going to need a cup of baking soda, one third cup of water and a few drops of the lemon oil. Mix these ingredients into a fine paste. Take out the oven shelves and with a sponge or scourer start scrubbing.

The applied paste will froth up as you scrub vigorously, this is a good thing. Apply a liberal amount throughout the oven including the individual shelves, don’t miss the inside of the door and scrub out the door seal with a toothbrush. Burnt on or heavily caked surfaces may need a scraper to remove this harsh debris. The stove top can be tackled with this same method. When scrubbing is complete it is recommended to leave overnight.

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To begin the second phase of this oven maintenance is where the vinegar comes in. Pour a couple of cups of vinegar into a bowl and take a sponge or soft towel, apply the vinegar and wipe over the entire surface that was originally scrubbed. Once wet sufficiently the baking soda paste will come off easily and you will now begin to notice the pleasant fresh lemon fragrance permeating from your oven and stove top.

Once wiped clean off the baking soda paste take some clean and dry paper towel and give it the once over to make sure its dry. Using this natural method does take longer than using industrial chemicals but your oven will be left glistening and smelling fantastic.

4 Tips on Maintaining Your Dishwasher

Oven Repair in Dobbs FerryYour dishwasher is one of the hardest working appliances in your house. To keep in running efficiently and extend the life of this machine it needs to be cleaned and maintained. At Appliance doctor we are the appliance repair specialists in Westchester NY and we recommend you consider these tips to maintaining a clean bill of health for your dishwasher.

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Heat is one of the biggest secrets behind your dishwashers cleaning power. One of the best tips to get your dishwasher water as hot as possible is to run your tap water in your sink until it is hot. That way you know you’re getting the maximum amount of hot water directly to your dishwasher as the cycle starts.

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Just because your dishwashers main function is cleaning doesn’t mean it won’t need to be cleaned regularly. Once a month you should run an empty cycle with one cup of white vinegar poured into the base. This will make the interior of your dishwasher sparkle and eliminate any bacteria that may be lurking.

In the base of your dishwasher below the spray arm there is a debris trap. This is where food particles and other debris collect causing nasty odors and when full are often the cause for an Appliance doctor house call if left unchecked. This trap should be checked every two weeks.

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Cleaning out the rubber seal on the dishwasher door is an important tip to maintaining a sterile and healthy appliance. In 2011 researchers discovered that more than sixty percent of dishwashers harbored two types of aggressive fungi in the rubber seal around the door. These black yeasts are hazardous to human health and should be checked for regularly.

Once a month pour a cup of white vinegar into a bowl, take a toothbrush and scrub around the entire door seal.

These do it yourself maintenance tips are both practical and essential to the health of your appliance and your family. For expert dishwasher repair in Westchester and Dobbs Ferry the Appliance doctor is currently making house calls.

Appliance Repair Versus Replace

Washing MachineThese days just about everybody has a refrigerator a stove a washer a dryer or a microwave oven. These appliances tend to break down. These appliances don’t last as long as they used too, they break down more often. With vast amounts of apartment complexes on the rise there is a huge need for onsite technicians who can deal with the daily appliance repair needs for renters and home owners alike.

Appliance doctor in Westchester NY understands this need and has been servicing the local community with affordable appliance repair for over thirty years.

So, what should you do when that washer overflows or your fridge isn’t keeping things cold anymore? Should you shell out the money to have it repaired or bite the bullet and buy a new machine?

The first thing to consider is the age of the appliance. The older they get the more chance there is of a repetitive failure. Then it depends on the repair cost versus the replacement cost if you want to buy it new.

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Experts state the middle life span of the typical refrigerator is eight to fifteen years. The FTC Federal Trade Commission recommend going the way of repair if the repair cost is up to 30% of the replacement cost of a refrigerator. Things to keep in mind if you are considering replacement its often not just the physical unit you are paying for to have it replaced. There are most often additional fees involved for removing the old model particularly in high rise apartment complexes without service lifts.

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When it comes to the decision on your dishwasher for repair or replace the matrix is the same as the refrigerator. Dishwashers tend to have a ten to fifteen-year life expectancy. However, if the dishwasher has been repaired multiple times its most probably a better decision to opt for a replacement in this case.

Appliance Doctor is a strong advocate of maintaining appliances. A well-maintained appliance will far out last one that has been neglected. Simple routines regarding cleaning and periodic maintenance will mitigate the risk of replacement and keep appliance repair costs to a minimum.