How to Clean Refrigerator Coils

1. Disconnect. Shut off the circuit breaker, remove the fuse or slide the refrigerator away from the wall as needed to remove the refrigerator’s plug from the electrical outlet. Shut off water supply lines if equipped with ice maker or water dispenser.

2. Locate the condenser coil. There are two sets of coils for cooling appliances like refrigerators, they are called the evaporator and condenser coils. Overly simplified, the two coils are filled with gas and liquid respectively, and are parts of a complex “circuit” that has a compressor and expansion valve that perform the work. The gas filled evaporator coil is located in the space to be cooled, and performs the task by absorbing heat from that space. It is usually protected from damage and out of view inside the freezer section. The “heated” gas is compressed by the compressor, where it is further heated (hot to the touch) by the compression process. The heated compressed gas and liquid is passed through the condenser coil that is located away from the cooled space. This condenser coil is where some of the heat in the liquid is released to the ambient air. The cooled liquid is then drawn through the expansion valve by the suction of the compressor, where the liquid immediately boils off to a gas. This causes the temperature of the gas to drop significantly (well below freezing) in the evaporator coil. The process repeats until the thermostat in the space is satisfied. Because the condenser coil is exposed to the ambient air on the refrigerator, it requires regular cleaning. There are a few locations that the condenser coil may be found:

  • Older refrigerators have the coil (a grid-like structure often painted black) mounted on the rear of the refrigerator.
  • Newer refrigerators often locate the condenser coil at the bottom. It is likely that a fan (that may or may not be readily visible) will be directed at the coil to assist with heat dissipation. Use a flashlight to assist locating the coil and fan if needed. The coil will be accessible from one of two places:
    1. Toe space panel. Remove the panel at the bottom of the front of the refrigerator and carefully slide the condensate tray out (if present, the condensate tray may contain water). A visual inspection upward into this space may reveal a flat condenser coil when located here.
    2. Rear access panel. If not found behind the toe space, the refrigerator will have to be slid away from the wall further to work from behind. Disconnect water supply lines if too short to allow enough room to work. Remove the fasteners that holds an access panel in position.

3. Disconnect powerSeriously. Make sure the power to the refrigerator is disconnected.

4. Vacuum the coil. With a plastic crevice or brush attachment, carefully vacuum dirt and dust wherever it is seen. Use care not to damage the fins or coil. A breach created in the coil will allow the refrigerant to escape and will likely result in an expensive repair.

5. Vacuum the fan. If the fan is visible and accessible, cleaning it will help it move air across the condenser coil as designed. Dirt and dust, if allowed to accumulate on the fan blades, decreases airflow, affects balance and can contribute to early failure of the compressor.

6. Brush away stubborn dirt and dust. Use a narrow paint brush to gently remove stubborn dirt and dust from the coil and fan if able to get sufficient access.

7.  Slide refrigerator back into position. Plug the refrigerator back into wall outlet. Arrange any water supply lines and power cords so that they will not be kinked or crushed by the refrigerator.

 

If your refrigerator is still not cooling properly then call the Sacramento and El Dorado County refrigerator repair professionals at 916-397-0139.

 


10 Tips For Easy Oven Cleaning

Not everyone has a self-cleaning oven. And sometimes, even those don’t work efficiently. Fortunately, we have a few tips to help you clean your oven easily.

1. Don’t Wait! - When food stains the inside of your oven, it is important to clean it immediately (after it has cooled off). Dried stains are the most difficult to remove. You can use a sponge with some soapy water. Add a little rubbing alcohol if need be. Since the walls are still hot, dirt comes off easily and cleaning will be faster.

 

2. Heat It Up- Heat the oven on high intensity for about twenty minutes. Wait until it is cooler and just rub the stains out with some dish soap.

3. Baking Soda-Pour over food stains a mixture of water and baking soda (the result should be paste-like). Let it stand overnight. Use a sponge the next day to remove the stain.
This is especially great for oven racks, as they are notoriously the most difficult part to clean.

4. Oven-adapted cleaners- They may not be the greenest, but you can also try using products made for oven cleaning. Easy-Off for example has quite a few products.

5. Ammonia- There are two ways of using ammonia to clean an oven:
Put on gloves and soak up a towel in ammonia. Leave the towel in the oven overnight. The next day, use soap to clean the stains.
Pre-heat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Fill a small container with a 50/50 mix of water and ammonia. Place it inside the oven, and let it stay there for a few hours. Clean out the stains with soap.

6. Salt- An uncommon approach, but one that works. Just pour a little bit of salt on the stains of your oven. Wait a few minutes, then wipe. This is an especially good trick for recent greasy stains.

7. Newspaper- Crumpled newspaper may work better than a sponge. Take a few sheets, make a ball, then soak it with a bit of water. Rub out the stains.

8. Nail File- Scrape embedded stains on your oven rack with a small plastic nail file. Use a damp cloth to wipe them away.

9. Lemon- Take a sponge and soak it in lemon juice. Rub vigorously everywhere. Add drops of hot water while continuing to rub. Then wipe dry.

10. Boiling Water- Just pour a small amount of boiling water in the bottom of your oven. Wait for the food stuck to get a little softer. Then simply rub with a sponge and some soap.

Now it should be sparkling clean and ready to go. If your oven is having temperature or other issues, give us a call at 916-397-0139 for oven repair in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties.


Why is it important to get your dryer vents cleaned?

Most people do not know that clean dryer vents are actually important and beneficial to have. Not only do clean dryer vents improve efficiency of your dryer, lower energy costs, but more importantly they make you safer from fire in your home.

Your lint trap traps about 60% of the lint, the other 40% goes up and through your dryer vent and dryer vent system. The accumulation of lint in the dryer vent or dryer vent system is a real fire hazard.

98% of your dryer vent cannot be seen. The only part that visible is the dryer exhaust; transition hose and the roof exhaust vent or exterior wall vent on some multi-story dwellings. Most of the dryer vent is in a confined area inside your walls, floor joist, crawl space and attic.

A lot of times what you do not see, you forget about. A confined area is a problem because when a fire starts or extends in a confined area or space it may not be noticed as quickly as a fire in an open area. Many sprinkler systems and smoke alarms will not be triggered as fast as they should.

ADVANTAGES OF DRYER VENT CLEANING

∙ SAVE MONEY: Every time your dryer goes through a cycle (45-60 minutes)
you add about $0.70 to your power bill.

∙ SAVE TIME AND AGGRAVATION: If your clothes are not drying in one cycle
think of the time that is wasted in doing laundry.

∙ PREVENT FIRE: The NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) reports that 18,000 structure fires a year in the U.S. are caused by clogged or blocked dryer vents. Dozens of deaths, hundreds of injuries and over One-
Hundred Million Dollars in property loss are also attributed to dryer vent fires.

THE DRYER VENT SYSTEM INCLUDES:
1- Lint Trap/Funnel to Dryer exhaust
2- 4″ dryer exhaust – Back of dryer
3- Transition Hose – Silver hose that takes heated moist lint filled air into dryer
vent elbow.
4-Dryer Vent Elbow – 4″ pipe coming out of wall that elbows into 4″ dryer vent
inside wall.
5-Dryer Vent – Vertical 4″ tube that runs from Dryer vent elbow through interior
wall, through attic area and exits through roof at dryer vent roof exhaust.
6-Dryer Vent Roof Exhaust – This is the gooseneck or curly cue on your roof
where the dryer’s heated moist lint filled air comes out. Inside this gooseneck
you have a flapper and a small section or wire mesh.

******All parts of the dryer vent exhaust system get caked with lint over a period of
time.

The professional cleaning process cleans all the parts and areas of your dryer vent system from the lint trap to the roof exhaust vent. This is done by brushes, clot busters, flexirod, drill and forced air through the dryer vent.

 

Call us today at 916-397-0139 for a vent cleaning or dryer repair in Sacramento and El Dorado Counties.


Take Care of your Appliances this Holiday Season!

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Your appliances probably get a workout during the holidays. There are pies to bake, side dishes to heat and lots of leftovers to store. It’s hard to imagine how you’d do all these tasks without your stove, microwave and refrigerator. To make sure that you get the most out of your appliances as the holiday season approaches, use these steps to prepare and maintain your kitchen.

Take your oven’s temp
If you’ve noticed that your meals aren’t cooked thoroughly in the suggested baking time, you should check your oven’s temperature. Real Simple magazine explained that ovens commonly run up to 25 degrees too hot or cold as they get older. If this is the case, you’ll need to make adjustments in temperature settings or cooking times to ensure your holiday dishes are just right. To test your oven, place an oven-safe thermometer on the middle rack and turn the appliance on to 300 degrees. When the preheat light turns off, carefully remove the thermometer and check the temperature. If it’s too low, you’ll need to set the oven a little bit higher or cook your foods a little longer, or the opposite if the temperature is too high. Worse case give our oven repair professionals a call.

Declutter the fridge
Take some time before a family gathering to clean out your fridge and make room for new leftovers. If you end up stuffing the refrigerator to its limits or leaving the door open for 15 minutes while you rearrange all your plastic containers, you’ll compromise the effectiveness of the appliance. To cut down on wasted space, Good Housekeeping recommended stashing leftovers in square, stack able containers and using single-serving bags whenever possible. If you have a lot of one particular dish, store half of it in the freezer so it doesn’t go bad before you can eat it.

Clean the stove top
There’s no way to avoid all splatters and spills on your stove top, so be diligent about cleaning up messes after holiday feasts. Remove the grates and wash them in hot soapy water to get rid of any caked-on food. While the grates are drying, you can clear any blockages in the burners of a gas stove with a paperclip to keep the heat even. Finally, wash down the surface of your stove with a damp sponge or cloth to wipe off any grease.

 


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Are you cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year? Is your oven heating properly? Remember, no one likes a cold turkey!!

 

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Call us for scheduling with 10% off total repair minus the service fee!  916-397-0139

We are Sacramento appliance repair experts serving Sacramento and Western El Dorado Counties.

All major kitchen appliance brands repaired including Maytag, Whirlpool, GE and Kenmore.


What does it mean when a washing machine will not wring out the clothes?

When a washing machine fails to wring out clothing, it is likely experiencing problems with its spin cycle. Such problems result from issues with the washer’s clutch, machine lid switch, motor, transmission, or, most commonly, belt or unbalanced load.

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Call us for scheduling! Service Fee waived with repair. 916-397-0139

We are Sacramento washing repair experts serving Sacramento and Western El Dorado Counties.

All major washing machine brands repaired including Maytag, Whirlpool, GE and Kenmore.

 


Signs Your Dishwasher May Need Repair

Did you know a professional dishwasher repair can help keep your appliance running for the full extent of its expected life span? The only question that remains is knowing when you should call an appliance repair service to examine the dish-cleaning workhorse in your kitchen. Here are four indications you should have your dishwasher serviced soon, before small problems become larger issues.

 

The Dishes Are Still Dirty

When your dishes finish their cycle and they still have last night’s dinner remains left behind, you may begin to wonder what could possibly be broken inside your dishwasher. The dishes also still could be wet or have a moldy smell.

First, make sure you are using the appropriate detergent, that you have selected the correct wash cycle and your home’s water temperature is high enough. Dirty dishes could also be the result of a blocked debris trap. Read your owner’s manual to locate this component and clean it out on a regular basis.

If none of these solutions provides results, the problem could lie with your dishwasher’s heating system. When water is tepid or cold, bacteria can grow and lead to mold. The dry cycle also will be ineffective, so the dishes may come out wet and cold. A professional repair service can quickly identify this issue and fix the problem.

You Spot a Leak
A leak should not be minimized, especially when it is affecting one of the main living areas of your home. If your dishwasher is leaking from behind or on the floor in front of the appliance, turn off all water supply valves immediately.
Next, call an appliance repair professional to check all hoses and valve components. He or she will also examine the gasket seal. Replacing an affordable minor part is better than waiting until the costs of water damage add up as well.

The Dishwasher Will Not Completely Fill or Drain
Multiple problems can arise relating to the appliance’s water use. Enough water may not be entering for a cycle. The water may not stop filling, causing overflow, or the water may not drain at the end of a cycle.
If your dishwasher does not have enough water entering through the supply hose, the inlet valve or cycle timer may be to blame. When too much water fills the appliance, it is probably due to a faulty float switch, which measures water levels. A non-draining dishwasher may result from a blocked drain hose. Ask a professional for guidance — many of these non-functioning parts can be replaced at a lower cost than buying a new appliance.

You Hear Loud Noises While it’s Running
A screeching or grinding noise during a cycle can point to an issue with the appliance’s motor, which can wear out over time. It could also be due to a less serious problem, like a hard foreign object lodged in the sprayer arm. Remember, do not attempt to dislodge any items in your dishwasher until you unplug it from the electrical source.

 

Contact the Sacramento dishwasher repair experts to find out about more of the signs that can indicate that your dishwasher may be in need of repair.
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Samsung Refrigerator Repair in Folsom

Samsung Refrigerator Service Call without an Expensive Repair

Working on a French door Samsung refrigerator repair in Folsom the other day I found the freezer display showing that the freezer was running at -2 degrees Fahrenheit. But I checked the actual temperature with my infrared temperature gun and I found the freezer was at 32 degrees. I was certain that one of the thermistors in the freezer had failed. I proceeded to take the freezer apart accessing the cabinet thermistor and stuck the thermistor into a cup of ice water. A cup of ice water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit and putting the thermistor into the cup of water  and then checking the resistance value comparing it to a chart that I have access to, I found the thermistor to be perfectly fine. I put it all back together unplugged the unit for 5 minutes which resets the micro computer on the main control board and lo and behold the customers Samsung refrigerator is working.

The Samsung refrigerator I repaired in Folsom is now running well and the customer is monitoring it.

RF265AABP is the model number