Dishwasher Cleaner

Merry Christmas!

The Holiday season is a time for family and friends to join us for the special get-together in which food and fun go hand in hand. With that comes cooking those wonderful meals everyone can enjoy. Dishwashers are used much more this time of year and to get the full cleaning power its always best to make sure your dishwasher is in prime working order.

We recommend using a dishwasher cleaner to reduce mineral deposits that can build up over time.

Affresh dishwasher cleaner with deodorizer – 6 tablets
Affresh Dishwasher Cleaner

Affresh dishwasher cleaner keeps your dishwasher fresh by penetrating, dissolving and removing mineral deposits and odor.

Maintenance Tips for your Washer

Water-fill hoses

Over time, the water hoses that came with your new washing machine may leak or burst. It’s a good preventive maintenance practice to check these hoses from time to time for any sign of wear or weakness. Often there’s a small blister in the rubber of the hose, which could rupture. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses every 5 years.

Note… If the hose ruptures, large quantities of water could gush from the hose. If it’s the hot water hose that ruptures, the gushing hot water may scald anyone nearby.

For more peace of mind, one alternative is to use high quality stainless steel fill hoses. In addition, we carry the black rubber hoses supplied by the manufacturer– go to our Shop For Parts section and enter your model number to locate the ones for your unit. We also offer universal washing machine hoses.


Because your washing machine is so heavy, when it’s not level, it can vibrate strongly during the spin cycle. If your washing machine is not perfectly level–with all four legs touching the floor–it can bang and rock back and forth, and even begin to “walk” across the room. This isn’t good for the machine and may damage anything near the machine.

Your washing machine has adjustable, front leveling legs with a lock nut. You adjust the leg to the proper height, then tighten the lock nut up against the body of the machine to keep the leg from rotating.

Some machines have adjustable leveling legs in the rear also, and you can adjust them in the same way. Keep the machine as close to the floor as possible–the lower it is, the less likely it is to vibrate.

Most machines, however, have “self-adjusting” rear legs. You set these legs by tilting the entire machine forward onto its front legs (with the rear legs 3 to 4 inches off the floor) and then setting the machine back down. The legs should adjust automatically. If they don’t, you may need to tilt the machine forward and rap on the rear legs with the handle of a hammer to loosen them–a procedure that’s easier to accomplish with a helper.

Surface cleaning

Your washer has either a painted steel or porcelain-coated steel cabinet. It’s perfectly safe to use a little dish detergent and a damp rag to clean all of its surfaces. If the surface is porcelain, you can even use a little non-abrasive cleanser for stubborn stains.

Lint disposal

Most washing machines collect lint during the wash cycle and send it down the drain during the drain cycle.

If your machine is a Maytag, though, it may be different. Most Maytag washing machines collect lint in the center tube of the agitator. You need to lift out that tube and clean it periodically. Other machines have a lint filter near the top of the tub, which you need to slide out, clean off, and reinsert.

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Holiday Season Appliance Tips

During the Holiday season appliance usage is in high demand for Ranges, Ovens, and Dishwashers.

Check your oven temperature. Purchase an oven thermometer, and preheat the oven for at least 30 minutes. Then record the highest and lowest temperatures for three cycles. If you have an oven that has a low temperature of 325˚ and a high of 375˚ when the dial is set at 350˚, then your oven is working properly.

If the calibration is off by 25 degrees or more, you may have an oven control, thermostat or sensor problem, requiring replacement parts: Range-Stove-Oven-Parts

Bi-metal Oven Thermometer
Oven Thermometer

Polder 602-90 Digital Cooking Timer/Thermometer and Clock, White
Polder 3 function thermometer

•24 hour countdown timer allows you to time even slow cooking recipes
•Presettable alarm temperature allows for precise cooking
•Timer and thermometer work simultaneously or individually to accommodate various cooking needs
•43″ probe wire for full use of oven cavity
•USDA food temperature chart included

Five easy fixes for bad-tasting ice maker ice cubes

Ice Maker Cubes

If you refrigerator’s ice maker is producing ice cubes that taste bad or smell funny, here are possible causes and solutions:

Possible cause 1: Dirty water filtration system filter.

Solution: Replace it. Refrigerator water filtration system filters should be replaced at least every six months. Depending on usage, you may need to replace yours more frequently. Read your refrigerator owner’s manual for instructions specific to your model.

It’s a good idea to stock up on filters to save time and money. Enter your refrigerator’s model number here to find the manufacturer-recommended filter for your specific model.

Possible cause 2: Stale ice cubes.  

If you’re not often retrieving ice cubes, it could be that the old ice has absorbed odors from its food neighbors inside of your freezer or refrigerator. Food gases are easily transferred to water and ice. In fact, ice cubes can easily absorb odors from spoiled food inside of your refrigerator’s interior compartment.

Solution: Use ice cubes more frequently. Keep your refrigerator and freezer free of spoiled food.

Possible cause 3: Unhealthy water supply.

If your city or well-provided water is full of impurities, minerals, salt or sulfur, your water and in turn, your ice cubes, will have an unfavorable taste and odor.

Possible solutions:  Make sure you regularly replace your water filtration system’s filter.

If your refrigerator doesn’t have a built-in water filtration system or an in-line filter on the water line to your refrigerator, consider this easy-to-install refrigerator water filter kit. It will remove impurities and chemicals to improve water quality and taste.

Refrigerator water filtration kit

Hard water may also be affecting the water quality. You can test for water hardness with these water test strips.  You may need a water softening system. If you already have one in place, it may be using too much salt.  Consult your water softening system owner’s manual and adjust settings as needed.

Water quality test strips

Slight, but important tangent, since we’re on the subject of water filtration: Ever hear of reverse osmosis (a.k.a. hyperfiltration) water filtration? It’s the process that many water bottling companies use to reduce the amount of impurities and minerals in water. Today, there are such systems available on the market for residential use.  However, one should never connect a reverse osmosis filtration system to a refrigerator water supply – due to the possibility of reduced water pressure that can lead to refrigerator problems and expensive repairs.

interior of freezer

Possible cause 4: Improperly sealed or unwrapped food inside of your freezer. Fresh and old ice cubes alike will absorb food gases.

Possible solution:  Regularly clean out your refrigerator and freezer, tossing out expired foods. Double wrap and bag products with weak packaging (this will also help prevent freezer burn). Use a freezer deodorizer like this one that’s specifically designed to combat strong food odors.

Ice Cube and Freezer Deodorizer

We also use a refrigerator deodorizer in our refrigerator compartments, too.  According to the manufacturer, this refrigerator deodorizer  is 50 times more powerful than baking soda in keeping refrigerators smelling fresh. It lasts up to six months and keeps highly-perishable food like fruits and vegetables fresher longer. Check out additional freezer and refrigerator deodorizers and cleaners here.


Possible cause 5: Food spills or mildew growth inside of the freezer or refrigerator compartments.

Solution: Thoroughly clean the inside of the freezer and refrigerator using a solution of warm water and baking soda. The solution should be about one tablespoon of baking soda to one quart of water. Avoid using cleaning products with harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia, as they may damage your refrigerator’s interior walls. Check your refrigerator owner’s manual for specific instructions related to cleaning and mold removal.

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