Frequently Asked Appliance Repair Questions

Here’s answers to the most common appliance repair questions we’re asked and some tips on how to maintain home appliances for their longest life.

Refrigerator Repair and Maintenance Questions

  • What temperature should the refrigerator be at?

    A refrigerator should be kept at 38-44 degrees.

  • When should you clean the coils on the back of your refrigerator?

    Vacuum the coils on the back of your refrigerator on a routine basis. We recommend vacuuming the refrigerator coils every 6 months unless you have dogs or cats, in which case you should vacuum the coils every 3 months.

  • What should you use to keep odors out of the refrigerator?

    To keep mild odors out of the refrigerator, use baking soda. To remove strong odors from your refrigerator, use charcoal.

  • What is the proper way to store a refrigerator that is not being used?

    To store a refrigerator for a long period of time, prop the doors open and store it in an upright position.

Freezer Repair and Maintenance Questions

  • What temperature should the freezer be at?

    For longest freezer life, keep your freezer set between 0-10 degrees

Microwave Repair and Maintenance Questions

  • What is the best way to clean the microwave?

    Microwaves can easily be cleaned by putting a cup of water in the microwave, heating the water until it boils and steams up the inside of the microwave, and then carefully wiping the insides of the microwave with a soft cloth.

Garbage Disposal Repair and Maintenance Questions

  • How can I flush out my garbage disposal?

To remove unpleasant odors from your garbage disposal, pour a mixture of water and baking soda in it while running the disposal. To flush your garbage disposal of deposits, put ice cubes in it and run the disposal for 30 seconds.

Oven Repair and Maintenance Questions

  • Is it okay to use oven cleaner on a self-cleaning oven?

Self-cleaning ovens are not designed to be used with oven cleaner. If you do so, you will likely ruin the interior of your oven and your oven’s ability to self clean.

Dishwasher Repair and Maintenance Questions

  • What temperature should the water in the dishwasher be at for proper sanitation?

For your dishwasher to sanitize, the water should be 130-140 degrees.

  • Why does my silverware get damaged in the dishwasher?

If your dishwasher is damaging your silverware, check your owner’s manual to find out what kind of detergent your dishwasher is designed to use. For example, many dishwashers are not Why do my dishes come out of the dishwasher cloudy?designed to use lemon dishwasher detergent and doing so cause damage to your pots, pans, and silverware.

  • Why do my dishes come out of the dishwasher cloudy?

If dishes come out of the dishwasher cloudy, check to make sure your water is running hot enough and that you are using the proper amount of dish soap and rinse agent according to your dishwasher’s owner’s manual.

Dryer Repair and Maintenance Questions

  • What causes moisture build-up in a dryer?

A clothes dryer can suffer from moisture build up if it has a clogged house vent or the vent hose is smashed/twisted behind your dryer.