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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Whether you live on your own, have a large family or are somewhere in between, a properly functioning dishwasher is a must in any modern home. Dishwashers that are not cleaning well for any reason can lead to several issues, from basic hassle to long-term problems with your dishwasher, expensive repairs and, potentially, earlier dishwasher replacement than you would have planned on.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re proud to offer a variety of appliance repair services, including detailed dishwasher repair solutions for any problem yours might be dealing with. In this two part blog, we’ll go over some of the potential causes of a dishwasher that isn’t cleaning properly, plus what can be done about them – either on your own or with the assistance of our appliance repair professionals.

Interior Accumulation

Over a period of time, it’s possible for several buildups to accumulate on the interior areas of your dishwasher. Such buildups could include grease, minerals, soap scum, tiny pieces of food, or combinations therein.

If you have begun to notice that dishes aren’t getting clean, then, the first step is often to simply clean the interior. First, run a vinegar cycle where you pour three cups of white vinegar into the bottom and run a full cycle. If this does not work, call our pros about additional cleaning tips.

Filter Issues

If you have an older dishwasher manufactured before roughly 2010, chances are it comes with a self-cleaning filter. More recent models, however, have removable filters you have to remove and clean every so often, usually located below the racks below a twist-off cap. If you have one of these newer models and have not cleaned your filter in a while, this could be the cause of unclean dishes.

Soap Dispenser Malfunction

Your dishwasher needs detergent to properly clean your dishes – and more than just needing it, it needs it to be released at the proper time. This is the job of the soap dispenser, but there may be cases where the spring on this dispenser door is damaged or some other malfunction has taken place.

To remedy this, you can attempt to use a small brush to clean the dispenser and its springs. You might also consider hot water and vinegar to dissolve any clogs in the dispenser. If the gasket around your dispenser is cracked, on the other hand, call our team bout replacing it.

Clogged Spray Arm

Within a dishwasher, the spray arm is the component in charge of spinning around above and/or below the dishes, shooting water onto them as part of the washing cycle. However, the small holes in the spray arms in your dishwasher can become clogged, reducing water pressure and limiting cleaning quality. Some models have spray arms that easily detach for cleaning, while others might involve more detailed needs that our team will assist you with.

For more on the potential causes of a dishwasher that isn’t properly cleaning dishes, or to learn about any of our appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

While the world of laundry isn’t exactly one rife with debate, there’s one topic you’ll find a variety of opinions on: Separating clothing and other laundered items. Some people absolutely swear by the practice, while others will tell you it’s overrated and not actually useful.

At All Pro Appliance, our appliance service areas include washer repair, dryer repair and every other area you can think of related to laundry needs. Did you realize that the way you separate – or don’t separate – your laundry can have an impact not only on the quality of your wash and individual clothing pieces, but also on the longevity of your washer and dryer? Let’s look at a few important themes to consider here, including how separating properly may actually extend the lifespan of your laundry appliances.

Laundry Splitting Categories

There are a few notable categories available when it comes to splitting your laundry up, including each of the following:

Potential Concerns

So what might happen if you don’t bother to separate your clothes during washing and drying? This depends on your materials and appliances to some degree, but here are some potential risks to consider:

For more on separating laundry and how this might impact your washer and dryer, or to learn about any of our appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance today.

Through our years of high-quality washer repair, servicing every major brand and style on the market, our team at All Pro Appliance Service has learned a few things about these important home items. We’ve seen every variety of washing machine out there, plus every resulting issue that may occur depending on your brand, type, load frequency and more.

Generally speaking, there are two prominent types of washing machines out there: Front-loading machines and top-loading machines. Have you been having significant issues with your washing machine that fits into one of these styles, including calling our team for repeated repairs? If so, your best move might be to consider switching to the other style. Here are some basic on both, plus how to choose between them if you’re looking for a new washer.

Basics on Front-Loading Machines

Front-loading washing machines are considered modern options, with great efficiency in newer models. They come with several specific benefits:

However, front-loaders also come with a few downsides:

Basis on Top-Load Machines

Top-loading washing machines, on the other hand, are more traditional. Here are some of their benefits:

There are also some drawbacks, however:

Making Your Selection

When it comes down to it, this choice comes down to your own personal preference and budget. Both these model types have seen significant technological innovation over the last few years, meaning both offer great options for you as a consumer. Consider the factors most important to you, starting with budget, and make your choice from there.

For more on selecting a front-loading washing machine versus a top-loading option, or to learn about any of our appliance repair service, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.

As one of the most well-used appliances in any home, dryers are items that need to always be operating at peak capacity. Issues with heating or proper drying aren’t acceptable at any level, and could lead to concerns with your clothes or, perhaps more seriously, related components nearby.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re here to help with same-day dryer repair if your dryer is experiencing issues. We service a huge range of brands in a timely, professional fashion, whether your issue is large or small. In many cases, dryer issues like failure to hear properly are actually relatively simple and can be noted or even fixed by a handy, DIY homeowner – we’re happy to offer expertise here, plus some basic tips on when you might want to swallow your pride and call our experts so you don’t risk safety or appliance quality. Here are some general basics to go over.

Simple Explanations

In some cases, you may find that basic human error is the reason your dryer isn’t heating up the way it should. The explanation may actually be as simple as the dryer not being plugged in completely or at all, or the door not being completely closed – almost all dryer models will not turn on or heat up if the door is left open even a little.

In other cases, the issue could be due to the vent or lint trap. With many models, the heating element will not turn on if the lint trap is too heavily clogged with lint or other debris. Make sure you’ve cleaned this area out entirely.

Tripped Circuit

In other situations, the cause of your dryer failing to heat properly is an issue with the circuit breaker in your electrical panel. Many dryers operate electrically, and these models require two separate breakers – one controls the motor, and the other is in charge of the heating element. Both these breakers may trip if your panel isn’t wired correctly, and this could lead to the drum turning even as the heating element does not work and the air inside is cool.

Gas Flow Issues

Are you sure you paid your gas bill this month? In some cases, homeowners find that their gas has been turned off due to non-payment. In other situations, the gas valve that feeds the dryer may be turned off.

Washing Machine Concerns

If your only evidence for dryer concerns is clothes that are too damp or wet when they come out, check your washing machine as well. Certain machines may be damaged and not performing the proper spin cycle, leaving clothes far too wet when they come out and putting the dryer in an impossible position.

If the cause of your issues touch any other areas, such as thermal fuses, timer motors or others, we highly recommend even the most handy homeowners put down their tools and call our professionals for help. To learn more about this or any of our other appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.

 

You can’t make ice without water, and when it comes to ice machines, this is where most of the issues come into play. Ice machines aren’t on a closed system, connected only to electricity – they’re like a dishwasher, connected to an ongoing supply of water. That means that most issues you’ll find in an ice machine will relate back to the water involved.

At All Pro Appliance Service, Inc., we’re here to help with all repairs related to ice machine appliances. Here are some of the most common ice machine issues you’ll see.

Low Water Flow

This is the most common issue with ice machines, and can be caused by a couple different things. It could be the water supply itself, which may relate to certain pipe or plumbing issues. It could also be a plugging up of the water filter, in which case a basic change-out would be necessary. Low water flow can lead to undersized or malformed cubes, or can lead to the evaporator freezing up, which will halt the entire system.

Water Leaking

Generally caused by a leaky inlet water valve, water can actually leak into the ice machine itself. This will lead to oversized ice cubes – these may seem alright at first glance, but once they get big enough, they’ll get stuck in the evaporator and cause it to freeze up.

Room Temperature

Ice machine production is proportional to water and air temperature – higher temperatures mean lower production, and vice versa. If ice machine production becomes an issue and other areas aren’t the proper fix, consider whether the machine is operating at proper temperatures. At around 95 degrees, many machines will stop producing ice.

Water Temperature

If the water itself is too warm when it enters the machine, it will take too long to freeze and trip the freeze cycle timer. This generally happens for any water over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It can be caused by some other equipment, such as a dishwasher, pumping hot water into the cold water line.

Want to learn more about ice machine issues, or any of our fridge or freezer repair services? The experts at All Pro Appliance Service, Inc. are standing by.

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