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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic and common causes of frost buildup in your freezer. Frost buildup may begin as a small concern in your freezer, but can grow into a larger one that impacts food packages and even the entire freezer if you don’t take the right steps.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re here to help. We offer comprehensive freezer repair services in Salt Lake City for a variety of issues, including those dealing with excessive frost buildups for any reason. What are some of the other common culprits here, and what will our team of appliance repair pros do to remedy them? Here’s a primer.

Gap in Freezer Door Seal

In some cases, especially if you notice frost building up around the door opening of the freezer, the issue might be a faulty magnetic gasket seal on the door. While not an all-too-common problem, these faulty seals can cause moisture to leak inside and out of your freezer unit.

This is a serious issue that will impact the efficiency and longevity of your entire freezer system. It is best to contact All Pro Appliance Service for this repair if you experience symptoms like frost buildup or odor leaking into your freezer.

Freezer Temperature Set Too High

If your freezer unit is set to extremely high temperatures, this may increase the likelihood of frost buildup. Your freezer should be kept at 0 degrees or lower so that any excess moisture in the air does not have a place to condense onto and freeze. If you regularly see ice or frost building up inside your unit, it’s best to check your temperature settings and adjust them accordingly.

Freezer Temperature Set Too Low

While this may seem like a contradiction of the previous point, setting your freezer too low can cause frost buildup as well. This is especially true if you typically store moist ingredients that release water vapor into the air inside your unit. The moisture in the air will freeze, and then build up inside your freezer – potentially causing other issues.

Faulty Defrost Timer or Thermostat

The defrost timer and thermostat are important, connected features in a freezer that help determine its temperature and when to add more cooling. If either of these items is defective or dealing with damage, they may not operate properly — and may send mixed or incorrect messages to the machine. These timers and thermostats can be tested with a multi-meter, something our pros will do while assessing whether this might be the cause of your frost buildup.

For more on how to prevent and remedy frost buildups in your freezer, or to learn about any of our appliance repair services throughout Salt Lake City, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Repair today.

Copious amounts of frost in any fridge or freezer are never a good sign, and particular for newer models that include built-in defrosting methods. There are some cases where frost buildup in these freezers isn’t signaling a major issue; there are also others, though, where a significant problem could be taking place, including one where you might need freezer repair services.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re here to provide a wide range of appliance repair services, including comprehensive freezer repair for any clients in need. What are the common causes of frost in today’s freezers, and how can you avoid or remedy these – either on your own or, in some cases, with the assistance of our professionals? This two-part blog series will go over several important areas to be aware of.

Freezer Overfilling

One of the simplest and most common reasons frost may build up in the freezer: You have too many items in it. Freezers that have frost buildups usually see them due to extra moisture, which increases the chances of freezer burn and may damage food.

And when the freezer is too full, moisture builds up because there’s poor air circulation. Every time the door is opened, moist air settles on frozen food, causing it to ice up later. Simply put, you can avoid this by never over-filling the freezer, and leaving proper room for airflow between frozen items.

Ice Maker Issues

In cases where your fridge has a built-in ice maker in the door that leads to the freezer, warm air may enter the freezer through the ice chute that’s part of this setup. This will not only cause frost, but may also create damage in the ice maker itself over time.

If you think this is the case, check your ice maker chute to see if ice or any other blockages are present. If you can, use a plastic utensil to remove this and seal the chute.

Hot or Wet Containers

Another possible cause of freezer frost buildup is the placement of hot or wet containers inside it. These containers will increase the humidity levels inside the freezer – even if the inside has good airflow and items aren’t too close together, this will still cause frost to form up. Frost will generally show up on both sides of the freezer when this is the case, which is frustrating but will also give you a clear idea of the issue. Be sure to dry off any containers you’re placing in the freezer beforehand; if possible, also give warm containers a few minutes or hours to cool down.

For more on how to avoid risks of frost building up in your freezer, or to learn about any of our freezer repair or other appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At All Pro Appliance Service, we pride ourselves in not only repairing any issues hampering your appliances, but also offering potential replacement suggestions in cases where they’ve been damaged or worn down beyond repair. This means we have a strong working knowledge of all the appliances we service, including microwave repair and related solutions.

One particular type of microwave that we both repair and offer expertise on regularly to clients is known as the convection microwave. What exactly is a convection microwave, how does it work, and what are its benefits and drawbacks compared to other microwave types if damage or other problems to your current microwave require replacement? Here are some basics to be aware of.

Convection Microwave Basics

A convection microwave is a type of hybrid appliance, one that’s able to both cook and reheat food but can also perform tasks like baking, roasting, browning and crisping. It will generally look roughly the same as a traditional microwave, though obviously far smaller than a typical oven. It utilizes a built-in fan and heating coil to provide heat to food, a process we’ll go over in further detail below.

How it Works

Convection microwaves utilize convection technology, which refers to the transfer of heat through bulk movement of molecules within fluids. For those who require standard microwave needs, the convection microwave meets all of them.

However, it can also provide several other heating modes, as we went over above. It accomplishes this by moving into what’s known as convection mode, where it uses a heating element combined with a fan to circulate much higher levels of heat throughout the interior of the space, cooking food evenly both inside and outside. Most modern convection microwaves or ovens have preset programs that allow you to automatically move between microwaving and convection mode.

Benefits and Drawbacks

There are both pros and cons of convection microwaves depending on your needs. Some potential positives:

There are also some potential drawbacks:

For more on convection microwaves, 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]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There are a few common household items that may be defined in multiple ways simultaneously, and a great example is the water heater. While most think of their water heater as primarily a plumbing fixture, there are also many situations – including appliance repair – where it can be considered an appliance as well.

At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re proud to offer a huge range of water heater repairs for all our clients, including repairing current water heaters or installing a new one. We provide numerous areas of expertise here, plus a full one-year warranty for any parts and labor. When does it matter whether your water heater is considered an appliance or a plumbing fixture, and how does this relate to any potential repair needs? Here’s a quick primer.

Water Heater as a Plumbing Fixture

In most situations, a water heater will be categorized as a plumbing fixture. It will usually be installed by a plumber during new home construction, for instance, so there’s a good reason for this.

One specific area we wanted to note when it comes to water heater categorization: Taxes. Where the IRS is concerned, your water heater is considered a plumbing fixture that’s part of your pluming system, which has a depreciation period of 27.5 years – this means that if it needs to be replaced within this time, you will receive the rest of the deduction when the old model is removed. This kind of tax deduction is possible even if you use an appliance service like ours for the replacement in question, as we’ll go over below.

Water Heater as an Appliance

On the flip side, there are several situations where a water heater will be considered as an appliance if all parties agree to this. These include:

There are also a few others down these lines. As we alluded to, however, the heater can maintain multiple designations at once – these appliance designations will help determine who is responsible for coverage or repairs in case of issues.

General Tips

Some general tips for water heater maintenance, no matter its designation:

Our pros will be happy to help with any of these maintenance areas or repairs required. For more on this or any of our appliance repair services, including emergency appliance repair, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When it comes to not only appliance effectiveness but also long-term care, the kinds of products you use within the appliance are often very important. One great example here is the dryer, which has a few different products that might be used during its standard operating cycle – and might impact not just the way your clothes dry or how they smell, but also the long-term lifespan of the dryer itself.

At All Pro Appliance, we’re happy to provide dryer repair among our numerous appliance repair services – and you might be shocked at how many of the dryer issues we see result from improper product use or related areas. One common question we get from clients down these lines: Should I use dryer balls or dryer sheets? Today’s blog will go over the basics and pros and cons of each, both in terms of general quality and areas that relate to the long-term lifespan and quality of your dryer itself.

Dryer Sheet Basics, Pros and Cons

The more popular of these two products is the dryer sheet, which is meant to help with both drying and a fantastic smell for the clothes in the dryer. They are thin, rectangular polyester sheets coated in various fabric softeners or fragrances, which are released by the heat and humidity of the dryer and attach to clothes. Some of their basic benefits include:

There are also some potential downsides of dryer sheets depending on your needs:

Dryer Ball Basics, Pros and Cons

Dryer balls are a common alternative to dryer sheets, one that comes without chemicals. They’re usually made of plastic or wool, ranging in size and shape based on the manufacturer. They are meant to work in many of the same ways, however, separating items and preventing clumping or static. Some of their benefits include:

There are also a few potential downsides:

For those who care most about appliance lifespan, dryer balls tend to be the better choice here. To learn more about these or other dryer products, or for information on any of our appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance today.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The phrase “too much of a good thing” applies in several household areas, and one perfect example is soap usage within the washing machine. While you obviously want to use enough soap to properly clean your clothes, too much soap can led to issues where excess suds build up during your wash – and remain stuck to your fabrics, the washer drum and other areas once the cycle finishes.

At All Pro Appliance Service, overly-sudsy washing machines are just one of numerous washer repair themes we’ve assisted clients with over the years – a range that also includes more significant issues like component breakdown or malfunction. Let’s look at the underlying causes if you’re finding soap suds all over the place after each wash cycle, plus how to both remove the suds in an immediate sense and prevent this issue from cropping up in the future.

Excessive Washer Suds Causes and Concerns

The single most common cause of too many suds in the washer is one we already mentioned: Too much soap or detergent, which will interact with water to create a huge quantity of bubbles. However, there are also a few other precursors that can lead to this effect, including:

Why are too many suds a negative, anyway? Beyond their simple annoyance, the primary reason here is actually water conservation. Modern washers have sensors that detect suds levels, adjusting based on the results. If you use too much detergent or the type that creates heavy suds, this will often trigger additional rinse cycles that add time, water usage and energy usage to your washer. Over time, too many suds will also reduce your washer’s cleaning power and efficiency, often leading to deposits being found on clothes.

Removing Excess Suds

If you’ve opened the washer to find excessive soap suds, these can be removed by running another cycle for the same load – with a different solution. One such solution is vinegar, which must be used with care and requires the interior drum to be wiped first; adding two cups of distilled white vinegar before running another cycle will remove residue. Another solution is fabric softener and water, which can be run for multiple cycles to remove suds.

Preventing Sud Formation

Some basic tips to ensure overly sudsy water doesn’t crop up again in the future:

For more on avoiding overly sudsy washers, 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]

At All Pro Appliance Service, ovens and oven repair are one of our specialties among our numerous appliance repair services. We service every major brand, with a full one-year warranty on all parts and labor to go with our comprehensive inspection and repair services.

One common call we get from clients regarding ovens is from those who have a self-cleaning oven and are worried about the strange smell this feature is causing when used. Is this smell dangerous or a sign of a problem with the oven? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know here, plus when it’s useful to call our team for assistance.

Self-Cleaning Oven Smell Causes

Self-cleaning ovens may smell during or after their cleaning feature is used, and this is generally due to grease, food and other oven rack materials that are stuck on even after the intense heating process is completed. Many of these rack materials are not meant to be exposed to a heat level this high, which can largely cause the smell.

However, this smell is not unusual and does not tend to signal a problem with the oven. The smell is a big reason why less than 50% of US households use these oven types – there are others available with cleaning formats that do not create odors in this way.

Is it Dangerous?

In addition, the smell from a self-cleaning oven is not dangerous to humans or common household pets – it just smells bad. The fumes might be dangerous to certain tropical birds, but those are nowhere close to Utah.

Reduction Tips

With the proper steps, you can reduce or even eliminate the smell from a self-cleaning oven:

Maintenance and Aging Concerns

Generally speaking, cleaning the oven by hand on a regular basis will not only reduce the need for the self-cleaning feature to be used as often, but will also reduce odor when it is used by eliminating residue and other contaminants. It will also help the oven run longer and more efficiently.

If you have smell or other oven issues that you believe are due to signs of damage or age-related wear-and-tear, on the other hand, call our team of appliance repair specialists right away to assess the concern and provide solutions.

For more on smell issues with self-cleaning ovens, or to learn about any of our oven repair or services on refrigerators, ice machines or numerous others throughout the home, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the primary troubleshooting areas you might consider if you’ve noticed that your washing machine is not draining properly out of its drum. These concerns might lead to water damage or increased utility costs, but luckily they’re usually relatively simple to diagnose and remedy in short order.

At All Pro Appliance Service, our professional appliance repair services include a huge variety of washer repair solutions, with every major brand covered under our service plan. In today’s part two, we’ll go over a few other areas to check on as you’re troubleshooting this issue, whether on your own or with the assistance of our team of appliance repair specialists.

Hose or Pump Clogs

If you’ve already done a master reset and tested the lid switch assembly, plus checked for drain hose kinks as we noted in part one, your next step should be to check on both that same hose and your washer’s pump to see if anything is clogging it. Certain items may sneak their way into these areas, whether we’re talking about a sock or some other small clothing item.

The first step here is to remove the front panel of your washer and check for clogging items. If you find any such items, remove them and try the draining again. In cases where you have to go further and inspect the hose itself, we highly recommend emptying the water out of the drum manually first – this is because when you disconnect the hose, any remaining water will come rushing out.

Water Level Control

In cases where your drum will not drain and also is having spinning issues, there’s a good chance this is due to a problem with the water level control function. To check on this, open up the washer’s control panel and search for a plastic tube, one that’s attached to the water level valve. Sometimes the issue is just that this tube is clogged – you can clean it out with water and vinegar.

In other cases, however, the valve itself could be worn down or corroded. In these situations, you will have to have the valve replaced by our professionals.

Coin Trap

For washer models that come with a coin trap, one meant to catch coins and other objects before they enter the drain, it’s possible this area has become clogged. This is simple to check, as such traps usually have a panel you can access to check for any clogging.

Professional Services

Finally, if you’ve tried everything on this list and still can’t figure out the drainage issue, it’s time to call our team of appliance repair specialists if you haven’t already. We’ll utilize various techniques and expertise to get to the bottom of your issue quickly and help you remedy it.

For more on how to assess and repair washer drainage issues, or to learn about any of our appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.

For any home, particularly those with children or pets running around, a working washing machine is vital for cleanliness and even health areas. Washers generally follow a basic process: Water fills a drum, the clothes are washed, the drum drains, and then a spin cycle and clean water are used before a final spin cycle for drying.

At All Pro Appliance, we’re here to ensure this process is working properly for your home at all times through our detailed washer repair services. Just like all our major appliance repair services, we cover every major brand out there and also offer a full one-year warranty on all parts and labor. One of the most common issues we hear about regarding washers are machines that will not drain out of the drum – if you’ve opened up the washer after a cycle to see a full drum of water still full, here are a few general troubleshooting areas you might consider, either on your own or with the assistance of our pros.

Master Reset

The first step you should take is one that’s possible on virtually all modern washing machine models – any that contain a built-in computer that helps guide its functions (our team will be happy to inform you of whether your model is one of these). If your drum is having draining issues, unplug the washer for about one minute, then plug it back in to begin the master reset process.

From here, open and close the washer door six times apiece within a span of about 12 seconds. This is a universal code for computerized washing machines to reset themselves. It may not work for every machine, but it’s worth giving it a try before you move to other areas. Sometimes a simple connection or computer process is the cause of the issue.

Drain Hose Kink Issues

If the computer isn’t the issue, take a look at the hose behind your washer next. Make sure it hasn’t been jostled or moved out of alignment, which might cause it to block the flow of water out. The hose could also be kinked, which – similar to a garden hose – will stop the flow of water in either direction.

Lid Switch Assembly

If you have a top-loading washer, the issue could be due to a problem with the lid. These washers will only drain and spin when the lid is closed securely, but sensors or the lid switch assembly could be causing issues here. The simplest way to test this is by pushing the lid down with your finger – if this triggers the drum to drain itself, you’ll need to extend the stem on the lid so it’s hitting the proper switch without your help. This is something our team will be happy to help with.

For more on the issues that could be causing washing machine drainage concerns, 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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