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5 Tips on Keeping Your Refrigerator in a Garage

October 2nd, 2017

upright freezerA refrigerator is one appliance that you’re likely to find in every home. While most people prefer to keep it in the kitchen, a refrigerator or a freezer can be placed in a garage especially if you’re using the space as an extension of your living area. However, special consideration must be made during winter to ensure it’s working efficiently. Here are five tips on how to keep a refrigerator or freezer in a garage:

1. Placement

The ideal place to keep your freezer in a garage is on a flat, dry and cool floor. Freezers that are put in cool places tend to save energy. However, according to Consumer Reports, “check product specifications if you plan to put the freezer in an unheated area, such as a garage.” Aim to keep it away from a window, but the top and back should get enough air circulation to prevent overheating. If placed in your garage, the freezer will work twice as hard in summer to keep your food frozen.

2. Extreme Temperatures

The most common issues you’ll hear during winter is that a garage freezer is not that cold or making ice at a fast pace. This is because during winter the temperature in the garage can get too low which can affect the compressor. If the compressor malfunctions, the freezer becomes warm. In such a scenario an expert in refrigerator repair can help sort the problem and prevent your appliance from getting affected by temperature fluctuations. Avoid trying to fix the appliance as it can make the problem worse.

3. Convenience

There are different parts of a refrigerator such as a thermostat and compressor. All components need to be in good condition for your appliance to be in optimum working condition. If one part malfunctions then your fridge will not work, and you increase the chances of your food spoiling. When your refrigerator or freezer needs a tune up a professional and experienced refrigerator repair can help diagnose the problem.

4. Design

The design of your fridge can assist in determining whether or not it will function properly in unheated spaces. The chest freezer design which opens at the top tend to have tight seals but take up more floor space. On the other hand, upright refrigerators help in organizing food, but their seals are not as tight as the chest style. While you can maximize the space in your house by placing your freezer in the garage; its design will determine how much space will be occupied.

5. Energy Saving

According to the Department of Energy, “ENERGY STAR-qualified refrigerators use 15% less energy than non-qualified models.” Therefore no matter which freezer you put in a garage always opt for a design that has the Energy Star label. Also, go for those with tight door seals to help save energy consumption.

Placing your refrigerator or freezer in the garage can help save on space, time and energy. A freezer can also save you the extra money and time needed to make frequent trips to a grocery store. Your appliance will stay in good shape with maintenance scheduled with a qualified technician.

Photo by Stephanie Dillingham from Flickr using Creative Commons license.

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Getting A Home Wine Cooler

August 21st, 2017

Pinot Grigio wine grapes prior to harvest during vintage 2012If you are passionate about wine and would like to start your own collection, you are likely wondering about getting a home wine cooler. A home wine cooler provides access to a range of wines anytime you want, and you can save bottles for the right occasion. Before you act, you will want to learn the proper steps and to keep a few factors in mind. Doing so will stop you from running into unneeded problems along the way. You will be able to move forward without stress, and your wine cooler will make a fantastic addition to your house.

Wine Cooler Size

Feeling eager to buy their home wine cooler, people often start this home improvement project without considering the number of wine bottles that they want to store, which is a mistake you will want to avoid. Some people purchase a home wine cooler that is too small for their needs, forcing them to tear it down. Other homeowners will purchase that is too large, which prevents them from using the space to complete other projects. If you want to store your wine for years at a time, keep that factor in mind as you move forward. To avoid common pitfalls, take measurements so that you can get the wine cooler that fits your requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

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Electric Stove Repair Guide

June 29th, 2017

electric stove burnerFor those who use electric stoves to cook, some problems can inhibit your cooking ability. While taking the necessary precautions when trying to troubleshoot, maintain or repair an electric stove is crucial, you’ll be able to diagnose most of the issues. Here’s a review of the most common electric stove issues:

Your electric stove won’t turn on

If you can’t turn your electric stove on, odds are the unit is not getting electricity. Making sure it’s properly plugged in should be your first step, and if it is, you probably have a defective outlet. Even so, it’s possible you have a blown fuse, tripped circuit breaker, or severed cable. If none of the issues mentioned above is to blame, contact an electric stove repair company. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gas Stove Repair Guide

June 13th, 2017

gas stove flameFor those who use gas stoves to cook, several issues can keep you from cooking. Fortunately, troubleshooting takes a few minutes. However, taking the necessary precautions is a must when trying to troubleshoot, maintain or repair a gas stove. The most common gas stove problems include:

The surface burner just won’t light

It’s common for gas stove owners to complain about surface burners that won’t light. The most likely culprits include clogged burner portholes or a defective ignition switch. Even so, you’ll want to confirm that your gas stove is correctly plugged in if it features an electric igniter. If the power is on and your circuit breaker hasn’t been tripped, a plugged-in gas stove that features an electric igniter is supposed to click repeatedly when the dial is set to light. If the stove does not produce a click, your ignition switch has probably malfunctioned. You should smell the gas if there’s a click but no flame, and if you don’t, then you probably have a gas flow issue. Either way, calling in a professional is the best option. Read the rest of this entry »

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Understanding the Dangers of Lint In Your Clothes Dryer

May 2nd, 2017

dryer lintYour clothes dryer performs the miraculous job of fluffing and drying your fabrics in record time. There’s no longer a need to hang the clothes outside, which saves you time. However, your appliance still requires some maintenance on a daily basis. Take a moment to understand the dangers of the clothes dryer when it comes to dryer lint accumulation. Taking a few seconds out of your day to keep it clean can stop a fire from beginning in the first place.

How Lint Gets Trapped

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Why Your Refrigerator Keeps Running

April 12th, 2017

milwaukee refrigerator repairKeeping your appliances in good working order is essential to ensure that you can manage your responsibilities effectively. Your family depends on your washer and dryer, dishwasher, stove and refrigerator to deal with everyday activities. Your refrigerator is especially important for your family as a way to store perishable food safely. If your refrigerator is running continuously, it may be time to seek help from a professional Milwaukee refrigerator repair specialist.

Why Your Refrigerator May Be Running Overtime

A few issues can cause your refrigerator to run almost all the time: Read the rest of this entry »

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Finding a Reputable Appliance Repair Professional through the Better Business Bureau

March 27th, 2017

BBB accredited businessFinding the right service professional to handle your microwave, refrigerator, washer and dryer repair needs can provide you with real peace of mind when managing these necessary tasks. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a great place to start when considering which appliance repair service to choose.

Dave’s Appliance Service is proud of its A+ rating with the BBB. Here are some of the primary advantages of consulting the BBB website before selecting a repairman for your home appliances.

BBB Accreditation

To achieve BBB accreditation, companies must meet stringent standards of conduct and customer service. BBB Accredited companies must make good faith efforts to ensure customer satisfaction and to provide the best possible services for their clients. These firms also agree to abide by the BBB Code of Business Practices, which requires fair and honest advertising, transparency in business dealings and responsive customer care. Companies must also be licensed and bonded as appropriate and must safeguard the personal and confidential information provided to them by their customers. This high degree of excellence ensures that BBB Accredited companies live up to the standards set forth by this consumer trust organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Does My Garbage Disposal Need To Be Repaired?

March 7th, 2017

water draining in a sinkEveryone knows that appliances don’t last forever, but sometimes it can be difficult to know when you need to replace one as opposed to repairing it. Thankfully, a garbage disposal will usually exhibit distinct signs that it needs to be replaced.

If you experience any of the following situations, you may need to repair or replace your kitchen disposal.

Frequent Clogs

If you start to experience clogs, make sure you’re always running water with each use for a minimum of 20 seconds. In addition, be sure to only dispose of food items that are approved by the manufacturer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Does My Washing Machine Smell Bad?

February 15th, 2017

loading washing machineOf all the major appliances now found in homes, the washing machine is one that we don’t want to be without. Although it’s typically tucked away out of view, it helps keep us looking good and smelling good.

Being able to wash your clothes at home means that you don’t spend time sitting in laundromats waiting for your clothes to wash. On the occasions when a washing machine can’t be used, the convenience of a washing machine becomes very evident. But, like any other appliance, sometimes things go wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dave’s Appliance Service Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

January 24th, 2017

Award reflects Dave’s consistently high level of customer service

2016 Angie's List Super Service Award Dave’s Appliance Service has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016.

This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List experienced unprecedented member growth in 2016. More than 1.6 million consumers, many of whom were eager to quickly hire highly qualified service pros, joined Angie’s List after the company added a new, free membership tier.

“Companies that can meet higher demands without missing a beat in their exemplary performance standards truly do stand apart from their peers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “Only a fraction of the large appliance repair companies in Milwaukee were able to do it.” Read the rest of this entry »

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