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Is Your Appliance Worth Repairing?

May 13th, 2021

Appliances help us keep our lives on track. Where would we be without our refrigerator/freezer, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, and garbage disposal? When any one of these stops functioning, it can quickly turn from an inconvenience into a disaster. Your immediate impulse might be to replace the appliance that is broken. But is that always the right option? Here is a quick guide to help you decide whether your appliance is worth repairing.

How Much Would It Cost?

Generally, the larger the appliance the costlier it is. So if your stove breaks, you’re looking at a major investment to buy a new one. But if your microwave goes, you can purchase one for under $75. Consumer Reports advises that if the cost to repair your appliance is greater than half the cost of a new one, it makes sense to replace it. Obviously you won’t know how much the repair would cost without consulting an appliance repair service. At Dave’s Appliance, our experts can diagnose your appliance’s problem and give you an estimate for the repair. With all of that information, you can make an informed decision.

Which Appliance Is it?

Other than cost, you have to consider how much you value your current appliance. Your refrigerator/freezer may have external ice and water dispensers, pull-out shelving, and other features you really appreciate. Your washer and dryer may fit just perfectly into the space in your utility room. Maybe you love to cook and bake and your stove suits you perfectly. It might even be that your appliances coordinate with your decor. These are definitely legitimate reasons to hesitate about replacing them when they break. Again, a visit from one of the friendly members of Dave’s Appliance team will help you understand the extent of your problem.

How Old Is It and Is It Still Under Warranty?

Major appliances like refrigerators or chest freezers often last from 10 to 20 years. Other appliances like trash compactors have an average life span of about 6 years. Most appliances also come with warranties, and often those can be extended if you choose to do so. When an appliance breaks down, it would be a good idea to find out if its warranty is still in force. If it’s not, check to see what the average life span is for your brand of that particular appliance.

What’s The Environmental Impact?

Often, the environmental impact of repairing or replacing isn’t considered at all. But perhaps you should think about it. If your appliance is old and inefficient, it may be using a lot of electricity. That’s bad for the environment and bad for your utility bills. If your appliance was made after 1992, it should have an Energy Star Rating to let you know how efficient it is. You can compare it to current appliances’ efficiency. On the other hand, your old appliance can’t just be thrown out. Major household appliances are banned from landfills in Wisconsin and the state urges that they be reused or recycled. In many places in Wisconsin, appliances are not picked up at the curb with other recyclables, nor are they accepted at many general recycling drop-off sites. It may be the more environmentally-responsible choice to repair rather than replace.

Whatever your appliance concern, the experts at Dave’s Appliance will be able to tell you what the problem is and help you decide whether or not it’s worth repairing. Give us a call.

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Wine Cooler Not Cooling? How to Repair Your Wine Fridge

February 26th, 2020

You know how important it is for wine to be maintained at a specific temperature, minimizing sediment disturbance and maximizing taste. So when your wine cooler suddenly stops cooling, something needs to be done, and quickly.

The first thing to do is determine which type of cooling system it uses. A compressor system is the same technology as a regular refrigerator; a thermoelectric system uses the Peltier effect to lower temperature. The compressor system uses a refrigerant and relies on mechanical energy while the thermoelectric system pumps heat out of the interior using electrical energy. Here are common problems and their solutions for each.

 

Compressor System Problems

Condenser Fan

If the fan in a compressor cooling system stops working, other elements can overheat. In time, that heat can transfer to the interior of your wine cooler. Repairing the condenser fan may be as simple as eliminating built-up dust and debris. If that is not the problem and it is still not spinning freely after thorough cleaning, the fan needs replacement. It is possible to do so on your own, though you may want to call the professionals at Dave’s Appliance.

 

Broken Evaporator

If the evaporator doesn’t work, the unit won’t produce cold air even if the compressor is running properly at full capacity. The evaporator also uses a fan, and built-up dust and debris could be the culprit here too. Likewise, there may be some sort of ice blockage that would be apparent when you examine it. Repair may simply entail cleaning and letting the ice melt, then plugging it back in. If the blades of the fan are actually bent, it will need to be replaced.

 

Defective Thermostat

Your thermostat is responsible for the supply of power to the condenser, evaporator fan, and compressor. The thermostat must be properly calibrated to ensure that your wine is preserved in the best possible way. Unfortunately, a defective thermostat can’t be repaired; you’ll have to replace it entirely. While it is possible to do this yourself, it is best to call in one of the experts at Dave’s Appliance. The procedure itself is complicated and the thermostat is just too important to rely on your own amateur efforts.

 

Thermoelectric System Problems

Room Temperature

The Peltier modules conduct heat out of the cabinet in relation to the outside environment. If the room itself is too hot, the Peltier module can’t do its job properly. It is recommended that this kind of wine cooler should be kept in a room that doesn’t exceed 75ºF. The obvious fix to this situation is either to move the wine cooler to a cooler room, or to ensure that the room it is in never gets warmer than 75ºF.

 

Improper Ventilation

Because of the way it conducts heat out of the system, a thermoelectric wine cooler needs clearance from surrounding objects. Make sure that it is positioned away from walls and other objects, and never place things on top of it. If it is a countertop cooler, don’t have it near the toaster or microwave, which generates heat.

 

Fan Issue

Thermoelectric wine coolers also have a fan that conducts hot air out of the cabinet and it can easily disconnect. As with the compressor system fans, clean off any accumulated dust and debris. If it still doesn’t function, you may need to replace the fan.

 

Your wine cooler is an investment in keeping your wine at the optimal temperature. When it is malfunctioning, your wine is at risk. Dave’s Appliance can remedy the issue quickly and easily.

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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. (more…)

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Natural Cleaning Products to Clean Your Appliances

January 10th, 2017

baking soda can keep your appliances cleanWould you like to reduce the number of harsh chemicals you use in your home? Doing so is inexpensive and simple. Consider these appliance cleaning tips that use safe, natural ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

Clean Just About Anything

For a safe and effective all-purpose household cleaner, combine the following ingredients in a spray bottle:
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TLC to Prevent Home Wine Cooler Repair

August 20th, 2015

dishwasher and wine cooler repairYour home wine cooler isn’t just a basic refrigerator set aside from the rest of the kitchen. It’s actually an expression of your love for wine and its delicate tastes. To give wine the best chance at maturing, we advise our clients to always keep the temperature at a steady 55 degrees Fahrenheit for most wines. However, maintaining this temperature requires some TLC for the wine cooler at least once every few months. (more…)

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Which Wine Should I Keep In My Home Wine Cooler?

August 18th, 2014

image of wine bottlesClassifying wines can be as difficult as categorizing people. It is said that each wine has its own character and soul. In general, however, wines can be classified as grape, berry, vegetable, fruit, or raisin. Then there are styles of wine to consider: red wine, white wine, rose, sparkling wine, and fortified wine. Within the styles are levels of sweetness. In dry wines, almost all of the sugars are fermented into alcohol. In a semi-sweet wine, some of the sugar is left and tends to enhance the acidity or aromatics (the distinctive smell) in the wine. A sweet wine leaves a lot of the sugars un-fermented. Unless they are fortified with additional alcohol, sweet wines typically have a lower alcohol content. (more…)

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Troubleshooting Your Home Wine Cooler

April 2nd, 2014

wine bottles on shelves of a wine cooler

A chilled glass of white wine on a warm summer night relaxes the muscles after a long day, but your home wine cooler has other plans. When you pull the bottle from the appliance, it is warm. There are several signs that tell you when your wine cooler needs repair. Here are some tips that can help you out with some basic troubleshooting of your wine cooler.

Moisture Formation

One of the most common issues coolers experience is moisture formation. Whether it is on the outside or inside of the unit, moisture accumulation is not healthy for the appliance, or the wine. Check that the door is firmly closed at all times. A slightly ajar door only allows moisture to condense on surfaces, creating unsightly ice particles. The door seals may be bad as well, allowing air to move through the door’s crevice. Repair technicians can apply new seals that will last many years. (more…)

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