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By Laura on 1/29/2015 1:38 PM

It's always intriguing to see what the latest inventions are for high end appliances and major manufacturers never fail to impress. The latest release for refrigerators is a design that allows you to select how MUCH you want to open your refrigerator door. Instead of a single handle, the system splits the handle up into two sections. You can either open the whole door or use the other part of the handle to open only a panel and leave the inside of the door in place. This allows only access to the items in the storage compartments on the door. This makes for a very easy open panel to get to drinks and condiments or anything else you store in the door.


By Laura on 1/19/2015 7:55 AM
Resolutions are almost a running joke at this point just because almost no one adheres to anything they resolve to do at the beginning of the year. That still doesn't make it a bad idea. If there's something you want to put in a resolution then it's worth addressing the fact that you want to make changes.

The biggest mistake people tend to make is the expectation that you can change something overnight. You can't just decide you're going to lose 50 pounds and wake up the next morning 50 pounds lighter. Also, don't make resolutions based on "what's popular". If you want to make a resolution, it needs to be YOUR individual resolution.

The most important thing is to make your resolutions realistic and set broken down goals. For example, if you want to lose 50 pounds in 2015, set up a calender with weight goals per month or whatever you realistically think you can do. It has also been very helpful for some people to let others know about your goals and ask them to help you reach your goals.

By Laura on 1/12/2015 8:00 AM
 Appliances are not impervious to having problems unfortunately. We've seen malfunctions you wouldn't believe. Sometimes the issues we see could have been avoided though. When people see a top rating on an appliance, they see that load rating as a goal instead of a max capacity. Even if your washer CAN accommodate a dozen pairs of jeans or half of your arsenal of sweaters, it doesn't mean you should be maxing it out every time you run it. Your appliances will last a lot longer if you stay within a reasonable load capacity.

For the best results, leave clothes loose instead of balled up. Leaving clothes clumped up in the washer causes imbalances that make the machine compensate through extended tumbling or intermediate spin speeds to fluff up the clothes and balance the load. Mixing different fabric types is also bad for the machine since it won’t be able to find a proper balance and can even shut down during the cycle throwing a fault code on the main computer display.

Make sure you follow the directions...
By Laura on 1/6/2015 6:26 PM

Happy New Year everyone and thank you for a great year. We look forward to meeting new customers and continuing to provide the best quality appliance repair possible going into 2015!

By Laura on 12/30/2014 4:39 PM

Almost all products these days have some sort of warranty. Make sure you read your appliance's warranty before even using the product. It is important to know exactly what you can and can't do with a product to make sure you're covered in case anything does go wrong. If you accidentally put a product in your appliance that voids the warranty or do work on your appliance yourself if it is listed that it voids your warranty, you could end up paying the cost for repairs on a product that otherwise would have been covered.

By Laura on 12/15/2014 12:05 PM

It's almost impossible to always have the correct tool that you need for every project so you're probably familiar with the frustration of not having a tool you need. If you cook a lot then you've probably collected a lot of utensils over time but there's always something else you could use. Here are some great tools that have been put to the test to find out which ones can handle the heat in the kitchen:

By Laura on 12/8/2014 8:00 AM

Christmas can be a stressful time as everyone is hunting for gifts for everyone on their list. If you are one of many that host Christmas events from your home then you may want to get some gifts for your home and decorate your home with some holiday cheer. Take a look at these house-warming ideas to get your home ready for the next Christmas party:

By Laura on 12/1/2014 8:00 PM

Holidays can be a lot of fun but figuring out what to add to the menu can be challenging, especially if you have a lot of family and friends coming over. Here are some new recipes to try out this holiday season at that makes the lofty claim of being the “best thanksgiving stuffing recipe”!

By Laura on 11/24/2014 6:58 PM

The holidays are upon us and unfortunately some important details in staying safe get lost in the hustle of trying to get everything done on time. Even driving around gets more dangerous this time of year so take a look at these quick tips for how to stay safe this holiday season:

By Laura on 11/17/2014 8:00 AM

There are all sorts of life hacks out there that could help you accomplish tasks you would never expect with items you already have around the house. Everything from changing your tire without using a floor jack to, well, accomplishing cooking tasks with a safety pin! Check out this article from Good Housekeeping for some surprising tricks you can do with nothing but a safety pin!

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