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How to Make Your Appliances Match (Without Spending a Fortune)

Is Matching Your Appliances a Good Idea?

We tend to love things that match, whether it’s a coordinated family photo, adorable collectibles, or a set of new uniforms for school. Many homeowners like the idea of matching their appliances, either by make, color, or style, to create a soothing kitchen environment. This is a great way to maximize the look and feel of your home, but it usually comes at a cost.

If you’re interested in matching your appliances, use these tips to avoid spending more than necessary:

  1. Focus on a Theme

You can’t match your appliances if you don’t know what to match them to. Most people will focus on aesthetics when coordinating their equipment. For example, you could fill your kitchen with stainless-steel appliances for a modern, sleek look. Others may prefer the look of kitschy, colorful appliances of the 1950s. You can also coordinate based on the manufacturer, like Whirlpool or GE, if you have had a good experience with their products in the past. Research various makes and models before committing to a theme to make sure you can bring your vision to life.

  1. Pick a “Hero” Appliance

If you’re on a budget, it’s best to start by picking what’s known as a “hero” appliance. This is essentially the main attraction of your kitchen or living space. It’s usually a high-ticket item or the one that’s in the best condition. If you love your brand-new stainless-steel refrigerator, start there, and see if you can match your other appliances to this theme.

This will help you refine your vision when designing the ultimate kitchen. You can start making small changes to the space and invest in smaller appliances instead of starting from scratch.

  1. Consider Repairing Your Appliances Instead

Replacing more than one appliance will quickly get expensive. Unless you have plenty of money to work with, we suggest having your existing appliances repaired instead. A repairperson will inspect the equipment to make sure it’s working properly, so you don’t have to worry about it falling apart several months down the line.

To bring your dream kitchen to life, talk to the appliance repair company about installing a new finish or exterior on your appliances. You can have them install a stainless-steel front so that it matches the rest of the space. Shop for inexpensive coatings, buttons, and other appliance accessories to dress up your oven, stove, or washer/dryer as you see fit.

There’s nothing like coming home to a matching set of appliances. Your kitchen will look as if it was designed with purpose. It’s an easy way to update the space without investing in a brand-new fleet of appliances. Contact the professionals at Absolute Appliances Repair in San Francisco today to learn more about our repair services.

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What We Learned from the COVID-19 Appliance Shortage

How to Protect Yourself from Appliance Shortages and Delays

Many of us are still feeling the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With businesses, stores, and schools on lockdown, many people have been spending more time at home than they ever thought possible. That means more opportunities to open the refrigerator, cook a delicious meal on the stove, and run the automatic dishwasher.

To make the most of their time at home, many people have been ordering or repairing their appliances. Increased demand, production delays, and missing parts have led to a massive appliance shortage all over the U.S. It can now take several weeks, if not months, for your new refrigerator or washing/dryer to arrive at your front door.

So, what does this all mean for you?

If you’re worried about the appliance shortage or thinking of upgrading your existing machines, here’s what you need to know.

Be Prepared to Wait

Investing in a new appliance is a big decision. These machines can easily cost thousands of dollars, so you need to make sure your next big-ticket purchase will serve you well for years to come.

If you have your eye on a specific make or model, don’t expect to get your appliance any time soon. The most popular items have been on back-order for months as manufacturers wait for their suppliers to send more supplies. Many companies are playing catch-up as they try to fill thousands of orders.

You should start placing your order or shopping around now, as it may take several months for your appliance to arrive by mail. You probably won’t find a lot of options to choose from when visiting your local appliance outlet or depot.

Consider going with a less popular make and model if you can’t afford to wait to get your hands on a new appliance. But don’t settle for a subpar piece of equipment that may fall apart after a few years.

Focus on Appliance Repair

We all depend on our appliances in one way or another. Considering all the delays and complications that come with ordering a new appliance, it’s best to make sure your current machines are up to the task at hand. You don’t want to be stuck at home without a working refrigerator, stove, or oven. That’s why you should have your appliances inspected by a repair professional.

Invest in preventative maintenance to get the most out of your existing appliances, so they don’t break down when you need them most. This means having a repairperson come to your house before your appliances break down. It’s the best way to make sure your machines stay on for the foreseeable future or until you’re finally ready to buy a new appliance.

An appliance repairperson will inspect your existing machines to make sure they are working properly. This can also help lower your energy bills. Your appliances will get less efficient over the years as they suck up more and more electricity. Use preventative maintenance to whip your appliances into shape as we ride out the last of the pandemic.

Don’t wait for your equipment to bite the dust. Visit your local Absolute Appliances Repair today, the number-one place for appliances repair in San Francisco. We serve San Rafael, Mill Valley, Marin county, Novato, and Larkspur.

Appliance Tips for the Winter Season

Appliance Tips for the Winter Season

There’s no time like the present to make sure all of your appliances are in good operating condition for colder weather during the winter months! Your home and your appliances can be quickly affected by the cooler temperatures, so read on to learn about some things you can do for the cold season to get optimum results from your appliances for comfort, cooking, food storage, and safety.

  1. Test Your Oven

Nothing brings comfort during the cold winter quite like a good hot meal; be sure your oven and cook top are ready to deliver! Make sure that your oven is heating up to the temperature it should be – and you should do it on a day when you’re fixing something simple, like an oven-baked pizza. Should you discover that your oven is taking longer to cook things than it should, call our appliance repair in San Francisco for help – you may just need a simple part replaced, such as a thermostat.

 

  1. Run a Self-Cleaning Cycle

This is another important preventative maintenance test for your oven. Your oven can reveal hidden potential issues when it reaches very high temperatures that aren’t noticeable with lower temps. Go ahead and turn on your broiler for a bit, or turn up the heat to 550 degrees to check for issues. If you’re planning a winter get-together of any sort, perform this test a few weeks in advance to leave time for service by our appliance repair experts if warranted.

 

  1. Those Appliances in the Garage

A lot of people keep a refrigerator or deep freezer in the garage, which is fine – however, sometimes it can void any warranties these appliances have due to the temperature changes that come along with changing seasons. To limit this temperature variation as much as possible, keep your appliances close to your home; don’t place them near the big garage door.

 

  1. Critters are Looking for Warmth, Too

Each year, be sure that you check the vent covers on dryers, vent hood flaps, and any gaps under doorways to make sure critters are unable to get into your home. This includes birds looking to warm up, insects, and other small animals. Even a small dent from a bike can cause siding to pop or a gap to open up, which just invites little intruders to wreak havoc on your home and appliances.

 

  1. Dryer Lint is a No-No

The lint that gets caught in your lint trap is extremely flammable, and the dryer air that comes along with winter makes it even more so. Did you know that dryer lint is the number one cause of house fires? Clogged vents, hoses, and traps can also cause your dryer to break. Make sure while running your dryer that you check the vent outside, ensuring that it is blowing out a good amount of air. Clean the lint filter trap after every load of laundry, and regularly pull the dryer out from the wall and clean all around and underneath it – you may be surprised at all the dust and lint under there.

 

Keeping your appliances in good shape for the winter season doesn’t take a lot of effort, but it does take some commitment. Make yourself notes in your calendar on your mobile device to perform these little tests each year before winter arrives, and you’ll be in good shape. Should anything break down, malfunction, or need attention, be sure to call our appliance repair in San Francisco for help. We serve all surrounding areas too, from Pacifica and South San Francisco and other locations throughout Marin County.

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Leaving Town? Protect Your Appliances with These DIY Tips

How to Protect Your Appliances Before Going on a Trip

If you’re one of the many people planning a trip in the New Year, don’t make the mistake of leaving your appliances as they are. Things can easily take a turn for the worst when you’re not around, especially during the winter. You may come back from your trip only to discover that some of your appliances no longer work the way they should. Spend a few minutes prepping these items before you leave town. Use our vacation appliance checklist to make sure your home is ready for your departure.

Disconnect the Dishwasher

Leaving your automatic dishwasher connected to the system can be a danger in the winter. If the temperature dips below freezing, the pipes could burst, putting your appliance at risk. Before you leave town, turn off electrical power to the dishwasher by flipping fuse on the circuit breaker. Disconnect the water line and shut off the water supply. You’ll need to reconnect the water line and return the circuit breaker to its original position when you return.

Turn Off the HVAC System

It’s always a good idea to turn off the thermostat or HVAC system before leaving town. There’s usually no point in letting the system run while you’re not home. However, letting your home freeze up isn’t always a good idea either. If you expect the temperature to stay below freezing while you’re out of town, leave the thermostat on 55- or 50-degrees Fahrenheit to prevent your pipes from freezing.

Shut Off the Water Supply

In addition to unplugging your dishwasher, you may want to disconnect the entire water supply to keep your pipes from freezing. There’s also a chance you could spring a leak and puddles and drips collect around your home. This could lead to lasting structural damage if unattended for days on end.

Turn Off “Vampire” Electronics

Some gadgets and electronic may be sucking up energy without your knowledge. These are often called “vampire” electronics for their refusal to power off. This often includes LED displays, digital clocks, remotes, or really anything with an external power supply. Small kitchen appliances can also draw electricity, include coffee makers, toaster ovens, and microwaves. Be sure to unplug these items while you are away to avoid using more electricity than necessary.

 

Use this list to get your home ready for your big trip. A few simple changes will help you save money in the long run. You also won’t have to worry about coming home to a mess or a bunch of broken appliances. Contact Absolute Appliance Repair in San Francisco for more tips before leaving town.

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Are Your Appliances Working Harder Than They Need To?

Reduce Wear and Tear with These Appliance Repair Tips

The appliances in your home have probably been working overtime now that you’ve been spending more time at home. Whether you’ve been opening the refrigerator more than usual or running your furnace non-stop, your appliances may be having a hard time adjusting to your new routine. Considering each item can cost several thousands of dollars, it’s important to keep an eye on your home appliances as you force them into high gear. Use these tips to keep all your big-ticket appliances in the best possible shape.

  1. Check the Owner’s Manual

Most of us aren’t used to looking over the owner’s manual unless we encounter a problem, but this is your guide to making the most of your home appliances. As you continue using your appliances more and more, take a moment to go through the owner’s manual to see if you are falling behind on maintenance and repairs. Look for tips on improving the performance of your appliances. You should know the full lifespan of the appliance, including how long it should last.

You may discover new things about your appliances you never knew were there, such as cool features, automatic shut-off valves, and other helpful tools for increasing energy-efficiency.

  1. Watch Out for Strange Sounds and Odors

Your appliances may be trying to tell you something. As you continue to use your appliances, you should always watch out for signs that something may be wrong with your appliances, such as strange smells and odors. For larger appliances with a motor, listen for grinding sounds and clanking noises. This could be a sign of mechanical failure. Keep your nose peeled for burning rubber and rotten foods in case your refrigerator should fail. Burning smells usually mean your appliance is getting too hot, which could be a fire hazard. You should also keep an eye out for smoke in case something should catch fire.

  1. Use Your Appliances with Care

If you are adamant about extending the life of your appliances, consider giving them a break from time to time. Refrain from using these items unless it’s necessary. That means no standing in front of the fridge deciding what you’re going to eat and turning down the thermostat when you go to bed.

Your appliances won’t last forever. There will come a day when you will need to replace them. To put off this date as long as possible, go easy on your appliances to avoid additional wear and tear.

  1. Keep Them Clean

Nothing will damage your appliances like dust, dirt, and other forms of debris. All that gunk can get inside your appliances. It can also be a fire hazard in certain situations. Clean up the areas around your appliances, including all those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. Use long, flexible cleaning tools, such as a brush, to get rid of dust and dirt. Add these areas to your cleaning list to keep your appliances going strong.

  1. Repair Your Appliances Even When They’re Not Broken

Many of us will wait until something goes wrong to call an appliance repairperson, but this isn’t doing your appliances any favors. Consult your manual to see how often your appliances should be repaired by a professional. You can try maintaining your appliances yourself, but unless you know what to look for, it’s best to hire a professional.

An appliance repairperson will thoroughly inspect the innerworkings of your appliances to make sure they are working at peak efficiency. They will upgrade the parts and accessories to improve performance. They will also be able to tell you more about the condition of your appliances, so you know exactly how long it will last.

 

Use these tips to make the most of your appliances while you’re at home. Contact the professionals at Absolute Appliance Repair in San Francisco to book a service call today.

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How to Winterize Your Outdoor Kitchen in California

For the most part, outdoor kitchens can be enjoyed throughout the year in California, whether they include just a little seating area and outdoor pizza oven or an entire outdoor entertainment area with a refrigerator, stove and oven, freezer, and more. While it’s true that you might need to add some outdoor heaters during the chillier months, with proper care in the fall, it’s as easy to entertain during the winter as it is in the summer.

Serious winterizing isn’t usually necessary for folks in San Francisco, Mill Valley, Larkspur, and the surrounding areas, so you’ll just need to do some seasonal maintenance to make sure everything from your small appliances to your grill, sink, and cabinets are prepared for the upcoming weather. For those who live in areas that experience hard freezes and frosts, there are additional steps you’ll want to take to keep your kitchen protected against the elements. No one wants to deal with travesties like flooding, busted pipes, or anything else.

Avoiding Appliance Repair for Outdoor Kitchens During Winter

Refrigerators

Although every appliance needs repairs eventually, there are many things you should do to prolong the life of your machines and avoid unnecessary calls to appliance repair services. Be sure to thoroughly clean out your outdoor refrigerator, kegerator, and wine refrigerator.

Compost wilted vegetables, toss out old food, and clean the entire unit with a mixture of white vinegar and water. Replace your box of baking soda (for odor control) with a new one, and be sure to vacuum the coils in the back of the refrigerators. If you don’t plan on using these appliances during the winter, shut off the power and keep the doors open – without posing a suffocation hazard for pets and children. Drain beer lines in kegerators.

Grills and Pizza Ovens

Thoroughly clean your grill and pizza oven thoroughly, getting all the leftover, burned-on food off of all the grates. You’ll want to season your cooking grates at this time to prevent rust. This is an easy task; all you need to do is apply a coat of vegetable oil and heat the grill for 20 minutes. Be sure to use a grill cover to protect the appliances from the elements.

Counters, Furniture, and Cabinets

For stainless steel counters and cabinets, all you need is to apply stainless steel polish. Make sure they are properly sealed if you have wood surfaces. If your counters or cabinets are made of paving stone, they may or may not be sealed – ask your installer if they are/should be sealed. Clear everything of clutter and wipe down shelves.

As for furniture, check to see if your metal pieces need painting with a rust-resistant paint. The same is true for wood furniture – it might need to be stained and sealed. Store patio cushions in a waterproof deck box during bad weather, and if you won’t be using the furniture much, consider using covers to keep it clean and dry between uses.

If you find your outdoor refrigerator, oven stove top, or any other appliance isn’t working properly, be sure to contact us for affordable, quick, professional appliance repair in Marin County!

How to Upgrade Your Appliances During the Pandemic

How to Upgrade Your Appliances During the Pandemic

Make Yourself More Comfortable at Home with These Appliance Repair Tips

Appliance sales are booming across the country thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of commuting to work or traveling during the summer, people are spending more time at home than they’re used to. The more time we spend at home, the nicer we want the space to be. That’s why so many people are investing in new appliances, such as refrigerators, freezers, cook and stovetops. Others are repairing their existing appliances, so they can stay more comfortable at home. You’ll have more room for storing food and leftovers, cooking delicious meals at home, and relaxing with friends and family. Use tips to upgrade your appliances for the pandemic.

  1. Set a Budget

Money can be tight these days, so it’s best to comb through your finances before you start upgrading your appliances. Decide how much money you want to spend and how these changes will improve your overall quality of life. For example, upgrading your stovetop might encourage you to cook more meals at home instead of ordering take-out.

If you don’t have a lot of money to spare, consider having your appliances repaired instead. Even if your freezer or washer and dryer are working fine, having them inspected by an appliance repair professional can make a world of difference. Your appliances will work more efficiently while reducing your utility bills. This will also give you more peace of mind around the house. You won’t have to worry about your appliances biting the dust when you least expect it, so you have everything you need to weather the storm at home.

  1. Focus on the Essentials

When deciding what to repair and replace, it’s best to focus on the essentials. Consider which appliances you tend to use the most and whether you’ve experienced any issues over the last six months. Check the warranty on high-ticket items like the freezer, oven, and dishwasher to see if they need to be repaired based on their age alone.

Spend your money where it counts. Why bother fixing or replacing an item if it’s not a part of your regular routine. If you’re not sure whether it’s best to replace or repair some items, you can always call an appliance repair expert to get a second opinion.

  1. Check the Reviews

Whether it’s a brand-new washer and dryer or a local appliance repair team, use online reviews to inform your decision. Look for companies and vendors that have an excellent reputation when it comes to customer service. Ask for information about their safety policies to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. You may need to have someone enter your home to install or fix the appliance. They may also need to haul the old one away. Make sure the company has your best interest at heart. All employees should wear facial coverings and limit their access to the space to reduce your chances of infection.

 

Now is the time to upgrade your appliances. Fall and winter are just around the corner, so make sure your home’s appliances are up to the task at hand. Contact the professionals at Absolute Appliance Repair in San Francisco today for more information!

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How to Clean Your Glass Top Stove without Scratching It

We know how much you love your glass stovetop, and at Absolute Appliances Repair in San Francisco, we also know how to help you clean it and take care of it so that you reap many good years of service from it. However, our customers may not know the proper ways to clean it without leaving behind unsightly scratches and evidence of rigorous cleaning, which can not only detract from your stove top’s beauty, but can also eventually compromise its integrity.

Read on to learn the proper ways you can shine up your glass top stove without damaging its strength and beauty.

  1. Wait Until It’s Cooled Down

Don’t remove pans and immediately move to scrubbing. While you may think this will help remove large food particles, it can actually cause unnecessary damage to the surface. When the stove top has cooled, wipe off any large food particles first with a soft cloth. Never use a steel wool pad or other course tool for scraping! While you want to wait for your top to cool before cleaning, you also want to get to it as soon as possible once it’s cooled.

 

  1. Soak Your Cleaning Cloth

Use a microfiber cloth and soft dish sponge to clean your glass stove top, along with baking soda and a little bowl of hot water with some dish soap stirred in. Soak your cloth in the soapy hot water and while you’re doing that, sprinkle the baking soda onto the surface to be cleaned.

 

  1. Dribble and Wait

After your microfiber cloth has soaked in the soapy water for a bit, take the cloth and wring out the water onto the stove top. Then, take your cloth and place it right on top of the area(s) to be cleaned. Let the hot water, soap, cloth, and baking soda sit for about 15 minutes to gently lift particles from the stovetop’s surface. For heavily soiled tops, let it soak for about 30 minutes.

 

  1. Lift and Wipe

Once the allotted time has passed, simply remove the rags from the stove top and wipe away the particles and baking soda. Begin at the top of the glass stovetop and work your way down towards you. Once that is done, take your soft sponge and wipe away any debris that remains. Finish up with a nice soft, dry towel to get rid of any lingering water.

 

That’s it!

If you need help cleaning your glass top stove in the Mill Valley area, contact our experts for sound advice. You can also count on our professionals in appliance repair in Marin County if you have any issues with your stove, oven, refrigerator, or any other appliances you own. Contact us today and let us know what we can do to help you!

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Gas or Electric? Which Stove is the Best Buy?

The Benefits of Gas and Electric Stoves

Something to keep in mind when choosing appliances for your kitchen is that the kitchen will be used on a daily basis for years. This is where you will prepare food and clean your dishes. It will also be one of the largest factors when it comes to how much your energy bill is.

A common choice that has to be made when it comes to a new stove is whether it should be gas or electric. The best choice for you depends on a few things, including whether your home has a gas or electric supply set up; before making the decision, it is important to consider all of the factors of both kinds of appliances.

The Cost

The overall cost difference between gas and electric stoves is something to address at the beginning. The upfront cost of an electric stove is less than a gas stove, but the operating cost of an electric stove is higher. Just how much higher depends on the make and model, the number of burners, and the power capability of each appliance. Be sure to check energy rating tags while you shop and if energy conservation is a priority, look for Energy Star appliances.

Safety

Kitchen safety cannot be overstated, and it is important to implement safe appliances into your kitchen. With this in mind, it begs the question: Is an electric stove safer than a gas stove? The answer may be somewhat surprising. In truth, both are safe. Electric stoves run the risk of an electrical fire, while gas stoves run the risk of gas leaks – however, each of these scenarios are extremely rare. In addition, risk of burns is greater with electric stoves because once a burner is turned off, it takes a while to cool down. On the flip side, the risk of accidental gas leaks from gas stove burners is something to be careful of – this can happen if someone accidentally brushes against a knob and turns on the gas without igniting a burner.

Heat Up Time

On days where you want a quick meal, electric stoves aren’t going to be your best bet there. The heat up time for an electric stove takes a few minutes, whereas the gas stove heats up instantly. For electric stoves you are going to want a bit more allotted time to prepare dinner because of the heat up time.

With these few things in mind, the choice is ultimately up to you on which is better because it all depends. If your energy bill is not very high every month, an electric stove may be better than getting a gas stove because you can afford to spend more on electric every month. If you are someone who has to eat on the fly, a gas stove would be better suited for you than an electric stove. It all comes down to which is more convenient and cost-effective for you. If you have any questions regarding gas or electric stove tops, contact us today for more information.

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What to do When Your Ice Maker Isn’t Working

Ice Maker Not Working

It can be incredibly frustrating when you go to get some ice to cool down your beverage on a hot day and you come to find out that the ice maker is not working properly. This could happen for a number of reasons, and it helps to know what to troubleshoot in order to determine why it isn’t making ice as it should. First, you need to determine what the ice maker is (or isn’t) doing. Then you can work to fix the issue if you know what is causing it. Following are some of the most common problems people encounter with ice makers:

Ice Cubes are Too Large or Too Small

When this happens, it means that the ice maker may need a simple adjustment. Take the white plate from the frontmost part of the ice maker and underneath the cover, you will find a “plus” and “minus” indicator, along with a spring and screw assembly. To make the cubes smaller, you are going to want to decrease the amount of water per dose. To do this, move the screw towards the “minus” symbol. Perform the task the same way if you need larger cubes, except this time, move the screw towards the “plus” so your cubes can increase in size.

Ice is Not Ejecting

When ice is not coming out of the maker properly and is instead stuck inside the ice mold, this is because the ice maker is getting water inside of it, which may be an electrical or mechanical issue. To avoid this and to be extra mindful of this in the future, watch out when you move things around in the freezer, because you could accidentally bump the control arm out of its intended position, which can prevent ice from flowing out of the maker.

If this happens, find the metal arm on the ice maker and move it back to the “on” position. This will prevent the ice maker from potentially taking on water and creating the ice mold that is preventing ice from ejecting.

The Ice Maker is Making No Ice at All

If you notice that your ice maker is either not making any ice or if it is having a difficult time producing its usual amount of ice, there may be a clog in the waterline. In order to repair the water line, you have to unplug the refrigerator and locate the water shut-off valve. You can typically find it behind the fridge or under your kitchen sink (or even in the location that the fridge’s water line connects to the house water source line). Turn off the valve and get a turkey baster filled with warm water and pour the water directly out over the water line. If you can’t find your turkey baster, you can always use a hair dryer. Whichever is more convenient to use is acceptable, as long as it melts the ice that is clogging the water line!

The only thing more frustrating than knowing your ice maker does not work properly is having it not work at all and not know why. Knowing what is wrong with your ice maker and the potential cause of the issue can help you solve the problem quicker so you can get back to having an ice maker that is functioning properly.

If you have tried finding the reason behind your ice maker not working properly but can’t seem to pinpoint the issue, contact us today. We can help with your appliance repair!