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Is Your Dishwasher Not Washing Your Dishes Thoroughly?

Find Out What’s Causing Your Dishwasher to Skimp Around the Edges

If you’ve been using the same automatic dishwasher for years, you might notice that, over time, the machine fails to clean every inch of your dishes. You might have to run them through the same cycle twice or clean them by hand, which defeats the point of owning a dishwasher in the first place. There are lots of reasons why a dishwasher’s performance can deteriorate. Find out why your dishwasher isn’t performing as well as it used to and how you can fix it.

Are you having trouble with your automatic dishwasher? Contact us at Absolute Appliances Repair!

Clogged Filter

Every automatic dishwasher comes with a filter that’s designed to catch large pieces of food and other items that the machine can’t break down. Make sure you keep the filter clean by emptying it out every week or so.

Using the Wrong Detergent

Newer dishwashers are designed to work with enzyme-based detergents that eat away at foods instead of rinsing them down the drain. If you’re using the wrong type of dishwasher fluid or detergent, the machine might not be able to do its job properly.

Using the Wrong Cycle

Many modern units will come with lots of different rinsing and washing cycles for you to choose from, including those for heavy-duty pots and pans, eco-friendly washes that use less water, and those for smaller loads. Try using a different cycle to see if it makes a difference.

Hard Water Stains

One of the most common problems people have with their dishwasher is that it leaves hard water stains on the glass, which can be extremely frustrating, especially if you’re having company over. You may need to use more water softener in your system to help get rid of the salts that cause these stains.

It’s Time to Upgrade

Some automatic dishwashers aren’t made to last the test of time. Most models won’t last beyond twenty or twenty-five years, which means your current unit might be beyond repair. You can have an appliance repair expert help you decide if it’s worth fixing your older unit or if you should upgrade to a newer model. Find out how long you’ve had the current machine to see if it’s time for a change.

If you’re having trouble with your dishwasher, let the professionals take care of the problem by calling Absolute Appliance Repair in San Francisco. We know how to repair all kinds of models, helping you get the most out of every cycle. Contact us today to book an appointment!

When to Repair Vs. Replace Your Large Home Appliances

How to Spend Your Money Wisely When Repairing or Replacing Appliances

Large home appliances are some of the most expensive items to a person’s name, right behind their car and the deed to their house. But many homeowners don’t spend much time thinking about or caring for their appliances until the damage has already been done. Suddenly, the refrigerator or the oven stops working, and the person has no idea whether they should repair or replace one of the biggest items in their home. This is a common dilemma for many homeowners. A person can save a lot of money when dealing with a broken appliance if they’re willing to do some homework.

Know the Life the Appliance

When dealing with a broken appliance, it’s important to understand the lifespan of the item. This will tell the person how much longer their appliance will last and whether or not it’s worth spending the money to have it repaired. The National Association of Homeowners recommends using these numbers as a reference:

  • Air conditioner: 15 years.
  • Dishwasher: 9 years.
  • Dryer: 13 years.
  • Garbage disposal: 12 years.
  • Refrigerator: 13 years.
  • Stove: 13 to 15 years.
  • Washer: 10 years.

These numbers can vary a bit based on the brand and whether the appliance has been well maintained over the years. If an appliance is getting towards the end of its lifespan, it’s probably best to have it replaced.

Check Your Warranty

Homeowners should also take the time to check their warranty information. If the appliance is still covered by the warranty, the person should have it repaired while they still can. Most manufacturers offer long-term warranties, so there’s a good chance that the item is still protected. Homeowners should also get in the habit of keeping a copy of their warranties in a safe place.

Consider Your Current Financial Situation

If the appliance isn’t covered by a warranty, the homeowner should contact an appliance repair company in their area to get an estimate. If the repairs will cost around 50% of the item’s total cost, it’s best to start from scratch and buy a new one.

If the person doesn’t have a lot of money when their appliance breaks down, they might have to have it repaired just to get by in the short-term. It all depends on what the person can afford. It usually makes more financial sense to replace the broken item sooner rather than later instead of spending money on intermittent repairs over the next several years.

Those looking for a company that provides appliance repair in Marin should contact Absolute Appliances Repair for the best customer service in town!

 

The Benefits of Luxury High-End Appliances

The possibilities when it comes to integrating convenience and appliances in today’s tech-savvy world cannot be overstated. These days, the finest ovens take cooking commands from smartphones and the top-of-the-line refrigerators can text you to pick up a dozen eggs. Every so often, manufacturers entice buyers with all kinds of new features and options for luxury kitchen appliances – some prove to be valuable and others – well, not so much. It might be hard to imagine life without your self-cleaning oven, but what about the refrigerator that has a television installed in its door?

Luxury Appliances for All Generations

Some of the most popular new appliances are those that have features that make life a little more convenient for more than one generation. Today’s modern family often includes people spanning at least a couple of generations, and oftentimes up to three.

For example, Bosch Appliances brand manager, Micaela Shaw, says that the company’s new best-sellers have features and designs that consider young hands, aging eyes, and middle-aged backs. Many control panels have larger numbers and letters that are easy to see, one of its dishwashers shines a light on the floor to relay the current status of the appliance, and one of Bosch’s ovens has a side door that eliminates the need to bend over a door to pull out that Thanksgiving turkey.

Another benefit of many luxury kitchen appliances is their smaller sizes; BlueStar features a 24” oven that easily fits into tiny spaces (perfect for the adult child or in-laws in the attached suite at home) and Blomberg offers a refrigerator/freezer that, at just 22” wide, fits easily into small kitchens.

The Wireless Revolution Comes to Luxury Appliances

“Smart” appliances that interact with you in new ways are rapidly infiltrating the scene, and they include everything from refrigerators that tell you when you are running out of an item to ranges that remind you to turn them off or clean them. Manufacturers seem to be moving along with the idea that people want to be able to connect with their appliances for everything – anything that offers a glimmer of the possibility of more convenience.

Nowadays you can find refrigerators with several different doors, freezers with compartments that offer individual temperature controls, fridges that let you re-order items right from their screens, dishwashers with new bottle-washing jets built right into their top racks, and more. Do you have any luxury appliances with new, modern features that make your life easier?

For Bay Area large home appliance repairs, contact Absolute Appliances Repair!

Keeping Your Appliances Safe When Moving to a New Home

So, you’re moving to a beautiful new home and you want to take all those hefty appliances with you. But before you load everything into the truck, you need to make sure that your appliances are ready for the big move. All that rattling around on the road can damage some of your most valuable items like the refrigerator, stove, automatic dishwasher and your washer and dryer. If you’re not careful, some of those big-ticket items might not work properly when you arrive at your new home. Protect your appliances with these moving tips from Absolute Appliance Repair, your local home appliance service company.

Packing Up Your Fridge

Before you pack up the fridge, make sure that you leave it unplugged for at least 24 hours. This gives the fridge some time to defrost. As soon as it’s unplugged, throw out any perishable items and thoroughly clean all surfaces including the bottom drawers, shelves, and the walls. Make sure that you’ve removed all the water from the freezer where large chunks of ice tend to form, unless you want to unpack a fridge full of mildew. Lastly, take out the shelves and drawers and secure them separately before you load the fridge onto the truck.

Clean Out the Stove/Oven

Just like your fridge, start by cleaning out the inside of your oven and wiping down the stovetop. Pack up and clean all the loose pieces, including the racks and knobs. Finally, you’ll need to unplug the stove from the wall. Make sure that the gas has been turned off before you try to unplug the stove. Unless you have experience installing and uninstalling your stove, you should contact the manufacturer or your local gas company for assistance or more information.

Removing the Dishwasher

To start, remove any dishes and the utensil rack. While most dishwashers are pretty good at keeping themselves clean, take a moment to examine the inside. Wipe down the sides, top and bottom if you notice any splashes or stains. Leave the door open and let the interior air dry for at least 24 hours to prevent mold and mildew.

Before you remove the unit, you’ll need to disconnect the power and water supply. Unless you have direct access to the power cord, you can switch off the electrical circuit. Once the power and water have been turned off, disconnect the water supply hose, let it drain, and dry it off with a towel.

Prepping Your Washer and Dryer

Washers and dryers tend to be extremely sensitive. Before you start tinkering with either machine, contact the manufacturer or the user’s manual for detailed moving instructions. You’ll need to disconnect the hoses and pack them in a separate container. The most vulnerable part of the machine is the drum, which is usually located at the back of the washer. Make sure that you’ve secured the drum before you begin handling the machine.

Final Preparations

For all appliances, make sure that all the doors have been tapped shut. Any loose items need to be packed separately or physically tapped to the inside of the machine. Secure all power cords with a zip tie or some tape. If you have any questions along the way, contact the manufacturer or your local appliance home service company for assistance. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when dealing with such large, valuable pieces of equipment.

If you discover that some of your appliances have been damaged in the move, contact Absolute Appliance Repair for all your home and kitchen appliance repair needs!

Getting Your Large Appliances Ready for Cooking during the Holiday Season

With the holiday season upon us, there are plenty of reasons to take a few minutes to look at your home – at your appliances, specifically. We all know it’s vital that everything runs as smoothly as possible while the turkey, dressing, and pies are cooking, whether you’re throwing a giant dinner for the masses or you’re getting a small feast for two together. Here are some tips you can use to get your appliances ready to operate at their best this holiday season:

    1. Refresh the Fridge

First and foremost, you’ll want to clean out your refrigerator before you do anything else, because so much of your holiday fixings will go into it. As part of your refrigerator fix, get rid of old condiments, condiments that hardly have anything left in the container, and anything you know darn well no one is going to eat. (Leftovers, anyone?) Be sure to wash shelves and drawers with warm soapy water and rinse well to get rid of any bacteria and germs.

    1. Crank Up the Ice Maker

You’ll want to make sure you have plenty of ice at the ready for your guests, so while you fix the refrigerator up for the holidays, turn up the ice maker settings on your freezer. Don’t have an ice maker? Not a problem – go to any store and buy an ice bin and get cubed up the old-fashioned way with ice trays. If you live in an area where the temperature is chilly, you can also keep drinks outside (in the garage, etc.) to help keep them cool.

    1. Clean Your Dishwasher

Once you get past the idea that it’s weird to clean an appliance that exists to clean, you’ll want to remove stains that can prevent your dishes from becoming truly clean. No one wants to eat off scale-ridden dishes, and no one wants to serve on them, either! Grab some specially formulated dishwasher cleanser or use lemon and vinegar to dissolve scale and freshen your appliance.

    1. Avoid Cooktop Repair Charges

Avoid disaster and the cooktop repair phone call that follows by cleaning your range, stovetop, and oven before all the cooking commences. A cooktop that isn’t clean is one that won’t function at its best, and we all know how important it is for this appliance to work properly for holiday cooking!

    1. Take a Look at Washer Hoses

This may not cross your mind right away with all the business of the season, but the last thing you need is a flood from a washing machine that’s leaked. Make sure there are no cracks or tears in the hoses that are in the rear of your washing machine and if there are, you can easily and quickly find new hoses and replace them.

If you find that any of your appliances are in need of some attention before the holidays arrive, or if you want our experts to check them out before a problem rears its ugly head, contact Absolute Appliances Repair. We can schedule a time for us to come out and make sure your appliances are in proper, safe, efficient working order to make your holidays the best yet. Contact us today.

Energy-Saving Tips for Large Home Appliances

Simple Ways to Use Less Energy in the Kitchen

The kitchen tends to be a hotbed of energy consumption. Large appliances such as your automatic dishwasher, refrigerator, and oven are some of the biggest energy hogs in your home, right after your air conditioner. If you’re looking to cut down on consumption, use these tips from the U.S. Department of Energy to reduce the amount of energy your home uses in the first place.

Shopping for Savings

Buying energy-efficient appliances is one of the best ways to reduce consumption in the long-term. Instead of adjusting your behavior on a day-by-day basis, energy-efficient appliances do most of the work for you. When shopping for appliances, look for the EnergyStar label. These products are designed to use a fraction of the energy that some older models require. When shopping for a refrigerator, look for models with a top-mounted freezer. They use anywhere from 10 – 25% less energy than side-by-side models and those with bottom-mounted freezers.

Reducing Energy Consumption by Changing Your Behavior

Let’s face it: most people don’t have the money to buy new energy-efficient appliances. Instead of spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars at your local appliance store, you can reduce consumption by being mindful of how you use your existing appliances.

Stove and Oven

The best thing that you can do for your stove is to keep it clean. Messy burners and stovetops become barriers for heat, boosting the amount of energy needed to heat up a cup of soup or boil some water. Make sure that you use pans that match the size of the burner. Using a small pan on a large burner is a massive waste of heat. Using lids and kettles instead of open pots also helps to lock in the heat.

Dishwasher

Most of the energy used to power your automatic dishwasher comes from your home’s hot water heater. Check your user manual to see if you can lower the water temperature. Try to scrape off your dishes as much as possible instead of rinsing them before you load them into your dishwasher. Make sure that your dishwasher is full and not overloaded. And, lastly, try air drying your dishes by laying them out on the counter instead of using the dry cycle.

Refrigerator

Operating 24/7, the refrigerator is a major energy hog, generally the second biggest consumer in your home. Keep an eye on the internal temperature of your unit. You should be able to control the temperature using a knob in the back. Your refrigerator should be set at around 36°F and your freezer should be at, you guessed it, 0°F. If you suspect that your internal temperature monitor is not accurate, which is often the case, fill a small glass with water and a thermometer and let it sit overnight. Compare the readings with what’s on the internal monitor. If the readings are off, the doors on your fridge might not be sealing properly. If that’s the case, it might be time to replace your fridge.

You can also reduce consumption by covering liquids and wrapping foods. You should also clear away spills, crumbs and any built-up frost that might be collecting in your fridge or freezer. All that extra gunk is just one more thing that your refrigerator needs to keep cool.

If you’ve noticed a major uptick in your utility bill, some of your appliances might be the culprit. Make sure that your large household appliances are working properly by calling Absolute Appliances Repair, your number-one choice for San Francisco Bay Area appliance repair.

Easy Tips for Eliminating Dishwasher Odors

How to Get Rid of the Smells in Your Automatic Dishwasher

If you notice a strange, alarming smell every time you open your automatic dishwasher, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. All kinds of food and debris can collect in your dishwasher, creating some truly nasty odors overtime. It’s important to clean out the interior of the appliance every once in a while to make sure that your family’s food is being disposed of properly. Use these DIY tips for removing offensive smells from your dishwasher.

Clean the Drain Filter

This filter is the exit point for all the food and liquid that you put into your dishwasher. Open your dishwasher and search for a small mesh contraption, usually found along the floor of the appliance. You’ll probably find something stuck to the inside of the filter. Thoroughly wash the drain filter in your sink until all the food and slimy residue has vanished.

Wipe Down Inside Surfaces

With all the splashing and spraying going on inside your dishwasher, it’s a wonder that the walls inside the appliance are ever clean at all. Occasionally, you might notice a few streaks of food or liquid dashed across the inside of the machine. Pull out the racks and quickly wipe down all the internal surfaces, including the walls, the floor, and the ceiling. Everything should be sparkling white when you’re finished.

Wash the Racks

While you have the dish racks out of the machine, you might as well rinse them off in your sink. Pay special attention to what’s underneath the racks, another common place where food residue can easily hide. Slide the racks back into the machine and see if your odor problems have vanished.

Run a Vinegar Cycle

As unpleasant as the smell of white vinegar can be, it can be effective when it comes to removing harsh smells. To start, make sure that there is nothing inside your dishwasher. Now add a small glass of white vinegar. 8 ounces should do the trick. Leave the glass standing up right instead of dumping the vinegar all over the inside of the machine. Now run the machine using a normal cycle. When the cycle is complete, all the vinegar should be gone along with all those nasty smells. If you still smell the vinegar, don’t fret. The scent of vinegar won’t linger for more than a few hours.

Toss in Some Baking Powder

You can also try tossing a handful of baking powder into the machine before your next load. Baking powder is considered an all-natural deodorizer, making it an excellent choice for your dishwasher. The baking powder should mix with the soap you use on your dishes to get rid of those unruly odors.

Contact Your Local Dishwasher Repair Man

If these strange smells persist, you might have a more serious problem on your hands. Contact your local appliance repair man for advice and assistance. They will inspect the parts of your dishwasher that might be malfunctioning such as the drain hose or the electrical connection.

Get in touch with the professionals at Absolute Appliances Repair for the best dishwasher repair in the San Francisco area.

How You Can Get the Most from Your Dishwasher

A dishwasher is quite the investment, and as such, you want to make sure you’re getting every penny’s worth from it. Like many other appliances, your dishwasher may need repairs at some point during its lifetime. If yours does, Absolute Appliances Repair services San Francisco, Mill Valley, Marin County and many other locations. They offer washer repair, dryer repair and are able to service many other appliances – including dishwashers!

Did you know you can help preserve the lifespan and function of your dishwasher by performing regular maintenance and cleaning? Repairs and service may get expensive, but by following tips below, you can get the most from your dishwasher regardless of its age.

Tips to Keep Your Dishwasher in Tip-Top Shape

Your dishwasher deserves some TLC, just like your other appliances and electronics. If you’re noticing that a first run-through isn’t leaving your dishes with a sparkle, it may be time to make some adjustments. Rather than spending money on unnecessary repairs, why not try these tricks first?

  1. Keep the filter in your dishwasher clean. This is one item that many people tend to overlook in the hurry to get dishes loaded and into the wash cycle. The filter can easily get clogged with food and water deposits, which can definitely have an effect on how clean your dishes get during a typical wash cycle. Keep it clean and clear for optimal results.
  2. Scrape leftover food from your dishes, rather than pre-rinsing or soaking. You’ve probably heard that rinsing your dishes before running them through the dishwasher is a necessary part of the process. It’s not. Rinsing and/or soaking is a big waste of water, and you’d be better served to scrape your dishes thoroughly before putting them in the dishwasher. This also cuts down on the food and other dish grime that can gather on the filter.
  3. Always run hot water through your faucet before starting a dishwashing cycle. This is incredibly important, but is another tip that is easily overlooked or forgotten. Hot water helps kill bacteria on your dishes and inside the dishwasher much more effectively than cold or luke-warm water. Plus, hot water can help rinse your dishes cleaner as well.
  4. Consider having your water tested every so often. An issue many people may not think about, hard water can have negative effects on your dishwasher’s ability to thoroughly clean your dishes. It can also be bad for your dishwasher in general, leaving hard water deposits on moving parts and on the filter. Clean, balanced water is not only good for you and your family, but for the life of your dishwasher, too!

If you’ve tried these tips and are still having troubles, your best option for Bay Area appliance repair is Absolute Appliances Repair. Protect your investment. Take the proper steps to care for your dishwasher and keep it running.

Which Dishwasher Style Should You Choose?

When it comes to choosing new appliances, making a final decision can be pretty daunting. Numerous brands and styles of washers, dryers, and refrigerators exist, but did you know that there are plenty of dishwashers to choose from too? Whether you’re choosing something brand new or one that may need dishwasher repair, navigating the sea of options can be difficult.

Understanding what each dishwasher style can offer is an important part of making a final decision. From traditional to drawer styles, each has its pros and cons. Let’s take a look at some of the different options.

So, just what are the options a consumer has to choose from today?

Built-In Under-the- Counter Dishwashers (Traditional Dishwashers)

This option is immobile and resides under the counter in a kitchen and can normally be found near the sink. It is incredibly convenient, allowing your kitchen sink to be used for other things as it washes dishes, thanks to the fact that it doesn’t need to be hooked up to the faucet to be used. It also never needs to be moved or put away.

There are negatives to closing the traditional dishwasher, however. This option almost always needs to be installed by a qualified plumber to avoid the chance of an accident. Not only do you have to buy the dishwasher, but you’ll likely have to pay a plumber as well.

Another negative point is that you may end up losing a good chunk of cupboard space to the dishwasher. The good news here is that there are smaller traditional dishwashers that can be installed. However, the tradeoff to a smaller dishwasher is that not as many dishes can be washed at once. It is also useful to remember when choose this option that, should you decide to sell your house and move, the dishwasher will likely stay with the house (meaning you may have to buy a new one after moving).

Drawer Dishwashers

Typically meant for use in a smaller household, these dishwashers come in single-drawer and double-drawer styles and are also permanently installed in a home. They are a more expensive option, but provide a fairly large amount of convenience (for example, you don’t have to bend over to insert dishes).

Drawer dishwashers allow for different wash cycles to be chosen, but are also meant for smaller dish loads in each cycle. This option typically a bit more energy efficient than a traditional dishwasher, which is great for those who re especially energy-conscious when it comes to home appliances.

Countertop Dishwashers

Fairly small and very mobile, a countertop dishwasher is the perfect option for smaller living spaces, such as studio apartments. They do not require installation of any kind and simply connect to your kitchen faucet with a simple and easy-to- use adapter. Countertop models are economical and typically work very well as long as dishes are rinsed before being washed.

This type of dishwasher easily sits on a counter or stable cart and runs as long as you have the faucet turned on. For those on a limited income or in a small home or apartment, a countertop dishwasher is a great option.

Choosing a dishwasher doesn’t have to be a stressful decision. By understanding your own needs and options, your decision can be made easier. The best advice is to understand your own living situation and do your research on the dishwasher models you are considering.

If ever (or whenever) you’re in the need for dishwasher repair, call Absolute Appliances Repair! Happy shopping!

Appliance Maintenance Tips to Keep Them Running Like New

Save Money with These Appliance Maintenance Tips

Appliances are the vital organs of your kitchen. Without them, cooking meals at home would be next to impossible. Large items like your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher and the microwave cost a great deal of money. Considering how much you rely on these large pieces of equipment, it’s important to keep them running as efficiently as possible. Performing some routine maintenance will save you thousands of dollars in the years to come. Learn how to make the most of your kitchen appliances with these DIY maintenance tips.

Using Your Refrigerator Wisely

Most people tend to neglect the interior of their refrigerator, but all of those crusty containers of food are forcing your refrigerator to work overtime. It’s time to throw out the Chinese takeout that’s been sitting at the back of your fridge for months on end. Using drawers and shelf space wisely is one of the easiest ways to improve efficiency. Try not to overload your fridge either. The more food you add, the harder your fridge has to work every second of the day. Think of your fridge as a human being. Just like an obese person that’s at risk of heart failure, the cooling system in your fridge won’t last forever. Help your fridge drop a few pounds and clean out the interior regularly.

Keep Power Cords Tidy

The idea of inspecting the power cables on your appliances might sound frightening. The area behind your fridge or the stove probably hasn’t seen the light of day in over a decade. But cords tend to get bogged down by dust, dirt and all kinds of debris, making it that much harder for electricity to go from point A to point B. Take a deep breath and get behind those large-ticket items and start cleaning. Take a moist cloth and run it over the power cord on your refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer, and the stove.

Lighten the Load for Your Dishwasher

You might be amazed with your dishwasher’s ability to gobble up and dispose of large bits of food, but your dishwasher doesn’t have the same rip-roaring power as your garbage disposal. Those hearty chunks of food will take a toll on your dishwasher overtime. Bits of food will jam the system in all sorts of places, leading to frequent clogs and poor drainage. Do your automatic dishwasher a favor and take a few seconds to rinse off your unwanted food in the sink. Your garbage disposal is much better equipped to take on those large chunks of food.

Address Spills and Messes Immediately

So your frozen pizza spilled some cheese on the oven floor. What’s the big deal? If you don’t clean up all of those splats and stains, your oven, microwave, or toaster oven will reheat those leftover pieces of food every time you need to cook something. For efficiency’s sake, wipe down the interior of your appliances on a regular basis. If you notice bits of sauce, a stray onion, or a clump of cheese sizzling on the oven floor, you might as well clean it up now instead of waiting until it’s black and crusted over.

If you’re having trouble with one of your appliances, contact Absolute Appliances Repair for fast, reliable in-home service today!