A refrigerator is one of the few appliances in your home that runs continuously, day or night, keeping your food cold. If you consider how hard a refrigerator has to work, it is actually quite amazing that they break down so infrequently. On the rare occasion your refrigerator does stop working, you may face a […]


Most of the energy used by a dishwasher is for water heating. Check the manual that came with your dishwasher for the manufacturer’s recommendations on water temperature; many have internal heating elements that allow you to set the water heater in your home to a lower temperature (120° F). Scrape, don’t rinse, off large food […]

How to Avoid Refrigerator Repairs

Spend 30 minutes on these simple maintenance steps to keep your fridge running in tip top shape. It’s hard to believe, but six simple maintenance steps will prevent almost 100 percent of refrigerator breakdowns and eliminate those service calls. Step 1: Clean the condenser coils (5 minutes) Step 2: Clean the condenser fan (5 minutes) Step 3: Wipe […]


Tip 1: Clean refrigerator coils Clean refrigerator coils Vacuum dust off refrigerator coils every six months to prevent premature failure. On the back or underside of your fridge, there are coils that dissipate the heat that’s removed from the fridge (kind of like the radiator on your car). Dust buildup on these coils reduces airflow […]

Refrigerator Cleaning

Defrost the freezer section of your fridge when the frost gets to be about a half-inch thick, not when you have to chip away at it to insert a half-gallon of ice cream. Defrosting, of course, means unplugging the unit. When you do, be sure to also tackle the drip pan and the interior of […]


Folks who lose power, after a storm or from another outage, are left with a lingering problem: refrigerator odor. The smell from spoiled foods can remain even after the food has been removed and the electricity restored. A good cleaning and some odor-removal methods may solve the problem. Start by cleaning the refrigerator compartment thoroughly. Unplug the […]


  Except for the power cord and the exhaust vent, the components that make up the dryer are contained in a sheet metal box. Each component acts independently of the others, but all are interrelated in some way. There are several different ways to disassemble the cabinet for tests and repairs, depending on the manufacturer […]


A gas range cabinet comes apart very easily. Here’s how: Step 1: Take out the screws that hold the panels, and pull off the control knobs. On the control panel the knobs are friction-fit; pull them straight off. Some knobs may have setscrews in the base of the knobs; back out these screws using a […]


Whether you have a refrigerator/freezer combination or a chest-style freezer — regardless of optional lights, ice makers or other features — the cooling system of any freezer works the same. The freezer compressor squeezes a refrigerant, typically freon, then transfers it to the condenser. Inside the condenser coils, the refrigerant changes from vapor to liquid […]

3 Essential Washing Machine Tips

The five most important household appliances in everyone’s home would have to be the washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher and oven/range. Absolute Appliance Repair has useful tips for your appliances. If you follow each of these tips, you will make fewer calls to your appliance repair service & you’ll be able to keep these appliances […]