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Wednesday, May 28, 2008
We recently featured an article that talked quite a bit about the Energy Star ratings of specific appliance brands and this is a continuation of that article. Two brands GE and Subzero should be given a pat on the back for thier additional efforts in helping our planet stay green.
Top 10 Green Brands according to the ImagePower Green Brands Survey:
Sub-Zero was ranked on the Top 10 list of Green Brands in 2007 by the ImagePower Green Brands Survey. In this independent, 3rd party research, more than 3000 consumers in the United States and the United Kingdom were polled to rate the most ‘green’ brands.
I read a little bit about SubZero's effort on the corporate website. It seems that for Sub-Zero, green is more than just an Energy Star rating. Even the largest refrigeration product they manufacture, the Sub-Zero PRO 48, uses less energy per month than a 100-watt light bulb according to the website.
From being built in the USA, to supporting organic farmers and food artisans, to using renewable energy, to extensive recycling, to sourcing environmentally friendly materials and supplies, to providing living wages to factory workers - Sub-Zero & Wolf have been ‘green’ long before the term even existed.
Subzero featured product: Practically an in-home ice factory, the Sub-Zero 315I Ice Maker holds 26 pounds of ice cubes and can crank out up to 30 pounds of ice a day. The unit is compact, slightly over 15" wide.
The most common part needed for this is the Subzero Water Pump Replacement Part
More on Energy Star Ratings next time!
Friday, May 23, 2008
I don't know of any family that is staying home for the weekend that doesn't have a list of tasks to do around the house.
Maybe your dishwasher racks have the little knobby things missing from the ends .. or your refrigerator needs a new light bulb - there is always something that needs to be done. Order you appliance parts online and save!
Whether you are ordering your parts online or taking a run to the local Sears Stores (check here first for Sears Coupons) you will need a few things before going.
The Appliance model number is the key reference to the home appliance you have. The appliance's serial number may identify the age of the product but is not necessarily needed if you are looking for appliance replacement parts (although there are some exceptions to this rule).
Whenever inquiring about your dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave or other appliance, you should have at least the brand name and the model and serial numbers of the appliance.
I know that Repair Clinic will honor manufacturer warranties, and there may be other stores that do also .. but be sure to check our handy Appliance Part Warranty Chart.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend .. take a break here and there for all of your tasks!
Labels: Appliance Model Numbers
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
We often get asked what the difference is between an energy star washing machine or dishwasher and a normal one. The quick and easy answer is Saved Money. You will save money on a monthly basis. Just how much depends on how many people in your household and how often you wash clothes and wash dishes (as well as take showers and so forth)ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program helping businesses and individuals protect the environment through superior energy efficiency. Here is the official energy star website.
Energy Star Washing Machines
Most washing machines use 40 or more gallons per load. This is an huge number. Not only is it wasteful, but it can get very expensive when you consider how many of these gallons need to be heated and how much energy is needed and paid for to make this work. For washing machine replacement parts -click here.
Energy Star rated washing machines use between 18-25 gallons. These appliances will save you 38-55% on water consumption per load, and depending on how many loads you wash on Hot. It will also reduce the heating bill by nearly half per load.
Energy Star Dishwashers
A typical dishwasher uses 12 gallons per load, all of which is hot water. Energy Star rated dishwashers use 3 gallons less per load, which again not only saves the cost of those three gallons, but also the cost to heat them. An energy star dishwasher will save 25% every time you run it. Click here for Dishwasher Coupons
Water usage is a culprit of high cost in home energy bills. Depending on how many showers people take, and how many people there are in the home to take them as mentioned above, sprinklers, pools and fish tanks, water can become a huge spender, especially when you have to heat it.
Simple actions can make a big difference. If just one in 10 homes in the United States used ENERGY STAR qualified appliances, the change would be like planting 1.7 million new acres of trees.
Some Energy Star Appliance Rebates for you:
Save Money, Time and the Environment!
Labels: Energy Star Appliances
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Aftermarket or generic universal appliance replacement parts may be made by the same exact company that supplies the original appliance parts to the appliance manufacturer or they might be manufactured by a company not affiliated with the appliance manufacturer in any way.
Think about shopping at a grocery store that offers their own "generic" grocery brands. These brands are really made by the companies that make the national brands but are packaged for the grocery store. This is the same way that the appliance parts vertical works.
Switches, controls, motors, belts and appliance hinges may be parts that are manufactured universally. In most cases these types of appliance parts will be the exact (or very close) fit as the original but their specifications may vary slightly from the OEM.
Listed below are example universal parts for Ranges, Ovens or Cooktops
There are also OEM appliance replacement kits which may work for other multiple appliance brands. An example appliance part is the universal electric range and cooktop surface element infinite heat switch controls.
In this case the part manufacturer (Robertshaw) supplies the same appliance part to the various appliance manufacturers whom each then just label it with their own appliance part number.
It can be riskier to order a universal appliance part - so be sure that you are purchasing from an Appliance Parts Retailer that offers an excellent return policy.
Labels: Universal Appliance Parts
Saturday, May 17, 2008
It's time to get your range ready for summer. Replace your old surface and bake units and dull drip pans with shiny new parts if you can't get the old ones clean!
First, let's talk about keeping your range clean to begin with. Cleaning after each use of the cooktop with cleaning cream will keep the cooktop looking new and easy to clean. Ceramic cooktop cleaning creams are the best. Cooktop Cleaning Cream, gently cleans glass ceramic, stainless steel or glass cooktops.
If your appliances are stainless steel - pick up a stainless steel cleaner, also. Stainless Steel Magic - Gently polishes and removes water spots, grease and stains from all your stainless steel sinks and appliances for a gleaming finish. Keep that old stove of yours looking and working like new!
Also popular for cleaning and prepping is CERAMA BRYTE Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner. It is designed for use on ALL glass-ceramic cooktops. It is tested and qualified for CERAN® by SCHOTT GLAS and is recommended by EuroKera. It is non-toxic and biodegradable.
Industry wide testing shows that if you are have a spillover from high sugar mixtures or melted plastic you should:
Can't get the top burners clean no matter what you do? You may have to replace your top burnersWhen replacing Range top burners, plug in type, always check for burnt contacts in burner receptacle. To be safe replace receptacle with top burner.
To find the correct burners - find the model number first.
How to find the Part number of your range:
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Style and Design With LG’s freestanding gas ranges.
If you have a LG Gas Range, you understand the premium styling and technology. But as with all appliances, there are parts that can fail occassionally. Features of Model LRG30357 (the range comes in 3 colors - Stainless Steel LRG30357ST , Black LRG30357SB and White LRG30357SW finish) are listed below:
One Touch Controls on these gas ranges
LG offers style and convenience with One Touch Controls on these gas ranges. The SmoothTouch controls are attractive, easy to use (and easy to replace) and effortless wipe clean.
One of the most powerful burners available in a freestanding range. Reliable .. but sometimes things go wrong. The LG 16.5K BTU burner enables you to bring large amounts of water to a rapid boil resulting in faster cooking time and saved energy.
Simmer Burner on the Gas Ranges
This burner can maintain a low 700 BTU setting which is excellent for delicate cooking tasks such as melting butter or chocolate. These seldom need replacement ..but if you need one, you can find it here.
This cool window allows you to easily check the progress of a meal in the oven without having to open the door and get hot air blasted at you!
Here are some parts that can fail with links to low price LG Parts
For more information on other LG Appliance parts, CLICK HEREFor Amana Appliance Coupons, Click here
Labels: LG Appliance Parts
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Housework Can Wait
Come in, but don't expect to find All dishes done, all floors ashine.
Observe the crumgs and toys galore.
The smudgy prints upon the door.
The little ones we shelter here
Don't thrive on a spotless atmosphere.
They're more inclined to disarray
And carefree even messy play.
Their needs are great, their patience small.
All day I'm at their beck and call.
It's Mommy come! Mommy see!
Wiggly worms and red scraped knee.
ainted pictures, blocks piled high.
My floors unshined, the days go by.
Some future day they'll flee this nest,
And I at last will have a rest!
Now you tell me which matters more,
A happy child or a polished floor?
Celebrate Mother's Day today with a day of relaxation - forget the broken washing machine, and the air conditioner that needs to be turned on for the summer.
Enjoy the day, Moms!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Clothes Dryers are a luxury that we cannot live without and when the clothes come out too damp, it can irritate even the best of us.
We count on our dryers 52 weeks of the year.
Here are some quick tips to extend the life of your clothes dryer and save energy.
Labels: Clothes Dryer Parts
Friday, May 9, 2008
I read a news article today about a new SteamClean Dishwasher by Maytag. The part that caught my eye was that the dishwasher runs approx. 24 minutes longer than a normal dishwasher. I have to wonder how much more energy this takes and is it worth it?
This triggered a little bit of research about how to properly load a dishwasher to maximize it's ability to clean your dishes.
Careful placement of dishes in the dishwasher, plus an enzyme detergent and rinse aid, can make the difference between glistening dishes and grungy ones that generate caked on residue!
We suggest that you skip prerinsing, because it wastes time, energy,and as much as 6,500 gallons of water per year.
Here are some loading tips that even your kids can follow to get cleaner dishes:
Or try it in the bathroom to tackle those tub, sink, or toilet stains!
Labels: Dishwasher Parts
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
I don't know of a single icemaker that has outlasted it's refrigerator. Have you? The Icemaker always goes first and in most cases -the owner doesn't realize how easy and inexpensive it is to purchase and install a replacement icemaker.
This Whirlpool 3417943 Ice Maker uses an electric motor, an electronically operated water valve, and an electrical heating unit. This ice maker hooks up to the plumbing line in your house to provide fresh water for ice cubes.
The water-fill valve supplies household water to the ice maker. When the water tray thermostat senses that the tray has reached the proper temperature, it signals the icemaker to start ejecting the ice cubes into the tray.
The picture above shows the replacement ice maker for Whirlpool refrigerators - both the round or flat plug. The valve and bin are not included.
The beauty of this Icemaker is that it replaces the following model icemakers (many of these are other brands .. not just Whirlpool and Maytag. Warmer days are upon us and although ice is a luxury and not a necessity .. go ahead and fix that icemaker.
4317943, D7824706, D7824705, D7824706Q, D7824705Q, 4211173,
D703817, D7824701, D7824702, D7824706Q, D7767601, D7824701,
R0156806, 95109-1, 4200520,
4200521, 4200522 4210317 4211173 480616 480617 482014
482015 482016 482017 482018 482019 482020 482394 482433
482990 53-8021 625601 625603 625610 625611 625622 625625
625653 625656 625660 626002 626201 626237 626366 626461 626489
626626 626662 626661 627572 797991 8114 833701
978552 978553 978556
(there are even more than these model numbers)
If you need to strip the wires, don't for to pick up a combination crimper. Take a look at this Combination Crimper, Wire Stripper and Bolt Cutter - the ultimate 3 in 1 tool for splicing wires. This useful tool is great for DIYourselfers and includes wire strippers for stripping off insulation from the wire. The crimpers are for crimping solderless connectors and the bolt cutters are for cutting small bolts. This is one of the highest quality tools of it's kind that we could find.
Labels: Icemaker Parts
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Earth Day this year affected me more than usual. Little things can help preserve our earth for our children and grandchildren. I compiled a list of "appliance-related" items to help conserve energy and the earth.
If you have any other tips - please post them in the comments. Let's keep helping each other out!
Labels: Green Appliance
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Cleaning Stainless Steel Appliances:
When it comes to cleaning stainless steel you will need to remember that stainless steel will scratch easily and when it does you’re either facing a power buffer or just living with it. So, never use steel wool or metal brushes to clean your stainless steel appliances.
Fingerprints are one of the biggest complaints about stainless steel, but can be taken care by using glass cleaner or Stainless Steel Wipes like KitchenAid's.
KitchenAid Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish is also worth mentioning
KitchenAid Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner and Polish is a kosher certified product that keeps stainless steel surfaces shining like new. Its powerful, no-shake formula works great on all appliances by removing food spills, grime, and stains. Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner and Polish also works on grills and sinks.
Labels: Appliance Cleaners
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