Is Your Dishwasher a Fire Hazard? GE Recalls 1.3 Million Machines

Everyone knows that a dishwasher needs to generate hot water to get those dishes extra clean, but how hot is too hot? GE is recalling 1.3 million dishwashers this year due to heating element failure.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been seven reports of fire, three of which caused extensive damage to the rest of the home.
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Are Stainless Steel Appliances Outdated?

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Chances are that you have at least one stainless steel appliance in your home, if you have upgraded in the past decade. How do I know this? Stainless steel is the most popular finish for appliances available. Or at least it was. Major appliance manufacturers are now steering away from stainless steal finishes for a new look.
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How Can I Make My Existing Washer And Dryer More Energy Efficient?

Major household appliances such as washing machines, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, etc. greatly facilitate the running of a home. If you have a large family, these appliances can be a tremendous help in keeping your household running smoothly and efficiently without taking up a great deal of your time.

The cost of investing in major appliances such as a washer and dryer can be high. Therefore, once you have purchased a washer/dryer set, you want them to last a fair amount of time. Most people do not have the resources to upgrade their washers or dryers every year, even if newer models contain more features   or are more energy efficient to use. In order to compensate for the lack of funds to be constantly upgrading these appliances, smart homemakers will seek ways to increase the energy efficiency of their current appliances to meet their family’s  needs.
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Will I Destroy My Microwave If It Runs Empty?

A microwave is one of the simplest kitchen appliances to use: simply put food in a container or dish, place it in the microwave, punch in the correct cooking time, and let the microwave do the rest of the work. However, there are many curious individuals out there that want to know something about microwaves:  will the microwave be destroyed if it runs empty? The answer is yes.

Why?

Microwaves use microwave sound energy waves to heat up food or liquids. There has to be something inside the microwave to absorb these waves. Otherwise, the microwave will absorb the waves instead.  The waves will heat up the microwave’s cooking chamber, trying to find something to be absorbed by. The waves will eventually reach the microwave’s magnetron, which is the source for the microwaves. The magnetron cannot handle a huge amount of power, so it continues to send it to other parts of the microwave. Running a microwave with nothing in it will damage the magnetron and other parts of the microwave as well. In a worst case scenario, the microwave parts will overheat and possibly catch fire. The severity of the damage done to the microwave depends on how long it runs for, as well as how old it is. If it is run for a few seconds, no damage will happen. But if the microwave runs more than two to three minutes, minor damage will probably be done. Severe damage and/ or a fire will only occur if the microwave runs for a long period of time with nothing in it. The microwave will probably also have a shorter life if it continues to operate with nothing in it more than once. Older microwaves will be easier to damage, while newer ones will usually cool off in a short period of time after being used with nothing in it. Some newer models might even have special heat sensors that stop the microwave if it overheats. No matter how old or fancy your microwave is, do not try to run it without putting anything in it.
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5 Common Items That Are Detrimental To Your Washer/ Dryer

Just because something fits in your washing machine does not mean it is a good idea to wash it.  This is just as true for some clothing items as for non-clothing items.  While the list of items that can damage your washer is a long one, there are five things, in particular, that are commonly washed despite their potential for causing trouble.  These are: rubber mats, small metal objects, leather, embroidered and beaded pieces and crayons.

It can be tempting to try to run your rugs and bath mats through the washing machine, but if they have rubber backs, you should resist the temptation.  This is because rubber backing, which keeps the mats from slipping on the floor, breaks down over time.  Washing speeds this process, shortening the lives of your mats.  Even worse, the peeling backing falls off when the mats go through the wash.  The resultant rubber pieces clog the machine’s drain and your water lines.  This is not only a hassle, but it also results in an expensive appliance repair bill.
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How Can I Make My Existing Dishwasher More Energy Efficient?

With today’s rough economy, people are trying to save money in as many ways as possible.  When it comes to things around the house, a person can try to make all existing appliances more energy efficient.  This is important because the cost to replace these home items with newer energy star models will cost a fortune.  Here are a few tips of how to save money using an existing dishwasher.

The easiest way to get the most out of an existing dishwasher is to always run fill loads.  A dishwasher uses the same amount of energy for every load, so it makes no sense to start a cycle when the machine is only half full,  It is important to take advantage of the energy that is used in each load.  It is also essential to learn how to best load the dishwasher.  To load the dishwasher to full capacity, it is essential to get organized.  However, the appliance should not be too full or the items will to be cleaned properly and will have to be cleaned again.  Some dishwashers come with manuals that have tips about how to maximize each load.
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What Is The Average Life Expectancy Of Most Major Home Appliances?

Major home appliances are some of the most important products homeowners will buy when setting up their new home. By purchasing quality items, you can often enjoy your products for years down the line without worrying about re-investing in their replacement or repair. Quality home appliances are well worth the extra expense to ensure your investment pays off long term.

Major home appliances include such items as washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, heaters, etc. These products can be purchased in local home appliance shops, department stores or online. Name brand appliances often cost more than their generic counterparts, making them more tempting to buy. However, quality is of utmost importance when purchasing a major appliance to ensure efficiency and longevity. Name brand products are often of higher quality construction, providing longer lasting service with less breakdowns and repairs.
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How Can I Make My Existing Refrigerator More Energy Efficient?

Older refrigerators cost more to run, because they are not as efficient as new energy star models.  Unfortunately, most people do not have the money to replace their old refrigerators with expensive new appliances.  If you are stuck with an older refrigerator, you should know, however, that there are steps that you can take to make your old model run more efficiently, lowering your utility bills.

One thing that will help your refrigerator to work more efficiently is to make sure it is in a relatively cool area.  Refrigerators have to work hard to keep cool, so the warmer it is around them, the harder they have to work.  You can help decrease your refrigerator’s workload by keeping it out of direct sunlight and away from heat-producing appliances.
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Why Is My Washer Slow To Fill?

A slow filling washing machine can create a major inconvenience for many families.  The additional time to fill the machine means completing your laundry takes longer than normal.  In addition, the slow filling machine may be an indication that the water supply, and thus your clothes may not be as clean as you would hope.  Here are some helpful tips to avoid the slow filling machine.

One of the primary causes of a slow filling washing machine is that the water inlet valve screens have a sediment buildup.  If the water supply to the home is exceptionally hard, calcium compounds can form on the screens over time blocking the water supply.  These screens are located where the hoses attach to the back of the washing machine.  In order to clean them, turn off the valves where the hoses attach to the wall.  Carefully detach the hoses from the back of the machine and look inside the end of the hose for the screen.  Sand, sediment and the afore mentioned calcium buildup can all slow the flow into the machine.  If a calcium buildup is the problem, it may be easier to replace the filter screens than to clean them.  However, sediment can usually be washed away using a garden hose.  Adding a water softener system to the home can reduce the calcium buildup and the amount of detergent needed for a clean load of laundry.
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