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Do You Need to Clean Your Washer?

Do You Need to Clean Your Washer?

Your washing machine cleans your clothes, and in the process naturally keep itself clean, right? While this may make sense, the truth is regularly cleaning and maintaining your washer is an important part of appliance maintenance. Yes, you do need to clean your washer. Here’s why you should do it, and how.

With almost any appliance, time and use will naturally cause wear and tear on your machines. Your washer is not different. With soiled laundry going in and the use of water and soap, buildup is inevitable. You can avoid the growth of mold and mildew as well as unpleasant odors by following a simple but consistent maintenance plan for your washer. You can also avoid future unnecessary washer repair services. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

After Each Wash

By adding an extra step to your laundry routine, you can easily keep your washer clean. If you have a front-loader, after each wash you should wipe out the rubber gasket and the door with a dry cloth. This will prevent moisture from sitting and creating an environment for mold and mildew to grow.

You should also make it a habit to leave the door cracked (both top and front-loaders) between loads to keep air circulating. Doing these simple tasks can be a proactive form of appliance troubleshooting and repair. You’ll be able to easily catch any unwanted mold growth quickly and stop it in its tracks. You will also be able to find damage to your gasket quickly, and replace it before you have any leaks.

Monthly

If is easy for your soap dispenser to accumulate a layer of film and buildup, which makes cleaning it out a great monthly task. Doing so will also help to avoid mildew buildup and bad smells. If yours is an automatic soap dispenser leave it open like you do your washer door to improve air flow and avoid mold growth.  Make sure you’re using the right amount of detergent for your machine, which will also help to eliminate buildup.

Every Few Months

Sanitizing the inside of your washer every few months is also a good practice. Just add one cup of bleach to the inside of your machine or into the bleach dispenser and run a cycle of hot water without any laundry. Doing so will kill any mold or mildew that may be growing in your machine.

Taking a few minutes to clean your washer each time you use it, monthly, and every few months will help you to avoid unnecessary problems with your machine. Washing machine repairs, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, are no fun. They take time, and leave you with piles and piles of backed up laundry.

But if you happen to find yourself in need of a GE or Whirlpool washing machine repair, you want to find someone you trust. Often, local appliance repair shops are able to get your appliance working quickly with a friendly and personal touch. Peter’s Appliance is no different! Family owned, they know how to make you feel like, well, family; treating your appliances as their own.

7 Easy Christmas Desserts | Utah County Appliances

7 Easy Christmas Desserts

Christmas is all but upon us, and if you’re like most people the hustle and bustle of the Holiday has left you feeling a little left behind when it comes to doing all of the fun Christmas-time traditions. The good news is there’s still time to go visit Santa, bake a plate of delicious cookies, and deliver a nice treat to the neighbors. In fact, to help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of seven easy Christmas desserts you can whip up in a jiffy to take to the holiday party you totally forgot about, or give to a friend who needs a little Christmas-cheer.

Pretzel Turtles from Cooking Classy

Simple yet delicious, these three-ingredient Pretzel Turtles are the perfect “easy” holiday dessert.

Start with a bag of Rolo candies, 50 mini pretzels, and 50 pecan halves. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the pretzels on the baking sheet and top with one Rolo candy. Warm them in the oven just until the chocolate and caramel soften, and then remove from the oven (about four minutes.) Press a pecan into each Rolo candy, and let them chill in the refrigerator to set. Done!

No-Bake Candy Cane Pie

What’s an easier christmas dessert than one that requires no baking? Nothing! If don’t have time to babysit something in the oven, or maybe you’re in need of an appliance repair, this No-Bake Candy Cane Pie is for you. By layering chocolate pudding, cream cheese filling, and a topping it with crushed peppermint candy you’ll have a festive treat that’s sure to please any crowd.

For the full recipe, visit the Strawberry Blonde Kitchen.

And if you’re dealing with an oven that is in need of repairs this holiday season, be sure to call Peter’s Appliance. Family owned and operated, Peter’s knows what it’s like to have your oven go out in the thick of the holiday madness. If you’re looking for a reliable appliance repair company that will treat your appliances like their own, Peter’s Appliance is the company for you.

Christmas Crack from Little Dairy on the Prairie

It’s as addicting as… well, you get the point. Christmas Crack is a perfect treat to give to neighbors and it’s simple to make. All you need is 20 minutes, butter, brown sugar, saltine crackers, chocolate and sprinkles!

To start, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and grease. Line your tray with saltine crackers with nearly two sleeves of crackers. Next, over medium heat bring one cup of butter and one cup of brown sugar to a gentle boil, stirring constantly. Boil for three minutes. (Lower heat as much as possible while maintaining the boil.) Pour the butter/sugar mixture over the saltine crackers and spread evenly. Pop it in the oven for five minutes. Once it has been removed, sprinkle 1 ½ cups of semi sweet chocolate chips over the top. As they melt, spread them out evenly. Then decorate with sprinkles or nuts, and enjoy!

Here are a few more easy Christmas desserts to try….

For an easy, healthy dessert option, check out Suburban Simplicity for an Easy Christmas Fruit Kabob.  

Turn a traditional pan of brownies into festive trees with this recipe from One Little Project At a Time.

Shortbread is a traditional Christmas cookie, and you can go wrong with Chew Out Loud’s

Three-Ingredient Shortbread Cookie Recipe.

Front Loader vs. Top Loader

Front Loader vs. Top Loader

Shopping for any appliance can be overwhelming and confusing. There are so many options, each touting to be the very best. And no matter what you choose, you have to be prepared to put pay a significant price tag. If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, you may be wondering the benefits of a front loader vs. a top loader. While you won’t find any help here when it comes time to pay for your new appliance, here is some information that will help you decide which type of washing machine is right for you.

Top Loader

One of the first things to note about using a top loading washer is just how easy it is to unload and load. NO need to bend down and pull your laundry out. With a top loader it is all relatively close in front of you. This can be a huge benefit if you have any sort of back or knee problem.
If you’re like many people and miss a stray sock or two as you’re gathering laundry, you’ll have no trouble throwing it in after you’ve started a load. Another benefit of having a top loader is that the price is usually right. If money is tight, you can usually get a pretty good deal on a top loader. They generally have a long lifetime, and if you do happen to need a repair, they can usually be done relatively cheaply.

One of the downsides of having a top loader is that by nature they are tougher on your clothes. Top loaders work by having an agitator in the middle and the clothes spin in a circle. This generally uses more water than a front loader, and causes more wear and tear on your clothes.

Front Loader

There are many benefits to purchasing a front loading washing machine. Because clothes tumble in an up and down motion, rather than in a circle, they are much more gently on your clothes. Your front loader will also use less water, making it more efficient and saving you on your utility bills (both in energy and water) and on detergent.

If you’re a little on the shorter side, a front loader may be more comfortable for you to load and unload, unlike having to stand on your tiptoes to reach the bottom of your top loader.
One downside of a front loader is that it is easy for water to stay trapped after a cycle, causing mold and mildew issues.. This can be problematic but is easily solved by regularly wiping out your washing machine and gasket.

Front loaders usually have many cycle options, which can be very convenient. However, this means the price tag is usually higher and repairs are a bit more complicated and expensive as well.

Both have their pros and cons, and ultimately you will have to decide what’s best for your family. No matter what you choose, if you find yourself needing an appliance repair company, be sure to contact Peter’s Appliance. Whether it’s a top loader or front loader, they will get your appliance working quickly with quality work and fair prices. Don’t hesitate to call Peter’s Appliance for any of your appliance repair needs!

The Pros and Cons of a Convection Oven

Pros and Cons of a Convection Oven

If you’ve spent any time in the kitchen, you have probably heard of a convection oven. But what is it exactly and how does it differ from other ovens? More importantly, is it a better oven than the one you currently have? Here are the pros and cons of a convection oven. Keep reading to find out if your current oven is a good fit for you, or if it’s time to upgrade!

Pros of a Convection Oven

#1: A convection oven is one that uses circulating hot air to heat and cook your food. This is done with the use of a fan, which traditional ovens do not have.  The fan and circulating air mean that heat is evenly distributed throughout the oven; there are no pockets of extra hot or extra cold air. This means that your food is going to be cooked more evenly. No matter what you’re making, you won’t have to worry about rotating the dish or switching from the top to bottom rack. Every spot in your oven is a good one.

#2: If you’re usually in a hurry for those chocolate chip cookies to come out of the oven, you may want to consider a convection oven. Because the heat is so even throughout the oven, you can actually use less heat! Instead of needing to preheat the oven to 400 degrees, you may be able to get away with just heating it to 350 degrees. Not only that, but the circulating air means that your food is going to cook faster too! Which means you won’t have to wait as long for the oven to preheat, and your cookies will come out of the oven even faster!  

#3: As mentioned in pro #1, with evenly distributed hot air it doesn’t matter where you put a dish in the oven. This also means you can cook more than one dish at once without blinking an eye. No need to worry about a drop in temperature when you add something new, or something getting overly cooked while another dish is undercooked. With a convection oven, you can even stack dishes and still get an evenly-cooked dish.

Cons of a Convection Oven

#1 One con when using a convection oven is that you’ll have to make some adjustments off the bat. Since most directions are written for a traditional oven, you’ll have to be able to adjust the temperature and cook time for convection. If you don’t do this correctly, you could get burned or undercooked dishes.  

#2 Some people have had issues with their dough rising in a convection oven. So if you’re a big bread maker or baker, you may want to reconsider. Or make sure you know how to turn off the fan when you’re making bread.

#3 Since a convection oven has a heating element and a fan, as opposed to the traditional oven that just has a heating elements, you are looking at more things that could break. But not to worry, whether you need a repair done on your convection or traditional oven, Peter’s Appliance can get you back to baking in no time. For trustworthy and reliable servicer, contact Peter’s Appliance today!

Refrigerator Repair: Tips, Cost and Guidelines

Having your refrigerator go out is much more of a pain than you might think. Not only do you have to worry about getting it fixed, but in the meantime, all the food that was in your fridge and freezer will need to be relocated to keep your food from spoiling. Not everyone has an extra fridge or freezer sitting around, so this can be quite the predicament! When your refrigerator needs repairs, here are a few tips to help you get it repaired quickly, an idea of what it’ll cost, and some guidelines.

If your refrigerator isn’t working, there are a few things you can do before you call an appliance repair company. It may seem silly, but first and foremost you need to check to make sure your refrigerator is plugged in. Sometimes, for whatever reason, your fridge may have come unplugged. This is a good problem to have if any, because it’s got a very simply fix… plugging it back in!

Next, you  want to make sure the doors and are all closed. You can also try adjusting the temperature dials. See if any of these make a difference in the way your fridge is running. If not, it’s time to check the condenser.

Your condenser is usually located at the bottom or back of your fridge.  This means it can easily become clogged and covered with dust, pet hair, or other debris. When your condenser isn’t regularly cleaned, it greatly impacts the efficiency of your appliance. It’s easy for the condenser to overheat and stop working. One tip to avoid refrigerator repairs is to regularly clean your condenser.

If your refrigerator still isn’t working, you may need to call in an appliance repair company. But is repairing your refrigerator worth it? If you have an older fridge, you may not think so. Most parts are pretty reasonable, just a few hundred dollars or less,  although a new compressor may be expensive. But if your older refrigerator is one you’re not ready to part with, Peter’s Appliance will do all they can to get it working like new.

Newer refrigerators also have many reasonably priced parts (even less than parts for older appliances), but the newer electronic parts can be expensive. Whether your refrigerator is new or old, talking to an appliance repair expert will help you determine the best course of action.

Now, when it comes time to choosing an appliance repair company, it’s important to go with someone your trust. The employees at Peter’s Appliance have been serving  Utah County and repairing appliances for many years. This family owned business is one that is trustworthy and reputable. When you choose Peter’s Appliance you’ll get the best service in town with long-lasting results.

No matter how old or new your refrigerator is, if you want it fixed, Peter’s Appliance can help. The same goes for your microwave, dishwasher, dryer, garbage disposal, oven/stove, and even reconditioned appliances. Whatever the problem, don’t let it slow down your life. Call Peter’s Appliance today!

Why Your Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry | Peter's Appliance

Why Your Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry

Laundry can already seem like a pretty daunting task; you have to wash, dry, fold, and put everything away, all of which takes time. You may want to throw in the towel (quite literally) if you go to remove your laundry from the dryer only to find that they’re still wet! But before you do, know that there may be a simple fix. Here’s a few reasons why your dryer takes too long to dry.

Reason #1. Heavy Loads
If your laundry is occasionally takes too long to dry, it may have something to do with particular loads of laundry. Cotton holds much more water than synthetic fabric, and if you have a very large load it may make it that much more difficult to dry. For example, if you wash all of your bathroom towels at once. There may not necessarily be a problem with your dryer, but certain loads may just require more dry time. If you are overloading your dryer it may struggle, even if it is in perfect condition! Don’t combine loads and keep them to a reasonable size.

Reason #2. Check the Ventilation
If, however, your dryer seems to take too long all of the time, it’s a good idea to start troubleshooting with the ventilation. In order for the air to flow properly and heat your laundry, the pipe needs to meet a few standards. Most likely you’ll need to have a vent pipe or flexible metal 4” in diameter. Check all along the hose to make sure there are no obstructions, kinks, or no damages. You also need to check the outside of your home where the wall damper is to make sure it is working properly. Whether you’re having dry-time issues or not, it is a good practice to clean out the duct work once a year.

Reason #3. Lots of Lint
If you’re not in a good habit of emptying out the lint filter after drying each load of laundry, you may have found the source of your problems! When lint builds up, it restricts the airflow and increase dry time. That’s why it’s so important to remove any and all lint after each load. If you notice a buildup of fabric softener, it’s time to give your lint filter a deep clean. Just remove the filter and wash it with warm soapy water. Let it dry completely and it should be good as new! If you notice any damage to your lint filter, get it replaced as soon as possible.

Reason #4. Check Your Settings
If you notice your clothes seem much wetter than usual as you transfer them to the dryer, your dryer may not be the problem. Check your washer and make sure you select the correct settings for each load. You may not be choosing the correct spin cycle and the washer isn’t removing as much water as it could be!

If these few simple fixes aren’t cutting it, it’s time to talk to a professional, like the ones with Peter’s Appliance. They will help you get your dryer working in no time so you can get back to having clean, dry clothes!

Combat Hard Water in Your Dishwasher | Peter's Appliance

How to Combat Hard Water in Your Dishwasher

Hard water can be really tough on all of your appliances, including your dishwasher. When your water is full of minerals, those minerals can deposit on your appliances, faucets, and pipes. Over time those minerals build up. This buildup can cause damage ranging anywhere from decrease efficiency to completely ruining your machine. This is true of your dishwasher.

Not only does hard water decrease efficiency, but as hard water dries from your dishes it leaves behind a cloudy white residue on your glasses and silverware. When those same minerals buildup on the inside of your dishwasher, it can lead to rust, and the eventual breakdown of parts. If you know you have hard water, you can eliminate or reduce your risk of costly repairs by doing working to combat hard water in your dishwasher. Here’s how…

Be Proactive
If you know you have hard water, you may want to consider getting a water softener. Not only does hard water negatively affect your dishwasher, it can also wreak havoc on all your other appliances. It can even make it harder to rinse your hair in the shower! A water softener may be a large cost upfront, but it pays off overtime when you get increased efficiency that can lower your utility bills, and help you to avoid costly repairs.

Restoration
Whether you get a water softener or not, if you have had hard water for a while you’ll want to remove the current buildup in your dishwasher. You can do this a few different ways. There are products you can buy from the store specifically designed to remove hard water build up. Just make sure you read and follow the directions. You can also try some common household items to remove buildup as well. Things like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can help remove the buildup (and save you some money too!)
Just fill the bottom of your dishwasher with a few cups of vinegar. Run your dishwasher on low, stopping it halfway through the cycle. Let the vinegar stand for about 20 minutes, then start the cycle again and let it complete.

Maintain
Continue to remove hard water from your dishwasher at least once a month. Add vinegar instead of a rinse aid, and/or add the baking soda to the dishwasher detergent you normally use to help keep your dishwasher free from hard water. You can also try filling a dish with lemon juice, vinegar, or baking soda and leaving it on the top rack during a normal cycle. These techniques all help to disperse your lemon juice, vinegar, or baking soda evenly throughout your dishwasher to prevent buildup.

Maintenance is always the best practice when it comes to your household appliances. But even after taking great care of your dishwasher, oven, or refrigerator, sometimes things just break.

If you find yourself with an appliance that isn’t working properly, call Peter’s Appliance. No matter what type of appliance you have, or how old, Pete’s Appliance will get you back to your routine with the appliances you love!

Electric vs Gas Stovetops

On your journey to becoming a homeowner, you’ve probably had run-ins with many different stove-tops. Hopefully you’re at a point where you actually have a choice in the matter! If not, you may be daydreaming about the day when you’re in a position to purchase your own stove. This may leave you wondering what the difference is between electric and gas stove-tops. No matter what your situation may be, here is some helpful information on electric vs gas stove-tops.

Electric Stove
Whether you go with an electric stove or a gas one, you’re probably looking at about the same price range for similar brands and models. In general, your electric stove can cost anywhere from around $600 to upwards of $3,000.
Electric stoves may be the most commonly used as far as stove-tops go. How does it work? When you turn on your electric stove, the wire coils inside the cook top heat up. While you can control how much electricity flows to the burner, you don’t have as much control over the heat as you do with gas.
In some cases, you may be able to reach higher temperate with an electric stove than with a gas one. Electric stove-tops also heat up more quickly than gas ones.
If you have young children that like to help with the cooking, an electric stove may be more appealing.

Gas Stove
While very similarly priced, gas stoves start slightly higher in price (around $800,) and can go over $2,000.
Your gas stove runs on natural gas from your main gas line. With an ignition system, the gas coming out of the burner mixes with air and creates a blue flame. By adding more or less gas, you get incredible control on the heat level. You can visibly see how much heat you’re using, and when you do make changes it is immediate. But with more controls and more options, this also makes cooking consistently on a gas stove more difficult.
Gas stoves without a pilot light are the more efficient option. Although some may also argue that the gap between the pot and the flames slightly decreases the efficiency of a gas stove, as well as using pots that are the wrong size. To combat this, just make sure the flames stay directly under your pot without licking the sides.

Still aren’t sure which is the best for you? You may want to consider a third option – induction. Induction stove-tops use direct electromagnetic energy to heat your pots, rather than using a burner or heating element like an electric or gas stove-top.

No matter what kind of stove-top you end up with, you may run into the occasional malfunction. When that happens, you want to make sure there is a repair company you trust. Peter’s Appliance can help with your electric or gas stove, as well many other appliances. No matter how small or big, old or new your household appliance is, if it makes your life easier, Peter’s Appliance will get it fixed in no time!

How To Clean Your Refrigerator

How To Clean Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home; day-in and day-out it works tirelessly to keep your food cold or frozen. To help it do it’s job properly you should be cleaning your refrigerator often, but some tasks should be done more frequently than others. Keep reading for the daily, weekly, and seasonal tasks you should do to clean your refrigerator.

Daily

Each day you should be wiping up any spills, drips, and splats. Ideally, you should be cleaning these up immediately before they harden and are more difficult to clean up.

As you put things in your refrigerator, you should make sure they are free of drips too; wipe off the rims of bottles and containers, particularly salad dressing and condiment bottles.

You should also be keeping track of the food in your fridge and when it will reach its expiration date. Each day you should remove spoiled or spoiling food to avoid unnecessary messes.
If you need to store leaking items (like defrosting meat) in your refrigerator, be sure to place it on a plate on the bottom shelf.

When you put leftovers in your refrigerator, make sure they are stored in airtight containers to avoid smelly odors.

Weekly

Now that you’ve taken care of the daily tasks, it’s important to pay special attention to other areas that only need to be cleaned once a week. This includes wiping down the doors of your refrigerator. Use a warm cloth with soapy water to clean the door handles where sticky fingerprints easily accumulate. Don’t forget to wipe down the tops and sides of the doors too.

Seasonally

You should be cleaning the doors of your refrigerator weekly, but each season it is important to give the seal on your fridge door some TLC. The gasket helps seal and keep cool air inside your refrigerator, so you’ll want to inspect it for any cracks or rips. Use a warm rag with soap to gently wipe it down and remove any crumbs or dried spills. Thoroughly dry the seal to prevent unwanted growth.

Each season you’ll also want to do a deep clean by removing all of the contents of your refrigerator and wiping down all surfaces. You can use a mixture of baking soda and hot water to clean and remove any lingering odors. (Smelly soaps may later be absorbed into foods!) Remove the drawers and shelves and give them a good washing in the sink. Just be sure to wait until they have warmed to room-temperature and use the same baking soda/water mixture to clean.

Not only should you clean the inside, but you should clean the outside too. This includes the kick plate which can easily accumulate dust.

If your refrigerator is in need of repairs, whether big or small, be sure to call Peter’s Appliance. A refrigerator is an appliance you can’t (or don’t want) to go long without! Peter’s Appliance can get it up and running in no-time. They can also handle repairs for other appliances like your dishwasher, garbage disposal, reconditioned appliances, and even microwaves.

Where to put washer and dryer

The Best Place in Your Home for the Washer and Dryer

Are you new to the homeowner game? Whether you’re building new or renovating an existing home, you’ve had to make lots of decisions. Picking a paint color is easy, but the jury is almost always out when it comes to deciding where your washer and dryer should go. To help you decide, here are a few different options for those large home appliances and why they work best in each particular space.

Off the Kitchen
Many homeowners prefer to have the laundry room just off of the kitchen. Many messes happen in the kitchen, so it makes sense that you’d have to travel less distance to get something soaking or to throw it in the washing machine. The kitchen is also the center of the home and where most people spend a majority of their time, so having the washer and dryer off the kitchen means very easy access.

In the Basement
The basement is also a great place in your home for the washer and dryer. It’s out of the way, but in this instance, it’s just what many homeowners want! You won’t have to worry about the rumble of a dryer disrupting company or movie night, and you’ll keep unsightly piles of dirty clothes out of view. The downside is it usually means going up and down more steps, but if you’re looking for a little extra exercise, this may actually be a plus!

In the Mudroom
If you’re using the logic that you want your washer and dryer near the messiest part of the house, the mudroom is a good choice. If you do lots of adventuring or have a job that requires you to get dirty, you’ll keep your entire home cleaner if you’re able to toss a pair of muddy pants in the washer as you come in the house. It’s also a good spot to keep laundry hidden from visitors.

Off the Master Bedroom
When you get dressed you keep your clean clothes in your room. Why not make it a short trip for your dirty clothes to make it to the wash with a washer and dryer off the master bedroom? If you have other bedroom on the same floor, it will also make trips to the laundry room with dirty clothes short (as well as trips for clean clothes to drawers). As long as it’s not taking up valuable closet or bedroom space, go for it!

It doesn’t matter where you put your washer and dryer if they don’t function properly. If you live in Utah County and you’re looking for someone trustworthy to troubleshoot a stubborn washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, oven, or any other appliance, look no further than Peter’s Appliance. With several years’ experience in both ordinary and quirky home appliances, no matter what needs fixing you can count on Pete’s Appliance to help get your appliances running smoothly so that your life can too. Don’t wait to contact them with any of your appliance needs.