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Does Your Dryer’s Heating Element Need to be Replaced?

Getting a few loads of laundry done feels great – you check an item off your to-do list and you have clean clothes! But that simple chore can quickly become frustrating when you remove your clothes from the dryer only to find that they aren’t quite dry.Young woman doing laundry

Before you do any kind of maintenance work on your dryer you should make sure it is completely unplugged. To check your heating element, move your dryer away from the wall so you have access to the back and release the vent from the back of the dryer.

The location of your heat element may vary depending on the type and model of dryer you have, so before proceeding it is a good idea to check with your owner’s manual. The heating element can usually be found behind the dryer drum insider the dryer cabinet, or behind a panel on the back of the dryer.

Once you have located the heating element, use a multimeter set to the R X 1 resistance scale, and touch the end of the heat element. You will know that your heating element needs to be replaced if you get a reading of infinite resistance.

You can also check if your heating element is working by locating the thermostat attached to the element. With needle-nose pliers, pull the wires from the terminal and the wires from the bottom of the heating element. Then, test the heat element by clipping a continuity tester to one of the heat element terminals. Make sure that the test needle is touching the other terminal. If the light glows, your heating element is still good. If, however, it fails to produce a light, the heating element needs to be replaced.

If you find yourself in need of a new heating element for your dryer, you’ll want to enlist an appliance repair company you can trust. Why not choose a local, family-owned company to get your clothing dry and clean? Peter’s Appliance serves Utah County residents with all of their appliance repair needs. Whether your dryer needs a new heating element or you are having a problem with your microwave, Peter’s Appliance can get your gadgets working again so that your life is a little easier.

If you are uncomfortable checking your own dryer’s heating element, contact Peter’s Appliance to enlist the help of a professional to check for you.

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3 Tips to Care for Your Oven

Fall is in full swing and Halloween is just around the corner. That means Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and many other special occasions are quickly approaching too! It is a wonderful time of year to gather together with friends and family; gatherings that are nothing if not a perfect excuse to bake your favorite treat or share a savory side dish. Needless to say, your oven has its work cut out for it in the upcoming months.

No matter how new or old your oven is, you should make it a habit to maintain your oven with proper and frequent care. Doing so will not keep your oven clean, but it will also prolong the life of your oven and help you avoid unnecessary repairs. Before this busy baking season begins, be sure you’ve done these three tips to care for your oven.

Keep the Inside Clean

If there is anything you should be doing for your oven it’s keeping the inside clean. Not only will it look a whole lot nicer, but it will actually increase the efficiency and functionality of your oven. As you use it, make sure to wipe up any spills, crumbs, or drips as they happen. You may miss some here and there, so you should aim to give the inside a nice deep clean at least once a year. For smaller messes you might be able to get away with using some soap and water, or in more extreme cases a bit of oven cleaner will do the trick. Don’t forget to remove the oven racks and clean those too.

If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, be sure that you are using it properly by following your manufacture’s guidelines.

Maintain the Door

Periodically you should check the gasket, which stops the heat from escaping your oven. Make sure there are no breaks, tears, or missing sections. Having a gasket in good condition will make a big difference in the efficiency of your appliance. It may even mean your food will cook faster!

If you notice little splatters on the front window, remove them as soon as possible. In some cases, these spills will stain when heated. Whenever you have the oven door open, be sure that you are not using it to hold any unnecessary weight. Remember, your oven door is not a shelf!

Call a Professional

There are many other functions of your oven that should be checked periodically to ensure that your oven is working properly. For example, you want to maintain the blower, your condenser should be getting proper airflow and your oven should have access to an appropriate power source. It might be hard to know what you’re looking for with these particular oven care tips, which is why it’s a good idea to call in a professional. Periodically having an appliance repair company, like Peter’s Appliance in Utah County, check your oven will give you the peace of mind that everything is working correctly and should continue working correctly! Don’t hesitate to contact them today for any of your appliance needs.

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Maintenance Tips to Keep your Washing Machine Happy


There is no faster way to strain your mental well-being or your wallet than an ill-timed appliance breakdown. Whether it’s your washing machine, refrigerator, or oven, the inconvenience alone can really throw a wrench into your daily and weekly routine. One of the best ways to avoid these situations is to do monthly and yearly maintenance on your appliances. Doing a few simple tasks now could mean avoiding a repair altogether, or taking care of an issue before your appliance is out of commission for several days.

Today on Peter’s Appliance blog, we’re sharing six maintenance tips that will keep your washing mashing running smoothly.

Use the right detergent

This may not seem like a big deal, but it is important to use the correct detergent and amount of detergent for your washing machine.  Failing to follow the specifics in your owner’s manual could actually damage your appliance, so read carefully!

Dry the door and gasket

After you’ve done your laundry for the day, wipe down the door and gasket on a front loader. This will help avoid mold or mildew. If you have a top loader, keep the door open to allow for good air flow to avoid any growth as well.

Level footing

This is probably something you only need to check every several months as you should notice right away if your washing machine is shaking or vibrating, but you should make sure your washing machine is level and secure at all times. An uneven machine can throw off your drum and cause other problems that will lead to avoidable repairs.

Inspect hoses

You should inspect the hoses on your washing machine each month for any leaks, cracks or other signs of wear. If they are loose, tighten them. If they look damaged, call a professional to have them replaced immediately. A hose that bursts unexpectedly can cause major flooding in your home. Hoses should be replaced every five years; when the time comes, upgrade to a stainless steel hose for more peace of mind.

Clean drum

Each month it is a good idea to clean the drum and rubber gasket. All it takes is a simple solution of water and vinegar in equal parts. Doing this will keep your machine clear of any buildup or residue from dirty clothes or laundry detergent as well as fighting any mold or mildew growth. This will also help keep your washing machine and clothes smelling great!

Clean fabric softener dispenser

As you cleaning out the drum? Give the fabric softener dispenser a nice scrub too. It doesn’t take much for the viscous liquid to build up, which could cause problems for your machine. Keep things moving smoothly by wiping out the dispenser when necessary.

Despite your best efforts to maintain your washing machine, there may come a time that you’re in need of a repair or tune up. Contact Peter’s Appliance for services in Utah County. The family-owned appliance repair shop will help get your back to your normal routine quickly with quality and lasting service.

Maintenance Tips for your Washing Machine

While finding a trustworthy appliance repair company has never been easier, you can put off unnecessary repairs and prolong the life of your appliances with simple, regular maintenance. This is true all of your appliances, but today the focus is on your washing machine. Taking time now to properly maintain your appliances will keep them working effectively and smoothly for as long as possible.

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Check the hoses

One of the best things you can do to properly maintain your washing machine is to check the water hoses every few months. You should look for any signs of cracks, blistering, or other signs of wear. If you are able to catch a bad hose before it breaks you can save yourself plenty of time and money by avoiding a leak at best, and a flooded basement at worst. It’s usually best to replace the hoses every five years, so keep that in mind if you’ve had your machine for a while. It’s also worth investing in stainless steel hoses rather than rubber ones to prevent wear and tear before those five years are up!

Don’t overload

Be sure you are following the manual when it comes to how many articles of clothing you put into your washing machine. A load that is too big will throw the machine off balance and could cause problems that will require repairs.

Use the correct amount of detergent

Again, be sure to consult the owner’s manual to find the correct amount of detergent you should be using.  If your machine is a high-efficiency machine, be sure you are always using an HE detergent. This will prevent unnecessary buildup, mold, or eventually damage to the drum and hoses. Be sure to use the correct amount of fabric softener as well.

Clean the inside

It’s not uncommon for detergent, softener, or residue from particularly dirty loads to build up on the inside of your washer over time. Keep your washing machine running smoothly and keep your clothes cleaner by cleaning out the drum once a month. This will also help cut down on any funny-smelling odors.  To do this, pour distilled white vinegar into the laundry detergent dispense and put one cup of baking soda into the drum. Then run a cycle on the hottest temperature with an extra rinse.

Clean out the fabric softener dispenser

It’s no wonder that the pourable, gooey liquid fabric softener can easily build up in the fabric softener dispenser. It doesn’t take much more than a rag and some warm water to free any dried or gummed up fabric softener, and it will prevent clogs and harder to remove buildup.

Remove clothes immediately

When a load is finished, don’t let it sit in the drum for extended periods of time. Stay on top of your loads to prevent mildew. When the washing machine is not in use, leave the door ajar for good air circulation; this will also prevent mildew and mold.

Despite proper maintenance, sometimes repairs are inevitable. If you are in need to a repair for your washing machine, or any other appliance, choose Peter’s Appliance. This family-owned appliance repair shop in Utah County will have your machine up and running before you’ve noticed the inconvenience of life without it!

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How to Fix Your Bad Tasting Ice Cubes

During the summer nothing is more refreshing than an ice cold glass of water. The only problem is, you reach into your freezer to grab a few ice cubes, or use your ice dispense, and your drink turns from refreshing to rancid. Bad tasting ice cubes may seem like the end of the world, but there are a few simple things you can do ensure you get that cool, crisp taste of ice water back in a jiffy.

If you use an ice cube tray…

If you use an ice cube tray, your first step would be to toss the ice cubes you currently have on hand. It could be that they have been sitting in the freezer too long and are stale.

Next, you should thoroughly clean the tray. If yours is dishwasher safe send it through a wash, if not wash by hand with warm soapy water.

Once your tray is clean, try freezing new cubes with tap (or bottled water if you don’t like the taste of tap water) and enjoy your delicious ice cubes!

If you still notice a funny taste after following those steps, it could be the odors in your freezer, which can leach into your ice cubes. You should be cleaning your freezer as often as you clean your fridge, but it’s easy to forget and let odors build up.  To tackle them, start by turning the freezer off and empty the contents. This is a great time to sift through your frozen food and throw out anything that’s old. You can put the stuff you’d like to hold onto in the fridge until you’re done. Next, scrub down the freezer with hot water. If it smells especially funny, you can add some baking soda to the water to cut the smell. Once you’ve scrubbed and wiped everything down, you can put your food back and turn the freezer back on! Your ice cubes should taste noticeably better.

If you have an ice machine…

If you have an ice machine, old or stale ice could be a problem just as it is with an ice tray. Empty out all of the ice in the machine and see how the new batch tastes.

If you still notice a bad taste, as with an ice cube tray, your ice could be soaking up odors from the freezer. Follow the steps above and give your freezer a good washing!

If neither of these approaches changes the taste of your ice cubes, you may have a bad water supply. If impurities, minerals, salt or sulfur are sneaking into your water or ice cubes, you’ll taste it. To correct this, be sure that you are regularly changing your system’s water filter. You should be changing your water filter every six months, so perhaps you’re overdue! Change the filter yourself or if you’re uncomfortable don’t hesitate to contact a trustworthy appliance repair company.

If you’re in Utah County, give Peter’s Appliance a call. They have been providing residents with the best service and lasting results for years. With these steps and help from Peter’s Appliance, there will be nothing standing in the way between you and great tasting ice cubes in your ice cold glass of water!


My Dishes Don’t Dry Completely in the Dishwasher. What can I do?

A dishwasher is a tool you employ nearly every day. Your kitchen stays tidy, and you have clean plates without having to soap up a single thing! Because we rely on them so much, it can be a real pain when something isn’t working correctly.

Have you ever been emptying your dishwasher only to find that everything on the top shelf is still wet? Or maybe everything in the entire dishwasher still has water on it. While the dishwasher is still functional, you have to take the extra time of drying each item off before putting them away. And you simply don’t have the time to do that! The good news is, we’ve come up with a few things you can do to ensure that all of your dishes come out of the dishwasher dry and ready to be used.

Check the Heating Element

The drying portion of your dishwashing cycle relies on the heating element. This is used to heat up the water to a point that it is able to dry off quickly and completely. In most dishwashers, the water needs to reach 120 degrees to dry properly. The idea is that the hotter the water is during the final rinse, the easier it is for dishes to dry. China and glass hold the heat better, so they will usually dry better.

If there is a problem with your heating element, you will encounter drying problems and your dishes probably won’t be cleaned properly either.

Use a Rinse Aid

Along with a final rinse of hot water, a rinse aid works to completely dry your dishes. A rinse aid works by aiding the water on the dishes to leave. A rinse aid is not just a recommendation for some dishwashers, it may be a requirement! Be sure to check your owner’s manual, but either way a rinse aid will improve your dishwasher’s dish drying capabilities.

Enough Water

As mentioned above, you want your final rinse to be plenty hot. But you also want to make sure your dishwasher has enough water in the rinse cycle to heat up!

Water Drains Completely

You can also check to make sure the water in your dishwasher is draining completely to avoid leaving any of your dishes wet. Remove the filter and make sure there is only a small amount of standing water under that filter. Check to be sure that there is nothing clogging the water flow areas.


Lastly, make sure you are not overcrowding your dishes in the dishwasher. If they are too close together they may not be able to dry properly. If cups or bowls are facing up they may catch water making it, and the dishes nearby, wet.

If your dishwasher has a problem with the heating element, amount of water used or draining trouble, be sure to call Peter’s Appliance. With trained professionals that specialize in all appliance repairs, including dishwashers, they’ll be happy to take a look and get your dishwasher successfully drying your dishes once again.

Inside of a full refrigerator

Why should you organize your fridge?

Having an organized fridge would usually be categorized as a personal preference rather than a necessary step for your kitchen. But the way you put your food in the fridge can create a more functional space, and keep your foods fresher longer. Say goodbye to wasted grocery money and spoiled food! And by avoiding over-packing your refrigerator and maintaining a steady temperature, you can boost your refrigerator’s efficiency! So what should the inside of your fridge look like?

1. Clean
Before you really get into organizing your fridge, take a moment to clean it out. Toss expired or bad food and wipe up any spills or messes. You should always aim to keep a fridge clean of spills or crumbs, and before you begin organizing it is a great opportunity to do so.

2. Top shelves
Once your refrigerator is properly cleaned, you can begin organizing! Let’s begin with the top shelf. The top shelf is a great place for leftovers. Just don’t forget to label them so they can be thrown out before they turn green!

3. Middle shelves
The most temperature-consistent part of your fridge is the middle shelf, as close to the middle of the fridge as possible. There are many things you can put here, but it is a perfect place for your eggs as they need the most consistent temperature. Remember to keep your eggs in their original cartons, they’ll last longer.

4. Bottom shelves
Your bottom shelves should be reserved for raw meats so that they don’t have anything to drip on and contaminate. Milk should go on the bottom shelf in the very back where it will stay coldest. Your yogurt, sour cream and cottage cheese should stay in the back, bottom shelf as well.

5. Drawers
The drawers in your fridge are more than just drawers; they are made to control humidity levels! This makes them the perfect home for your fruits and veggies, keeping them fresh for as long as possible. Vegetables do best in high humidity, while fruits do best in low humidity or in the crisper. Your lunch meat belongs in the shallow meat drawer which is usually a little bit colder than the rest of your fridge.

6. Door
The door of your fridge is also the warmest part of your fridge. This is where you should keep all of your condiments which are usually high in vinegar or acidity so they can withstand the less than chilly temps. Butter and soft cheese do well in the dairy compartment on the door, since they don’t need to stay as cold as other cheese or milk products.

7. Maintain your refrigerator
No matter how well organized your refrigerator is, it won’t make much of a difference if your fridge isn’t running properly. If your ice cream is melting or your meat spoiling despite proper refrigerator organization, call Peter’s Appliance. With an outstanding reputation for appliance repair, you can spend less time worrying about your refrigerator staying cool this summer and enjoy more time at the pool!

4 Tips to Combat the Hard Water in Your Home

Hard Water Could Be Damaging Your Appliances

As you look closely at your facets or shower heads in your home you may notice a white, crusty substance. It’s the same culprit for your dull hair or spotted dishes and glasses — hard water.

Unlike soft water, hard water is full of minerals. It’s usually not bad for your health, but it can wreak havoc on your appliances if it is not dealt with properly. When minerals like calcium and magnesium in your water are heated up, they leave the water and instead encrust on your showerhead as a mineral deposit.

So what does hard water actually do to your appliances? Besides the buildup that is not so easy on the eyes, it can really bog down efficiency. For example, the hard water buildup in your water heater is a poor conductor of heat, making it much harder to heat the water. Over time, the minerals will wear down your appliances faster.

If you have problems with your appliances, you can always call a professional like the those at Peter’s Appliance to get things working again. But when it comes to hard water there are preventative steps you can take to remove buildup and keep your appliances working smoothly.


Vinegar is one way to remove some of the hard water build up you may have. Hard water is mostly made of calcium, which is highly reactive with acids like vinegar. Soaking faucets or other fixtures in hot, natural vinegar will dissolve calcium deposits in about an hour.

Remove pipe buildup

Hard water can also build up in pipes creating clogs, reducing flow, and increasing stress on your pipes and fixtures. The good news is you can remove this buildup with a few simple steps! First you’ll want to fill pots of water, shut off your water, and empty your pipes. Then you can use a chemicals treatment or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to clean buildup from your pipes. Wait for the solution to do its job, then pour boiling water down each drain. You can find detailed step by step instructions for this in the link above here.

Removing soap scum, spots or film

Soap and hard water build up are a bad combination, and can lead to tough-to-remove soap scum. To remove this, try one-part apple cider vinegar and three parts filtered water to remove.  You can also wipe down your glasses with lemon juice or white vinegar to remove spots. If they are particularly bad, try adding a little bit of salt to either liquid to create a spot removing scrub.

A more permanent solution

These home remedies are effective, but only for so long. If you have hard water, you may want to consider installing a water treatment system. A whole-home softening system is the only way to completely eliminate hard water from your home and keep your appliances running more effectively and without build-up.  For any of your installation needs, or questions about hard water give the professionals at Peter’s Appliance a call.



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Why is my washer shaking all the time?

It’s probably happened to most of us; we throw our laundry in the washer, and we’re feeling good about getting it done and then the cycle changes from wash to rinse. The furious shaking coming from the laundry room is anything but ideal. You quickly close the door or blast the TV to keep from being disturbed.

If your washer is shaking all the time, it’s not something you need to live with! There are a few reasons this may be happening. Some of them you can fix on your own, so keep reading! But after that, it’s best that you call a repair man and get schedule a washer repair appointment right away.


You may just need to balance the load of laundry in your machine, or level your washing machine on the floor. First, check out the clothes inside. If you find there are more on one side of the drum than another, simply move the clothes around until it looks more even and restart the cycle. If the machine wobble or is unstable on the floor, tip your machine to figure out which side needs to be propped up. Adjust the leveling screw on the base as needed, so your washing machine has good contact with the floor. And if your leveling screws are old or damaged so that you are unable to level your machine, try using a shim (which can be made out of many materials) to level your machine by sliding it under a corner until the machine is level.


If your machine is still shaking after trouble shooting for off-balance clothing and feet, you may be in need of a washer repair. Vibrating and shaking could mean the shock absorber is damaged. This piece is used to absorb some of the movement during the spin cycle. If the shock absorbers are weak or damaged, unbalanced loads will shake and move the machine while making loud banging sounds. Leaving this piece for long can mean wreaking havoc on other parts of your machine.

If you have a top-loading washer, the smoothness of your spin cycle may rely on tub dampening straps that help to control and cushion movement. There are four straps that are made of rubber and they attach from the top of the tub to each corner of the cabinet. Overtime, when a strap is damaged, stretched out or broken, the machine will shake as the tub inside makes contact with the cabinet during the spin cycle.

These are just two examples of several parts that may need to be repaired or replace to keep your washing machine from shaking. You could have a problem with a suspension spring, tub spring, snubber ring or damper pad to name a few! If you’ve tried to level your washing machine on the ground, and tried to balance your wet clothes to no avail, call Peter’s Appliance. This family owned repair shop in Utah County will work with your busy schedule and help you figure out how to stop your washing machine from shaking. Peter’s Appliance will take care of your washer repair quickly and with a smile!

Get Rid of Your Static Electricity

Spring is just around the corner, but for now we are still in the hazy, cold and dry depths of winter. Often in our day-to-day tasks, the dryness is perpetuated when it comes to our laundry.

Static cling can be a nuisance at best, and at worst an unpleasant, jolting surprise! If you’ve had enough of pulling your clothes out of the dryer in bunches, clinging together, you’re in the right place.

What is it?

Let’s take your favorite pair of pajama pants and a sock as an example. They come out of the dryer clinging to each other because of static electricity. They cling to each other because they have opposite electrical charges. In dry conditions when two different types of material are in contact (think pajama pants and a sock) sometimes they exchange electrons. This may leave the pants with a positive charge, and the sock with a negative charge. And as we know from science and love, opposites attract. And that is why your sock and your pajama pants stick together.

How to get rid of it!

Moist air discharges electricity because the water vapors in the air actually pick up the charge and take it away. That is why static is worse in the winter or in dry areas. With that in mind, here are a few ways to eliminate the static electricity in your dryer.

First off, just dry your clothes less! Over-drying your clothes causes more static. Don’t let your dryer run so long and you’ll cut back on static. You’ll also save energy and have fewer wrinkles.

You can also try dryer sheets. They usually have an antistatic ingredient that coats the clothing to prevent static. However, some clothes do not fare well with dryer sheets so be sure to read your labels.

Wool dryer balls absorb the moisture from your clothes in the dryer and in turn keeps the air more humid. Dryer balls can also reduce dry time and fluff your clothes for you! Try using 4-6 dryer balls, or more if you’ve got a massive dryer.

If you don’t want to buy a dryer ball you can wad up a large piece of aluminum foil and toss that in your dryer too. The foil discharges the static when the clothes come in contact with it. If you have a lot of static, you can use more than one ball to be sure that it touches each item of clothing.

Nylon and polyester fabrics don’t play nice with other fabrics in the dryer. They are made to dry fast. So while your other fabrics are drying at regular speed, your performance top is building up a charge. Try separating these out to help prevent static electricity.

Lastly, take two safety pin and put each one on a separate item in your dryer. The metal will discharge the static.

These are some quick fixes to a common problem. But if you find that you don’t have any static because your dryer isn’t working at all, call Peter’s Appliance. The family-owned and trusted appliance repair company is address your needs whether it’s your dryer or any other appliance