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Washer Leveling When Delivering

Due to the machine’s heavy weight, a washer can vibrate excessively in the spin cycle when it is not properly leveled. Unless all four legs are touching the floor, your washing machine is not perfectly level, and can bang and rock back and forth, and even begin to “walk” across the room. This is not good for the appliance, and can result in permanent damage to the machine and anything surrounding the unit.

Unfortunately, leveling is not covered by under most warranties, either an original manufacturer’s or an extended, in most cases. However, almost every washing machine has adjustable, front leveling legs. To keep the leg from rotating, adjust the leg to the proper height, then tighten the lock nut up against the body of the machine. Some washers have adjustable leveling legs in the rear as well, and you can adjust them in the same way for added stability. Keep the machine as close to the floor as possible–the lower it is, the less likely it is to vibrate.

Most top load washers have “self-adjusting” rear legs. You set these legs by tilting the entire machine forward onto its front legs (with the rear legs 3 to 4 inches off the floor) and then setting the machine back down. The legs should adjust automatically. If they don’t, you may need to tilt the machine forward and rap on the rear legs with the handle of a hammer to loosen them–a procedure that’s easier to accomplish with a helper.

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Holiday Appliance Prep!

It’s that time of year again, the most wonderful time of the year: the winter holidays! There is so much to do to prepare, and people rely on their appliances to work without a hitch during the holiday season. As a service company, it’s our busiest time of the year. Many of our calls during November and December are for ovens, and a good portion of these calls are due to the self-clean option.

Self cleaning ovens can generate up to 850 degrees to burn off any residue. However, they also contain a safety thermal overload, which in layman terms means that when the the little thermostat senses too much heat, it turns the oven off and then needs to be replaced. They are sensitive and designed very close to the maximum temperature the oven can reach and will sometimes fail even if the oven did not overheat.
 
This close to Thanksgiving, it’s best to wait to do a self clean until after all the cooking is done! If you need something to help spruce up the look of your oven, head on over to our parts page to check out our current special on burner bowls. Hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday season!
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Factory Back Order Parts – An Explanation

 

Possibly the most frustrating aspect of being a repair company is the inability to fix an appliance in a timely manner, especially when the reason for the delay is something outside the control of the repair company. The number one example of this is factory back ordered parts.

Factory orders can take anywhere from 10 days to 2 months for the servicer to receive the part. Have you ever wondered what actually happens when an appliance company orders a part and they tell you it’s on factory backorder? Here’s a description of the process:

  • Usually there is a nationwide search to make sure no appliance parts vendors have this particular part. If no appliance parts vendor has it, then…
  • The distributor will take it from the stock of the manufacturer if available. If the manufacturer does not have any in stock, then…
  • The distributor will take it from the product assembly line. However, if you have an older appliance that is no longer assembled, then…
  • The manufacturer will have to re-make the part, basically creating it from scratch because it doesn’t exist. Manufacturers usually have another company make certain parts for them and sometimes that particular company may be out of business. If this is the case, then the manufacturer has to not only find someone to make this part, but also then get them to do it. Sometimes this process can take 2 months.

Unfortunately, there is no way around this process. The best thing to do is be patient and understand that your service company is doing their due diligence to get your part as quickly as possible so they can fix your appliance.

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Washer Not Spinning? Reset Your Motor!

 

One of the most common complaints with washers is failure to spin. In this video, GE shows you how to reset your washer’s motor to fix the problem. If this trouble-shooting tip doesn’t work for you, as always give us a call and our technicians will be glad to assist you!

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Front Load Washer Mold: Prevention & Removal

 

Mold requires nutrients, water, oxygen and favorable temperatures to grow. Guess what? Your front load washer gives mold everything it needs to flourish.

Front load washer mold won’t really cause a problem with your washer’s operation. However, if you let it grow and spread, your clothes may start to have an old/musty smell. You may even have your door gasket rip which can cause water damage to your floor.

Preventing Washer Mold

The easiest, most efficient way to stop mold from occurring in your front load washer is to leave your washer door open. This will reduce moisture and the temperature so the mold will not grow. Also, wiping any excess water on the gasket will have a lasting affect on the life span of the part, as well as the machine as a whole.

Removing Washer Mold

If mold has already occurred you may have to use Clorox on the gasket, along with some hard scrubbing, to get rid of the mold you can see. For the mold inside of the washer that you can’t necessarily see but can surely smell, you can buy some AFFRESH tablets that will kill the mold and leave your washer smelling good. An alternative to AFFRESH is to do a hot wash of 2 caps each of Clorox and vinegar to kill the mold.

If you still have the mold smell you may need to have your door gasket replaced and/or have a technician use commercial grade AFFRESH for your washer.

As you can see, removing the mold can be far more difficult and time consuming than taking a couple easy steps to prevent it from growing. If you have any questions about this or any other appliance issue, please feel free to call us any time!

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How a Washing Machine Works

 

Knowledge is power! The more you know about your appliances and how they function, the better off you will be should something go wrong and you need to descrbe the problem to a tech or attempt to fix the issue yourself. Click on the video below to see how a washing machine works!

 

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How To Install Water Filter in Whirlpool Refrigerator

 

Installing a new water filter on your refrigerator is easy! Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.

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Normal Refrigerator Sounds

 

Is that noise normal??

Save yourself the worry. Click below to hear normal sounds on bottom freezer refrigerators.

 

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Now Hiring!

Standard TV & Appliance is currently hiring experienced Service Technicians for both our Portland and Bend locations! Please click here for more information and for a complete list of job opportunities with our company.

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