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    Appliance Service Tips

Clothes Washers Dryers:
Water-fill hoses
Over time, the exterior water hoses that were with your new washing machine may leak or burst. It's a good preventive maintenance practice to check these hoses from time to time for any sign of wear or weakness. Often there's a small blister in the rubber of the hose, which could rupture. Most manufacturers recommend replacing the hoses every 5 years.

Because your washing machine is so heavy, when it's not level, it can vibrate strongly during the spin cycle. If your washing machine is not perfectly level--with all four legs touching the floor--it can bang and rock back and forth, and even begin to "walk" across the room. This isn't good for the machine and may damage anything near the machine.

Surface cleaning
Your washer has either a painted steel or porcelain-coated steel cabinet. It's perfectly safe to use a little dish detergent and a damp rag to clean all of its surfaces. If the surface is porcelain, you can even use a little non-abrasive cleanser for stubborn stains

Lint disposal
Most washing machines collect lint during the wash cycle and send it down the drain during the drain cycle. Most washing machines collect lint in the center tube of the agitator. You need to lift out that tube and clean it periodically. Other machines have a lint filter near the top of the tub, which you need to slide out, clean off, and reinsert.


Your dryer vent pipe should be made of aluminum. The white vinyl duct that was common several years ago no longer meets most building codes, because if your dryer ignites it, a fire may start in your home. Check the entire length of the vent pipe for lint build-up at least once a year--or more often if the dryer gets a lot of use.

Lint filter
Check and clean the lint filter after every drying cycle. If the lint filter has any rips or tears, replace it. If the filter gets clogged by fabric softener residue or any other residue, you can easily clean it with a soft-bristle brush and a little detergent.

Area under lint filter
You can also clean the chute, duct, or area that the lint filter fits into. If necessary, use a vacuum cleaner to reach into the duct and clean out any lint.
Note… If the lint build-up is severe, it's important to disassemble the dryer and clean out the lint more thoroughly. This is often a job for a qualified appliance repair technician, because there's a risk of injuring yourself or damaging the machine.

Refrigerator Maintenance Tips:

Manual-defrost refrigerator/freezers
Manual defrost refrigerator/freezers require very little maintenance.
When frost has accumulated on the inside walls of the freezer to a thickness of ½ inch or so, remove the food from the refrigerator/freezer, turn off the thermostat or unplug the unit, and allow all of the frost to melt.
Once the frost has melted completely, turn the unit back on, wait for it to reach its operating temperature, and restock it with food.

Self-defrosting refrigerator/freezers
You don't need to manually defrost your self-defrosting refrigerator/freezer. Every 6 to 8 hours, it heats up its cooling coils slightly and melts any frost accumulation on the coils. The resulting water drains into a shallow pan at the bottom of the refrigerator/freezer.
There's no need to empty the pan. The water in it will evaporate. But it may begin to smell bad over time. You may be able to remove it for periodic cleaning by detaching the lower grill and sliding the pan out the front of the refrigerator/freezer.
Note… When mold grows in the drain pan, it is sometimes considered to be a health concern. If your drain pan is removable, and if you're sensitive to mold, consider cleaning the drain pan periodically.
Under your refrigerator/freezer is a set of coils and a cooling fan that you need to clean at least once a year. The coils may look like a grate or like a wide radiator. Unplug the refrigerator/freezer and use a Refrigerator Condenser Brush (available in the accessories section of our website), and your vacuum cleaner to clean any lint, pet hair, and so on from the coils.

Oven Range Maintenance Tips:

Broiler pan
The broiler pan that comes with most range/ovens is porcelain-coated steel. Clean it with a non-abrasive cleanser.

Control panel
Most range/oven control panels are glass and/or painted metal. You can safely use non-abrasive cleaners on these surfaces. Examples include the Range top Cleaner, from our accessories section under "cleaners" as well as glass cleaners and liquid degreasers.
Note: Never spray cleaners directly onto the control panel. Instead, put some cleaner on a soft, damp rag, then wipe the surface.

Cook top
You can clean any porcelain cook top with a non-abrasive cleanser.
Note: Don't pour the cleanser directly onto the cook top. Instead, put some cleaner on a soft, damp rag, then wipe the surface.

Burner drip pans (bowls)
You usually need to replace the drip pans or bowls beneath the grates on a gas stove/range and beneath the heating element on an electric stove/range every 2 to 3 years. That's because, once they're stained, it's usually not possible to clean them completely.

Glass cook tops and windows
Always clean glass and ceramic cook tops only with products made for this purpose--such as the Frigidaire Range top Cleaner we carry in our accessories section.

Knob care
You may be able to safely clean the knobs on your range/oven with a little dish detergent and a damp cloth. Remember to use care while cleaning the numbers so they wont rub off.

If your oven is self-cleaning, consult the owner's manual for instructions on how to use this feature. The self-cleaning feature works by heating the interior of the oven to a temperature so hot that it incinerates the residue inside the oven.

Air Conditioning  Maintenance Tips:

Air conditioners
are equipped with a simple electrostatic filter in the front grill area to filter the air that passes through them. If your unit has a filter you should replace/clean it once a month during the cooling season.

Inspect cooling coils for frost or ice build up
If the temperature outside the room where the air conditioner is placed becomes cool, approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, check the coils on the front of the air conditioner to be sure they are not icing up. If they are icing up, turn the air conditioner off until the temperature rises.

Don't short cycle the cooling system
Air conditioners have a cooling system just like a refrigerator's. It is important not to turn the unit off and then back on right away. Wait at least ten minutes after shutting the unit off to allow the pressure in the refrigeration system to equalize once again.

Store the unit in a basement or utility room, not a garage
Avoid small rodents and flying insects from nesting in your stored AC unit by using a  protective cover on the part of the air conditioner that sticks outside.

Clean condenser coils annually
The condensing coils on all air conditioners will accumulate dirt and dust. It will be necessary to remove the entire cover of the air conditioner to gain access to the coils.

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