If you find that your dishwasher is not starting, there are several things you can do that may solve the problem.  Make sure that the water is on and that it has power.  Check for any fallen objects underneath the float switch dome/cup such as spoons, forks and butter knives.  If something falls into the tub while loading or unloading your dishwasher it may end up underneath the float switch dome/cup which will not allow the float switch arm return to its original position and this will not allow the water to fill up in the tub.

If your washing machine is not washing, agitating or tumbling make sure that the lid or the door is closed and that the water taps are open, make sure the fill hoses are not kinked between the wall and the washer

If your washing machine is not draining ensure that the door or the lid is closed, in addition, do check the drain hose for any bends or kinks and make sure the unit is not pushed to far into the wall as this will result in kinks and bends in the drain pipe.

If your washing machine is noisy, ensure that the machine is sitting steady on the ground and that it is leveled correctly.  Make sure that there are no objects placed on top of the unit or leaning against it on either side such as brooms, mops etc. as sometimes common objects such as these result in vibrating sounds.  Also check the fill hose as well as the drain hose to make sure they are not causing unwanted noises by hitting the machine during spin cycles.

If your washing machine is not washing your clothes properly be sure to use the recommended amount of soap by the manufacture.  Many washing machines today require high efficiency soaps, using regular soaps in high efficient machines may result in the creation of extra suds which will leave you with either a poor wash or a machine that won’t fully drain.

It is recommended that you replace the fill hoses every five years, nowadays there is a variety of fill hoses available such as stainless steel hoses and fabric hoses.

If you have a unit with a filter, be sure clean it after every use.  For any further assistance please call Rob at (905)-426-7575.

If your dryer has no heat:

The first thing you want to do is check your fuse or your breaker, if one of the fuse’s goes or one the breakers of the dual breaker do, the switch turns itself to an off position than, the dryer motor may come on.  This can cause the drum to tumble as the motor continues to run on 120 volts however, the heating element requires 240 volts to come on.

If your drying is taking too long dry a load:    

Make sure the vent is not clogged, turn the machine around and check for air flow.  Make sure the lint filter is clean and does not have any rips or tears.  Ensure that your dryer is not pushed into the wall too deep as this will result in kinking the vent hose.  Kinks in vents will affect the air flow of your dryer.

It is recommend that you only use the length of the vent hose needed, be sure to cut off excessive length.  Make sure the hose is secured on both ends with a clamp.  Also, take a look outside of your house, check to see if your vent flaps are fully open during dryer cycles, make sure they are not seized, broken or blocked with lint or hair.  It is also not uncommon for a bird’s nest to be residing in there during the summer months.  Doing these simple tasks will save you money in the long run.

It is also a good idea to include your dryer in your spring cleaning procedures, a thorough inspection and cleaning will do you and your dryer good in the long run.

Be sure to close your dryer door gently, this will protect your door latch and your door switch.  With each and every load, make sure that the lint filter is always clean.  A filter full of lint results in longer cycles, it also does not grasp any of the lint from fresher loads, in simpler terms; the pre-existing lint will end up on your garments defeating the whole purpose of washing them in the first place.

If your dryer is noisy:

Make sure your dryer is leveled, while doing so; make sure that there are no objects on top, behind or on the either sides of the machine.  Common objects such as mops, brooms, or shoes are usually the cause of noisy vibrating sounds.  For further assistance please call Rob at (905)-462-7575.

It is always a good idea to take a look behind your dryer as well as the sides of it at least once a month.  Check for fallen garments and other objects that may have fallen behind. Remember to follow all the manufacture guide lines for different types of garments and heat settings.

Close your dryer door after you are done with your laundry.  Most dryers have a light located in the drum, if the door is left open the light bulb stays on, this may damage the light shield as the bulb remains lit for no reason.

At Appliances Citywide we understand the importance and value of your appliances; we also understand they are a part of your home décor; we want to keep them intact by ensuring that your appliances are working efficiently and effectively.  Here are a few tips for your appliances to keep them running smoothly.

Refrigerator:

Be sure to clean the condenser twice a year.

Stove:

Remember to clean any excessive oil or grease after cooking as baked on grease marks tend to become permanent.  For your safety, make sure the unit is cool enough to touch.

Washing Machine:

Make sure your washing perfectly leveled.  An unleveled machine may result in loud noises during spin cycles or it may start to walk which could potentially cause water tap breakages.

Dryer:

It is recommended that you clean the filter after each load, furthermore, make sure that it is correctly leveled.

Dishwasher:

Be sure to rinse your dishes before placing them into your dishwasher, this will ensure that no big chucks of leftover food reside in your unit.  Keep in mind that no hard objects such fine bones or seeds should make it into your dishwasher.

Microwave:

Remember to clean your microwave with a damp cloth once a week, especially at the top.  Use a cover when heating any liquid foods such as soup to prevent spillage.  For any further information, please contact your owner manual.

When it comes to the regular maintenance of your refrigerator, the first thing you want to look into is the condenser coils. If your condenser is full of debris such as dust or pet hair your compressor will be overworking itself to harder extents than usual to keep temperature levels right. Be sure to clean the condenser especially if your condenser coils are located underneath the refrigerator. To do so, remove the kick plate from its two clips and vacuum the condenser or use a long brush to do the job.

Clean the condenser at least once a year, if you have a pet it is recommend you do so twice a year. By simply doing this, the compressor will run smoothly and the coils will be able to breathe with ease. This will ensure that your machine works efficiently; moreover, it’s a great way to keep your hydro bill consistent.

In most refrigerators, the cooling process takes place in the freezer section of the unit, the fan is usually the instrument that blows the cold air into the fridge section through an air vent whether either it’s a top freezer, bottom freezer or a side by side unit. To ensure that this process is running proficiently, make sure your air vent is not blocked with any objects such as a grocery bag or a large juice container. Even the slightest blockage near the vent will result in longer cycle periods, it is crucial to not to have any restrictions by the vent.

A good door gasket is an extremely important aspect of any fridge or freezer. It is best to check for any cracks, bends or damaged corners regularly. Make sure the door gasket is fitted closely and tightly to ensure that no cold air is escaping and that no warm air is migrating into the unit.

Clean the door gasket three to four times a year with all-purpose cleaner or mild soap and water. Make sure to leave no excessive remains on the gasket.

Most units today have an ice and water dispenser as well as a water filter. Be sure to replace the water filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most units have a reminder light or a reminder display. If you replace the filter on a recommended schedule, you will not experience stale tasting water or unusual ice aromas. If you do not use the ice from the ice maker on a regular basis, empty the ice bucket every month to prevent snow-like residue or unusual tastes.

It is always a great idea to cover your food to lock in its freshness in addition to doing so, keep some baking soda or some fresh ground coffee beans to keep everything fresh.

The first thing you want to try would be to advance the thermostat to its coldest temperature setting, if you hear the unit come on leave it there but keep an eye on it for a minimum of 24 hours, after doing that check back to see if there is any difference in temperature. If you have a fridge with a digital display, turn it to the coldest setting and check the temperature after 24 hours. For any further assistance call Rob at (905)-426-7575 or at (416)-690-7001.