What is Freezer Burn and What Can You Do About It?

June 14, 2013

What is Freezer Burn? Sometimes the food that you have entrusted to your freezer develops a disgusting metallic and grimy taste.  You will just want to spit it out.  The texture becomes like putty and the coloration shifts to grey.  What is happening?!  The evil fortune that has befallen your food is a process known …

Avert Catastrophic Flooding by Replacing Your Washing Machine Supply Hoses

March 20, 2013

The hose that links your clothes washer to its water supply is one of the most unassuming of appliance parts, yet its failure could generate overwhelming devastation to your home.  If it bursts, water will continuously spray out.  This can flood your basement, as the outpour of water often exceeds the capacity of your basement …

Clean Every Dish by Loading Your Dishwasher Right

February 8, 2013

If your dishwasher is not cleaning every item thoroughly and consistently, your problem may not be that the appliance is broken.  Poor performance could be due to the fact that you are not using good strategy when arranging dishes in the machine.  It is not enough to just toss items into your dishwasher haphazardly and …

Questions of Microwave Safety

January 25, 2013

Of all household appliances, the microwave oven is probably the most mysterious.  Most people know little about how it operates, and rumors abound of radiation leaks and mutated food.  While some of these stories have small elements of truth behind them, trouble can largely be averted with more thorough understanding.  Furthermore, there are practical concerns …

Make Your Glass-Ceramic Range Cook Consistently with the Right Cookware

November 19, 2012

The glass-ceramic range is a fascinating and attractive option for your cooktop.  While different manufacturers might refer to these cooktops as either glass or ceramic, they are actually a blend of both.  This yields the expandability of ceramics and the impermeability of glass.  They are much easier to clean than other types of ranges.  But …

Proper Maintenance of Your Refrigerator Door Gasket

November 12, 2012

One way to make your refrigerator run more efficiently is by keeping the door gaskets, the rubber seals around the doors, well maintained.  In the long term, this will prevent the need for repairs and save electricity, which is no small thing given that your refrigerator accounts for up to ten percent of your total …

Stinky Washer – That Can be Fixed!

October 26, 2012

The clothes washing machine, with its moist, dark interior and its accumulations of soap and grime, is the perfect place for molds and mildews to thrive.  This is especially true in damp basements and during humid weather.  Front load washers promote even more fungal growth than top loaders, as the front loader is more tightly …

Solving Your Oven Baking Problems

September 28, 2012

Q. My oven isn’t baking properly, how can I tell whether I am doing something wrong or if it is my oven that is faulty? Answer There are many factors that can affect your baking results: Pan Finish Dark pans absorb heat, which results in a browner, crispier crust. Use these types of pans for …

Tackling Your Oversudsing Dishwasher

September 26, 2012

Sometimes soap suds will pour out of your dishwasher as it runs. This can result in a huge mess that can cover the entire kitchen, and streaky dishes to boot. Then again, oversudsing can be less severe; at times the only evidence is water oozing out of the door, pushed by expanding bubbles. But do …

Should I Repair or Replace My Broken Appliance?

September 26, 2012

Any time an appliance fails you are faced with a dilemma: Should I purchase a new machine or should I have it repaired? Many people choose to throw away a good appliance when it would be more appropriate to fix it. However, in some cases repairing your appliance is not the best option, so it …

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