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How to Keep Your Fridge Running Smoothly

How to Keep Your Fridge Running Smoothly

The most common appliance that people call us about is their fridge. After all, it is the most important appliance in the home. Knowing how to keep your fridge running smoothly will help you keep your electricity bill down and extend the life of your appliance. Here are a few tips that we recommend:

Pay attention to the rubber gasket
The rubber gasket around the door of your fridge is what creates a tight seal, keeping warm air out and maintaining a cool temperature. As age begins to wear on your seals, they could weaken. With more warm air entering the refrigerator, your appliance has to work harder to maintain the temperature. Cleaning the seals periodically will prevent that they harden, crack and tear. If your door seals become wavy, just heat them up with a hair dryer and mold them back into shape so they adhere straight on the door frame. If the seals are torn, make sure to call us to replace them promptly in order to prevent overburden of your compressor. You can keep your fridge running smoothly and keep your bills down easily with these simple tips.

Clean the condenser coils
The condenser coils are what ensure cooling. Without them, it’d be impossible to remove heat from inside the fridge. Since they are warm and located at the back or under the unit, it is easy for dust and other particles to collect on them. This not only lessens the performance, it puts a lot of strain on the compressor to make up for it. Cleaning the condenser coils is as simple as pulling the fridge out, removing the grill at the bottom and cleaning the coils with a condenser brush and vacuum cleaner. You can buy a condenser brush (part #5304429018) from SERVAPARTS by phone at 1-888-474-8376.

Adjust the level
The level of your fridge actually matters a lot for efficiency. If the unit is not leveled, the doors won’t close properly and some vibrations might develop. Also, you can adjust the front legs in order for the doors to close with just a little swing and prevent that they remain ajar.

Limit the prolonged openings of the doors
As you load up your fridge on your way back from doing the groceries, make sure to bring the food close to the unit and prepare the different piles so that the whole process is swift, limiting the entry of warm air. Each time you open the door, especially on a hot summer day, warm air gets inside the fridge cabinet. This warm air, on contact with cold the surfaces, will consequently produce humidity and condensation which will develop into frost and unhealthy mildew. Therefore, you should restrain from prolonged door openings while cooking and boiling food on the stove which is usually next to the fridge and also putting warm items like hot soup in the fridge or freezer.

These tips will help keep your energy bills down and extend the life of your refrigerator. Keeping your fridge running smoothly is as simple as a little bit of cleaning and maintenance. Preventative maintenance is always the best way to save money, so make sure you hire an experienced appliance repair company to keep your appliances running in optimum shape.

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How to Maintain Your Washing Machine

How to Maintain Your Washing Machine

Washing machine and dryer installation and repair are some of our specialties at Serva Plus. We want our customers to know that there are few good things they could do at home to make sure that their washing machine lasts as long as possible. Knowing how to maintain your washing machine will not only help it work better, it will also save you money in the long run. Here are a few tips from the professionals:

Make sure that the washing machine is level

You know that annoying banging sound that some washers make when working? It doesn’t have to be that way. If it isn’t overloaded, then it’s most likely rocking because it isn’t level. Washing machine maintenance starts by giving it a good base to work on. If yours is rocking back and forth constantly, the interior could get damaged.

Get rid of obstructions and lint!

Most washing machines don’t have lint disposal problems as the lint is thoroughly drained out during the draining cycle; however, some do have obstruction filters that need to be cleaned periodically. When an obstruction blocks the filter inside the pump, the lint will therefore accumulate and prevent the lint from being eliminated. This could account for a poor wash cycle. Where your lint trap is depends on the model – clean it every regularly.

Inspect your water hoses

Water hoses on your washing machine are going to be pristine in the beginning, but over time they will deteriorate. Occasionally check yours to make sure that nothing is out of place. There could be small cracks or bulges on the hoses, that tells you they are about to burst and should be replaced. Most manufactures recommend replacing them every 5 years at most. Consider closing your faucets between loads as well.

Don’t overload it!

We know that you are in a hurry, but overloading your washing machine is a bad idea. If you want yours to last a long time, then don’t make it work too hard. All of that extra stress will start to wear it down.

Keep it clean

Over time, the soap and softener used in everyday use will accumulate between the tubs, within the pumps and on the door seal. Use periodically a cleaning product such as AFFRESH to clean and deodorize your washer and door seal. Using warm and hot water, depending on the load, will also prevent this accumulation. Hi Efficiency (HE) soaps like MIR and LE CHAT are also a good alternative to regular soaps. Make it a habit to dry-off you rubber door seal with a dry rag at the end of every cycle and keep the door ajar to prevent any mildew formation.

Repairing an appliance is hard work that takes a lot of experience, but some preventative maintenance checks are actually easy enough for our customers to do on their own. Repairs should always be left to appliance repair experts, but knowing how to maintain your washing machine will increase its life and ensure that it is functioning properly. Have a good wash!

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3 Signs That It’s Time for Refrigerator Repairs

3 Signs That It’s Time for Refrigerator Repairs

Refrigerator repair on the South-Shore is one of our specialties, and we get plenty of customers around the region telling us they wish they had known the tell-tale signs of issues with their unit earlier. In fact, your fridge or freezer will tell you when something is malfunctioning; you just need to know the signs. Knowing the signals that it’s time for refrigerator repairs will help you get on top of the problem before it’s too late!

Food going bad quickly

Your fridge should be able to keep the food inside of it, fresh for a long time (depending on the product). Modern appliances are so big that it’s possible to have hundreds of dollars worth of food inside of them, so you don’t want to be wasting money. You might not notice a slight increase in temperature, but if you notice that foods are spoiling quicker than normal, then something might be wrong. If it is really warm inside the refrigerator, then it’s a sure sign that a component is failing. Check the thermostat – if it is set properly then contact us as quickly as possible.

Constant leaks

When you notice leaks in and around the base of the fridge, you shouldn’t wait too long to get some help. This is one of the most common signs of issues with the appliance. When condensation is forming on the food and the inner panels and sometimes leaking, it means that something is wrong with the cooling system or the ventilation system. Our technicians can fix the issue promptly.

Warm exterior panels

If you notice the exterior of the fridge getting really hot, then it could be a sign that some inner mechanisms are failing or being overworked. You might need a cleaning, or even new parts. The only way to know for sure is have an on-site diagnostic.

The longer you wait, the higher the chance of losing all your food, needing an emergency repair or having to buy a new fridge. These 3 signs are the tell-tale signs indicating that it’s time for a maintenance or repair service on your fridge, and should not be ignored. Call Serva Plus,  the trusted appliance repair technicians to service your refrigerator as soon as possible.

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3 Reasons why a dishwasher is better than washing dishes by hand

3 Reasons why a dishwasher is better than washing dishes by hand

With modern appliances come conveniences that make life a lot easier. A dishwasher is perhaps the best example of this. Not too long ago, the only option was to rigorously scrub dishes to get them clean. There are plenty of reasons why a dishwasher is better than hand washing, so we thought we would cover a few. You might be surprised at some of the reasons why this modern appliance is better than the traditional way.

A dishwasher saves water!

This might seem counter-intuitive at first. A machine that washes a ton of dishes at once actually saves water? Yes, it’s true. The truth is that the majority of people leave the sink running when washing dishes – and even if they don’t, they still use more water than a dishwasher would. A study done in Bonn, Germany found that the average dishwasher lasts 1/6th the length of the average hand-washing cycle. The efficiency and water savings alone should prove our point here.

It saves soap and energy

In that same study, the university found that using a dishwasher used only half of the energy and even used less soap. This is because the machine is able to spread soap out much more efficiently that a sponge and a hand can. Premade dishwashing packets are much more efficient than squirting soap out of the bottle.

Time and convenience

This is perhaps the most obvious point: dishwashers save you time and are much more convenient. Loading and unloading might be a pain, but it is a lot easier than hand washing everything, drying it, and putting it away. While the dishwasher is working you can go do whatever you’d like.

One of our specialties is dishwasher repair and installation in and the South Shore, and most of our clients agree that having a dishwasher is a lot better than the alternative – provided that their dishwasher is functioning properly. You might be surprised at some of the reasons why a dishwasher is better than washing dishes by hand, but the truth is that they save you more than just time.

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Extend the Life of Your Fridge & Freezer

Extend the Life of Your Fridge & Freezer

When you buy a fridge or a freezer you want it to last as long as possible. Buying an appliance from a reliable manufacturer is one of the first steps. With a quality appliance, you know that if you treat it well, it will last long.

How do you treat an appliance well? Sometimes proper appliance care is not as obvious as one might think.

Installation:

It is important to have your fridge installed properly to prevent problems later on. Do your floors tilt or rest on a slant? Old wood houses and apartments can have a lot of character, but if your fridge or stove is not resting straight, it will have to work extra hard. A tilt will cause the door to stay open a crack, which will make the compressor work extra hard to maintain the temperature. Over time, this will cause a strain on your fridge or freezer that will shorten its life.

There are many problems that are connected to improper appliance installation. It is best to have your appliance installed by a professional. We can also connect the water supply for the ice maker and water dispenser of your fridge and provide you with filters as well, all for a fraction of the cost of a professional plumber.

Repairs

If you let a small problem get worse, it will be a big problem later on. At ServaPlus, we guarantee our repairs for one year.  We know how important it is to have regular maintenance on all your appliances. If you invest in good appliances, our service and repairs can help your appliances stay in quality condition for years. Don’t hesitate to call us; have us take a look at your small problem today.

If you treat a quality appliance well, it will serve you well for years. We stand by our appliance repairs and installation services. We expect your appliances to serve you for a long time and we are here to give a helping hand.  Call us today to find out how we can help.

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APPLIANCE AND DISHWASHER REPAIR AND INSTALLATION

APPLIANCE AND DISHWASHER REPAIR AND INSTALLATION

At SERVA PLUS, we are recommended by CAA HABITATION, certified by EMPLOI QUÉBEC and members of CTEQ (corporation des techniciens en électroménagers du Québec).

Dishwasher repair and dishwasher installation is what we do.

On an appliance that works with water such as a dishwasher, you will most likely find gaskets and seals. Those components prevent water leaks and protect the electrical parts. When a gasket or seal is dried up or cracked, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage. To prevent hardening of the gaskets and seals, the key is to use the dishwasher on a regular basis so the seals are in constant contact with water.

Many components of a dishwasher must be tested by a qualified appliance repairman. At SERVA PLUS, our technicians use all the specialized tools to ensure the accuracy of the diagnostic for your dishwasher repair and installation.

We service the region of the South Shore, in the morning, afternoon or evening, weekdays and weekends at no additional cost.

So if you’re looking for a dishwasher repair, call SERVA PLUS  today to schedule for a fast and efficient service.

We are your experts for all your dishwasher repair and installation with a 1 year written warranty and a professional and courteous service!

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MAYTAG APPLIANCE REPAIR

MAYTAG APPLIANCE REPAIR

At SERVA PLUS we are recommended by CAA HABITATION, certified by EMPLOI QUEBEC and members of the CTEQ (corporation des techniciens en électroménagers du Québec).

Maytag repair and installation is our strength. Our Maytag repairmen are qualified for all your appliance repair and installation needs. We can accommodate you either in the morning, the afternoon, evenings or weekends at no extra cost.

Maytag appliances are built by the manufacturer Whirlpool, which also makes brands such as: KitchenaidInglis, AmanaJenn-airRoper and many more. All these brands are very familiar to us, being that they’re the most popular brands on the market.

Our technicians use all the specialized equipment and technical support to ensure an accurate diagnostic in order to repair or replace the faulty component on your Maytag appliance.

So if you’re looking to get a Maytag appliance repair or installation, call SERVA PLUS, today to schedule for a fast, courteous and efficient service on the South Shore.

We are your experts for all your appliance repair and installation with a 1 year written warranty and a professional and courteous service!

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APPLIANCE REPAIR AND WASHER & DRYER INSTALLATION

APPLIANCE REPAIR AND WASHER & DRYER INSTALLATION

At SERVA PLUS, we are recommended by CAA HABITATION, certified by EMPLOI QUÉBEC and members of CTEQ (corporation des techniciens en électroménagers du Québec).

Most dryers are powered by a 240v supply. All appliances, including dryers must be grounded. If there is a short circuit in the machine, call a professional repairman from SERVA PLUS  to assert if the unit is safe to use.

Avoid overloading your washer or dryer. Too much clothes will overheat of the motor and damage the parts of the drive system. If the motor clicks on the thermal protection, reduce the load of clothes from the machine before restarting it.

Washers & Dryers have 2 types of timers. One of them is an electronic timer with a digital display. Those timer displays could lose the D.E.L on the display board. On a mechanical timer, a faint buzz could be heard indicating that the gears have blocked during a cycle, a failure of the contacts within is also a possibility.

Dryer elements must be well ventilated to avoid overheating. A good air flow in the exhaust system is required to avoid failure and also be efficient. Needless to say the biggest risk, of course, is a fire.

Our appliance repairmen are qualified for washer and dryer repair and can accommodate you in the morning, afternoon and evenings either weekdays or weekends at no extra cost.

So if you’re looking for a washer & dryer repair on the South Shore, call us today to schedule a fast and efficient service.

We are your experts for all your washer & dryer repair and installation with a 1 year written warranty and a professional and courteous service!

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APPLIANCE AND REFRIGERATOR, FRIDGE OR FREEZER REPAIR

APPLIANCE AND REFRIGERATOR, FRIDGE OR FREEZER REPAIR

At SERVA PLUS we are recommended by CAA Habitation, certified by EMPLOI QUEBEC and members of CTEQ (corporation de techniciens en électroménagers du Québec).

Refrigerator repair and refrigerator installation is our strength.

There are many different components in a refrigerator. The most common ones are: compressor, evaporator, condenser, evaporator fan, condenser fan, element, defrost thermostat, defrost timer, damper motor, ice maker, water dispenser, light switches and a thermostat.

A refrigerator thermostat is a switch that controls the temperature of a cooling device or a heating element. They may use a bi-metal strip or a gas filled capillary to control the electrical component connected to it. Newer generation of appliances use a variable resistance to control the temperature.

Today’s fridges have a frost free system that defrosts the evaporator; therefore you never have to manually thaw your freezer. The 3 components of a defrost system are; the element, the timer and the defrost thermostat.

When a fridge or a freezer has a refrigerant leak, commonly referred to as a Freon leak, it is not a simple repair. It is useless and also illegal to refill the system with refrigerant without fixing the leak prior to it. A refrigerator or freezer leaking system will only function again for a few more hours/days before releasing the gas back in the atmosphere.

Many of these components must be tested by a professional repairman. Our technicians use all the specialized equipment and technical support to ensure the accuracy of the diagnostic.

Our appliance repairmen are qualified for fridge, freezer or refrigerator repair and can accommodate you in the morning, afternoon and evenings either weekdays or weekends.

We cover the entire region the South Shore. So if you’re looking to get an appliance repair or installation, call SERVA PLUS today to schedule a fast and efficient service.

We are your experts for all your refrigerator repair and installation with a 1 year written warranty and a professional and courteous service!

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APPLIANCE REPAIR, STOVE, RANGE, COOKTOP OR OVEN INSTALLATION

APPLIANCE REPAIR, STOVE, RANGE, COOKTOP OR OVEN INSTALLATION

At SERVA PLUS, we are recommended by CAA HABITATION, certified by EMPLOI QUÉBEC and members of CTEQ (corporation des techniciens en électroménagers du Québec).

Stove or ranges can either be electric or gas. They can be fueled with natural or propane gas or be connected to a 240 volts power supply. The condition of the wiring within the unit is a good indicator of the age of an oven or a range. Regardless of the age of the unit, if the wiring is dry or cracked, it becomes unsafe to use and present a fire hazard or a risk of electric shock.

On older models of gas ranges and stoves, no electrical connection was needed to work the unit. The oven and surface burners were constantly lit with a small flame pilot that didn’t require the use of electricity.

No matter which appliance you use that is gas fueled, if a strong gas smell develops around the unit, do not use the appliance ; open a window or a door, try to shut off the main gas valve and call the fire department or the gas company to report a possible gas leak. All appliances must be grounded. If a short circuit occurred in your oven or range, call a professional appliance technician from SERVA PLUS to assess if the unit is safe to use and thus avoiding a possible electric shock, a fire or just further damage to the unit.

Our technicians use all the specialized tools to ensure the accuracy of the diagnostic. We service the region of the South Shore, in the morning, afternoon or evening, weekdays and weekends at no additional cost.

So if you’re looking to get a stove or oven repaired or installed, call SERVA PLUS today to schedule for a fast and efficient service.

We are your experts for all your range, stove or oven repair and installation with a 1 year written warranty and a professional and courteous service!

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