Donald Grummett

How to Clean a Dehumidifier

The de-humidifier is a niche product. Its only job is to remove moisture from air to alleviate the problems of mould and mildew. It is very similar in operation to a window air conditioner. A dehumidifier though will add heat to the room, while an air conditioner will remove heat. The de-humidifier is an appliance [...]

Secrets to Make your Dishwasher Clean Perfectly

As a service company we are constantly asked, “Why doesn’t my dishwasher clean better?” To this query we offer the following insights and suggestions. Whenever we diagnose a “poor cleaning” complaint the main things we want to know are: Is the water hot enough? Using a proper detergent? Using a rinse additive? Using proper loading [...]

Best Placement for Window Air Conditioners

Which is the best room for placement of an air conditioner? It should be installed wherever it will give you and your family the most comfort. If you only have one air conditioner then we usually suggest the bedroom. This is because most people find that if they can sleep comfortably during a hot summer [...]

Why Window Air Conditioners Ice Up

One of the most frustrating problems with a window air conditioner is if it starts to ice up. For the owner of the air conditioner is can be perplexing. When this problem occurs most people immediately think it is the fault of the refrigerant gas. More often the cause is the result of other difficulties. [...]

How to Replace A Broken Oven Element

The oven element in your electric range can burn out at any time. Unfortunately it always seems to happen at the most inopportune times, such as the week before Christmas or Thanksgiving. Most elements do give warnings before burning out. They will often have a bright spot that will be noticed by the homeowner, just [...]

Is Your Dryer a Fire Hazard?

In recent years there has been many stories about dryers catching on fire*. Should we be concerned? Yes of course. We should take seriously anything that may put our family at risk. Was the problem the dryer? Rarely. After investigating it is usually determined to have been the venting within the home catching on fire, [...]

8 Energy Saving Tips for your Clothes Washer

Everyone likes to save money. Since your household appliances are some of the largest electricity consumers, this is a good place to start your savings quest. The following is a collection of tips about how to save electricity when using your electrical clothes washing machine. Sort clothes: This is something everyone has been telling you [...]

Make Clothes Dryer More Efficient by Recycling the Heat

As the cost of electricity continues to skyrocket consumers are looking for new ideas to help get the most value out of their appliances. This includes the electric clothes dryer. Although consumption cannot be lowered there is a device to take advantage of the heat it produces. It is called a dryer heat recycler. It [...]

Understanding Laundry Detergent

History Soap has been around for 5000 years. Both the Egyptians and Babylonians used soap for personal cleaning. Soap then was a mixture of rendered animals fats and ashes. Although its basic principles remain the same, it is now made using a sophisticated chemical and manufacturing process. During the middle ages the use of soap [...]

Front Loaders and High Efficiency Detergent

Since the introduction of the front-loading washing machine into the North American market their sales have literally exploded. Like most people, you probably bought one because of the suggested savings. The claims about their efficiency are true. When operated properly you can save energy, water, and money. Plus they do a fabulous job of washing [...]