A dishwasher - a key kitchen appliance - is constantly exposed to water, acidic food scraps, and abrasive cleaners which can lead to corrosion and breakdown of parts and liners which without regular maintenance, can lead to appliance failure. Learn about maintenance that could extend the life of a dishwasher and symptoms that warn of a required repair.
Kitchen range hoods keep smoke, fumes, and cooking oil from lingering in the air by filtering and recirculating the air or redirecting it out of your home. Range hood options include ducted and ductless versions as well as convertible range hoods that offer both ducted and ductless functionality. Factors to consider when selecting a range hood include the mounting style, hood size, and fan power. Other considerations include the additional cost for install ductwork, future renovation plans, and style options available. Learn about the different range hoods, benefits of each, and factors to consider before purchasing.
A home warranty is a service plan that provides coverage for service, repair, and replacement of systems and appliances listed in the warranty policy. Warranties can provide different types of coverage, including major home systems such as HVAC, electrical, and plumbing as well as appliances. Plumbing is considered a service, so most warranties provide coverage for indoor pipe and other plumbing repairs. Covered repairs usually include leaks or breaks in pipes, fixing or replacing faucets and valves, fixing or replacing built-in motors and pumps, and basket strainers, and clearing of tub, shower, and toilet blockages and stoppages. Learn about coverage offered by a typical home warranty.
While the area in a kitchen on top of a refrigerator is easy to see and access, storing items in that space can block the appliance’s ventilation, forcing it to work harder to keep contents cool, and can also increase the likelihood of injury from falling objects. Learn about items that should not be stored on top of a refrigerator and reasons why.
Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are electrical outlets that shut off when it senses an overload or surge in electricity. The GFCI outlet instantly trips when experiencing a power surge, triggering the breaker to cut the electrical current to reduce the risk of electrocution. Most building codes require the use of a GFCI outlet when installed near a water or moisture source due to the increased risk of an appliance shorting.
It might make sense that liquid dish soap could be substituted for dishwasher detergent, however, that's not the case. While dishwasher detergent is a soap, it doesn’t work the same. Dishwashing detergent is designed to clean with a thick foam of suds, while dishwasher detergent relies on enzymes to remove grime. Learn why these detergents are not perfectly interchangeable, what happens if you use dish soap in a dishwasher, and homemade detergent options.
Stainless steel appliances have a natural film that help them look great for years. To keep your stainless steel appliances looking new, you need to maintain this protective layer with regular cleaning. If not maintained, the surface can be scratched, dulled, or worn away. Learn about mistakes to avoid when cleaning stainless steel.
Filters in your dishwasher prevent chunks of food from entering your plumbing and protect pipes from clogging. These filters are can be cleaned by a consumer and with some effort, you’ll be able to fix the issue without a plumber. However, there are times when a plumber may be necessary to clear a drain line or there’s a failure of a control panel or pump.
If an appliance is acting up after the warranty has expired, it can be difficult to determine if it's better to repair or replace it. Following are situations when it’s better to purchase a new appliance rather than fix it.
Follow these simple cleaning and maintenance tricks to take care of your knives, cutting boards, pots, pans, and utensils and extend their longevity.