Over the Range or Stove Top Microwaves



Turn on the vent fan when using range or stove top, this will prevent the heat from drying out the plastic and cracking it (or in a worse case scenario, the handle can even break off).

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Front Load Washers – Do’s and Don’ts



Don’t over-soap … two tablespoons is usually enough

Don’t fill over two thirds with clothes

Don’t drag the clothes out of the washer – you may rip the gasket


Leave door open when not in use to try to avoid mildew

Use “control lock” if you have children that may climb into washer

Use “HE” soap

Empty pockets to protect the drain pump from foreign objects, drain pump is what i replace the most often

Clean filter once every 6 months ( some don’t have one)

Consider having a surge protector (strip with reset button works) for washer and dryer (if dryer is gas) as they both have computer  boards


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Air Gap …


… it’s the chrome thing on the shoulder of your sink.

1.  When the dishwasher drains water should not flow out of the air gap.  If it does it usually means your garbage disposal is full.

2.  If your dishwasher leaves water at the bottom it usually means your air gap is clogged …

Questions? Use the comment section below …

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Dishwasher Do’s and Don’ts



1.  Rinse off your dishes – no hard food should be left.  A dishwasher has a very small built in disposal and the screen behind it clogs very quickly … if clogged, the water will not spray through the spray arm.

2.  If you use liquid(gel) soap;  You’re water temperature has to be at least 120 degrees, the dishwasher element will raise it to 140 degrees.  Use the high temp wash or sani rinse to raise the water temperature.

3.  If you use the dishwasher after the household has bathed or showered your hot water will be depleted for at least 2 hours.


1.  Leave food on the dishes when putting in dishwasher.

2.  Crowd the dishes,  If they clank they will break.

3.  Put sharp knives point up in the utensil tray.

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Garbage Disposals – Do’s and Don’ts



1. Use cold water whenever you use the disposal.

2. Throw ice cubes in the disposal – this will clean the inner cylinder as the ice is being circulated around.

3.  Cut lemon or orange peels in quarters before dropping them in, otherwise they will not grind up.


1.  Use hot water – the disposal does not have a cooling fan, and the heat will eventually melt the shellac separating the motor windings and burn out the motor.

2.  Throw rice or pasta in the disposal.

3.  Throw cucumber peels in the disposal

4.  Throw potato peels in the disposal – they are starch and if a clump of starch expands before it reaches your main drain at the street, the drains in your house will back up and you will need to have the main drain snaked.  This is a common occurrence during holidays.

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