Monday, November 21, 2016

Home A/C Repair Service Pros’ Best Advice for Texas Apartment Dwellers

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San Antonio residents living in older apartments often ask our home A/C repair service pros about window units and how best to use them. So we wanted to share a few home A/C window unit tips with everyone this week. After reading them, feel free to stop by our Facebook page and add a tip or two of your own.
Did you know that home A/C window units can be controlled remotely from your mobile device? It’s true. So you can literally program your way to energy efficiency. Many window units can be set-up to operate remotely by using services or devices like Dynamic DNS, IFTTT and Belkin’s WeMo Insight Switch.
Some contemporary home A/C window units also come with built-in programmable timers and remote controls. Therefore, you may want to think about upgrading your old window A/C to a model with these types of features. Other items to consider when shopping for a new home A/C unit are its EER, voltage requirements and estimated, annual operating costs.
If you do decide to go with a new home A/C unit, put some thought into which window it should be paired with. Our home A/C repair service pros suggest selecting a window in a shaded area that is not located near other heat-generating items (e.g. ovens and lamps). That way, the unit won’t have to work as hard or as long to cool the air.
Another way to optimize your San Antonio home A/C unit’s performance is to make helpful additions to your apartment. Examples include ceiling fans with counterclockwise capabilities, tinted films, energy efficient window treatments and draft blockers. They should all help to keep a room cool.
Lastly, stay on top of the apartment building’s maintenance crew to ensure that they keep debris away from your window unit. And if at all possible, choose an apartment that is away from heat-radiating surfaces like parking lot asphalt, decorative rock beds and metal storage sheds.
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Saturday, October 15, 2016

3 Reasons Not to Put Off Your Washer Repair

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When an appliance breaks, you may be tempted to ignore it for a while. It is so frustrating to know that something you depend on has stopped working, and you hate to have the additional expense of having to repair it. What's more, sometimes you just don't want to know what's wrong because you're afraid it could be a significant problem.
However, when your washer breaks there are many compelling reasons not to put off your washer repair. Here are our top 3 reasons why you should call about you broken washer today.
  1. Quality of Life. Every day that you put off having your washer repaired, more laundry is piling up. You know that you will eventually have your washer repaired, so why make extra work for yourself? Once your washer is fixed you will be so glad that you're not spending the next week catching up on laundry that didn't get done while you were procrastinating about having your washer repaired.
  2. Laundromats are Expensive. When you think of the cost of your washer repair, you have to compare it to the money you would spend taking your clothes to the laundromat. The cost of washing your clothes at a laundromat is significant enough that your repair will quickly pay for itself in all the quarters you'll save, plus you won't have the added inconvenience of having to haul your clothes across town and back.
  3. Your Washer Has Longevity. Sometimes you might delay a repair because you're not sure when it makes more sense just to replace the broken appliance instead of repairing it. A quality washing machine will probably last 10 to 15 years, so chances are it is absolutely worth repairing your washing machine and letting it finish out its years of service to your family.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dryer Repair Pros Talk about Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheet History

The History of Dryer Sheets

San Antonio customers sometimes quiz our dryer repair pros about a wide variety of laundry related things, including dryer sheets. As a result, we thought that it might be fun to share a bit of fabric softener history with everyone. So set the dryer’s timer, sit back and take a brief break from the wash. It’s time to learn about America’s beloved dryer sheets:
The whole concept of adding commercial fabric softeners to the wash came about in the 1950s as a result of period washing machines and synthetic detergents. At the time, the softeners were in a liquid state and got added to the wash during the rinse cycle. In the late 1960s, men like Conrad J. Gaiser started experimenting with fabric softeners in an attempt to broaden the product’s usefulness. Gaiser was the first one to have a modicum of success. He created Tumble Puffs, which years later would go on to become known as Bounce dryer sheets.
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Although dryer sheets today are less likely to cause issues
still be cautious when using them and follow
all the safety warnings
Gaiser’s first dryer sheets didn’t work phenomenally well or catch on with consumers right away though. As a matter of fact, they frequently caused problems that would have necessitated a call to the dryer repair pros of the time. It wasn’t until others tinkered with Gaiser’s original plans that dryer sheets became a commercial success. That success started to take place in the 1970s. Afterward, other inventors got to work on manufacturing dryer sheets of their own. And as a result, many of the brands that you see on the market today were born.

The dangers of using Dryer Sheets

Although the majority of the contemporary dryer sheets are safe to use, there are still some that may spark the need for dryer repair. They tend to be ones that contain inorganic additives and coatings prone to melting at very low temperatures. Problems that may occur from using such low quality products are clogged dryer vents, stained dryer interiors and excessive lint that may lead to dryer fires.
There you have it. That’s our San Antonio dryer repair pros’ bit on the fabric softener history for the day. And remember, to keep your laundry room’s appliances problem free in the weeks to come, please contact us. At SoBellas Home Services Appliance Repair, we offer year-round services, plus, our work comes with the best warranties in the industry. 
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Appliance Repair Tips: Is Your Induction Cooktop on the Fritz?

Induction cook tops have been gaining in popularity the last few years. And as San Antonio appliance repair professionals, we’ve made it a point to become familiar with problems that tend to crop up with today’s models. That said, the next time your induction cook top is not working, consider taking the following actions:
Check the Control Panel – Look to see which induction cook top setting is activated. Some contemporary models have lock modes that may keep the unit from turning on or shutting off as expected.
check many things but call a perfessonalCheck the Electrical Panel – If the induction cook top's settings appear to be correct, head off to check your home’s electrical panel. Check to make sure that all of the circuit breakers or fuses are in the right position and in working order.
Check the Power Cord – Should the electrical panel seem to be in fine, working order, pull the induction oven away from the wall and check the electrical connection. It’s also a great idea to look closely at the plug and cord. If they show signs of wear or damage, they could be the chief problem.
Check the Voltage Requirements – Sometimes contemporary induction cook tops require more voltage than a home’s electrical outlet can handle. So it’s best to check the owner’s manual and ensure that the outlet you’re using is up to snuff.
Check the Cookware – Our appliance repair pros have noticed that some folks forget to use the right cookware and that can make a difference too. It can either cause the cook top not to heat up or damage its surface.
Check the Surface – Speaking of which, a damaged surface may cause an induction oven to fail as well. The list of accidents that could shorten the life of the cook top includes those that involve cracks, scratches and melted plastic.
Call an Appliance Repair Pro – And if none of those actions resolve your home’s induction cook top woes, be sure to call a San Antonio appliance repair pro. We can examine the cook top further and make any repairs needed to get families cooking again.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Appliance Repair Pro’s Simple Tips for Stamping Out Dishwasher Stains

We’ve all read articles online about homemade remedies for cleaning a dishwasher’s interior. If you’ve read the same articles that we did, they included everything from tossing in a cup full of powdered drink mix to wiping everything down with antibacterial wipes. That’s all well and good but what about when one of those home remedies stains the interior of your dishwasher? What’s a domestic demigod supposed to do then? Our San Antonio appliance repair pros know, and after reading today’s blog, you will too:
Food and beverage leftovers are one of the chief things that may stain a dishwasher’s interior. So make sure that you start things off on the right foot by scraping and rinsing all of your dishes before putting them into the dishwasher. The less tomato sauce or artificial dyes that remain on the dishes’ surfaces, the better.
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Make sure to clean your dishwasher regularly

1. Citric Acid

If you forgot our appliance repair pro’s number one tip about scraping and rinsing, reach for the sour salts. Maybe your local pharmacy, grocery or craft store sells them under the name, citric acid. It’s a naturally occurring substance that is used in canning, beverage production and the manufacture of personal care products. It also happens to be a darn good cleaning agent and rust remover.
One caveat though, it is acid based. So don’t use it to clean your dishwasher unless the machine is empty. Otherwise, you could tarnish or damage some of your favorite tableware. We’d also recommend that you don’t combine it with other cleansers. Failure to do so could result in an unwanted, adverse chemical reaction.

2. Commercial Rinse Aids

If the thought of using citric acid makes you come down with a supreme case of the willies, commercial rinse aids and rust stain removers may prove to be a suitable alternative. Just make sure that the aid’s label indicates that it will be safe enough for use with your particular dishwasher.
Lastly, don’t forget to have your dishwasher filter periodically serviced by one of our appliance repair pros. If it is clogged up, it may cause many problems, including adding to a dishwasher interior’s stains. To learn more about these tips and others for keeping today’s dishwasher interiors stain free, please contact us at SoBellas Home Services San Antonio Appliance Repair.
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

You May Want to Think Twice Before Using Your Oven's Self-Cleaning Option

Should you use the Self Cleaning Feature?

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Self Cleaning Feature is Actually Bad 

Self-cleaning ovens in San Antonio have grown in popularity over the years, but what many consumers don't know is the self-cleaning mode on your appliance can do more harm than good. While nobody enjoys scrubbing burnt food from the bottom of their oven, they'll probably dislike making a call to their local appliance repair company even more. Listed below are 4 reasons why you shouldn't use your oven's self-cleaning mode.

4 Reasons Why you Shouldn't use the Self Cleaning Option:

1. When a recipe calls for you to bake something in your oven, the temperature needed usually won't go beyond 500 degrees. On the other hand, when your oven is set to self-cleaning the temperature it reaches is 900 degrees or above. The extreme heat needed to turn any food build-up into ash is what often causes a fuse in the oven to blow, or the control panel to burnout.
2. Today's newer ovens are often built with hidden elements instead of exposed elements on the floor of the appliance. When you run your self-cleaning mode you risk burning the element out, and while changing the element in older ovens is easier, newer ovens make the process a little more difficult.
3. While a hot oven is always a safety risk, an oven that is set to self-cleaning can be especially dangerous. Although the appliance door should lock automatically when the oven begins cleaning itself, the high temperature it is creating causes the surface of the appliance to become exceptionally hot, and if someone in your home accidentally touches it they may suffer a bad burn.
4. In cases where the oven has grease spills in it, using the self-cleaning option can result in the release of an unsavory smelling smoke. Unfortunately, this can cause eye irritation and aggravate any respiratory problems a person may have.
While the self-cleaning option on your oven seems like the answer to keeping you appliance spotless, in reality it can cause a number of issues. If you do decided to employ this mode, try not to use it often and only allow it to run for an hour or less. In cases where a malfunction occurs, please contact us at SoBellas San Antonio Appliance Repair.
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Samsung Dryer Repair Pros Can Help Resolve Damp, Corduroy Pants Problems

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         We all want our clothes to come out perfectly dry, not with wet patches here and there. Regrettably, everything doesn’t always come out of the dryer looking “even Stevens.” And most of the time, it’s the pockets and hems of our favorite, heavy jeans or corduroy slacks that are still damp around the edges. Should you call a Samsung San Antonio dryer repair company when that happens?
It depends. Many times, uneven drying is caused by loading the laundry room appliance with different fabric types and weights. For example, let’s say the kids wash their corduroy pants with thin, cotton or silk boxers. The majority of the load is made up of the boxers. Obviously, the boxers are going to dry faster than the corduroy slacks. So, if the Samsung dryer is operating in sensor mode, it’s likely to shut off when the boxers are dry.
         As such, the one or two pairs of corduroy slacks that were in the dryer with them are apt to feel damp in spots. Thus, correcting the problem is simple. People doing the laundry can either alter their loading techniques or hang the remaining, damp items up to dry somewhere inside of their houses. Now, if altering their loading techniques don’t result in evenly dried clothes, people should certainly call Samsung dryer repair companies for help. Why?
       It could be a heating element, ventilation or electrical problem that’s causing the brand name appliance to spit out damp clothes. Samsung dryer repair companies will send someone over to put the machines through assorted tests and find out for sure. From there, people may choose to have their Samsung dryers replaced or repaired. Service representatives can then take over and either complete repairs or install people’s replacement dryers.
       To learn more about eliminating the problem of damp clothes, please contact SoBellas San Antonio today.

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