Archive for March, 2010

What temperature should a refrigerator be set at?

March 29, 2010

Refrigerators and freezers motors tend to run longer in the summer months to maintain optimum temperature. In some cases they tend to be more warmer inside in the summer months then in the winter months.

Refrigerators should operate between 2.2 and 7.2 degrees Celsius. The optimum temperature your refrigerator should be set at is 4.4 degrees Celsius. Refrigerators set at lower temperatures risk freezing some items, especially those closer to fan. Other then fruits and vegetables which if possible should be placed in crisper pans. Temperatures between 4.4 and 7.2 degrees Celsius give certain foods a higher risk of spoiling.

The freezer temperatures should be between -23.3 to -12.2 degrees Celsius. The optimum temperature your freezer should be set at is between -17.8 and -15 degrees Celsius.

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Bad smell coming from Amana Refrigerator

March 22, 2010

Question: My 10 year old Amana Refrigerator has the smell of a wet dog, specifically on the exhaust. We pulled it out and confirmed its coming from the back exhaust. We cleaned out the fridge and vacuumed out the coils and the areas I could reach in the back. Everything I have read is pointing to the drain pan having something nasty in it. Unfortunately, the drain pan is inaccessible. Any ideas on how I can get some cleaning solution in it to kill what might be growing in there?

You should be able to access your refrigerator’s  drain pan (also referred to as an overflow pan, drip tray, evaporator tray) by removing the front grill plate of your refrigerator and sliding out the pan. Take it to your sink and wash it with a mixture of warm water and bleach and then dry. Before replacing the pan, clean the grille/kickplate plate and clean around the area with a condenser coil cleaning brush or other soft brush. Sometimes this area can attract a lot of pet hair and dirt.

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Danby Dishwasher spray arms do not move or spray water

March 16, 2010

I have a Danby Dishwasher, model number ddw1805w, it fills, heats, and the dial moves, but it doesn’t wash and the spray arms do not spray any water. Any suggestions?

Answer: First, always unplug your appliance or disconnect power before working on it.

Make sure that nothing is blocking the sprayer arms. Some models of dishwashers have an alternating sprayer arm washing system. What this does is cycle the washing action between the lower sprayer arm and the middle sprayer arm. The cycle begins with the lower arm spraying first, then switching over to the middle sprayer arm, and back again through-out the washing cycle. The sprayer arms will pause as they switch over from one to the other, making it sound like the sprayer arms aren’t turning.

If you’re sure that the arms are not turning at all, open the dishwasher and verify that nothing is blocking the sprayer arm rotation, and that there is water in the bottom of the sump covering the filter area.

Try removing the bottom spray arm, pump cover and secondary filter assembly to clean out the area. Sometimes food particles and debris gather here.

Check the holes in the dishwasher’s spray arms to make sure that they are not blocked up. Sometimes food particles can block the spray arm holes.

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Too much detergent can ruin your appliance

March 15, 2010

Easy there on that detergent, you don’t need that much and you could be destroying your appliance, according to  the article “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” from the

Using too much laundry or dishwashing detergent can shorten the lifespan or your machine, cause your dishwasher or washing machine to break down and doesn’t produce cleaner dishes or clothing. Dishwashers and Washing Machines made today use less water and on top of that, detergents for these machines come in more concentrated forms.

“Too much detergent can make your clothes stiff and shorten the life of your machine. An excess of soap can also cause a buildup of mold and mildew,” said Jill Notini, a spokeswoman for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, a trade group as quoted in “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” New York Times.

“Too much soap is also a problem in dishwashers and can cause dishes and glasses to look filmy. Again, check the detergent container for recommended amounts — you definitely don’t have to fill up the entire soap container in the dishwasher,” said Vernon Schmidt, who has been a repairman for almost 35 years and is the author of a self-published book, “Appliance Handbook for Women: Simple Enough Even a Man Can Understand.”

For more appliance care tips, read the entire article online:  “For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Go Easy on the Detergent,” New York Times.

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Free bottled water day or Bottled Water Free Day?

March 11, 2010

Today is “Bottled Water Free Day”, a day meant to raise awareness amoungst Canadians of the environmental impact that bottled water has on the environment. However, one bottled water company has turned the day into a way of marketing their bottled water.

According to an article appearing on the, “Cedar Springs, based in Concord, Ont., gave away four 11 L or 18 L glass bottles of water to people who called and asked for them. The company even offered to deliver the bottles to the callers’ homes.”

The article goes on to quote Noah Stewart, National Deputy Chairman of the Canadian Federation of Students, as saying, “We’re calling on schools to ban the sale of bottled water and re-invest in water fountains.”

According to the article, “Municipalities and school boards across the country have implemented restrictions on bottled water.”  This follows a trend in the United States as well, esp. amoung government agencies looking at ways to cut costs. Many government agencies no longer pay for bottled water being delivered to their offices or being offered at government meetings and events.

A May 2009 article from, quotes a report by the Polaris Institute and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Nova Scotia that says, “The Canadian government spent over $7.2 million of public money to purchase bottled water over the past three years.”

The article goes on to say, “Bottled water has a large environmental footprint. The energy and oil required to produce a plastic bottle is equal to one third of the volume of that bottle, and then the bottles are trucked around the country resulting in greenhouse gas emissions. Finally, millions of these bottles end up in landfills each year.”

Are you celebrating Bottled Water Free Day by not purchasing or drinking bottled water or would you rather take up the offer of free bottled water from the Cedar Springs Company?  Do you feel your tap water is safe? Do you use a water filter at home?

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