As technology grows and develops, so must we. This means leaving behind common misconceptions, beliefs and myths about household appliances. We are not saying the information you currently believe is totally invalid, all we are saying is that, more than likely, that information is out of date. At Grace Appliance Repair, we put our customers first. Our experienced repairmen provide fast and professional service to ensure you have your appliances up and running in no time. Even if you do not currently have an appliance that is on the fritz and in need of repair, you are still our priority! We have come up with a list of common myths and misconceptions about household appliances because we want you to be up-to-date and educated on the most current appliance maintenance techniques.

I need to rinse off every dish before I load the dishwasher.

For those of you who hate doing dishes, even if it’s only giving your dirty dishes a rinse before putting them in the dishwasher, we have great news for you—you don’t need to scrub and rinse your dishes before you put them in the dishwasher! In fact, by doing so, you are actually harming your dishes and kitchenware. You are probably shaking your head and wondering, “Then why do my lightly soiled dishes come out of the dishwasher with crusted-on debris?” According to Consumer Reports, when you pre-rinse your dishes, you are causing the “soil sensor” in your dishwasher to misread exactly how dirty your dishes are.

Any dishwasher sold in the past five years for $500 or more has a sensor that checks how dirty the water is to determine how much water and how long a cycle is needed to get the dishes clean. If the sensor detects little or no debris, it gives the dishes a lighter wash than you may have expected, leaving dishes and glassware with bits of food stuck to them. You can take full advantage of this feature by just scraping leftover food off the dishes and leaving the rest for the dishwasher to tackle.”

In fact, pre-rinsing your dirty dishes can waste more than 5,000 gallons of water each year. That’s enough water to do almost 250 loads of laundry! And because of the alkalinity and abrasiveness of most dishwasher detergents, your dishes and kitchenware run the risk of becoming scratched and cloudy. So, stop pre-rinsing your dishes, save some water and give yourself five extra minutes to relax after dinner. The exception to this rule is that if there are big chunks of food or things like artichoke leaves remaining on your plates, scrape them into the trash before you put them in the dishwasher. Now aren’t you glad we disproved this myth for you!?

Only the inside of my refrigerator needs to be cleaned.

It’s true that the interior of your fridge should be cleaned regularly to avoid mold, bacteria and other food borne illnesses, but the interior isn’t the only part of your fridge that needs to be scrubbed. The condenser coils, which are located either behind or under your fridge, are one of the most important and most easily overlooked parts of your fridge that should be cleaned at least twice a year. If you have pets that shed, consider cleaning these coils four or five times per year. When a condenser coil becomes clogged with dust, dirt, crumbs and pet dander, the coil cannot efficiently release heat. This means your fridge is going to have to work much harder than it should, which in turn means it is going to burn out much faster than it should. And as much as we, at Grace Appliance Repair, would love to help you fix your broken fridge, we would much rather it not break in the first place!

To clean your condenser coils, first unplug your refrigerator. And when your fridge is unplugged, do NOT open it! You will release all of the cool air stored inside the refrigerator and your food will start to come to room temperature. After you have unplugged the fridge, see if you are able to remove the condenser coils from underneath or behind the fridge. If you are able to remove them, wipe them down and then vacuum them clean. If you are not able to remove the coils, invest in a coil cleaning brush to dust them clean. This small, quick cleaning of the coils will help maximize your refrigerator’s lifespan, leaving you with a cool, happy, hearty fridge full of yummy food and goodies.

Appliances don’t use power when they are in standby mode.

Contrary to popular belief, putting your household appliance in “standby mode” is not the same as powering it down. When you set an appliance to standby, it is still using energy. For example, a microwave uses six watts per hour when it is in standby mode, and a landline telephone uses more than five watts per hour in standby. To save yourself money on electricity, simply completely power down your appliance after you are done using it or unplug it when you are not using it at all. And speaking of not using appliances…

Using my appliances infrequently increases the length of their lifespan.

Appliances are meant to be used. Think about it—why did you purchase your dishwasher if you planned on rarely using it? Why did you invest in a new microwave if you planned on using it once a month to make popcorn? When it comes to appliances, it isn’t the fact that you actually use them that “breaks them down,” it’s the time and care that you either do or do not put into maintaining them that is important. It’s like buying a new car and letting it sit in your garage because you think that by driving it, you are going to ruin it. Why did you buy the car in the first place? To drive, we’re assuming! So get in, buckle up and drive that new car!

In some cases, you may actually be doing damage to your appliances by not using them. Your dishwasher, for example, can experience problems with its tub spin seal and pump seal if they become dried out after not being used for several weeks. You bought your nice appliances for a reason, so use them! And if you do happen to experience a problem or find yourself in need of an awesome new-used appliance, call the professionals at Grace Appliance Repair—we will have you and your appliance up and running in no time.

I can use any household cleaner on my glass cooktop.

When it comes to glass cooktops, you absolutely want to avoid any sort of cleaning products and tools that will scratch or damage the surface. Invest in a proper cooktop cleaner and avoid products like:

  • Steel wool
  • Nylon scouring pads
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Glass cleaner
  • Oven cleaning solution
  • Dirty sponge
  • Dish soap
  • Dishwasher detergent

When you do finally buy the correct cooktop cleaner, apply the solution to the cooktop surface and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub the countertop with a soft, non-abrasive pad or clean sponge. Wipe off the remaining cleaner with a clean cloth. Voila! A clean, fresh and shiny cooktop ready for your next delicious creation!

At Grace Appliance Repair, we take pride in the work we do. Whether you need work done on your washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, microwave or anything in between, our experts are best qualified to perform the repairs and will complete every job with the utmost professionalism.  We get the job done right the first time! Or, if you are in the market for a new-used appliance that is in excellent condition, stop by our warehouse in Chicago Heights! Thank you for stopping by. We appreciate your business and look forward to talking with you soon!