This time of year we get many calls to calibrate an ovens temperature. In most cases, this is something you can do yourself. We recommend using two of the small round oven thermometers https://amzn.to/33QPXTB. Most ovens have a calibration mode where you can adjust the temp up or down by as much as 35 degrees. Put the oven thermometers in the oven on the middle shelf and turn the oven on to a temp that you like to cook at, usually 350 to 400. Give the oven 30 minutes to an hour for the most accurate results. Check and see what the temps are on the oven thermometers. Hopefully they are the same… If the temp is off by 30 degrees or less, it can be calibrated. If its off more than that, you need service. Your user manual should have instructions on calibration. If you don’t have the user manual, most are available on line at the manufacturers website.
We now have a shop. You can bring your appliance for in shop repair. If you can unload and load it, we can fix it at the shop and save you some money. Over the range microwaves can be kind of costly to repair in the house since they can be time consuming to drop down from the cabinet; however, if you take it down and bring it to us, we can save you some money on repairs. Most repairs in the shop are $85 plus parts (includes diagnosis of $30). You can bring us any other appliance that we normally work on and save at least $50 off our normal in home repair prices. We are located at 27027 Westheimer Parkway Suite 2300, Katy 77494. Hope to see you soon!
Use only OEM parts when you replace the water filters on your fridge
I posted a while back about some of the problems that can happen with off-brand water filters in your fridge. Today a customer’s house was flooded. She had an off brand filter in her Samsung refrigerator and the filter literally exploded and water came out of the fridge and put water all over her house.
She was in the other room when it happened. It must have run for a bit because there was water everywhere!
Buy the right filter for your fridge!
If your dishwasher won’t drain properly, you could have a problem that needs a professional to come and check it out, or you may have a fairly simple problem like a clogged air gap. The air gap is a device designed to keep the water in your sink from going into the dishwasher.
If you have one, its a small round device right next to your faucet. It is very easy for this to get clogged, especially if you don’t scrape the larger food items on the dishes into the trash before putting them in the dishwasher.
Here is a video that shows hoe to check it for blockage
Lots of times I need to see whats happening inside of a dishwasher. I didn’t have a really good way to do that until now. I purchased a SJCAM 4000, which is a fairly in expensive camera, but its like a GOPRO and has a waterproof case. I can also stream live what the camera is viewing to my cell phone. I put a light in a zip lock bag inside the dishwasher and put my water proof camera inside and i can watch what happens inside the dishwasher live on my phone. Its pretty cool!
Here is a link to the video: https://youtu.be/KMY_gtEin-g
If you need dishwasher repair in the Katy area, please give me a call!
If your dryer takes a long time to dry, but you still feel heat, you probably have a clogged dryer exhaust duct. The first thing to check is the hose on the back of the dryer. It should be as short as possible and not kinked. If it is kinked, try to straighten it. The best vent hose to use is the rigid kind, not the super flimsy and flexible kind.
You can find vent hose like this at Home Depot. Be careful installing it because it will crimp. Here is a link to it: Dryer vent hose
If you clean the vent and it still takes a long time to dry, you may have bigger problems. You may need a professional to come out and clean it. I often find birds nest or just a lot of lint is blocking the air making it really hard for the dryer to run properly. I recommend my friend Joel at West Houston Dryer Vent Cleaning. He does a good job. You also might need me to clean the inside of the dryer before or after he cleans the vent. Lint filled dryers can cause fires! For appliance service, or to clean out your dryer in the Katy area, please contact Steve Slaton Appliance Repair.