Winter Storm Nemo has kept us quite active!  Our office staff was busy scheduling service calls on Monday for appliance repair requests, including Sub-Zero refrigerators not cooling and flashing a vacuum condenser light, KitchenAid dishwashers not starting, Whirlpool ovens flashing F1 error codes, Kenmore front load washers with blinking lights and Bosch dryers not heating.  It was an extremely active day for us and an aggravating day for homeowners.  90% of these calls were a result of power surges and outages due to the Blizzard of 2013!

 

Today’s appliances are made up of a number of electronics, all of which are extremely sensitive to power surges.  Often times, electric boards are the first to go.  Replacement of these boards can cost hundreds of dollars.  In an effort to help you keep your appliances safe during a storm that may result in a power outage, we offer you the following tips:

 

1.     Purchase individual surge protectors for your appliances that use 120 volts.  Kenmore gas dryers, Whirlpool refrigerators, GE washers and KitchenAid gas ovens are some examples of these types of appliances.

 

2.    In the alternative, you could have an electrician install a complete home surge protector at your main electric box.  This would eliminate the need for individual surge protectors and also extend protection to those appliances that use 220 volts.  Whirlpool, GE, Kenmore and KitchenAid electric stoves and dryers are some examples of these types of appliances.

 

3.    In either case, we would suggest having an electrician check your home for proper grounding as improper grounding may result in surge protectors not working correctly and as a result, exposing your appliance to damage.

 

4.    Unplug units or switch off the circuit breakers to those appliances you will not be using during this storm.

 

Many of our customers have asked us what to do with food items in the refrigerator when there has been a power outage.  The US Department of Agriculture, together with Foodsafety.gov offers information for consumers.  Please visit the following websites for further details:

 

http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/refridg_food.html

 

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/keeping_food_Safe_during_an_emergency/index.asp

 

 

Although we would love to service your appliances, we do hope these tips will save you from having to pay for a service call!

 

Until next time – Happy Tip To You Tuesday!

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