If you and your family spend a lot of time in your kitchen, chances are your appliances will eventually show a bit of wear and tear. It's time consuming and costly, though, to call a repair person every time something goes wrong. Here are four easy things you can do to repair or rejuvenate your most-used kitchen appliances.
For an interesting experiment, have your family count the number of times they open the refrigerator during the course of just one day. Now, look at your refrigerator handles, if you have a light-colored fridge, and you won't be surprised at how discolored and grimy they have become. Fear not, however; you can paint them!
First remove the handles by taking off the caps that cover the screws attaching them in place, then unscrewing them from the fridge. Wash them with a good degreasing cleanser and let them air dry.
Mask any chrome areas or non-paintable surfaces, then give them a coat of paint made for plastic (this is usually a spray-on formulation). Reattach them, and enjoy your like-new looking refrigerator!
Sink and Garbage Disposal
Your sink and garbage disposal probably experience nearly as much use as your fridge. If you have rust stains in your stainless steel sink basin and a stinky disposal to boot, here's a two-in-one fix.
Use a sponge or toothbrush to remove the rust with two things you probably already have in your pantry: lemon juice and baking soda. Then chop up the lemons, and toss them in the disposal with a handful of ice cubes. The lemons will remove any undesirable odors, and the ice cubes will help sharpen blades that have become dull due to being gummed up with food residue.
Electric Coil Burner Stove
If you have an older-style electric stove with coil burners, you may have one burner that's not functioning. Instead of making do with just three burners, you can easily get all four back in good shape.
First, make sure you shut off the power to your stove when doing any tinkering with it. Then, try swapping out one burner coil for another. If the replacement coil works, you simply need to buy another coil to replace the broken one.
If the replacement burner does not work, it's likely the burner socket that's malfunctioning. Remove the non-working burner, then unscrew the burner socket from the range top. Unscrew the wires that work as the power supply, and reconnect a new socket. Then, reattach the burner to enjoy four working heat sources once again.
Yet another common problem in the kitchen is dishes not getting completely clean in the dishwasher. This is often do to a clogged washer spray arm. Remove the arm by snapping it off or unscrewing the cap above it first, then lifting it off. (The cap may unscrew in the opposite direction you expect, so you may have to turn it to the right.)
Check the base of the arm for any broken glass, rubber bands, bones, or other debris that could be keeping water from reaching your dishes. Next, clean the base with a toothbrush to remove smaller debris and hard water scale. Finally, poke wire or a similar material through the holes of the spray arm to make sure they're clear, and reattach it. Do this for an upper spray arm too if you have one.
Owning kitchen appliances can be costly, so save your money for the big problems. If these fixes don't do the trick, it may be time to call in a professional repair service like J & M Appliance. Until then, you can bask in the reward of having saved yourself some time and money and appreciate your rejuvenated kitchen helpers.