July 12, 2010

Troubleshooting Your Refrigerator

Posted in appliance parts, Home, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:53 am by Liliana

Refrigerator trouble?

Refrigerator trouble?

During these hot July days, it is essential to have your refrigerator working well. But what if your unit suddenly stops running?

If your appliance is showing signs of trouble, here is a bit of advice from RepairClinic.com.

The refrigerator has stopped running completely
The first thing to do is make sure that your refrigerator really isn’t running. Check to see if the light comes back on or if there is any fan, motor, or other sound coming from the appliance. Also, try adjusting the thermostat to a colder setting. If there is no sign of life, you will need to figure out what the problem is.

The second thing to do is check  if there is power getting to the refrigerator. To do that, plug a lamp or another electrical device into the same outlet the refrigerator is plugged into. If there is no power, check the fuses or circuit breakers in your basement. If the fuses or breakers are not the problem, contact a qualified electrician to restore power to the particular outlet for your refrigerator.

If there is power to the appliance but it is still not working, there may be a problem in one or more of these:

  • Wiring
  • Thermostat
  • Defrost timer
  • Compressor
  • Overload and/or relay

For all appliance parts, refrigerator help and troubleshooting information please visit RepairClinic.com.

Warning! To avoid personal injury or even death, always disconnect your appliance from its power source – unplug it or break the connection at the circuit breaker or fuse box – before you do any troubleshooting or repair work on your appliance. Also, because some components may have sharp edges, use caution while working on your appliance.

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April 19, 2010

What is RepairClinic.com?

Posted in appliance parts, Organization, RepairClinic.com, Work tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:00 am by Liliana

RepairClinic.com Warehouse

RepairClinic.com Warehouse

What is RepairClinic.com and what does it offer you?

  • RepairClinic is an on-line source for home appliance parts.
  • It offers online trouble-shooting, maintenance tips and expert advice.
  • Most parts can be delivered the next day from the huge warehouse inventory.
  • An additional 500,000+ parts can be special ordered, typically adding only a few days to the shipping and handling process.

What products does RepairClinic.com sell?
Parts and accessories for all major household appliances, including:

What brands does RepairClinic.com carry?
RepairClinic.com carries parts and accessories for all major brands.

What makes RepairClinic.com experts in appliance repair?
RepairClinic.com has a staff of experienced appliance repair technicians, who make up the on-line customer advisers.

  • Each individual has more than ten years of experience repairing appliances and have serviced all major appliance brands.

What is RepairClinic.com’s return policy?
RepairClinic.com offers no hassle, customer-friendly returns:

  • Within 30 days of receiving the order, customers may return any item in its original condition for a full refund of the purchase price.
  • If RepairClinic.com makes an error in the shipment, customers will receive a refund for the shipping and handling charges in addition to a credit for the returned part.

Who are RepairClinic.com’s customers?
Any person who needs an appliance part or help in fixing their applainance.

March 24, 2010

Relay For Life®

Posted in Breast Cancer, Cancer, Health, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , at 7:01 am by Liliana

Relay for Life

Dear friends,
This year, I am participating again in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life® with a team from RepairClinic.com (our team is called The Fix it Crew!) I hope that you will support our efforts with a donation.

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life® is a fund-raising event that gives people across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of cancer survivors and people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. Relay For Life® raises much-needed funds and awareness to help the American Cancer Society save lives from cancer.

Please support me in my efforts by visiting my personal web page to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation.

Thanks to your support, the American Cancer Society can:

  • Help people stay well by helping them to take steps to prevent cancer or detect it early, when it’s most treatable.
  • Help people get well by providing around-the-clock assistance and support
  • Find cures by funding groundbreaking research that helps us understand the causes of cancer, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it
  • Fight back by working with lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and rally communities worldwide to join the fight

Each of us has our own reasons for caring about the fight against cancer … whatever your reasons, I hope you’ll choose to make a difference by making a donation online to support my efforts. Together we can save lives.

Thank you and I will keep you updated on my progress.

March 11, 2010

Make Your Kitchen Green

Posted in Cleaning, Health, Home, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , at 8:54 am by Liliana

Make your Kitchen Green

Make Your Kitchen Green

Simple and easy steps add up to make a big difference in sustaining our resources. Here are a few things you can do to make your kitchen green.

  • Choose your cookware carefully – this is important for taste and safety. Quality of the pots makes a difference, as does their care, and choosing the right pot for the right cooking job. A cast iron skillet might be perfect for browning  meat or chicken, but is not the best to use when cooking acidic foods.
  • Use natural cleaning ingredients  – salt is excellent for cleaning pots and pans. To clean burned saucepans, fill the pan with water, add baking soda, let it soak overnight, then bring to a boil the next day. You pots will be sparkly.
  • Use convection oven – these ovens reduce cooking time and use less energy by continually circulating the heated air.
  • Use cloth napkins instead of paper – Americans use 2,200 paper napkins a year per person – on the average. None of these napkins are recycled!
  • Use glass containers – plastic often breaks down when heated and leaches various toxic chemicals into food. Use glass containers to store leftovers or food such as beans and rice.
  • Energy efficient dishwashers save more water than hand washing – run a dishwasher with a  full load, but don’t overloaded your machine. Air dry your dishes.
  • Use reusable bags when shopping – and you will help cut down on plastic usage.
  • Don’t buy water in bottles – drink faucet water instead. Municipalities must comply with strict government standards from the EPA for water purity, so they have to keep high water standards. Water bottling companies are regulated by the FDA with fewer restrictions, so their standards are usually lower.

RepairClinic encourages and supports steps to green living.

March 8, 2010

Advice for Your Range from RepairClinic.com

Posted in appliance parts, Cleaning, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , , at 8:16 am by Liliana

Spruce up your stove!

Spruce up your stove!

Follow these steps to spruce up your stove this March and make it sparkle:

  • Remove range knobs and clean with a non-abrasive cleaner. Replace any broken, or outdated knobs to make your range look fresh and clean.
  • Most ovens have an interior light but the light bulb might have burned out long ago. The light bulb is usually behind a small glass dome, on the upper left or upper right side of the oven. Remove the glass dome, usually by sliding a wire off of it, or rotating it counter clockwise. You can find both common light bulbs and harder to find ones on RepairClinic.com.
  • If your oven broiler pan is missing, or has gotten so old that you can’t clean it anymore, replace it with this high-quality, low-priced unit.
  • Clean your oven control panel. You can clean any porcelain or glass panel with a non-abrasive cleanser or glass cleaner. RepairClinic recommends Appliance Polish & Cleaner for safe cleaning.
  • Drip pans and bowls serve multiple functions, from catching spills, to radiating heat back at your cooking pan for better efficiency. They also protect the user from accidentally touching internal components. It’s important never to cover drip pans with aluminum foil.  Many electric ranges have a tendency to short out due to the fact that aluminum could make a short circuit at the burner. The foil will also cover the oven vent usually found at one of the burners. Try to clean the drip pans with a household non-abrasive cleanser. Or, you can replace them with either universal pans and bowls, or model number original units.

Your oven will look beautiful this Spring!

March 2, 2010

RepairClinic.com Warehouse

Posted in Career, Children, Organization, RepairClinic.com, Women, Work tagged , at 8:14 am by Liliana

Kim Messer in the RepairClinic.com Warehouse

Kim Messer in the RepairClinic.com Warehouse

RepairClinic.com has a 50,000 square foot warehouse in the back of its building in Canton, MI. It is a highly automated, modern operation, storing thousands of appliance parts. Thirty-four employees work hard to make the place run efficiently and ship any order that comes in by 6:30 pm the very same day.

All of us at RepairClinic are proud of our warehouse. We are also proud of the woman who runs it. Kim Messer is a force to be reckoned with. Her smile and youthful appearance disguise a tireless leader and a skillful manager. Always open to new suggestions, better ideas, and operational improvements, Kim is fearless with new technologies, and there is nothing she is afraid to learn. She is continually thinking of new ways to make room on the warehouse shelves, to save space, to save money, to improve production, and to make life easier for her employees.

At home, with a husband and four kids, Kim keeps just as busy. She is a golfer, and loves to read and to travel. And just to make life more interesting, she is finishing her degree at Eastern Michigan University, taking two classes each semester. How does she do it?  She does it all with good humor and grace.

March 1, 2010

Working together at RepairClinic.com

Posted in Career, RepairClinic.com, Work tagged , , , , , , at 8:02 am by Liliana

Working well as a team

Working well as a team

At RepairClinic.com teamwork is valued highly. The most effective way to accomplish this result is when the people involved synchronize their contributions and efforts towards a common goal. With mutual support, a sense of ownership towards their roles, and by collaborating in using their talents and experiences, each member contributes to the success of the team.  The relations of the members must be based on trust, honesty  and respect. Every person’s point of view should be heard, their skills acknowledged. Conflict should be recognized as part of human nature and treated as an opportunity to hear new ideas and opinions. Each member should be allowed to participate equally in the decision-making process but also understand that the leader might need to make the final decision.

Steps towards accomplishing this goal:

  • Clarify team roles and support flexibility.
  • Clarify priorities and deadlines.
  • Discuss changes.
  • Be aware of each other’s workload.
  • Recognize and acknowledge each other’s efforts.
  • Improve physical environment and comfort.
  • Develop communication, negotiation and conflict management skills.
  • Encourage your coworkers to be active and incorporate some exercise in the daily routine.
  • Pay attention to your own needs and feelings.  Pay attention to the feelings and needs of others.
  • Make connections – good relationships with coworkers are important.
  • Accept help – support from those around you can help reduce stress.
  • Priorities – set realistic goals and take small steps to deal with tasks one at a time.
  • Keep things in perspective –  avoid blowing events out of proportion.
  • Take action – make a decision to address the underlying cause of the stress.
  • When mistakes are made, be forgiving and compassionate – towards yourself as well as others.

February 23, 2010

Good Work Practice at RepairClinic.com

Posted in Health, RepairClinic.com, Work tagged , , , , , , , at 7:54 am by Liliana

Safe ergonomics

Safe ergonomics

  • Take regular breaks from your workstation – at least every 30 minutes.
  • Vary tasks so you are not typing for extended periods of time.
  • Change your posture as frequently as you can.
  • Avoid eye strain when using the computer:  focus on an object in the distance at least 20 feet away every 10-15 minutes.
  • Take your lunch break away from your desk.
  • Go for a walk outside for 15-20 minutes every day.
  • Make sure your chair is adjusted to support your lower back – use safe sitting posture.
  • Make sure that your chair is in good working order – do not use a chair that needs maintenance.
  • Switch the computer mouse to the other hand regularly.
  • Place frequently used items near you.

February 16, 2010

Safe Refrigerator Storage

Posted in Cleaning, Food, Health, Home, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , at 8:10 am by Liliana

Safe Refrigerator Storage

Safe Refrigerator Storage

• Do not overload your refrigerator – a crowded refrigerator cannot keep foods cool enough.

• Stack your refrigerator in an orderly fashion – it is safer and more efficient as well as more pleasant.

• Rotate foods so that you use the older items first – when you buy new groceries, place them behind the older ones.

• Be familiar with how long foods last – throw away items that have been stored for longer than recommended time periods.

• Go through bags and discard pieces that are molding or going bad – one rotten apple can spoil the whole bag!

• Make sure that bacteria laden drips from meat and chicken don’t contaminate other food, especially fruits and vegetables that will be eaten without cooking.

• Always keep milk and dairy products in tightly closed, lidded or covered containers.

• Avoid refrigerator odors  – clear all old, rotting, spoiled or molding foods.

February 12, 2010

February Staff Meeting at RepairClinic.com

Posted in Company Meetings, Food, Recipes, RepairClinic.com, Work tagged , , , , at 8:01 am by Liliana

February staff meeting at RepairClinic.com

February staff meeting at RepairClinic.com

February staff meeting at RepairClinic.com came a day after a big snowstorm. Outside, the wind was blowing freezing drifts of snow, the roads were slippery, and huge chunks of ice were hanging from the roof of our building. Inside, we were having a potluck chili cook-off.

Raina, our young events coordinator, invited employees to bring in a pot of their own chili or soup recipe and share with everyone. The response was overwhelming. Early in the morning, people started bringing in their crock pots and plugging them into outlets in the kitchens or the empty cubicles. The wonderfully comforting aroma of meat, ham, tomato sauce, chicken and beans was dispersed throughout the building. It was not easy to wait until lunchtime.

At 12:30, everything was ready for our hungry group. Tables had clean tablecloths, and there were vases of yellow daffodils, giving us hope that spring was not too far away. The buffet table had a wide variety of colorful pots and each had a different dish inside. Here are some of the choices on our menu: heart attack chili; venison stew; lasagna soup; creamy potato soup; vegetarian chili; split pea soup with ham; buffalo chicken soup; while chicken chili; tortilla soup; fifteen bean soup with ham; hot and sweet sirloin beef chili; hash brown soup, and more. Little cups were provided so that people could try a verity of dishes. And on the side, we had chips, bread, and lots of delicious desserts.

Prizes were distributed, people recognized and the state of the company reported on. January was a good month and we were all excited about the new year. With all the bustling and energy at RepairClinic this winter, the warm days of spring will be here before we know it.

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