April 26, 2010

RepairClinic.com – Advice on Living Green

Posted in appliance parts, Health, Home, Money, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:12 am by Liliana

 Drink Tap Water

Drink Tap Water

Whether going for a walk or taking kids to soccer, many of us habitually reach for a plastic water bottle to take along. Our society seems to be addicted to the availability of a bottle filled with water at all times.  What cost is our environment paying for this convenience?

According to the Earth Policy Institute, transporting bottled water for long distances involves burning massive quantities of fossil fuels. Nearly a quarter of all bottled water is transported by boat, train, and truck. In fact, due mainly to packaging and transportation, it costs more to drink bottled water than to put gas in your car – up to five times more.

And this is not the only cost.

The Container Recycling Institute reports that eight out of ten plastic water bottles used in the US are not recycled.  They end up in landfills or as litter in parks and along roads. According to Sierra Club, about 66 million bottles are being disposed of every day!

What can you do?

  • Stop buying bottled water.
  • Use tap water instead – it is healthier and better regulated (local municipalities must comply with strict government standards from the EPA for water purity, while most water bottling companies are regulated by the FDA with  fewer restrictions.)
  • Save money – water bottle companies are charging as much as 300 – 1000 times what that same water would cost if you just turned on your own faucet.
  • Buy a filter – if worried about the purity of your tap water, a water filter will help. Most recently designed refrigerators already have a filter in their water and ice dispensers.

Every person makes a difference. It feels good to do one’s part.

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.

April 13, 2010

RepairClinic.com Answers Questions About Water Filters

Posted in appliance parts, Health, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:11 am by Liliana

Clean Water

Clean Water

How can I be sure that my water filter is working properly?
The only way to be sure is to test the water that comes through your water filter. Inexpensive household testing kits can be purchased at most local hardware stores and home-centers. You can also contact your local water utility company to obtain information regarding your state or national testing labs.

Which is the best type of filter for me to use?
This depends on the level of filtration that you need and want. A basic, activated-charcoal filter is enough to improve taste, and eliminate odor and particle deposits. A reverse-osmosis system is more effective in eliminating water-borne parasites, heavy metals such as lead, and other contaminants.  You need to know what impurities are in your water, before you can decide which type of filter is best for your household needs.  Again, the only way to know what you need exactly is to have your water tested.

Do water filters remove desirable elements, like fluoride, together with the harmful contaminants?
Reverse-osmosis filters remove just about everything, both good and bad. Charcoal filters don’t remove fluoride but may not remove some of the undesirable contaminants, either. It is important to find the correct filter for the contaminants that you want to filter out.

Do I need to filter my city water?
You should not need to, but you may still want to do it.  To be considered safe municipal or city water must meet strict guidelines, mandated by law. To find out more about the water in your town, contact the municipality that provides it. But, even though your city water is safe, you may still want to filter it in order to improve taste and eliminate odors.

Do water filters remove chlorine?
Yes, they do. Activated-charcoal and reverse-osmosis filters both remove chlorine from your water.

If you have more questions about water filters or your other home appliances, please visit RepairClinic.com.

April 5, 2010

Maintenance Advice for your Refrigerator and Ice Maker – from RepairClinic.com

Posted in appliance parts, Cleaning, Home, RepairClinic.com tagged , , , , , , , at 7:01 am by Liliana

Maintain your Refrigerator and Freezer

Maintain your Refrigerator and Freezer

Warm weather is here already  – it was 85 degrees in Michigan last week! Early spring is the perfect time to do some light maintenance on your refrigerator and ice maker. Take care of any problems now and you will be ready for the hot summer months. Then you can relax and enjoy summer barbecues and cool drinks.

Refrigerator
Manual Defrost Refrigerator
• Although these types of refrigerators and freezers are increasingly rare, there are still a few around. If you own this kind of appliance, check for frost build up in your freezer. If frost has accumulated on the walls to a thickness of a half inch or more, it is time to clean up. Remove all food from your unit, turn your appliance off and unplug from the wall. Allow all the frost to melt and then wash the entire unit with warm soapy water. When you are done, reset the thermostat and resume normal usage.
Note: It is easy to puncture the evaporator and ruin the refrigerator, so, please, do not use any utensils or tools to scrape off the frost. Give it time to melt on its own.

Automatic Defrost Refrigerator
• On self-defrosting refrigerators and freezers, it is a good idea to clean the drain pan underneath the refrigerator that collects water. (Some are not accessible. Don’t worry if you can’t find yours.)
• Clean the refrigerator cooling fan and the condenser coils. The coils are located underneath your refrigerator. They are usually black and look like a series of small tubes with “fins” connecting the tubes. Order a Refrigerator Condenser Brush to make the job easier.
• Check the door seals to make sure they are sealing properly against the frame of your refrigerator or freezer. If the seals are damaged, or don’t seal properly, your unit will not cool properly. This problem will grow worse as the weather gets hotter and more humid. Clean the gaskets and frame with warm soapy water so they don’t stick to the frame.
• Inspect the back wall of your freezer for any frost build up. You should not have any frost on the back wall or floor of a self-defrosting appliance. The presence of frost is normally an indication that there is a problem. See RepairClinic.com troubleshooting guide for help with defrosting questions.

Ice Maker
• If you have a built-in ice or water filter, it is recommended that you replace the filter every six months.
• If you don’t have a water filter, and you find your ice has a bad taste or smells funny, use a “taste and odor” water filter on the incoming water supply line. Try the RepairClinic.com Universal Replacement Water Filter.
• If you don’t have an ice maker, consider installing one. Many people don’t realize that almost all refrigerators are set up to easily accept an add-on ice maker. Many refrigerators have a tag inside the freezer at the back that gives a kit number indicating exactly what kind of ice maker will fit in that refrigerator. RepairClinic.com carries kits that fit virtually every refrigerator and freezer on the market. Come and see the wide selection in the ice maker accessories section.

For maintenance advice on any appliance in your home, visit us at RepairClinic.com.