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Spring is on the way and with it comes more social gatherings, more barbecues, and even more use of your kitchen. Everything in your home, from your dishwasher to your barbeque is likely to need a bit more attention now that the temperatures are warming up and you are entertaining more. If you have not yet done so, it is time to consider having your appliances inspected, maintained, and repaired as necessary to get your system back in good working order.


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What Appliances Need Attention?

If you own many of the most common brands including Wolf, Bosch, Viking, or SubZero, then it is time to take out your owner’s manual and take a closer look at what repairs are necessary. Why do this? Nearly all appliances from these and other major brands require ongoing maintenance and preventative maintenance on a regular basis. This type of maintenance is similar to changing the oil on your car. It helps to clean things up, tighten up wiring, and ensure the system is running as best as possible.

For example, if you need Viking refrigerator repair, you may need to have a trained technician out to your home that can provide a full inspection on your refrigerator to determine what the underlying problems are. During the spring months, temperatures warm up and the refrigerator has to work harder. In fact, many people don’t turn on the air conditioning during this season so periods of constant hard work are necessary by the refrigerator to keep your food cold. This can create significant wear and tear on the system, especially if it already isn’t in the best working order.

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What To Do Now

Take a few minutes to take your current appliances into consideration. Do you need to make a few repairs to get your systems back to running as efficiently as they used to? Perhaps it is time for you to have a technician out to help with any type of repairs, maintenance, or even upgrades.

Don’t put off getting the help you need whether it is a Viking refrigerator repair, grill repair, or any appliance in need. Now that spring is here, the last thing you want to do is put off an event because your appliances stop working. Give our team a call for fast, reliable service.

Appliance service is a big deal. You may not think about how often you use your oven or how constant your refrigerator is working, but these systems have to work properly, efficiently, and even endlessly. Without a bit of help from a licensed repair technician every now and then, they may become more expensive to operate.

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Wear and Tear Leads to Inefficiency

One of the most important reasons to have your appliances serviced on a regular basis is because even normal wear and tear can lead to inefficient function. Your appliances may begin to use more energy than they used to. They may also run louder because fans and belts are not cared for properly. And, they can even start to develop periods of non-working.

Fix Small Repairs Now

It is always better to fix appliances that are acting up or not working as efficiently as they should be sooner rather than later. The longer you wait, the more they will deteriorate until they cannot be repaired and must be replaced. However, most appliances that are given consistent maintenance from a trained professional along with repairs as soon as problems begin to happen are likely to last longer for you and run more efficiently.

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Repair Now and Save Money

If you make repairs to your appliances soon as you start to notice something isn’t right, it is likely the repair will be smaller, faster, and more affordable. It saves you money to do this now instead of waiting. If your appliances are louder, not as cool or hot as they used to be, or they are no longer working as well as before, take action and have them repaired.

When it comes to appliance repair in Long Island residents can contact the team at American Repair Service for the help they need. It does not take long to get a technician in to see what is happening with your appliance and to make repairs right away. Even better, you may be able to avoid repairs by having preventative maintenance conducted on all of your major appliances at least one time per year. Your manufacturer may even recommend it. Contact our team today to get the help you need in appliance repairs. 516.997.5599

Ice Maker Repair Tips

February 18th, 2016 | Posted by michaels in Appliance Repair | Repair Tips - (0 Comments)

If you’re like most people, you might ignore your ice maker for years as long as ice keeps coming out. But, what do you do when the ice stops, it tastes funny, or something else just doesn’t seem right? Here are some of the more common problems that can quickly be fixed.

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Funny Taste

If ice tastes funny, cleaning is your first step. Remove and clean the ice bin, and use a wet cloth with mild detergent on the interior of your freezer. Your refrigerator or ice maker also likely has a water filter that you should be replacing regularly.

Too Much Ice

Too much ice is usually caused by a problem with the stop arm. It may have become dislodged, or something in your freezer may be blocking its movement. Also make sure that the ice tray is securely in place so that the ice trips the stop arm as the tray fills.

No Ice

If you have no ice, first try releasing the stop arm by hand. If it’s not in the stop position, the problem is in either the water supply or the motor. Check both around the ice maker and behind your freezer for a water switch or valve that may have accidentally been knocked in to the closed position. If this doesn’t work, you’ll need a professional inspection.

Water Leaks

Water leaks are usually caused by temperature problems that cause either melting ice or condensation buildups. Use a food safety thermostat to check your freezer’s temperature. If you can’t maintain the proper temperature without turning the freezer dial to the maximum, you need to have its refrigerant levels checked.

If your basic trouble shooting didn’t work or you don’t feel comfortable attempting a repair, contact the Long Island ice maker repair specialists at American Repair Service to schedule an appointment.

Valentine's Day cookies

How do you plan on spoiling your loved ones this Valentine’s Day? Heart shaped scrumptious iced cookies hot out the oven… need we say more? We’ve got the cookie recipe, the icing recipe, and plenty of decorating ideas. All you have to do is preheat that oven to 350° and get cracking!

For the cookies you’ll need:

2 1/2 cups cake flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter – room temperature

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and set aside. Beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed for about five minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat. Next, beat the flour mixture in at a lower setting. Divide the batter into two and wrap in plastic wrap, shaped into disks. Now freeze them for at least 1 hour.

Once the batter is frozen, roll it out on top of flour. Cut the dough into heart shapes using your cookie cutters! If you haven’t already, preheat your oven to 350° F. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.

Now for the icing – this part is nice and simple and you can do it while your cookies are baking.

Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar

2-3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Food coloring – we would recommend pink, white, and red, in that St. Valentine spirit.

Directions: Combine and mix (by hand) ingredients until smooth.

Don’t forget to grab your cookies out of the oven – burned cookies can be a bit of a holiday spoiler! Of course, if they do get burned, that’s probably not your fault. Likely there’s something funky going on with your oven – Call American Repair Service for your Long Island Appliance Repair and we’ll be glad to sort things out when your appliances are acting up!

Here are a few ideas for icing your cookies – Warning: don’t be intimidated! These results look so professional as to be unattainable, but all you need is a steady hand and some patience and your creations will come out just like these!

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Going green is a great way to help save the Earth. However, did you know that it can also save you money? Here are some tips to help you improve the efficiency of your washer and dryer, two of the largest users of electricity and water in your house.

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Washing Clothes

Wash only full loads of clothing–Washing machines are designed to work best when they are loaded completely. However, don’t make the opposite mistake and overload the washer either. Read your machine’s owner’s manual to make sure that you are properly loading the machine.

Wash in cold water–With today’s higher efficiency washing detergents, there’s really no need for hot water washes for lightly soiled clothing. Studies have shown that clothes washed in cold water get just as clean as those washed in hot water. The only reason to wash in hot is if you are washing oily or greasy items. Washing in cold water for most of your laundry will save you big bucks since hot water costs significantly more than washing in cold.

Experiment with the detergent amount–Don’t always go by the line in the detergent cup. You may be able to get by with less laundry detergent than recommended. Especially if you have hard water, you may simply be rinsing excess laundry detergent down the drain.

Give it an extra spin–If you give your laundry an extra spin cycle, you will get rid of a little extra water, which means less time in the dryer.

Drying Clothes

Hang up heavy items–Heavy clothes like jeans can take forever to dry. Hang these items overnight to dry. If the stiffness bothers you, toss them in the dryer on a short cycle to soften them.

Clean out the lint--Your dryer works most efficiently when clean. Clean the lint screen before every use, and each month, vacuum out the vent that leads outdoors.

Don’t overload–Dryers work best when there’s plenty of space for the clothes to tumble. Overcrowded loads take longer to dry because of this.

A broken washer or dryer can back up your laundry pile for days. Call the Nassau appliance repair experts and American Repair Service to quickly resolve any problem with your washer or dryer.

For most families, keeping the laundry caught up can seem like a problem with no solution, especially in homes with young children. However, when the washer or dryer are not working efficiently, the laundry problem becomes even worse. If your laundry appliances are not being cooperative, use these easy tips to troubleshoot and solve some common minor issues.

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Are your laundry appliances level?

Washers and dryers that are not installed properly or are not level can vibrate, make strange noises or, in the case of a washer, even leak, during operation. To check this problem, place a glass or jar half-filled with water on your appliances and watch to see of the water level appears even or dips to one side. If they appear not to be level, refer to the manufacturer’s manual for instructions on leveling them.

Are hoses, vents and screens free of clogs?

Dryers that seem to take too long to dry or washers that do not fill or drain properly may be suffering from a clogged hose, vent or or screen.

  • To troubleshoot this type of problem on a dryer first clean the lint screen thoroughly. Next, disconnect the exhaust hose and use a shop vacuum to clean lint buildup from the exhaust hose, the opening on the rear of your dryer and the vent opening.
  • To troubleshoot this on a washer, disconnect the intake hoses on the back of the washer and make sure that the screen in the connection is not clogged. To check the drain hose for clogs, disconnect it and use a garden hose to run water through it to see if it is running freely or clogged.

If your washer or dryer still does not operate properly after taking these steps, or the problem seems to be more serious, you may want to give our Long Island appliance repair a call so you can conquer your laundry problem once and for all.

Winter Home Safety Tips

January 12th, 2016 | Posted by michaels in Safety | Tips for a Better Home - (0 Comments)

Many people appreciate the enjoyable holidays and outdoor activities that winter has to offer, but this season also introduces major safety hazards. Cold temperatures, snow and freezing rain create serious risks.
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These tips can help you stay safe at home throughout the winter months:

1. Avoid putting combustible items within 36 inches of a fireplace, boiler, furnace, space heater or wood stove. They could catch fire if exposed to excessive heat or sparks. To prevent burns, don’t allow children to enter this area.

2. Shut off any space heaters before you fall asleep. Do the same when you leave home or plan to spend time in another room. Remember to test your smoke detectors every month; this becomes particularly important during the heating season.

3. People tend to use ovens more often in the winter, so it’s important to clean and inspect them regularly. Be sure to replace deformed coils. Don’t leave your oven unattended while you cook food or run the self-cleaning system.

4. To stop pipes from freezing, insulate them and avoid thermostat temperatures below 55 F. Turn off your water supply if a pipe bursts. Don’t attempt to melt ice in pipes with a torch; this is quite dangerous.

5. Prepare for winter power outages that happen when tree limbs or cars hit utility poles. Set aside extra water, snacks, batteries and medical supplies in a kit. It’s wise to keep three gallons of drinking water for each family member.

6. Don’t forget to switch off any machines that were running prior to an electrical outage. When the utility restores power, this will stop appliances from overloading circuits or starting a fire by burning food.

Please contact American Repair Service if your kitchen equipment needs replacement parts or other maintenance. Our skilled technicians can inspect your appliances and fix any problems to ensure that you stay safe this winter. Among other services, we offer authorized viking oven repair.

The holidays may be over, but chances are your refrigerator is still packed with leftovers from hosting all those parties and extended family dinners. While all those leftovers can make it easy to grab a tasty snack, keeping them cool may be placing a strain on your fridge’s cooling system.

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Are you packing your fridge correctly? 

Refrigerators work by cooling foods quickly and then keeping them cooled to a safe level. To do this effectively, refrigerators must be able to circulate air throughout the interior chambers so that each container of food is exposed to the cool air.

When foods are packed in too tightly, the refrigerator may be unable to properly cool the foods or circulate the cooled air throughout the interior. This can force the system to work harder to achieve the right temperature or to remove any excess humidity that occurs when warm foods are placed into the refrigerator.

To keep from placing too much stress on your refrigerator when storing a large quantity of food, remember to leave space between containers of food to ensure proper circulation. In addition, always quick chill large quantities of hot foods before putting them into the refrigerator.

A good way to do this is to put the food into a tightly sealed, covered storage container of your choice and then place the container in your sink. Plug the sink and run cold water a few inches deep in the sink, making sure to keep the water level below the level of the lid. Let the container remain in the cold water for 20-30 minutes to reduce the food’s temperature before placing it inside the fridge.

Monitor temperatures closely

In addition to taking care not to overload your refrigerator, it can be a good idea to add a thermometer to the interior so that you can easily monitor the temperature. This will help you ensure that your foods will remain refrigerated at a safe temperature to avoid spoilage, as well as help you spot any issues that may be developing with your refrigerator’s cooling system.

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If you find that your refrigerator is not cooling as it should, consider calling on the factory authorized Viking refrigerator repair specialists at American Repair Service for a thorough diagnostic checkup and efficient, affordable repairs, if needed.

Freshly baked cookies make great desserts for holiday feasts, or you can give them to friends and family members as presents. If you’re looking for something seasonal to bake this year, check out these holiday cookie recipes. They’re simple and easy recipes, making them perfect for your busy holiday season.

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Sugar Cookies

Seasonal sugar cookies are a holiday favorite for many families. Mix up some butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder and salt, and divide the dough into four sections. Refrigerate the dough for about an hour, then roll it out and use cookie cutters to make a variety of holiday shapes. Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes, and decorate them any way you want with different colors and candies.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies

For a chocolate holiday treat this year, make some sugar cookie dough and mix in unsweetened baking cocoa. Scoop the chocolate dough into balls, and bake them at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. Decorate them with marshmallow creme, and sprinkle them with crushed peppermint candies to give them a festive look.

Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread cookies are another holiday favorite, and they’re very easy to make. Make gingerbread dough with flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, salt, pepper, molasses, eggs, light brown sugar and butter. Mix these ingredients, and refrigerate the dough for about an hour. Flatten it out, and cut gingerbread man shapes with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes, and decorate the cookies with icing and cinnamon candies or other sweets when they’re completely cooled.

Having your stove break down can put a damper on your baking plans. Give Long Island appliance repair a call, so you can have your stove fixed quickly and get back to baking batches of holiday cookies.

The holidays are a wonderful time to spend with loved ones, but it’s important to make sure they’re safe. There are several potential hazards that can put your loved ones and your home at risk if you’re not careful.

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Follow these tips to ensure that you and your loved ones have a happy and healthy holiday season. 

1.When you’re cooking a big meal for the holidays, make sure you watch the oven and stove. Whether you have turkey or ham baking in the oven or stuffing and potatoes on the stovetop, fires can break out quickly. Stay in or near the kitchen while your food is cooking, and check on it from time to time.

2.Having holiday decorations up, such as lights on the tree or lights around the windows, means that you have quite a few cords lying around your home. These can be an electrical hazard for curious kids and pets. They can also be a tripping hazard when they’re lying near walkways. Hide cords away where no one will fall over them or play with them.

3.If you have a live Christmas tree in your home, make sure it gets watered regularly. While these trees can give your home a nice scent and a fresh look during the holidays, they can also dry out and cause a fire risk. If you’ll be away from home, make sure the lights on the tree aren’t plugged in before you leave. You should also make sure that your tree, whether it’s fake or live, is securely anchored in a stand, so it won’t tip over and hurt someone.

Don’t let a broken stove or fridge jeopardize your holiday plans. Call American Repair Service for Nassau appliance repair and reliable service this season, so you can have a safe holiday.