From reheating leftovers to cooking a quick meal when you are on the go, the microwave is easily one of the most valued modern appliances in the kitchen. However, just as it is with any other kitchen appliance, on occasion, the average microwave can have problems. Here are a few of the most common microwave repair issues and their potential causes.


Problem: Digital touch pad is not functional.

Cause and Solution: If you see a digital display, but the buttons do not respond at all, try unplugging the microwave for a few minutes to reset it. In some cases, the digital control needs to reset. However, if you do not have any numbers displaying on the screen and nothing is working, you could have issues with the interior power supply to the controller or the controller itself may need to be replaced.

Problem: Microwave continues to run when the door is opened.

Cause and Solution: The interlocking system on the door of most microwaves contains a sensor that signals the microwave to stop working when the door is opened. If the microwave continues to run when you open the door, there is a pretty good chance that this sensor is bad and will need to be replaced by a professional.

Problem: The microwave seems to function normally, but does not offer any heat.

Cause and Solution: The heating unit of a microwave contains diodes, fuses, and thermal connectors that could be damaged if you do not have any heat. You may have noticed intermittent heating or erratic behavior before your microwave completely stopped heating. If this is the case, be sure to stop using the microwave right away until you can have the heating unit checked out by a technician. There is a good chance that one or more components inside is damaged and will have to be removed and replaced.

If you are having issues with your microwave, you may not always have the expertise to tackle the issue on your own. Contact us today if you need Long Island appliance repair for your microwave and let us take a look.


Making a bid to host this year’s Thanksgiving? We know, we know– Halloween just ended, but if you’re competing with fellow family members or just want to make this year’s festivities as stress free as possible, there’s plenty to do in the weeks before the big day. Here are four ways to prep now.

Finalize A Guest List

This step may seem a bit formal, but writing down who all to invite is useful. It gives you a place to start from, and can provide that little push to start calling and emailing invitees far in advance. It’s also handy for keeping track of how many plates you’ll be setting–a much more reliable one than trying to keep track in your head.

Finalize Your Menu

Pick your recipes in advance. Share your menu draft with guests. This gives them an opportunity to offer feedback about any dietary restrictions, and gives those who wish to bring dish to share a better idea of what would be appropriate.

Sort Your Spices

Lots of us just rely on spices to be there, and fresh. But if your collection’s been around for awhile, some of it may be past its prime or low. Sort through, weeding out anything past it’s date or questionable looking. Cross reference with your recipes, or try this handy list of spices every kitchen should have to see what you need to stock up on.

Check Your Tools

Make sure you have the essentials you need to create, serve, and store your meal. This includes cookware and utensils–see this link for a nice summary of what you should make sure you have.

  You’ll also need to make sure your kitchen appliances are in top operating order. This is important for maintaining the integrity of recipes (most of which are based on the assumption that your stove, oven, etc. will be functioning optimally). It’s also an important safety precaution, as sometimes what you’ve learned to tolerate as “quirks” in your kitchen appliances can be indicative of a problem that could develop into a fire hazard. Schedule a repair session to investigate and repair any damage well before Thanksgiving. Need extra incentive to do so? American Repair Service is offering a discount on general appliance repair–click here to print the coupon!


One of the most frustrating things when cooking or baking is to try turning on the oven on and nothing happens.  Often, we have gotten ingredients out, or even mixed everything, then we find out the darn oven won’t work.  Fortunately there are some things even a lay person can try that might get things up and running and take a potentially ruined meal or desert and put a smile back on your face and anyone else hoping to eat whatever it is you’re baking.

oven repair

The Igniter

The most common problem with an oven is the igniter.    The igniter does two things for an oven.  First, it sends electrical current through the oven in a safe manner sending it through the oven safety valve.  The second thing the igniter does is it gets hot enough to glow and ignite gas that is in the oven burner.  If the igniter is weak, it won’t be able to open the safety valve in the correct way.  If the valve doesn’t open then the oven won’t heat.  If the igniter glows for more than 90 seconds without igniting the flame, this means the igniter is too weak to open the valve.  The igniter can be replaced in this instance.

The Bake Element

The next most common problem is the Bake Element.  If the element is not glowing red hot, then it is not working correctly.  Often, this means the heating element has either burned out, or it has been damaged.  If there are holes on the element, or blisters, it is shot and needs replaced.

The Broil Element

The broil element should not have blisters or holes in it.  It also glows red when it is heating correctly.  Sometimes you can see the damage when it isn’t working correctly.

Some people have the confidence or the experience to fix these three common errors.  Even if they lack the desire to try to fix it on their own, by diagnosing the problem, they might be able to decrease the time a repairman is on the premises.  If you need oven or stove repair in Long Island, give us a call.

If super processed sugary candies aren’t your style, consider whipping up some seasonal baked goods. They’re great for decorating and sharing!45181573_ml


Sweet + Salty

All that sugar can have you craving some salt. Halloween candy bark–a seasonal take on the holiday classic–mashes candy corn, pretzels, oreos, and other yums. Another take? Caramelized spicy pumpkin seeds–pretty in a decorated dish, on salads, or as an on-the-road snack.


The Super Simple

So, the easier way to get in the spirit? Whip up a batch of your favorite cookies or cupcakes from a store bought mix, then decorate! Start with the frosting–you can go the “orange and black” route, or go with flavor pairings, like peanut butter cookies or cupcakes with chocolate icing, pumpkin spice flavored mix with maple frosting . Then, stock up on fun sprinkles or edible decorations, like these spooky sugar eyes or this edible confetti, and detail icing in fun colors. This is a great–and uncomplicated–activity smaller kids can get in on, too.

For a more minimalist approach, these peanut butter chocolate acorn treats are easy to make, too–and they’ll keep looking seasonally appropriate after Halloween night.


For the Pup:

If you’re going to force Fido into a costume, at least have the courtesy to make him some of these scrumptious–and canine friendly–pumpkin cookies.


Don’t forget: before embarking on any holiday baking ventures, make sure your oven and stove are up to snuff. It’ll help you get better results from your recipes and avoid safety hazards. Check out this oven safety checklist, and contact us for fast, reliable stovetop, oven, and general electric appliance repair.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas which is poisonous to humans and animals who breathe too much of it. CO poisoning symptoms range from the flu-like to severe, and can even be deadly. CO poisoning sends nearly 20,000 Americans to the ER annually. It kills around 400. Many of these fatalities occur while victims are sleeping, before they can notice symptoms or warning signs.



CO is produced by burning fuel. Dangerous leaks in the home can come from several sources, including kitchen appliances. Use these tips to safeguard your kitchen, and minimize the risk of CO leaks.

CO Detectors

CO detectors save lives. Although house fires are a major source of CO poisoning, it’s not enough to just have a smoke detector, as CO leaks can be dangerous even without a fire. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Selection: When shopping for CO detectors, there are two big things to check for. First, make sure there’s an indication that the device meets UL Standard 2034. Second, check the expiration date. Detectors lose sensitivity over time, so go with a recent model. See Consumer Reports for additional info on the best options.
  • Installation: The most important place to install detectors is in and around bedrooms, as CO is especially dangerous when we’re asleep and can’t notice the warning signs. Ideally, there should be at least one detector on each floor of your home. One place not to install detectors? Too near kitchen appliances, as they may emit some CO when starting–and an alarm that goes off to often can get a little too “boy who cried wolf.” Leave a minimum of fifteen feet between detectors and kitchen appliances. Also avoid installing in bathrooms or other places where extreme humidity could interfere with the device’s sensitivity.
  • Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery: Make a habit of checking and changing CO detector batteries each spring and summer when you adjust your clocks (or, for those all-digital among us, when you celebrate the extra hour to sleep in, and again when you mourn the lost hour of sleep). Get the kids in on it, too–it’s a tradition that will keep them safe for years to come.


Annual Checkups

Experts recommend calling in a technician to service your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, coal, or oil burning appliances annually. American Repair Service offers general appliance repair and services for an extensive range of brands and models. Ask to have an exam included with any other appliance repairs you have scheduled.


Ventilate Correctly

Check vents on appliances to make sure they aren’t blocked. Horizontal vent pipes, like those on water heaters, should tilt upward.


Use Your Nose

CO itself may be odorless, but sometimes strange odors can be a sign an appliance is damaged and prone to leaks. Be particularly cautious of strange smells coming from gas refrigerators.


Clean Your Chimney

Blocked chimneys can trap CO in the home. Have yours cleaned regularly.


Be Cautious With Generators

If using a generator indoors, keep it within 20 feet of a vent, window, or door to avoid CO buildup.


Don’t MacGyver It

Please, please leave the repairs to the professionals–and no, we’re not just saying that because we are the professionals. Vent pipe repairs are not the place to DIY with tape or anything else.

Concerned you may have a problem, or behind on having your CO producing appliances serviced? We’re here to help; contact us for free quotes and same day service.



Try a new take on fall’s most famous flavor with these recipes.




In the Oven:

If you have a deer hunter in the family–and a sudden influx of venison and your hands–you need to check out this recipe, for a pumpkin stuffed with seasoned meats. It might sound out there, by actually, pumpkin is used in many heartier and meatier recipes around the globe.


On the Stove:

Pumpkin brittle makes a sweet gift for coworkers, classrooms, and guests. The actual preparation doesn’t take too long, either–you’re basically just boiling most of the ingredients on the stove top, stirring together, and letting the mix harden. Here’s a great recipe to start with!


In the Microwave:

Pumpkin seeds are a tasty snack that makes good use of those Jack O’ Lanterns. They are also super easy to prepare in the microwave. Here’s how: rinse and clean the seeds, then let them dry overnight. The next day, fill the bottom of a microwave safe dish with butter or olive oil, then pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. Add your pumpkin seeds in and microwave for between 7-10 minutes, stirring every two minutes to make sure they cook evenly. When their done, toss with the desired seasoning (curry spices are fantastic for an exotic twist).


In The Freezer:

PSLs (that’s apparently what we’re calling the infamous pumpkin spice lattes of Starbuck’s fame now) may be old news, but PSL POPSICLES? Now that’s exciting. Check out this recipe!


On The Grill:

Yep, that’s right: your grill doesn’t have to go into hibernation just yet! Just think: how much more fun will tending yours be when it’s not already sweltering out? Use the grill to prep that pumpkin pie for a spin on the classic that doesn’t leave you trapped indoors–or frees up the oven for that stuffed pumpkin!


The one ingredient these all have in common besides pumpkin? Performance ready kitchen and outdoor appliances. Want your PSL pops colder, your pumpkin seeds faster, your venison safely cooked through? Then call us to repair any of your appliances that don’t seem to be quite cutting it. American Repair Service offers top quality, speedy general electric appliance repair service throughout the Nassau county and Long Island area. Our web-based booking system is easy, or you can give us a call at 516.997.5599.

Hold up–no need to put away the grill just yet! There are still plenty of sunny days ahead for Long Islanders, and frankly, an outdoor feast might be even more appealing with temps in the 60s and 70s. Check out these delicious and unique seasonal recipes for bringing favorite fall flavors to the grill!







Skewers and Kabobs


The best fall flavors are rich, and often combine the sweet with heartier elements. That’s certainly true of these honey glazed chicken, peaches, and yam skewers–just look at these guys!


Another idea is to try roasting butternut squash kabobs. Squash has some great nutritional value, and gets a whole lot more fun as a finger food. This recipe suggests seasoning lightly with olive oil and salt pre-grill.


Turkey Time


You don’t have to go full on Thanksgiving feast with your turkey. You could, instead, go full Ren-Faire with some seasoned and grilled turkey legs!


For a lower key affair that still screams fall, try turkey burgers using a recipe like this. Try serving them topped with cranberry relish and/or gravy, and add sweet potato fries on the side for a fun take on the traditional.


Oh, and if you are ready for a Thanksgiving-worthy meal? Plenty of folks swear by turkey on the grill recipes–here’s a popular one to get you started. It’s great for imbuing some new flavors into the old standard, and gives you an excuse to space out if things are getting too cramped indoors.




In the words of the author of this recipe, there’s “no sweeter end” to a backyard barbeque then…chargrilled donuts? Yep–the combo of smoky and sugary is at once a more sophisticated and home-y take on the beloved donut.

Ready to get grilling, but not sure if yours is up to another season of good times? Request an appointment online or give us a call. American Repair Service is the number one certified Viking grill repair service in Long Island. We offer a 24-48 hour response time, which means you can be back out in the great backyard sooner.  

Simmer Pots

September 25th, 2015 | Posted by michaels in Tips for a Better Home - (0 Comments)

September may nearly be over, but lingering summer temps may make it hard to get into the fall spirit. One simple–and powerful–way to switch up the mood of your home is with simmer pots. Simmer pots are “recipes” of basic, fragrant ingredients that are boiled on the stove. Unlike most recipes, simmer pots aren’t used to prepare food–their sole, decadent purpose is to produce a great aroma.




It’s no secret that scent can have a powerful pull on our emotions. That’s why luxury hotels invest big time in creating unique olfactory experiences for different rooms and locations. It’s also tied closely to memory, so recreating familiar scents can be incredibly comforting, and make a home feel like home, or more like a certain season or even holiday. Simmer pots use simple, pure ingredients, making them a great pick for anyone sensitive to the artificial components and petroleum of scented candles.

Want to get started? There are lots of simmer pot recipes available online, but you can’t really go wrong with these ingredients. Pick two or three, add to a saucepan full of water, bring to a slow boil a let simmer.


Top Simmer Pot Ingredients:

  • Anise
  • Apple Peel
  • Bay Leaves
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Cloves
  • Lavender
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange Rind
  • Pear Peel
  • Vanilla


Just make sure you keep an eye on your simmer pot, and be careful if you have kids around. If you’re having issues with stove burners that won’t start or have a strange odor, please contact us here!  


Washer-Dryer MaintenanceConsumers are always trying to understand how to get the most use out of appliances. Washing machines in particular require a certain amount of care to avoid upsetting the balance a variety of moving parts. When both electrical energy and running water are running through a major appliance it is easy to see how things might deteriorate. For owners of washing machines balancing keeping things running smoothly with an effective cleaning job is key. That is why we recommend high efficiency laundry detergent.

Normal laundry detergent can create an excess of suds that is difficult to rinse out of the washer itself and out of the clothes you are washing. Excessive suds on clothing can create discoloration and a general uncleanly look. For the washing machine those suds can turn into soap scum and other grime in the working pars of your washing machine. The long term toll it takes on a washing machine can be high and can require expensive repairs and replacement parts. High efficiency detergents manage this issue simply by creating less of these suds. In turn you get cleaner clothes, lower energy bills, and a longer life out of your washing machine.

Issues can still arise for washers but high efficiency detergent is just one excellent way to reduce those risks. If other concerns come up the expertise of our staff in handling Whirlpool washing machine repair, and repairs of other brands, is unmatched. Check our website for more information on extending the life of your washing machine!

Viking Grill RepairWith the summer in its last throes now might be a good time to think about prepping your barbecue for storage. Doing maintenance prior to a long period of dormancy is one of the best ways to preserve an appliance’s functionality long term. For barbecues which spend long periods of time exposed to the elements this is doubly true.

The best thing you can do for your barbecue prior to storage is giving it a good cleaning. Greasy buildup on a barbecue is often the cause of issues. In particular grease on burners can reduce the flow of gas and can make firing the grill up more difficult. If left for a few months that grease can be nearly impossible to remove.

When cleaning your barbecue test all of its functions. As you run those tests you might notice issues you had not previously. These issues can be easily fixed by simply calling in the grill repair expertise of American Repair Service. Our experts do encourage you to make necessary repairs prior to storing your grill. Leaving them unaddressed for that long period could make simple repairs a lot more difficult.