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Fixing Common Refrigerator Problems
Chances are, you can solve a refrigerator repair yourself, save some money and avoid the expense and inconvenience of a service appointment. The following article will walk you through the simplest solutions to the most common fridge malfunctions.

Plus, check out these simple fixes for common appliance problems.

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Do It Yourself in 23 Steps
Step 1
Refrigerator Repair Problem: Ice Maker on Strike
Instead of looking up “refrigerator service near me,” use this guide to fix your refrigerator yourself.
When an ice maker stops working or produces only tiny cubes, it’s usually because the water supply is partially or completely blocked.
To find and fix the blockage, check out the three common trouble spots. We’ll go into more detail in the steps below.
tiny ice cubes
Step 2
Easy Fixes for an Ice Maker
To begin, check the water inlet tube for ice.
Pro tip: The tube that supplies water to your ice maker can get plugged with ice when the water pressure is low. The trickling water freezes and plugs the tube before it reaches the ice maker.
To remove the ice maker, take out the screws that hold the ice maker in place.
Unplug the wiring harness and remove the ice maker to expose the water inlet tube.
Always unplug the refrigerator before you make any repairs.
remove ice maker
Step 3
Melt the Ice
Melt the ice in the water inlet tube with a hair dryer.
Don’t stop until water stops dripping from the tube.
melt the ice
Step 4
Unblock the Saddle Valve
Most ice makers are connected to the household water supply by a “saddle” valve. One problem with saddle valves is that the needle hole in the pipe can clog.
Fortunately, that blockage is easy to clear once you locate the saddle valve.
Pro tip: If you have an unfinished basement, you’ll probably find a tube beneath the fridge that leads to the valve. Otherwise, look under your kitchen sink.
unblock saddle valve
Step 5
Close-Up of a Saddle Valve
Turn the saddle valve clockwise to unblock it.
Firmly tighten it to clear mineral deposits from the pinhole.
Then reopen the valve.
saddle valve
Step 6
Replace the Inlet Valve
At the back of your fridge, there’s a small electric “inlet valve” that turns the water supply to the ice maker on and off.
Pro tip: Before you replace the valve, make sure water is flowing to it. Turn off the water at the saddle valve and disconnect the supply tube from the inlet valve.
Hold the tube over a bucket and have a helper turn on the saddle valve.
Pro tip: If water flows out of the tube, the water supply is fine and chances are the inlet valve is bad.
To replace the inlet valve, unscrew the cover panel and remove the screws that hold the valve in place.
Unplug the wiring and unscrew the nuts that connect the water lines.
Reverse these steps to install the new valve.
When the job is done, turn the water back on and check for leaks before you push the fridge back into place.
replace inlet valve
Step 7
Refrigerator Repair Problem: The Fridge Produces Puddles
The water supply lines that serve ice makers or water dispensers can leak and make pools under the fridge. But a fridge without these features can create water problems too.
Every fridge produces water in the form of condensation and melting ice.
When the system that deals with this water fails, you can end up with puddles inside and outside of the fridge.
leaky refrigerator
Step 8
Leak-Prone Parts of a Compression Fitting
First, check the water supply line.
If your fridge has an ice maker or water dispenser, pull out the fridge and look for a leak.
If there’s a leak at the inlet valve, tighten the compression nuts.
If the plastic or copper tube is leaking, replace it.
Pro tip: Tubing is usually connected to the saddle valve and inlet valve with screw on compression fittings.
leak-prone parts of a compression fitting
Step 9
Check the Fridge With a Level
Water drains into a pan under the fridge where it evaporates. If your fridge is badly tilted, water can spill out of the pan. Leveling the fridge solves this problem.
To level the fridge, adjust the fridge so it’s level from side to side and tilted backward.
Stack quarters near the back and set a two-foot level on them.
When the bubble shows level, the tilt is correct.
level fridge with quarters
Step 10
Use the Adjustment Screws
Pull off the front cover grille to level or tilt the fridge.
Turn adjustment screws to raise or lower the front corners of the fridge.
adjustment screws
Step 11
Lift the Back Cover Panel
If the drain tube in the freezer gets plugged, water leaks into the compartment below or onto the floor.
To unplug it, first remove the cover panel.
Remove the screws that hold the back cover panel in place.
On some models, you have to pry out plastic screw covers with a putty knife to expose the screws for freezer repair. In some models, you have to unscrew the floor panel too.
remove back cover panel
Step 12
Clear the Drain Hole
Use a hair dryer to melt any ice buildup.
Sop away the melt water with a sponge. Then clean up around the drain hole.
Insert a tube in the drain hole and blow out any debris for freezer repair.
Pro tip: Any tube that fits tightly into the hole will work. You can also use a tire pump or air compressor (turn the pressure down to 30 psi).
Pour a cup of water into the tube to make sure it drains before you replace the cover panel.
clear drain hole
Step 13
Refrigerator Repair Problem: Fridge or Freezer Won’t Cool
There are lots of malfunctions that can take the chill out of your fridge.
One common cause of suddenly soft ice cream or warm juice is a simple loss of electricity.
If the light doesn’t come on when you open the fridge door, make sure the fridge is plugged in and check the breaker panel.
If the fridge runs but doesn’t get cold enough, chances are one of the following fixes will restore the chill.
melted ice cream
Step 14
Check the Temperature Control Dial
First, check the thermostat and vents. The temperature control dial inside the fridge is sometimes irresistible to curious kids.
Make sure it hasn’t been turned way down.
Also make sure the vents in the fridge and freezer compartment aren’t blocked by food containers. These vents supply the flow of frigid air.
Check the temperature control dial
Step 15
Clean the Coils
In order for your fridge to create a chill, air has to flow freely through the condenser coils. On most older refrigerators, these coils are on the backside.
Cereal boxes on top of the fridge or grocery bags stuffed behind it can reduce the needed airflow.
Most newer refrigerators have coils underneath, where they can be blocked by trash and clogged with dust.
Even if your fridge is working fine, you should pull off the front grille and clean the coils every year for efficient operation. Do it every six months if you have shedding pets.
Long brushes are available at appliance stores for $8.
Clean the coils so air can flow through them.
Pull dust and fur balls from beneath and between coils with a long brush.
clean coils under the fridge
Step 16
Vacuum the Fan
Coils on the back of a fridge create their own airflow as they heat up.
Models with coils underneath have a fan to push air through them.
Dust buildup can slow the fan. Wads of paper or other trash can stop it altogether.
Pull out the fridge and unscrew the cover panel.
Vacuum the fan. Then start the refrigerator to make sure the fan turns freely.
vacuum fridge fans
Step 17
Diagnose a Bum Refrigerator Circuit Board
If your refrigerator isn’t keeping food cold, the cause could be a burned circuit board or a sticking circuit board relay.
Before calling for repair service, try this trick.
Unplug the fridge and roll it out.
Remove any metal cover plates or cardboard access panels on the back and look for a circuit board.
Examine the board for burn marks. If you see any, replace them.
Move the press-on connectors to the new board one at a time.
Press each connector onto the header pins until it’s firmly seated.
If the board looks good, locate the largest relay on the board (look for the largest rectangular plastic box).
Then plug in the fridge (don’t touch any wires!). Tap lightly on the compressor relay to rattle the electrical contacts inside.
If the fridge starts, you need a new circuit board.
fridge circuit
Step 18
Replace a Bum Refrigerator Circuit Board
If there are no burn marks and the tapping doesn’t work, or the compressor makes a humming or clicking sound and then shuts off, the problem may be a relay located on the compressor itself.
To learn how to do that fix, see refrigerator compressor repair.
Replace a Bum Refrigerator Circuit Board
Step 19
Refrigerator Repair Problem: A Noisy Fridge
Refrigerator noise comes from the compressor under the fridge, the condenser fan motor under the fridge, or the evaporator fan motor inside the freezer.
Open the freezer door while the fridge is running. If the noise doesn’t get louder when you open the freezer, pull out the fridge.
Most refrigerators have a condenser fan motor. Unscrew the back cover and listen. You’ll be able to tell whether the noise is coming from the fan or the compressor.
The best cure for a loud compressor is usually a new fridge.
To replace the fan motor, remove its mounting screws, unplug it and install the new one.
Noisy fridge
Step 20
Remove the Fan
If the sound gets louder when you open the freezer, the evaporator fan motor is the noisy culprit. This refrigerator motor is easy to replace.
Your fan may not look exactly like the fan we show here, but the basic steps are the same.
Unscrew the fan from the rear wall of the freezer and unplug the wires.
With some models, you’ll need a socket set or nut driver to remove the fan.
Remove the fan
Step 21
Replace the Old Fan
Remove the fan refrigerator motor from its mounting bracket.
Fasten the new fan to the mounting bracket, reconnect the wires and screw the new fan into place.
Replace the Old Fan
Step 22
Finding Fridge Parts
To get the right part for your refrigerator, you’ll need the model number, which is usually stamped on a tag inside the fridge. If you can’t find it anywhere on or inside the fridge, check your owner’s manual.
To locate a parts dealer in your area, search “Appliances, Major, Parts near me.”
To mail-order parts for any major brand, go to or call (800) 4-MY-HOME.
Step 23
Don’t Wreck The Floor When You Pull Out The Fridge
Nine times out of ten, you can pull out a fridge without any damage to the floor.
But a sideways skid or a grain of sand caught under a wheel can scar any floor.
At the very least, lay down a cardboard runway before dragging out your fridge.
For the ultimate floor protection, use 1/8-in. hardboard (at home centers).
A pair of shims create a ramp for easier pulling.

Common Fridge problems and solutions

Common Fridge problems and solutions

Your refrigerator is arguably one of the most important appliances in your home – after all, it keeps your food from spoiling, saving you from many trips to the grocery store. However, refrigerators are not indestructible. They suffer from daily wear-and-tear just like other home appliances. While some problems are more serious than others, many can be solved by a quick fix without the help of a refrigerator repair technician. However, before you can fix the problem, it is important that you pinpoint its source.

Pay attention to the symptoms exhibited by your refrigerator in order to find the source of the problem. Then refer to our guide below on quick fixes that don’t require you to call a professional or purchase a new fridge entirely. It may just be a case of simply unplugging and re-plugging or purchasing some replacement parts.

Water Leaking on the Floor

Not only is this problem dangerous to people who are walking around your kitchen, but it is also a little bit tricky to solve as it can be caused by a couple of things. Luckily, the two most common causes have a quick and easy fix that usually don’t require the help of a professional.

One cause of water leaking onto the floor is a blocked de-frost drain. The defrost drain is typically located on the back wall of the freezer, right above the slope from the floor to the back. A buildup in food particles or debris can clog the drain hose, leading to ice buildup and water leaking out of the freezer and fridge. To fix this, try draining the hole from the inside using warm water. Use a long, slender instrument such as a pipe cleaner or turkey baster to remove the clog.

If this doesn’t get the job done, you might have to manually remove the buildup that is clogging the valve at the end of the drain hose. Locate the defrost drain hose in the back of the service panel by pulling your fridge away from the wall. This hose should have a rubber valve that helps catch debris and prevent clogging. Wash the valve with hot water and soap then reinstall.

A clogged or frozen water supply can also cause water to leak on the floor and puddle under your fridge. This can also prevent the icemaker and water dispense from working properly. In order to fix this, unplug the refrigerator and locate the shut-off valve. This could be located underneath your sink, behind the fridge, or below the fridge in a basement or crawl space. Once you locate it, make sure the shut-off valve is closed and check for any problems in the plastic supply line. If it is broken or torn, you need to replace the water supply line.

If your water line is damaged, you can still use your refrigerator to keep your food cold, you just won’t be able to use the ice or water dispenser.

Freezer Isn’t Cold Enough

Is your perishable food spoiling quickly or are you just noticing that your freezer isn’t as frosty as it should be? This is a common problem that is usually an easy fix. If you notice this problem in your freezer unit, check if the back wall of the freezer is cold.

If it is cold, check if you can hear the evaporator fan running or if you can feel air flowing from the freezer vents. If you can’t then it is most likely a problem concerning the freezer evaporator fan. If you can feel the air flowing and hear the fan running, you should check on the refrigerator’s compressor. Clean any dust that could be preventing air from moving across the coils. These are condenser coils that release heat from inside the fridge into the room. If your condenser coils are clean, it may be time to invest in that spiffy French door refrigerator you’ve had your eye on.

Unit is Cycling Too Often

Nobody likes a noisy fridge. Not only is it inconvenient because of the constant noise, but it can also cause your energy bill to run high, taking quite the toll on your wallet. There are a few things that can cause your fridge unit to cycle too often – one being a buildup of debris or dust around the condenser coils.

To fix this, you want to begin by unplugging your fridge. The condenser coils are usually located on the very bottom of your fridge and can be accessed from the front or the back. To find the condenser coils, first locate the “grill” and remove it by popping out the snaps that hold it in place. After doing this, use a small vacuum to remove the buildup of dust or debris around the condenser coils. You may even need to use a cloth to remove any buildup in those hard-to-access places. Once all of the debris and dust is removed, put the grill back on and plug the refrigerator back in. Problem solved!

Another common cause of your refrigerator unit cycling too often is setting the temperature too low. Not only will this cause some of your food to spoil, but it also results in the refrigerator working overtime. A good rule of thumb is to set your fridge temperature at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that you are checking the thermostat on your refrigerator from time to time to ensure that it is running at the correct temperature. If this doesn’t resolve the problem, it may be time to call in a repair technician as it might be the case of a defective part such as a condenser fan motor or thermostat sensor.

Fresh Food Compartment Is Warming Up

Before we can discuss the solution to this problem, it is important to understand the connection between your refrigerator and your freezer unit. Typically, the cold air generated by refrigerators comes from the freezer unit, which then flows into the fresh food section of your fridge. Therefore, if your fresh food compartment is warming up, it is most likely because you have an airflow problem.

Your freezer contains an evaporator fan that is responsible for moving the cold air from the freezer into the fresh food compartment in the fridge. This air moves through a diffuser, which is located in the back of the fresh food section of your fridge. If you can hear the evaporator fan running or can feel air blowing from the freezer vents and are still facing an issue, your diffuser duct may be clogged with ice. This is preventing air from passing through and is oftentimes caused by the door being left open for a long period of time.

However, if you can’t hear the evaporator fan running or hear an uncommon humming noise, you most likely need to invest in a new motor for your evaporator fan.

Sheet of Ice on the Freezer Floor

If you notice that there is a sheet of ice on the floor of your freezer or any water dripping into the fridge every once in awhile, it is probably an issue of a blocked defrost drain. This is usually a quick and easy fix. Simply store your food somewhere else for the time being, unplug the fridge, and allow it to defrost. This should usually resolve the issue.

However, if you want to be extra thorough, carefully remove the back wall of the freezer compartment before you plug the unit back in. Check for and remove any food or particles that are clogging the small hole at the base of the evaporator coils. If the problem remains, consider adding a drain heater to help the defrost process.

Buildup of Frost in the Ice Dispenser

This is a very common problem and a relatively simple fix! In order for ice to fall from your ice dispenser, it needs to be able to open and close. This “door” that opens and closes allowing ice to fall is called a damper door. Your damper door is lined with a special material that seals against the ice shoot and create an airtight seal. If this material on the door gets malformed or dirty, it might not be able to seal tightly, allowing moist air to enter into the freezer compartment. When this air cools down, it turns into frost causing airflow issues and cooling problems. Therefore, if you encounter this problem, simply inspect the damper door for anything that may be causing air to leak through. It may be a case of simply cleaning up the dirt or you may need to buy a replacement part.

Ice Maker is Overflowing

This is a relatively common problem with a variety of potential causes. The primary problem usually is the water inlet valve. If the water pressure in this valve is too low, it may not fully close when the power is shut off. This will result in the valve leaking water into the icemaker, causing the ice maker to overflow. To resolve this issue, ensure that the water pressure is at least 20 psi. If you check and the water pressure is appropriate, you may have a defective water inlet valve. It may not be shutting off completely or may be stuck open causing water to leak through the valve. Therefore, if the ice maker is still overflowing at a sufficient water pressure, consider replacing the water inlet valve.

Refrigerator is Freezing Food

If you notice that your refrigerator is freezing your food, it is most likely a problem with the temperature control thermostat. This thermostat controls the voltage to the compressor and evaporator fan motor; therefore, if it isn’t working correctly, it might cause the refrigerator system to run longer than necessary, causing the unit to be too cold.

Determine if the thermostat is faulty by rotating it from the lowest setting to the highest setting, listening for a click. If you hear a click, rest assured that it is likely not defective. However, if you don’t hear a click, use a multi-meter to test the thermostat for continuity. If it doesn’t have continuity at any setting, replace the thermostat.

Water Dispenser Not Working

There are three possible sources that may stop your water dispenser from working.

The first, and most common reason is that your water tube in the door is frozen. To determine if this is the source of the problem, disconnect the tube at the bottom of the door and blow air through it. If the air doesn’t pass through, it is a telltale sign that your water supply tube is frozen. To fix this, simply thaw it out. To prevent this from happening again, make sure to periodically check that your freezer is set at the proper temperature. It should be set somewhere between 0 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is any lower than this, the water line could freeze.

Another possible cause for this issue is a faulty water inlet valve. This valve opens the water supply to the dispenser; therefore, if the valve is defective or if the water pressure is too low, the water valve won’t open. Before jumping to conclusions and buying a replacement part, check if the water pressure to the valve is at least 20 psi.

If your home has insufficient water pressure, it may result in your water dispenser not working. Because the water inlet valve requires a minimum of 20 psi to function properly, this may be the cause of your problem. Check the water flow from your house supply to determine if the water pressure is at least 20 psi.

Your fridge is one of the most important appliances in your home. Knowing what symptoms to look out for and understanding how to fix them can be save you a lot of time and money. If you encounter any of these problems and are unable to fix them, call a repair technician for assistance. If they tell you that it might be time to invest in a new refrigerator, we hope you turn to AJ Madison. We carry a wide selection of side-by-side refrigerators, French door refrigerators, stainless steel refrigerators, and counter-depth refrigerators at affordable prices.

How to Keep your washing machine Clean

You rely on your washing machine to keep your clothes clean and smelling fresh. But what happens when your washing machine itself is the source of stains and bad smells on your clothing? Whatever type of washing machine you have, this ultimate guide will show you how to identify signs that your washing machine needs cleaning, and how to clean your washing machine for the best results.

Signs your washing machine needs cleaning

How to clean a washing machine that smells
Noticed a stale, musty smell on your clothes? Or even the smell of eggs or sulfur? A bad smell is usually the first indication your washer needs a good scrub. Over time bacteria, limescale, soap scum, slime, and mildew can all accumulate inside your washing machine, preventing your washer from working efficiently and leaving your clothes dirtier than when you put them in there.

While the idea of mold and bacteria hanging out in your washer is gross, it shouldn’t be surprising. Washing machines are the sort of warm, dark, wet environments that microorganisms love. They even get fed with regular doses of laundry detergent. Yep, soap scum isn’t just unsightly, it’s a banquet for bacteria.

A musty or mildew smell indicates mold is growing inside your washer. Search for it around the rubber gasket of front loader machines.

If you smell eggs, sulfur, or sewage, you’ve probably got bacteria inside your washing machine. The smell comes from hydrogen sulfide gas, a byproduct of bacteria metabolism.

It isn’t only the smells that give away a problem with your washing machine. Slow draining could be a sign that soap scum and lint are building up in the drain. Regularly cleaning your washing machine filter and flushing the drain will help your washer smell better and run more efficiently.

You might also see visible signs of dirt and grime accumulation. If your washer is dirty, so are your clothes, and sometimes they’ll have black or rusty marks on them after they’ve been through a cycle.

Whether or not you notice any obvious signs your washing machine is due to be cleaned, it’s always a good idea to clean your washer on a regular schedule in order to prevent dirt, mold, or soap scum from becoming a problem. Read on to find out the best way to clean your washing machine.

cleaning tips on how to clean a front load washing machine

Cleaning tips for front loader washing machines
How to clean a washing machine front loader
Front loaders are the most common type of washing machine, but they are also at most risk of mold growth because of their door design. The rubber gasket around the door creates the perfect environment for mold to grow because it’s dark and damp. The folds in the rubber that create the door seal provide hiding places where you might not notice mold is accumulating until it’s already established.

It’s a good idea to check around the door of your front loader once a week as part of your usual cleaning routine. Pull back the rubber to inspect between the folds and give it a quick wipe down with a rubber-safe, antibacterial cleaner. If you see black marks on your cleaning utensils, that’s an indication that mold and mildew are growing inside the machine.

To further help dry out your washer between loads, use a microfiber cloth to wick away any moisture around the door and basket (or drum). Microfiber is best for this because it’s highly absorbent and doesn’t leave lint behind.

cleaning tips on how to clean top loader washing machine

Cleaning tips for top loader washing machines
How to clean a washing machine top loader
Top loader washing machines don’t have the same problem with mildew in the door gasket that front loaders are prone to, but they still need regular cleaning and maintenance to ensure they’re working efficiently. Water and soap can pool in the bottom of top loaders, leaving a musty smell behind that permeates your clothes on the next wash. Too much soap accumulation can also cause top loaders to drain slowly, and a lot of new top loaders don’t fill the drum all the way with water. That can mean large areas get damp through steam and splashing but are never submerged and properly cleaned.

What products clean a washing machine

Whatever type of washing machine you own, taking care of it with regular cleaning will ensure you get the best performance and truly clean clothes from every wash.

Musty smell
Mold or mildew growth
Clean drum and gasket with all-purpose cleaner
Egg/sulfur/drains smell
Bacteria growth
Clean with a disinfectant such as bleach
Slow draining
Soap scum buildup in pipes
Run a hot wash with a grease-busting cleaner
Smelly clothes
Mold or mildew growth
Run a hot wash with an antibacterial cleaner
Stained or dirty clothes
Mold or bacteria growth

Use bleach to kill bacteria and stay on top of future growth

How to clean a washing machine with bleach
How to sanitize a washing machine with bleach
Note: Whenever using bleach, take care not to mix it with other chemicals, particularly ammonia. The reaction can create fumes that are irritating or harmful when breathed in. Try to open a window and use gloves when working with bleach in order to stay safe.

Chlorine bleach is a cleaner’s best friend when it comes to killing mold and mildew and sanitizing surfaces. Using bleach, you can quickly and efficiently clean and sanitize your washing machine.

how to clean a washing machine with bleach

Cleaning a front loader washing machine with bleach
Step 1: Set your washing machine on the highest temperature it will go.

Step 2: Pour two cups of bleach into the detergent tray.

Step 3: Set your washing machine to run on the longest cycle.

Step 4: Allow the cycle to start, the basket to fill, and the bleach to mix with the water.

Step 5: Pause the cycle and let the bleach and water sit inside the basket for half an hour.

Step 6: Resume the cycle and let it finish.

Cleaning a top loader washing machine with bleach

Cleaning a top loader washing machine with bleach is a very similar process. If your top loader has a detergent drawer, add two cups of bleach, and put another two cups into the drum. If you don’t have a drawer, just add four cups of bleach to the drum. Start the longest, hottest cycle and let the agitator mix the bleach with the water. Then pause the cycle and let the machine sit for half an hour, before restarting and completing the cycle.

Cleaning your washing machine if you can’t pause the cycle
If your washing machine doesn’t allow you to pause the cycle, or you don’t have time to keep an eye on it, you can skip this step by putting the bleach directly into the basket and allowing it to sit for an hour before turning the washer on.

Removing the smell of bleach from your washing machine

Bleach is a highly efficient cleaner that will get your washer sparkling clean, but it doesn’t smell great on your clothes. In order to remove any lingering traces, run the washing machine again on a rinse cycle to flush out the last of the bleach.

Pro Tip: If you don’t like using bleach, but you want the same bacteria-killing power, you can substitute chlorine bleach for an equal amount of hydrogen peroxide instead. Either solution is suitable to sanitize your washing machine.

how to clean washing machine with vinegar and baking soda and lemon juice

How to clean a washing machine with vinegar and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
If a DIY washing machine cleaner is more your style, you can’t go wrong with white vinegar and baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate. The combination makes an effective cleaner for almost any surface or appliance. The cleaning and antibacterial properties of vinegar make it a prized cleaning solution. Combining acidic vinegar with a weak base such as baking soda makes a powerful foaming cleaner that blasts away dirt.

Pro Tip: Always use plain white or distilled vinegar inside your washing machine, not any other kind. While all sorts of vinegars are useful for cleaning, they can leave a residue behind. White vinegar is a great deodorizer so don’t worry about any lingering smell after you use it.

What You’ll Need

White/distilled vinegar
Baking soda
Fresh water (optional)
Lemon juice (optional)
Cleaning a front loader washing machine with vinegar and baking soda
You can add vinegar and baking soda to your front loader washing machine in a number of ways, but to get the most effective cleaning results, you don’t want the two to mix until they’re in the basket, where they’re most needed. Try any of the following:

Add 2 cups of vinegar to the detergent dispenser, and half a cup of baking soda to the softener dispenser.
Put 2 cups of vinegar directly into the drum of the machine. Mix enough water with half a cup of baking soda to make a loose paste and put it into the detergent dispenser.
Add vinegar and baking soda directly into the basket.
Add half a cup of baking soda to the drum, start the cycle, and then pour 2 cups of vinegar into the detergent dispenser.
Once your vinegar and baking soda have been added to your washer, begin a long, hot cycle. As soon as the basket has filled and the baking soda and vinegar have mixed together, pause the cycle and let it sit for half an hour in order to soak and allow the solution to get to work on cleaning the machine. Then resume the cycle to make your washer fresh and clean.

Cleaning a top loader washing machine with vinegar and baking soda

Most top loaders don’t have detergent drawers, so you’ll have to combine the vinegar and baking soda inside the drum. Use four cups of white or distilled vinegar to clean your top loader. There are several ways of adding the vinegar and baking soda to your machine:

Add 4 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda to the basket and start a long, hot cycle. If possible, pause the cycle for half an hour after the basket has filled.
Fill the drum with hot water and add 4 cups of vinegar. Let stand for half an hour, then add 1 cup of baking soda and run a long, hot cycle immediately.
Put 1 cup of baking soda into the washer and start a long, hot cycle. Let the agitator mix the baking soda into the water until it has dissolved (about 10 minutes). Pause the cycle and add 4 cups of vinegar to the hot water. Allow the mixture to sit for half an hour before resuming the cycle.
Pro Tip: Instead of vinegar, you can get the same results—and a fresher scent—by using lemon juice. Simply replace the white vinegar with the same amount of real lemon juice. Just be careful there’s no extra sugar or other additives that will leave a residue in your washer.

Vinegar and baking soda make a great cleaner for washing machines because they remove hard water deposits as well as dirt and grime. Instead of lemon juice, you can also substitute the vinegar for equal amounts of citric acid or hydrogen peroxide.

how to clean a washing machine with soda crystals

How to clean a washing machine with soda crystals
Soda crystals, sometimes called washing soda, are a form of sodium carbonate that’s a powerful water softener and multipurpose cleaner. They’re particularly effective at dissolving grease, which makes soda crystals a great cleaner for your washing machine because they can break down the soap scum that blocks drains and encourages bacteria to grow.

Place two cups of soda crystals into your washing machine drum and start a long, hot wash. Soda crystals dissolve in hot water so that’s all you need to do to activate their cleaning power. You can repeat this every month or so as a maintenance cleaning cycle in order to keep your washing machine in top condition.

Pro Tip: To clean your detergent tray, add half a cup of soda crystals to two cups of hot water and stir until dissolved. Pour the solution into the dispenser drawer before starting your cleaning cycle in order to flush soap residue out of the drawer and pipes.

how to clean a washing machine naturally

The best DIY and natural cleaning solutions for washing machines
How to clean a washing machine naturally and what to use
You don’t need a lot of specialist solutions or harmful chemicals in order to clean your washing machine. You can always use one of these DIY solutions and stick to natural ingredients to make a cheap, effective, eco-friendly cleaner for your washer.

You can use all of these suggestions as topical solutions by filling a spray bottle and spritzing your washer. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. You can also add two cups of solution to a front loader, or four cups to a top loader washing machine as a general cleaner.

Hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice

2 cups water
Half cup hydrogen peroxide
Quarter cup real lemon juice
Hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice are the active ingredients in this solution. They’re both effective cleaners that combat and inhibit mold growth.

Vinegar and lemon juice

2 cups water
Half cup white vinegar
Quarter cup real lemon juice
What to clean a smelly washing machine with
For a more natural alternative to hydrogen peroxide, you can always use distilled white vinegar as an all-purpose cleaner. Despite its strong smell, white vinegar is a great deodorizer, so combined with the lemon juice it will leave your washing machine smelling fresh and clean.

White vinegar

1 cup distilled white vinegar
4 cups water
Just diluted vinegar is enough to make an effective cleaner for your washing machine. Vinegar inhibits mold growth and deodorizes.

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How to sanitize a washing machine to get rid of mold and bacteria
If you’ve tried everything else, it might be time to resort to bleach in order to keep mold and bacteria under control in your washing machine. A dilute mixture of bleach and water makes a good, all-purpose solution that you can use to sanitize your washer.


1 cup chlorine bleach
4 cups water
Pro Tip: For a really fresh smelling washing machine, add a tablespoon of eucalyptus oil to the water of a hot wash. The oil doesn’t just make the washer smell great, it can also break down soap deposits in your drain. You can use eucalyptus oil on its own, or with white vinegar and baking soda to clean your washing machine.

How to clean the different parts of your washing machine
Depending on if you have a front or top loader washer, there are different parts of your machine that will need more attention in order to keep clean. Front loaders are prone to mold and mildew growth in the folds of the rubber gasket around the door, while top loaders can get musty if water starts to drain slowly and pool in the bottom of the basket. Knowing which parts to keep an eye on, and how best to clean them, will make keeping your washing machine in top condition a breeze.

how to clean a washing machine filter

How to clean a washing machine gasket and filter
How to clean a washing machine drum inside
Both front or top loader washing machines can start to smell if the drum isn’t clean. Modern machines often use only a small amount of water in the tub, so they don’t automatically get cleaned when you run a load of laundry.

The best way to clean the drum is to run a hot wash using a cleaner such as bleach, vinegar, soda crystals, or one of the DIY cleaning solutions listed above. Once the wash cycle has finished, wipe down the basket with a microfiber cloth to wick up any water residue.

Front loader washing machine filters are usually located at the lower front of the machine. For top loaders, the filter is normally inside the fabric softener dispenser, on top of the agitator inside the basket.

Locate your filter and take it out. Front loaders usually require a screwdriver or coin to open the access door. With top loaders, the dispenser will usually unscrew from the top of the agitator. Bear in mind that there’s usually water inside the filter, so put down an old towel to catch any drips.

Remove any debris that has collected in the filter. This could include keys, coins, and lint, as well as sharp objects such as pins, so be careful. Once emptied, run the filter under water and give it a scrub with an old toothbrush if it’s very dirty.

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How to clean a washing machine gasket
What to clean washing machine seal with and how to clean it
The gasket is the rubber seal around the door of front loader washing machines. Gaskets are prone to mold and mildew because they offer a warm, dark, moist environment. To check for dirt, pull apart the rubber folds and run a clean microfiber cloth around the gasket. If it comes away green, brown, or black, there’s mold and mildew growing.

How to sanitize a washing machine gasket

To clean and sanitize your washing machine gasket, spray a microfiber cloth with a topical cleaning solution such as white vinegar, all-purpose cleaner, or bleach, and wipe the gasket clean, paying particular attention to the areas where it folds and/or water pools. If you can’t reach all the way around the gasket, or it has a lot of accumulation, use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrub away dirt.

For the best long-term results, dry the gasket after every wash and leave the door ajar to help water evaporate.

How to clean a washing machine soap dispenser
What to clean washing machine drawer with and how to clean it
Dispenser drawers quickly accumulate soap scum that looks unsightly and can lead to blockages. Most washing machine dispenser trays are removable, so you should be able to slide out the entire unit. Remove all the parts you can and wipe away as much soap and residue as possible with a paper towel.

Place the tray and drawers into a bucket of warm, soapy water and let them soak for half an hour. You should then be able to clean them easily with a sponge or microfiber cloth. An old toothbrush can come in handy for getting to hard-to-reach corners.

Dry all the parts thoroughly before reassembling them and putting them back into your washing machine.

How to maintain your washing machine with regular cleaning
How to sanitize a washing machine during regular cleaning
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure and cleaning your washing machine as part of your normal routine will help keep it in prime condition and prevent odors or stains on your clothes.

Pro Tip: Many washing machines come with a preset cleaning cycle, so consult your user manual.

how to sanitize washing machine

Once a month, run your washing machine on a hot cycle with a cleaning solution in order to sanitize the drum and flush the pipes. You can use bleach, vinegar, soda crystals, or any of the DIY solutions we’ve recommended, or purchase a specialist washing machine cleaner.

Use the right laundry detergent in your washing machine. High efficiency (HE) washers need high efficiency detergent, otherwise they will create too many suds. This leads to a buildup of residue and soap scum that can cause smells, blockages, and bacteria growth inside your washing machine. If you have been using the wrong detergent, a couple of hot rinse cycles should clean out the pipes.

Don’t leave wet clothes in your washing machine. We’re all guilty of this sometimes, but damp clothes contribute to a moist atmosphere where microorganisms can flourish. Moving your clothes immediately also prevents them from getting musty and needing to be washed again.

Leave the door open. This allows air to circulate, preventing your machine from being overrun with mold and mildew. Most new washing machines have a latch called a magnetic door plunger or holder that props the door open about an inch in order to allow it to dry. You can also buy aftermarket latches that do the same job for older machines.

If your laundry room is particularly prone to being humid, use a dehumidifier to strip some of the moisture from the air. The drier you can keep your washing machine, the longer it will last.

Repairing an Appliance Is it worth it ?

Deciding if it’s time to repair or replace appliances can be difficult, but there are some general guidelines to help you. Answering these five questions may reveal which option is right for you:

1. How much will the repair cost?
Royce Palmer, president of Columbia Appliance, a retailer in Columbia, Missouri, says you should consider replacing an appliance if the cost to repair it is more than 50 percent of the cost of a new one. The cost and availability of replacement parts is also an important consideration when deciding whether to repair or replace appliances.

“There are times that you have no choice but to replace because the part that is defective is no longer produced,” Palmer says.

But the cost and logistics of installing a new appliance also need to be factored in, says Anthony Arroyo, owner of the repair shop Mr. Appliance of the Tri-Cities in Gray, Tennessee. He says an appliance repair might still be a good option, “as long as it’s a little bit cheaper than a new one,” and if it means avoiding the complex installation of a built-in appliance.

If your machine experiences what Arroyo calls a “catastrophic failure,” requiring huge expenditures in parts and labor to fix, then it’s off to the appliance store you go for a new purchase.

You should consider replacing an appliance if the cost to repair it is more than 50 percent of the cost of a new one. – Royce Palmer, president of Columbia Appliance
2. How old is the appliance?
If you’re deciding when to replace appliances, you can apply the 50 percent rule to the age of your appliances as well as the cost of repairing them, according to HouseLogic, a website of the National Association of Realtors. That would mean replacing an appliance that is more than halfway through its expected life span and requires repair work that’s more than half its original cost. If you go the repair route and are all about the DIY craze, consider that there are some home repairs you should never do yourself.

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How old is too old?
If you’re considering when to replace appliances, use the average life span as a good reference point. According to HouseLogic, the average life span (in years) of common major household appliances is:

Compactor: 6
Dishwasher: 9
Disposal: 12
Dryer: 13
Electric range: 13
Exhaust fan: 10
Freezer: 11
Gas range: 15
Microwave: 9
Range hood: 14
Refrigerator: 13
Washer: 10
“The life span of household appliances varies based on their usage and maintenance,” says Chris Granger, vice president and general manager of Sears Home Services. “For example, a single person’s washing machine will typically last longer than a family’s because it will be used much less.”

When considering an appliance repair or replace, also note whether the appliance is still under warranty and how many times you’ve run into trouble with it. If the appliance is less than a year old, it probably still has a warranty covering parts and labor, so getting it repaired could cost you nothing.

Even if the warranty has expired, you may not want to ditch an appliance the first time something goes wrong. But if the appliance has broken down repeatedly, creating several repair bills over the last few years, it may be time to part ways and consider a replacement.

Appliance repair or replace? That may depend on if it’s time to upgrade to an energy-efficient appliance

3. Do you need a more energy-efficient appliance?
Energy costs are another important factor when deciding whether to repair or replace appliances. If your old appliance has a lower energy-efficiency rating than new models, you might save more money in the long run by switching it out. That bright yellow and black EnergyGuide label attached to all appliances on the sales floor is a useful tool for estimating how much an appliance will cost to operate.

An Energy Star label certifies that the appliance has met an international standard of superior energy efficiency created by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star-approved clothes washers and refrigerators, for example, use about 20 percent less energy than standard models, according to the Department of Energy.

4. Could better maintenance extend the life of your appliance?
You may be able to put off an appliance repair or replace by adopting a few good maintenance practices.

“On a clothes dryer, for instance, one should check the exhaust vent probably at least once a year, just to make sure the air is flowing properly,” says Palmer of Columbia Appliance. “If they do that, it’s probably going to prolong the life of the dryer.”

Is it time to repair or replace appliances in your home?

Another tip, from Arroyo, is to periodically vacuum your refrigerator condenser coils—located either in the back or across the bottom of the refrigerator—to remove the dust and other debris that can cause the unit to use more electricity to keep cool.

Cleaning your range top and oven is also important if you’re trying to avoid an appliance repair or replace, Granger says.

“Keep the range top burner areas free of food debris so you do not block the flow of gas,” he says. “Clean the oven cavity per the manufacturer’s recommended method, adjusting the frequency based on your usage.”

Running your dishwasher regularly and not overloading your washer and dryer will help those appliances last longer, Granger adds.

When to replace appliances may depend on how important the latest style is to you

5. Are you a stickler for style?
Style preference is a final, and totally personal, point in determining when to replace appliances. If you want a uniform look in your kitchen, you may view your old dishwasher breaking as a signal to get a new one that matches the color and style of the refrigerator you bought a few months ago.

For customers who like coordination, Palmer advises replacing everything at once. If not, “by the time you decide to replace the other items the design may already be changed,” he says.

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When to replace appliances?
The choice to repair or replace appliances is up to you, but checking this list before you decide may help ensure you spend your money wisely and get the results you value most.

So you don’t find yourself in a crunch if an appliance repair or replace catches you by surprise, build up an emergency fund in your online savings account so you’ll be prepared to either fix the old or invest in the brand new.

Understanding the parts of a Washer

Your washing machine is a complex appliance, and sometimes you may feel a little confused when it comes to washing machine installation or even dealing with washing machine problems. To help you understand your washer better, here’s an introduction to washing machine parts as well as some basic information on how your machine works.Parts of the washerSince each washing machine comes with its own design and features, some of the parts will vary between your machine. But get to know your washer with some common parts you can find in your machine.
Water pump. This circulates the water through the machine, rotating in two directions. It’s used for circulating the water through the wash cycle and also for draining the water during the spin cycle.
Water inlet control valve. This is located near the water inlet point, which is opens and closes automatically when you load the clothes, depending on how much water is required.
Drum. Did you know that washing machines actually have two tubs? The one you see where the clothes are loaded is the inner drum, which moves around the washing machine and is perforated with holes to allow the water in and out. The outer tub contains the inner drum and the water, stopping it from leaking into the rest of the machine and supports the inner drum.
Agitator or paddles. This is located inside the tub of the washing machine and helps perform the cleaning of the clothes. Most fully-automatic washing machines have these paddles on the rotating inner drum which is controlled by a rotating disc, whereas semi-automatic washing machines use an agitator that rotates within the machine to produce a current in the machine. Either way, these are designed to move the clothes around during the wash to allow the detergent to work and remove dirt particles and soiling from your clothes, helping the clothes rub together while washing.
Washing machine motor. This is combined with the agitator or the disc that turns the drum, it produces a rotator motion. This is basically the mechanism that gets your machine going.
Drain pipe. All the dirty water from your washing is expelled from the machine via the drain pipe.
Printed circuit board (PCB). This is where you’ll find main the electronics that operate the machine from electrical components to circuits. These can be programmed and help operate the machine, acting as the artificial intelligence for the washing machine, sometimes even deciding on the time needed for rinsing or washing.
Timer. This helps set the wash time for your clothes, which can be set manually or automatically.
Heating element. This heats the water up in the washing machine to the desired temperature.
Anatomy and Parts of a Washing Machine – ArielHow does a washing machine work?Most of your washing machine processes are electrically controlled, such as the drum, valves, pump, motor and heating. Your average wash will go something like this:
You load the machine with your laundry, dose with Ariel and select the program you need.
The programmer in your machine opens the valves to let the hot and cold water into the machine, this then fills both drums up. Some water also enters the detergent tray (if your machine uses one), and washes any detergent into the main part of the machine.
The valves are switched off once the water has entered the machine.
The thermostat measures the water coming into your washing machine and may heat up the water using the heating element to the required temperature.
Once the water is at the desired temperature, the inner drum begins to rotate back and forth, mixing the clothes up in the warm, soapy water, agitating them to help remove stains and soiling.
The detergent helps remove the dirt from the clothes, and pulls it into the water.
The valve opens again and the dirty water drains out of the drums. The pump works to help get rid of the water.
The valve lets clean water in again into the drums.
The inner drum rotates again to rinse the clothes from any remaining dirty water or detergent.
Once rinsed, the inner drum starts to spin at high speed to remove any remaining water. This water goes out through the small holes in the inner drum into the outer drum before the pump removes any remaining water, and your clothes are ready to be taken out to dry.
Identifying the root source of a problem you can have in your machineWith so many complex components in the washing machine, there’s also a lot that can go wrong with your washer. You may have problems during washing machine installation if the water supply is not connected correctly, or you find you need washing machine repair as the motor fails or the valves don’t work. Unless you know what you’re doing with your machine, it’s best to call a professional, or you may be at risk of breaking your warranty.However, if you find your fully-automatic washing machine is not giving you the stain removal results you’re looking for, perhaps it’s your detergent that’s the problem. Hand washing detergent can produce too many suds in your machine during the wash, making it more difficult to remove stains and remove detergent. This is why you’ll want to use a detergent that’s designed for fully-automatic washing machines like Ariel.Ariel is specially designed to meet your needs and is uniquely formulated to ensure the best performance inside your washing machine. Ariel offers a range of detergents from regular Ariel (for your semi-automatic washing machines) to Ariel Matic Front Load (for your fully-automatic front load washing machine) and Ariel Matic Top Load (for your fully-automatic top load washing machine), to ensure you get the best stain removal in 1-wash.

Convection Cookers and Regular Cookers

What is a convection oven?
A convection oven has a fan and exhaust system that circulate hot air around the cavity of the oven, reducing hot and cool spots and helping dishes on every rack cook more evenly. Convection ovens can also have a third heating element, called true convection, to help foods cook faster.1

Another advantage to convection ovens – the fan and exhaust system reduce the amount of moisture in the oven to help foods crisp and brown on the outside and stay juicy on the inside.

Most convection ovens have a convection setting that activates the fan, exhaust system and third heating element. The convection setting can be turned on or off, allowing for greater versatility. When the convection setting is on, you’re taking full advantage of the benefits of your convection oven. When the convection setting is off, your oven operates just like a conventional, thermal oven.

What’s a conventional oven?
A conventional oven has two heating elements that heat air inside the oven to cook food. The heating element at the bottom of the oven is used for most cooking and baking, while the heating element at the top is mostly used for broiling. The dish closest to the active heating element cooks the fastest.

Since a conventional oven doesn’t have a convection fan to circulate hot air, pockets of hotter or cooler air can cause dishes to cook faster or slower, depending on their placement inside the oven.

Since most recipes are written for conventional ovens, people often feel more comfortable cooking with them because they don’t need to adjust time and temperature to account for hot air circulation and faster cook times.

So, which oven will best help you whip up after-school snacks, make cookies for the bake sale or get dinner on the table between soccer practice and ballet class? Whirlpool can help you decide.

What are the benefits of a convection oven vs. a conventional oven?
Both convection and conventional ovens have their distinct advantages. Learn more about their unique benefits.

The convection oven benefits
Even baking and heat distribution
Less rotating
Improved browning, crisping and roasting
Faster baking and roasting1
Quick preheating
Better cooking for multiple dishes at once
Run long baking cycles without drying out foods
Conventional oven benefits
More familiar functionality
Most recipes are written for these models
Chocolate chip cookies baking inside a convection oven.
When to use the convection setting
Use the convection setting on your convection oven for most cooking, roasting and baking needs, including meats, vegetables, casseroles, cookies and pies.

With convection roasting, meats like chicken and turkey can get a delicious crispy outer layer, while staying juicy on the inside.


With convection baking, cookies and brownies bake better depending on their placement within the oven cavity. For optimal results, leverage multi-rack cooking by centering your baking dishes on multiple racks within the oven cavity.


For certain baked goods like cakes, quick breads, custards and other delicate desserts and pastries, use conventional oven settings.

How to use a convection oven
Follow these simple steps for cooking, roasting and baking with your convection oven.

Step 1: Convert Recipes For Convection Ovens
If you’re cooking with a convection oven, check the recipe to see if you need to adjust the time/temperature. While most recipes are written for conventional ovens, some recipes provide recommended times and temperatures for convection cooking and baking.
Step 2: Adjust Temperature
A good rule of thumb for fan convection is to simply subtract 25°F from the temperature listed. Time and temperature adjustments can vary by oven cavity, but if your favorite brownie recipe tells you to preheat to 325°F, adjust to 300°F.
Step 3: Adjust Time
For true convection, multiply the listed time by 0.75.2 For example, if your brownie recipe calls for 40 minutes, adjust to 30 minutes. Make sure to check your owner’s manual for exact instructions regarding time and temperature adjustments. Ovens can vary, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what’s cooking.
Step 4: Preheat
Preheat your oven to the adjusted temperature. An added bonus – convection ovens preheat quickly.
Step 5: Cook, Roast or Bake
Set your timer for the adjusted time and place your dishes on the oven racks for consistent heat and even cooking. Use the convection roast setting for a brown, crispy outer layer on meats.
Tips for cooking with a convection oven
Looking to take your convection cooking skills to the next level? Check out our list of convection cooking do’s and don’ts.

Convection cooking dos:
Do adjust recipe times and temperatures for the best results
Do use cookware and bakeware with lower sides to enhance air circulation
Do use your convection roast setting for roasting, browning and crisping
Convection cooking don’ts:
Don’t block the convection fan with tall cookware
Don’t overload your oven – overcrowding can make the oven less efficient
Don’t use your convection setting for moist, delicate desserts and baked goods – like angel food cake, cheesecake, banana bread and flan

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2022 Choosing the best cooker – Gas vs Induction

An induction cooker transfers electrical energy by induction from a coil of wire into a metal vessel that must be ferromagnetic. … The eddy currents flow through the electrical resistance of the pot to produce heat through Joule heating; the pot then in turn heats its contents by heat conduction.

Buying a new range or cooktop is intimidating enough, but especially so if you’re considering switching to induction. The new, buzzy type of range has gained popularity for its quick cooking times, energy efficiency, and safety: but how exactly does induction work, and is it worth the steep price tag? The truth is: it depends.

Induction cooking takes place on a flat glass surface equipped with heaters. The heating coils are powered by electromagnetic energy that’s only activated by the iron in cookware. When the iron makes contact with the active heaters, the iron particles agitate causing the pan to heat up quickly. This is different than what happens with an electric or gas range because a transfer of heat from the burners to the cookware does not take place: instead, the pot or pan heats up while the cooktop remains cools – and safe to touch! This process takes place more quickly than electric or gas because there’s no waiting for the burner to heat up first. Here’s what you need to know before you make the switch:

Pros of induction cooking
Induction stoves and cooktops heat faster than electric and gas counterparts. That’s because with induction, you don’t have to wait for the heating element to transfer to the pan. Instead, the pan heats up directly and super quickly — our tests have shown that induction cooktops can boil six quarts of water in under 15 minutes.

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Induction stoves and cooktops offer precise temperature control. Electric cooktops take a lot of time to heat up and cool down, and it’s difficult to hit a precise temperature with gas ranges. But with induction, you’re afforded super precise temperature control which allows for more controlled cooking. When you turn the burner off, heat transfer stops immediately, so there’s less of a chance of foods boiling over or overcooking.

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Induction stoves and cooktops are more energy efficient than electric or gas because heat isn’t lost in the transferring process. With gas and electric ranges, a lot of energy is lost to the air around the pots and pans. With induction, only the cookware heats, which ultimately translates to energy- and cost-savings (and, of course, faster cooking times).

Induction stoves and cooktops maintain a cool cooking surface. Since only the pan gets hots, a hot element will never be exposed, preventing fire hazards and the risk of burns in the first place. This also allows for quicker cleanup. Some people claim this makes it safer to cook around children, but keep in mind that the cookware (and food inside it) still remains very hot.

Induction stoves offer a safer way to cook than electric or gas. It doesn’t emit gas into the air, and it won’t catch objects, like dishcloths, on fire because it only heats items with iron particles in it. It also turns off when the cookware is removed from the heating element so there’s little risk of accidentally leaving it on when you’re done cooking.

Cons of induction cooking
Induction stoves are traditionally more expensive than their electric and gas counterparts, since the technology is relatively new. It’s an investment, but if you’re in the market for a new range, this will pay off in the long run: An induction model uses 10% less energy than a smooth-top electric range. Plus, as induction becomes more mainstream, the cost is starting to decrease.

Induction stoves and cooktops require specific cookware. While most cookware, especially stainless steel cookware, is compatible with induction, your older cookware may need to be replaced if you’re going with induction. Induction-safe cookware contains iron particles, which activate and create heat when they interact with induction heaters. Make sure new pots and pans are marked “induction safe.” If you’re unsure about older ones, do the magnet test: If a magnet sticks to the bottom, it can be used with induction.

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Induction stoves and cooktops have a learning curve. The right sized cookware must be placed in the center of the heating element in order for it to be properly activated. The pot can’t be too small, off-center, or wobbly, so flat-bottomed pots and pans work best. While most induction cooktops have a lock setting that allows you to freely shake your pan around while cooking, during testing, we found the learning curve to be a little frustrating: the heating element sometimes cuts off prematurely or shuts off without warning.

Induction stoves and cooktops can overcook food at first because they heat food faster than traditional cooking methods. Remember that when cooking with induction, cookware doesn’t need as long to preheat and a lower heat setting is needed to maintain the temperature of food. The trade-off is a speedy cook time.

Induction stoves and cooktops sometimes cause a rattling sound, which is a result of the high energy transferring from the coil to the pan. This whirring sound often goes away when you turn down the heat or add food to the pot or pan, but it can be annoying for some users.

Induction cooktops scratch easily. While electric and gas ranges have a grate or heat element that can withstand more wear and tear, inductions are made with smooth glass, which makes them more prone to scratching. Induction cooktop manufacturers suggest using cookware with clean, smooth bottoms, and avoid sliding your pots and pans around on the surface. It’s also advised to not use sharp tools or abrasive cleaning materials on your range.

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Mixing mid-century and modern designs, we have put together a list of chillers and freezers to suit different types of kitchen styles! With so many options to choose from, here are some things to consider before deciding on one: kitchen space, storage capacity, freshness system, as well as lifestyle and eating habits. Scroll down to check out all the different models available today.

1.The Built-In Refrigerator
Built-in refrigerators are designed to your kitchen décor and cabinets for that seamless finish. Here’s one tip to achieve the perfect fit: check with your interior designer for the recommended dimensions before installation, and don’t forget to allow for extra space so air can flow easily.

Beyond aesthetics, these fridges also come with a hidden door hinge, safety glass and LED lighting, elevating your kitchen to a space that’s both sophisticated and functional.

2.The Top Freezer Refrigerator
If you’re always reaching for the freezer, the top freezer refrigerator would be a great choice as you won’t have to bend down frequently to get what you need. An affordable choice for most, the top freezer is without a doubt, a commonly found model in homes today.

It comprises a fresh food compartment with a separate freezer on top, making it ideal for smaller kitchens. You’ll also find that there are many options to choose from; refrigerators sporting a modern design with a fingerprint-resistant stainless steel finishing and LED lighting, or one with bright colours and different laminate patterns for something fun!


3.The Bottom Freezer
The bottom freezer is best for families who use the fridge compartment more often than the freezer. You’ll find yourself bending a lot lesser as the fridge section is at eye level, making the retrieva of items more convenient and ergonomic. It also comes with plenty of adjustable drawers for you to sort and pack away your groceries-no need to waste time sifting through a messy fridge when it’s time to eat! To be extra organised, use jars and containers of similar sizes that can be stacked easily, and label everything.

Keeping your fridge clutter-free pays in the long run, as it means less time and energy spent rummaging through your fridge. Having removable drawers and containers would also make cleaning a breeze!

4.The Side-by-Side Refrigerator
With a fresh food section on one side, and a freezer on the other, the side-by-side design allows for access to all your chilled items quickly and easily. This model’s generous capacity can accommodate the needs of larger households without taking up too much space. Compared to the wider single-door option, it generally requires less space to open the doors, making it suitable even for narrow kitchen aisles.

Apart from storage space, some side-by-sides come with a host of other features like ice-makers, energy-efficient systems, as well as digital displays and controls for ultimate convenience. With a stainless steel finish and a glass-door option, this design is both modern and elegant.


5.The French Door Refrigerator
A model that’s quickly gaining popularity, the French door is essentially an upsized side-by-side fridge with the freezer mounted at the bottom. Choosing this option means getting the same easy access to both fridge and frozen sections. It comes with an impressive capacity as this two-piece compartment door design can easily accommodate bulkier and wider items without obstruction from the center partition.

Similar to the side-by-side fridge, the French door model also has plenty of large humidity drawers to help retain the freshness and flavours of your meat and vegetables, with retractable shelfing to items that are usually hard to reach.

6.Wine Cooler
If you’ve been entertaining too many guests at home and all those bottles of wine have started to take up too much space in the fridge, it might be time to give your reds and whites a new home. With temperature and humidity controls, a wine cooler creates the ideal condition for long-term storage. It helps remove odours and minimise vibration to prevent wine from ageing too quickly. Investing in a wine cooler will not only elevate your kitchen, it will also protect your wine from factors that will make them go bad such as UV rays, humidity and temperature fluctuations.


7.The Classic Refrigerator
Need something small for a studio’s kitchen or the office pantry? This single-doored refrigerator with a built-in freezer is one to consider.

The Bosch Classic for example, is a compact and affordable fridge that fits perfectly into any space. Sporting a vintage look that’s hard to miss, with rounded corners and a chrome handle, this classic design is one that never goes out of date. With this iconic piece to spice up any room, it’s sure to get the guests talking.

And there you have it! Always remember that choosing a refrigerator is a mix of preference and practicality, so be sure to pick a style that works best with your space.

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