Appliance Damage Prevention Tips from Your Appliance Experts at Home-Tech
Do You Think To Check Your Appliances?
Appliances are not the first thing you think to check when preparing for a thunderstorm, tropical storm or hurricane. Well, this blogger wishes she had. This morning, I awoke to a malfunctioning appliance. Our Whirlpool Duet Sport front-loading dryer had condensation building up inside of it, without any laundry inside. With Tropical Storm Isaac doing his damage, my dryer was taking in some rain water from the wind, through the vent. In addition, the buttons on our dryer weren’t working either.
Luckily, this blogger works for Home-Tech and at work I am merely feet away from one of our appliance experts. I wasn’t sure if I needed an Appliance Service Call or not. After speaking with them, I was assured that in order to best service my appliance, a service call needed to be scheduled. Hopefully my dryer will be up and running in no time.
Update Your Storm Prevention Checklist
Home-Tech has been thinking about other helpful tips we can provide to our customers to prepare your home appliances for major storms. Here’s what we’ve got for you.
Our friends at Florida Power and Light (FPL) shared these two important appliance tips:
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings ahead of time to keep food fresh in case you experience a power outage.
- Turn off and unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics.
The (AHAM) offers the following advice for your home appliances during a power outage:
- Wait at least one minute after the power is restored before turning back on any appliance.
- Refrain from using large appliances.
- Customers without power should keep electric switches in the “off” position.
- Keep the refrigerator door closed — to trap the cold air inside.
- Check for spoilage of any food that has been stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
Home-Tech recommends throwing a blanket or comforter over the refrigerator and freezer for additional insulation to the appliance. It can protect food from rapid spoilage. A full freezer can keep meat frozen up to 48 hours. Fill a partially empty freezer with water bottles to take up any available space.
We Provide the CALM After the Storm
We can be there quickly to help get your appliances up and running again. As the storm season kicks into gear, we are sure to have more storm-related appliance and air conditioning service calls. Home-Tech will keep you informed on the best ways to keep the appliances in your home safe from damage. Be sure to get a Hurricane Preparedness Guide and add our phone number to it. Do you have a storm related appliance repair need today? Let us know, and call Home-Tech to schedule a service call at 1-800-8356. Our appliance experts are standing by to help.