Helps Get Kitchen Appliances Cooking This Holiday Season.

CANTON, Mich., Nov. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holiday cookingseason just around the corner,, an online resource forappliance parts and repair help, offers some maintenance and repairsuggestions to get kitchen appliances cooking this holiday season.


Don't run the self-cleaning cycle less than one week before a major cooking event, such as a big holiday meal. Ovens often fail during and just after a self-cleaning cycle. You may need time for a repair if this happens to you.

Prior to starting the self-cleaning cycle, loosen up large particles in the oven with a damp rag and a plastic spatula. The oven temperature reaches 800 to 900 degrees during self-cleaning, and the oven door will remain locked for several hours afterward. If the door does not open, do not force it. You may need to call for service.

Remember to open a window in the kitchen or run an externally vented exhaust fan while self-cleaning because the process produces lots of smoke and fumes. And, gas ovens produce elevated levels of carbon monoxide during cleaning.

If your gas oven is slow to ignite and the temperature is inaccurate, the igniter may be too weak to open the gas valve properly. Even though the igniter may glow red, it must reach a certain temperature to be effective. If you have this problem, consider replacing your igniter.

If either the bake or broil heating element on your electric oven burns out, replace it now in time for holiday cooking. Normally, a bake or broil heating element can be replaced from the inside of the oven. There's usually no need to pull the oven away from the wall or to take off any complicated panels. Be sure to unplug the oven and get some help if necessary.

You can clean any porcelain stovetop or glass range/oven controlpanel with a non-abrasive cleanser or glass cleaner. Watch out for some"cream type" cleansers as they often have tiny abrasiveparticles in them, which can damage your stovetop or control panel.Replace old drip pans and burners to make your stovetop look new again.


Now's a good time to clean your refrigerator's door seals so they how to fix appliances don't stick to the door frame and tear. Use an old toothbrush and a little dish soap and water to clean all the nooks and crannies. Use a bit of diluted bleach to clean away any mold or mildew.

To reduce odors inside your refrigerator and freezer, be sure to cover all foods well and put onions, garlic and other strong smelling foods in sealed bags.

Most frost-free refrigerators have a set of coils underneath called the condenser. Because these coils must remain clean for efficient cooling, we recommend you clean them once a year -- more often if you have pets that shed. You'll need a condenser brush to complete this chore.


If your dishwasher isn't getting the dishes as clean as it should, there may not be enough water entering the machine during the fill cycle. After the dishwasher fills, check inside to see if there is water covering the entire bottom of the dishwasher floor. If not, replace the water inlet valve.

Also, repair your worn dishwasher rack tines to prevent rust pieces from ruining the pump. Before making a repair, be sure to clean up the rusted spots on the dishwasher rack with household sandpaper to make the repair last much longer.

Cleaning the outside of your dishwasher is easy. Just use a damp sponge and a little dish detergent to wipe the exterior clean.


Founded in 1999, is an online source for appliance parts and free repair help. The company recently expanded and opened a new headquarters facility in Canton, Mich., which includes a 48,000 square-foot state-of-the-art warehouse with 30,000 different kinds of appliance parts in stock. The new facility also has a retail appliance parts counter to serve local customers.

For more information, please contact at 800-269-2609.

CONTACT: Chris Hall, President of , +1-734-495-3079, ext. 207 or

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