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Appliance, Dryer Vent Cleaning

Earth Day Energy Saving Tips

April 18, 2013

With Earth Day just around the corner, it’s time to consider how we can do our part to reduce pollution and preserve energy. Every appliance, albeit helpful, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, but we can substantially reduce pollution by managing our habits and maintaining our equipment. To that end, Fleet Appliance offers some useful tips that will help curb climate change while yielding savings on every energy bill.

Purchase Energy Star Compliant Appliances

The Environmental Protection Agency developed the Energy Star program in 1992 to promote energy efficiency. Energy Star appliances typically reduce energy consumption by 10-20%. A home full of them will enjoy substantial savings over those without.

Change Filters & Clean Vents Often

Clogged vents and filters reduce appliance efficiency. Obstructions make appliances work harder, leading to accelerated component wear and eventually breakdown. Regularly replace filters and clean vents to avoid this. Some appliances can even be upgraded with accessories that remind you to change filters.

Appliances that may have filters include:

  •     Air Conditioners
  •     Air Purifiers
  •     Dryers
  •     Refrigerators
  •     Furnaces
  •     Humidifiers / Dehumidifiers
  •     Dishwashers

You also want to keep refrigerator condenser coils clean. Condenser coils dissipate heat, but if they’re dirty the compressor struggles to keep pace. To learn more, read our refrigerator maintenance tips.

Upgrade Older Components & Replace Broken Ones

Old parts cannot compare to new ones that take advantage of recent advances in technology. For example, a thermostat from the ‘70s will not control temperature as well as one made within the last decade. Replacing old parts can also go a long way in improving the lifespan of your appliance.

Broken components should also be replaced as soon as possible. Faulty fridge seals reduce internal temperatures, punctured tubes reduce washer flow (on top of leaking), and malfunctioning door latches prevent coolers and dishwashers from sealing properly; these are but a few of problems you may encounter. Replacing faulty components is the only way to fix them. For replacement parts, visit our Parts Store.

Use Appropriate Settings

Most appliances operate on expectations encountered in an “average” household, but they may not reflect your own usage habits. To avoid excess energy consumption, configure your appliance to run at the minimum setting necessary to complete the job. Hot water devours energy, so use cold water cycles in washers and dishwashers when possible. Also, consider the following tips:

  • Fridge & Freezers
    • If frost builds in your freezer, or liquids in the fridge come close to freezing (or actually do), you may want to slightly reduce the temperature.
  • Dishwashers:
    • Use lower water levels with smaller loads.
    • Avoid heated drying if dishes will idle long enough to drip dry. Leaving the door open may also help.
  • Washers
    • Use shorter spin cycles for lighter loads.
    • Avoid over stuffing which reduces the efficacy of your detergent, may necessitate additional cycles, and can even damage components.
  • Heaters
    • Try reducing thermometers by a few degrees. Every degree can yield substantial annual savings.
    • Reduce or disable heating in unoccupied rooms and close doors to prevent heat loss.
  • Cooking Ranges
    • Use lids, which reduce cooking time.
    • Use burners that fit your pots and pans.
    • Use a microwave when reasonable, as they consume far less energy.

We hope these tips help you save money on top of their great positive effect for the environment. To learn how Fleet Appliance can help you reduce energy costs and extend your appliances’ lifespan, call us at (631) 286-7899.

Dryer, Dryer Vent Cleaning

Taking Care of Your Dryer

July 23, 2011

One appliance that many people are thankful to have in their home is a dryer because it saves them from having to do the laundry elsewhere. These appliances need to be taken care of properly so that they can last a long time. It is advisable to take care of it so that you do not have to continually buy a new one, which is going to be a costly expenditure. The best way to keep yourself from having to shell out for a new appliance too often is to take care of the one you already have. Here are some preventative maintenance tips that you should follow to make sure you can extend the life of your machine.

One thing you can do right away to extend the life of this appliance is to clean out its lint filter in between doing loads of laundry. On the other hand, if the filter is torn, it must be replaced with a good one immediately.

Two times in the year, you have to make it a point to disconnect the vent hose. This will allow you an opportunity to clean out the whole vent system of the dryer. This is really necessary if the vent hose of this appliance goes through an interior wall of your house and then up all the way to the roof. It is equally important if the vent hose takes a complicated path through the house to the outside.

If you want to prevent this appliance from eventually getting to the point where it can really overheat, you may want to open up the cabinet of the dryer and take away all the interior lint that you come across. This is particularly true if you find any interior lint around the actual motor of the dryer. It is suggested that you perform this action at least once every year to lessen the chances of you having to replace the dryer’s motor. Another reason to perform this action at least once a year is to reduce the chance of any lint actually catching on fire inside of the machine.

It also cannot hurt to check the machine out to see if the belt has suffered any wearing or cracking. If there are visible signs of either, it is time to replace the belt.

Appliances such as dryers can have their lives extended if they are cared for properly. This involves preventative maintenance, which means that you have to examine the machine from time to time during the year. Preventative maintenance means that you will catch things to fix. In the end, this will prevent you from having to waste money in buying a new dryer.

Dryer, Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Venting

March 14, 2011

 

THE BAD VENT WARNING SIGNS
  • Clothes are taking more than one cycle to dry, especially jeans & towels.
  • No lint visible on lint screen.
  • Dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle.
  • Clothes have moldy smell after dry cycle.
  • Clothes are very hot after a dry cycle.
  • The top of your dryer hot to the touch  while running.
  • There’s excess lint left on your clothing.
  • Take our FREE online energy saving analysis.
 
THE FLEET TECHNICIAN KNOWS WHY
  • 90% of all appliance fires are dryer related.
  • Clogged dryer vents run much hotter and longer.
  • Improper venting will kill your dryer, we see it happen a lot.
  • A plugged dryer vent will create an enormous amount of dust.
  • Dryer vent cleaning will improve the air quality in your home.
  • Excess heat created by poor venting can ruin your clothes.
  • TIME, How much time do spend waiting for your clothes to dry?
 
WHO NEEDS DRYER VENT CLEANING?
  • Commercial laundries
  • Town homes
  • Condominiums
  • Apartments
  • Duplexes
  • Single-family homes
  • Spring and Fall are ideal times to schedule a dryer vent cleaning.
 
YOUR DRYER VENTS ARE ALL-IMPORTANT
 
There are many things that contribute to the proper operation of a clothes dryer. The venting is perhaps the most critical. Below we describe a dryer’s functions and how its venting plays a part.
 
MOISTURE
 
One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heating of damp clothing. This moisture is held in the warm air produced by the dryer as humidity, and is normally expelled to the outdoors through the dryer’s vent. If this air can not be adequately removed, poor drying will result.              

 

This moisture can also condense into pools of water in the dryer vent, eventually leaking out. Any moisture accumulation inside the dryer ducting is a sign of poor venting which should be looked into. Schedule the Dryer Vent Wizard for a dryer vent cleaning and inspection.

 

 
HEAT

 

The heat is another important function of a dryer. Many current dryer models have a ‘one-time’, non-resettable, thermal fuse or safety. These safety devices will open should the dryer’s vent not be installed properly, or if it becomes restricted. Once this happens, the dryer will no longer heat and will require the part to be replaced to correct the condition. On some dryer designs (usually gas) failure of one of these thermal fuses will totally stop the dryer operation altogether.

On older models without one of these thermal safeties, poor venting can cause the dryer to cycle on its safety thermostat, instead of the temperature control thermostat. This usually contributes to poor drying and can cause overheating. On some models, the malfunctioning of the timer operation affects some cycles.

 

 

Appliance, Dryer Vent Cleaning

Dryer Vent Cleaning

December 20, 2010

 

THE BAD VENT WARNING SIGNS
  • Clothes are taking more than one cycle to dry, especially jeans & towels.
  • No lint visible on lint screen.
  • Dryer repeatedly stops during a cycle.
  • Clothes have moldy smell after dry cycle.
  • Clothes are very hot after a dry cycle.
  • The top of your dryer hot to the touch  while running.
  • There’s excess lint left on your clothing.
  • Take our FREE online energy saving analysis.
 
THE FLEET TECHNICIAN KNOWS WHY
  • 90% of all appliance fires are dryer related.
  • Clogged dryer vents run much hotter and longer.
  • Improper venting will kill your dryer, we see it happen a lot.
  • A plugged dryer vent will create an enormous amount of dust.
  • Dryer vent cleaning will improve the air quality in your home.
  • Excess heat created by poor venting can ruin your clothes.
  • TIME, How much time do spend waiting for your clothes to dry?
 
WHO NEEDS DRYER VENT CLEANING?
  • Commercial laundries
  • Town homes
  • Condominiums
  • Apartments
  • Duplexes
  • Single-family homes
  • Spring and Fall are ideal times to schedule a dryer vent cleaning.
 
YOUR DRYER VENTS ARE ALL-IMPORTANT
There are many things that contribute to the proper operation of a clothes dryer. The venting is perhaps the most critical. Below we describe a dryer’s functions and how its venting plays a part.
 
MOISTURE
 
One of the most important functions of a dryer is the elimination of moisture recovered during the heating of damp clothing. This moisture is held in the warm air produced by the dryer as humidity, and is normally expelled to the outdoors through the dryer’s vent. If this air can not be adequately removed, poor drying will result.

 

 

This moisture can also condense into pools of water in the dryer vent, eventually leaking out. Any moisture accumulation inside the dryer ducting is a sign of poor venting which should be looked into. Schedule the Dryer Vent Wizard for a dryer vent cleaning and inspection.

 

 

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