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Items to avoid sending down the garbage disposal

November 16, 2011


The handy kitchen garbage disposal is useful for getting rid of a variety of food scraps and waste that might otherwise create unpleasant smells in the kitchen. However, many foods can actually damage your disposal or render it useless. Here are some helpful tips from Angie's List that can help keep your garbage disposal running smoothly.

  • Avoid putting fibrous foods or tough-skinned vegetables into the disposal. The strings of celery, artichokes, asparagus, lettuce, corn husks, carrots, onion skins and potato peels can wrap around the blades, preventing proper operation of the motor. If you feel you must put fibrous foods into your disposal, do so in very small quantities, and run the cold water while you operate the unit.
  • Don't put extremely hard foods into the garbage disposal. Items such as bones and fruit pits can dull and even break the unit's blades. In a worst-case scenario, hard foods will jam the disposal, preventing blades from turning and causing the motor to burn out.
  • Keep grease and greasy foods out of the disposal. Greasy foods will distribute a film over the blades, diminishing their effectiveness. Eventually, the grease will begin to decay, causing an unpleasant odor in the kitchen. Pouring grease into a garbage disposal can result in clogged drains when the grease solidifies.
  • Contrary to popular belief, egg shells have no place in the garbage disposal. Some people claim that egg shells sharpen the blades of the unit, but this is not true. The shell's stringy membrane layer can wrap around the shredder ring, and the shell itself will be ground to a sand-like consistency capable of clogging pipes.
  • Avoid putting expandable foods such as pasta and rice into the garbage disposal. Even small particles of these foods will swell with water and eventually clog the trap.
  • Exercise common sense, and don't put non-food items into the garbage disposal. Avoid the example of homeowners who have placed rubber bands, twist ties, cigarette butts, pull tabs, fabric, sponges and plant clippings into their disposal units. These items cannot break down enough to wash down the drain.

Review for the GE Profile PFWS4600LWW washer and PFDS450ELWW dryer.

November 14, 2011


So, what sets the GE profile washer and dryer apart from the rest? Below you'll get a clear picture of why we're excited to sell these washers and dryers.

ENERGY STAR® qualified and CEE Tier III* rated washer

Uses less energy and can lead to lower energy bills every month. (highest energy star qualification possible)

1200 & 1300 RPM spin speed

Can pull more moisture from clothing to speed up the amount of time loads need to be in the dryer.

Load-sensing adaptive fill

Washer automatically fills with just the right amount of water for the load.

Adaptive Vibration Control (AVC)

Allows the washer to adapt to floor types and optimize spin patterns to reduce vibration and noise caused by out-of-balance loads. AVC lets your laundry quietly blend in anywhere.

Largest front load capacities

Do more laundry in fewer loads. With up to 4.3 cu. ft. in the washer and up to 7.5 cu. ft. in the dryer, even large families, and extra-large loads are no match for these pairs.

HydroHeater™ internal water heater

Boosts incoming water temperatures to 160° to help achieve sanitization.

Advanced Steam Wash Options

1. SteamRefresh Rejuvenates fabrics while removing wrinkles and odors by using steam and tumble action.

2. Steam Assist Introduces steam into a wash load to help lift hard-to-remove stains and provide an incredible clean. This powerful stain-removal enhancement can be used with Whites/Heavy Duty, Colors/Normal, Active Wear and Wrinkle-Free wash cycles.

3. Steam Dewrinkle Helps to quickly and conveniently removes stubborn wrinkles from your clothes. Steam combines with the tumble action to freshen clothes left in the dryer from the day before. That makes a fresh difference you can see.

To sum it all up. GE Profile is quieter, smarter, and more efficient than most any other front loaders out there. Stop by our show room to see them first hand.

Rinse out your washer.

November 3, 2011

Fabric Softener Sludge In A Washer

If you use fabric softener then the inside of your washer is constantly getting pounded by harsh chemicals. Detergents are made to rinse out of your clothes (although much of it stays in) and fabric softeners are made to stay in the clothes. Over the years I've been faced with opening up washers and seeing the gunk that fabric softeners leave behind. (It's gross) This build up will happen in places you can't see like between the inner and outer tub, (seen below) your pump and hoses. If you use fabric softener I recommend cleaning out your washer on a weekly basis. Run a cycle of HOT water along with two cups of vinegar or lemon juice to loosen up the fabric softener sludge. Use the extra rinse option on your washer if you have one. Run through two full loads if you're cleaning out your washer for the first time.