Tips for Organizing Your Refrigerator

Back-to-school time is here, and while buying school supplies is probably top of your to-do list it might also be time to consider whether you should upgrade your refrigerator as well. Why?

Because a well-organized refrigerator can help lower stress, contribute to a smoothly running family, and help kick-start your families school year in the right direction.

Choosing the Right Refrigerator

The Internet is chock-full of tips for organizing your refrigerator—everything from labels and baskets to pricey containers and customized shelving systems. But the most important organizing decision you can make comes into play before you’ve ever purchased a single grocery item: buying the right refrigerator.

Start by assessing your needs before you commit to a purchase. Don’t base your decision solely on the outside design of a refrigerator; consider your family’s shopping, eating and cleaning habits to make sure you get the best appliance for your needs.

    • MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE
      Measure the space you have available for a refrigerator, and make sure you take advantage of every millimeter your kitchen layout affords you. Make maximum use of all dimensions: height, width, and even depth. Choose a counter-depth model to gain a few more precious millimeters of storage space.
    • INTELLIGENT DESIGN
      Seek out smart design features like high-efficiency LED lighting, which lights up everything inside the refrigerator so you can quickly spot what you want.* Its sleek design also saves more space than the traditional incandescent bulb.
    • CUSTOMIZE YOUR STORAGE
      Look for built-in modular storage features like adjustable dividers, shelves, and rails that you can easily rearrange to fit your particular needs.

Organizing Your Refrigerator
Now that you’ve chosen the right refrigerator for your needs, consider a few quick tips to keep your groceries fresh and well organized:

    • START WITH A CLEAN REFRIGERATOR
      An organized refrigerator starts with a clean one. Discard all food from the refrigerator which will allow you to clean all the corners and crevices. Remove any fridge drawers or shelves and soak in warm water mixed with dishwashing soap. Use a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid to wipe the interior. Clean the rubber gasket on the door with diluted bleach or vinegar, and be sure to pat it dry. 
    • GROUP LIKE ITEMS TOGETHER Always keep like items in the same designated area to help your family find them quickly and cut down on energy-wasting open-door time. (“Like items” can mean similar things like dairy products or functionally related items like sandwich ingredients.) Consider your family’s unique needs to decide how best to group your groceries, and then stick to your system.
    • DESIGNATE ZONES If you choose (like most people) to store condiments in the door, don’t feel like you have to keep all of them there. Designate a back corner of a regular shelf to house some of your less frequently used accompaniments. Your fridge will not only look more organized without so many small jars and bottles right out front, you’ll also gain some prime real estate to store other, more frequently used items.
    • KEEP IT CLEAN Even the best-organized refrigerator requires a periodic purge. Do a quick once-a-week clean-out on garbage day to get rid of any questionable leftovers or produce. Sending it straight from the fridge to the garbage bin to the trash truck will keep it from stinking up your kitchen.

Don’t let clumsy DIY solutions complicate your life and clutter your refrigerator. Spend the time up front to consider your family’s needs to make sure you purchase a refrigerator purpose-built for smart organization. And, of course, if your refrigerator has not been running like it should, we can help with that too! Our licensed technicians at PDQ Repair will make sure your refrigerator is running at its peak so you can worry about other things.

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Home Appliances Shopping Guide: LED Light Bulbs

First came incandescent bulbs, then compact fluorescents, and now thanks to LED (light-emitting diode) technology, the light bulb has evolved again, and is better than ever. Combining low energy consumption and incredible longevity with the appeal of inviting, natural light—LED light bulbs represent the next generation in lighting.

Find just the right lighting for your home with our guide to buying new LED light bulbs and discover the benefits of advanced technology that provides a warm, inviting light, plus exceptional value and safety in every room of your home.

How does LED work?

The LED light bulb is a small digital light source that is illuminated when electrons move through a semiconductor. A digital chip inside the bulb converts tiny amounts of energy into light that is warm and inviting, while the bulb itself remains safely cool to the touch, uses very little energy and lasts for years—at least 10 years with average use*, meaning LED bulbs will more than pay for themselves over time.

LED bulbs emit no harmful UV or infrared rays and use 85% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs**. In fact, just one LED light bulb lasts as long as 5 CFLs or 40 incandescent bulbs**, which means lower energy bills, fewer light bulbs to buy and change, and a reduced carbon footprint for your entire home.

A Better Bulb for Better Light

LED light bulbs provide an enhanced lighting experience, generating true-to-nature tones and warm light that brings out the best in your home. Whether you need clear, radiant light in the kitchen, soft illumination in the bedroom, or cozy, inviting light in the family room, providing just the light you need. Unlike compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) LED bulbs reach full brightness instantly, and are dimmable to the softest levels with absolutely no flickering or annoying buzz. Plus, they fit all of the lamps and fixtures you already have in your home, so you can switch over to LED bulbs right away.

The Right Light for You

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you’re shopping for LED light bulbs:

  • Lumens: You’re probably used to choosing light bulbs based on watts, but lumens measure the amount of light emitted from the light bulb. A traditional 60-watt incandescent produces about 800 lumens, while a 100-watt generates approximately 1,600 lumens of brightness, so those are the numbers you’ll want to look for. 
Credit: The Home Depot
  • Color: Color is another important factor in choosing the right light. A light bulb’s CRI (Color Rendering Index) gives you an idea of how accurate a light source renders color. Natural sunlight has a CRI of 100, while a CRI around 80 is best for indoor lighting in a wide variety of applications. Another measurement of color is correlated color temperature (CCT) and is measured in degrees Kelvin (K). 2700K is a warm color temperature and matches what you are used to with an incandescent bulb. Look for color temperatures in the 4000K– 5000K range in rooms where you want the clearest, whitest light; while a CCT of 2700K will produce a softer, more yellow glow.
  • Features: LEDs look similar to the traditional light bulb shape and can screw in most places your incandescents did. They also come in spotlight and floodlight shapes. Other features you might consider are
    • smart bulb technology – Connect your bulb via Bluetooth to control your lights within a certain range or sync via Wi-Fi to control from anywhere,
    • dimmability – ff your bulb is dimmable, the light output ranges from 20%-80%,
    • enclosed fixture rating – when utilizing a bulb in an enclosed space such as a flush mount, make sure to check for this rating to maximize lifespan,
    • ability to change color – unlike incandescents, LED technology allows for multiple color options even in just one bulb, and
    • ENERGY STAR rating – if a bulb is an ENERGY STAR-certified LED bulb, it has been tested for color quality, light output, and efficacy.

If you’re dipping your toe in the LED pond, you might want to consider starting with a hard-to-reach but out-of-the-way spot. You can get a feel for the brightness and temperature, but you’ll also be glad you won’t have to change the bulb for the next couple of decades.

Six Things My Dad Has Taught Me

No matter the subject when I need advice on something the first place I go is to my dad. Not only is my dad the wisest person I know, he is also the most caring person I know. My father has had an incredible impact on my life and on the lives of so many others. As the owner of PDQ Repair Services, my dad never saw the company as more than just him (as the tech) and my mom (as the bookkeeper). But because of his great leadership, compassionate heart, and logical mind he helped make PDQ the leading appliance servicer in Clark County with 9 technicians and 7 office staff.

In honor of my dad, I want to share six of the most valuable things my dad has taught me (as it relates to appliance repair.)

  • Protect your investment: No matter what the object, my dad taught me the importance of taking care of the things I own. Maybe it was because my dad saw how the electronics industry had changed over the years; from something only a few could afford to being so inexpensive, it was cheaper to replace than repair. Maybe it’s just good common sense. Whatever the reason, my dad saw the value of taking care of the things you own. That means washing the inside and outside of machines, regular oil changes in vehicles, and everything else in between. And if it’s not something I can do myself, I make sure to hire the right professionals for the job. In the end, maintenance is always cheaper than a repair bill (or buying a new one).
  • Always be prepared: I can still remember my dad getting so angry when we went through his toolbox and didn’t put his tools back. Or when we used a tool incorrectly and inadvertently damaged it in some way. The thing is, my dad is always prepared. Even in business, he pays attention to common problems and makes sure he has the parts on hand to fix the appliance the first time around.
  • Be on time: This used to drive my dad crazy, and usually being late was my fault. Later in high school, I was reminded of my dad’s training from an early age when it was impressed on me the importance of being on time. “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, your late.” Being on time is a matter of respect and it says a whole lot about you. That’s one of the reasons why my dad works diligently to provide service as quickly as possible, even in some cases, same-day service.
  • Don’t try to fit square pegs into round holes:  I am always one to save a few bucks here and there and try to DIY whatever I can. Unfortunately, when it comes to those expensive HE washing machines I had to concede that making my own laundry soap was not the way to go. One of the most common problems that require repair is using too much soap! It gets stuck to the back of the washing drum and unbalances the machine. While I may be the DIY queen, I also respect that there are some things you just can’t do it yourself.
  • Never stop learning: My dad was already reading. My dad was always learning something new. And my dad encouraged education from an early age. I’ve always had a love for school and it’s because of his encouragement. To this day, my dad continues to read and learn. He attends business conferences and sends his technicians to continuing education classes so that they can be the best technicians they can be.
  • Family is the most important: Above all else, my dad values family. My mom, my two brothers and my dad and I were a small family growing up. But my dad was always invested in us. He took time out of his busy schedule to always teach us, comfort us and be our mentor. In the same way, my dad invests in those who work for him.

When it comes to appliance repair, it’s important to hire a company you can trust. PDQ Repair is proud to be a family-owned business with over 50 years of combined experience. They pride themselves on offering unparalleled appliance service in Clark County. But don’t just take my word for it; check out their reviews, and give them a call today.

My Dad and I (circa 1985)

 

Quick Tips Before Calling for Service

Appliance repairs often strike at the most inopportune times. Here’s a few quick tips to check before calling PDQ Repair. If these don’t do the trick, PDQ Repair would be happy to service your appliance.

When a light goes out or a switch doesn’t work:

  • Check the Plug – While it may seem silly, this is one of the first things to check when an appliance is not working. Vibrating washers, animals and sometimes even small children can knock plugs out of the wall.
  • Check the Breaker – If the equipment is plugged in the next place for you to look out would be the central home electrical box and see if the circuit breaker has tripped. If this happens try resetting the circuit breaker.
  • Check the GFCI – If the circuit breaker hasn’t tripped, look for a GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) which may be upstream from the troubled outlet has tripped. Simply push the reset button on the GFCI and you could be back in business.

If your refrigerator isn’t cooling or conks out:

  • Check the Door and Seals – Many appliances have door locks which check to ensure the doors are properly closed. If the door of the appliance is open they will not operate. Check if the doors are closing properly and nothing is jamming the door.
  • Check the Coils – The coils are the black tube-and-wire grid that cools the fluid in the compressor. They are located by opening the grille at the bottom of the refrigerator or on the back of your fridge. A buildup of hair, dust and other debris can cause the compressor to overheat and trigger the overload switch.  Many home centers sell a coil cleaning brush that you can push into the coils, pull back and vacuum clean. Bonus: The clean coils will cool more efficiently and save you money on your utility bill!

Stove Burner won’t heat or ignite:

  • Clean the igniter – On your gas range, if the burner won’t light, try cleaning the igniter. Use a toothbrush to clean off food spills from the igniter. On an electronic ignition stove, it’s a little ceramic nub located either on the stovetop or under the ceramic seal strike plate. Also make sure that the round ceramic seal strike plate is properly seated on the burner.
  • Check for a loose burner – On your electric range, your burner prongs may need a better electrical connection. Make sure the burner is turned off and pull it out from its socket. Then plug it in again and wiggle it around. If it feels loose, remove the burner again and gently bend the burner prongs slightly outward for a tighter connection. Be very careful not to pry too much as you could end up pushing the whole socket out of its bracket.

Oven won’t heat:

  • Check the clock and the timer setting – On some models, if you set the “time cook” function, the oven won’t turn on until the appointed time. Check to see if your digital display reads “hold,” “delay” or “time cook.” If it says any of these, then the timer is engaged. You’ll have to clear it first by pushing the “off” button. On ovens with dials, be sure the knob is turned to “manual.”

Noisy washing machine:

  • Check to see if it’s level – When a washing machine cabinet rocks, it makes a horrible racket during the spin cycle. To adjust the legs on your washing machine, using a level on the top of your washer, screw the front legs up or down until the cabinet is level. When both legs are solid on the floor, tighten each leg’s locking nut. In most washers, to adjust the rear legs, gently tilt the machine forward and gently lower it down. The movement will self-adjust the rear legs.
  • Check For Small Items – Washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers can make strange noises when small things such as coins and plastic get stuck. These items may even jam or cause your appliance to malfunction. Check if there are any such items inside the appliance creating the noise and remove them.

Dryer won’t dry:

  • Check the settings first – Avoid an embarrassing call by checking to make sure that your dryer is set to the proper settings for what you want to dry. Many service calls can be avoided by checking to see if the dryer is set to “fluff air”—a non-heat setting.
  • Check the Vents – Another common cause of poor drying is a clogged lint filter. Check the vents to see if they are plugged or if dust and dirt has settled on them and blocked them.

Dishes coming out dirty:

  • Clean the filter and float switch – When your dishwasher no longer gets your dishes clean, a food-filled filter is most often to blame. If it’s clogged, water can’t make it to the spray arms to clean the dishes in the top rack. Simply pull out the lower rack and remove the filter cover inside the dishwasher. (Check your owner’s manual if you can’t spot the filter.) Then use a wet vacuum to clean off the screen. While you’re there, slide the nearby float switch up and down. If it’s jammed, you won’t get any water. If the cover sticks, jiggle it up and down and clean it with water.

Problem not listed:

  • Check Your Manual – All appliance manuals have simple troubleshooting tips. Customers should check these appliance manuals for tips before calling for appliance repair.

When all else fails:

  • If all these points stated above fail to yield any results, call us right away. PDQ Repair is your appliance repair specialists in the Portland OR, Vancouver, WA area. We have a team of professional appliance repair technicians who are fully trained and offer you timely and professional service. Whether you are covered by warranty, or not, we can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

(360) 719-4810 For Appliance Repair Services In the Vancouver Area

(503) 444-9340 For Appliance Repair Services In the Portland Area

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Support@pdqrepair.com

 

4 Easy Ways to Show Mom How Much You Appreciate Her

Help Mom out this year by giving her a gift that saves her time, money and stress. Here are four easy to do, simple tasks, that will keep the appliances in your home looking and operating like new, and show your mom how much you appreciate her.

1. Why not throw a load of laundry in the wash for your mom? And while you’re at it, take the opportunity to do some simple maintenance on the dryer. Carefully pull it out from the wall and vacuum up any dust balls behind it. When done, switch the laundry to the dryer, and wipe down the washing machine inside and out. Don’t forget about under the lid as well.

2. The microwave is one of the most often used appliances in the home. Take a few minutes to warm up a mug hof hot water and vinegar in the microwave. The steam will help loosen cake-on stains and all you need to do is take a damp cloth to the inside to wipe it down.

3. Have you looked in the refrigerator lately? Take 15 minutes out of your day to pick up inside. Remove any spoiled or rotten food and replace any burned out lights bulbs. Once done give each drawer, shelve and compartment a good soak in the sink while you wipe down the interior. Dry and replace the shelves and food once you’re done.

4 Last, but not least, soak dirty oven racks in a garbage bag with a safe oven cleaning solvent. Use the same cleaner to scrub away grease and other spills from inside the oven. Once complete, put the clean oven racks back in and preheat the oven to cook Mom her favorite treat!

Our Mom’s deserve our best, because they give their best to us everyday. Everyone in the family, even the kids, can get behind these easy, and quick maintenance tips to show mom how much we appreciate her.

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5 Simple Home Appliance Maintenance Resolutions for the New Year

One of the biggest financial investments homeowners make in their home is their major appliances (refrigerator, washer, dryer, etcetera). This year, why not make some resolutions you can stick to that can help extend the life of your appliances and possibly reduce your energy bills? Here are 5 simple steps you can take right now.

Appliances need more than just basic maintenance? Schedule an appointment today!

Step 1: Dust the condenser coils on your refrigerator

Typically not on people’s list of things to do, but a step that can really help extend the life of your fridge and make it operate more efficiently. And it’s simple to do.  First, locate the coils on your fridge, either on the bottom or the back of the refrigerator. Remove the panel and then give them a good wipe down with a cloth or your vacuum.

Step 2: Inspect the hoses on my washing machine

Generally, the hoses on your washing machine should be replaced every three to five years. Eyeball the hoses from your washing machine to the wall and inspect them for any kinks, cracks or blisters, and if you see any, make sure to replace them right away. Many modern High Efficiency washers do not like Flood-Safe hoses. They can cause all kinds of operating issues with today’s modern machines. Conventional rubber hoses work best and if replaced every five years, they will almost never cause a flood.

Step 3: Check the outside dryer vent

If your clothes are taking forever to dry it could be because your home’s dryer vent has become obstructed with lint. Additionally, animals and small critters like the warm, dry pipe and may take up residence in the outside vent. In addition, dryer lint can build-up causing the exit to be blocked or certainly lower the duct’s ability to exhaust the moist warm air to outside. Be sure to check the outside vent at least twice a year and clean out any obstruction that is visible. Furthermore, you should have your vent professionally serviced every three to five years to help prevent vent fires, one of the most common causes of house fires according to many national fire departments.

Step 4: Wash or wipe down the gaskets on your dishwasher

Food particles and other gunk can fill the space around the door of your dishwasher causing the door seal to loosen over time. If it gets too bad, you may have to replace the entire dishwasher. To avoid this, just take a damp cloth and swipe it on around the gasket.

Step 5: Clean out your refrigerator

Are leftovers growing artistic looking balls of fuzz in your refrigerator? It may be time to take a look at the contents of your fridge. If you’re fridge is packed too full, there’s not enough room for airflow which means that your fridge won’t be able to cool your food properly. It also means extra work for your fridge which can translate to extra dollars on your energy bill. Take a few minutes to clean out any spoiled or expired food from your fridge. Not only will cleaning out your fridge make you feel good, but your fridge will thank you too!

All of these maintenance projects should be done at least once a year, if not more. They’re easy to do and can help extend the life of your appliances. If you need a quick reminder, just print and copy this resolutions infographic and keep on your fridge as a reminder.

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If your appliances need more than the basic maintenance, we’re here to help. Schedule an appointment with one of our appliance experts today.

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Did you know that we are Clark County’s ONLY factory authorized appliance repair center for Samsung and LG appliances? It’s true and you won’t find that anywhere else! We also service other brands of Home Appliances such as Maytag, Whirlpool, Electrolux, Frigidaire, just to name a few…

We offer same day service when possible, especially when it comes to refrigeration. We know it’s inconvenient when your appliances aren’t working, so it’s our mission to make sure we can get it repaired as quickly as possible. We are a friendly local business who strives for excellence in all forms of appliance repair. We provide quality repair to all brands of appliances. Not only do we do fantastic repairs on the likes of Whirlpool, Frigidaire, and Electrolux but we are also Clark County’s only factory authorized repair center for Samsung and LG appliances, both in and out of warranty.

We can fix it.

If your washer, dryer, refrigerator, or other appliance isn’t working right, contact us today! We will send out a technician to quickly and expertly repair your appliance. Learn more by visiting our About Us page! Or contact us today!

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Home Appliances : Home Appliances

Innovative Appliances That Will Become the Focal Point of Your Home—From spacious French Door Refrigerators to our largest capacity front-load washer, Samsung’s stylish Home Appliances help you do more, and do it better, in less time—all while fitting your space and your budget.

Refrigerators

Samsung, the #1 selling brand in French Door Refrigerators,1 has an innovative 4-door model that’s perfect for large families and those that love to cook and entertain. The FlexZone Drawer offers convenient refrigerator space with four independently controlled temperature settings.

Rated “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Refrigerators,
Six Years in a Row.&quot

—J.D. Power and Associates2

Ranges

Samsung’s Hybrid Range offers the best in induction and electric cooking in one appliance.

Washers & Dryers

Samsung’s largest and quietest front-load washer lets you wash more at once so you’ll do fewer loads, saving you time, water and electricity. Samsung’s front-load dryer reduces the need for ironing and dry cleaning.

Rated “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Clothes Washers, Two Years
in a Row
.&quot

–J.D. Power and Associates3

Microwaves

Samsung’s Over-the Range Speed Oven is a convection oven, toaster oven, microwave and range hood all in one. This multitasking machine will streamline your life.

Dishwashers

Samsung provides one of the quietest dishwashers in its class thanks to a special insulation system that minimizes noise so it won’t disturb you as it runs. It’s so quiet, you can leave it on while your children do homework at the kitchen table or have a conversation with guests during a dinner party.

1. Based on: NPD dollar market share data from June 2009 through September 2010. And, Traqline dollar market share data from Q3 2009 through Q3 2010.

2. Samsung received the highest numerical score for refrigerators in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2005-2007 Major Home Appliance Studies and 2008-2010 Kitchen Appliance StudiesSM. (2007-2008 received award for satisfaction with side-by-side/French door refrigerators). Study based on 15,853 total responses measuring 16 brands and measures opinions of consumers who purchased refrigerators from a retail store or their new-home builder during the previous 24 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in March-April 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

3. Samsung received the highest numerical score for clothes washers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2009-2010 Laundry Appliance StudieSM. 2010 study based on 10,344 total responses measuring 17 brands and measures opinions of consumers who purchased their washer from a retail store or their new-home builder during the previous 24 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in March-April 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

4. Samsung received the highest numerical score for clothes dryers in the proprietary J.D. Power and Associates 2008-2010 Laundry Appliance StudieSM. 2010 study based on 10,344 total responses measuring 17 brands and measures opinions of consumers who purchased their dryer from a retail store or their new-home builder during the previous 24 months. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of consumers surveyed in March-April 2010. Your experiences may vary. Visit jdpower.com.

Source: Samsung Home Appliances

Home Appliances : Choosing the Right Washer

If you’re about to purchase a new washing machine, the good news is that you have more models and better features to choose from than ever. But picking the right washer can be confusing. Here’s what you need to know before you reach for your wallet.

Understanding the Basics

 

Comparison shopping is always a good idea. But you’ve got to be clear on what you’re looking for. Here are the issues you need to think about right away, and then we’ll walk you through the more advanced choices and features.

    • Size and Capacity
      Washers have increased in size, making them more efficient by washing more laundry at once. If you’re replacing an older machine, make sure the new one will fit in the space you have available. Next, consider how much laundry you’ll do on a regular basis. A smaller unit is fine for a single person, but a king-size washer like the Samsung WA456DRHDWR may be better for a family. It can manage nearly two-and-a-half laundry baskets worth of clothes with each load.

 

  • Front vs. Top Loading
    Top-loading washers are fast and relatively inexpensive. Newer, front-loading washers often cost more but use less water (which offsets some of the additional expense), clean more effectively, are gentler on clothes, and offer more advanced cleaning and time-saving features.

 

 

    • Wash Cycles and Cleaning Options
      All laundry is not created equal. Denim work jeans should get different treatment than silk lingerie, and the best washing machines have a multitude of cleaning modes designed for nearly every type of garment and fabric. Samsung’s WF456ARGSGR features 21 wash cycle modes, including a mode for bedding and a high-temperature sanitizing mode for infant clothing.

 

  • Color
    You aren’t stuck with just white or lime green any more. Consider whether the machine will fit in with your laundry room’s décor.

 

 

Other Details to Consider

 

    • Control System
      The dial-based control knob remains a standby, but next-generation washers feature touchscreens and even Wi-Fi, letting you control your washing machine and monitor its progress on select mobile devices.

 

  • Noise Level
    Front-loading washers are generally quieter than top-loaders, but check reviews to see how loud your selected washer really is. Samsung’s WF456ARGSGR features Vibration Reduction Technology to keep things quiet.

 

 

  • Special Features
    Advanced washers offer a wide range of additional cleaning features that merit consideration. Samsung’s WF456ARGSGR, for example, includes a PowerFoam system that creates a gentle foam that penetrates thick or multi-layer fabrics like comforters. Features like steam washing and Samsung SpeedSpray, which shoots detergent-infused water directly onto clothes, get your laundry cleaner with less preparation by you.

 

 

  • Energy Efficiency
    Check for the ENERGY STAR logo on your washing machine. Power-saving features can help trim electric bills.

 

 

 

More Questions to Ask

 

You may need to dig into the deeper specs when considering the finer points of one washer versus another. Here are some additional questions to ask yourself or a salesperson while shopping..

    • Is the washer an “HE” model? High-efficiency washers typically hold more and wash better, but they cost more and require special detergent.

 

  • Does the washer feature automatic temperature control to correct for especially hot or cold water in the pipes?
  • Can the washer be programmed to start at a later time?

 

 

  • Is a steam setting available to help clean very dirty laundry?

 

Key Points to Remember

 

Need a quick tutorial? Clip this section and take it with you when you’re shopping for a washer.

 

  • Larger capacity machines are best for bigger families, particularly HE models, but make sure it fits in the laundry room. Hint: Bring a tape measure to the store.

 

 

  • Top-loaders are fast; front-loaders use less water.

 

 

  • Multiple cycle choices give you more flexibility.

 

 

  • Wi-Fi features let you monitor your laundry without listening for “the beep.”

 

 

  • Be sure the control system is simple to use.

 

 

Samsung is a registered trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. All other brand, product, service names and logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

The above content is provided for information purposes only. All information included herein is subject to change without notice. Samsung Electronics is not responsible for any direct or indirect damages, arising from or related to use or reliance of the above content.

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Home Appliances : Choosing the Right Dryer

The era of dryers with one setting (hot) is long gone. Now there are nearly as many ways to dry your clothes as there are to wash them. Here are the key elements to think about when it’s time to buy your first dryer or replace an old one.

Understanding the Basics

 Today’s dryers don’t just blast hot air on your clothes as they tumble round and round. Advanced options and myriad settings now let you customize the drying cycle to match the type of garment you’re cleaning. While the basic design of the latest generation of dryers remains much the same, what’s under the hood is far more advanced.

Start by assessing your needs before you commit to a purchase. Don’t base your decision solely on the outside design of a refrigerator; consider your family’s shopping, eating and cleaning habits to make sure you get the best appliance for your needs.

    • Size and Capacity
      As washers have increased in size, dryers have naturally followed suit. Space can be an issue for some shoppers, especially if you’re replacing both a washer and dryer at the same time. Make sure you’ve measured your laundry room and bring a tape measure to the appliance store. Capacity is key, as well. Be sure your new dryer can handle all of the clothes from a single load of washing. If your washer is very large, a 7.5-cubic foot model like the Samsung DV457 dryer can handle all your laundry with ease.

 

  • Front vs. Top Loading
    Like washers, dryers come in both front- and top-loading designs. Both types of dryers tend to perform equally well, but front-load dryers that pair with front-load washers are more energy efficient, have front controls for ease of use, and have more feature availability and cycle options.

 

 

    • Cleaning Cycles and Options
      Advanced dryers feature special cycles including heavy duty drying modes for thicker fabrics like bedding and more gentle modes for permanent press and delicate items. The Samsung DV456 dryer features 11 drying modes, including a “Wrinkle Release” system that helps get the kinks out of your clothes without ironing.

 

  • Controls
    Simple knobs and buttons remain common on dryers, but advanced models like the Samsung DV457 dryer include a touchscreen to control every detail of your clothes drying operation. The digital display lets you see at a glance how close to dry your clothing is, so you don’t over-dry.

 

 

Other Details to Consider

 Once you’ve settled on the basic features for a dryer, it’s time to move on to some additional details.
    • Wireless Connectivity
      Want to check and see if the laundry is done? Some next-generation dryers like the Samsung DV457 connect to your Wi-Fi® network and can let your Samsung Galaxy device know if the cycle is done, even if you aren’t home.

 

  • Steam Drying
    This mode, available on some high-end dryers, helps to remove odors and reduce wrinkles and the need for ironing.

 

 

  • Moisture Sensor
    A moisture sensor takes the guesswork out of how long you need to dry your clothes, shutting the dryer off automatically when clothes are no longer damp.

 

 

  • Noise Level
    Consider where your dryer will sit when selecting a unit. Louder models won’t be as welcome near living areas.

 

 

    • Color
      You aren’t stuck with vanilla white and hot pink any more. Choose a machine that complements your décor.

More Questions to Ask

 You may need to dig into the deeper specs when debating the finer points of one dryer vs. another. Here are some key additional questions to ask yourself or a salesperson while shopping.
    • Gas or electric? Electric dryers are more popular and less expensive, but you’ll save money in the long run if you have gas hookups available.

 

  • Can the dryer be checked easily for trouble? Samsung’s DV457 lets you run a quick diagnostic test and look up fixes on your mobile phone.
  • Is a system available to remind you when to clean the dryer vent? Samsung’s VentSensor lets you know when lint is blocking the filter.

 

 

  • Can the dryer be programmed to start at a later time?

 

Key Points to Remember

Need a quick tutorial? Here are a few quick points for you to keep in mind when you are shopping for a dryer.

 

  • Size your dryer to ensure that it is large enough to handle a full load from your washer. And be sure it fits in your laundry room.

 

 

  • Multiple mode availability—including steam drying, delicate, and special fabric modes—means you won’t have to drip-dry as much of your laundry.

 

 

  • Consider gas models if you have gas hookups.

 

 

  • Check the noise level. You don’t want a noisy dryer near living areas.

 

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