How to Remove the Door of a Microwave

Microwaves are one of the most commonly used appliances in the kitchen which can commonly show on the inside. Food can get stuck on even harder over time and leave behind a caked on layer that can look quite unsanitary. Removing the door of your microwave can allow for a more detailed cleaning and access you wouldn’t normally have with it still on.

Other times, common use can cause microwave doors to crack and require a replacement. In this article, we will show you how to easily remove a microwave door in a quick and safe manner. Before you begin, you will need to acquire a screwdriver and putty knife. Now you are ready to begin.

#1.) Unplug Your Microwave

For safety reasons, unplug your microwave and place the entire thing on a flat surface. If you have a model that is installed under the counter or above the stove, remove the cover off the front panel to unscrew the mounting screws which will allow you to pull microwave out of the brackets.

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How to Find the Best Home Repair Services in Your Town

Finding the best appliance repair service can be easy if you know the best qualities to look for in one of the companies near you. The value of your home can be expensive to upkeep over the years, which is why it’s important to find a qualified professional at an affordable rate that more importantly, you can trust.

Here are 4 recommended ways to find a service you can trust.

1.) Check Out The Company’s Reviews

There are TONS of websites and directories that are specifically dedicated to users leaving reviews about their experiences with businesses in their area; Think Yelp, Foursquare, Angie’s List, Home Advisor, and now even Facebook has an option for reviews. That means you can find all kinds of information and opinions about a business before even having to call them, which can be good for not wasting your money on a bad service.

2.) Ask Loved Ones For Referrals

We all have friends and family members that use local home repair services every once in a while, so you can always get recommendations from them. Facebook makes this easier than ever, as you can just ask them from your status bar.

3.) Call the Best Looking Companies Around Your Town

One sure fire way to know how a company may treat you and of course to get a quote, is to make phone calls to the best businesses in the area, which you can easily determine on the review sites that were discussed above. You can tell a lot about the employees of a company by the way they treat you on the phone, and whether or not they are okay being asked questions.

4.) See If/How They Are Being Talked About On Social Media

This has slightly been mentioned above, but social media is a great way to learn what you want to know about a business in advance. Yelp and Facebook seem to be some of the most popular review sites, and can usually provide ample information about a company.

Common Microwave Oven Problems That Can Happen to Anyone

Microwaves certainly make our lives easier in the kitchen. But when they start to develop problems and need some form of repair, the issue becomes more of a problem than a source for help.

In this guide, we are going to list some of the common problems of microwaves and how you can go about fixing the problem yourself.

Before digging in though, we want to make sure the capacitor is turned off to avoid a shock, even if unplugged. See this guide for more details, and grab the following items for your evaluation:

  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Volt-ohm Meter (VOM)
  • Alligator Clips
Problem #1: Microwave Won’t Turn On At All

First of all, make sure it’s the microwave that won’t turn on instead of the outlet being what is not working. Unplug the microwave and inspect it’s wire for burn marks. If you haven’t already from done so after reading the tutorial above, also remove the outer shell of the microwave.

From here, it’s possible to determine one of the following issues:

  • Bad Fan Motor –  Locate the fan and set your VOM to RX1 to probe the terminals. If you get a reading of infinity, the microwave needs to be replaced.
  • Blown Fuse – Remove the fuse using fuse pullers or your pliers, are carefully set the parts to the side so the don’t roll away from the area. Set your VOM to RX1 and perform another terminal probe. If the reading isn’t a normal 0, replace the fuse with a similar one.
  • Bad Door Switch – Locate the door switches and set your VOM to RX1 again. Normal readings indicate with the microwave door open the reading should be infinity, and 0 with them closed. If you get different readings on either, these may need to be replaced.

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What Makes a Good Appliance Repair Service?

Major appliances in our homes can expensive to fix, which is why it’s important to find a professional service that knows what they are doing. Ideally, they will also have a bit of experience in the field of appliance repair, just like myself. Because of this, I thought it would be beneficial to write a post that specifically names some of the things to look for in an appliance repair service.

So let’s get right into it.

The following insights are what makes an ideal repair service. These aren’t to be take so literally that you can’t decide on a company because they don’t meet the criteria, but it’s just a rough guide as it can be harder to narrow down what makes a good company nowadays.

#1. The have reviews on the major online player sites such as Facebook, Yelp, Yellowpages, and especially Google.

These reviews can be very insightful and helpful when it comes down to making purchasing decisions.

#2. They treat you with respect when you contact them.

Whether it’s through phone or email, the tone of a business representative can say a lot about how you and your project could possibly be treated. If they can’t make time to speak to you on the phone and answer your questions, what makes you think they won’t be that way when it comes time to get down to work?

#3. They are being talked about on social media.

You know a business is doing well when they are being talked about and recommended all across popular social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. If your friends have used a service and it was good, the chances are good that the service will also be good for you.

#4. The representative appears knowledgeable when to speak, or are around them.

If the person you are asking questions to and getting information about your appliance repair needs doesn’t sound like they know what they are talking about, then that’s obviously not a good sign. The information customers need to know flows naturally from appliance repair experts since it’s their craft and they have become very good at it.

What You Need to Know About Buying a Microwave

There are a variety of brands of microwaves out there with a variety of functions, so how do you know which one is the best fit for you? This guide was written with consumers in mind to serve as a resource for helping you make a more informed decision that aligns with your budget and kitchen space.

Here are some of the things to consider when purchasing a new microwave.

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Consider the type of microwave that will best fit your needs in the kitchen without taking up too much space, or being in an inconvenient location.

The most common types of microwaves are installed either under an upper cabinet, on top of a counter-top, or above the oven. These can range in size from small to luxury size, of course depending on price and brand.

Depending on how well you want to be able to view your food (whether it’s eye level or on a lower counter space), how much ventilation you desire, and how much/how fast you want to cook all factor into the type of microwave that will best suit you.

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What To Look for in a Appliance Repair Service

There are many times that appliance repair services are needed to address a problem. Some appliance repairs can be too complicated or even dangerous to do on your own so in this instance, your best best is to call a professional appliance repair service.

Broken down appliances can be a big inconvenience so getting them fixed quickly and diligently is a must for some people. Your appliances are a large investment though so you want to find a professional service that will treat your property with care and respect and get the job done right the first time. As an appliance repairman that has years of experience with repairs of all types, I know what people like to experience when having one of their appliances repaired. That is the topic we will be going over in this post today.

What to Look for in a Professional Appliance Repair Service

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There are many different places where consumers can leave reviews about the products or services they use, which other consumers sometimes use to make an informed decision about a company. Look for reviews on Angie’s List, Yelp, Manta, Google, and Facebook as these are the most popular places people tend to leave reviews. These reviews can make all the difference in the quality of service you receive.

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How to Fix a Busted Pipe in Your Home

When you have a busted pipe in your home, calling on a professional doesn’t have to always be the answer. With a few tools and a little bit of patience, any homeowner can fix a busted pipe when the time comes.

In most cases, pipes bust from being frozen from the cold weather. In this post we not only plan to show you how to fix this problem, but also how to prevent it from happening again by simply installing a stop and waste valve.

Think you maybe up to the challenge? If so, grab the materials need below and you will be ready to go!

What You Will Need

  • Soldering Paste
  • Lead Free Solder
  • Stop and Waste Valve
  • Copper Pipe Cutter
  • Copper Pipe (1/2 inch)
  • Copper Fittings (1/2 inch)
  • Torch Kit (that includes a striker and torch)
  • Steel Wool Cloth
  • Safety Goggles

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Tutorial: How to Fix a Leaky Water Heater

Water heaters are great assets to our homes but when they become broken, it can cause a great dent in our wallets. Just because your water heater is leaking though, doesn’t mean you will always need a new one.

In this article, we would like to help you identify the different types of problems that can cause water heaters to leak, and inform you of the best ways to go about addressing them. If you don’t feel comfortable assessing these problems yourself, it may be a better option to contact a professional.

When your water heater is leaking, it’s important to address the problem as quickly as possible to prevent the possibility of mold or mildew formation, which can be harmful to your health.

 

#1.) Safety First

Before beginning, it’s best to turn off the electricity and water to your unit to ensure that you won’t get hurt in any way. Water leaking around an electrical unit is obviously quite dangerous, and all precautionary measures should be taken to protect yourself from electrocution, shock, and scalding from the hot water.

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[Tutorial] Cleaning a Room Air Conditioner

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Did you know that your air conditioner works best when the cooling fins and evaporator are straightened out and cleaned. Over time, these can become dirty and dusty, making it harder for your air conditioning unit to keep the room cool. This can continue to cost you money over time because the problem will only get worse, so do yourself a favor now by performing a quick and easy clean.

Most of the time when you feel warm air blowing from your air conditioner, you may shoot straight to thinking that it’s out of coolant. While this can be true, the majority of times your components are just dirty or clogged.

Before calling an appliance repair professional or thinking of buying a new unit, try performing a good clean to see if the problem can be treated. This cleaning procedure can be done yourself for much cheaper than hiring a pro, and will only cost you a little in time.

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How to Fix Pesky Leaky Faucets

Leaky faucets may be a pain but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have to be a pain to fix. With the right tools and a little bit of knowledge beforehand, you can have your leak fixed before it’s time for the newest episode of your favorite television show.  This article will show you how to repair a leaky faucet for cheap by using replacement parts.

Before beginning any project, we always make sure to have the parts and tools required in advance in order to be more organized and prepared. We’ve found that in doing this things move along much more smoothly and the process seems to be completed a lot faster. For this project, the following supplies will be needed to get the repair work completed.

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Keith Latch: Home Repairs Made Easy

Welcome to Keith Latch-home of simple home repairs. Our goal is to bring you easy to digest instructions and tutorials for repairing and remodeling different parts of your home, and save you money with practical tools and strategies. We know how busy life can be with raising a family, growing a career, and managing a multitude of other responsibilities which is why we want to bring you the easiest solutions and suggestions for home repair, maintenance, and improvement.

Some repairs may be in bad enough shape that professional help may be the only solution for the fix. However, many repairs can be done on your own if you prefer to save money over time. These solutions also make a simple, great idea for bring the family together in a repair affair. Enjoy time together as you create a new and improved atmosphere for your home at a fraction of the cost.

My favorites types of home components to repair are water heaters, appliances, and anything in the kitchen.

As a homeowner, you’re best off being educated about the types of maintenance that should be performed on your home but we know how hard that can be when your plate is already full. With a little reading and the proper tools, you can make a full range of repairs on your home and even make a few upgrades along the way. With your new knowledge, you can save a bundle of money and feel even more proud of the new editions to your home.