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Appliance Tips

You can count on the Appliance Service Plan for your repair and maintenance needs. You can also count on us for helpful tips to keep your appliances running smoothly and operating efficiently.


changing a furnace filter


  • During the winter, clean your furnace filter every month. Change it at least twice a year.
  • Clean drain lines. Furnace hoses can get clogged, even causing water to back up into the furnace.
  • Check your heat vents and return air vents to make sure they’re not covered or blocked.

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Clothes Washer

  • Use high-efficiency detergent.
  • Run full loads when possible. Clothes washers use the same amount of energy regardless of load size.
  • Wash in cold water whenever possible. Ninety percent of the energy it takes to operate a clothes washer is consumed by water heating.

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Clothes Dryer

  • Dry heavier cottons (such as towels) in a separate load from lighter-weight clothes.
  • Clean the lint filter after every load. It will improve air circulation.
  • Using the cool-down cycle allows clothes to finish drying with heat left in the dryer.

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Oven Range/Stove

  • Improve hot air flow. Stagger pans on upper and lower racks and avoid covering racks with foil.
  • Use glass or ceramic pans in the oven. Foods cook just as quickly at temperatures 25 degrees lower.
  • For ranges/stoves, match the size of the pan to the heating element. Less heat will be lost to the surrounding air.

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Water Heater

  • Turning your water heater down to 115 F provides enough hot water for most household uses.
  • Wrap up the water heater with an insulating, fire-retardant tank blanket to reduce heat loss.

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Central Air Conditioner

  • Before warm weather starts, clean indoor and outdoor coils. Dirty coils reduce cooling efficiency and cause your system to run longer.

refrigerator ice maker


  • Your refrigerator should be placed in a cool location, away from heat sources such as direct sunlight or the range.
  • Defrost whenever frost gets 1/4 inch thick. Since frost is an insulator, it makes your refrigerator work harder to keep foods frozen.
  • Keep your refrigerator temperature between 38 F and 40 F and your freezer’s temperature between zero and 5 F.

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Call 800-230-1397 or email to learn more about the Appliance Service Plan.

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