I was recently awarded backpay for raises I was contractually owed, and I want to spent a portion of it on decor. I'm looking at 4 boxes of Cheerios and am slightly embarrassed -- I appear to regularly open new boxes before the unopened ones are finished. I'm thinking a cereal dispenser would help me unclutter my counterspace and reduce spoilage. Does anyone have a dispenser they really like? [more inside]
Yesterday the last of a long line of El Cheapo toasters finally kicked the bucket and I need a replacement. Except, this time I want the Rolls Royce of toasters and price is no object. What do I buy? [more inside]
My house has a steam oven, something that I had never heard of until, er, I bought my house. So far, I've steamed some unadventurous vegetables and reheated a slice of ham. I have no idea what else I'm supposed to be doing with it. Any tips from the field? [more inside]
Short and sweet question - See title. [more inside]
Late last year a few friends and I started an informal bartering club. My contribution is baked goods, usually bread of some kind, but as the first heatwave of the season kicked in I realized I’m going to need an alternative to oven baking. Cooks and bakers of MeFi, hope me some bready recipes that I can make during red flag season. [more inside]
Here and there, around the web and (much less) in person, I've heard of small appliances spontaneously turning themselves on. Googling has turned up some product recall notices and grisly photos of burns, but I'm more interested in personal experiences--have you ever experienced a small appliance spontaneously turning on? What happened? Was there loss of property/limb/life involved? [more inside]
I've just bought my first home and moved into my new place (hooray!). I've never had a dishwasher before and as such, I haven't used it once during my first week of living in the new place. This weekend though, I ran the dishwasher for the first time and urgh, once the cycle was finished, I opened the door and the dishwasher was still full of water :( What is the likely cause and can I fix it myself? Also, all appliances in the house were supposed to be in working order.... do I have any leg to stand on in asking the seller about this?
For reasons, I have to pull a stackable washer/dryer set out of the closet it's installed in, and I have to do it by myself. I want to learn from your mistakes. [more inside]
I have started making smoothies in the morning, and my $30 wedding gift blender ain't cutting it anymore. I want a new one, and my budget is $100. [more inside]
I'm going to have to replace my kitchen appliances at some point, so I browse the interweb late at night to see what is out there. I'm dismayed at the universality of high-tech interfaces on mid- to high-end appliances, by which I mean panels with LEDs and buttons that beep, and are both fragile and expensive to replace; kosher fridges that I just know will malfunction and leave my food in the dark every Saturday; programming functions on my dishwasher that will require me to go back to school to understand. What other options are out there? [more inside]
I bought what I thought was a more powerful range hood but it moves very little air at all. [more inside]
I have just bought a house that was foreclosed on (yay for me, not so yay for the folks who lost their house to the bank). Before leaving, the last owners took the appliances out of the kitchen, leaving behind custom built-in cabinetry with specific cut-out dimensions. I would very much like to find out what microwave they had before hand, so that I can try to buy it (and the associated trim kit) to fit the existing space. But all I have to go on is a small listing photo showing the microwave installed in the cabinet. [more inside]
My freezer (the one that's the top portion of my fridge) stopped working and I've called an applliance repair person. I just pulled the fridge from the wall and I noticed styrofoam (2 pieces) wedged behind the coils. The coils look like this. I am pretty sure they were there (as packing material?) when the fridge was new and the previous home owner did not remove them. I can't imagine there should be styrofoam wedged in there! Should there be? [more inside]
I bought a mini fridge today and the guy said not to put it on its side or If I do, not to turn it on for 24 hours. I was trying to fit it in my car and I put it on its side for a second but it wouldn't fit so I rented a truck and put it upright not sideways and took it home. When I got it home I turned it on right away. It is very loud, enough that I hope it doesn't stop me from sleeping tonight since it's in my bedroom. Is this because I put it on its side for a few seconds?
I'm scheduled to leave for a much-needed vacation in about two hours, and my dishwasher just died in a hot & smelly way -- is it about to catch fire after I drive away? Sorry - I'm paranoid and in a rush and I need you people to help me think. [more inside]
Our family has burned through two Cuisinart 11-cup models in five years. I'm trying to find something more robust in between the ubiquitous Cuisinart/KitchenAid models and $1000+ restaurant equipment. [more inside]
We have a 9-year-old front-loading Kenmore washing machine that has for the last month been giving off a musty/moldy smell. We've tried everything we can think of, cannot make it go away and cannot identify the source. What's going on and what should we do? [more inside]
Do I dare try replacing the door gasket on my frontload washing machine? Photo of damaged gasket. It's not supposed to look like a ruffle. It's supposed to be smooth. The damaged occurred when I was washing a duvet cover and sheets. The load became very unbalanced and the machine leapt and jumped. Has anyone ordered the part and done a successful DIY repair? Or should I pay a service tech? The machine is a Maytag MHWE200XW00. It looks like we could get the gasket shipped for about $120.
New LG washing machine vibrates more than desirable. It is level in both directions to within a degree of horizontal. How sensitive is vibration to levelness? Specifically, is it worth leveling it more precisely, say to within +/- .2 degrees? This is a project I would prefer to avoid if it will make no difference. One of the "feet" with the leveling screws is hard to get at. Thanks.
Which dishwasher should I pick? [more inside]
Has anyone used a warranty like SquareTrade for a major appliance (e.g., gas range) repair? I'm thinking of buying an extended warranty because my new appliances seem to be prone to breaking down, and I would guess a third-party warranty might be better than an extended manufacturer warranty.
Toaster oven needed. [more inside]
I have had a couple combo mini fridge/freezer's (one was a kenmore) and after a couple weeks they start leaking water and they also make my room cold. I heard large fridges that you have in your kitchen actually make the room warmer so I would like to buy one that uses that cooling system. (and that doesn't leak).
I'm looking to find a slow cooker (Crock-Pot) currently in production that has the following characteristics: 1. The pot is light weight. 2. The pot has insulated handles. 3. The pot does not have flimsy PTFE non-stick coating. [more inside]
My Mom just moved into an apartment with an electric stove, the very first electric stove she's had in seventy-one years of being alive. She's finding the learning curve a little daunting. Could you share some tips and tricks that would make the adjustment a little easier, things that you had to learn while transitioning from the gas stove to the electric stove? [more inside]
We love baking! We love pressure canning! What kind of stove is right for us? [more inside]
I drink nondairy milks (mostly almond, some soy) and eat tofu. When I have made these things in the past, I have enjoyed the results but ended up with a lot of dirty dishes. A friend recommended the Soyajoy G3, which is a countertop electric appliance that heats and grinds the nuts/beans (previously in 2005, about an earlier model). Does anyone have experience with electric soy/nut-milk makers?
I am remodeling my kitchen. All walls are traditional square 50s white tile with black borders from floor to ceiling. The counters will be white linoleum, the cupboards white, and the floor will be wood (brown). The stove is a white 1940's gas range. Should I buy white fridge and dishwasher, or stainless steel? I'm leaning toward white to maintain continuity with the cupboards but think stainless steel will keep the look more modern, but the entire house (a 1915 bungalow) has a strong retro vibe. Pastel appliances are out of my price range. What do you think?
Where can I buy a counter-depth refrigerator in Los Angeles today? All attempts to date have ended in rivers of sorrow. [more inside]
Hand mixers! Can you recommend one? [more inside]
Our stove's electric cord melted and our electrician says that he thinks it was a fault with the stove itself. When I say the cord melted, it is a 6 inch gooey mess starting in the center of the cord that had heated up to the point where it started to burn through the wall and melted a hole in the gas line. The stove itself was off (oven and burners) and it apparently happened spontaneously. The electrician was, in his words, "shocked your house did not burn down. Be glad you smelled the gas when you did". My question has two parts going on the electrician's hypothesis: 1) The stove is out of warranty but it is still only 7 years old. Maytag is sending a repair person to asses the problem. Would we have any leg to stand on to ask for money towards a new stove? I doubt it but am hopeful. 2) Who, if anyone, should we notify that there may be an issue with these stoves? I would hate to think that someone else's house might burn down through some sort of faulty wire and we could have let "someone" know. (we are in Georgia). A bonus question - can anyone think of how this could possibly have happened? It seems pretty odd to us and to the electrician and we cannot think of something that might have made this happen.
Appliance shopping online - what to make of the bad apples? [more inside]
Recommendations for appliance repair in/near Madison, WI? [more inside]
Why does my electric range trip the circuit breaker when the oven and all burners are used? This behavior is new. [more inside]
I won a washing machine and dryer that I can't use, and it's turning into a bit of a nightmare. How on earth can I get rid of it? I live in Washington, DC. Special soap-bubble details inside. [more inside]
Recommend me an ice cream maker? [more inside]
My refrigerator runs too long, methinks. What might be the problem, and would it be madness to try to fix it ourselves? [more inside]
Do electric burners ever wear out? [more inside]
There seems abundant advice to fill your clothes dryer with a wet load immediately after you pull dry clothes out in order to take advantage of the heat already in the dryer. How much electricity does this save on average? [more inside]
What should we use as shims to go under our new washing machine? Apparently Samsung does not manufacture legs long enough to level their machines on our basement floor, so we need to put something under it. What do you suggest for a stackable material that won't compress too much over time and won't shift under the vibration?
I'm a tenant. My garbage disposal is broken, and the lease specifically says that the landlord won't repair it. Landlord is saying I have to, and that I'm not allowed to do it myself. I'm in California. Anybody have any advice? [more inside]
My old gas dryer turns off its fire after 5 minutes. Repair or replace? [more inside]
I replaced the water level pressure switch on my GE top loading washing machine (whdsr209daww) - but I didn't fix the problem. What now? [more inside]
A single burner on our GE XL44 natural gas range has been acting up. The flame was orange and would flare up, and then I dusted the burner. Now it's blue. It smells like gas, and still flares up. [more inside]
Any refrigerator mechanics out there? Just got given a new-old Frigidaire but it doesn't seem to work! [more inside]
[HomeApplianceFilter] So we've bought a new house...now we need furniture and appliances. But where to get them? [more inside]
Our heirloom (hah!) refrigerator is dying. I'm thinking of purchasing an Electrolux ICON Professional 16.5 cu. ft. refrigerator, with plans to buy the matching freezer later (I have an upright freezer already that will suffice for the time being). Does anyone have any experience with this product? Something similar you think might be better or might want to warn me away from? My biggest concerns are for quality of construction and reliability, but I'd love to hear any/all thoughts you might have about this appliance. Thanks!
Can I fix my LG front loading washing machine on my own today, or do I have to wait until a technician can come to my house? [more inside]
[bait and switch filter] I purchased a washer and dryer last weekend, but have heard back that, due to a mistake on their end, the wrong price was quoted and is now $300 higher. Should we cover their cost and pay more, or argue that they must honor their guaranteed written estimate, which we've already paid? [more inside]
My refrigerator isn't running, so I can't go catch it. [more inside]