6 Things to Consider when Buying appliances

Article by: Steve – True Appliance Repair Team Member

Choosing the wrong appliance can have major consequences. When looking for an appliance there are things to be taken seriously because if you choose the wrong appliance, you run the risk of throwing your money away. Choosing an appliance isn’t like choosing some new curtains or a new kitchen table or bar stools, appliances are used and needed because they have certain job to do. Other than your budget and look of your appliance, there are other very important things to consider when deciding on an appliance for your residence.

If your past the point of appliance repair, and are deciding to purchase a new appliance, then these 6 tips will definitely put you in a great position.

1. Do Your Research.

Being knowledgeable about the very thing your are going to throw money at is a very good idea. All it takes is a simple google search and you can get vast amounts of information about every type, brand and model of appliances. Information about features, pricing, and even customer reviews. Take a pen and paper and write down all the information you find and make a list the appliances you have found to be your top choices. Next we recommend you start to Compare each appliance on your list for quality, pricing and what features you are willing to pay more for, or what you are not willing to pay more for. Eventually you will find the one that best fits your home situation. Oh and don’t forget about those reviews. Reviews are your best indicators of performance.

2. Scrutinize the Features

Be smart about your appliance selection. Jot down a list of features that you are looking for and what you think you will need to have. This list will be your quick check guide so that you can better hone in your selection. This will also help you avoid paying more for an appliance that have features that you don’t need or want. Lastly, don’t get suckered into the latest features or high tech qualities of an appliance. Weight whether or not the added feature is useful to you, or just an extra expense.

3. Looks are not Everything

Be careful not to buy an appliance simply based on appearance. What may be beautiful on the outside, may be of poor quality on the inside. for this reason, research is very important before you decide on an appliance. Go for more known brands, always look at the durability and the materials it is built from, and make sure it has the features you desire to have.

4. Make Sure You Have The Space

It is always a great idea to measure the space where your appliance will be. Something that many people don’t think about is the door of the appliance. Always make sure that you account for the space needed for the door. Another measurement that we recommend is the pathway to the area in which you want to place your new appliance. Many people find that they can’t even fit it through the hallway or make that tight turn around the corner. Before you spend your money, check your space.

5. Save on Energy Costs

With modern machines and appliances, it has become standard to have energy efficiency capabilities. These efficiencies help save energy and money. Energy efficient appliances may be more common, but they are still more expensive initially. But the benefit is that you save over time on energy costs, which gives you a return on your money. Another added benefit is that these energy efficient appliances can improve airflow in your home and will always be a great choice for the environment.

6. Do Not Impulse Buy

Stores are there to make money. They use gimmicks and large fonts with bright colors to lure you in and get you to pull the trigger. They make their money and you may have just bought something you don’t even need. Before you head to your local appliance store, make sure you are educated so that you can make a smart decision. Also know your prices. Look at a variety of stores prices in your local area. Many times, the store you do decide to purchase from offer price matching, or even better will bet the prices of another store. Above all else, do your research, and shop with confidence.

We hope you have found this article helpful. And remember if you’re in need of appliance repair, maintenance, are installation, call True Appliance Repair today. Contact us Now!

Choosing a new washing machine? Here are 5 things to consider.

When it comes to clothes washers, there are many thinks to think about and consider — You have from vs top loading, stainless steel options, not to mention the various colors that you can choose from. Knowing which design, size, and brand is right for your home doesn’t have be a difficult choice. In this article we will walk you thought 5 things that you must consider when choosing a washer for your home.

If you current washing machine is in need of a repair or just an overall maintenance check, give us a call or reach out to us using our contact portal . Contact us.

Here are five things to consider when you’re buying a new washing machine.

1. Front-load vs. top-load? In our opinion, this is probably the most important thing to consider. For this you need to understand the space you have in your laundry area. We recommend for smaller spaces a from loader is your best option because you are able to stack the dryer on top. If space isn’t an issue then having a top or front loader falls under preference. One thing that we have noticed is that the “vertically challenged ” (Short) individuals tend to prefer front load washers simply because of the ability to get to the clothes easily.

Another thing to think about is the amount of clothes you will be washing and the size of your family. Most front loaders use about 21 gallons and some high efficiency top loaders use about 25 gallons. But there are some top loaders that can use up to 40 gallons of water per cycle.

Something to keep in mind is that front-loaders will take longer to run though its cycle. Even though they use less water, this could be a draw back on time management and having to wait longer for clothes to wash.

2. Does it matter how many loads I do on a daily bases?  With most modern washers, you can do several loads a week and even several loads a day. The average life of a washer is about 10 to 15 years. Considering that proper maintenance, cleaning, and not overloading have been happening.

3. I want features that make sense, which ones are good to have? If your a busy person, whether from a job or even having to take care of your family, a washer with the ability to be used with an app might be a great feature you will love to have.

When it comes to laundry, you want closes to be cleaned well but also cleaned fast. We recommend that you consider a washer with Kenmore’s Smart Motion Technology, which uses multiple wash motions and offers customized care for different types of fabric. Some machines have different programable cycles for different clothes. For kids clothes there is a cycle that is very close to a delicate cycle that is gentler then a regular wash. There are cycles for work out clothes and also.

4. What od I choose? Which one is best? Stainless steel tub or plastic? Between these two options you cant go wrong with stainless steel. The only benefit to plastic is that it is cheeper, but stainless steel is easer to clean and also more durable.

5. Do I need a warranty? and what kind of warranties are available?  Many appliance brands will offer a one year warranty. Some of those brands offer warranties for certain parts for example the outer tub can carry a 10 year warranty or even a lifetime warranty.

We love appliances, and we hope this article has help clear things up a bit. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

3 Tips To Make Your Dryer Last Longer

Article by: Jay – True Appliance Repair Technician

1. Clean the lint trap. 

Ok was it really necessary for us to put something so obvious? Maybe not but you will be surprised how much of a difference this small task can really help extend the life of your dryer. When it comes to dryer maintenance and function, it all about the AIR FLOW. Clearing our the lint keeps air flow moving with ease and doesn’t cause your dryer to work harder then it needs to be.

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Ok back to your dryer needs.

2. Replace an accordion-style duct. 

Most homes have a ridged plastic or foil duct. This is normal, but with these kind of accordion ducts, lint can easily get trapped in the folds and restrict air flow which always places more strain on your dryer. We recommend replacing your accordion duct With a rigid metal one. The smoother walls allow for less dirt and lint to get stuck and clog your duct. Always use duct connectors and clamps made of metal or even foil tape to reinforce the sections with metal sheet metal screws.

3. Keep the duct clear. 

Ideally, the duct coming from your dryer leading outside should not sag, or have any roller coaster type curves in it. It should go from the dryer down to the wall attachment. If there are folds or curves, lint can get stuck in between the ridges and begin to build up over time also restricting the air flow. This will cause your close not to dry fully, and make you have to run it again only to bring your energy bill higher and bringing your dryer closer and closer to needing repair or worse, replacement. So we recommend replacing the duct at least once a year, or just doing a simple cleaning the duct with a vacuum to save money on buying another duct.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have found this post helpful and useful and we encourage you to make these suggestions a routine for you. We don’t think about our dryer until we are forced to. Let’s make some simple changes now so that your dryer will stand the test of time, and help keep your energy cost down.

Till next time

Jay – True Appliance Repair Technician

How You Can Increase The Life Of Your Appliances

Article by: Aly – True Appliance Repair Team Member

When it comes to running your house efficiently, your home appliances play a vital role in how your house runs and functions. In this article, we will share 4 things that you can do to keep your appliances running more efficiently and last a long time.

Home appliances make our lives more comfortable. With each new advance, it just makes things easier for us, and gives us time to do other things. But when that serenity is interrupted because of a broken appliance, it affects the day to day routine. Especially if something big like a dryer, washer, or microwave starts to act up or even just stop working altogether.

When this happens, it can create a cost burden on your family. To avoid these potential maintenance costs, there are several precautionary measures you can take to help with getting your appliances working for the long term.

Today we will be giving you some advice on specifically your washer, dryer, and microwave and the best things you can do to keep them working for a long time.

Washer and Dryer

  • We recommend checking your hoses from your appliances. Over time these hoses can get eroded and begin to leak, causing flooding and potentially more damage done to your home than just a broken appliance or eroded hose.
  • When it comes to laundry, don’t overload your washer or dryer constantly. Overloading can cause your machines to overwork and put unnecessary strain on their components. We recommend breaking your loads down into smaller ones so that your machines can run at their full efficiency.
  • If you find your clothes starting to smell right out of the washer, its probably because there is added moisture stuck in the drum and/or the motor. This added moisture can cause your clothes to smell and can erode at the motor over time. One way to fix this is to keep the lid of your washer open so that the wet parts of the washer can air out and dry properly. Leaving the door closed will keep all that moisture in and begin to smell up your clothes with stagnant water build-up.
  • Lastly, something that the majority of people don’t even think about is the fact that the water flow is constantly turned on, even when your washer is not being used. We recommend turning off the water flow to avoid any kind of leaks that can happen because of the water pressure.

Microwave 

Microwaves are a staple in all homes. Since the 40’s we have enjoyed the convenience of being able to “nuke” food in seconds. The last thing you need is for it to go out and all of a sudden, you’re back in 1938. So here are a few things you can do to help preserve the working power of your microwave.

  • To avoid having to call us to come out and repair your microwave, is to properly educate your household on things that don’t go into the microwave such as metals, aluminum, forks, and other incompatible materials.
  • Secondly, the door is often pulled harshly and closed with a loud slam most of the time. The door is vital to the proper functioning of your microwave and such should be taken care of by maintaining a softer hand while opening and closing the microwave door.
  • and finally, Do not run your microwave while there is nothing inside. It funny to think that anyone would turn it on and not have anything in it, but the way the energy of the microwave works is that it gets absorbed by the items in the microwave such as containers or food. Without anything in the microwave the internal parts receive all that energy and can damage it.

So, let’s see if we can keep your washer and dryer, plus your microwave working for a long time. If you do find yourself in need of services for any of your appliances, please let us know and we will send a TRUE appliance expert your way to handle whatever situation you have need for.

Till next time,

Your True Appliance Repair Team

3 tips to Get Your Dishes Cleaner

Article by Leo: True Appliance Repair Specialist

Don’t run off and buy a new dishwasher, get yours serviced. This is the simplest and easy way to get your dishwasher working like new.

If you have a dishwasher that is just not performing the way it’s supposed to be, Chances are you’ll need to start looking for a professional to come in and solve the problem. At times, however, the machine isn’t the problem. It is true that most modern dishwashers can handle huge messes and stains better than those that were around just 5 years ago, there are things that we can do to help our dishwasher perform better and more efficient. Before you go out and buy another dishwasher because you’re tired of seeing yours leave the dishes dirty and wonder if maybe you should wash them by hand. Continue reading to find some helpful tips that will get your machine cleaning better.

Tip#1 – Soften Your Water


When trying to get your dishes spotless, hard water can make that very difficult. Whether your washing by hand or by machine, hard water is not your friend. We recommend having a professional run a test on your water to find out the hardness level. If the results indicate you have hard water, it would be wise to consider a water softener for your home. Softer water interacts better with soap. It creates more suds and is great for your skin. Just a side note on that. lol. With a water softener your dishes will be gleaming and cleaner.

Tip #2 – Pre-Rinse


If your the person that does a pre-washing by hand before putting your dishes into the machine, you might be hindering your machine effectiveness. Pre-washing also wastes water and time. Why have a dishwasher at all if you’re going to be cleaning them before by hand anyway. Your dishwasher is designed to fight through stains and debris. Let your washer do what it was designed to do and give the soap and jets something to work through. With that said, you don’t want large chunks hanging off your dishes before throwing them in either. So we recommend a pre-rinse before a full wash in the machine. You’ll find that this simple thing does the trick.

Run Hot Water


The last technique we recommend is to run the hot water in your kitchen sink before starting your dishwasher. Believe it or not, the dishwasher only has one connection to your home’s water line. That line is the hot water. As you know, it sometimes takes time for the hot water to run all the way through the pipes and exit through the faucet. Since your dishwasher is connected via your sink, getting the hot water going and ready will to work right when the washer fires off will create a much more efficient process and most importantly, cleaner dishes.

If you’re in need of appliance services, look to the TRUE appliance repair team of Harlingen, TX

Thank you for your support.

The True Appliance Repair Team

Small Appliances For Making Your Cooking Great Fun

Article by: Aly – True Appliance Team Member

Some of the most commonly used appliances are all the small ones you have in the kitchen. Many are portable and can used over a countertop or a table. Items such as electric pressure cooker, electric steamers, indoor grills, pressure cookers, slow cookers, rice cookers and many many more are all classified as small appliances. Not to be confused with major appliances, which remain stationary.

 Usually all small appliances are powered via a power cord and an electrical outlet. some handheld small appliances are battery powered and need to be recharged from time to time.

The Pressure Cooker

When considering what the most important small appliance in the kitchen is, many consider the electric pressure cooker as the one that rains supreme. It increases the temperature of boiling water which helps to cook the food much faster, also they require less water. When the pressure cooker first came out, they were prone to exploding, so they were not used very much. Of course this was solved by the added features of a locking system that prevented explosions from happening. The electric pressure cookers made tasks much easier because it regulated the internal temperature automatically. Using a pressure cooker can also save on energy costs and about 70% of the time it takes to cook over a stove top equipped with programable setting for more specified cooking needs. Some of these setting are: browning, warming, simmering and sautéing. When it comes to cleaning, and the ease of operating, the pressure cooker is by far the best choice for a small appliance in the kitchen.

Electric Steamer

Want to avoid oil, frying, or broiling? The Electric Steamer is what you need to have in the kitchen. Steaming your food keeps all the nutrients in, where as fried or broiled will burn off many of the healthy ingredients in your food. This explains why the electric steamer has gained a lot of popularity with the healthy conscious community. Many Chinese dishes are prepared with the help steamers. For this reason, many refer to the electric steamer as a rice steamer, or food steamers. If you have ever tried to cook rice, you know that the trickiest part is making sure it is cooked evenly, which can take some time to master. The electric steamer cooks rice quite efficiently, and evenly. Next time your thinking about a healthy rice dinner, don’t hesitate to get yourself an electric steamer and go ahead and through in some meats and veggies in there too. Why not cook an entire meal while you’re at it.

In conclusion, get yourself a pressure cooker and a food steamer. They are easy to use and will free up your time. and as always if you ever need a repair, you can always call your TRUE appliance repair specialist for all your small, or LARGE appliance needs.

Happy Cookin’

The True Appliance Repair Team

Buying Appliances and Electronics

Article by: Jay – From the True Appliance Repair Team

Looking for an appliance now a days can be quite daunting. The market is full of options that sometimes can make the process less enjoyable. Now we aren’t just talking about large appliances, but even the smaller ones can be overwhelming. For example a toaster is essential for a household. You may wonder how many different types could there actually be? Well, there are a lot. Our advice is try to narrow it down a bit before you go out and shop for one. Decide on a color, size, and perhaps brand. This will help make the process quick and easy.

Large appliances such as washers and dryers come in many different colors and sizes, with some being able to save on energy costs as well. When it comes to washers and dryers, top loading tend to use much more energy, which is why front loading washers and dryers are more expensive. At the end of the day they save you money on your energy bill. However if you’re ok with paying a bit more per month so that you can get a less expensive washer and dryer upfront, then hey why not.

Another thing to consider is how you will pay for your new appliance. There are different ways of buying appliances. either cash money up front, or financing. If you can, do both. Put some money down that you are comfortable with so that the portion you are financing can be less per month, and will overall keep you from paying way more in accumulated interest.

Another option would be renting or leasing the appliance. The drawback is that you will inevitably pay more for the appliance in the long run than just paying it all upfront. Don’t let that be a deal breaker though, there are positive aspects to renting or leasing your next appliance. Many of the rental establishments have a 90 days same as cash plan that you can take advantage of. This means if you pay it off in 90 days or less, You have just payed retail price. You can also get a plan where you are contracted for 24 months on an item, that comes with warranty during the entire life of the contract. Many also have free delivery. Not a bad deal hu?

At the end of the day you have options. Make a plan, figure out what is best for you and/or your family, and what you are financially able to do, then go and get it.

Of course you can always call us if you just want to get it fixed. lol sorry we had to.

Till next time,

The True Appliance Repair Team

Appliance Repair for Kitchen and Home Appliances

Here at True Appliance Repair of Harlingen, TX love to learn about what we do and take any opportunity we get to share what we learn with our visitors and customers. This article by Mario Miller is a great article that we feel would benefit you, and hopefully bring some more clarity to your concerns about your appliance needs. Please Enjoy.

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Mario Miller

Business Articles | November 29, 2015

At this day and age, there are so many different home and kitchen appliances that people employ to make daily life more convenient. These appliances have become go-to items when it comes to cutting short both time and effort in producing food and entertainment.

So when these items malfunction or stop working, owners are faced with a problem. The options are either buy a new one, opt to check out an appliance repair center or live without it. Since the last one is usually out of the question, it’s either buy a new one or have the damaged one fixed. Many think that buying is the quicker and easier route but there are times when buyers are faced with the dilemma of which to buy. 

Advantages of Appliance Repair

One of the main advantages of appliance repair is the minimal cost that the repair service usually charges to fix the item. In many cases, it is just a fraction of the original buying price and helps to save the owner some money. A lot of people are relieved when their item can be fixed because it means spending less on buying a new, similar item. New items usually cost more than the amount of money needed to have an old one fixed. 

Another benefit of getting the appliance fixed is the time and effort saved in actually looking for a replacement of the damaged item. Every year or so, new items come out for a particular product with different features that make choosing just one so difficult. Not to mention the variety of colors, shapes and sizes that need to be decided on by the buyer. Some stores only carry particular models while others carry others, which make the time going from store to store more tedious. Confusion can also arise from choosing which feature is best and necessary when comparing new appliances. Shopping online can be an option, but actually seeing the product and asking a salesperson about its features in detail is more satisfying for many. This consumes even more time and makes for more wasted effort if the buyer is not satisfied. 

Appliance repair is always a good option because it can also take less time to fix the item compared to shopping around for a similar replacement or comparing consumer reviews. Some appliances may even need to be ordered and can take up to several days or even weeks before it can be delivered. Add up the time spent looking for an item that appeals to the buyer and choosing from the different models available with different features, and the consumer is left with several weeks without the convenience of his original appliance while having to wait for delivery of the new one. 

Another distinct advantage of appliance repair is being able to continue using the appliance after it has been fixed. While a lot of people like new things, more individuals actually prefer to use their old items as long as they can because they are familiar with it and they know how to work it with ease. Familiarity with the appliance can make it a treasure for the owner. Getting used to a new one can take some time and effort which can be such a waste especially when the owner is always in a hurry. 

Most repair services can also visit the home of the owner and try to assess the damaged or malfunctioning item on the spot, without taking it away. Some products may be fixed immediately with just a change of a fuse or a twist of a wire, while others may need some time to fix and will need to be brought to the repair center. The point is, most repair centers act on the repair immediately and can return the item as soon as it is ready to save the owner time. Repairs which can be done on the spot take as little as just a couple of hours and the owner can use the product when the repairman says so. Repairmen can also assess whether the item can be repaired or may need to be replaced. 

These are most of the advantages that often face owners with malfunctioning or damaged appliances. These reasons are very practical and save the owner a lot of time, money and effort. 

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5 Things You Need to Check Before Purchasing Kitchen Appliances

Here at True Appliance Repair team came across this great article by Isabella Whitmore explaining 5 different things you need to know before purchasing a kitchen appliance. We hope you enjoy this short but very insightful article.

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Isabella Whitmore US

Other Articles | September 24, 2019

Domestic appliances are one of the more important elements of the house. They are a big help and support especially in the kitchen. Durability and performance are significant factors when choosing appliances but there is more to check to ensure you’ll get the best appliances for your kitchen.

Having the right appliances will add convenience and comfort. To achieve this, it is helpful to review all the necessary information about the appliance before purchasing. Here are 5 essential things you need to check before buying an appliance to make sure your new purchase is a good addition to your home.

  1. Design and Aesthetics. Appearance is usually the first thing we look for when buying an appliance. Obviously, we want an attractive piece to add in the kitchen. Beautiful appliances enhance the look and ambiance of the room. Luckily, there is now wide selection of appliance designs that allows you to pick the best one to match your kitchen design.
  2. Budget. It is important to set a budget as this will help you focus your choices. New models and appliances with advance technology are expected to be more expensive than older models. However, do not worry if you are on a tight budget as there are a lot of practical ways to get quality appliances at affordable price. You can buy an older model which is sold at lower price than the new release or if you really want the new model you can trade-in your old appliance as part-exchange for a new one by looking for a trade-in store in your area.
  3. Features. Assess your family’s needs before deciding what to purchase. Do you need a variable temperature kettle for your tea loving family or is a simple kettle enough? Do you need a refrigerator with door locks and alarms to prevent your toddlers from playing with the fridge or would that be a useless function to you? Added features are added comfort but it can also be just an additional cost. Assess your needs and usage to ensure that every cent you spend on your new purchase is worthwhile.
  4. Reviews. Make use of the internet to read reviews about the product you are planning to buy. This is helpful to get knowledge of a product especially about the durability and functionality. You can easily find customers reviews online especially on websites that sell appliances just like Amazon. It is also worthwhile to ask your friends’ opinion if they happened to use the brand or the model that you want to purchase.
  5. Stores. Choose your retail store wisely. Visit multiple stores first before settling on one to buy from to make sure that you get the best deal. Sellers offers different prices and gimmicks to get ahead from their competitors. Check out what other stores have to offer so you know you’ll get the best deal. This will allow you to save money by taking advantage of discounted sales, freebies, and other promotional offers.

Be meticulous when choosing an appliance so you can save money and get the quality appliance that you deserve.

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The Hot Water Heater: A Look Inside An Important Appliance

A hot water heater is so important to any household, that is why we at True Appliance Repair of Harlingen, TX love to learn all we can and share it with you our valued customers. This article by Ace Abbey, gives some great tips and advice about your water heater. We hope you enjoy.

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Ace Abbey

Home Repair Articles | September 18, 2011

Ask almost any plumber, and they will tell you that a homeowner’s hot water heater is typically one of the most frequently ignored appliances they own. It is an appliance that is simply expected to work correctly, all the time, with no problems at all. Of course, like any appliance in the home, it is as subject to…

Ask almost any plumber, and they will tell you that a homeowner’s hot water heater is typically one of the most frequently ignored appliances they own. It is an appliance that is simply expected to work correctly, all the time, with no problems at all. Of course, like any appliance in the home, it is as subject to maintenance as any other. For those running on electricity, the homeowner can usually expect to get somewhere around 12 to 15 years of good service out of the appliance. Gas tanks may only last up to 12 years at a maximum. But there are things the homeowner can do to extend the life of their appliance.

One thing a homeowner can consider for their hot water heater is an insulation jacket. Though uncommon, these jackets can be found at just about any large hardware store. They will aid the appliance in keeping the water warm and remove some of the inherent inefficiencies in the design. Of course, simply keeping up with regular maintenance is probably one of the best things any homeowner can do. Checking for leaks, consulting with a plumber on occasion, and making sure all screws and gauges are properly fitted are all wise things to incorporate into a maintenance schedule.

If you’re simply not getting what you need out of your hot water heater, it may be time for a change. If this time has come, make sure you take into consideration the newer types of appliances out there. Technology has come a long way in recent years and newer heaters can save you hundreds of dollars in terms of excess energy use. Look for the Energy Star label if you want an appliance that will operate as efficiently as possible. You may also be able to get tax incentives and rebates if you choose to go with such a model.

Speaking of energy efficiency, some customers have found satisfaction in moving to a tankless hot water heater. Instead of keeping a continuous supply of heated water, these appliances only heat when the customer turns on the hot water. There are numerous benefits to such a machine. For one, it will use much less energy, as it isn’t wasting electricity trying to heat water which may not be used for several hours (by which time is has already been cooled and heated several times). For another, you won’t have to worry about running out of hot water should everyone in your house decide to take a shower at the same time. For people who live in large families, this could be all the reason you need to make the switch.

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