Important Recall Information: American Standard Gas Water Heaters

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At 1st Source Servall, we care about the safety of our valued customers and readers which is why we try to keep you up to date on appliance recalls.

As of May 24, 2016 Water Heating Technologies has issued a recall on select models of their American Standard 30, 40, and 50 gallon Gas Water Heaters due to risk of fire hazard. Continue reading

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Guide to Choosing the Right Air Conditioner for Your Home

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We all spend months waiting for summer to return right when the season ends. As much as we look forward to the warm weather and the activities it brings, we forget how high temperatures can get. Once the season hits it’s peak – so does the humid heat. If central air conditioning is not an option for your home, there are plenty of inexpensive alternatives that would be perfect for your home.  Continue reading

Why is my Stove Sparking? | 5 Common Causes of a Sparking Electric Range

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If the Coil Surface Burner Element on an electric stove sparks, you’ll know it.  The experience can range from a single spark powerful enough to put a hole in the bottom of a pot, to a shower of sparks until the coil burns out, to a few small pops.  But what causes this?

If you’ve ever tried to search for answers online, you probably didn’t come up with very much.  A sparking electric stove is a bit of a rare occurrence, but when it does happen it’s usually because of one of a few common causes.  Today we’ll be sharing with you 5 Common Causes of a Sparking Electric Range.  Continue reading

Product Pick of the Week: Affresh Cooktop Cleaner

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Electric stove tops can easily get dirty and grimy from everyday cooking. Sometimes the dirt and grime builds up and it can be extremely hard to clean. In this week’s Product Pick of the Week  we’ll be showing how easy it is to clean those tough cooktop messes with the help of  Affresh Cooktop Cleaner.

Affresh Cooktop Cleaner is a non-abrasive cleaner that works to clean up the hard to clean messes without making you scrub really hard. Each bottle includes Affresh cleaning pads that safely work to make a scratch-free clean. Watch how easy Affresh makes cooktop cleaning for this DIYer.

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Summertime Tips: Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

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An outdoor kitchen expands your living space in the best ways – it allows you to cook, eat, and entertain with ease. Summer is the best time for backyard BBQ’s and family gatherings, so  having a well designed outdoor kitchen is as crucial. It can be as functional as an indoor kitchen, as welcoming as a living room and as entertaining as a family room. This layout may seem tricky to achieve, but with these tips & suggestions you can start your outdoor kitchen design today! Continue reading

Product Pick of the Week: Dryer Temperature Parts

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Thermistors, Thermostats, Thermal Fuses, Thermal Cutoffs… with so many parts monitoring the temperature of your dryer  it can get a little confusing.  Although they may all sound similar, each part serves a different purpose, working to make sure that your dryer is running safely and efficiently.

In this Product Pick of the Week, we’ll be talking about some of the most common temperature sensing and monitoring parts in your Dryer and share with you a few signs that they may need to be replaced.   Continue reading

Does this part work? | Using a Multimeter to Test for Continuity

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Sometimes it’s easy to identify what part needs to replaced on your appliance because you can see the damage:  a torn gasket, a broken hinge, a cracked drawer.

But when it comes to electrical components like fuses, thermostats, switches, heating elements, and circuit boards it can be a bit trickier because you can’t just look at the part and see that it needs to be replaced.

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Digital Multimeter with Temperature Probe – DM10T

The best thing to do is to test them with a volt-ohm, or multimeter.  Multimeters can be found in both digital and analog formats and allow you to quickly and easily check that the part is operating at the right resistance or has continuity.   Continue reading