How to Clean, Maintain & Troubleshoot Your Dehumidifier

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By drawing excess moisture from the air, a dehumidifier keeps the house mold and mildew free during humid months. This makes your house more comfortable in a number of ways, from eliminating musty smells to helping to control allergies, asthma symptoms, and other respiratory health problems.

Although dehumidifiers do not require much maintenance as a rule, they do require a certain amount of upkeep in order to continue functioning properly.

Here’s our tips to cleaning, maintaining and troubleshooting your dehumidifier. By following these guidelines, your dehumidifier will help control the humidity of your home for years, providing a healthy and comfortable environment for you and your family.

Cleaning Your Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier has many parts that can develop build-up. Regular cleaning of each of these parts can prevent problems that can lead to the death of your appliance.
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FAQs: Portable Ice Makers

Portable ice makers are a fantastic option for compact living spaces, such as apartments, boats and RVs. They are also a great alternative to buying bagged ice or dealing with troublesome ice trays. Whether portable ice makers are a novel idea to you or one you’ve been contemplating for a while, you may have a few questions. We’ve compiled the most frequent questions we’ve been asked over the years. Hopefully we’ll be able to answer yours, perhaps even before you know what to ask.

EdgeStar IP210SS Ice Maker
  1. Do I need a water line to use my portable ice maker?
  2. How do portable ice makers work?
  3. How quickly do portable ice makers produce ice?
  4. How small are portable ice makers?
  5. What makes portable ice makers portable?
  6. How do I clean and maintain my portable ice maker?
  7. What is the difference between ice production capacity and ice storage capacity?
  8. Do I need a drain line for my portable ice maker?
  9. What type of ice do portable ice makers produce?
  10. Do I need a special plug or power supply to run my portable ice maker?
  11. Can I use my portable ice maker outdoors?

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FAQs: Built-In / Undercounter Ice Makers

Here at CompactAppliance, we know ice makers. We also know that as you look for that perfect match, you may have a few questions. We’re hoping to answer those questions even before you know what to ask.

Undercounter Ice Maker

Here are the most frequently asked questions we receive for undercounter ice makers, as well as their subsequent answers.

  1. Do I need a water line for my built-in ice maker?
  2. How do I install an undercounter ice maker?
  3. What type of ice do built-in ice machines make?
  4. What is the difference between ice production capacity and ice storage capacity?
  5. Do I need to use a water filter with my undercounter ice machine?
  6. Do I need a drain for my undercounter ice maker?
  7. What should I consider when shopping for an undercounter ice maker?
  8. How do I clean and maintain my undercounter ice maker?
  9. Should I use a gravity drain or a pump drain with my built-in ice maker?
  10. Can I use my undercounter ice maker in the garage?
  11. Do I need a special plug or dedicated power line to run my ice maker?

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Tankless Water Heater FAQ’s

We commonly get a lot of questions about Tankless Water Heaters. Every single day, people call into our offices to ask their list of questions about their device. We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions about tankless water heaters in the list below. We hope we can provide you with the answer you seek.

i.   What is a tankless water heater?

Most people in North America currently use a storage tank water heater to provide hot water in their homes. A storage tank water heater keeps water hot 24 hours a day, even while you are at work or sleeping. A tankless water heater, on the other hand, does not store hot water. It heats the water as you use it.

ii.   How can a tankless water heater heat water instantly?

Gas Tankless Water Heater Diagram

When you open a faucet, the flow of the water triggers the heater to turn on. Whether you use gas or electricity, the powerful gas burners or electrical elements will turn on, rapidly heating the water as it passes through the unit. The water is heated instantly, and the time it takes to obtain hot water is directly related to the distance the hot water has to travel from the water heater to where hot water is being used. The burners or elements then shut down when you shut off the hot water. The energy that is consumed is only for the hot water that is being used.
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BUYER’S GUIDE: Tankless Water Heaters

What is a Tankless Water Heater?

Tankless Water Heaters, often referred to as Instantaneous or Demand Water Heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed. Traditional storage water heaters produce standby energy losses that cost you money. We do not leave our homes heated while vacationing. We only heat our homes when there is a demand for heat. In the same way, a tankless water heater is used only when there is a demand for hot water.

How do Tankless Water Heaters Work?

Tankless water heaters work by heating the water directly, without the use of a storage tank. Therefore, they avoid the standby heat losses associated with storage water heaters. When a hot water tap is turned on, cold water travels through a pipe into the unit.
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How to Install A Tankless Water Heater

Now that you have selected your tankless water heater, the time has to come to install it in your home or office. Proper installation and maintenance of your water heater can optimize its energy efficiency.

Proper installation depends on many factors. These factors include fuel type, climate, local building code requirements, and safety issues, especially concerning the combustion of gas-fired water heaters. Therefore, it’s best to have a qualified plumbing and heating contractor install your demand water heater.

4 Factors to Consider When Hiring a Contractor to Install Your Tankless Water Heater:

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Radiator Heaters 101: Your Complete Guide

In the spirit of the season, over the last few weeks we have been breaking down the pros and cons of different types of heaters that you may come across. The next heater on our list is the radiator heater, an old-fashioned way to keep your family warm.

Invented in the mid-1800s, the concept of radiator heaters has a long history of keeping people warm. Over the years, this type of heater has slowly evolved into the low-maintenance, energy-efficient heaters that we know today.

While it’s definitely not the most popular type of heater nowadays, it still works great at keeping you and your family warm. Let’s take a look at how a radiator heater works, the pros and cons of owning one, and whether it’s the right fit for you.
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Infrared Heaters 101: Your Complete Guide

Infrared Heater

For many families, winter is a frigid time of year, full of extreme weather and very low temperatures. Unfortunately, the cost of heating your home using your central air can be rather expensive, especially when you think about all the empty rooms that you’re paying to keep warm, yet aren’t using. These extra energy costs can be worrisome for families on a budget or trying to lower their utility costs. Thankfully all is not lost!

By following a supplemental heating strategy in your home, you will be able to save on your overall energy costs, without sacrificing your overall comfort levels. Infrared heaters are another great choice to help you accomplish this. They are a comparatively inexpensive yet effective way to keep your home or office warm.

How Infrared Heaters Work

In a nutshell, an infrared heater or “heat lamp” uses a process called electromagnetic radiation, in which an entity with a higher temperature transfers heat energy to an entity with a lower temperature. While the term electromagnetic radiation might sound scary or dangerous, it is perfectly safe for use in infrared heaters, which use it on a small scale.

The heater actually projects out infrared light, which we humans lack the ability to see. Though it is invisible, things like our skin, clothes and furniture absorb the light, and heat up.
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What are the Benefits of a Combo Washer Dryer?

Washer Dryer Combo

The key benefits of washer dryer combo units make them very useful in many different types of applications.  Below I have highlighted each of these benefits:

  • Space Saving – This is probably the biggest benefit about a combination washer and dryer.  Instead of having two appliances, this unit combines both a washer and a dryer into one package.  They come in a variety of load capacities, however, most of the combo units are about the size of a full size dishwasher and are counter height so you can even install them under your kitchen counter.
  • Portable – You can purchase casters for most combination washer and dryers making them easier to bring out when you are ready to do laundry and move out of the way when not in use.
  • Efficient – Combination washer dryers use less water than your top load washers since they use technology similar to a standard front load washer.
  • Ventless – Most combo washer dryers do not need to be vented like your standard dryer does.  This allows the combo units to be used pretty much anywhere there is electricity and a water connection.
  • Electricity Requirement – The majority of combination washer and dryers only require a 115 volt plug instead of the 230 volt plug that is required by most of your standard dryer units.
  • Gentle – Combo units utilize a horizontal axis drum similar to that found in front load washers.  The horizontal axis drum mimics the washboard clothes washing action by raising the clothes out of the water and plunging them back in.  This method of washing is much gentler on the fabric than the agitator method used by top load washers.
  • Ease of Use – With combo units you have the ability to put your load of laundry in and it will both wash and dry them.  Most even come with delay timers so you can have the load finishing when you are ready.  Many people throw a load in before they leave for work and utilize the delay timer so that it will be finishing when they get home.

Do you have or have you ever used a washer dryer combo? Let us know in the comments!

 

How to Use a Washer Dryer Combo

washer dryer combo

You needed a laundry solution.  You were tired of trekking to a wash room or laundromat (washeteria for my friends in Louisiana).  You did the research and figured a washer dryer combo is what will fit your needs.   Now that you have this beautiful piece of equipment, what do you do with it?  Here are some simple guidelines to follow to help you use your combo most effectively.

Choose Your Load Size

Most units have a 13 to 15 pound capacity, though LG makes a unit with a 22 pound capacity.  13 to 15 pounds is about 3 complete outfits (pants, shirt, socks and undergarments), or about 6 to 8 bath towels.  It is important not to overload the unit, as it will not get your clothes as clean as they can be and it will be harder for the unit to dry the clothes.

Combo Washer Dryer Detergent

Next comes the detergent.  It is imperative that you use a low sudsing, high efficiency detergent, something with that cute little HE symbol on it.

HE Symbol

"Cute Little HE Symbol"

Powder works best, but if you prefer a liquid, go for it.  With these units, about two heaping tablespoons is all you need.  Most units will also have a space for fabric softener.  This is highly recommended because it helps to cut down on wrinkles, and generally makes your load soft afterwards.  There will also be a place to add bleach.  As with the detergent, powder bleach will work best, but you can use liquid just fine.  Be sure not to use too much though!

Water Setup

If you have the unit hooked to separate hot and cold water outlets, then you just choose whichever setting will work for your load.  Now, if you have the unit hooked to just one outlet with a faucet adapter and Y connector, you should use just cold water.  If you want to wash something in hot, set the machine for hot water and the unit will heat the water for you.  Also, cold water helps the unit dry the clothes better than hot water (weird, I know, but trust me on this one).

Final Tips

Now, just load the clothes, put in the detergent, choose your cycle, and you are off and running.  Keep in mind, once the cycle starts, the door will lock and you will be unable to open until the entire cycle is finished.  You can set these units to wash only, dry only or both.  Generally, a full wash and dry cycle takes about 3 hours.