It's that time of year again. You're getting ready to take your vacation, but you haven't really thought about getIng your appliances ready for your extended absence. Here's a list of what you should do to make sure your appliances will not flood your house, spoil your food, or otherwise create havoc while you're away.
Some appliances, such as your water heater or refrigerator, may have a Vacation Mode. If so, utilize this handy setting. It makes some internal energy saving adjustments.
Run an empty load through your washer and dishwasher. Use whatever cleaner you normally use for cleaning that appliance such as Affresh or LemiShine. For vacations of 2 weeks or longer, prevent odor build up by leaving the door or lid on the washer and dishwasher open while you're away. Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. This will keep the dishwasher free from odor, and the rubber seal in the bottom of the dishwasher moist.
Turn off the water supply line to refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. (I'm paranoid about water leaks).
For vacations that are more than just a long weekend, remove perishables from the refrigerator, and turn the icemaker off. That usually means just lifting the metal bar in the ice maker to its highest/off position. In some refrigerators only the ice bin is accessible, not the ice maker itself. For these models, there will be a separate on/off switch for the ice maker (see below example).
Your refrigerator is going to be on while you're away, and it will use more electricity if it is empty. So, if you've removed most or all of the food from your refrigerator, fill a few empty plastic gallon jugs with water, and place them in the refrigerator.
*Most of the tips are for vacations of a week or longer. For those long 3 day week end trips, I'd just turn off the water lines and turn off the ice maker.
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Wouldn't you love to have an ice maker that produced clear ice cubes just perfect for your drinks? You and your guests would be delighted. I know that I would love to be able to serve drinks with something other than those cloudy crescent-shaped ice cubes that spew out of the ice maker in my refrigerator.
You may need a clear ice machine. Scotsman, U-line, Whirlpool, and others manufacture stand-alone ice makers that provide a constant supply of perfectly sized crystal clear ice cubes. In addition to the obvious benefits above, these ice-cubes won't freeze and stick together. They're free from the chemicals and minerals that come from your water supply, and the icemakers are available in a variety of sizes and capacities. This is not an appliance you should just pick-up at the home improvement chain. There are many factors to consider and some planning to do before making a selection. You won't regret dealing with professionals such as the trained staff at Arizona Wholesale Supply.
Here are just a few considerations that you need to be aware of before rushing out to buy one of these.
Clear ice machines are expensive. Major name brand clear ice machines start at around two thousand dollars, and premium models can be much higher.
They require maintenance. In most cases they need to be cleaned at least every 6 months.
In addition to a water line, clear ice makers also require a drain. Depending on the location, a pump may also be required to pump water to the drain.
There is much more to learn about ice makers, but this will get you started. Check this blog often. We'll be offering more detailed information on choosing ice machines in the coming days.