Refrigerated Air Conditioning Techs Discuss Why We Use BTU

Have you ever heard refrigerated air conditioning El Paso techs toss around the acronym BTU? Perhaps at the time you wondered what a BTU was but didn’t ask them to explain for fear of looking silly. Well, fear no more. There is nothing silly about wanting to learn more about your home’s refrigerated air conditioning system and we’re here to explain:
What is BTUIn the early years, a cooling system’s power was defined by the weight of the ice blocks used to keep it going. Sounds incredibly simple right? Well, it was simple until refrigerated coolant was introduced into the mix. When that happened, cooling system manufacturers had to find another way to communicate the power of a particular system to interested buyers. So, they decided to us the acronym BTU. It stands for British thermal unit. Of course that brings us as to why they decided to choose that particular term over all others.
Remember how we said that the common measurement up to that point had been the weight of ice blocks? Well at the time, BTUs were used to describe how much effort was needed to change the temperature of water up or down by an agreed upon number of degrees. So since the air conditioning manufacturers were dealing with temperature and refrigerant, it just seemed logical to adopt the BTU.
Nowadays, it is so widely accepted that most refrigerated air conditioning buyers rarely think about the term’s origins. Of course as air conditioning specialists, we like to think about it now and again. We also like to help homeowner’s calculate how much BTUs their home’s system has and determine whether or not it is enough to cool the home efficiently. To learn a great deal more about BTUs and other ways refrigerated air conditioning techs measure a system’s worth, please contact us at El Paso SoBellas Home Services today.
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Appliance Repair Service Pros Urge Texans to Cook Holiday Meals Safely

watch out for thankingsgiving fire hazard
The Thanksgiving holiday is a delightful
occasion for most Texans. There’s a lot to
 look forward to, including the family meal and
 the Sun Bowl Parade. What many people
often forget about amidst all of the joyful
 hullabaloo are cooking fires. They tend
 to significantly increase in the Lone Star State
at this time of the year as well as nationwide.
According to U.S. Fire Administration and
FEMA research, more than $15 million in
damages occur each year as a result of such
holiday mishaps. In addition, there are often
holiday cooking related injuries and deaths
that occur too. With that said, our appliance repair professionals wanted to urge fellow
Texans to be mindful of the dangers.
Based on years of government reports, there are several factors that attribute
 to the rise in cooking fires over the holidays. Among them are electrical
 malfunctions and the misuse of cooking equipment. The good news is our
appliance repair services and kitchen equipment planned maintenance agreements
can help to reduce the chances of a malfunction from occurring.
 You’ll also receive written service records, discounts and special guarantees
(i.e. parts and labor).
Of course there are other actions that should be taken as well.
They include investing in safety equipment and coming up with a fire evacuation plan.
As far as safety equipment goes, our appliance repair pros recommend the purchase of
 fire extinguishers, CO and smoke detectors.
Those that do not have the funds needed to purchase those items may want to
 check with the El Paso Fire Department. At select times of the year, they offer
residents free smoke detectors. They can also provide advice on establishing a
fire escape plan.
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Refrigerator Repair Pro’s Tips for Avoiding Temp and Cross Contamination Woes

Now that picnic season is here, our refrigerator repair pros wanted to talk about how to avoid temperature and cross contamination woes in El Paso. Most modern-day fridges have design features that help address those issues but some people may not be aware of them. So because of that, we wanted to help out by spotlighting those features and offering a few tips:
Try to avoid cross contamination

Fresh-Food Temperature Control Features

To circumvent temperature related problems, use your refrigerator’s fresh-food temperature control feature. The location of the temperature control panel or knob will vary based on the brand. However, the knobs or panels tend to be located inside of the fridge, along the top of the side wall or back wall. Some contemporary fridges may also have temperature controls on the crispers, freezers and exterior door panels.
In most instances, the temperature should be below 40 degrees Fahrenheit but above freezing. Otherwise, your orange juice, milk, fruits and veggies are likely to develop ice crystals. If that happens, they’re apt to taste and look unappetizing. Plus, it could diminish the food and beverage’s nutritional values. Once you’ve set the refrigerator’s temperature, wait a few hours. Then verify that all of the zones are at temperature with the aid of a portable, refrigerator thermometer. 
If your test reveals that the fridge doesn’t seem to be holding foods and beverages at the right temperatures, be sure to immediately schedule a refrigerator repair service call with our team. We can find out why the fridge isn’t staying at temperature and make repairs accordingly.

 Sliding Shelves, Bins, Built-ins and More

Lastly, you’ll want to use the refrigerator’s interior shelving, bins and built-in compartments to minimize cross contamination problems. Remember to store raw foods separately from cooked foods and put juice laden items (i.e. bloody meats) in areas where they are less likely to drip or spill onto other foods. And don’t worry. If your fridge’s shelves and bins aren’t working properly, we can check them out during our refrigerator repair service calls too. To arrange a meeting with our refrigerator repair pros and learn more about keeping your refrigerated, picnic foods safe for consumption, please contact us in El Paso.
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Appliance Tips: 6 Items That Don't Belong in Your Dishwasher

Your dishwasher makes life so much easier. Those dirty plates from dinner no longer litter your sink until you gather the strength to get up and wash them, instead you can simply load up your appliance and hit the start button. However, the convenience of your dishwasher can also have its drawbacks, if you're not careful. Placing items in the machine that aren't made to tolerate the extreme cleaning that dishwashers provide can leave you with damaged belongings. To help you avoid such a catastrophe, we've compiled a list of dishware that should never see the inside of your appliance.

 Formal Dishes

What to put in your dishwasher

  • If you have a set of formal dishes that hold special meaning to you and your family, don't place them in the dishwasher. Unfortunately, accidents, such as chips can happen. Therefore, hand-washing items that you adore is in your best interest.

 Brass Cookware

  • Any cookware item that is made of brass doesn't belong in your dishwasher. The high water temperature your appliance creates can diminish the protective layer the brass naturally produces.

 Wooden objects

  • Wooden utensils, bowls, plates, and cutting boards can warp after repeated cleanings in your dishwasher. If replacement is not an issue, you can wash them in the appliance; otherwise stick with scrubbing them by hand.

 Cast Iron and Copper pots

  • Cast iron and copper pots and pans are not meant to be placed in a dishwasher. Cast iron is susceptible to rusting and copper runs a high risk of denting when piled inside the appliance.

 Crystal glasses

  • Crystal glasses are much too delicate to withstand the harsh environment of a dishwasher. From cracks caused from the heat to scratches made by leftover food particles, your glasses will fare better when they are carefully washed in your sink.

 Insulated Mugs

  • Putting containers and mugs that are insulated in your dishwasher can ruin their effectiveness. The vacuum seal used on these items run the risk of getting wrecked when water seeps into them. To stay on the safe side, give them a good cleaning in your kitchen sink, instead.

While your dishwasher is a handy tool that often makes your life easier, there are times when a dishware mishap can cause you a great deal of frustration. However, by simply keeping certain items out of your appliance, you can say goodbye to those unfortunate circumstances. If you're looking for tips on appliance repair or maintenance, please contact us in El Paso today and we'll be happy to assist you.

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SoBellas Appliance Repair Team’s Tips for Keeping Kitchens Cool

Keep my kitchen cool
Keeping you kitchen cool tips and tricks

It’s no surprise that most of us love to eat home cooked fare but hate the extra heat that comes with being the kitchen. So other than spending a lot of money on take-out, what’s a self-respecting Texan to do? Our El Paso appliance repair team members have a half-dozen tips that may help solve the common, summer time dilemma once and for all:

Retire the Self-Cleaning Feature

One of the easiest ways to beat the seasonal heat is to retire your oven’s self-cleaning feature. That’s because most self-cleaning features have a tendency to generate an overwhelming amount of heat, which is apt to stress out you and your home’s HVAC system beyond the breaking point.

Bring the Kitchen Outdoors

Besides bypassing the oven’s self-cleaning feature, consider bringing your culinary skills and kitchen equipment outdoors. Bust out the smokers, barbecue grills, campfire grates and solar cookers. While you’re at it, don’t forget about the sun tea jugs and outdoor drying racks. They are ideal for summer use too.

Break Out the No-Bake Recipes

Breaking out all of your family’s beloved, no-bake recipes is a smart, heat busting idea as well. If you don’t already have a large assortment of no-bake recipes, don’t panic. There are many listed all over the internet, including close to 100 that are posted on the Reader’s Digest’s website alone.

Show the Stove Top Some Love

If you absolutely have to cook indoors, consider showing the stove top some love. Use it to prepare quick meals that don’t require a lot of heat. Great examples include pasta salads, steamed veggies, cheesy macaroni, pan-fried fish, chipped beef over toast and oriental stir-fries.

Remember the Mighty Broiler

Depending on your oven and culinary skills, remembering to use the broiler may help to get rid of a bit of heat too. Some of the modern oven’s built-in broilers cook foods fast and don’t let heat or smoke escape into the kitchen. Older models, however, may not be as energy efficient. So it pays to have our appliance repair pros check out the broiler first.

Get Reacquainted with Old Buddies

Re-introducing yourself to a few old pals is a fabulous way to beat the heat as well. By buddies, we are referring to other kitchen appliances. Pieces of kitchen equipment that come to our appliance repair pro’s minds are pressure cookers, counter top toaster ovens, self-contained bread machines, counter top grills, crock pots and microwaves.
To discuss these tips and other ways to keep your home’s kitchen cool during the El Paso summer months, please contact us at (210) 485-6578. At SoBellas, our qualified professionals can service and install kitchen equipment on the spot. Plus, routine, year round maintenance agreements are available too.
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Washer Repair Team Discuss Record Breaking Moments in Appliance History

Record Breaking Moments

Washing Machience Records
Did you happen to hear Samsung’s announcement about their world’s largest, residential washing machine? It had all of us here in El Paso at SoBellas thinking. But then again, we are always thinking about the latest appliances and washer repairs. This time, however, our thoughts turned specifically towards washing machine trivia and world’s records.
For instance, did you know that the world’s smallest washing machine was built in China? It hit the country’s appliance marketplace in 2011 and the record books shortly thereafter. The machine can only hold 0.15 kg of dirty laundry, which is remarkable when you think about the Samsung washer. Its capacity is a whopping 5.3 cubic feet. The company behind the petite appliance’s creation was Qingdao Haier Washing Machine Co. Ltd. We can only imagine what it would have been like trying to complete washer repairs on that one!
In addition to that event, there are not one but two world’s records for washing machine throws. It’s true. The first one took place in Madrid, Spain during the fall of 2001. At that time, two men threw a 100+ pound washing machine more than 20 feet. Their names were Jose Francisco Dopcio de Pablo and Miguel Ballesteros.
The second historic heave ho took place in the summer of 2009. Apparently, one New Zealand man by the name of Jonathan MacFarlane decided that he wanted to try and make washing machine history of his own. So he went to the local shopping mall and pitched a unit into the air by himself. It flew a good 13 feet before coming to rest onto the ground. There was no word released on whether or not the mall staff called for post-event washer repair services. What we do know, however, is that his actions made the Guinness World Records Book too.
The last record setting event to make our washer repair team’s list took place in the fall of 1860. At that time, a native New Yorker by the name of William Leonard Hunt got a wild idea. He decided to strap a washing machine to his back, tightrope walk across Niagara Falls and stop to do a load of laundry along the way. Surprisingly, he survived his high wire laundry act and died years later in the winter of 1929. To our knowledge, he is the only person to have ever completed such a feat.

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Murphy's Law of Appliance Repair

Murphy's Appliance Repair Laws
Spending money on a new appliance is not always good

     Murphy's Law says that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. We find that Murphy has a tendency to strike around appliances. Your appliances seem to break at the worst possible time, when you are at your busiest with the least amount of money, or when you most need to use them.
    That means, of course that December in El  Paso is a terrible time to own appliances. It is almost like they instinctively know that you plan on doing a lot of baking and hosting.  They know that you're spending all your money on gifts. They know you're too busy attending parties and throwing get-togethers to deal with even a minor inconvenience, and so your appliances conspire together to ruin the holiday season by breaking, either all at once, or one at a time, so that they can steal a little more of your time.
       Of course, we all know that appliances are no more likely to break in December than any other month of the year, but it can feel like it because this is a really inconvenient time of year to have your appliances repaired. We know how frustrating it is when something you're counting on breaks, and if we could, we would invent appliances that never need to be repaired.
Since we can't, we'll do the next best thing and offer you quality repair services that are quick, affordable and on time. We value your business and want to offer you the customer service you deserve.
       If you're in need of appliance repair in December, or any other month of the year, please contact us in El Paso. We'll do our best to improve your day.

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