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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Eek! Leaks! Appliance Repair You Can Trust.


Appliance Leaking Repairs 
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Leaking Washer


There is almost nothing worse than walking into your kitchen and discovering a pool of water on the ground. Obviously you have an appliance leaking, but it can take a little detective work to hunt down the culprit.  
Sometimes it is obvious as the pool of water will be directly under the dishwasher or clearly emanating from the sink. Sometimes you'll have to dry up the standing water and watch to see where the water returns.
If you catch  the leak early enough you can prevent damage to the floors which is important. If you believe the floors have been damaged by the leak you may want to call in your insurance agent. Whether you have renter's insurance or homeowner's insurance, both should cover any damage caused to your home including your floors and cabinets from a broken appliance that isn't under warranty as long as you catch it quickly and report it immediately. Your El Paso insurance policy will not cover the appliance repair, however.
Once you have determined which appliance is leaking, you can give us a call and we would be happy to come diagnose the problem and talk to you about what it will cost to repair your appliance and help you compare that to replacement cost.
If your refrigerator or freezer is leaking, be sure to check the internal temperatures to make sure they are still keeping your food preserved at safe temperatures. You may find you need to move your food to a cooler with ice, or ask friends or family members to store your food until you can repair or replace your refrigerator or freezer.
Please contact us for El Paso appliance repair you can trust. We are proud to serve you and help make a bad day a little better.

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El Paso Washer Repair Pros Share Why Basket Cleaning May Create Future Problems


Have you ever used the basket clean function on your home’s washing machine? It is a handy feature that’s often included with contemporary, steam-enabled appliances. Although most basket clean modes rarely malfunction, there are times when they cause subsequent loads of laundry to come out discolored. This leads many to question, “Why the periodic discoloration and what can El Paso washer repair professionals do about it?”
Basket Cleaning is actually badWasher repair companies that have been called out to investigation customers’ clothing discoloration dilemmas in the past note that bleach may be the culprit. Many washing machine manufacturers fail to mention it has the potential to impact basket clean modes’ performances. Thus, it is of the essence that washing machine owners take steps to understand why bleach quality and quantity are important.
The next time you’re in the supermarket’s laundry aisle, turn some of the bleach bottles around and take a look at their respective labels. Some are made with sodium hypochlorite, which is also widely known as chlorine. Others are made from sodium, percarbonate, hydrogen peroxide and thiourea dioxide. Consequently, each chemical has a different effect on a washing machine’s interior let alone clothing.
For instance, did you know that some of those chemicals we mentioned have a tendency to interact with metals, thereby promoting rust and staining? Additionally, they may leave assorted residues behind, which can cause a number of problems too. Oftentimes, it’s the residue that leads to future laundry staining as well as material wear and tear.
The list of materials often found in bleach residues includes, but isn’t limited to salt, Salt, as many people know, has the ability to corrode and discolor a variety of materials. That’s why companies hate to use it as a deicer when their store interiors sport carpeting or hardwood floors. As such, washer repair professionals suggest using a sparing amount of residue free, non-corrosive bleach whenever it’s time to use a machine’s basket clean mode. Furthermore, they suggest running plain water through the machine afterward and replacing corroded parts whenever appropriate.
To learn more about replacing bleach corroded parts and determine if a machine’s basket clean cycle is on the fritz, please contact our El Paso team today.
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Maytag Appliance Repair Pros Share Why Fridge Temps Rise

Maytag appliance repair El Paso refrigerator temps.
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Maytag Appliance Repair El Paso


You’re expecting everyone to come over for a big get-together. So, you head out to the grocery store, stock up and then return home to fill the Maytag® refrigerator with party supplies. Several hours later, you notice that the interior of the fridge seems warmer than normal. Consequently, you start fretting over whether or not it’s time to call our Maytag appliance repair team in El Paso.
We are always here when our customers’ Maytag appliances need emergency repair. However, the increase in your refrigerator’s internal temperature may not be a cause for immediate concern. Oftentimes, a Maytag refrigerator’s internal temperature will rise automatically when the interior is packed with food.  It generally happens because the appliance is trying to compensate for both the new food and the hot air that may have entered the interior while the fridge was being stocked.
When it does happen, keep the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service’s temperature guidelines in mind. They traditionally recommend that a fridge’s interior temperature stay below 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above that is generally considered unsafe. So in other words, it is imperative that no matter how many party foods and beverages are in the fridge, the temperature remains at a safe level.
With that said, we’d suggest adjusting the Maytag refrigerator’s temperature setting and ensuring that there is enough air circulation going on inside of the unit. Afterward, give the fridge some time to readjust itself. If you still feel that the interior is too warm, by all means schedule a service call with us. We’ll come out to make sure that there is nothing wrong with the Maytag refrigerator’s internal components.
To learn more about our emergency, Maytag refrigerator repair services, please contact us at SoBellas Home Appliances El Paso. All three of our locations are staffed with Maytag refrigerator experts who are ready to help customers in crisis.

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