August 23, 2007 06:00 ET

Five Back-to-School, Quick-Fix Appliance Tips From

CANTON, MI--(Marketwire - August 23, 2007) - Summer may still be in full swing, but many moms and dads are preparing for the back-to-school rush with lists of things to do: pick up school supplies, buy a new pair of shoes, plan the first week's lunches, and so on. With the kids soon away for much of the day,®, the online source for home appliance parts and repair advice, has put together five quick and easy maintenance tips to get those kitchen appliances back in shape after the beating they've taken this summer.

"Each of these five easy appliance maintenance jobs takes less than six minutes to complete, can be tackled by anyone, and prolongs the life and efficiency of these expensive appliances," says Chris Hall, president of "Many of our customers have surprised themselves by fixing an appliance themselves -- and saving hundreds of dollars."

--  Clean or replace the drip bowls underneath the electric coil burners
    on your stove. Dirty drip bowls reduce the heating efficiency of the
    burners and make the stove look old and tired. Safety tip: Never cover them
    with foil -- this can cause an electrical short-circuit.
--  Check your oven door to be sure it's closing tightly. This will
    improve the efficiency and temperature accuracy of the oven. If it doesn't
    close properly, you should inspect the door gasket, hinges or door springs.
    These oven parts can be replaced by most do-it-yourselfers.
--  Clean or replace the filters in your range vent hood or underneath
    your over-the-range microwave oven. If the filter is too dirty to clean or
    is worn out, replace it with a new one from Charcoal air
    filters cannot be cleaned so you should replace them every year.
--  Check your dishwasher's dish rack and inspect the dish rack tines for
    rusting. Rust particles can ruin the pump and seals, causing a hidden leak
    or pump failure. An inexpensive tine repair kit can save you the cost of a
    new dish rack. The kits come in various colors to match your rack. If the
    dish rack is beyond salvation, a replacement can be found at, along with dish rack wheel replacements.
--  Clean or replace the air filter in your portable air conditioner to
    maximize its efficiency, and don't forget to give the evaporator and
    condenser coils an annual cleaning before you store it for the winter. provides tools and parts for all major brands of appliances, along with free appliance repair help. Not sure what a part is called?'s PartDetective can help you find the right one.

About® was founded in 1999 with the idea that armed with the right advice, tools and parts, savvy consumers can extend the life of their appliances, save money, and conserve the environment. Consumers can visit for free appliance repair help, or call a customer service representative at (800) 269-2609 for help locating specific parts.

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