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Wasting Away: How To Properly Dispose Of Appliances

According to a UN study, the United States had roughly 30 tons of electronic waste per capita in 2012 — the highest in the world. While that in itself is a huge issue, the even larger problem lies in how this waste is disposed of. Labels on electronics and appliances feature instructions for proper disposal, but rarely are they given any attention. Electronics are semi-toxic materials and should be regarded as such. Instead of tossing your old electronics and appliances on the curb alongside your regular trash, dispose of them properly at designated locations. What designates “proper,” is based on the type of electronic or appliance you are trying to break free from.

Microwaves

Old Microwave

Photo by Patrick Berry

If you have a plastic microwave, not to worry. These can be disposed of as regular trash. If you have a metal microwave, however, you should take special precautions to make sure it goes to the right place. While some facilities allow you to recycle metal microwaves as scrap metal, others require dropping them off (or scheduling for pick-up) at an electronic waste center. Check your city regulations for more information.
Freezers and Refrigerators

Because of their bulky nature, you should not try to dispose of these yourself. Call an e-waste removal service and schedule a pick-up of your old appliance. As noted by the Environmental Protection Agency, pickups are typically free, though some services may charge a small fee of $10-$50, depending on the company and your location.
Washers and Dryers

If they are still in working condition, donating them to a shelter (or putting them on freecycle) may be a better option than simply recycling them. If they are no longer usable, be sure to ask the manufacturer of your new washer/dryer if they also handle the disposal of old ones. In the event that the manufacturer is not certified to dispose of your old appliance, find the location of the closest e-waste disposal site and schedule a drop-off or pick-up.

Here are a few places in Las Vegas that will gladly take your old electronics and dispose of them correctly:

Nevada StatE Recycle

Recycling Bins

Photo by girlonaglide

Their motto is “Let’s make Sin City a clean city” and they specialize in residential, corporate and business e-waste disposal. While you can schedule a waste pick up, there is also a designated drop-off spot available at 1816 Industrial Rd, Unit 4, Las Vegas, NV 89102. Feel free to stop by and leave your e-waste at any time Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. This location will NOT accept household batteries, oils and liquids, or hazardous medical waste.

Earth911

Earth911 functions as more of an appliance recycle database than a disposal location. Here’s how it works: you enter the material that you would like to have recycled, along with your zip code, and they will pull up a list of locations close to you that will accept the specified appliance or material. This website not only provides locations for recycling, but also explains the value and importance of reusing materials.

Republic Services

Among the many waste disposal services they provide, Republic Services also does bulk waste removal, including large appliances. They will pick up from business or residential locations and have an option for dumpster/container rental for easy collection and haul away. They do, however, encourage the donation of items that are still in working condition.

These are just a few of the many e-waste collection organizations in the Las Vegas valley. With options aplenty, there is no reason why your electronics and appliances should ever be disposed of improperly. Remember: if your appliance is still in working condition, repairing is a better option than having to pay for a brand new appliance. For the best appliance repairs in Las Vegas, give us a call today at (702) 515-1515.

By |January 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Wasting Away: How To Properly Dispose Of Appliances

Kitchen Hacks: 15 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Appliances

Ever buy something that you never use and wonder why you purchased it in the first place? Have you bought something that gets used, but are annoyed that you can only use it for one purpose? Kitchen tools, utensils and appliances can be used in unusual ways to help you not only make the most out of your purchases, but also to save you time and money. Here are 15 kitchen hacks, sure to provide some new ways to clean, organize and work in the busiest room in your home.

Cleaning Hacks

Get your garbage disposal in great shape by combining ice, lemon and salt and pouring it down the drain.

Dryer sheets aren’t just for the laundry room anymore. Scrub your pots and pans with these sweet-smelling sheets for sparkling cookware.

Why waste your money on deodorizing products when you can utilize materials sitting around your home?

If your oven is dirty, baking soda can help eliminate years of food and grime.

Dishes coming out of the washer dirty or filmy? Try putting a bowl with vinegar into the wash.

Food Hacks

Some foods make it a hassle to cook with, especially the dreaded ginger root. Use a spoon to make peeling ginger less of a chore.

This one can be tricky, but will help greatly once you are done boiling.

Flambeing tends to scare off a lot of cooks, use this tip to make the process easier.

Organization Hacks

Refrigerator lights go out all the time, eliminate the need for new bulbs with LED tape.

Internet routers can be found in nearly every home these days, and luckily they don’t need to be seen to be used. Hide that ugly box to keep your home looking neat.

Hanging towels come in handy all the time, reuse old door knobs to create hanging spots where needed.

Got too many shoes and flip flops taking up space? Use a letter organizer to help sort your kicks.

If you are always misplacing your cleaning products, a simple tension rod can ensure they stay in the same place.

Hopefully these tips will help you save time, keep your kitchen in order and get the most out of your appliances. For more information, give us a call today at (702) 515-1515.

By |January 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Kitchen Hacks: 15 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Your Appliances

Housework: The Differences Between Men And Women

According to an article based on typical habits of British households, the average woman will spend a whopping 12,896 hours of her life cleaning up around the house. Her male counterpart, however, will spend roughly half of that time scrubbing and dusting. Men on average clock 6,448 hours of cleaning in a lifetime, which probably explains why their apartments smell like gym locker rooms. So what’s the deal? Are men quicker and more efficient with the same tasks? Or are they simply just the messier gender? You be the judge:

Scrubbing the Bathroom

man cleaing the bathroom

Photo by Emanuele Rosso

Your typical male bathroom will have the same generic six items: a razor blade, shaving cream, a bar of soap, toothpaste, a toothbrush and a towel. Is this really all men need or is it to avoid having to clean it regularly? Very suspicious. The typical female bathroom, on the other hand, has right around 337 different items. Keeping 337 items organized takes a significantly longer amount of time than the six items you would come across in the average male bathroom. Since the excess items are technically optional items, some may say that women do it to themselves…we’ll remain neutral on this.

Loads of Laundry

woman doing laundry

Photo by Charlotte Coneybeer

Let us first address the idea of a “wearable wardrobe.” A wearable wardrobe can be understood as the one-third of a woman’s closet that she will actually use. As new clothing items are added the wardrobe, the same amount of existing clothing items are then pushed to the “non-wearable” realm of her wardrobe. Women will base their laundry habits around the size of their wearable wardrobes more often than not. Because of this, women tend to do laundry once every couple of days, or once a week.

Men have found a way around this constant laundry cycle. They have employed a number of methods to ensure that the dreaded laundry day only comes once in a blue moon, with the Febreze method and the “inside-out” method being two of the most popular. Some males have even been known to go as far as purchasing new undergarments and socks to avoid laundry day. Call it lazy, call it excessive, men will do just about anything to get out of laundry duty.

Cleaning the Car

messy car

Photo by Red Sox Bat Girl

Thus far, things have panned out in favor of females. But the difference in how women and men treat their vehicles may very well even out the score. An AutoGuide poll found that women are significantly less likely to keep the family car clean than are men, with about 56 percent of women saying they have no issue letting their cars go unwashed for six months or longer, and five percent say they are comfortable with NEVER washing their cars. When it comes to cleaning and washing their vehicles, men seem to have no issue spending hours detailing every nook and crevice of their “babies.” Whether or not they are an actual parent to the vehicle is sometimes hard to distinguish.

The verdict

When it comes down to it, 16 percent of males admit to leaving the bulk of the housework for their partners, which may initially evoke thoughts of laziness among the male gender. However, with the frequent use of the ever-famous “it looks clean to me” line at every mention of housework, it seems that males are just straight and to the point.

MomLogic suggests that men who clean are much happier than those who refuse to pick up a vacuum. Clean and organized spaces make for a happier, less stressful life. In order to have a happy and functional home, both genders should work in concert with one another to keep things clean. The only way to keep clean is to have your home appliances in tip-top working condition. For service, repair or parts of your home appliances, give Appliance Repair Experts a call today at 702.515.1515.

Featured image by mconnors

By |January 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on Housework: The Differences Between Men And Women

5 Common Myths About Everyday Appliances

Even in the “information age,” there are a ton of myths floating around about every day things. You’ve surely heard that we only use 10 percent of our brains. As it turns out, that is in fact false. Have you been told that drains swirl in different directions depending on which hemisphere you’re in? Also untrue! Check out these five common home appliance myths and see which ones are true and which are false.

white decor kitchen

Photo courtesy of Susan Serra, CKD

#1: Appliances in stand-by mode use no power

Many people think that just because their dishwasher, microwave or refrigerator isn’t actually running that it must not be using any electricity. Truth is, you might be surprised how much juice a “sleeping” appliance uses. A microwave, for example, uses six watts an hour. Even a landline telephone uses up five watts an hour or more. Collectively, “sleeping” appliances can suck up between 15 and 30 watts per hour. With 24 hours in a day, that quickly adds up! Want to cut down your power bill? Don’t just shut your appliances off, pull the plug.

#2: Microwaves emit harmful radiation

dishwash with dishes

Many people believe that their microwave kicks out dangerous radiation. While microwaves do in fact use radiation to heat our delicious leftovers, the only way to actually expose yourself is to come into direct contact with said radiation—meaning you would have to be inside the microwave.

#3: Dishes need to be pre-rinsed before putting them in the dishwasher

Let’s face it: we spend enough time on dishes as it is. Knowing the truth behind this one will get you out of the kitchen and into the backyard for some family time before you can say “Cascade.” Contrary to popular belief, the majority of your dirty dishes do not need to be pre-rinsed before being placed in the dishwasher. In fact, rinsing off every bit of food from your plates, glasses and cutlery can do more harm than good. Without the normal grease and grime, the alkaline levels in your dishwasher will be much higher than normal. Over time, this will eat away at your dishes, causing cloudiness and scratches. That being said, caked-on food bits should be handled differently and given time to soak before being put through the wash.

#4: Dishwashers fill all the way up with water during a cycle

dishwash with dishes

Photo courtesy of Meryl

Believe it or not, one of the most commonly expressed concerns on repair calls is the fear of opening a dishwasher mid-cycle, due to possibility of a flooded kitchen. While it sounds believable, the only part of your dishwasher that fills up with water is the tub below the level of the door. All the washing is done with water jets on rotating arms. Because of this, you can open the dishwasher during its cycle without any fear of flooding your kitchen. You will, however, get a face full of steam.

#5: Hand-washing dishes is faster than using the machine

A lot of folks think they’re being green and conserving resources by washing their dishes the old fashioned way. That may not be the case, though. Your dishwasher uses a measly three or four gallons per load. The amount of water it takes to repetitively fill the sink and rinse off individual dishes with a running tap can be much higher. If you only have a few dishes to wash, hand-washing is the way to go. But for a full load’s worth, hand-washing wastes your time, your effort and your water.

The next time you purchase an appliance, take a quick flip through the user’s manual for facts like these. If you do find yourself in need of a repair, contact the Appliance Repair Experts to set up a service call.

By |January 2nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Comments Off on 5 Common Myths About Everyday Appliances