Monday, November 21, 2016

Central AC Repair Pros Share Their Thoughts on DIY Air Freshener Filters

At SoBellas Home Services in Las Cruces, our central AC repair techs know people love their homes to look and smell good. That’s part of the reason why we wear those stylish, yellow booties. However, we wanted to caution everyone about following a DIY trend that involves modifying a HVAC unit’s air filters in the name of good scents. Here’s why:
HVAC filters are meant to control the flow of unwanted particulates and keep air circulating. As such, they are manufactured using certain materials and design elements. So it stands to reason that if those materials and design elements are altered, it could negatively impact a central AC system’s operation. Let’s take fabric softener sheets as examples.
no DIY air FreshenersWe have seen well-meaning folks suggest that HVAC owners cover their systems’ air filters with scented dryer sheets to help fill their homes with pleasant scents. What they fail to realize is dryer sheets are not designed with a cooling system’s ventilation needs in mind. So by taping them all over an air filter, it could prohibit the flow of air.
And we can tell you from years of experience that disrupting a HVAC system’s air flow is invariably going to result in one thing, an emergency service request. Similar may be said for foreign chemicals. Essential oils, aerosol sprays, scented liquids and the like could potentially eat away at the filter’s base materials and leave gaping holes.
Now while it is true that HVAC filters are meant to promote air transfer, they are not supposed to allow particulates to enter the system. Obviously having chemical induced holes would permit that to happen. And as we’ve already pointed out, that would likely prompt at least one central AC repair service call.
So, what should Las Cruces homeowners do to freshen up their homes besides altering their HVAC units’ air filters? We have our thoughts on that as well. To find out what they are and learn more about which air freshening methods are safe to use with HVAC systems, please contact us today.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Don’t Let the Desire for Pine Scented Laundry Prompt Calls for Washer Repair

Pine sented laundry is not always good

Walks through Las Cruses evergreen tree farms are more than just festive. They also leave clothes smelling like pine. It’s a lovely scent to be sure and many swear by its aromatherapy properties. They say it lowers a person’s stress levels and we can all use a little help in that department right now. So you may be tempted to add pine scents to your washer or dryer. Just remember that adding the wrong pine scented products to loads of laundry could result in a call for washer repair. Here’s why:
Pure pine oil has a neutral pH level, which is a good thing. However, manufacturers often combine it with carrier oils, alcohol, artificial colorings and other additives that could damage a washer’s interior as well as the laundry. Also, the damage wrought by the additives might not be readily apparent at first. This is particularly common when the additives have the ability to slowly degrade rubber gaskets and other parts.
The good news is there are pine scented products that are safe to use in some of today’s washing machines. Pine-Sol is one of them. It has the ability to infuse the laundry with the smell of pine as well as help clean fabrics and the washer’s interior too. However, it is of the essence to follow the instructions on the bottle and read your washer’s manual first.
If the wrong, pine scented products end up marring laundry appliance interiors, don’t panic. Simply stop using the product and call our washer repair professionals to come take a look. It may be possible to reverse pine product related damage, thereby salvaging the washer from the local scrap heap. To learn more about scented, laundry products that may do more harm than good to a household’s washing machine, please contact Las Cruses SoBellas Air Conditioning & Appliance Repair.
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Avoid Future Problems after Getting Refrigerator Repair

After getting Las Cruces refrigerator repair, you do not want to call them for another repair in the near future. Preventing this from happening is not that hard, but there are important steps that must be followed.
keeping your fridge ful is important
Make sure your fridge is sealed properly
 to keep the cool air in

Make Sure Door Seals are Functioning Properly

If a refrigerator is not sealed properly, the cool air that it is working to create will seep out, making it work even harder to maintain a cool temperature inside. In most cases, this will be caused by food residue, so keeping an eye out for this is worthwhile. While a thorough cleaning should only be needed every once in a while, you should make sure to clean up any noticeable residue right away.

Keep It Filled to an Extent

While you may find it hard to keep your refrigerator full based on your shopping and eating habits, this does not mean you should leave it empty. Ideally, the more contents in your refrigerator, the easier it is on the refrigerator to maintain a cool temperature as thermal mass helps with the cooling process.

Keep the Coils Clean

It is not every day that you actually see the coils of your refrigerator. However, this does not take away the importance of them being clean and free of dust particles. Moving the refrigerator and cleaning the coils twice a year should be frequent enough, but homes that get extremely dusty may require more frequent cleanings. These coils can be located in the front-bottom area, or on the back of a refrigerator.
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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Washer Repair Pro Discusses High-Efficiency Machine Dos and Don’ts

High-efficiency washing machines are one of the products that our washer repair pros encounter during their normal course of business. And we have to say; oftentimes the problems that they’ve run across on HE washer repair calls could have been avoided. So to help our
HE washer front load, tips
HE Front Load Washer
Las Cruses customers out, we wanted to take a second to go over a few general do’s and don’ts:

Do make it a point to only use laundry products that are recommended by the washing machine’s manufacturer. Otherwise, you could inadvertently break the machine, void the warranty and end up with a pile of dirty clothes on your hands. Most manufacturers will list which products are safe to use with their machines in print or online owners’ manuals.

Don’t be fooled by misleading labels. Marketers know that HE washing machines are growing in popularity. Thus, many unscrupulous companies have added words like “HE compatible” to their products’ packaging. Just because the label has those words on it, doesn’t make the statement true. After all, not all HE washers are created equal. So broad terms, like “HE compatible”, are simply not going to cut it.

Do make it a point to utilize your HE washer’s maintenance cycle. It is there to help remove build-up that may occur as a result of using the machine improperly or washing exceptionally soiled clothes. If your machine does not have a maintenance cycle feature, don’t worry. Frequently, the same results may be obtained by leaving the washer empty and running it through its paces. Plus, our washer repair team can always routinely service the machine for you too. Our routine, washer maintenance calls often include cleaning the machine’s interior as needed.

Lastly, don’t use the dispenser compartments incorrectly. For example, make sure that fabric softeners are only poured into the fabric softener dispenser and that you don’t overfill the well. Otherwise, you could be calling our washing repair team a lot sooner than expected.

To learn more about properly caring for these and other washing machines, please contact us by calling (575)-636-2009. All of our washing repair experts are fully trained, insured, licensed and bonded. Same day service calls in Las Cruses, New Mexico are available in select areas.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Repair 101: 6 Steps to Cleaning Your Refrigerator

From forgotten spills to expired food, your refrigerator may be in need of an intense scrub down. Not only will a good cleaning rid your appliance of any unpleasant odors, but it will also increase its efficiency level. Below we've provided you with a step by step cleaning guide to help you achieve a spotless, Las Cruces refrigerator.
How to clean your fridge
Try not to keep your fridge packed with things you don't need
  1. To begin the process, clear out all items and throw away any food that has expired. Starting with a blank slate will enable you to reach every nook and cranny of your fridge. 
  2. Once the appliance is empty, remove its shelves and bins for a good old soak in hot, soapy water. If your kitchen sink isn't big enough, you can use your bathtub or your laundry sink. To soften the dried food covering the surface of the shelves and bins, we suggest leaving them submerged for at least an hour.
  3. While the shelves and bins are soaking, concentrate on wiping down the inside of your refrigerator. You can either use a store bought all-purpose cleaner, or you can make your own cleaning mixture with vinegar and water. Before finishing up, pay close attention to the appliance's door gasket. Scrub any dirt off the seal and look for cracks or rips in the rubber. If you find any, the gasket will need to be replaced.
  4. After an hour has passed, using a sponge, wipe down and rinse the shelves and bins. You can either dry the parts off by hand or lay them out to air dry, before placing them back in the refrigerator.
  5. Now comes the restocking of your fridge. Prior to placing any jars or containers back into your appliance, clean them off with a wet rag, to ensure they won't soil your freshly washed shelves.
  6. Since the interior of your refrigerator is clean and smelling nice, its time to focus on the outside of your appliance. First and foremost, you need to clean the condenser coils. Leaving them dirty will eventually cause a spike in your energy bill, and you'll risk shortening your refrigerator's life expectancy. Once that's done, move on to wiping down the exterior of your appliance. Soapy water and a sponge should do the trick, however if your fridge is stainless steal, you may want to consider using a dab of vinegar to get rid of unsightly fingerprints.
Keeping your appliance clean helps you avoid costly refrigerator repair expenses. If you're concerned with your fridge's performance, please contact us at Sobellas Las Cruces Appliance's Repair and we'll be happy to help you.
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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Dishwasher Appliance Repair: 4 Reasons Why Your Plates and Glasses Are Looking A Bit Dirty

If you've noticed your plates and glasses are coming out of the dishwasher looking anything but clean, a thorough examination of your appliance is most likely necessary. Provided below are 4 DIY solutions that may solve your dilemma before you need to pick up the phone and call your local Las Cruses appliance repair company.


An overfilled dishwasher is a common problem that often leads homeowners to believe their appliance is malfunctioning. Luckily, this issue is easily solved and shouldn't cost you a dime. The mistake occurs when too many plates, glasses, and utensils are stacked into the dishwasher causing the spray arm to become restricted and unable to reach all of the dishware. The solution is to lessen the appliance's load. If overloading is the only problem, you should see results immediately.

Water Temperature

Your dishwasher requires hot water to clean your dishes properly. To test your water temperature, turn your kitchen faucet on and allow the hot water to run for a few minutes. Once enough time has passed, place a meat thermometer underneath the stream of water to discover how hot the temperature is getting. If the thermometer doesn't reach at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the required temperature to clean your dishware, you will need to adjust your hot water heater.

Hard Water

When your glassware appears cloudy after coming out of your dishwasher, hard water is the most likely culprit. The filmy residue leftover is quite unsightly, and your best course of action is to install a water softener in your home. If you are unable to do this, you can try adding more detergent to your dishwasher to counter act your hard water issue. Unfortunately, operating your dishwasher with hard water can cause other malfunctions in the appliance, such as problems with its heating element. If this happens, a call to an appliance repair company will be needed.

Spray Arms Clogged

Clogged spray arms are another frequent issue that effects your appliance's ability to clean. The spray arms in your dishwasher can become congested from a buildup of soap residue, food particles, or mineral deposits. You can eliminate the obstruction by inserting and removing a pipe cleaner into the holes of each spray arm. Once all debris is extracted, you should no longer have any issues with your dishes coming out dirty.
If you're dishwasher is not cleaning your dishes properly and you've tried all the steps above, please contact us at SoBellas Las Cruses Appliance Repair and we'll be happy to diagnose and fix your appliance.
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Top of the Line Repair for Your Top of the Line Subzero Refrigerator

Subzero Refrigerator Repair 

Refrigerator Repairs      Technology keeps moving forward quickly, and if you're the kind of person that moves forward with it, you find that your life just keeps becoming more convenient.
      Standard LAs Cruces appliances that used to just perform their basic tasks now perform those same tasks more efficiently with many additional features,
      For example, some refrigerators will play music, allow you to watch your favorite shows while you're whipping up something delicious, and new models are even being released that will replace your coffee maker because they will use the water filter in your refrigerator to make you a cup of coffee without you having to fill anything up to start the process.
      The question is, when you have invested in a top of the line refrigerator, what do you do when it needs repaired? The more advanced our appliances become, the more we need to have expert repair people on call, who know how to fix not just the electrical systems, but also the onboard computers that help program the refrigerators unique features. If you just call a handyman from down the street to com fix your Subzero refrigerator, you may not be pleased with the results you get.
      Sobellas Appliance Las Cruces is proud to be your go-to resource for Subzero refrigerator repair. We understand the substantial investment you put into purchasing your Subzero refrigerator, and we will work hard to make sure it stays in premium shape for you. Please contact us whenever you have a question about your Subzero refrigerator, and we'd be happy make a house call.
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