BlueStar and Big Chill Gas Ranges and Wall Ovens Recalled

Prizer-Painter Stove Works has recalled their line of wall oven and gas ranges because of a consumer hazard.  Recall Information  The Consumer Product Safety Commission sent out a recall notice on September 11, 2018, for their range of Blue Star and Big Chill wall ovens and gas ranges. The recall came after the risk of burn hazards that stem from accumulated gas …

How to Open a Stuck Washer Door

There are several parts in the door assembly of a washer that can fail. The door latch, the lid switch, even a control board malfunction can keep a washer door from opening or unlocking after the cycle is finished. However, before you can make the right washer repair, you first need to get that washer door open. Here is how to …

How to Repair a Frozen Ice Maker Supply Line

If the ice maker in your refrigerator is no longer making ice or is turning out smaller than normal ice cubes, your problem could be that the water supply line to the ice maker is frozen up. This can happen if you keep your freezer colder than the recommended zero degrees Fahrenheit or if there are a number of cold …

5 Best Twin Cities Thrift Shops

Where do you go to find the best bargains and coolest stuff at thrift shops in the Twin Cities? After all, secondhand stores are like a treasure chest of sustainable and unique gifts for you and your loved ones if you know where to look. Here are 5 of our favorite local thrift shops. Groovy’s: You can’t miss the colorful …

Three Spectacular Summer Events in the Twin Cities

You’ve survived another long, cold winter of treacherous driving, parking restrictions, and back-breaking shoveling! Summer in the Twin Cities is the reward, in part for its many festivals and events. Here are three:  Minneapolis Aquatennial, July 24 – 27, 2019, Minneapolis A Twin Cities mainstay since 1940, the Minneapolis Aquatennial “is the official civic celebration of the City of Minneapolis”. Events include: …

How Do I Know If My Oven Needs a New Element?

If you have difficulty cooking food in an oven, a faulty element could be to blame. However, there is an assortment of reasons why this appliance might fail to heat your meals. Follow these steps to diagnose the problem: 1. Select “bake” to test the bottom element or “broil” if you want to check the top unit. Set the thermostat …

How to Replace a Washing Machine Belt

If your washing machine has stopped turning, then it is very likely that the belt that aids in turning the drum has manifested a problem. In some cases, the belt may have simply slipped out of position while other cases may see it snap from wear and age. If you believe that the belt is responsible for a washer that …

Why Does My Dishwasher Smell So Bad?

Does your dishwasher smell bad even after many vigorous cleanings? Does the smell get worse when it runs? Can you just not get it to go away? While many people mistake a smelly dishwasher for a cleaning issue, it could also mean that a repair may need to be made. Clogged Filter The first suspect before making any repair is …

Clearing Out a Frozen Drain Hole Causing Your Freezer to Leak

Nothing ruins your day faster than walking into your kitchen and finding that your refrigerator has manifested an unruly little puddle in front of it. While leaking in a refrigerator can be caused by many reasons and may need repair, if the puddle is more situated under your freezer, the most common cause is that the drain hole or tube is …

Get a Cultural Experience This Summer in Our Area

Sometimes, it is easy to get so caught up in our own lives that we forget that the world around us is full of diversity. With several great festivals in our area, here’s a look at a few opportunities to learn a little more about a culture that is not your own (or to better embrace your own ethnic roots) …