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How clean is your washer?


When we wash our dirty laundry where does all the “dirty” go?  Washers are surprisingly full of bacteria.  The biggest culprit E.coli.  Those lovely undergarments carry the E.coli bacteria which “washes” off onto the rest of the laundry.  It can even stick around in the washer for your next load of laundry.  Here’s a few ways to keep that washer clean.

Routine Cleaning

1. It’s easy to kill all the E.Coli bacteria that may wash onto your clothes.  Use some bleach.  Regular old detergent just isn’t going to kill the bacteria, but detergent with bleach will.  The best combination is using HOT water (140-150 degrees) and BLEACH with each load.  Bleach kills 99.9% of the bacteria found on your clothes.
2.  Each week run an empty load with just bleach and hot water.  Run the washer through a full cycle.
3.  Want to go all out?  DEEP CLEAN your washer.

Deep Cleaning

Tools Required:

Phillips Screwdriver, Flat Head Screwdriver, hose, cleaning solution(recommend Tom’s Totally Awesome from Dollar General), and a cleaning brush (dishwasher brushes work great) and/or a soap pad, respirator mask, and muriatic acid, gloves.

Safety First! These washers are SHARP. Make sure to wear gloves and look out for the sharp edges.

1. Unplug the washer and take it somewhere where it can be broken down and get wet.
2. Use those tools to remove the outer body of the washer.
That ring of black is dirt, grime, mold, and just nasty.
3. Pop the white ring above the tub off.  There are clips attaching it to the tub just use the flat head screwdriver to lift them off. (Be careful not to break them).

4. Put on the respirator mask and gloves.  Spray the muriatic acid down the inside of the tub and on the white ring. (Where all the gunk is).  Let it sit for a few minutes then spray down with water.  This will remove most of nastiness.

5. To clean off the rest spray the washer down with the cleaning spray.  Scrub the inside of the tub with your cleaning brush.  This will remove the stubborn dirt.  Spray it out again with water.

6.  Check out how clean your washer is now.

7.  You can clean the “body” of your washer too.  Spray it with the water to remove the first layer or dirt.  Then spray it with the cleaning solution and scrub it with your brush.  Spray it down again with water. Now your WHOLE WASHER is clean.

8.  Let it dry and put it back together.

A little elbow grease goes a long way to keeping your washer germ free.

We use this process to clean out every washer we sell.

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What is in your DRYER?

Ever Wonder What is in Your Dryer?

Did you know that dryers cause about 15,000 house fires a YEAR?  We know what your thinking “I clean the lint filter every time?”  Is that really enough? What about the lint the filter doesn’t catch? Wonder where that other sock went? So many different things can clog the dryer that usually just get thrown in to dry. (Athletic shoes, bras, foam backed rugs, ect).

Routine Maintenance

1.  Keep cleaning that lint filter, make sure it’s cleaned off before and after each use.
2. Clean the back of the dryer where the lint can get trapped. (recommend doing this weekly)
3. If you use dryer sheets, remove the lint filter (the dryer sheets leave a waxy residue on the filter), and scrub it with soapy water.  Let it dry before placing it back in the dryer. (recommend doing this at least once a week)
4. “Deep Clean” the dryer.  *keep reading to find out how* (at least yearly)

“Deep Clean”

Tools Required:

Drill, Flat Head Screwdriver, Phillips Screwdriver, hose, cleaning solution(recommend Tom’s Totally Awesome from Dollar General), and a cleaning brush (dishwasher brushes work great) or a soap pad

Safety First! These Dryers are SHARP. Make sure to wear gloves and look out for the sharp edges.

1. Unplug the dryer and take it outside (or somewhere it can be broken down and get wet).

Here’s our dryer…its a little dirty.
2. Pop open the top of the dryer open. (A flat head screwdriver may be required to pop clips)

(Here it is open. That black thing is a clip.)

3. Once it’s opened up remove the door.  This is where the drill will come in.  There will be some screws to remove. Remove the door (Most models the door is attached by clips on the bottom just lift the door straight up.)

4. Now look inside…dirty.  To remove the tub, unhook the belt from the pulley located on the right side of the dryer (attached to the motor).

(That’s nasty.  Dirt, lint, and who know what else.)

5. Grab that hose and spray all that lint, coins, whatever was left inside your pockets when the clothes got dried. (You might make a buck out of this!) Lean it back or forward and let the dirty, lint filled water drain out.

6.  Spray it down with this stuff. And scrub it with the dishwasher brush to remove dirt, lint, and all the gunk!  The soap pads can be used to remove the tough spots. Spray the soap out.

7.  Move to the back of the dryer.  (Note: tools required to remove a few screws) Spray down the back to remove any lint or buildup currently on it.

8.  Note: Tools required to remove the lint filter chute.  Remove the chute.

It will look like this. Hello Fire Hazard.

9. Spray it out with the hose, spray it with Tom’s, and scrub it with the brush. Then spray it again with the hose.

Wow what a difference.

10. Spray inside the heater to get any lint stuck to it. Spray any other parts that look like they need a washing.

11.  Reassemble the dryer and let it dry.  It should be running better and more efficient.  Not to mention the piece of mind of preventing a fire hazard.


It isn’t complicated to prevent a dryer fire and keep your dryer running longer.

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How to Install your Washer and Dryer.

How to Install Your Washer and Dryer.

Did you just buy a washer and dryer and decided to install them yourselves?  We’ve got you covered.  Follow our easy step by step instructions on installing your washer and dryer.


  1. Make the ground is level and that the floor can withstand weight up to 300lbs. (each gallon of water is 8.3lbs).
  2. Check back of washer to locate where the drain hose/discharge hose attaches.  Make sure you have a water tight seal when putting the drain hose on.
  3. Find where the water inlet hoses need to be attached.  One side will have a H for hot.  Attach this to your left spigot (the left side is usually the hot).  One side will have a C for cold.  Attach this to your right spigot.  Turn both hoses on.
  4. Plug in washer and start.  Check for drips from all three hoses.  Let washer fill completely up.  Check the different temperatures to make sure the water is coming in with both temperatures.  If the hot comes through the cold you must switch the hoses.
  5. Check all different water levels, temperatures, and is spinning the water out correctly.
  6. Slide the washer into place (its permanent home) and level accordingly.


    1. Determine what kind of plug you need.  (4prong or 3prong, occasionally a 3prong stove plug is required.)  Make sure the dryer is UNPLUGGED before starting the next process.  Most 3 prong plugs the center wire is going to be your neutral.  The neutral must be mounted the the center screw/nut.  The two outside must be attached to the respected two outside ones.  4 prong the white is your neutral.  Red and black are your hots.  The neutral goes to the center.  The red and black go to the outside.  The green is the ground and is attached to the separate ground screw or can be attached to the white neutral.  Make sure all screws holding in the plug are firmly in place allowing no wiggle room on the plug.  If they are loose it could prematurely kill your dryer.  Make sure plug screw and nuts are covered.  Follow the link below to see a video on how to install.
      How to Put on the Dryer Plug


    2. Plug in dryer and make sure it turns on.
    3. Once the dryer is running turn it back off.  Now attach your vent hose from the back of your dryer to the wall.
    4. Restart your dryer once the vent hose is in place.  Go immediately outside and locate your dryer vent exhaust.  Make sure you have proper exhaust/ventilation.  If it is not blowing strong there could be blockage in your vent hose.  We recommend that you run your first load with vent hose unattached.
    5. If after installing vent hose and the dryer isn’t drying properly call a professional to clear out your vent hose blockage.
    6.  Slide dryer into place and level accordingly.

    If you have any questions please ask us on Facebook.

    We love to hear from you.  What appliance do-it-yourself would you like to see next?

    (Disclaimer: We are not responsible for any injuries/personal property harm that may occur from using this install sheet.)TN Appliance Exchange Inc

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Did you know the cold has effects on your washer and dryer?

Did you know the cold has effects on your washer and dryer?

In the winter time we wear layers of clothing that weigh more than the summer outfits. So when we go to wash them we get more lint from the clothes. A good way to help the dryer run more efficient is by cleaning the dryer vent.  Actually it is a good idea just to clean your dryer vent quarterly.  In the winter time the hot air coming from the dryer vent mixes with the cold air from the outside and can cause it to ice over.  This will block the dryer from venting correctly.  If you see that your dryer is running longer than usual to dry your clothes make sure to check that vent out!

Let’s talk about that washer now. We recommend that you have your unit in a controlled temperature environment, room temperature is best.  But not all of us have the luxury of having our laundry units inside the house.  If this is the case here are some things to look for that may be a problem.

*The water inlet valve may freeze

*Water pump may freeze

*The brake will react in a violent stoppage which will in turn destroy your machine

Really anything to do with water because, well, water freezes. So the best option, if your laundry unit is in a cold place, get a heater to keep it warm.  Spend a little money to save having to buy a new washer.


Clean that vent hose

Make sure the vent hose isn’t blocked

Keep the washer in a warm place



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Things to consider when buying appliances. New vs Used.

Things to consider when buying appliances. New vs Used.

Buying new appliances can be a costly investment but worry not there is an alternative!

Buying used appliances can save you a lot of money! Appliances are a lot like new cars when it comes to them in value.  Once you take them home the value of them DROPS.  That new HE washer and dryer set that was just purchased at $1500 last year will sell only for about $600 the next year.  That is a huge price drop!

Pros of Buying New

*Usually comes with a year manufactured warranty.

*Has new features that some of the used appliances may not.

*Comes with new bragging rights.

Pros of Buying Used

*If you buy from the right place it also comes with a warranty (Usually a few months instead of a year)

*Still has many features

*Save $$$….it’s like Buy One Get One Free vs buying new


Cons of Buying New

*May take a long time to get your appliance serviced under the manufactured warranty

*The price of the appliance depreciates quickly

*It’s an expensive purchase

Cons of Buying Used

*Might not have all the features you want

*Buying from an individual can be risky.  This could be avoided by buying from a reputable refurbished appliance company.

So there you have it.  You make the decision. New vs Used.



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Dryer taking too long to dry?

Dryer taking too long to dry?Is your dryer taking way too long to get the clothes dry?  Well, we want to help you figure it out. There are a few reasons why your dryer would take longer to dry.

1. Sometimes it isn’t even the dryers fault for why your clothes wont dry. *Also it didn’t steal your sock* So stop blaming the dryer all the time and check out the dryer vent.  This is more than just the silver (or white) vent hose that goes from the back of your dryer to wall in your home.  It is also the venting system from the wall in your home to the outside of your house.  This can become clogged up with lint over time causing your dryer to not be able to ventilate properly.

The clogged vent (can even be partially clogged) from inside to outside will definitely increase the drying time.

2. Clean that lint filter every time.  Just like the vent hose if the lint filter is full of lint the dryer cant vent properly.  Clean the lint filter after every load.  Also if you use fabric softener, once a week clean the lint filter with warm soapy water.  The fabric softener leaves an unseen residue that causes the air to not filter properly.

 3. You may have a broken blower wheel. Or it could have something blocking it from turning. The blower wheel is attached to the back to the dryer. Sometimes things fall down the lint trap chute and into the blower wheel.

4. Heating Element isn’t heating anymore. The heating element warms the air as the dryer tumbles.  If this is broken.  Well it wont heat.

*The heater is the silver thing on the right*

5. High Limit Thermostat is broken.  This is there so the dryer will not over heat.  If this is bad it can turn off the heater before it is supposed to.

6. The cord on your dryer isn’t properly connected. If the cord on your dryer isn’t connected properly it will cause the dryer to not heat or half heat.  Make sure to unplug your dryer and check to make sure the cord is on tightly.

So now you are the expert.  Clean the dryer and stop blaming it for stealing your socks!

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Stinky Washer?

Stinky Washer?

Over time you might start to notice a pungent smell oozing from your laundry room; the culprit is your beloved washer.  Over time gunk, mildew, and just plain nastiness builds up in your washer.  FEAR NOT my friends! Here are some helpful tips on how to keep the smell from overtaking your home.



Run the washer through an empty load with bleach only on warm or hot.  This will help break down some of the gunk and grime.  I recommend doing this once a week if you do a lot of laundry!



If you have a front load washing machine clean the drain under the seal after each load.  Dirt, grime, and whatever you forgot in your pockets will fill up those tiny drain holes causing the water to sit and smell.  Just take a rag and wipe it down after each load.



If you do have a fabric softener dispenser and/or a bleach dispenser we recommend also cleaning these items.  The fabric softener dispenser should just pop off the top of your agitator.  You can just wash this item with the load of bleach.  This will help get the soap scum out.  You can also do the same with the bleach dispenser.



These three simple steps will help you have a clean, better smelling washer!


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