Good morning everyone.. This is a blog that I put out once or twice a year.
When we are starting to prepare for cooking our meals we really don’t give much thought about the oven (s) but when we are preparing a special meal like cooking for Valentines day or St. Patricks Day and Easter then we need to give some extra attention to this. And I want to share some points that also should be thought of.
On a general inspection we inspect all the appliances for operation and the systems as well. However, we do not inspect the oven for temperature. And that is where I like to start. The oven is quite simple. You have conventional and convection. If you have the traditional style convention oven and its electric first thing is to make sure the elements are in tact. Test the oven to make sure the broiler works and oven element. Make sure the bottom of the oven is clean. And additionally, get a small thermometer and check the temperatures. Set the oven for 425 and check with the thermometer. Every range from your temperature setting should be +/- 5 degrees. More then that then you may wanna think about an appliance technician. Now, if you have a convection oven. Make sure the fan is working with the other parts I just mentioned.
And now you may say what about the oven if its natural gas or propane. Good question, the biggest thing with them is the burner and pilots. Now days ovens have electric ignition. You still need to clean the pilot holes and burner for the ovens. Plus check the temperatures as well.
If you have an outdoor kitchen with propane tank, make sure you have a spare bottle. Never want to be cooking your favorite steak on a grill and poof. No more fire. Additionally, some bottles will leak. Its always best to make sure all the fittings are tight, the hoses are not kinked and again the burners are cleaned.
Now when we get called for an appliance inspection we will do this plus more. We inspect the washer hoses and dryer vent. We additionally, make sure the units are working normally. Then we inspect the garage door for proper operation. If there are trash compactors and garbage disposals we inspect them too. And lastly the HVAC units.
So we hope this helps and gotcha thinking before your next big meal prep. If you have any questions anytime feel free to call us at 352-322-2700 or look us up at: http://www.emeraldinspectionservice.com We can perform this type of inspection in the Tampa, Lakeland, Tarpon Springs and Brooksville Florida areas. Thank You.
This weeks blog is about appliances. A lot of us are thinking wow, Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays are near. Some of us will travel to friends and family and some will cook for those who visit. (I am cooking). So this weeks blog is about checking the appliances, making sure they are working properly, performing the routine maintenance and if needed scheduling the technician to service. So lets begin.
When we have appliances we take for grant it that we just turn them on and they operate the way they should. We may clean the oven or change the exhaust filter occasionally. But there is a bit more. Below is some items to think about and maybe some preventive maintenance items.
In the kitchen area, for the range/stove top. If you have gas you want to make sure the burners are working properly and all ignited. A lot of times food products and liquids will spill on to them and cause them not to be fully ignited. This could slow cooking time down. Additionally, before cooking that turkey or ham, clean the oven and use a thermometer to check to make sure the cooking temperature is the same as the thermostat. (Keep in mind an allowance of +/- 10 degrees is acceptable) Range hood fans absorb a lot of grease. Clean the range hood including the fan and housing area. Change the filter with a good charcoal filter and not one that is at the dollar store. The dishwasher is also a biggy. Its a good practice to run the dishwasher on a full load cycle with heat dry. Don’t place any dishes in there. And see how the operation is. This also will flush a lot of small items out in the drain. The garbage disposal, is one that once a week, I place old fruit like lemons or oranges in to clean the disposal out. It also makes the sink smell cleaner too.
Now you may think ok, the kitchen I need to attend too. And above is just a few ideas to make sure the appliances are working properly. But now lets think about the other appliances. In home inspection an appliance can be the hot water tank, the washer and dryer or garage door openers. These items need attention too. Depending on the type of item listed above there are some simple maintenance items to help prolong the life of that appliances.
So lets take the hot water heater. The hot water heater if its electric or gas should be cleaned out once a year. In the tank you get calcium deposits from the water source. And they attached to the anode rod or dip tube. (see picture below) Some tanks you may not be able to clean. But you can always drain the tank and flush out the tank with the water supply for a few minutes. (Now if you not comfortable with this, please call a plumber) When doing this, think about the aerators on the faucet. Change them. They are few dollars and it will remove any of those calcium deposits. If you have any type of purification systems check the manufacture for maintenance and changing filters. For example I change the filter on the ice maker on the refrigerator every November.
And lastly the washer and dryer is one that nobody likes to worry about. But did you know that simple monthly maintenance can make the operation life extended into many years. A lot of washer tubs should be wiped out as this is to remove the residue on the tub. Also, occasionally use bleach on a large load selection and just run. This cleans out the filters and pumps. Your dryer will always hold lint. Lint will hold moisture from your clothes. Cleaning the lint filter is one thing. However, cleaning the dryer is another. I recommend at least 2 times a year cleaning the vent out with a vacuum. As this will help with the operation.
So in closing, as you can see this could be an appliance inspection. It is. There are more appliances in your home as well that should be inspected and maintained. We go could go on forever about this but we wanted to give you an idea of a few. A lot of maintenance items are easy for the home owner. However, we perform these all the time especially for warranty companies and rental properties. We perform these type of inspections in Lutz, Winter Haven, Ocala and Zephyrhills for example. Of course always around the Greater Tampa Florida area. For more information about appliance inspections, call us at 352-322-2700 or look us up at; www.emeraldinspectionservice.com
This weeks blog is about appliances and an inspection process that very few inspection companies offer. So you may ask yourself, what is an appliance inspection? And with Thanksgiving around the corner you don’t want to have grief while preparing your holiday dishes, so lets begin.
An appliance inspection that Emerald Inspection Service, LLC offers is different then a technician coming to your home to check for operation of that appliance. We do not just inspect the kitchen appliances. And we don’t come to your home to make sure the stove comes on and be done. Our inspection process is very detailed oriented, we inspect all the appliances and we can offer a warranty with the inspection.
The process of the inspection starts in the kitchen. With each appliance we check the door seals, then from there we check to make sure the unit is level, lights are working, and inspect the motor area. Normally, this area should be cleaned every 3 months because it becomes a dust area. For the range, we test all elements and make sure the oven is working at its designated temperature. Then the inspection process moves from the kitchen once all the appliances are tested and inspected. We inspect the HVAC system, the central vacuum system, the garage door openers, water softener, any whirlpool tubs, and exhaust fans. We can inspect the irrigation system, pool pump and outdoor kitchen for an additional nominal fee.
Below is a sample list of the appliances we inspect. To find out more about this type of inspection and other services, call or email us anytime. We schedule these inspections normally within a 2 day time frame from the initial call. Our service area for these type of inspections are Bartow, Clearwater, Land O’ Lakes and Sumterville Florida. However, we do service other communities as well within this time frame. 352-322-2700 or email@example.com
- Dishwasher Inspection
- Food-Waste Disposer Inspection
- Range Exhaust Vent Inspection
- Refrigerator Appliance Inspection
- Electric/Gas Range, Cook-top & Oven Inspection
- Microwave Oven Inspection
- Trash Compactor Inspection
- Mechanical Exhaust & Bathroom Heater Inspection
- Garage Door Operator Inspection
- Doorbell & Chimes Inspection
- Dryer Vent Inspection
- Whole-House/Central Vacuum System Inspection
- Suggested Specific Limitations
- Lawn & Garden Sprinkler System Inspection
- Pool, Spa & Hot Tub Inspection
- Outbuilding Inspection
- Outdoor Cooking Equipment Inspection
- Gas Supply System Inspection