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Thank you!

12704536_STo all of those who have called us, used our services and allowed us to help make your home run smoothly: we want to extend to you a heartfelt thank you!

At S&S Appliances, we love helping you out. We know that your appliances are essential to your daily life, and we want to make sure that all of yours are operating as efficiently as possible.

Our commitment to your best experience is why we have grown to be the largest independent servicer in Alabama. (And we didn’t stop there — we’re now also servicing the Florida panhandle!) We put you first, every day, every appointment.

Appliance problems can be daunting, and they’re always a huge job to take on on your own. That’s where we come in. Our technicians are the best out there, and every single S&S Appliance worker is factory trained and certified. That’s how you know you can trust us to do the job right! And if that’s not enough assurance for you, also know that all of our services come with a 90 day labor warranty.

If you’ve worked with us before, you are already aware of all of this. And we want to say thank you for choosing S&S Appliances!

If you liked our services, please spread the word. Our goal is to help as many people as possible, and the more you share, the more we can. If any of your friends or family are experiencing appliance troubles, give them our name!

Whether your washer breaks down, your stove is acting up, or you just think your dryer needs a servicing, we’re here to help! Give us a call, and we will do everything we can to make sure your home is functioning at its prime.

Once again — thank you to all of our customers for your loyal service. You’re the reason we do what we do, and we love being able to help you whenever possible!

Is your refrigerator running (at its best)?

69611601 - open refrigerator filled with fresh fruits and vegetableWhen it comes to appliances, there are few more used than your refrigerator. It’s constantly working for you — keeping your food fresh even when you’re out of the house or fast asleep. It’s always running.

But how do you know when your refrigerator isn’t running at its best?

It’s easy to miss the signs of a fridge that needs repairing, especially since you don’t turn it on or off. Here are some common signs you should be on the lookout for to know when you might need to call in a handyman for help.

Hot Motor: Of course there will be some heat generated by your refrigerator. However, if that heat feels excessive at the back of the fridge, it might be time to call in the experts. It can mean that your coils are overheating, and might need to be replaced.

Condensation: If your fridge is starting to resemble a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, things are not looking good. Whether it’s sweating on the inside or outside, excessive condensation can be a sign of problems with your refrigerator. This could be a problem with the sealing or the temperature controls.

Frozen Freezer: Freezers should be cold, right? Well yes, but not too frosty. If your freezer is starting to look like a scene out of the movie Frozen, know that it shouldn’t! Defrosting is an option, but it might be the sign of a larger issue.

Spoiled Rotten: Perhaps the most obvious sign that something is amiss with your refrigerator is rotten food. If your produce and dairy products are going bad way faster than expected, it’s time to get the unit checked out.

If you’re noticing problems with your fridge, give us a call! Before outright replacing the appliance, it’s worth seeing if the problem is fixable. Let the experts help you out!

Don’t forget the appliances!

15374915_SSpring is in the air!

As the seasons shift and the start of spring is right around the corner, we’re all thinking about new beginnings. It’s a chance to refresh — which leaves us all ready for spring cleaning.

When you think about spring cleaning, you probably think about making room in your closets. It’s time to donate old clothes and unwanted knick-knacks, and finally toss out some of that unnecessary junk you’ve been hoarding in your drawers.

You’re also probably ready to scour down your home, cleaning places you probably never get to in your routine sweeping and dusting. It’s time to get every inch of your house feeling fresh!

And while you’re doing this, we want to encourage you to not forget about your appliances. They’re being used on a daily basis, and as a result they’re probably experiencing some wear and tear. And we think your refrigerator, washing machine and all those other appliances deserve to feel as fresh as the rest of your place as the new season begins!

While you’re cleaning the kitchen, organizing the laundry room or — if you’re brave enough — cleaning out the basement, don’t forget to check in on your appliances. Make sure they’re running smoothly, clean, and operating at a top level.

If anything seems amiss, or if you just want a general check in on these appliances, give us a call! We’re happy to come and make sure everything is up to par so you can start spring feeling refreshed in every aspect of your life!

Appliance Maintenance 101

43082554 - young repairman with spanner looking inside the washing machineWe use our appliances every day. Washing dishes, cooking dinner, doing laundry — they are an important part of all our household chores and daily experiences.

It’s easy to take them for granted. We put dishes in the dishwasher and they come out sparkling. We throw a load in the dryer and we get warm, crisp sheets. The fridge keeps produce fresh, which we cook in the oven or on the stove…these appliances do their job!

But doing the job is hard work. And these appliances need a little love!

Don’t wait until something goes wrong to get your appliances serviced. They’re used regularly, so they should be regularly checked out. Prevention is the key to keeping your home running smoothly!

Check your appliance manuals and instructions to see the recommended service timeline. Each type of appliance will have a different schedule. For example, washers and dryers should likely be serviced once a year, while an oven can go over five years without needing any maintenance work.

Too often we wait until something has gone wrong to call the repairmen and report a problem. But when this is the case, repairs can be intense. They issues are worse, the repairs more expensive — and they leave you without a working appliance for some time! Which, if nothing else, is a major pain.

Your appliances help let your life run smoothly. So you need to help them run smoothly! Don’t forget to get them checked out with regularity to avoid any bigger problems from occurring. Remember, an expert is only a call away!

Handymen are here to help!

47217429_SThere’s nothing worse than having an appliance render itself out of order. Not being able to run the dishwasher quickly takes a toll on your day-to-day happiness. A broken refrigerator is a recipe for a hungry — and therefore unhappy! — household. And not being able to use your dryer leaves your house looking like a makeshift fort as you hang dry all of your clothing and linens.

A broken appliance is a serious inconvenience. And while it might be tempting to try and fix the problem on your own, that can just cause more problems.

Sure, it might seem simple enough from the onset, but appliances can get tricky. They’re big, they’re complex, they’ve got a lot of parts. Even the “easiest” endeavors can quickly complicate themselves.

That’s where we come in. With a staff of factory trained and certified technicians, we promise we can get the job done. We’ll do it fast and most importantly we’ll do it well.

You wouldn’t try and fix your own broken ankle would you? No, you’d go to a doctor. If your cell phone screen cracked, you’d head to a tech shop and get it replaced. And if you needed a nice pair of suit pants tailored, you’d visit your seamstress. Appliances shouldn’t be any different. If you’re dealing with a broken stove or washing machine, give us a call.

No matter what the appliance, we’re here to help you get your home running smoothly. We want you to be able to wash your clothes and cook your meals without any problems. We know how integral your appliances are to your everyday life, and we want to help. So when you need us, call!

Make your appliances last longer

47274537_SBuying new appliances when you’ve got your heart set on a new model and you’ve saved enough money is an exciting experience. Buying a new appliance because yours unexpectedly quit working in the middle of the night and you have to take out a line of credit to cover the expense is not a great experience. Are you doing everything you can to extend the life of your appliances so you don’t have to replace them until you want to?

Here’s some quick tips to get more from your current appliances:

  • Clean the inside of your dishwasher on a regular basis. Leftover food scraps can clog up the components. Run the dishwasher once while empty using just white vinegar. If your unit has a cleaning cycle, use that instead. You may also wants to scrub the inside of the dishwasher and clean out the filter on a regular basis.
  • Don’t overload your washer and dryer. This can put stress on the motor and the added weight can cause the components to break.
  • Check your fridge’s condenser coils. A dirty coil means your compressor has to work harder. This will not only raise your utility bills, it will probably have a negative impact on the lifespan of your appliance. Twice a year, unplug your fridge and locate the condenser fan and coils (either located under the fridge or behind it). Use a brush or vacuum to carefully remove dirt and dust.
  • Call a professional if you need a repair. You’ll avoid costly DIY mistakes, and a professional will be able to warn you against any other problem areas that, when caught early, can be addressed without needing to replace the entire appliance.

Give your home a mini upgrade in just an hour or two

9087485_SWhen you own a home, it seems like your “to do” list is never-ending. On the top of the list are things that are causing you major headaches like a broken faucet or screen door. After those things are addressed, you have the routine items that can’t be avoided such as vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, and raking the leaves. After that, you have things like cleaning the oven and re-seeding the lawn. These are things that would be nice to do, but often get put off for more urgent tasks.

In order to make your house run more efficiently (and more safely) these list items should be addressed on a regular basis. It can be helpful to group together a few of these tasks and tackle them on a weekend once each season. It doesn’t take a ton of time, and you’ll feel accomplished after knocking these off your to-do list.

Here’s a list of tasks you can accomplish this weekend to make sure your home is set until springtime rolls around:

    • Upgrade your detectors – replace your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors if needed, or simply swap out the batteries.
    • Change your furnace filter – this should be done twice a year. An easy way to remember when to change your filter is once during NFL training camp and once during the postseason.
    • Check your water softener – If you use a water softener, check it and replenish salt if necessary.
    • Inspect fire extinguishers – You should have an extinguisher on each level of your home. Check the expiration and the gauge to ensure pressure levels are where they should be.

In addition to these easy DIY tasks, your dryer and kitchen vents (over your stove) should be cleaned out. They can become clogged with dust, grease, and other debris, which is a significant fire hazard. This job is best done by professionals with the adequate tools to do the job well. Now’s a great time to schedule this service and feel a little safer in your home.

Easy maintenance tips for your clothes dryer

43305967_SAccording to Consumer Reports, your clothes dryer should last ten years or more. However, the life of your dryer (and all of your appliances) has a lot to do with the care and maintenance you put into them. Clothes dryers are easy to take care of, and much of the routine maintenance can be handled without the help of a professional.

Let’s discuss a few simple checks and fixes you can perform on your own to make sure your dryer lasts a long time and works efficiently:

Clean the Lint Trap - Did you know that lint that builds up in the clothes dryer causes thousands of house fires across the United States every year? Something as simple as remembering to clean out the lint on a regular, frequent basis can really save your family from experiencing a major nightmare that could lead to loss of life, or at the very least, damage to your home.

Clock the Drying Time - If you notice that your clothes still feel damp at the end of the drying cycle, it could mean there’s a buildup of lint in the ventilation system. Your dryer vent should be cleaned at least once per year. You can attempt to do this yourself, or call us to schedule a service appointment.

Clear the Vent Cap - Locate your dryer’s ventilation cap on the exterior of your home. It will either look like a large spout (if you have the hood style) or a grate (if you have the louvered style). Take a moment to clear any leaves, snow, or other debris away from the vent. Doing this will prevent blockages, which can cause fires.

If you’re experiencing issues that you don’t feel comfortable addressing on your own, schedule a service call with one of our friendly, factory-trained and certified technicians.

Are you eligible for the Energy Star tax credit?

48856059 - financial accounting concept. statement,calculations and taxesTax season is right around the corner, and you might be wondering how you’re going to fare this time around. There’s a lot of tax credits and deductions available, but knowing which ones you qualify for can be tricky. If you purchased a new appliance in the last two years, you might be wondering if there’s a tax credit available to you. We’ll help break it down for you.

The Energy Star website has a helpful breakdown of the different tax credits available for retroactive purchases made in 2016 or 2015. One of the most common ways people receive tax credits is through purchasing a qualifying appliance for their home. You can write off 10% of the cost of the appliance, up to $500 or you can write off a specific amount from $50 – $300. The appliance must be for your primary residence, and it cannot be for a new construction home or a rental property.

While there are some great Energy Star appliances on the market, many of them do not qualify for a tax credit. Washers, dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers… you name it. Appliances with the Energy Star certification will save energy, which means savings on your utility bills. However, to receive a tax credit, you will have had to purchase a qualifying appliance such as a central air conditioning unit or a non-solar water heater. See an inclusive list here.

These tax credits are only available for purchases made through 2016. Solar energy tax credits have been extended, and are available until 2022 (and beyond). You can find out more about the federal solar tax credit here.

In order to receive the maximum benefits from your investments, it’s always best to have a professional prepare or at least look over your taxes prior to submitting them to the IRS. After all, if you’re spending your hard-earned money on home upgrades, you want to make sure you receive all the rebates and credits you’re eligible for.

The difference is the people

49641338 - engineer reapiring domestic oven in kitchenWhen you have an issue with one of your appliances, we know you have lots of different options for repair service companies. You might wonder if you should go with a nationwide “big name” company or whether a small business is a better option. The truth is, if you’re hiring a reputable company, their technicians are going to be factory trained and certified to repair all of the major brands. What it really comes down to is the people you let into your home.

When you go with a franchise or nationwide brand, chances are the people that come to repair your appliance aren’t going to be passionate about what they do. Most of the time, these are people that happened to find themselves in this industry, and they have strict guidelines set by the company about what they’re allowed to do for customers (and we’ll give you a hint – it isn’t much).

Choosing a smaller, locally-owned company means that you’re choosing people who are heavily invested in the appliance repair industry, and carefully hires technicians that are excited about the field of work as well. After all, when you own your own business, you’re all in. There is no big name to fall back on, or some corporate entity to hand down guidelines and best practices. Everyone on our staff knows that they have the freedom to do what it takes to make our customers happy. You can see that they take that responsibility to heart when you read the reviews we’re received on our Facebook page.

At the end of the day, there are many well-trained people in your city that you could call to come and repair your appliance, and most of them will get the job done just fine. However, when you choose a small business like S&S Appliance Parts and Service, you’ll get so much more than that.