Did You Know You Can Change A Dryers Vent?

Laundry rooms in homes come in all types of shapes and sizes. Some are upstairs in an apartment or condo. Others sit inside a hallway hiding behind a couple of fold away or accordion doors. Some are in garages and others have an entire room dedicated specifically for a washer and dryer. What ever the case may be, washers and dryers are getting so big in size that they take up a whole lot of room. Sometimes, you are squeezing a new set of washer and dryer into a home and you just can’t get that last bit pushed on a dryer.

Why?

Because the dryer needs space to provide adequate room for the ventilation hose to come off the back of the dryer and into the wall. All dryers come with the vent coming directly off of the back of them. This makes it easy to connect a foil vent straight to the back wall that it will be setting up to. However, sometimes that vent hole in a home isn’t always directly behind a dryer. Sometimes it’s facing to the right wall or left wall of a dryer. Sometimes, the dryer vent is sitting up high and even at times behind the washing machine spot!

So what do most people do when this is the case?

The rig the whole ventilation system behind the dryer in a way that takes up a bunch of space or in a way that creates a super long dryer vent being dragged out 5 feet longer than it needs to be. Another thing that can happen is that you smash the dryer vent hose too much when pushing the dryer back that prevents enough airflow or ventilation to give your dryer enough air to heat up properly. This will cause some seriously long dry times and wear out your dryer a whole lot faster.

So what are our options?

Vent out your dryer from the side! People have no idea that you can change the dryer vent hole on a dryer to the side of the unit. If you look closely, you will see that it has a cut to be “punched out” for you to switch it over. The difficulty of switching the vent hole varies from brand to brand. A few of this brands actually require an additional “side vent kit” to be purchased and are sold separately.

For example, LG makes some really nice dryers and you can purchase a side vent kit online for their dryer. These usually run for around $50. Once you order the kit, you have to follow the instruction to set up the vent on the side. Some vents kits require some serious steps while other are pretty quick. With LG, their dryers require that you take the top of the unit off, remove the rubber belt around the drum of the dryer, carefully pull out the drum and giving you access to the bottom of the dryer where you while adding the side vent kit to it. Seem’s difficult, but with the right tools and a buddy, it should go pretty smoothly. I found a video online that shows you each step. Check it out below.

 

Installing A New Fridge in Your Kitchen

When it comes to the installation of appliances in your lovely kitchen, of all the appliances that will go there, the refrigerator has got to be the simplest of appliances to hook up. Seriously, it is! But, and this is a huge BUT, refrigerators are insanely heavy, bulky, and awkward to put into a house. So many problems can happen when bringing in a new fridge into your house. You can dent your new fridge easily right when you bring it in through the front door. You can bang up your door or door trim as you bring in your new fridge too. Here, we will break down a simple systematic process on how to install your refrigerator into your kitchen.

Step Number 1

The very first thing you need to do to get your new refrigerator installed is to make sure you have a big enough entrance in your house to get the fridge in. Most French door fridges (fridges with double-door on top and a freezer drawer on the bottom) measure 33 inches wide to about 34 inches. Most front doors can handle a fridge that way getting through but to make sure measure everything up first.
Once measure, we recommend removing the front door entirely. It isn’t hard to do at all. All you do is use a hammer and a small screw driver to simply tap underneath the hinges to pop up the pins holding the door in place. Leave the door closed as you do this to give you the easiest access to the pins and to make sure the door doesn’t fall and break something. Once the pins are out, pull the door off and set it aside.

Step Number 2

Use a dolly or moving straps to take out the old fridge. You got to options here. Moving straps or a dolly. They both have pros and cons. The straps make it remarkably easy to move even the bulkiest of objects and make it easy to maneuver around. The problem is that the two people using them have to be fairly strong. Sure, they show a small framed female helping a guy on the box, but let’s be serious here. It isn’t going to happen with a 300+ lbs. fridge! But, if you are two strong individuals, then the straps are the way to go.

Using a dolly is also very effective. Try to use a dolly with a strapping unit on it to make sure the fridge is securely strapped onto the dolly. If you don’t, you can hit a bump and have the dolly tilt to the side and off will come the fridge! You don’t want that! A big drawback of a dolly is that although it helps reduce the weight of a fridge, it creates a lot of weird angles. Once you got a fridge loaded up on a dolly, tilting it to the right angle with the center of gravity set perfectly in the middle basically makes it weightless which is great. The only problem is that you now have it at an angle and turning it makes it a whole lot bigger to move around corners and furniture around your house.

Step Number 3

Once you move your old fridge out of your kitchen and now have placed your new fridge in its spot, it’s time to install it. The only pieces of equipment that you will need are an ice maker line and a ½ inch wrench. That’s all it takes to install a refrigerator. Most home today have a water line faucet right behind where a refrigerator goes. Remove the old water line since you always want new hook ups when installing any new appliance. Attach one end of the ice maker line (these are usually 5 feet long) with your ½ inch wrench. Tighten it nice and firmly. Next, attach the other end to the fridge itself. Most fridges will have the connection on the lower right-hand side if you are behind it and looking towards it. Again, use your ½ inch wrench to tighten up the line onto the fridge.

Step Number 4

Push your fridge into its spot and set the feet on it. Most people don’t know that you should set the feet on a fridge. Adjusting these will vary from brand to brand of fridge and based on models. To adjust the feet, simply turn them out to raise the fridge from off its wheels. You can use your hands to turn them out while someone helps tilt the fridge back. If it’s too hard to turn out, use a set of channel locks or a pair of pliers to turn the wheels out. Another type of feet adjustment on fridges are the ones that have a bolt on the front of the bottom grill cover. For these you will more than likely need a power drill or a ratchet with a ¾ socket end to it. With the ¾ socket or drill end, turn it to the right and left and it will either lower or raise the foot on the fridge to have it come off the rollers. Once you got the fridge where you want it to be, lower the feet so it will stay in its place.

The reason you do this is so the fridge no longer moves around. This also creates a small angle on the fridge that has it tilt back a bit. This allows the doors to close on their own in case a child forgets or you forget to do it. That’s it. That’s all it takes to install a refrigerator. Hooking it up is easy. Getting the old one out and getting the new one in is the hardest part.

Why Professional Appliance Installation Services is a Fast Track to Kitchen Bliss

One of the reasons people choose to install home appliances themselves is to save money. You’ll hear them say it’s quite costly to hire a professional when they can do it themselves. What they never consider is the protection and long-lasting performance that comes with quality services from professionals. In most cases, homeowners successfully manage to install their dishwasher or washing machine without any trouble. However, there are times when you don’t have the know-how and installation skills needed to get it right.

That’s the reason why it’s important to contact the right professional expert, particularly for those who have never installed any home appliance before. Whether you want to install a dishwasher, a washing machine, or any other home appliance, the installation process can be tricky. You have to fit the pipes correctly otherwise your kitchen will end up flooding. Here are reasons why you don’t need to take any risks.

Aesthetics and Style

The best way to work out everything about your appliance is to hire a professional installer. You need to purchase the right size of appliance that will fit in the available space. What happens if you end up buying a dishwasher that’s smaller than the one you had before> How can you tell if it will fit in the available space? Technicians have worked with kitchens and homes for many years and understand how to get you through the process. Uninstalling an old appliance and getting a new one for installation requires one to be careful. They will install your appliance without marking, scuffing, or scratching your countertops, cabinet doors, and floor. This are mistakes you’re likely to make when installing the appliance yourself. You should, therefore, ask yourself how you want your home to look before going ahead with the DIY installation.

Safety and Performance

Professional appliance installation will not only ensure your safety but also maximize the performance of your home appliance. You risk injuring yourself or damaging your valuables during the DIY appliance installation. The best option to avoiding injury and property damage in working with the right professional. This is more crucial where water and electricity are involved. It’s important that your dishwasher, washing machine, or whatever home appliance, is plumbed correctly and installed safely. This will save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in damages. It will also ensure that your appliance is running at its peak performance.

Full Protection and Insurance

What does this have to do with appliance installation? We both know that things can end up not as expected. In the unlikely event of things going in the wrong direction, the professional company will be liable for the cost of injury or repairs. Of course, you have to hire an appliance installation company that has adequate insurance coverage in this case. Once you’ve hired a professional, it’s upon him to get your home appliance to the right location safely and install it correctly. Now, if you choose to handle the installation process yourself and something goes wrong, you’ll be liable for the repairs.