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If you’ve been dragging your feet about calling to get one of your appliances fixed, you’ll want to do so soon. Chris from Vogel Appliance Service is now a celebrity! Check out his appliance care tips on Indy Style.


March 2, 2011 Posted by | Dishwasher, Freezer, Garbage Disposal, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator | Leave a comment

Spring Cleaning

There’s nothing like an Indiana Spring. The first day of Spring is called the Vernal Equinox and should have exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. In Indiana, we may get a beautiful sunny, 60-degree day, or we may get frost. I prefer the former.

As you start spring cleaning, don’t forget your appliances – vacuum the refrigerator coils to keep it running efficiently, clean your microwave filter if it’s on over-the-range microwave, clean your dishwasher with dishwasher cleaner, and pull out the oven to clean underneath (our cats like to hide random objects under the oven).

Of course, there are a lot of other appliance parts that need regular cleaning, not just seasonal. Always be sure to clean you dryer vent after every drying cycle and wipe out spaghetti splatters from the inside of the microwave!

March 16, 2010 Posted by | Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator | Leave a comment


I need to provide a disclaimer along with this appliance tip. I would never, ever recommend that someone use their oven to heat their home. That is unsafe and inefficient. However, now is a great time to think about using the self-clean feature of your oven. Self-clean uses temperatures up to 900-1000 degrees Fahrenheit and some of that heat permeates the appliance.

We made the mistake of using self-clean on our oven at home last August. The first floor of our house became unbearably hot. Of course, the thermostat is on the first floor so the air conditioner started running constantly, and would have continued for the entire 3-hour process had we not turned it off in order to save a little electricity.

That’s when we made the mental note to run self-clean when the winter temps got below freezing. Now our oven is clean and our furnace had a little break from the cold Indiana winter.

January 17, 2010 Posted by | Oven | Leave a comment

Pre-holiday Oven Tip

Are you hosting the big meal this year? Better make sure your oven is doing its job. Use an oven thermometer to test the temperature. We suggest testing at 350 degrees for at least a half hour to get an accurate reading. It’s normal for the temperature to fluctuate about 10-15 degrees, but if it extends beyond that range then you’ll want to adjust the temperature.

On ovens that use a dial to set the temperature, you should be able to adjust it yourself. If you have a digital oven, you may need to call an appliance repairman. Let me know if your oven needs adjusting and you live in or near Indianapolis. Vogel offers same-day service – we’ll get you cookin’ in no time!

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Oven | Leave a comment

New Self-Clean for Old Ovens

If you have an older oven (15+ years), you may choose an alternative to the self-clean cycle to get a few more years out of your appliance. You see, after years of use the plastics in your oven become very brittle. Heating your oven to the extreme temps of self-clean may cause the plastics, and thus the electronics, to fail.

Instead of relying on self-clean to clean your oven, put a sheet of foil down on the bottom of your oven. It will catch spills and crumbs so your oven won’t get dirty. When you pull out the foil to recycle it, your over will be as clean as new!

October 27, 2009 Posted by | Oven | Leave a comment