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Servicing Appliances in the Indianapolis Area

One Guy and a Wrench

If you’re planning a move anytime soon, whether you do it yourself or hire a service, be sure to take proper precautions when moving certain appliances. Front load washing machines come with shipping bolts that you’ll want to re-install before moving your washer. Otherwise, you risk damaging the washer’s shocks which will require a visit from your favorite appliance repair guy. I’d love to see your new home, but wouldn’t you rather see me under different circumstances?!


January 12, 2011 Posted by | Washing Machine | Leave a comment

Blame It One The Rain

The Indianapolis sewer system can only handle so much. Especially when heavy rain moves in, it’s prime time for flooding. But don’t just runoff and do nothing. Help alleviate strain on storm sewers and prevent pollutants from seeping into our waterways by limiting your demand on water during rainy days.

  • Limit laundry, dishwasher use, flushing and showering during heavy rain. Indy’s wastewater treatment plants can only handle so much before they overflow into our waterways.

For more information on protecting our waterways, check out tips from Green Piece Indy and the Indianapolis Clean Stream Team.

June 16, 2010 Posted by | Dishwasher, Washing Machine | Leave a comment

Matching socks, not washer and dryer

It’s an age-old question: where do all the sock matches go? Vogel Appliance doesn’t have the answer, but we do have a tip about matching washers and dryers. You don’t need ’em.

Newer model front-loading washing machines are much more efficient that their older top-loading relatives. They use 60% less water, 68% less energy, and their spin speed is much faster, meaning clothes are dry-er before they go into the dryer. They have the potential of saving $100 a year in energy savings. Front loaders are more gentle on your clothes too.

With all of the great holiday sales, now may be a good time to consider upgrading your older washing machine with a new front-loading washing machine. BUT that doesn’t mean you need a new fangled dryer too. If your existing dryer is working just fine, then why spend the money? Your washer and dryer doesn’t need to match to do their job.

December 8, 2009 Posted by | Dryer, Washing Machine | Leave a comment

Gel vs. Powder

It’s the age-old question – should you use gel or powder soap in your dishwasher? Well, I have all the answers. If you have hard water, you should use powder dishwasher soap. If you have soft water, you may use gel dishwasher soap. Powder dishwasher soap is freeze-dried so it disolves as soon as it hits the water. Gel dishwasher soap does not necessarily dissolve immediately, causing it to swirl around in the water and create build-up inside your dishwasher. Unless you want a visit from your favorite appliance repairman (I wouldn’t blame you if you do) to clean out the gel build-up, it’s safe to stick with powder dishwasher soaps.

The same rule applies to your washing machine, though it’s not quite as important. Happy washing!

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Dishwasher, Washing Machine | Leave a comment