Vogel Appliance Blog

Servicing Appliances in the Indianapolis Area

Another Earth Day Under Our Belts

Vogel Appliance is pleased to report that we recycled several bins of appliance parts in the first quarter of 2010. From refrigerator electronics to a dishwasher door to a dryer motor, we have saved many appliance parts from the landfill. We also recycle the cardboard boxes our new appliance parts come in.

Most of our recyclable appliance parts go to Workforce Inc., an Indianapolis nonprofit that works with ex-offenders to teach them job and life skills that help them re-enter society. Workforce disassembles electronics and recycles all components, from plastics to metals to glass. Appliance parts contain many materials, especially copper wires and gold microchips. Appliance parts can also contain toxic waste, which Workforce removes and properly disposes.

The next time you have a repair in the Indianapolis area, rest-assured that Vogel Appliance will take care of your appliance and the planet.

April 25, 2010 Posted by | All appliances | 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

Cash for Clunkers

A lot of people have been asking about the Indiana appliance version of the Cash for Clunkers program. Well, the good news is it started on February 1. However, if you were hoping to replace your old refrigerator or dishwasher, then you may be disappointed. The $6.1 million program offers Indiana homeowners rebates of up to $500 for the documented purchase and installation of an Energy Star rated furnace or Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) system, or up to $1,000 for a geothermal heat pump. You can pick up a rebate form from the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

The good news is that now you’ll get to see me again when that old refrigerator or dishwasher needs fixin’.

February 8, 2010 Posted by | All appliances | Leave a comment

Super Service Award

Angie's List Super Service Award Winner

Appliance Repair in Indianapolis

I’m really proud to have won the 2009 Super Service Award for Indianapolis from Angie’s List. This prestigious award celebrates focus on customer service and quality work. I look forward to repairing your appliance in the future and providing the same super service!

January 27, 2010 Posted by | All appliances | Leave a comment

Brrr….

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

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

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

Dismal Dishwasher

You may not believe this, but my dishwasher is not exactly top-notch. I too get cloudy glasses and smudgy silverware – thank you, Indianapolis city water. Here’s a little trick: once a month or so, soak your silverware in white vinegar, wipe and rinse clean. You can also put a glass upright and fill it with white vinegar before running the dishwasher.

November 15, 2009 Posted by | Dishwasher | 2 Comments

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

Wanted: Appliance Repair in Indianapolis

How do you choose a reliable appliance repair service in Indianapolis? What about other household improvement services? More than one million consumers use Angie’s List to find high quality contractors, service companies and doctors. 1,200 consumers in Broad Ripple, 3,000 consumers in Nora, 1,000 consumers in Geist, and several thousand in other neighborhoods around Indianapolis offer consumer reports on various service providers around town.

Vogel Appliance service is proud to have an A rating on Angie’s List. We’ve received the Super Service Award for 7 years and counting! Angie’s List is a valuable service that can help you find reliable service providers throughout Indianapolis and beyond.

October 15, 2009 Posted by | All appliances | Leave a comment