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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Smart appliances at risk to hackers

The first real case where hackers have used home appliances has occurred, and it was really, really easy.

Hackers gained access into more than 100,000 home computers, smart televisions, and at least one refrigerator.

These devices were then used to send malicious emails to businesses in bursts of 100,000.

How did they gain access so easily?

Poor password choices, and more often, letting the default password remain.

Read more: http://ift.tt/1hFu5fJ

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 9:22 AM
Categories: Computer, Refrigerator, Safety, Television, Televisions

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Viking issues fire hazard recall on some side by side refrigerators

This is a very small number of affected Viking refrigerators, but it’s worth checking to see if your model is affected.

If you have a 42 or 48 inch side by side Viking refrigerator with in-door ice and water dispensing, then check the link below to see if your model is under the safety recall.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Viking-Recalls-Built-In-Side-by-Side-Refrigerator-Freezers-with-In-Door-Dispensers/

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 3:39 PM
Categories: Refrigerator, Safety, Viking

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Stop wasting food

Lifehacker has put together a 60 second video with 10 tips on how to keep your good from going bad (as quickly).

For those who prefer reading to watching, they’ve listed the tips below the video.

Handy stuff for the kitchen:

http://lifehacker.com/10-food-preservation-tips-in-60-seconds-1442183179

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 6:43 AM
Categories: Kitchen, Refrigerator

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Reduce odors in your refrigerator

Crumple up newspapers, lightly dampen them with water, and put them in the fridge overnight.

It’s that simple!

(It might take several applications for really bad odors, and also do this *after* you’ve cleaned.)

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 9:07 AM
Categories: Kitchen, Refrigerator

Sunday, July 14, 2013

LG has more "Energy Star Most Efficient" products in 2013

According to a release, LG is tops for Energy Star’s highest ratings for product efficiency this year (That’s an E.P.A. rating).

Over 60 models got this rating for LG, including televisions, refrigerators, washing machines and other products.

If you’re “green" conscious, then this is certainly something to consider.

Full article here: http://www.individual.com/storyrss.php?story=178353844&hash=034b297bcc0d50bb0727e07cd6be6649

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:14 PM
Categories: LG, Refrigerator, Television, TV

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Give your appliances some love.

Your appliances do so much to make your life easier.

They keep your food cold, give you ice, sanitize your dishes and make your clothes smell nice.

It’s time to give something back to your refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine.

Did I mention this will help keep your appliances young and healthy? Well, you’re welcome. :-)

http://feedly.com/k/1bOWqfg

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:28 PM
Categories: Dishwasher, DIY, Kitchen, Refrigerator, Washer

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Alton Brown on refrigeration

“Last year, I made a refrigerator in my basement. And I needed to because I needed to figure how - you know there is no such thing as ‘cold.’ There is only less heat.” — Alton Brown

That’s the weirdest part about refrigeration. You’re not adding coldness, but that’s the way we think of it, isn’t it?

A similar analog would be turning off a lightbulb to install more darkness, I guess.

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:13 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, June 04, 2013 3:30 PM
Categories: Refrigerator

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cool idea -- freeze single servings of stock with your muffin tin

America’s Test Kitchen is the coolest.

They suggest using your muffin pan to make big ice cubes of cooking stock. That way you can keep it longer in the freezer, but not have to thaw the whole container when you just want a cup or so of stock.

I’ve looked for cup size ice trays for this purpose, but this is close enough.

Oh yeah, you can also use that muffin tin to make regular (albeit huge) ice cubes really fast. Good for pitchers of summertime beverages.

Who says the muffin pan is only for the oven?

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:15 PM
Categories: Refrigerator

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Sugar goes by many names...

This is taken, directly, from the Whole30 website ( see link at bottom of this post ) and I’m sharing it because I had *no idea* how many different names for sugar are allowed in products (and there may be more).

If you’re looking to clean sugar out of your diet, look out for the following ingredient names inside your favorite products.

  • barley malt
  • beet sugar
  • brown sugar
  • buttered syrup
  • cane-juice crystals
  • cane sugar
  • caramel
  • carob syrup
  • corn syrup
  • corn syrup solids
  • date sugar
  • dextran
  • dextrose
  • diatase
  • diastatic malt
  • ethyl maltol
  • fructose
  • fruit juice
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • glucose
  • glucose solids
  • golden sugar
  • golden syrup
  • grape sugar
  • high-fructose corn syrup
  • honey
  • invert sugar
  • lactose
  • malt syrup
  • maltodextrin
  • maltose
  • mannitol
  • molasses
  • raw sugar
  • refiner’s syrup
  • sorbitol
  • sorghum syrup
  • sucrose
  • sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • yellow sugar

Read more at: http://whole9life.com/category/whole-30/

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 11:58 AM
Edited on: Thursday, May 02, 2013 3:05 PM
Categories: Refrigerator

Friday, April 06, 2012

LG's new refrigerators say they will "Blast Chill" a can of soda in minutes

Using

Using a process used in steel mills and other industrial settings, LG says they can cool down your can of soda (or perhaps... beer?) in mere minutes.

I'm sure there is a demographic for this product, especially here in the South.

Read about it here at TechnologyTell: LG Fast Cooling Fridge.

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 3:36 PM
Categories: LG, Refrigerator

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hot Summer months lead to refrigeration failures

The expected Summer of 2012 looks like it's going to be toasty hot, and that means your refrigeration appliances and air cooling products will have to work harder, and that inevitably leads to a higher failure rate during those Summer months.

Now would be a good time to vacuum and clean the coils of your refrigerator, or pay a qualified service center (like Service Care) to do it for you. That will help the refrigerator or freezer work the most efficiently when it needs it.

If the worst happens and your refrigerator or freezer fails, give us a call and we'll come to the rescue.

"Professional Service by People who Care... that's Service Care." (That's our motto, and we're sticking to it!)

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 12:06 PM
Categories: Appliances, Refrigerator

Thursday, December 09, 2010

DIY Refrigerator Maintenance - Keep that fridge cooling

Four times a year, Service Care TV & Appliance Repair in Birmingham, Alabama publishes a reminder to do maintenance on your appliances and electronics items. Right now, the only people receiving these maintenance reminders are people who have "Liked" us on Facebook (see lower right). I thought it would be a good idea to post them here as well (in case you just stumble on in).

Please consult the user manuals for your products, and follow the directions for care & maintenance of your products. There is always a risk of electrical shock when operating or maintaining electronics and appliances, and you should contact a qualified service provider (like Service Care!) if you feel uncomfortable doing this work yourself.

Refrigerator maintenance

  • Dissolve 1 tsp baking soda in a quart of warm water. Use this with a soft rag to clean both door gaskets. This will keep seal soft and pliable for longer (and makes it look nice).
  • After door gaskets are dry, close both doors on a dollar bill, and pull lightly. A good seal will grip the bill. Test in several spots.
  • If there is a drip pan under refrigerator, pull it out and clean thoroughly. Put back in place under the refrigerator.
  • Being careful not to scratch the floor, pull out your refrigerator and unplug it. Vacuum the wall and floor where the unit was.
  • Remove the kickplate from the bottom-front of the refrigerator. Use wand attachment of vacuum to carefully remove most of the dust on the coils and underside of the refrigerator. (Some models may have coils on back of unit).
  • Using a condenser coil brush to get the rest of the dust and dirt loose. Be gentle.
  • Plug the unit back in, push back into place, vacuum the dust off the floor, put kickplate back onto bottom of refrigerator.
  • Change the water filter twice yearly.

If you feel you do need television or appliance service in the Birmingham Metro Area please do not hesitate to contact Service Care by phone at 205-956-3777 or by email at service@servicecare.net. You can also send us messages via our website at www.servicecare.net

Click the 'Like' button! Thanks!

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Service Care TV & Appliance Repair's Vice President, Toxey McDavid
Posted by Toxey McDavid at 10:56 AM
Edited on: Thursday, December 09, 2010 11:27 AM
Categories: DIY, Refrigerator