If you have been using appliances for a while in your home, then you have probably come across certain myths and misconceptions, and even believed some of them to be true. In most cases, these myths revolve around using your appliances most effectively, how to avoid appliance repair calls in Montreal, and how to enhance the longevity of some of the appliances. Some of these myths sound so convincing, and some even make “scientific and economic sense” thus fooling people to believe that they are true. Here is a brief look at some of those myths you should know about so you don’t fall victim to the misinformation.
Microwaves emit cancerous radiation
With lots of confusing information about cancer and its causes, there is a very popular myth that microwaves emit cancerous radiation and as such, it is not safe to use a microwave for warming foods. In fact, some proponents of this myth claim that it is also not safe to stand close to the microwave because you will be exposed to the harmful waves it emits. Well, if you are worried about the radiation emitted by microwaves, then you should be more worried about the radiation you get when walking in the sun. This is because the sun’s radiation is more powerful than what is emitted by a microwave, and if they were to be harmful, then you stand a higher risk of being affected by the sun’s radiation.
You need to pre-rinse your dishes before you load them into the washer
This is a very popular myth, especially among those who want to enhance the longevity of their washers and get cleaner dishes. However, it is not true that you are helping the washer when you pre-rinse the dishes before loading them into the washer. You should know that dishwasher detergent is specifically designed to cling onto food particles to effect the cleaning particles. When you load the washers with pre-rinsed dishes, the detergents won’t have anything to cling to and this may lead to less clean results.
Secondly, most dishwashers on the market today come with sensors to sense the amount of dirt in the water and to discharge detergent accordingly. If there is less dirt in the water, the cycles will not last long. Also, by pre-rinsing the dishes, you will be increasing the total amount of water you use for the cleaning process. Therefore, the reasoning behind pre-rinsing sounds noble, it is not factual, hence, you should not take it to heart.
Your appliances will last longer if you don’t use them frequently
Some people think that by not using their appliances frequently, they will not only be avoiding appliance repair calls in Montreal but they will also be enhancing the longevity of their appliances. In as much as it seems to make sense that less use will lead to low rates of wear and tear but this will not necessarily lead to longer appliance life. To those subscribing to this myth, you need to be informed that the home appliances are designed to be used, and if you don’t use them, they may actually get worse, and you may end up with serious damage. Take the dishwasher, for example. They are fitted with seals designed to work in damp conditions. This means that if you don’t use them regularly, the seals will form cracks or start decaying, and you may be compelled to replace them sooner than you had thought. Always remember that using appliances regularly keeps all the necessary parts moving. This not only enhances the appliance’s longevity but also keeps them in top-notch condition.
Using more detergent will lead to cleaner clothes
This is another common myth you will be encountering in discussions involving the washer. For most people, the more detergent you use, the cleaner your clothes will become. Well, we are sorry to let you know that there is not an iota of truth in this claim. The fact is adding more detergent may actually make your clothes less clean because the extra or excess detergent will remain in your clothes. In most cases, you should always use just a quarter of the recommended amount. However, for dirtier clothes then you may need to add a little bit more detergent. However, never use extra of what is recommended believing that you will end up with cleaner clothes.
It is more expensive to cook with the electric oven
This myth is rampant among those who want to save energy around the home. To them, ovens seem to take a lot of power, and they think that by avoiding using it, they will be saving money by lowering their energy bills. You will be surprised that those big glowing elements and the massive plugs cost less energy than your refrigerator. The fridge is responsible for about 30% of the total energy consumption at home, followed by your TV, washing machine and then your electric oven which accounts for less than 9% of the total energy use at home.
Keeping an old refrigerator will save you money
It is because of this myth that some people cling to their old refrigerator, but if you ask any appliance repair company in Montreal & Laval, you will learn that this is simply not true. It is a fact that modern units are a bit pricey, but they are also very efficient. An old fridge will not only be prone to lots of breakdowns which will end up costing you more money, but they also consume a lot of energy, and this means that you will be spending more on energy bills.