TJ’s Appliance Repair Awarded “Best of Staten Island 2014″


Quality service pays off! We’re honored to be considered “the best” by you, our dear customers.

We were bestowed the award of “Best of Staten Island 2014” in the Major Appliance Service & Repair category last July 4. We can’t say that it was a surprise; we have been working very hard to deliver fast, courteous, and guaranteed appliance repairs for more than 20 years now, but to have received the award is still genuinely heartwarming.

The title was given to us by the Staten Island Award Program, an organization that works with local businesses, trade groups, professional associations, and business advertising and marketing groups to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

Each year, the awards body identifies local companies that help make Staten Island a great place to live, work and play. These are companies which have achieved exceptional marketing success, and enhanced the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. In addition to this, the winners are also those who have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

Again, we’d like to thank everybody for their continued support for our business. You can expect us to deliver the same high-quality and reliable appliance repair services not only in Staten Island, but in Scotch Plains, Clark, Union and neighboring counties in New Jersey, so call us today at the following numbers:

The Best Kitchen & Laundry Appliances for a Tiny Apartment

Planning to move into a small apartment? If you are, or are already living in one and could use a bit more room, one way to go about it would be to use compact versions of regular household essentials. If you’ve already furnished your living room with space-saving furniture, the next thing to look at for more real estate would be the kitchen and laundry area, which is often combined in tiny apartments.

Slim, tiny apartment kitchen and laundry appliances have been available in the market for quite some time, but shoppers generally think that there is always a trade-off when opting for the smaller versions. While this is somewhat true and cannot be avoided, there are brands and models that can give you a good compromise between size, performance and price that will perfectly fit your needs.

Now if you really want to make sure that you’re getting the right model, you’ll have to do your homework. You’ll need to do some window shopping or research online, compare specs, features, and prices, all very time consuming! Recognizing this, we at TJ’s Appliance Repair, in collaboration with our good friends at H & H Appliance Center, went ahead and did all the work for you!

We combined our expertise on appliances and came up with an infographic which includes a list of compact dishwashers, refrigerators, washer-dryer combos, even ranges and cooktops, that provide the same level of functionality and amenities as their full-sized counterparts. Whether you’re looking for stylish high-end units, the bare essentials, or anything in between, our “The Best Kitchen & Laundry Appliances for a Tiny Apartment” has it. Feel free to share!

Best Kitchen and Laundry Appliances for a Tiny Apartment

Appliances listed:

Washer/Dryer Combo

  • LG WM3455HW 2.3 Cu. Ft. Washer and Electric Ventless Dryer Combo
  • Ariston ARWDF129NA 1.82 Cu. Ft. Elegance Line Front-Load Washer/Dryer Combo
  • Midea MFL70-D1211S 2.0 Cu. Ft. Combination Washer/Dryer Combo


  • Summit FFBF285SS 24” 13.8 Cu. Ft. Counter Depth Bottom-Freezer, Stainless Steel
  • LG LRBP1031W 24” 10 Cu. Ft. Cabinet Depth Bottom Freezer, White
  • Avanti RA7316PST 20” 7.4 Cu. Ft. 2-Door Apartment Size, Black with Platinum Finish


  • Bosch SPV5ES53UC 18″ Special Application Panel Ready Dishwasher
  • Frigidaire FFBD1821MS 18″ Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher with Interior and Delay Start
  • Avanti DWE1802SS 18” Stainless Steel Built-In Dishwasher

Gas Range

  • Verona VEFSGG244SS 24” Pro Style Gas Range with 4 sealed burners, 2.5 Cu. Ft. Convection Oven
  • Danby DR2099WGLP 20” Freestanding Gas Range with 4 sealed burners, 2.62 Cu. Ft. Manual Clean Oven
  • Summit R200W 20” Freestanding Gas Range with 4 sealed burners, 2.6 Cu. Ft. Manual Clean Oven

Electric Range

  • Summit REX204BL 20” White Pearl Series Freestanding Smooth Top Electric Range, 2.6 Cu. Ft. Oven
  • Amana AEP222VAW 20″ Freestanding Electric Range with 4 Coil Burners, 2.6 Cu. Ft. Oven
  • Danby DER2009W 20″ Freestanding Electric Range with 4 Coil Burners, 2.6 Cu. Ft. Oven 5

Gas Cooktop – optional

  • Bertazzoni P24400X 24” 4 Burner Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop
  • Ramblewood GC2-48P 12” (LPG/Propane Gas) High Efficiency 2 Burner Gas Cooktop
  • Atwood 56494 DV 20S 12” Drop-In 2 Burner Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop

Electric Cooktop – optional

  • Thermadore CEM304FS 30” Masterpiece Smooth Top Electric Cooktop
  • Summit CR3240 21” 3 Burner Smooth Top Electric Cooktop with Residual Heat Indicator Light
  • Kenyon B41601 12” Caribbean 2 Burner Smooth Top Electric Cooktop

Top 3 Fastest Ways To Defrost Your Freezer

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For those of you who still own older refrigerators that don’t have defrost heaters, I bet you’ll all agree what a hassle it is to defrost a freezer thick with ice! It’s such a drag that most give in to the temptation and just go Michaelangelo on it with a hammer and chisel! Well that’s certainly one way to get rid of the ice, but it’s also a good way to punch a hole through your freezer’s coils and render it useless. Not to mention that it’s also terribly unsafe, the sharp tool can easily slip on the ice and hurt your hand. Or worse.

Now there are certainly a number of ways you can get rid of ice from your freezer, but here are the top 3 best ways that will save you time, effort and frustration.

As always, we’d like to remind you to be very, VERY CAREFUL! Take every precaution to minimize slippage or spillage, so make sure to have some towels around. Better if you have some chamois cloth as it is smaller but is highly absorbent. Also have a plastic bucket that you can use to collect the ice after.

Using hot water pans

1. Get a large metal pan with a thin bottom. The thinner, the better as it will allow for better heat transfer.

2. Pad the bottom opening of the freezer with a small towel, so that the pan won’t slip out. This is very important, the pan is very likely to slip out when you fill it with water if you don’t pad the opening!

3. Fill up the pan with hot or boiling water. Better if you can use a kettle and just fill the pan when it is already placed in the freezer.

4. Wait for a bit. The pan will melt through the ice on the bottom, while the steam from it should warm up and

loosen the ice above.

5. Have a plastic or rubber spatula ready. Once a gap between the ice and the freezer ceiling appears, try to push the spatula in between. Keep your hand on the ice to prevent it from falling into the pan as it might splash hot water all over.

6. Keep working the spatula on the remaining blocks or sheets of ice.

Using a hair dryer

Before you begin, make sure that the hair dryer or the outlet it is plugged in doesn’t get wet under any circumstances!

1. Use the highest or hottest setting on your hair dryer and try to melt the ice near the opening of the freezer.

2. As soon as you can see a gap between the ice and the freezer surface, try and push a spatula in between. The idea is to break off and remove the ice pieces before it can melt.

Using a butter knife

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Again, be very careful as this can get tricky. Do this method only if you have steady hands!

1. Have a pot of hot water ready. This will be used to heat up the butter knife.

2. Warm up the blade of the butter knife.

3. Look for gaps between the ice and the freezer surface. If there are none, use the first two methods to melt a bit of the ice first. Once you can see some gaps, gently push the knife blade in between. The warm blade should slip in, DO NOT STAB or force it in!

4. If the blade slips in, gently push down on the handle so that it will push the ice up. You can also wiggle it a bit, but the idea is to move the blade in such a way that it won’t scratch your freezer surface.

5. Continue to work the knife in the gaps GENTLY until you can break off pieces of the ice.

If you’re really in a hurry, the best and fastest way to remove a thick layer of ice in your freezer, would be to use a combination of all 3 methods. What you’ll want to do is to use the pan of hot water as described in Method 1, and while that’s melting the bottom and top part, use a hair dryer to melt the ice around the opening.

While using the hair dryer, keep the blade of the butter knife in front of the stream of hot air. When it is warm enough, use it to prod through the gaps. Keep the hair dryer pointed at it to keep the warmth up.

Some suggestions also recommend using a squirt bottle to squirt hot water into the gaps. You can do this if you don’t mind the mess.

Now the best thing to do after clearing your freezer of ice would be to keep it frost-free. Frost will inevitably build up in your freezer, but there are things you can do to delay your next defrosting a little longer. Here are some maintenance tips that can help prevent a thick frost buildup in your freezer.

1. Defrost while the layer of ice is still thin. The thinner the frost, the shorter the defrost cycle, and since very little water will drain to your refrigerator’s evaporation pan (or drain pan), you can practically just push the defrost button and forget about it.

2. Avoid leaving the refrigerator door open for prolonged periods. Frost is made when warm air condenses in your freezer, the quicker you close your refrigerator door, the better.

3. Check if the door is sealed tightly. Here’s one quick way to check for a tight seal: put a dollar bill in between the gasket and then close the door. The more difficult it is to pull out, the tighter the seal. If you are able to pull it out easily, then it is time to have your gaskets checked.

4. Lean the refrigerator back just a bit. This will help the door close more easily.

The 10 Best Appliance Gifts for Father’s Day Under $100

Men will always have a special place in their heart for machines. It might be the innate attraction for anything metallic and mechanical, or the fascination with things that “do stuff”. Most of the time they just love the feeling of having the most bells and whistles on the contraption that they own. Whatever the reason is, you can be assured that any guy worth his salt won’t object to the idea of getting an appliance as a gift.

Now toys for big boys are often expensive, and it will be difficult to think of a good Father’s Day gift if you’re in a budget. To help you out, we scoured Amazon for the 10 small appliances that offer the best value for money.

For this year, we’d like to stay clear of some cliched items like power tools or grooming gadgets. You may notice that most on the list are kitchen appliances (we might have been hungry when we put this together). This is no mistake, because men also have a thing for cooking and eating. As they say, “The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, so what better way to do that than to get him something he can use to make himself some man food!

Dads love a properly chilled drink too, so we also included a couple of coolers and an ice crusher that will do the job right. You’ll find a little something that he can use for his car as well, for when the kids mess it up. In any case, we’re sure that whichever gift you pick from our list will be a certified hit with him.

Anyway, let’s get to it. Here are some Father’s Day gifts that would make any dad’s life a li’l bit more awesome!

For the dad who always takes his ‘Joe to go


1. Black & Decker DCM18S Brew ‘n Go Personal Coffeemaker with Travel Mug – $22.99

  • Brews directly into the mug.
  • Compact design. Measures only 9-3/4 by 7 by 6 inches.
  • No need for disposable filters.

For the dad who needs a faster and easier way to make breakfast


2. Hamilton Beach 25475A Breakfast Sandwich Maker – $24.00

  • Automatically cooks everything, including the egg, in around 5 minutes.

For the dad who likes ‘em deep fried!


3. Presto 05420 FryDaddy Deep Fryer – $33.93

  • Uses less oil due to compact size.
  • Built-in, preset thermostat maintains proper frying temperature.

For the dad whose waffles must be Belgian


4. Presto 03510 FlipSide Belgian Waffle Maker – $39.99

  • Cradle-less design.
  • Features a countdown timer for more accurate cooking.

For the busy dad who loves cooking potluck recipes


5. Hamilton Beach 33464 Set & Forget® Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker – $69.99

  • Cooking time is fully programmable. Includes preset modes for worry-free cooking.
  • Probe Mode uses the temperature probe to shift from cooking to keep warm function when desired temperature is reached.
  • Clip-locked, secure lid ensures no spills.

For Dad’s man cave


6. Midea HS-65LB Compact Refrigerator Mini Fridge – $70.00

  • A well-rounded product despite the cheap price tag.
  • Features a stylish black finish.

For Dad’s mini bar


7. Waring Pro IC70 Professional Stainless Steel Large-Capacity Ice Crusher – $79.95

  • Powerful 150-watt motor.
  • Heavy-duty stainless-steel blades can crush up to 50 pounds of ice per hour.

For the dad who loves to keep his car clean


8. Black & Decker BDH2000PL MAX Lithium Pivot Vacuum, 20-volt – $79.99

  • Uses Lithium Ion (Li-ion) instead of Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cad) batteries. Power does not fade as charge drains. No overcharging problems.
  • Powerful suction in a compact package.
  • Pivoting nozzle can access hard to reach spaces.

For the wine connoisseur dad


9. Haier HVTEC06ABS 6-Bottle Wine Cellar with Electronic Controls – $89.70

  • Curved door with smoked glass with black trim & black cabinet looks very stylish.
  • Uses an adjustable digital thermostat control.

PIZZA. Need we say more?


10. Pizza Perfector PERF1000 The Original Theo and Co Pizza Perfector – $99.99

  • Easy to operate.
  • Upper and lower elements can be used together or seperately.
  • Can be used to cook fresh dough, pre-baked, or frozen pizzas.

Wishing you a Happy Father’s Day, from all of us here at TJ’s Appliance Repair!

How To Choose The Right Washer and Dryer

It’s nice to have choices, but having too many can be a problem. Do you agree?

In our busy lifestyle, having a washer and dryer is a must, but getting one is always a big financial consideration.

Even the cheapest ones cost a couple of hundred dollars, by no means an easy purchase. This is why you should make sure that the one you buy will meet your needs perfectly.

With so many washer and dryer models out in the market today, how would you know which is the right one for you? If you are budget constrained, do you immediately go for the cheapest one? Or should you wait and save up for a high end model that comes with all the bells and whistles?

To help out those who are shopping for a new washer and dryer, we’ve made an infographic that compares the features of popular types of washers and dryers currently available in the market such as the top load washer and front load washer, the gas dryer, electric dryer and heat pump dryer, and the various configurations (stacked, washer-dryer combo, laundry center). In it we also provided several key criteria which you can base your decision on so that you can clearly see which washer or dryer type fits your purchase requirements.

The Ultimate Washer & Dryer Comparison Infographic

Need Cheap BBQ Grill, AC, Dryer Vent Cleaning, Refrigerator Repair? We Have You Covered!

It’s such a hassle when your appliances, especially the big ones, break down on you. When your refrigerator breaks down, food gets spoiled. What a waste! When your AC dies on you, imagine how uncomfortable your house would feel.

But that’s nothing compared to what would happen if your dryer malfunctions. A vent clogged with lint can easily burn your house down! Aside from your dryer, there are a number of other home appliances that can start a house fire (check out our Unexpected Residential Fire Starters infographic) which is why your appliances need regular checkup and maintenance.

A lot of times you might be hesistant to call for check-ups and repairs, thinking that it would be an unnecessary expense. We totally understand this, but the need to keep your home safe is of utmost importance which is why we now offering quality appliance services and checkups at even more affordable prices! Check out our new special rates below.

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GE DBXR453EAWW Residential Dryer Won’t Start, Makes Humming Sound


A Facebook fan by the name of Barry sent us an interesting question about a GE residential dryer with model number “DBXR453EA1WW” a couple of weeks ago. It was an old dryer that wouldn’t start. From what he had mentioned, it seemed like the unit was getting power, but the motor would run only if the drum is given a push. There was also a humming sound once the unit was powered on.

Since we weren’t able to do an inspection and run some tests on the unit, we just did a search on the model number he gave us before giving our diagnosis. We turned up a number of results, but only for parts and almost nothing for the unit itself.

Initially, it sounded as if the problem was caused by a faulty start capacitor. Now what exactly is a start capacitor?

To explain it simply, a dryer is driven by a rotating cylinder in its motor called the armature. This armature is spun by the windings that surround it by providing alternating push and pulls. These “push” and “pulls” happen immediately when the voltage comes on, but since the armature cannot react instantaneously, a start capacitor is used to create a “lag” to give the armature time to gain momentum.

A dryer’s start capacitor often looks like a white cylinder with terminals on one end, similar to a battery. When a “start cap” fails to work, the motor will just sit and produce a sound called “Mains Hum” which is typical in electrical wiring and equipment.

But Barry replied that he couldn’t find a start capacitor in his dryer, which sounded quite accurate because we weren’t able to locate the part online for his dryer model as well.

Our research also made us conclude that the model number might be “DBXR453EAWW” instead of “DBXR453EA1WW”. The first one shows up as a GE® Extra-Large 6.0 Cu. Ft. Capacity Electric Dryer at the GE website. Even with this, there’s still an unfortunate lack of technical information online for this model.

Barry also said that he made sure the belts were on correctly. At this point we were thinking that it was an issue with the start winding of the motor, and so recommended replacing the motor altogether. From the image he provided us, it looked like the motor was a GE Hotpoint Dryer motor with part number “5KH26JJ064S”

By the way, the start winding is the fine, insulated copper wire that receives current in the motor at startup. A humming dryer motor that does not start can also be caused by a bad start wiring.

We have not heard back from him so we think he went ahead with our suggestion. In any case, we hope that the information we’ve uncovered from this issue helps others who own the same GE dryer model.

How To Troubleshoot Common Central AC (Air Conditioner) Problems

Residential HVAC diagram


“Brace yourselves, warmth is coming!”

It’s getting warmer now isn’t it? Whether you like it or not, it’s not going to get any cooler so you better see if your central AC is in shape and ready to operate.

Since AC installations are considerably complicated, even residential ones, you can only do limited troubleshooting before calling an AC repair specialist (that’s us), but it’s good to know what’s wrong with your AC nonetheless so you’ll know when to call and when to fix it yourself.

Listed below are some of the more common problems and their possible causes, as well as tips on how to fix them.

AC does not power on or suddenly shuts down.

  • Check the thermostat setting and make sure that it is set to cool. If your system has a built-in timer, wait for it to complete its cycle then set it several degrees below the current room temperature. If it doesn’t work, the thermostat may need recalibration, or is already defective.
  • Check if the circuit breaker is working. An overheating compressor or faulty wiring can cause it to trip or blow a fuse.
  • Check if the furnace and outdoor condenser power switches are on.

AC not cooling.

  • Check if the filters are clean. Even if the AC is producing cold air, dirty filters can prevent it from flowing through the ductwork.
  • Check if the outside unit is working properly. A dirty condenser unit can work inefficiently and may even overload and overheat, so make sure the entire outside unit is clear of dirt and debris. If the radiator fins are bent, you can straighten it out using a radiator comb.
  • The unit may already be low on coolant or refrigerant, perhaps due to leakage.

AC blower not working.

  • For belt-driven air handlers, check if the belt is still properly connecting the motor pulley to the blower pulley. You can access the two by opening the door of the air-handler cabinet.

AC is noisy.

  • Squealing noises – this usually occurs on older units with belt-driven air handlers. Check if the belt needs re-aligning, or if it is worn and needs replacing.
  • Grinding noises – you may hear this on direct-drive motors and may be a sign that the motor’s bearings are already damaged.
  • Pinging or popping sounds – you may hear this coming from the ductwork which can be caused either by thermal expansion or a loose metal flap.
  • Rattling noises – the cover panels of the furnace might be loose. Check and tighten as necessary. You may also hear this if the compressor fan is hitting some debris.

AC is leaking.

  • The drain line or condensate pipe might be blocked. Disconnect it and clear it by blowing compressed air into it or running a wire through it.
  • The condensate pump might be dirty or malfunctioning.

Some of these problems can have multiple causes, making it difficult and time consuming to diagnose. If some of the terms and procedures above seem to escape you, call us! We have the tools and the expertise to help.

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