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Why OEM Parts Make a Difference?

You’ve had your washing machine diagnosed, and it needs a belt.  What’s the best way to get a part? Is it better to get an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) part or an aftermarket, off brand part?  There are several things to consider in your purchasing decision. We strongly recommend that you choose an OEM part as much as possible. 

Don’t let price be the only determining factor when selecting your parts.  There may be places that offer a part that looks the same, but is a lower price.  However, take into consideration that it may not be an OEM part. There are many “knock off” parts that look very similar, but are made by a different company.  Although the part appears similar, the quality and fit are very likely different. The circuit board may look the same, but because it isn’t OEM parts they won’t necessarily work, or last.  By purchasing an OEM part, you are getting the best quality part for your machine.  

OEM parts were created for your machine.  When you order your parts using the model number of your machine, you are guaranteed the right part with the right fit.  The parts are manufactured in the same way your washing machine was created. Choosing the OEM circuit board, belt, or motor will be more likely to be a working part.  Off brand products aren’t guaranteed to fit your machine and may even cause more damage to the machine when installed.  

When your machine has an error message and needs a certain part, replacing it with an off brand part could void the warranty.  By using an OEM part, you have the same part from the factory that was made for your machine. Many machines have a limited lifetime warranty.  By installing a non OEM part you may not only void the warranty on that particular part, but on other parts in the unit as well.  

Make the best choice for your machine by choosing OEM parts whenever possible.  Not only does this apply to washing machines, but to all household appliances. Treat your machine with the care of using OEM parts and it will last for years to come.  

Check out this great video on the quality that goes into OEM parts!

Has Your Comfort Gone with the Flow?

Many homeowners only give thought to their HVAC system when it fails. It is simply a given that when you come in from the heat or cold, a carefully crafted climate is waiting to comfort you. You work hard. You deserve it.

HVAC systems involve many moving parts working in combination to ensure that your indoor environment is both clean and comfortable. But to do that, each of those moving parts must rely on one very important thing…Air flow.

Have you ever noticed when your thermostat fails to reach the temperature that you set for it? Have you ever found yourself on your hands and knees beside your air vent, wondering where all the air has gone?

Like you or I, your HVAC system must breathe to live. If you do find yourself glaring at the thermostat or squinting through your air vent, ask yourself, “When did I last change my air filter?” If you can’t remember, then you are most likely going to find a thick furry surprise waiting when you peel the filter away.

Keeping a clean air filter not only ensures an unobstructed circulation of comfort, but it is crucial to maintaining good air quality. It traps the dirt, allergens, pet dander, and other contaminants that you and your loved ones would otherwise be breathing in daily. It is suggested that air filters be inspected and/or replaced every 1-3 months depending on usage.

Like air filters, evaporator coils and condenser coils must also allow for good air flow. Unlike air filters, they cannot simply be replaced every 1-3 months. Evaporator coils collect dust over time, and outdoor condenser coils collect dirt, leaves, and other yard debris. There are various aerosol foam and concentrated liquid coil cleaners available. It is suggested that coils be cleaned on a yearly basis as part of your system's annual maintenance.

In addition to promoting the health and comfort of you and your family, maintaining proper air flow in your HVAC system will ensure that your system is working as efficiently as possible. A system that struggles to keep up will mean higher utility bills and the potential for costly repairs down the road.

The reality is that parts sometimes break. Systems sometimes fail. It is never convenient, and it is rarely cheap. These tips can help improve the longevity of your system along with the level of your comfort. Whether it be air filters, coil cleaners, or any part in between, Fox Appliance Parts is proud to provide affordable solutions to keep you safe and comfortable.


Are You Drinking Contaminants?

How long has it been since you've changed your water filter?  Don't let it get to the point that you are drinking unhealthy water. Just because the flavor and smell of the water hasn't changed, it doesn't mean that it does not contain contaminants.  Many contaminants are tasteless but can still be harmful.  If you frequently drink water from your refrigerator, your filter should be changed every 6 months.  Unhealthy chemicals and bacteria can be filtered out in a freshly changed filter.  Over time, as the filter ages, these unhealthy contaminants can get into your drinking water. 

By changing your water filter you can also extend the life of your refrigerator.  Prevent scaling build up in the lines when you keep fresh water flowing. If you allow the build up to stay in your lines, in the future you could be allowing these contaminants into your water.  

By changing your water filter at least every six months, you will be keeping your water safer and cleaner for your family.