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Let Us Help With Your Lets!


With the investment opportunities offered by the Buy to Let schemes, there are more small domestic landlords now than ever before.  They and their letting agents will appreciate that the key to a successful letting is a happy tenant.

It is quite common for appliances such as cookers and washing machines to be included as fixtures and fittings in domestic lets these days.  If there is a problem or breakdown, then a reliable replacement or repair service is invaluable.

Otherwise, unhappy tenants = problems ahead!

Fortunately, we can help.  Power Point are Gloucestershire’s domestic appliance specialists.  We have vast experience in dealing with situations like this and have three bespoke services readily available:

•    Key Collection Service.  We will arrange to collect the keys of the property from the tenant, landlord or letting agent, at a convenient time, and also arrange to drop them back again when the inspection or work is completed
•    Courtesy Call Service.  We will undertake to contact the tenants in advance to arrange a suitable time for us to visit and inspect or carry out required maintenance works.
•    Tenant Liaison.  We will liaise with the tenant and report back to the landlord or letting agent explaining the options and giving our advice on how to proceed with any maintenance, repair or replacement.

Whether you are a landlord or a letting agent, we can make your life easier by using our experience to liaise quickly and confidently with your tenants.  Rest assured that we will do our upmost to ensure that your tenant receives a swift and efficient service, at a very competitive price.

For repairs, sales, service and spares for all your white goods throughout Gloucestershire, contact the friendly team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit their website http://www.powerpointglos.co.uk

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Will Your Appliance Catch Fire?

A recent survey by Which? has found that thousands of domestic appliances catch fire.

 

Which? submitted a request to the government under the Freedom of Information Act and found that no less than 12,000 fires were caused by faulty domestic products between 2011 and March 2014.  


The most likely appliances to catch fire are washing machines and tumble dryers, considerably more so than perhaps more likely suspects such as televisions or irons.

 

The full figures showing the proportion of fires caused by faulty appliances based on the government figures are as follows:

 

  • 14% washing machines (1,723)
  • 12% tumble dryers (1,456)
  • 11% dishwashers (1,324)
  • 9% cookers (1,080)
  • 7% freezers/fridge /fridge-freezers (861)
  • 5% central heating (606)
  • 4% microwave (427)
  • 4% toaster/grill (425)
  • 3% television (372)
  • 2% electric blanket (236)
  • 2% washer dryers (225)
  • 1% irons (92)

 

The dangers inherent with products mixing water with electricity are clearly apparent.

 

If you suspect you may have a problem with any domestic appliance, phone Power Point on 01452 730874 and we will be happy to offer advice and help where we can.

 

For repairs, sales and spares for all your white goods throughout Gloucestershire, contact the friendly team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit their website powerpointglos.co.uk

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Diagnosing Cooker Hood Problems!

There are several different types of cooker hood; integral, island, chimney and the basic style.  Effectively, they each comprise of just four main elements:

• Motor, which draws the cooker air and smells into the hood to expel them to the exterior of the building.

• Lamp holders which house the …

• Light bulbs.

• Control switch, which controls the motor and the lights. 

That is basically it, but that still leaves four things that could potentially go wrong.

The most common fault is the hood lights failing.  Most cooker hood bulbs are designed for light use so they should not be left on all the time.  If your bulbs are popping regularly this is the probable cause.  The simple answer is to turn the light off when not in use.

Alternatively, there may be a poor connection between the lamp holder and the bulb.

If the lights are left on for long periods, this can also affect the lamp holders.  These are usually made of plastic and can be susceptible to melting. 

Another common fault is the control module or switch.  Contacts and relays are liable to blow or tracks may lift.

The motor is the least likely item to fail.  It does happen but only rarely.  The fault will usually be the main control board or switches.  

If you have any problems with your cooker hood phone Power Point on 01452 730874 and we will be happy to help.   

For repairs, sales, service and spares for all your white goods throughout Gloucestershire, contact the friendly team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit their website www.powerpointglos.co.uk

 

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Avoid Fridge Freezer Ventilation Problems!

Avoid Fridge Freezer Ventilation Problems!

A major cause of breakdown and problems with fridge freezers is lack of proper airflow.  The problem can take several months or even years to take effect but when it does you may find that the unit is beyond repair.

Airflow is a crucial factor for the efficiency and longevity of all refrigeration units.  All fridges, freezers and fridge freezers are essentially heat exchange units.  They draw in air from the surrounding environment and make the air inside the cavity of the fridge cool by way of a heat exchange unit.  The heated air generated by the process must also be safely expelled.

A good airflow and supply of cool air is therefore vital to the unit; if it can’t draw in cool air it cannot work.  The cool air is usually drawn into the unit through holes or vents located at the bottom of the unit, while the hot air is expelled through holes at the side or rear.

Should these vents become blocked then heat will build up inside the unit, leading to a longer cooling period which will cost you money in terms of running time.  It may also lead to the compressor overheating and possible insulation problems.  Ultimately it can lead to the unit breaking down completely. 

If you have any doubts about whether your fridge freezer is adequately ventilated or not, call the experts – phone Power Point on 01452 730874.  

For repairs, sales, service and spares for all your white goods throughout Gloucestershire, contact the friendly team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit their website www.powerpointglos.co.uk

 

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Focus on Dishwashers!

It is estimated that more than one in five UK households now have a dishwasher.  Apart from saving manual time washing dishes, dishwashers are more hygienic and produce cleaner finishes as they work at high temperatures.

It always pays to scrape off as much surface food residue as possible.  The largest and dirtiest items should be put on the lower rack with the smaller, less dirty items on the top rack, including glasses and cups.  Any cast iron or wooden handled items need to be washed by hand. 

Glassware – ordinary glassware or Pyrex items can be included.  Lead crystal glasses should not be put in unless they carry a “dishwasher safe” label.

Tableware – everyday crockery is fine to include but do not put antique or hand painted items in a dishwasher.

Cutlery – stainless steel and silver cutlery are usually fine for the dishwasher.  It is wise to rinse off any acidic food residue.  Bone or wooden handled items should be washed by hand.

Plastics – they should carry a note that they are dishwasher suitable.  Do not place in the lower rack as they may be affected by the heating element during the drying process.

Pans – stainless steel are ideal for the dishwasher but aluminium pans may discolour during the rinsing process.


Maintenance

A monthly clean will be sufficient to remove any lime or grease deposits that can build up.  Special dishwasher cleaners and fresheners can also be used in an empty machine.  Never use ordinary washing up liquid in a dishwasher.  There are plenty of dishwasher detergents available in tablet, powder, gel or liquid forms.

All dishwashers have a water softener as soft water helps the detergent work more effectively and hard water can lead to lime scale deposits affecting the machine.  The water softener reservoir needs to be topped up with salt.  This should be granular salt.  ‘Three-in-one’ tablets and ‘salt action’ tablets are not sufficient and ordinary table salt or rock salt will not do the job.  Ensure no salt is left on the floor of the dishwasher as this can lead to erosion and pin-hole type leaks.

For repairs, sales, service and spares for all your white goods throughout Gloucestershire, contact the friendly team at Power Point on 01452 730874 or visit their website www.powerpointglos.co.uk