Is Your Dryer Taking Too Long to Dry Clothes?

Have you noticed recently that your dryer is just not drying your clothing as quickly as it used to? It may not mean that you need a brand new unit, but just need to give your current model a tune-up. You should inspect your dryer once a year to make sure everything is running efficiently! This could save you money over time.

Note: To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug the dryer from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning.

Clean the Lint Trap
As you probably already know, the lint trap at the front of your machine should be cleaned after each use. You should also wash the filter with warmy soapy water every once in a while.

Check the Vents
The condition and flow of your dryer’s venting hose is the most important factor of your machine’s efficiency. If the air flow is impeded or obstructed in any way it could significantly slow down drying time. The machine may have shifted over time due to use, so check to make sure that the dryer isn’t pushed too close to the wall so that it’s pinching the hose. Also check that the inside of the vent is free of lint buildup and that the opening from the outside wall damper is not obstructed by plants or other objects. It’s recommended that you clean the duct work at least once a year.

Did You Trip a Fuse?
Many household dryers use two fuses or circuit breakers, so check to see if one is tripped. One may be powering the dryer tumble, but the tripped circuit may not be supplying heat.

Check the Drum Belt
The drum belt is what makes the dryer drum rotate. Turn on your dryer and open the door to see if it’s revolving. If it isn’t, then the drum belt is slipping/broken or the idler pulley may be frozen.

Sort Your Clothing
The resolution to your dryer problem may be the amount and type of clothes you may be loading into the machine. Here are a few extra things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure that you are using the correct washer settings and that the spin cycle is removing enough water before you place your laundry into the dryer.
  • Don’t try to combine loads in the dryer and overload the machine.
  • Don’t put too few items in, either, or the clothing may not tumble correctly and instead just shift to the back.
  • Don’t put heavy items, like towels, in with lightweight items.
  • To see how GE recommends you sort clothing on laundry say, see their article here.

If Those Don’t Work or You Need Repairs…
If the above methods don’t work to dry your clothes, the heating element or thermostat may be to blame. Call in a serviceman to take a look. If you purchased your dryer at P.C. Richard & Son, we can come and inspect the unit. For more about product service and repair, click here.


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Happy Earth Day! P.C. Richard & Son Green Initiatives and How You Can Help

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a celebration of environmental protection and inspires awareness to our planet’s health every April 22. Did you know that P.C. Richard & Son promotes recycling, energy-saving appliances and green initiatives all year round? Here are a few ways we help protect the environment and some suggestions on great green products for your home.

What We Do
We here at P.C. Richard & Son deal with a lot of plastic, cardboard and Styrofoam with product packaging. We break down all cardboard boxes that hold all orders we receive and separate it from any plastic and Styrofoam that is also included in the packaging. The plastic and Styrofoam is collected and cardboard grouped into bails to be sent to a recycling plant where it is reused and repurposed. Our Deer Park Clearance Center alone sees four to five hundred boxes ever week and a half or so, so that’s tens of thousands of pounds of cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam recycled every year from our 65 locations.

In addition to hauling away all of our packaging material to recycling plants, we often offer free haul aways of your old appliances when you purchase new ones. Haul-awayed appliances are always recycled and are never brought to a landfill. Freon and other harmful substances are disposed of in OSHCA-complaint ways.

We recycle on a much smaller scale, too. Our break rooms have recycling receptacles that are clearly marked for things like aluminum cans and plastic bottles. We also have recycling bins for white paper in our corporate office headquarters.

How You Can Help
Energy Star products are a cost-effective and convenient way to reduce energy use and promote environmental protection. Energy Star is a government-backed program and has also been adopted in countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union. We carry many Energy Star-approved appliances and electronics that are worth looking into for your own green initiatives. We offer:

  • Energy Star Refrigerators: Energy Star-qualified refrigerators require about half as much energy s models manufactured before 1993.
  • Energy Star Washers and Dryers: Energy Star washers can save you $550 in operating costs over a regular clothes washer. Less energy and water use means less air pollution from power plants and less water going to waste.
  • Energy Star Air Conditioners: If every room AC sold in the US were Energy Star qualified, it would prevent 1.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions- the equivalent emissions of 115,000 cars.
  • Energy Star Dishwashers: Energy Star-qualified dishwashers use at least 41% less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption and can save you more than $30 a year in utility costs.
  • Energy Star HDTVs: There are 275 million TVs currently in use in the US, consuming over 50 billion kilowatts of energy each year, That’s 4% of all household’s electricity use! This is enough electricity to power all the homes in New York State for an entire year. Energy Star-qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.
  • And more! Check out our Energy Star Products page.

These products will pay for themselves over time with the minimal energy they use, and Mother Nature will be protected! This Earth Day, please look into planet-protecting green initiatives and consider Energy Star products. For more information on Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network website.

Do you have good Earth Day tips? Let us know in the comments!


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Must-Haves for Apartment Dwellers: Portable Appliances

Do you use portable appliances? When you’re renting an apartment, portable appliances can be your best friend. They don’t take up much space, use few resources, can be moved from room to room, and are easy to store. Plus, they more than pay for themselves in time you can save by using them!

Here is a list of portable appliances available at P.C. Richard:

Portable Air Conditioners
Portable A/Cs are convenient because they can be transferred from one room to another and do not require any permanent installation. A venting outlet is required to let the exhaust hose out of the room to let out hot air, but most portable ACs come with a window venting kit that is easy to set up and transfer around. These A/Cs are usually vented through a window, wall or drop ceiling. You can shop for portable air conditioners on our site to see what is currently available.

Portable Washing Machines
A big issue with apartment renters is the usual lack of a washer and dryer in their unit/complex, and who wants to spend hours in a laundromat? A portable washing machine can finally save you from wearing the last torn t-shirt you managed to find to postpone going to clean your clothes. These washers are quiet, don’t take up a lot of space, and use very little water. They’re easy to set up and take down, too! Just plug them into the wall, hook it up to the sink, and you’re good to go. We have a few portable washers available on our website, and they all have excellent reviews!

Portable Dryers
Portable clothes dryers work exactly like their larger counterparts. Most have multiple cycle and heat choices and require 115 to 240 volts depending on the model. Setup is similar to a portable air conditioner in that they need a vent and usually come with a vent plate to mount on your window. We have a few portable dryers available that list the voltage requirements and what cycles they include.

Portable Dishwashers
For many, not having a dishwasher means piles of dirty dishes in the sink that you wash as you need them. Like a portable washing machine, portable dishwashers hook right up to your sink with a garden hose-like connection. It’s a lot easier to load up a small appliance with dishes than it is to wash them all by hand! Our portable dishwasher page is located here.


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Celebrate the Season with Spring Colors!

With the spring holidays upon us (like Mother’s Day!) and the winter months behind, why not treat a loved one to a bright gift that’ll lighten their mood? Brighten up and celebrate the season with some of the unique color options we have available. Here are some of our favorite products that come in a wide range of colors. Click to view their product pages!

Digital Cameras


Computers and Computer Accessories

Video Games and Portable Media


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Samsung Steam Front Loading Washer & Dryer Now Only $699.97 Each!

This Samsung washer and dryer set has been very popular on our website lately, and it’s no wonder why: they’re marked down from $1099.99 to $699.97 each! That’s a savings of $800 in total, or you can order the pieces separately- you’ll still enjoy each piece at $699.97.

You’ll continue saving money after your purchase, because the washer washes more clothes in less time (the equivalent of 20 pairs of jeans or 30 bath towels a load) and uses less energy to get your clothes remarkably clean without hot water or bleach. You won’t even notice the washer is on with Samsung’s groundbreaking Vibration Reduction Technology. This baby spins smoothly at 1,200 revolutions per minute!

The dryer is also energy-saving and can handle more clothes with its extra-large capacity. It uses steam drying technology like Steam WrinkleCare and Steam Fresh and has 5 different temperature settings so your clothes come out pristine. Its Wrinkle Protection feature allows the dryer to tumble clothes at the end of the cycle without heat. This stops wrinkles from forming and setting, so you spend less time ironing! Yet another way to save (on time).

These washers and dryers are going fast, so purchase them from P.C. Richard & Son today!

Samsung Front Loading 4.0 Cubic Foot Washer for $699.97
Samsung Front Loading Dryer for $699.97


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