Joe Gagnon fills in for Ted Lindsay and offers appliance advice
The Appliance Doctor Joe Gagnon delivers appliance advice to some of the Ruicci tournament players in a locker room after their game. (Photo by Lou Issel)
With the loss of Ted Lindsay to do the honors at the annual Ruicci Cup MWSHL end-of-season tournament, Michigan’s famed Appliance Doctor Joe Gagnon filled in to drop pucks and award trophies and individual honors.
During this year’s tournament, Gagnon contributed something else – post-game five-minute tutorial on the safest and most economical ways of operating of dish washers to each team and was roundly applauded and thanked.
Wearing his signature white doctor’s coat and stethoscope, Gagnon, who for decades has had a national radio talk show offering appliance advice on Ann Arbor-based WTKA AM 1050 on Sunday mornings, opened his presentation by saying, “Listen, there are unfortunately junk appliance designs on the market today, so when you need a new one I want you to call me first on my show and tell me what you need.
“I will tell you right on the air the best brand to buy and why. If you have a broken appliance I can tell you how to fix it yourself and save a lot of money if it is a simple problem and safe to tackle. Just tune in 1050 AM and telephone 734-998-1950 on Sunday mornings.
“Now, today I want to tell you the safest and cleanest way to operate your dishwasher. For years the manufacturers’ owner manuals have recommended an operating water temperature of 120 degrees F. This temperature will not kill bacteria and is killing people! Go to your water heater and raise the control setting until a thermometer in the water from your hot faucet reads 150 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
“When you have that, keep it there. Now, you must be careful as this temperature can cause burns and you don’t want a babysitter accident with your children.
“To operate the dish washer, first run your hot water into the sink for five minutes and then start the dish washer. You don’t want a cold start. Now the full cycle will kill all the bacteria on your dishes.
“Now, to keep your dish washer cleaner than when the factory shipped it, get a box of Tang powdered orange drink. This has just the right amount of acidic content and abrasiveness to clean all the accumulated old detergent off the impeller blades and motor which builds up and makes the machine inefficient.
“How to do it: Run the dish washer, empty of dishes, for five minutes and shut it off. Open the door and deposit 12 ounces of Tang in the bottom of the dishwasher. Shut the door and let it run through the complete cycle. BINGO – your dishwasher is now clean as a whistle. Repeat this procedure every six months.
“DO NOT put Tang in your clothes washer as it will stain clothing orange. To clean a clothes washer – fill the washer with hot water only and then add two gallons of white vinegar. Let it agitate for 10 minutes and shut it off. Leave it sit for 24 hours and then turn it on and have it go through the complete cycle. Make sure the water is good and hot. Do this every six months.
“ALWAYS clean your clothes dryer lint collector screen after each load. ALWAYS keep your clothes dryer exhaust vent clear of lint from the base of the machine to the outlet of the pipe. ALWAYS use only a straight smooth aluminum exhaust pipe. This is basic fire safety.
“Remember, on Sunday mornings 8:00- 10:00 at WTKA 1050 AM on your radio dial, listen in and call me for advice. We especially like to hear from ladies who play ice hockey!”
That call-in number again: 734-998-1050.
Besides being a radio talk show celebrity, Gagnon has been a life-long hockey player including as a Detroit Red Wings alumnae player for charity fund-raising games where he wore the winged wheel jersey alongside such retired Red Wings players as Lindsay, Mickey Redmond, Alex Delvechio, Joe Kluckay. Bill Gadsby, Jimmy Peters, Dennis Hextal, Brent Fedyk, Mark Howe and more.