Solving appliance ducting concerns, makeup air, and island installations

Unique Appliance Problems Solved with Jenn-Air Downdraft

Contractor and Designer Creative Problem Solving with Jenn-Air

Sometimes you run across design and construction issues with appliances that just seem to defy solution. You think and think, and ask all your sources for suggestions and nothing seems to be a good solution. Here are two issues that seem to come up when it comes to locating and installing ranges and cooktops.

Island Installations of Cooking Appliances

Locating a range or cooktop on an island is perfect for an entertaining kitchen. Yet it seems quite rare (especially in Arizona) to find ranges or cooktops on an island. Advanced planning to get the 220v. electric or a gas line to the island is important. Doing floor cuts after the fact may be expensive, and impractical, and suspending an overhead hood from the ceiling can also be problematic.

However, one way to simplify these issues is to install a Jenn-Air downdraft range or cooktop. The proximity center ventilation eliminates the need for an overhead hood and clears the sight lines as well. In addition, Jenn-Air now offers a duct-free kit with a replaceable filter that eliminates the need for any external ducting. It's perfect for an island installation.

Makeup Air Issues Disappear

Recent changes in building codes require makeup air to replace the air removed from a home by powerful overhead hoods. Fortunately, because downdraft center proximity ventilation is close to the source of the vent air, high CFM motors are not required. The new Jenn-Air downdraft range vents at only 283 CFM. And, with a duct-free kit there is no air exhausted from the home so no concern with makeup air whatsoever.

Considering a new build or a remodel? Look into Jenn-Air downdraft to make ventilation challenges go away!


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PCBC 2015

What is the PCBC?

PCBC

Launched in 1959 as a small educational conference at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in San Francisco, PCBC is now an annual two-day conference, product display and business exchange and is open to anyone professionally involved in the building industry, including builders, developers, architects, remodelers, designers, contractors, dealers/distributors and suppliers/manufacturers.

Keynote-Speech

In the past, PCBC was an acronym for “Pacific Coast Builders Conference”. Over time the name became an inaccurate reflection of the audience, as the show now draws attendees from all over the United States, Canada, Mexico and more than 25 other countries. Today the show is known simply as PCBC.

PCBC alternates each year between San Francisco and San Diego and has been endorsed as the official show of Leading Builders of America (LBA), whose membership includes 21 of the largest publicly and privately held homebuilders in the nation.

This year the PCBC is being held in San Diego on June 24th and June 25th. Many builders and designers from Arizona attend the PCBC, and many manufacturers of products distributed by Arizona Wholesale Supply will be exhibiting at the PCBC.

PCBC-Exhibit-Floor

PCBC Exhibit Floor

Among the exhibiters at PCBC, two exhibit prize winners winners came from the appliance category:

Viking Range, LLC: Viking Professional TurboChef Oven
Whirlpool Corporation: Whirlpool® HybridCareTM Heat Pump Dryer

Some of the manufacturers supplying Arizona Wholesale Supply that will be exhibiting at this year’s PCBC are:

  • ClosetMaid
  • DalTile
  • Electrolux
  • GE Appliances
  • Shaw Industries
  • Viking Group
  • Whirlpool

We’ll be attending and reporting back on what’s what and who’s who at this year’s PCBC. Look forward to seeing you there! Check back here often for updates on PCBC 2015.


For more information call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply .

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New Rules on GFCI Receptacles

Heads Up: Builders and Contractors

GFCI rules changing again on June 29th, 2015

UL 943 Changes

The new rule requires that GFCI receptacles manufactured on or after June 29, 2015 must have:

  1. An auto-monitoring function that will allow for periodic automatic testing (self-test) of the GFCI device and its ability to respond to a ground fault. If a problem is detected the GFCI will disconnect power to anything connected to it or indicate that there is a problem using visual or audible means.
  2. Provisions to ensure that any receptacle type GFCI that contains separate line and load terminals, and that is powered through its load terminals, shall not reset and supply power to its receptacle face or line terminals if miswired. This applies both during its initial installation and after reinstallation following a correctly wired installation. If the device is provided with special instructions for removal and reinstallation, the instructions shall be followed during testing.

Provision 1 is self-explanatory. From June 29th, 2015 forward, manufacturers of GFCI receptacles, will need to build receptacles that meet the new UL criteria. That is, the receptacle itself must have the ability to verify that it will disconnect power in the event of a ground fault, and provide a warning either visibly or audibly.

Provision 2 seems a bit more confusing, but essentially it requires that if the GFCI receptacle is mis-wired, it cannot simply be reset. The receptacle must be removed, and replaced or removed and re-installed following the procedure specified by the GFCI manufacturer. In the past, some GFCI receptacles could simply be reset without necessarily correcting the cause of the malfunction.

The good news in all this is that the regulation effective date applies to the manufacturer. Existing inventory manufactured before June 29, 2015 may still be used, but GFCI receptacles manufactured on or after June 29, 2015 must comply to the new provisions of the regulation.

So, builders and contractors need to be aware of this new regulation and understand that over the coming months they'll begin to see the new GFCI receptacles show up in the supply chain.


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Trends in Professional Style Appliances

Pro-Style Ranges in Standard Kitchens

Professional style ranges have been showing up in standard kitchens for several years now. Certainly, we’ve seen brands such as GE Café give a “pro” look to standard appliances with great success. But more than that, consumers are willing to jump ship when it comes to their standard range, opting for one of the high-end professional style brands for the added cooking power as well as the pro-look. Buyers seem to be not at all concerned with having matching appliances either by brand or style, and they don’t hesitate sticking a bulky pro-style range in with any overall kitchen style. In addition, they’re often unconcerned that the pro-style range will cost more than all of the rest of their standard appliances combined.

Builders, contractors, designers, and remodelers can be challenged with a non-standard depth, special ventilation needs, and other custom changes that might be required. Nevertheless, these pro-style non-standard ranges are in enough demand that the industry is adapting to buyers requests.

The good news is that trade professionals, can rely on Arizona Wholesale Supply to guide them through the maze of pro-range choices. Here are two examples of luxury brands that specialize in ranges with a professional look and features.

Thermador-Range

Thermador’s new Pro Harmony 30″ range above is touted as the only 5-burner 30″ Pro-Style range in the luxury category. This range is likely to cost $4000 – $5000 when it debuts later this year.

Italian manufacturer Bertazzoni below is making a mark with their 30″ Pro-Style range that retails for as low as $2599. That’s a very competitive price for a range in this category. Bertazzoni is also known for offering their ranges in a choice of brilliant colors in addition to the common stainless steel finish.

Bertazzoni-Range

Designers, builders, contractors, and remodelers wishing to explore opportunities in the pro-style range category are welcome to consult with the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply for more detailed information.


Appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more

Arizona Wholesale

Phoenix 602 258-7901, Scottsdale 480 596-0092, Tucson 520 795-4663

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