Buying Appliances to Save Energy

Making Sense out of Energy Savings Appliances

Question. Can I justify buying new appliances based on energy savings alone?

Answer. Maybe. If your current appliances are old energy hogs, you may be able to justify replacement for energy savings alone because the savings will pay for the replacement. This applies more to washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators than it does to ranges, ovens, cooktops, and dryers.

Here are three specific recommendations:

  1. Topload agitator-type washing machines are real culprits. In general, the older they are the more water they use, and the more water they use, the higher the energy costs, because of the cost to heat the water.

  2. Here's a quick way to find out if your dishwasher is an energy hog. If you have a porcelain tub dishwasher which has no filterbasket, it's very likely a big energy user. Energy saving dishwashers are likely to have stainless or polystyrene tubs and often use a wash system with a filter basket vs. a built-in food chopper.

  3. Does your refrigerator make a loud clunking sound when the compressor turns on? That's a good clue that this has a traditional compressor that runs a long time at high speed to provide cooling and then shuts down for a long period. Most refrigerators today have smaller more efficient compressors that do not cycle on and off but slow down and speed up based on cooling demand.

Another test you might use is age. If an appliance is over 15 years old, consider it suspect. If the appliance is working well, not service prone, and you just love it, then keep it. But, when you have the next service call on old Bessie, it's time to say goodby. The combined cost of repair and potential energy savings of a new appliance make a compelling case for replacement.

GE Monitor Top Refrigerator

GE Monitor Top

There are other reasons to replace appliances such as a kitchen remodel or a move into a new house, but use the above recommendations to think through your appliance replacement needs. Of course, consult your builder or designer, and count on the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply for all your appliance needs and more.

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Cleaning Freestanding Clear Ice Machines

Clear Ice Machines

Tips and Advice for Taking Care of Your Ice Machine

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Ice machine

Freestanding Ice Machines that produce clear ice will require regular cleaning and maintenance. The basics are the same for most brands with the exception that some ice machines have automatic cleaning and will require less maintenance. Here are some considerations:

  1. Water filters. While using filtered water is not always necessary, it's a good idea. Some ice machines come equipped with their own filters that must be replaced regularly. If not, you can always install a standard inline water filter on the incoming water line. Replace the inline filter at least every 6 months.

  2. Cleaning the icemaker should be done every 3-6 months depending on usage and manufacturer recommendations. If the ice cube harvest drops or the ice cubes are cloudy, it's a good sign that your ice machine needs cleaning. Typically, ice machines with built-in cleaning cycles require less frequent cleaning. Here are the steps to follow when *cleaning ice machine:

a). Turn off and unplug the ice machine. Turn off the incoming water supply.

b). Remove all the ice from the ice compartment and wipe out the interior.

c). Remove all the ice machines parts that come into contact with water. Clean all the parts with nickel-free ice machine cleaner. Rinse off and let the parts fully dry.

d). Re-install all the parts and making sure that the ice machine is completely dry.

e). Turn on water, plug-in ice machine and turn on. Discard the first batch or two of ice.

*These are general instructions. By all means follow the directions that come with your specific ice machine. Take good care of your ice machine and you'll enjoy a regular supply of crystal clear ice for years to come.

Here are links to our two previous blogs about clear ice machines:

Part 1: Clear Ice Machines

Part 2: Clear Ice Machines


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Gifts for your Appliances

Holiday Appliance Tips for the New Year

So you think that you have all your holiday shopping done? Think again. You must buy some Christmas presents for your appliances. The appliance guru insists!

Refrigerator – I replace my water filter once a year (unless it needs to be done sooner. see blog link below.)

Replacing Refrigerator Water Filters

The end of year works out good for me so that I don't forget it. Just add it to your shopping list. While your at it, you may have other filters in your refrigerator that you want to replace also. Look for an air filter in the refrigerator compartment, and a charcoal filter in one or more of the crispers.

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Refrigerator Water Filter

Oven – You're not going to want to hear this, but after the company has left and before the Super Bowl, you might want to look at your oven interior. Time to clean the oven? **Merry Christmas Oven**

Dishwasher – How often do you clean the filter in the sump of your dishwasher?…Shame on you – you've been naughty. While it should be cleaned regularly, Santa will forgive you if you take about 2 minutes to remove this filter, clean it, and rinse it out.

Washer – The one thing I'd recommend that you do for your washing machine is to examine the hoses. Make sure the connections aren't corroded and that the hoses aren't split or cracked. Replace if necessary.

Dryer – I know that you clean your dryer filter regularly :-), but did you know that lint build up in the dryer vent is the number one cause of house fires. If the vent has never been examined take a look, and pull out any accumulation of lint in the vent line with a coat hanger or even a vacuum. If the vent line is long and has elbows, you may need to get professional help.

These are just a few tips to help your appliances as they head into the New Year – ready to give you another great year of service.


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Spring Cleaning Your Dishwasher

4 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining your Dishwasher

1. Clean the dishwasher filter

Some dishwashers have built-in food disposers, i.e. choppers (above) while others have filters that collect larger food particles. Periodically, the filters need to be removed and cleaned. Read the operating instructions of your dishwasher to determine how often your dishwasher filter needs cleaning. We clean ours about once a month.

2. Check for water leaks and bad seals.

It’s a good idea to examine and clean the gasket that seals the dishwasher door with the liner. Eventually, this seal could develop tears, gaps, or cracks. Replace when necessary (service call). Also, take a look at the water inlet connection and hose, as well as the drain hose. If your house is older, the water inlet valve might show some corrosion. Be aware, that this could become a problem, so keep an eye on it. When you eventually replace the dishwasher, replace the connecting hoses as well as the valve. In the meantime, any hoses that show signs of kinks, splits or leaks should be replaced.

3. Inspect the dishwasher interior.

Do the dishwasher racks roll in and out smoothly? You might be able to tighten or replace a faulty wheel. Also, if any of the coating on the racks has worn off, the racks could begin to rust. Take a good look at the dishwasher tank itself, and satisfy yourself that it is also in good condition.

4. Test the controls and give the dishwasher front a good once over.

As long as you’re doing periodic maintenance, test the dishwasher controls. You never know when you might want to use the quick wash, the china cycle, the sani-cyle, etc. Finally, run your hand along the door edges, examine the latch and hinges: lubricate if needed.

Depending on the dishwasher, an average life expectancy could be 10-12 years. Premium dishwashers might easily last for up to 15 years. And at least one of the very high end luxury (expensive) dishwashers is promoted as being built to last 20 years. Take good care of your dishwasher and it will take good care of you.

When it’s time to replace, have your contractor or remodeler contact Arizona Wholesale Supply to help you with a new dishwasher that meets your needs and your budget. Arizona Wholesale Supply carries all the major brands as well as a wide variety of specialty brands, and has been Arizona’s leading distributor since 1944. Family Owned and Operated.

Dishwasher Brands available at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Asko, Bosch, Dacor, Fisher&Paykel Frigidaire, GE, Gaggenau, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, LG, Maytag, Miele, Monogram, Thermador, Viking, Whirlpool


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Spring Cleaning for your Appliances

Tips for keeping your appliances in good shape

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It’s that time of year again – spring cleaning. While you’d like to be outside enjoying the orange blossoms, you also need to devote some time to getting your appliances ready for the workout ahead, since the busy summer that follows can put stress on your major appliances.

In general, you should move your freestanding appliances away from the wall and clean underneath and behind them. Replace burned out bulbs, both inside and out, clean filters, and make sure all appliance clocks are set accurately. Below are some more specific tips for your refrigerator. We’ll follow with spring cleaning advice for your washer, dryer, range, and dishwasher so be sure to return to this blog page regularly.

Refrigerator

General check-up

Clean the gasket. Does it appear to be in good shape. Perform the dollar bill test. Close the door with a dollar bill against the refrigerator door opening. Will the refrigerator hold the dollar bill? If the bill falls out by itself you’ve got an air leak, and should consider replacing your gasket.

Gasket

Refrigerator Condenser Coils
Depending on your refrigerator, there may be condenser coils that require cleaning. These coils can get very dusty and should be vacuumed or cleaned with a brush. If you don’t know where the coils are, the owner’s manual may be helpful. Many refrigerators have coils that are self-cleaning and not accessible. So don’t worry about them if you can’t get at your condenser coils. That’s a good sign that they are self-cleaning.

Refrigerator drip pans
Just as the condenser coils above, you may have a drip pan that needs attention. For removable drip pans, all you need to do is slide them out and empty any build-up of water. They should accessible from the bottom front of your refrigerator, behind the toe plate. Honestly, in Arizona it’s not that common that you’ll have an issue here. The refrigerator drip pan collects any excess moisture that is created by your refrigerator’s operation. In most cases this is a very small amount and it evaporates quickly, so you won’t need to worry about it. Again, refer to your owner’s manual.

Water Filter
If you have an automatic ice maker and/or water dispenser, you’ll typically have a water filter cartridge in your refrigerator. The filters are good for 6 months to 1 year and have a capacity of 200-750 gallons of water.

The filter indicator alarm or light will notify you that it is time to replace the filter. In some refrigerators there is also an early warning so that you can purchase a filter to have it on hand when it’s time to replace. It’s not something that you should ignore indefinitely. Most of these filters are of the carbon block variety. If you continue to use an old filter, not only does it lose its ability to filter your water, but it could eventually begin to release the contaminants that it has previously removed.

Other Refrigerator Filters
Recently, appliance firms have been adding air filters and/or produce preservers. The air filters are there to reduce odors in the refrigerator, and the produce preservers reduce ethelyne in the air emitted by certain produce and are there to make your produce last longer.

That’s it for your refrigerator tune-up. Check back on this blog soon for maintenance tips on other appliances.


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