Prepare Appliances for Your Vacation

5 Steps to Prepare Your Appliances for Vacation

It's that time of year again. You're getting ready to take your vacation, but you haven't really thought about getIng your appliances ready for your extended absence. Here's a list of what you should do to make sure your appliances will not flood your house, spoil your food, or otherwise create havoc while you're away.

  1. Some appliances, such as your water heater or refrigerator, may have a Vacation Mode. If so, utilize this handy setting. It makes some internal energy saving adjustments.

  2. Run an empty load through your washer and dishwasher. Use whatever cleaner you normally use for cleaning that appliance such as Affresh or LemiShine. For vacations of 2 weeks or longer, prevent odor build up by leaving the door or lid on the washer and dishwasher open while you're away. Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into the bottom of the dishwasher. This will keep the dishwasher free from odor, and the rubber seal in the bottom of the dishwasher moist.

  3. Turn off the water supply line to refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher. (I'm paranoid about water leaks).

  4. For vacations that are more than just a long weekend, remove perishables from the refrigerator, and turn the icemaker off. That usually means just lifting the metal bar in the ice maker to its highest/off position. In some refrigerators only the ice bin is accessible, not the ice maker itself. For these models, there will be a separate on/off switch for the ice maker (see below example).

    Refrigerator-Icemaker

  5. Your refrigerator is going to be on while you're away, and it will use more electricity if it is empty. So, if you've removed most or all of the food from your refrigerator, fill a few empty plastic gallon jugs with water, and place them in the refrigerator.

*Most of the tips are for vacations of a week or longer. For those long 3 day week end trips, I'd just turn off the water lines and turn off the ice maker.

For questions about your specific appliance, check your use and care manual. For information about appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more home products consult your designer or builder, then call Arizona Wholesale Supply for an appointment with one of our consultants.


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Cleaning Freestanding Clear Ice Machines

Clear Ice Machines

Tips and Advice for Taking Care of Your Ice Machine

Part 3

 

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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How clear ice machines work

Clear Ice Machines from Arizona Wholesale Supply

Part 2

Ice Cubes

Manually, ice is made by filling ice trays with water and placing them in the freezer compartment. With automatic refrigerator ice makers, we automate the process used to make ice manually. Instead of filling trays, water is piped into a tray in the freezer and the zero degree temperature freezes the water. The cubes are then dumped into an ice bucket.

However, with clear ice machines the ice making process* is substantially different. Water is sprayed onto a cold plate that is kept at 32 degrees Farenheit. Since water freezes at 32 degrees, the water freezes against the cold plate while chemicals and other contaminants fall off, leaving nothing but the clear cubes which are then dropped into the ice bin. The machine continues making ice until the bin is full.

The clear cubes consisting of healthy, pure water are always ready for use, and they never stick together or require breaking apart. That's because the ice bin is not a freezer compartment. The ice cubes are continuously melting and being replaced with new ice cubes. The resulting water is continuously sent out the drain. Depending on the brand and feature set that you select, some ice machines will also produce crushed ice, ice that is chewable, and even colored ice.

Crushed-Ice

Just as your refrigerator ice maker, clear ice machines have filters that regularly need replacing. In addition, they need to be cleaned every 6 months (varies with make and model).

This is Part 2 of our blog series on clear ice machines. Click below for Part 1.

Part 1: Clear Ice Machines

Next blog: Cleaning and maintaining your ice machine.

*There are variations on this, but the end result is the same – the water is frozen in a clear condition without contaminants or air to make it cloudy.


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Preparing to Buy Appliances

Learn to be a Smart Appliance Customer

When was the last time you bought a new car? I'm guessing that you did your homework before heading to the car dealerships to put up tens of thousands of dollars on a new vehicle. It makes sense then to also spend some time preparing to spend thousands of dollars on new appliances for your home. Here are some general tips before you head out the door.

Have a flexible and realistic appliance budget.

Think about your budget. A basic appliance package by one of the big 3 (GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire) including a range, mico-hood, refrigerator, and dishwasher will cost a minimum of $3500-$5000. At the other extreme, luxury homes valued well into 7 or even 8 figures are going to need luxury appliances. Considering that a single built-in refrigerator will commonly cost over $10,000, and that's just one appliance, a full-fledged luxury kitchen can easily run into several tens of thousands.

Consider your lifestyle

coffee-maker

Built-In Coffee Maker

Consider extras such as Built-in Coffee-Makers, Wine or Beverage Coolers, Icemakers, or Steam-Convection Ovens. These will run up the bill, but for some people they are worth the extra, and they'll definitely make a statement.

Appliances should enhance your home value, up to a point.

One of the biggest concerns, in my view, is to choose appliances that “belong” in the house. If you live in an average middle class subdivision, be careful in buying luxury appliances because you are unlikely to recover the value when you sell your home. There are some exceptions if the neighborhood is changing character, or if for example you are a dedicated chef who can justify a commercial grade range without regard to resale value.

Luxury-Kitchen

Luxury Kitchen

Similarly, if you are in an area of custom homes, perhaps in a gated country club community, be prepared to commit to high end luxury appliances. Nothing can reduce a luxury home's value more than using standard finishes and brands where custom or luxury brands are expected.

These are just a few tips to get you thinking. A good place to go from here is to discuss these principles with your builder or designer. Of course, for the best selection of appliances of all the top brands as well as specialty brands, be sure to consult the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Refrigerator Ice Makers and Water Dispensers

Choices Abound for New Dispenser Model Refrigerators

Dispenser-Model-Refer

One of the decisions you'll need to make when selecting a new refrigerator has to do with ice makers as well as ice and water dispensers. Many refrigerators these days come equipped with factory-installed icemakers. Refrigerator models without ice makers may even have connections for ice makers to be added later.

But there are a host of additional decisions to be made with respect to ice makers and water dispensers when choosing a new refrigerator. Let's start with the ice maker itself. Some models have their ice makers located in the door, conveniently freeing up storage space in the freezer…and inconveniently reducing the refrigerator door shelf storage. Other refrigerators free up that door space and put the ice maker in the freezer bin, thereby reducing freezer storage space. What is your preference?

There are even refrigerators that come with 2 ice makers for extra ice when you have parties. Do you often run out of ice? In researching this, I found that one manufacturer offers a spare ice container so that you could remove the ice container from the refrigerator to use as an ice bucket while the spare container allows you to keep making ice while you are using ice from the other container. Handy!

Then there are the dispenser issues. Do you prefer ice and water to be dispensed through an external dispenser, or do you like a refrigerator with doors free from the visual interruption of a bulky dispenser?

Internal-Dispenser

Internal Dispenser

Some people are worried about water leaking from the exterior dispenser and damaging their hardwood floor, and prefer refrigerators with internal dispensers. Others simply like the nice clean look of a refrigerator with no visible dispenser.

Many external ice makers allow you to flip a switch to dispense crushed ice vs. cubed. The choices seem infinite. GE® has a refrigerator that will dispense hot water as well as cold water, and even brew a cup of coffee from an accessory Keurig® attachment.

GE-Dispenser

Of course, the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply will have all the details on the latest refrigerator designs.


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Refrigerator Use and Care: Icemaker Issues

Refrigerator Icemaker Issues

1. Clearing ice that is clogged in your icemaker bin or mechanism.

It is not unusual for ice cubes to occasionally freeze or clump together in a corner of the ice bucket. Don’t use a knife or other sharp metal device to pry the ice from the bin. You might very well damage your ice bin. The easy and simple way to remove clogged ice cubes no matter where they are in the ice bin is to remove the ice bin from the freezer, turn off the icemaker, and let the ice thaw out. This method works well and avoids damage to your ice bin.

2. Too much ice production or icemaker doesn’t shut off. Not enough ice or icemaker isn’t producing ice.

Issues with insufficient ice production can somtimes be caused if the freezer temperature is too high. Make sure the icemaker is holding a temperature near zero. Refrigerators that are out of level can also have reduced ice production because some of the cube molds don’t fill with water.

If your icemaker doesn’t stop making ice when the bin is full, check the shutoff arm. It could be stuck in an open position. Release the lever and remove excess ice cubes. Similarly, if your icemaker isn’t making ice, the shutoff arm could be stuck in the off position.

If the problem isn’t with the icemaker shutoff arm, examine your water supply line for leaks or kinks. Adjust the water valve for more flow if necessary.

Finally, the filter may be clogged and need replacing.

3. Ice tastes bad.

Clean the ice bucket and the ice tray. Test water in water supply line. Replace the water filter if necessary.

This is part of an ongoing series on refrigerator use and care. Click links below to related blogs:

Refrigerator water filters

Moisture in the refrigerator

 


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Choosing a Counter Depth Refrigerator

Best Selection and Prices on Counter Depth Refrigerators

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Because of their shallow depth, counter depth or as they are sometimes known, cabinet depth, refrigerators have become very popular. They usually cost more and they have less capacity than their full depth counterparts. Nevertheless, since they don't stick out into the kitchen, customers are often willing to make the tradeoff.

Counter depth refrigerators should not be confused with built-in refrigerators. Built-in refrigerators fit snug into and flush with the surrounding cabinets. Whereas counter depth refrigerators are free standing units that have some clearance from the surrounding cabinets and protrude slightly beyond the kitchen counter.

Counter depth refrigerators are available in both Side-by-Side and French Door configurations. Each style offers models with or without external water and ice dispeners. Measure the space you have before going shopping. Nearly all counter-depth refrigerators are designed to fit in a 36 inch wide space. However, some are 69 inches tall and some are 72 inches tall. The sales associates at Arizona Wholesale Supply (AWS), are familiar with the different brands, models, and dimensions of counter depth refrigerators. Here are just a few examples of the products available through AWS.

Side-by-Side Counter Depth Refrigerators

 

Bosch Refrigerator

Bosch Refrigerator

This Bosch counter depth side-by-side B22CS30SNS is highly-rated and has a very contemporary look with a frameless exterior ice and water dispenser. It also features a dual evaporator for separate refrigerator and freezer cooling.

 

Frigidaire Refrigerator

Frigidaire Refrigerator

The Frigidaire Gallery 23 cu.ft counter depth side-by-side FGHC2331PF is a reliable performer at a decent price. Frigidaire touts their SmudgeProof™ stainless steel that resists fingerprints and is easy to clean.

Whirlpool Refrigerator

Whirlpool Refrigerator


The 25 cu. ft. Whirlpool Gold® WRS965CIA is the largest capacity counter depth side-by-side refrigerator in the industry. You'll love the in door ice storage that creates 30% more usable capacity in the freezer compartment. As part of the new Whirlpool ICE Collection it can also be purchased in a shiny white or black finish with stainless accents.

French Door Counter Depth Refrigerators

Jenn-Air Refrigerator

Jenn-Air Refrigerator

The Jenn-Air JFC2089WEM is an updated version of the original counter depth French Door refrigerator. Now on closeout, if you want a great brand at a great price, the JFC2089 might just be the best value on the market today.

KitchenAid Refrigerator

KitchenAid Refrigerator


At 72 inches, KitchenAid's KFCS22EVMS fills the gap above the refrigerator often left by the common 69 inch height. Be sure to check the height of your refrigerator space. This KitchenAid will give you a couple of cubic feet more than the Jenn-Air and is going to look nicer in the space.

Electrolux Refrigerator

Electrolux Refrigerator

The Electrolux IQ-Touch EI23BC65KS has a convenient exterior ice and water dispenser. This model also has a clever Cool Zone Drawer, and the dispener features IQ touch controls.

Whatever your preferences, the sales associates at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company, can help you get the perfect refrigerator to suit your needs and budget.


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Jenn-Air’s new Under Counter Wine Cellar

Jenn-Air® goes luxury with new Under Counter appliances

Jenn-Air Undercounter

New Jenn-Air Undercounter Appliances

Four years ago, the Jenn-Air® brand was re-positioned from a premium brand to a super-premium brand, and re-launched led by high-end cooking products including an exclusive wall-oven with a full-color touch screen.

But they haven't stopped there. Now, Jenn-Air® has brought to market a new line of undercounter appliances rivaling those in the luxury class. Anchored by some stylish and beautiful wine storage units, the undercounter category is among the most complete in the industry with refrigerator and refrigerator/freezer drawers, an icemaker with several exclusive features, a beverage center, and more. Most models are available in Eurostyle, Pro-style, or overlay configurations and offer flush installation in a standard cabinet depth.

Read about the Jenn-Air® JUW24FRAR Under Counter Wine Cellar below. Call or visit Arizona Wholesale Supply for details and pricing.

Jenn-Air Wine Cellar

Jenn-Air Wine Cellar

This distinctive Under Counter Wine Cellar safeguards your favorite vintages and keeps them stylishly close at hand. It features dual temperature zones for red and white wines, and six pull-out, beechwood racks that store up to 46 bottles.

Features:

  • 46 Wine Bottle Capacity
  • 6 Pull-Out Wine Racks with Beechwood Tines
  • Dual Temperature Zones
  • Fully Flush, Built-In Design
  • Automatic Interior LED Marquee Lighting
  • UV-Resistant Thermal Glass Door
  • Display Lighting Option
  • Automatic Defrost
  • Concealed External Controls
  • Soft-Close Door
  • Pro-Style® Stainless Handle Kit (available)

Points of Distinction

 Articulating hinge allows for Fully Flush, Built-in Design
 Soft-Close technology ensures doors and drawers
close softly, quietly and securely — every time
 Soft glow of Automatic LED Interior Lighting illuminates interior

 Elegance Shelving creates a beautiful appearance as hors d’oeuvres, beverages and other food items seem to float within the interior
 UV-Resistant Thermal Glass Door preserves temperatures and wine from ultraviolet rays
 Pull-Out Wine Racks gently cradle wine bottles on natural, beechwood tines

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