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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How Long do Appliances Last?

When Should I Replace My Appliances?

It's complicated

Many years ago, I used to carry around a chart from AHAM (Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers) which itemized the expected life spans of various appliances: washing machines 15 years, ranges 20 years, etc. I've long ago disposed of this, but I did find this current version. Here is a look at today's appliance lifespans from Consumer Reports:

Dishwasher – 9 years
Dryer (electric and gas) – 13 years
Microwave oven – 9 years
Range electric – 13 years
Range gas – 15 years
Refrigerator – 13 years
Washing machine – 10 years

We all know that the life expectancy of appliances is not what it used to be, but let's not confuse quality with durability. Today's washing machines use less detergent, energy and water than their predecessors. They are more gentle on clothes, and get them cleaner than ever before, but have a life expectancy of only 10 years, compared to 15 years or longer from grandma's Maytag.

Today, manufacturers seem to be on a never ending quest to reduce costs, and as consumers we shop until we drop to get save every hard earned dollar we can on appliances. Moreover, we don't seem to care if our kids inherit the family refrigerator, and we are quick to get rid of a broken appliance to avoid paying a stiff repair bill.

I recently read that in upscale neighborhoods it is not uncommon for kitchens to be remodeled about every 10 years, and that includes new appliances. So, even though appliances don't last as long as they used to, we tend not to even keep them for as long as they last.

The truth is that we don't expect our appliances to last as long as they used to…but we do expect that they have the latest features and look great in our house. I once asked a customer if she had a brand preference for her new washer. She replied that it didn't make a difference as long as the washer was red.

So, don't feel guilty about replacing your 15 year old agitator style topload washing machine with a shiny new front loader. The old machine is at the end of it's life, and the new one could actually pay for itself in energy savings….plus, it's red!

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Laundry Room Remodeling

Laundry Room Advice from Houzz

New Washers and Dryers from Arizona Wholesale

Modern laundry rooms are no longer after thoughts. Today's laundry rooms are designe for both function and aesthetics. Not just an anteroom from the garage to the living space, modern laundry rooms are workspaces for getting clothes clean and sometimes much more. Here are 5 questions posed by Mitchell Parker in his Houzz article:

Homeowner's Workbook: How to Remodel the Laundry Room

  1. What are you hoping to achieve?
  2. How do you want the space to function?
  3. How do you do your laundry?
  4. What kind of appliances do you want?
  5. Special features?

Of course, we're focusing here on #4 – The Washer and Dryer. Choices include:

Front-Load-Pair

Electrolux Front Load Pair

  1. Front load washers and matching dryers. Full-sized front load washers were launched in the mid-nineties by Maytag and Whirlpool and over the years have become very popular even though they are a pricey alternative to the traditional top loaders of the past. These units may have optional pedestal bases, and may even be configured so that the dryer is stacked on top of the washer.
  2. High efficiency Top Load washers and matching dryers. HE top loaders are for customers who want to load and unload their wash loads from the top, but also want the efficiency and water conservation of the tumble action front load machines.
  3. Traditional Top Load washers and matching dryers. Traditional top load washers have the high-post agitator in the center. While “old school”, some consumers still prefer them, and newer models are available with energy saving features.
  4. Combination washer and dryer. Combination units can be a single front load washer that can also double as a dryer, or a washer with a connected dryer on top configured and sold as a single unit.
HE-Toploader

HE Top Load Washer

Of course, for help choosing what's right for you consult your designer or home builder, and then hurry over to Arizona Wholesale Supply to get the best selection and pricing on washers, dryers, other major appliances, and much more.


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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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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.

refrigerator-water-filter

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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Holiday Savings on Front Load Washer/Dryer Pair

The 12 Days of Christmas at Arizona Wholesale Supply

(Days 10 and 11)

Electrolux Washer/Dryer Front Load Pair with Pedestals

4.2 Cu. Ft. Front Load Washer with IQ-Touch™ Controls

EIFLW50LIW

  • Only 18 minutes to wash
  • AquaLux Wash System
  • Remove 99% of bacteria with Deep Clean Sanitation Cycle
  • 2nd Floor Guarantee with our Perfect Balance® System

8.0 Cu. Ft. Electric Front Load Dryer with IQ-Touch™ Controls

EIED50LIW

  • Electric Dryer
  • Gentlest Dry
  • Fast Dry Cycle
  • Largest Capacity Dryer
  • Reversible Door

MSRP $2296

SAVE $571

Your Cost $1725

Without Pedestals $1425

Gas Dryer add $100

Best Price Anywhere!


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12 Days of Christmas Presents (Day 7) at Arizona Wholesale Supply

Maytag Front Load Laundry Pair

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MAYTAG MAXIMA FRONT LOAD SET

Maytag-Maxima-Pair

MAXIMA® FRONT LOAD WASHING MACHINE WITH LARGE CAPACITY – 4.5 CU. FT.

Make everyday laundry loads a breeze with this 4.5 cu. ft. large capacity washer. To tackle your dirtiest jobs, this reliable front load washing machine gives you the Best Cleaning in the industry enabled by the PowerWash® cycle. With a combination of extra cleaning action, heated water and a thorough rinse, it helps remove even your toughest stains. We're so confident in the reliability of Maxima® front load washers that we back the direct drive motor and stainless steel wash basket with a 10-year limited parts warranty1. And count on Maxima® washers being built to last thanks to the Maytag® Commercial Technology we put under the hood. Plus, you can take pride in buying a front load washing machine that's assembled right here in the U.S.A. in Clyde, Ohio.

MAXIMA® FRONT LOAD ELECTRIC DRYER WITH REFRESH CYCLE WITH STEAM – 7.3 CU. FT.

Give your outfit a quick touch-up and reduce wrinkles and odors with this front load dryer's Refresh cycle with Steam. And, with 7.3 cu. ft. capacity and help from Advanced Moisture Sensing, this steam dryer has the space to keep your largest loads evenly dried1.* An extra interior fin helps small loads tumble better and dry evenly. You'll even be able to reduce wrinkles both during and after the cycle with the Wrinkle Control cycle and Wrinkle Prevent option. Our 10-year limited parts warranty** on the drive motor and dryer drum lets you know this Maxima® dryer will provide excellent drying for years. And we're proud to say: not only is this front load dryer designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S.A., it now joins the industry-first line of Maytag® electric dryers that are ENERGY STAR® qualified.

Washer MHW5100DC/W $899
Elec. Dryer MED5100DC/W $899
$1798 FOR THE SET
MSRP $2398
SAVE $600

Stands $175 each


Hurry in to your nearest Arizona Wholesale Supply to get your own new Maytag Maxima Front Load Laundry Pair.


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Beware Black Friday Appliance Specials

Black Friday Again?

Yes, we know that the Official Black Friday isn’t until the day after Thanksgiving. But rest assured there are going to be a few anxious retailers that jump the gun. After all, Costco has had their Christmas stuff out since September.

Just as a reminder, the term Black Friday was created to denote the day of the year that many retailers went from being unprofitable i.e. “in the red” to being profitable, or “in the black” for the year. Typically, this was the day after Thanksgiving, hence Black Friday.

Of course, this means nothing to marketers, other than an opportunity to beat the competition. In the last couple of years, we’ve seen some big chains open on Thanksgiving to give customers a chance to shop on a full stomach. This year, there are predictions out there that we’ll see some unintentional intentional Black Friday ads leaked online very soon.

Black-Friday-Prediction

In the end, does it really matter? The Wall Street Journal hired a research firm to find out how great the savings really were by shopping on Black Friday. The results are in. Here is their headline:

The Myth of the Black Friday Deal

It turns out that gifts from Barbie dolls to watches to blenders are often priced below Black Friday levels at various times throughout the year, even during the holiday season, and their prices follow different trajectories as the remaining shopping days tick down.

Appliances are no exception, and the bad news keeps getting worse. Appliances are in the category of consumer durables. They have a relatively long lifespan. So you’re going to stay up late on Thanksgiving night to buy a new washer and dryer from the big box store because it is a “door buster”? Chances are you’re going to be disappointed for ten years or more!

We’ve been regularly debunking the Black Friday hoax here each year. The excerpt below is from last year’s Black Friday blog, and it still holds true:

Big Box store (think Orange Aprons) customer comments on Black Friday washer and dryer models:

“Every time I start a load of laundry I must stay close to it to make sure it continues the cycle because it often “hangs” on the wash cycle and sits forever…. I hate this machine with the passion of 1000 white hot suns. I would go on, but it is laundry day and I have to go back downstairs to babysit the washer.”

Here’s what Consumer Reports had to say about the old agitator style washer that the big box store promoted for Black Friday:

These perform least impressively as a group and use the most energy overall. They hold only about 12 to 16 pounds of laundry and use the most water. Most are relatively noisy, and their loads can become unbalanced.

Our suggestion if you need a washer and dryer is to check with the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply. You might want to start by looking at the specials page on their website:

Appliance Specials

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New Home Builder Appliance Options and Upgrades

New Home Buyer Appliance Options and Upgrades

Logical Steps to Better Appliances

Buying a new home? Get ready to make a lot of decisions. Whether it's a corner lot, stainless steel appliances or taller cabinets; home buyers are faced with a seemingly endless array of choices and charges. Yet, at the same time, options can seem limited as home buyers find that the builder cannot always handle unique requests.

Consider a new home buyer's basic appliance choices.

1. Builder standard appliance package:

  • Self-cleaning freestanding range
  • Microwave-hood combination
  • Dishwasher

2. Builder upgrade to stainless steel appliances.

Stainless Appliance Packge

Stainless Appliance Package

3. Builder second upgrade to deluxe appliances:

  • Smoothtop self-clean range with convection
  • Deluxe super quiet dishwasher
  • Microwave hood with added features

It's a simple good, better, best upgrade choice with the option to also add:

  • Refrigerator
  • Washing machine and matching dryer.

And all this can be included on your mortgage. However, suppose you want appliances that the builder doesn't offer. Perhaps you want built-in instead of freestanding appliances. You may find the builder just cannot accommodate such requests. Such changes would require that the kitchen be reconfigured. Cabinets, countertops, plumbing, and electrical changes would need to be made.

Builders predetermine all the materials and selection choices for the home, creating a standardized repeatable production process (even for options) so that homes can be completed on budget and on time. They really do want to offer choices that will make new home buyers happy. The option and upgrade selection process is designed to do just that.

As Arizona's leading appliance distributor Arizona Wholesale Supply consults with home builders to help them select the most desirable and popular appliance choices for their appliance standards and option upgrade packages. Then Arizona Wholesale Supply design consultants help home buyers through the process of choosing from the various builder options and upgrades. At Arizona Wholesale Supply the objective is to have both a happy home buyer AND a happy home builder.


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Appliance Care When You Move

Selling your Home? Make Your Appliances Ready for the Buyer

Tips from Arizona Wholesale Supply

When selling a home, built-in appliances such as the range and dishwasher convey with the house since they're attached. However, the washer and dryer and freestanding refrigerator do not go with the deal unless they are specifically written into the agreement. These days though, it is very common for the buyer to request the refrigerator, washer, and dryer as part of the sale.

If you are selling your home, here are a few things you should do to make you appliances “buyer ready”.

1. Gather up your instruction manuals and, warranty cards, and put them in a binder for the buyer or leave them in a kitchen drawer.

2. Check for accessories and parts that go with the appliances and make sure that you leave them behind for the buyer. These include:

    • Oven temperature probe
    • All included oven racks
    • Broiler pan. Some manufacturers no longer include broiler pans with their ovens. If this was the case, and you purchased your broiler pan separately, you should take it with you because you may need it in your new home.
    • Refrigerator water filter plug. If your refrigerator has a water filter, there should be a plug that replaces the filter if no water filtration is desired. Leave this with the refrigerator.
    • Microwave oven racks and any included microwave cooking vessels.
    • Dryer rack.

3. Clean the dryer filter AND the dryer duct. Dryer ducts can fill up with lint and are a leading cause of home fires.

4. Clean the oven. This is often neglected. Check our videos below for tips on cleaning your oven.

5. If the buyer is not moving in immediately, leave an open box of baking soda in the refrigerator, and pour a half cup of white vinegar in the dishwasher sump.

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