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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Clear Ice Machines

Ice Makers that make crystal clear ice cubes

Wouldn't you love to have an ice maker that produced clear ice cubes just perfect for your drinks? You and your guests would be delighted. I know that I would love to be able to serve drinks with something other than those cloudy crescent-shaped ice cubes that spew out of the ice maker in my refrigerator.

Clear Ice Machine

You may need a clear ice machine. Scotsman, U-line, Whirlpool, and others manufacture stand-alone ice makers that provide a constant supply of perfectly sized crystal clear ice cubes. In addition to the obvious benefits above, these ice-cubes won't freeze and stick together. They're free from the chemicals and minerals that come from your water supply, and the icemakers are available in a variety of sizes and capacities. This is not an appliance you should just pick-up at the home improvement chain. There are many factors to consider and some planning to do before making a selection. You won't regret dealing with professionals such as the trained staff at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

Here are just a few considerations that you need to be aware of before rushing out to buy one of these.

  1. Clear ice machines are expensive. Major name brand clear ice machines start at around two thousand dollars, and premium models can be much higher.
  2. They require maintenance. In most cases they need to be cleaned at least every 6 months.
  3. In addition to a water line, clear ice makers also require a drain. Depending on the location, a pump may also be required to pump water to the drain.

There is much more to learn about ice makers, but this will get you started. Check this blog often. We'll be offering more detailed information on choosing ice machines in the coming days.


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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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Getting to know your new dishwasher

New Dishwasher? What Now?

3 Steps to get you going with your new dishwasher.

Dishwasher

You finally have the new dishwasher you’ve been wanting for so long! You’re just itching to load it full of dirty dishes, and let the new dishwasher do its magic. Well, not just yet. Let’s take a few minutes to familiarize ourselves with this magic machine. Here’s a list of three steps that will get you headed in the right direction:

  1. Check the exterior. Is the dishwasher level? Does the door open and close without rubbing or hitting anything? Make sure that the dishwasher is fastened in and doesn’t fall forward when you open the door. The electrical should be connected to a grounded outlet or junction box, and the water line connected to the water supply and turned on. The dishwasher drain line must also be connected at your disposer or sink. The water inlet and drain fittings should be tight and the hoses should have no kinks. All OK? Let’s move on to step 2.

  2. Check the interior. Have all the packing materials, and manuals been removed? Remove any pieces of styrofoam wedged against the dishwasher racks that keep them from rolling back and forth during shipping. Now, roll the racks back and forth to make sure there is nothing impeding their movement. If everything looks good inside and out, we can move on to step 3.

  3. Find your use and care manual. Somewhere inside your dishwasher, or in an adjacent drawer there should be a plastic bag with the warranty, install instructions, a use and care manual, and various other treasures. Before throwing all this in a box with the rest of your papers, remove the use and care manual from the bag. Well, maybe you’re not going to read the entire manual, but at a minimum you should familiarize yourself with the dishwasher operation and controls…please!

If you want to find out even more on general dishwasher use and care, we’ve produced a new video covering some of the essentials. It’s only about 3 minutes long, and should get you going in the right direction. Watch below:

 

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