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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D-I-Y Appliance Repair

Tips on Fixing Your Own Appliances

Appliance Repair Advice

Having more than just a few years in appliance sales, I've often had the impulse to do some minor repairs on my own appliances. It never went well. For example, replacing a refrigerator door gasket seemed like an easy job, but in my case it turned into a nightmare. Did you know that in the process of replacing a gasket, you may have to remove and re-install both the door and the door liner? Not a fun experience. Here are some tips to save you time and money:

1. Be certain of your diagnosis.

What's the problem? Refrigerator not cooling. This can be many things. If your use and care manual doesn't help, you might be able to get a repair manual and/or a parts list from your nearby appliance parts house. It's not always possible, but it is so much better if you know what needs to be fixed or replaced before you start taking things apart.

2. Learn what you need to do before you begin.

Review online help pages and videos that demonstrate the process. There are many YouTube videos by appliance service companies and appliance manufacturers demonstrating common repairs.

3. Assemble the necessary parts and tools in advance.

Nobody wants to remove a refrigerator and freezer door, only to find out that there is a broken plastic part on the hinge assembly that also needs to be replaced, and by the way, the part is on backorder. Order all the parts you might need, just in case.

4. Clear your work area in advance.

If you're working in the kitchen, at a minimum you'll need a floor mat, a few small boxes or trays for saving screws, bolts, clips or other small parts that need to be re-attached later, and a place to put large parts such as doors, etc. Make a list so you know the order in which you removed parts, and can replace them in the reverse order. In some cases, its better to remove the appliance from the kitchen entirely and take it out to a workshop or garage if you have this option.

5. Have a backup plan.

If you get stuck, be ready to call a friend for help, use the nearby coin laundry until that backordered part arrives, and as always… count on your friends at Arizona Wholesale Supply to save the day with a new appliance!


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Pet Stain Removal

If you own pets then you know that accidents can happen at any time. While they can be difficult to deal with it’s important to know how to clean up these accidents properly based on what type of floor it occurred on to ensure the longest life!

 

It is imperative that you clean up your pet’s mess as soon as you notice it so that it imparts minimal damage to your floor. Next it is time to figure out what cleaning method to use based on what type of floor you need to treat.

 

First up, we will tackle an accident that you have to clean out of your carpet. Carpets can be tricky with pet stains because it can absorb the odor and stain and sometimes this makes it harder to remove the stain. You will want to remove any solid waste first if there is any and then you can blot the affected area. Next you will want to use carpet cleaner to clean the area. Be sure to remove excess cleaner and rinse the area with warm water so that it doesn’t collect soil. To find the perfect carpet cleaner for you, reference this site for carpet stains.  Also remember to refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.

Hardwood floors that have been finished and sealed can be cleaned up with paper towels and regular cleaner to remove any liquids and solids there may be. Be sure to not use harsh chemicals so that you do not damage the finish. 

Ceramic tile floors are easy to clean too. Simply remove any of the excess liquid and solid mess and then use warm water to clean. Use a rag or micro-fiber mop and clean in a circular motion across the affected area. If there is staining in the grout you can use a toothbrush to scrub. After you have cleaned the area you can choose to use a mild cleaner to disinfect, but be sure to use a cleaner without bleach or ammonia as this can damage your floor. 

 

These are different ways of protecting the life of your flooring and making sure to promptly clean any pet stains as soon as possible is the best way to do this. Let us know what cleaning tips and tricks you’ve learned yourself below!

Safe and Proper Use of Glass or Ceran® Cooktops

How to Protect your Radiant or Induction Cooking Surface

Smooth glass/ceramic cooking surfaces have many advantages over traditional electric elements. In addition to the smoothtop's clean uninterruped appearance, they're far easier to clean and they provide an even, reliable source of cooking heat. Smooth “glass” cooking surfaces may also referred to by trade names such as Ceran® or even by the manufacturer such as Schott. Whether you're cooking with induction or radiant systems, both cooking surfaces need to be used with care. In the case of induction, spills can be easily wiped up immediately because the top stays relatively cool.

These tops are durable and long-lasting. With care, you can look forward to using them for many years. Nevertheless, they can break if you drop something on them. My daughter's cat pushed a decorative pot off a shelf above her range, and KABOOM! In her case, replacing the top cost almost as much as purchasing a new range.

Cookware

Any cookware with a rough bottom can permanently scratch glass surfaces. This includes your Grandma's favorite cast iron frying pan. Also, check that colorful and expensive ovenware and make sure the bottom is perfectly smooth before you use it on your cooking surface.

Be careful about leaving cooking utensils on the cooking surface. if the plastic handle melts and sticks to the surface, it could ruin the top.

Cooking Ingredients

Sugar and salt, two of the most common ingredients used for cooking can be the enemy of your rangetop. Sugary overflows can carmalize and seep into microscopic spaces in your cooktop where it cannot be removed. A heavy pan on top of gritty salt crystals can permanently scratch the cooking surface. Wipe up spills, especially sugary overflows immediately, and keep the top clean.

Using the top as a work surface

I've recently recently seen advice from a well-known designer, stating that an advantage of a smooth cooking surface is that it can be used as a work surface and even as a prep area. Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! That glass surface is not a cutting board. Nor is it designed as a storage area for heavy items.

Do I need to say this? NEVER stand on the cooktop. It may seem to support your weight. However later, when you turn on the cooktop, as the glass expands it could easily begin to crack or shatter due to unseen stress fractures. The same holds true for placing and leaving heavy items on the cooktop.

Much of this is common sense. It's easy to think of the cooking surface in your kitchen as a continuation of your countertop, but it's not. It's an expensive major appliance.

Please read the manual that came with your cooktop or range for detailed instructions on your specific appliance. In addition, Schott has detailed information on their glass by clicking on their FAQ below:

Schott Ceran


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Oven Cleaning Methods

New Appliances Offer More Cleaning Options

Over the years, we've seen a variety of methods for getting ovens clean. Starting with the elbow grease method along with the home remedies that always seem to involve vinegar and/or baking soda, and on to the continuous-clean (never clean) ovens, and of course the self-clean method that has become so popular for some time now.

But now we're seeing some new cleaning methods such as Steam-Clean, as well as Aqualift, an oven cleaning technology developed by Whirlpool. Here is a brief description of these new methods:

Steam-Clean Ovens

Steam-Clean

Some range and oven manufacturers have added a steam-clean option to some of their products. Essentially, this method involves pouring a cup of water into the oven bottom, and selecting the oven's steam clean setting which lasts about 30 minutes. During the cleaning, the steam should loosen minor food spills. Afterwords, the oven needs to be wiped out to remove the water and softened grime. Using this method, the temperature is much lower than self-clean, there are no chemicals or cleaning agents involved, and it takes only 30 minutes. Evidently, steam-cleaning is not a “total” solution since these ovens still have a self-clean cycle for heavily soiled ovens.

Aqualift Ovens

Aqualift

Aqualift is an oven cleaning technology developed by Whirlpool. The oven bottom has a special coating that activates with water and heat. Using two cups of water and a low temperature cleaning cycle, the coating acts to release (lift) soil from underneath so that the water and soil can be easily wiped-up. It's worth noting that LG has now introduced their version of this which they've dubbed EasyClean™.

Click on the links below to view a brief video on each of these technologies:

Aqualift

Steam Clean

If you're in the market for a new range or oven, ask the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply about different oven cleaning options.


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New Options to Get Ovens Clean

Trends in Oven Cleaning

The Old Way

Years ago, all ranges and wall-ovens had to be cleaned by hand, which meant lots of tedious scrubbing. Over time, three oven cleaning systems evolved:

  1. Commercial oven cleaners.
  2. Continuous cleaning ovens.
  3. Self-cleaning ovens.

Commercial oven cleaners which can still be found on your ovens shelves are highly caustic – get out the rubber gloves, and produce toxic fumes. If you have a self-cleaning or continuous cleaning oven, the manufacturer's operating instructions will provide a strong warning against using commercial oven cleaners.

Continuous clean ovens are ovens have a rough, porous, ceramic coating that will, over time, absorb and spread minor spills so that they are less noticeable. They work continuously (hence the name), and do not require any work from the homeowner. Any attempt to clean this surface with chemicals and/or abraisive pads or cloth, may cause the coating to peel away.

Self-clean ovens have a CLEAN selection on the oven controls. This requires locking the oven with a latch on the oven door, and putting the oven into the self-clean mode for several hours while the oven becomes super heated up to 900 or more degrees, thus burning off any stains or debris in the oven cavity. Of course, everything (*including the racks) must be removed from the oven before cleaning.

New Oven Cleaning Trends

Whirlpool-Oven

Whirlpool Steam Clean Oven

Now, there are some new cleaning methods that have been developed recently, and are gradually being rolled out by appliance manufacturers as new range and oven products are being introduced. Whirlpool has developed a cleaning system for ovens called Aqualift®. The oven bottom has a special porous coating that with a cup of water and a low heat setting will loosen soils on the oven floor so that they may be wiped off. Other cleaning systems becoming available are steam cleaning methods which rely on the power of heat and steam to remove baked on food from all oven surfaces.

We've written about oven cleaning before, but we'll be updating some of the newer oven cleaning methods in some upcoming blogs so check back often.

For help in selecting a new range or oven from AWS, be sure to contact your contractor or design consultant, and then make an appointment with the professionals at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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Refrigerator Use and Care: Condenser Coils

Cleaning condenser coils on your refrigerator

Refrigerator

Do the refrigerator coils need cleaning

Most of the time, on recent models, you’re not going to need to worry about cleaning refrigerator condenser coils. Here’s what the use and care booklet from my KitchenAid® refrigerator has to say about cleaning the coils.

“There is no need for routine condenser cleaning in normal home operating environments. If the environment is particularly greasy or dusty, or there is significant pet traffic in the home, the condenser should be cleaned every 2 to 3 months to ensure maximum efficiency.”

Instructions to clean the refrigerator condenser coils

First, turn off or unplug the refrigerator. Most often, you’ll find the condenser coils at the bottom of the base grill underneath the refrigerator. Remove the grill and use your narrow vacuum cleaner attachment vacuum underneath your refrigerator and coils as well as you can. You can purchase a special brush to reach the hard to get places (see photo below) from an appliance parts company or directly from one of the manufacturers, GE, Whirlpool, etc.

Coil Cleaning Brush

Coil Cleaning Brush

Below is the link to a Whirlpool video on cleaning refrigerator condenser coils:Next, move the refrigerator out of the way, and clean behind it. Then remove the back cover to the machine compartment to access the machine compartment. Clean any dust in this compartment and the condenser fan blades. Re-attach the cover, plug the refrigerator in and move it back into place.

 

Whirlpool Corp. Refrigerator Condenser Cleaning

For more advice on refrigerator use and care download the free tip sheet from Arizona Wholesale Supply and follow this blog for additional advice on appliance care.

Refrigerator Tip Sheet


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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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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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Dishwasher Detergent: Pods or Powder?

The great debate for getting dishes clean

Should you use dishwasher detergent powder or pods

Dishwasher-Pods

I’ve done some research on this subject and have expressed my opinion in the past. That’s all about to change.

Reasons to use dishwasher detergent powder:

  1. It’s less expensive to use powder than it is to use dishwasher pods.
  2. Users can control the amount of detergent based on the size of the dishwasher load. It makes sense that if the dishwasher is only half full, you wouldn’t want to use the same amount of detergent, but the pods are one size fits all.
  3. When the detergent pods are dispensed from the soap dispenser they can easily fall behind a cup or dish where they won’t get the water spray that causes them to dissolve. Failure for dishwasher pods to dissolve is probably the number one complaint that users make regarding pods.

Reasons to use dishwasher detergent pods:

  1. The pods are very convenient: no measuring, and no spillage.
  2. Detergent pods are dispensed from the dishwasher just like the powder is, but unlike powder, the pods dissolve over time providing a continuous supply of detergent through the cycle for cleaner dishes.
  3. Recommended not just by the detergent companies, but also by the major dishwasher manufacturers, AND Consumers’ Union.

The Appliance Guru Recommendation

In the past, I’ve held the view that while pods are money makers for the detergent company, the powder gives the user more flexibility and costs less. However, I cannot escape the reality that the pods seem to do a better job. After conversations with users, personal observations, and reviewing the testing of CU, I have become convinced that pods are the better choice over dishwasher detergent powder.

HOWEVER, I am adamantly opposed to the pods being manufactured in multi-colored packets that small children perceive as candy. I know that parents should keep chemicals away from their kids, but I still can’t see why detergent manufacturers have to make their detergent appear to be edible.

P.S. Chemicals are one small part of getting clean dishes. Call or visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply for advice on the best dishwashers to choose for your new home or kitchen remodel.


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