Should you repair your major appliance or buy new?

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I recently wrote a blog about my experience getting a dishwasher serviced vs having it replaced. In this case, it was an easy decision because of my specific circumstances.

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However, there remains the general question, when should you choose to replace an appliance versus having it repaired? Depending on the product category, most major appliances today should last from 8 to 15 years. For example, refrigerators and ranges usually last longer than dishwashers and washing machines.

If your appliance breaks down in the first year, it’s likely to be under warranty so you definitely will want to have it repaired. In some cases, appliance parts have longer warranties, such as the 5 year parts warranty on my dishwasher’s control panel. In that case, it was worth it to pay the labor for the repair even though the dishwasher was 4 years old.

However, if you are on the hook for an expensive repair for a 5 year old appliance that has only an 8 year life expectancy, you might be far better off purchasing a new appliance, even if the repair means your old appliance is good for another 3 years.

Here’s why:

  1. How confident are you that your repair job isn’t going to be the first of many? Too often, one repair leads to another, and this is a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down.
  2. Are there additional costs or burdens associated with an appliance that isn’t working or is likely to fail soon. Suppose your refrigerator is beginning to act up. You may want to replace the refrigerator sooner rather than later so that you won’t also have to replace all the food. At a minimum, a broken washing machine, creates major inconveniences.
  3. A newer appliance may have advanced features that you find desirable. New “smart” appliances may tip the scale and make your decision easier to replace rather repair your existing appliance.

Either way, the folks at Arizona Wholesale are ready to help. Not only do they provide great service, but they also have the best selection and prices on major appliances, floor coverings, window treatments, and more.


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Column Refrigerators from Miele, Sub-Zero, and Dacor

We’ve chosen to highlight column refrigerators from three very different brands. European brand, Miele, is well known for their top performing diswhasher, but also has a great story on their column refrigeration. Sub-Zero literally invented the built-in refrigerator category, and with their extensive new refrigerator launch a few years ago, they easily have the most complete line of column refrigerators in the industry. A cooking brand, Dacor, introduced their column refrigerators only a couple of years ago, and they are already enhancing the lineup with a unique interior. Let’s take a quick look at the column refrigerator lineups from these three notable manufacturers.

Miele

Miele’s MasterCool column refrigerators are available in 3 widths 22“, 30”, and 36″. Laden with high end features, reviewers rate Miele high for its lighting, temperature control, and quiet operation. Exclusive to Miele is RemoteVision, a feature which allows Miele to remotely monitor your refrigerator’s performance and notify you if it needs service. As a brand, Miele is known for appliances with a long lifespan, and reliability.

Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero Columns

The name Sub-Zero is a giveaway for the brand that pioneered the built-in refrigerator category. With their massive re-launch of new refrigeration products beginning in 2014 Sub-Zero has the most complete line up of columns in the industry. From all refrigerator, all freezer, or combination units Sub-Zero can seemingly meet anyone’s needs. Widths available are 24“, 30”, and 36″. As you might expect, the Sub-Zero columns are loaded with popular features. Worth noting, is the Sub-Zero 2 year warranty, which is extended to 3 years if the product is installed by a certified installer.

Dacor

While Miele and Sub-Zero don’t lack for high end, custom features, Dacor will not be outdone. Their new column refrigerators are equipped with dual wi-fi enabled cameras that allow the user to examine the refrigerator contents using an app on his or her smartphone.

Choose from a handle or handle-free design, and open the refrigerator with a simple tap. The Dacor interior sports a high tech integrated LED lighting system that automatically adjusts the light to the external environment. Dacor has also introduced an exclusive porcelain model which features porcelain interior panels as well as porcelain crispers.

Dacor Porcelain Columns

There’s more, much more, to learn about these brands, and the other column refrigerators and freezers on the market. Call or visit one of the convenient Arizona Wholesale
locations today in Tucson, Phoenix, or Scottsdale.

Column Refrigerators, Freezers, and Wine Storage

While there are no official criteria or definitions for column refrigeration units, we’re going to define them as full-height, *built-in refrigerator, freezer, and wine units.

The main advantages to columns are the flexibility of capacity and location. Depending on the appliance brand, column widths include 18”, 22” (Miele), 24”, 30”, and 36”.  Smaller families might prefer an 18” wide freezer and a 30” refrigerator, while a larger family may want a 24” freezer and a 36” wide refrigerator. The two units may be placed next to each other in a side-by-side configuration below, or they may be used as bookends perhaps with workspace, a dishwasher, and a sink separating them. 

In the configuration below, an appliance wall features separate wine storage, freezer, and refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

Early on, European brands Miele, Gaggenau, and Thermador brands dominated the column refrigeration category. While all are made in the same factory in Turkey, the three brands have different features. Sub Zero, with their massive new refrigeration launch beginning in 2013, quickly became a major factor in column refrigeration. More recently, Bosch (parent of the Gagganau, Thermador brands) has added column refrigeration, as has GE Monogram. Other brands promoting columns are  Marvel, and the commercial oriented refrigerator brand Perlick.

As you might expect, purchasing separate units is likely to cost more than a single refrigerator/freezer unit. Nevertheless, columns are becoming increasingly popular. It appears that to be a member in good standing in the luxury category, brands must offer column refrigeration. Hence, Dacor and Jenn-Air have recently entered the fray with refrigerator columns, and GE Monogram has just announced a 120,000 square foot expansion at its Selma, Tenn. refrigerator plant for new column refrigerators and freezers.

*Frigidaire/Electrolux needs a mention here, because of their “all refrigerator” and “all freezer” configurations. However, they are not true built-ins, but what the industry considers counter depth models. This means that they can not be installed flush with the cabinet fronts.

COMING SOON:  Part 2 of this series on refrigeration focuses on key features of specific column refrigerator brands.

Be sure to visit Arizona Wholesale for all of your appliance, flooring, and window treatment needs.

I hope your new appliance fails.

Yes,  I hope your appliance fails. Here’s why:

Four years ago, my wife and I moved into a nice bungalow in Westbrook Village (Peoria). The house we purchased was a complete gut job inside. We added new paint, new floors, new fixtures, new baths, and a complete new kitchen including new appliances.

Arizona Wholesale outfitted us with new KitchenAid refrigerator, range, microwave oven, and dishwasher. We love our kitchen. However, we recently began to experience problems with our dishwasher. Then, it quit working entirely.

After a call to Arizona Wholesale, we set up a service appointment. Sergio, the technician, showed up in an Arizona Wholesale service van, a clean Arizona Wholesale shirt, and a well-organized tool box. He asked a few questions, and proceeded with a detailed diagnosis process. It was a thorough check of the machine, so it took a while, and when completed, Sergio informed me the diagnosis indicated that the dishwasher needed a new control panel.

“Oh no!” I knew that this was going to cost big bucks. I had already decided that rather than spend a small fortune on repairing the dishwasher, I’d replace it with a new dishwasher. Then Sergio told me that the dishwasher parts were covered under a 5 year warranty! My only cost would be the service call.

Fortunately, the parts were in stock locally, and we set up an appointment to have them installed the following week! Voila’, my new best friend, Sergio, showed up on time and with the needed parts.

Now, my KitchenAid dishwasher is up and running, and life is good!

But, you need to know more. From beginning to end, my dealings with Arizona Wholesale’s service department were first rate. They were friendly and courteous. Appointments were scheduled and kept on time. Sergio, was friendly, and polite, but at the same time he was businesslike and efficient.

So, I HOPE YOUR APPLIANCE FAILS, so you can find out for yourself what it is like to have such excellent service from Arizona Wholesale Supply.

Five Things You Need to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Of course it would be great to be able to spend as much as you want on your kitchen renovation project, however the reality is that you are probably working within a budget. When you’re working within a budget, you’ll have to make some compromises along the way. Therefore, it’s important to renovate smartly. When making such tough decisions be aware of what matters most to you. Here are some key tradeoffs you should consider making when it comes down to the “nitty gritty”.

How You’ll Be Using the Kitchen
First off, before renovating your kitchen you should be clear on how you want to use your new kitchen. For example, some people remodel their kitchen so that they can have more space to cook and entertain their guests. Others redesign their kitchens to be more efficient. Set aside goals that you are not willing to budge on will help you make the right decisions as your budget starts to decrease.

Realistic Needs
When remodeling your kitchen you should think about how many people your kitchen will serve on a daily basis. If you have a small kitchen but entertain on occasions, a kitchen with double range ovens and a 48 inch wide refrigerator may not be suitable. Many experts recommend designing with your maximum capacity needs.

Think About Cost vs. Value
As you’ve probably already discovered everything from the cabinetry, flooring, sinks and appliances costs a decent amount of money. There will come a point when you will have to consider when its worth spending the money on a specific thing. So should you splurge on it or spend the dollars elsewhere? Here are some questions you should ask yourself:
– Will making an investment on this product improve my daily life?
– Does the element increase the overall aesthetic of my home and increase its value?
So you will have to think about whether the value that it brings outweighs the cost.

Good luck and have fun! We hope some of these tips helped you with your new kitchen remodel!

Four Kitchen Trends You Might Want to Try

Every year is accompanied with fresh and innovative trends especially when it comes to home decor. What better way to start implementing some of these new style ideas other than the very heart of the home…the kitchen. If you’ve been putting off revamping your kitchen for awhile, it’s time to consider some of these new kitchen design trends.

  1. Deep Dark Countertops
    These days, homeowners are opting for deep and dark countertops. Multi colored rust tones, dark green and black slate with natural details have become popular because they provide a dramatic flair that you can’t get with marble and other lighter colored countertop materials. Dark countertops contrast beautifully with traditional wooden cabinetry and floors. They are also ideal for homes with children because they mask any mess that you might make.

  2. Purple Everywhere
    An all purple kitchen may sound scary but it’s actually super stylish, which is why it’s steadily becoming a trend in home design. According to expert interior designers, you can expect to see kitchens painted a bold hue in 2018. Palettes like violet exudes luxury and sophistication. Feel free to choose a bold color that inspires you.

  3. Blue – Green Cabinetry
    Drenching your kitchen cabinets in a new paint color is a great way to give your kitchen a facelift while updating old cabinets. Perhaps the most trendy palette you’ll see on kitchen cabinets this year is inspired by the ocean. Yes, a blue and green mixed palette is ultra modern and is the go to color. Don’t stop at the cabinetry, you can even accent the kitchen island with the color and in other areas of the kitchen. You can also mix in other hues or let the palette standalone as the dominant color. The best thing about this blue-green palette is that it blends in seamlessly with most wood tones.

  4. Variety of Finishes
    Gone are the days are the monochromatic kitchen color scheme. This year is all about mixing finishes and colors within the space. Try contrasting upper kitchen cabinets with the base walls and the lower cabinets. Remember, there’s no reason why you have to keep all the elements the same.

Good luck and have fun! Comment below if you have any other ideas! And feel free to contact us if you need help updating your kitchen! 480•596•0092

New Appliance Color: Sunset Bronze

Stainless steel has been the dominant finish for appliances for some years now. Recently, appliance firms have added black stainless steel with some success. Now, Whirlpool is launching something new to their lineup Sunset Bronze appliances.

Whirlpool Sunset Bronze Refrigerator

The new color is described by Whirlpool as a brushed, satin finish with rose gold undertones. Observers have remarked that the appearance is indeed akin to the popular rose gold iPhone.

It’s a warm tone. You might even describe it as a subdued or even neutral tint. While referred to as a modern look, the subdued color seems to me to fit well in nearly any environment. It should be compatible with many different kitchen cabinet, countertop, and flooring choices. As an added benefit over older traditional Stainless Steel finishes, Sunset Bronze is a fingerprint resistant finish.

While the new finish will be initially available only in select models, there will be enough choices in each category so that homeowners can have a complete kitchen with matching Sunrise Bronze appliances.

Product is being produced now, and will be availalbe for consumers this spring. Contact Arizona Wholesale Supply now, and make arrangements for your own preview of Sunset Bronze.

Coffee, Anyone? Best Built-In Coffee Makers

I want a built-in coffee maker. No matter that I don’t know where I’d install it in my kitchen. I want one. Which one should I choose?

Well, I could choose the grandaddy of built-in coffee machines, Miele. It’s a great brand, and their products are legendary. Morever, Miele has been a leader in built-in coffee machines since the beginning. The Miele coffee system has a one touch function, and can store 10 different user profiles. Nobody could say I made a bad choice. However, it’s a bit pricey. A bit pricey? ALL Built-in coffee makers are a bit pricey. At over three thousand dollars, Miele leads the pack. I still love it.

If Miele doesn’t fit your budget, you can get a full-featured quality built-in coffee maker for a little more than half the price of the Miele. Another German company, Bosch, makes a very good feature-packed coffee maker that would make you proud. The Bosch unit has a temperature control, and can be programmed for eight different user preferences. It’s a non-plumbed unit which means that you have to manually fill the tank with water.

In between the Bosch and the Miele coffee maker is the Jenn-Air. Full disclosure, I used to work for Jenn-Air. That said, the Jenn-Air coffee machine is actually manufactured by an Italian company, DeLonghi. It costs more than the Bosch, but is still way less than Miele. It lets you select the strength of your coffee, and even has a hot water dispenser for tea, instant soups, etc. It also grinds your coffee beans to your preference, and can be installed anywhere.

While you’re at it you should probably also consider both Wolf and Thermador.

The truth is I love all of these coffee machines. What should I do? The smart thing is to go to Arizona Wholesale Supply and let the experts there demonstrate these fabulous products, explain the features and benefits, and then choose the product that suits my needs. It’s that easy.

Now, I just need a great cup of coffee to get started.

Time to Consider Smart Appliances?

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Not Interested in owning Smart Appliances?

Let me ask you this.

If you (or maybe one of your kids) didn’t quite close the refrigerator door all the way, would you want to just leave it that way or would you appreciate a notification from your fridge that the door was left open?

Now, that is a smart appliance!

Having drinks on the patio with friends, and hate getting up every few minutes to “check” on the roast in the oven? Would you like to be able to view the internal temperature on the roast on your phone?

That is a smart appliance!

These are just two of the “smart” features available on today’s appliances.

“Alexa, pre-heat the oven to three hundred and fifty degrees.”

“Thanks! Alexa”

Not just Amazon Alexa, but Google Home can order your connected appliances to turn on the dishwasher, clean your clothes, and cook your food. Today’s appliances can even connect with Nest thermostats to cool down your kitchen when the oven heats it up.

 

 

 

 

Samsung has extended the capabilities of their refrigerator by including a Family Hub which lets you show photos, leave messages, and much more. It even has internal camaras so you can look at the food in your fridge while you’re in the grocery store.

To find out more about smart appliances and how you can get “connected” call or visit the nearest Arizona Wholesale location today.

Kitchen Remodel Ideas

To help you take on your next remodeling project, we have created ten tips for a kitchen remodel. Let’s get started!

Kitchen Remodel Ideas:

  1. Wide Walkways.
    Narrow walkways can cause unexpected accidents and frustration for the homeowner. Instead, homeowners should discuss with their contractor about adding wide walkways into their kitchen. The wide walkways will give you more room to move around and work throughout the kitchen.

  2. The Right Height.
    A lot of times, homeowners will place their appliances wherever it looks best rather than measuring the appropriate height for themselves. To ensure you have the best kitchen, you want to place your microwave and oven at the right height for you. If you are shorter or taller, this will adjust depending on your preferences.

  3. Do Not Cut Corners.
    Corner cabinets can be a frustrating topic, because they tend to have difficulties opening when another cabinet is open. Instead, discuss with your contractor the different solutions you can have for this corner cabinet.

  4. A Purpose-Filled Island.
    Islands are terrific place to add a must-needed feature in your home without wasting anymore space. If you are in need of an extra sink or even storage, your island can come in handy. Be sure to incorporate these essential features into your island for maximum functionality.

  5. Count on Counters.
    During a remodel, you want to make sure that you buy a solid countertop. You want to choose one that is easy to maintain and easy on your wallet. Discuss with your contractor the different options before you settle on one.

  6. One Less Trip.
    If you have extra money in your budget, you may want to consider adding a fill-up station near your stovetop. You would have the contractor install a water faucet over the stove to fill up your pots without an extra trip.

  7. Chalk It Up To A Fantastic Idea.
    Chalkboard walls are a stylish and functional option. They are the perfect solution for busy homeowners who need a place to write their grocery list. They also make for a great kid distraction while you are cooking dinner.

  8. Get Plugged In.
    Take a look at the amount of outlets you currently have in your kitchen. If you feel like you could use more, now is the time to get some more added. Extra outlets will come in handy for big meals.

  9. Small Spaces = Soft Shades.
    If you have a small kitchen, expert designers recommend sticking with soft shades. Darker shades tend to make the room feel smaller.

  10. The Main Event.
    Just like in any room, you want to create a focal point. Whatever your point of interest may be, try to make it grand and elaborate.

Are your kitchen floors looking worn out and old? We would love to help you complete your kitchen remodel with gorgeous new floors from Arizona Wholesale Supply. Stop in today or call us at (602•258•7901) for more information and pricing.