Follow-up on new GFCI code requirement

Remodeling a Kitchen? Think about updating GFCI outlets.

This is an update of a blog I wrote last year regarding new NEC requirements for GFCI plugs as of June 29, 2015.

New Rules on GFCI Receptacles

We purchased an older home recently, and did major remodeling including the kitchen. We had some electrical issues in the kitchen, so I called in an electrician to analyze and fix the problem. Not just an electrician, this fellow was an electrical inspector who did some odd jobs on weekends.

GFCI-Outlet

New GFCI Outlet

He addressed and fixed the main problem I had which related to the lack of adequate power in my kitchen. While he was there, I asked him to install new GFCI outlets in my kitchen. We had a brief discussion regarding the new code, and he informed me that GFCI plugs should not be used for the refrigerator. THIS IS WRONG, and it is widely misunderstood by the trade. The new NEC code which went into effect June 29, 2015 requires the new self-monitoring GFCI's in the kitchen, but does make an exception for a refrigerator in the kitchen. That does not mean that the GFCI is not a good idea for the refrigerator, but an exception is granted where needed (see below). Here's what you should know:

At one time, twenty years or more ago, refrigerators and freezers had large compressors, that had large power requirements when they turned on, a “surge” if you will. Old model refrigerators provided a lot of cooling very quickly, then turned off for a long time, and then kicked back on when the refrigerator warmed up. A refrigerator or freezer kicking on might unnecessarily trigger the circuit breaker and disconnect power to the refrigerator. This could result in food loss or spoilage. However, today's refrigerators have smaller compressors that run all the time at variable speeds, eliminating the “surge” and keeping temperatures even. Refrigerators today pose little risk of tripping a circuit breaker. In fact, if they do trip the circuit breaker, it is likely there is an underlying cause that needs to be addressed.

The real lesson for you is that if you have any electrical work done in your kitchen or baths, it is a good idea to update your electrical receptacles with new outlets that are compliant to the latest NEC requirements.


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Connected Appliances from Jenn-Air

Get Connected with Jenn-Air® Wall Oven and Refrigerator

Jenn-Air-Oven

New Jenn-Air® Wall Oven

Positioned as an “affordable luxury brand”, Jenn-Air® has been adding a stream of upgraded products since the brand launched into the luxury category a few years ago. Now shipping its latest version of their high-tech wall oven featuring an exclusive Culinary Center, Jenn-Air® has added wi-fi connectivity to a product that was already state-of-the art.

Now, you can remotely turn the oven on or off, program the cooking mode, time, temperature, etc., and check it's progress.

Features

  • V2™ Vertical Dual-Fan Convection System
  • 7-Inch Full-Color Touch-Anywhere LCD Display
  • Jenn-Air® Culinary Center
  • 5.0 Cubic Foot Oven Capacity
  • DuraFinish™ Protection
  • Soft, Auto-Close Door
  • WiFi Connectivity
  • Preheat, check cooking status and configure oven features by using the Jenn-Air® Culinary Center remotely through an app, available for either iOS or Android devices.
  • Halogen Theater Lighting

Click on above photo for Jenn-Air® wall oven video.

Available configured as a single oven, double oven, or micro-combo, the oven is shipping now. Call your designer, your builder, or contact Arizona Wholesale Supply for more information on this product.

New Jenn-Air® Refrigerator

Jenn-Air Refrigerator

Like the wall oven above, Jenn-Air®'s new counter-depth French door refrigerator will include wireless connectivity. With a full menu of control settings, the app will work with both IOS and Android smart phones providing remote control of the refrigerator's settings. If the refrigerator door is left ajar, you'll receive a notification. You can enable special features to lower the refrigerator temperature ahead of returning home with groceries or to make extra ice in advance of a party. Through the app, you can order replacement water and air filters.

The new refrigerator will be available later this year. Check with your, Arizona Wholesale Supply sales associate for updates.


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Fixing The Galley Kitchen

Efficiency and Space in an updated Galley Kitchen

The term galley kitchen goes back to the galleys on ships and carries forward to home kitchens that are built in an aisle with counters, cabinets, and appliances facing each other as in this photo (This Old House).

Galley-Kitchen

Galley kitchens are the antithesis of the open kitchens that are de riguer these days. Galley kitchens are closed off, and can be cramped and crowded to work in. If you have a galley kitchen, and want a more open kitchen, you should work with a designer to explore your options. Occasionally, a wall can be opened to create addition space, or a window might be added to give a more open look and feel.

However, while opening things up in your galley kitchen creates a more open feel, it often doesn't create additional space. If you need additional cabinets, more counter space, or freedom from bumping into appliances that stick-out into the room here are 3 ideas from the appliance guru that might help.

1. Counter depth or built-in appliances

Most appliance manufacturers now offer counter-depth refrigerators that will not push out into your kitchen aisle, and some brands have built-in refrigerators, that will be flush with your cabinet faces. However, it's not unusual for freestanding ranges to stick out a bit into the kitchen, and some pro ranges will stick out more than just a bit, so take care when choosing a range. Since galley kitchens usually have opposing workspaces, it's important that refrigerator, range and dishwasher doors have enough clearance to fully open,

While some dishwashers have fronts that can stick out a bit from the cabinet front, others can be installed flush. Always be careful about installing dishwashers in a corner. If the dishwasher has a protruding handle, it may prevent an adjacent corner door or drawer from opening.

2. Narrow width appliances.

With influence from Europe, there has been a revival of smaller width appliances. Luxury brands such as Wolf and Miele offer 24″ wide ovens along with their standard width American-sized models. Similarly, there are also more choices in 24-inch wide freestanding and slide-in ranges. All of these options create more space in cramped galley kitchens.

3. More accessible appliances.

There are a host of new appliances now on the market that are designed to provide greater accessibility. For example, nearly all major brands now offer microwave drawers, ideally installed under countertops. Great for accessibility, this product also frees up space on countertops or upper cabinets.

Microwave-Drawer

In the last couple of years Sub Zero has introduced a wide array of undercounter refrigerator and freezer drawers in different sizes and configuration. They also have an amazing selection of wine storage units, traditional undercounter refrigerators, and beverage centers. Much of the industry has followed their lead and similar undercounter units are widely available in different configurations, brands, and price points.

For more ideas on fixing a cramped galley kitchen, consult your design professional. For the best information on appliances make an appointment with one of experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply.


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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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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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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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New SMEG Appliances at Arizona Wholesale

What's New at Arizona Wholesale Supply?

SMEG Appliances from Italy

A few years ago Fiat automobiles were relaunched in the U.S. with some very clever TV commercials announcing “The Italians are coming.” Well, they sure are, but their invasion has not been limited to automobiles. Italian appliances have also made their mark in the U.S. over the past few years. Among the latest, is the Italian brand SMEG. It's now available in Arizona at Arizona Wholesale Supply.

I had an advance notice about SMEG. While vacationing in England a few years ago, we were wandering the streets of Bath, and passed an appliance store. In deference to my wife, I resisted the urge to go inside, but I did check out the SMEG refrigerator in the window display. Now, this upscale Italian brand is available in the U.S. As you can see the refrigerator has a distinct retro 50's look, and is available in an array of colors including the pastel blue below. It's a sturdy product, and a particular nice fit in smaller kitchens. Below are some of the listed features:

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Refrigerator compartment features

  • No. of adjustable shelves: 3
  • Number of fruit and vegetables drawers: 1
  • Type of adjustable shelves: Glass
  • Type of crisper/vegetable drawers cover: Glass
  • Internal light in fridge

Refrigerator Inner Door

  • No. of door shelves with transparent cover: 2
  • Number of adjustable door shelves: 4
  • Adjustable door shelves with wire support
  • No. of bottle shelves: 1
  • Bottle shelves with wire support

Other Refrigerator features

  • Accessories: Bottle holder, Cheese box, Egg tray
  • Freezer compartment features
  • Internal freezer compartment: yes

Other refrigerators include 2 door models and undercounter units. In addition, SMEG has a complete array of appliance products in stainless steel including ovens, ranges, dishwashers, etc. Visit this site often for updates on SMEG and other great appliance brands and products for your new home, remodel, or improvement project.


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Appliance Colors over a lifetime

Are Old Appliance Colors becoming New Again?

New Appliances in Pink and Turquoise Rivaled by Black Stainless Steel

Turquoise Appliances

Northstar Appliances

Modern major appliances are dated as beginning in the Post WWII era. White appliances were standard, but during the 50's and on into the 60's our kitchens were brightened up with Pink and Turquoise appliances. Recently, some specialty brands such as Northstar and Smeg have re-introduced these colors to add the brightness back into our kitchens along with a retro look (Northstar Appliances above in a K. Hovnanian Model home – Phoenix Area 2015).

Later in the 60's, Harvest Gold, Avocado, and Coppertone became the popular appliance colors. A unique characteristic of these colors was a darker shading around the edges of the appliance. Many years later in an effort to refresh these colors the shading was removed. For example, Harvest Gold became Harvest Wheat and the color had a lighter, cooler look. Almond was added to the mix and the beige finish quickly became a hit.

Colors aren't always successful, however. Back in the mid 80's both GE and Whirlpool came out with a couple of new colors – Silver and Sand color (gray and a little darker beige than Almond) from GE and similar Platinum and Toast shades from Whirlpool. Unfortunately, the shades from each manufacturer were similar, but did not match. Consumers chose to stick with their White and Almond appliances. Toast and Sand and Silver and Platinum were quickly dropped.

It's worth noting that during the run up of Harvest Gold and Avocado, a trend toward larger windows on ranges and ovens eventually led to the painted fronts and small windows on many appliances becoming black glass finishes across the front with chrome trim on the edges.

Black-Stainless-Steel

In the late '80s, Fred Carl introduced the Viking Range, a range with a commercial look that was designed for the home. By the mid-90's, the trend toward Pro-Style ranges and ovens in luxury homes was well on its way. Today, stainless steel appliances are offered (at a premium) even in starter homes.

Now, KitchenAid has introduced Black Stainless Steel. It's hard to see in the photo, but the appliances have the texture and grain of stainless steel, and the color is black. If you want to see it in person, plan a visit to one of the Arizona Wholesale Supply locations below.

 

 

 


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How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide as Part of Your Cooking Routine

Grandma’s age old remedy for seemingly everything still works wonders in your busy kitchen. Store a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the kitchen and use it for tricks such as these while you’re in chef mode!

Clean a cookie sheet with no elbow grease

Cookie sheets are hard to part with if you’re a woman who cooks with soul. So many treats baked over the years for special occasions and family time – it’s as if it holds memories. However, it is one tough cookie when it comes to cleaning! This trick will save you considerable effort. First, sprinkle baking soda over entire sheet. Then, spray or sprinkle hydrogen peroxide over baking soda. Next, sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda. Let sit for at least two hours – time is the substitute for vigorous scrubbing. When you resume your work the majority of the residue and stains will now rinse of easily quite easily! A little bit of wiping and rinsing will finish the job with ease.

Sanitize food prep and storage surfaces

Use H2O2 to kill bacteria on cutting boards and refrigerator/freezer shelves. It will sanitize them so they are germ free. Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic so it’s a great natural alternative to store-bought cleaners that are full of strong chemicals. Spray H2O2 on the surface and let it sit a couple of minutes. Then, wipe and rinse clean. If there’s gunk or food remnants, scrub first with a brush or clean rag. Bonus use: try it on your lunch bags and containers. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before using this on appliances!

Preserve a salad

Yes, it is actually possible to delay wilting and preserve the freshness of a salad for a little longer than you’d expect. Mix ½ cup water with 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide and spray evenly over salad. (This is for fresh salad that hasn’t yet been tossed in dressing or oil.) After spraying thoroughly, rinse with a light touch so you don’t bruise the food, cover it, and keep it in the refrigerator. Waste not, want not!

Clean fruits and vegetables before consuming

H2O2 is a natural way to remove dirt, germs and pesticides from fruits and vegetables. Just add ¼ cup to a sink full of water. Gently rub foods clean and rinse thoroughly. Interesting trivia:  Did you know that fruits and vegetables actually produce H2O2 and this is part of the reason why they are so good for you? Yep, they do!

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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