1. Your Guide to Buying a New Kitchen Range

    Your Guide to Buying a New Kitchen Range

    The range combines a cooktop and oven into a single appliance—making it the true workhorse of the kitchen. Ranges come in a variety of styles and can include all kinds of features, which is great, but can also be overwhelming. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re range experts, so we’ve created this simple buying guide to help you find the ideal one for your home.

    1. What’s Your Budget?

      First, you should determine how much you want to spend. Prices can vary from about $350 for a basic range to $3500 or more for luxury models with plenty of features and high-end styling. Having a price point in mind will help you narrow down your options.

    2. What Size?

      A standard range is 30 inches wide, but they can be 36 inches or wider. Be sure to measure the space where you want to install it and buy the correct size. The last thing you want is to have your range delivered only to find that it won’t fit.

    3. Do You Want Gas or Electric?

      If you don’t have a gas line already installed in your kitchen, then an electric model is your only option. If you do have a gas line, then you can get a gas-powered or a dual fuel range. Dual fuel range models heat the oven with electric power for precise temperatures, and fuel the cooktop with gas for faster boiling and cooking.

    4. What Style?

      There are three different styles of ranges:

      • Freestanding models are designed to be placed anywhere in the kitchen. These are the most popular and least expensive ranges.
      • Slide-ins are made to literally “slide in” between cabinets. The sides of a slide-in range are left unfinished since they won’t be seen, but they do have alignment grooves for ease of installation.
      • Drop-ins are used with customized cabinetry. They are dropped into the prepared base with a cabinet front panel at the bottom for seamless integration with the kitchen and a high-end look.

    5. Do You Want to Go Pro?

      Pro ranges are typically free-standing models that start at 36 inches wide, but come in 48 inch and 60 inch widths as well to accommodate multiple ovens, more burners, and built-in griddles and grills that span the cooktop. You’ll also find different burner configurations and well as French tops in pro models for more precise temperature control. If you want to take your cooking to the next level, then consider a pro range.

    6. Who Cleans the Oven?

      Are you OK with cleaning the oven yourself, or do you prefer a self-cleaning oven? Self-cleaning ovens cost a bit more, but most people decide the extra cost is worth it.

    7. Have Your Considered Convection?

      You may have heard the term convection oven. That means there is a fan inside the unit that distributes heat more evenly in the oven to speed up cooking and produce more consistent results. It will cost an additional amount if you opt for a convection oven.

    8. How Many Burners?

      The least expensive ranges have four standard burners on the cooktop. As you get into higher end models, you’ll find burners that are more precise and flexible. For example, your range might come with a “power burner” for quick boiling and pan searing. It may also have a “low burner” for simmering sauces. Some ranges may even have a fifth burner.

    9. What Features Will You Need?

      Now you have to decide which features are important to you. Adding features will increase the price, but you may find it is worth every penny. Some features you might consider include double ovens, “smart” temperature sensors, warming drawers, or a hidden bake element.

    10. How Do You Want to Control Your Range?

      You’ll also have a decision to make when it comes to how your range is controlled. Are you fine with the standard cooktop knobs and oven controls? Or do you want your unit to be more sophisticated? For example, you can get a unit that’s all digital and push-button, or maybe even programmable.

    One increasing popular feature found in higher-end ranges is voice control. For example, this GE Profile Range will respond to simple voice commands for the ultimate convenience.

    Reno’s Appliance carries top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. When it comes time for you to pick out a new range, stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  2. 4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Faucet

    4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Kitchen Faucet

    Whether you’re giving your kitchen a complete overhaul, or simply updating the décor, installing a new kitchen faucet is certainly going to be part of the job. If it’s been a while since you last shopped for a faucet, and you’re not sure where to begin, then check out these four tips to help you find the perfect one for your space.

    1. Mounting Matters

      First, decide if you want a deck-mount faucet or a wall-mount faucet. Wall-mount faucets attach through the wall and hang over the sink.

      Deck-mount faucets attach to the countertop or rest on the sink. If you choose this type, then the number of holes on your sink is important. These are your standard options:

      • Combination handle/spout faucets require a single hole, plus an additional hole for the sprayer.
      • Handle/spout faucets with integrated sprayers require a single hole.
      • Traditional faucets need four holes total: one each for the hot and cold taps, one for the spout, and a fourth for the sprayer.

      If you want to add soap dispensers, instant hot water dispensers, water filters, or other optional components, then you’ll need more holes. If you’re starting from scratch, choose your faucet before your sink so you can buy a sink with the appropriate number of holes for your selection. Or, holes may be drilled into the sink to accommodate your faucet if needed.

    2. Focus on the Finish

      Most kitchen faucets come in a range of finish choices, typically some color of metal. In the silver family, options include chrome, nickel, stainless steel, platinum, and pewter. For a warmer tone, you can try brass, gold, bronze, or copper. Metallic finishes can be either polished, brushed, or satin, depending on whether you want a bold shine or a more muted gleam.

      If you’ve picked out your kitchen sink, then you obviously want your faucet to match. Easy decision. But if you haven’t picked out the sink, consider that smudges and stains show up on chrome and polished finishes more easily than brushed and satin finishes. That may be a factor in your decision.

    3. Consider Ultra Low Flow

      If you’re environmentally focused, or want to save on water bills, this may be important to you. Since 1992, federal regulations require that faucets made in the United States have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM), which has resulted in thousands and thousands of gallons of water saved each year.

      But, you can choose to have an even lower flow rate. In 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) started the WaterSense program to encourage the manufacture of high-efficiency faucets with a flow rate of 1.5 GPM or less. While not a federal regulation, most manufacturers have products that meet WaterSense criteria, so be sure to ask your salesperson if this interests you.

    4. Take a Look at Technology Trends

      If you haven’t bought a faucet in a long time, then you’re probably not aware of all the cool new faucet features out there, like:

      • Motion-activation: Motion-activated faucets enable you to turn the water on and off, adjust the flow, and raise or lower the temperature,
      • Laminar flow: Laminar technology emits water in a clear, solid stream for a smooth and silky feel and no splashing. It feels luxurious, but laminar-flow faucets still meet federal water flow standards, with some models even meeting the stricter WaterSense criteria.
      • Filtration and more: Many manufacturers make faucets that offer built-in filtration, instant chilling, and even carbonation for clean, cold, sparkling water on demand.

    Shopping for a new kitchen faucet doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Follow these tips and you’re sure to find the perfect faucet.

    Reno’s Appliance carries a large selection of kitchen faucets from industry-leading brands like Insinkerator, Franke, Rohl, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. 7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Mudroom

    7 Tips for Making the Most of Your Mudroom

    The mudroom is prized among homeowners for housing all kinds of gear, from coats and backpacks, to cleats and tennis rackets. It’s also the perfect place to handle messy chores like potting plants and painting small pieces of furniture. Perhaps most important, mudrooms help keep the dirt and germs that reside outside the house from getting inside the rest of your clean home.

    If your mudroom is due for a remodel, or you are looking to add one in your home, consider these helpful tips:

    1. Focus on Floors

      Start your mudroom renovation with what’s below your feet. You want your mudroom floors to be easy to clean and slip-resistant.

      Linoleum is a good choice for mudroom flooring because it requires just basic upkeep and it naturally repels bacteria and dust. Vinyl flooring is another popular option because it’s nearly impervious to stains and water damage, and maintenance is a matter of sweeping it clean on a regular basis. You can pad either flooring option with a layer of cork for a softer floor.

    2. See Seating Possibilities

      What’s the point of a mudroom if people don’t remove their shoes before entering your home? Giving people a convenient place to sit will encourage them to do just that. Many home goods or hardware stores carry small benches with shoe storage built right in. If you are a crafter you can buy unfinished pieces and paint and stencil the piece yourself to match your décor.

    3. Get On the Hook

      Wall hooks were simply made for mudrooms. They are easier to install than cabinets and can hold anything from coats and backpacks to sports bags and laptop cases. Assign two or three hooks for each person in the family to keep things from piling up.

    4. Consider Cubbies

      Cubbies are a perfect addition to mudrooms, especially when you have young ones at home. Hooks may be too high for them to reach, but a cubby is just their height, which will encourage them to put their things away where they belong. Cubbies are also a good option for storing shoes.

    5. Be Creative with Color

      Most people may not think of painting their mudroom because they usually don’t spend too much time in there. On the other hand, mudrooms are usually small spaces, so using a bold color may just add that pop of color your home is looking for. In fact, maybe seeing happy yellow, tranquil green, or cool blue walls may set the right tone as you move through the space into your home.

    6. Look for a Laundry Solution

      Mudrooms are usually conveniently located adjacent to the kitchen—which makes them perfect locations for your laundry set-up. Are you concerned that your mudroom isn’t large enough to accommodate a washer and a dryer? Consider purchasing a stackable washer-dryer units, which are perfect for small spaces.

    7. Enjoy Extra Refrigeration

      Consider a second, full-sized refrigerator or even a compact fridge for the mudroom. An extra refrigerator is perfect for canned and bottled beverages, and other food items that need long-term cold storage or freezing, but take up too much valuable real estate in the kitchen fridge. It’s also great to have that extra refrigeration for those times you host large gatherings.

    Mudrooms serve different needs for different families, but they all share at least one common purpose—keeping your home clean and clutter-free. Follow the above tips to get the most out of your mudroom for years to come.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  4. Boost Your Home’s Value By Upgrading Kitchen Appliances

    Boost Your Home’s Value By Upgrading Kitchen Appliances

    If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will increase the value of your home, but won’t take up top much of your time, start with upgrading your kitchen appliances. Experts agree that installing high-quality appliances that are functional and stylish will get you the most return on your investment when it’s time to sell.

    Here are some tips to help you choose appliances that you, and potential homebuyers, will love.

    Think Timeless Style
    If you’ve got all-white appliances that look like they are from a bygone era, then it will be difficult to maximize your asking price. Choose stainless steel or black appliances instead for a sleek, contemporary look that never goes out of style.

    Or, consider appliances that can be concealed behind cabinetry. With this current design trend, refrigerators, dishwashers, and even range hoods can seemingly disappear, for a truly cohesive look that is sure to impress homebuyers.

    Try to avoid purchasing appliances with bold finishes such as bright colors or patterns if your purpose is to up your home’s resale value. Potential homebuyers may be turned off by a design aesthetic they don’t like.

    Enhance Energy Efficiency
    Kitchen appliances account for a large percentage of the typical home’s total energy use. So when it’s time to upgrade, choose energy-efficient appliances that are marked with the Energy Star logo, like this Whirlpool dishwasher and GE refrigerator. These appliances will cost more up front, but you’ll see lower energy bills—and higher bids from potential homebuyers.

    Go for Fun and Functional Features
    Appliances with extra features are appealing to homebuyers. Just make sure they’re not just expensive add-ons, but will truly simplify life in the kitchen. For example:

    Adding on the Extras
    If you’ve gotten your major appliances taken care of and you’ve still got some room in your budget, then there are some extras that can be worth the investment. For example, garbage disposals and trash compactors are appliances that potential homebuyers often don’t know they want until they see a home that has them. If you’re in a more high-end market, then installing a wine refrigerator can be a nice touch that adds a bit of elegance to the home.

    Remember, unless you’re truly in the high-end market, you don’t need to overspend on luxury appliances. You’re better off purchasing durable appliances with timeless style and practical features. When you are ready to upgrade your kitchen appliances, come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s has a large selection of kitchen appliances to choose from including:

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  5. 7 Dishwasher Myths You Can Stop Believing

    7 Dishwasher Myths You Can Stop Believing

    Dishwashers are not exactly new inventions, but for some reason, there are still many misconceptions surrounding them. Maybe, once upon a time, there were certain tips or tricks that helped your parents or grandparents get the most out of their dishwashers, but most of that is irrelevant today. It’s time to bust these seven dishwasher myths once and for all.

    Myth #1: You need to pre-rinse.
    Unless there’s really large pieces of food still stuck to the plate or a baking dish, there’s no need to pre-rinse. In fact, pre-rinsing can do more harm than good. If you rinse the dishes too much, then there’s nothing for the detergent to work on, so dishes are more likely to get scratched and chipped.

    Myth #2: There are different ways you can load a dishwasher.
    Some might say they know the best way to load a dishwasher. Others might claim it doesn’t really matter how you load it. They’re all wrong. Here’s the ideal way to load your dishwasher:

    • Top rack—Place cups and glasses between the tines of the top rack. Load bowls at an angle. All dishwasher-safe plastic belongs on the top rack as well.
    • Bottom rack—Plates, pans, and larger items should go on the bottom rack.
    • Third rack—If you have a third rack on your dishwasher then this is where you’ll put tall cooking utensils, spatulas, large knives. If you don’t have a third rack, then put these items on the top rack facing down.

    Myth #3: Dishwashers damage flatware.
    It’s definitely OK to put flatware in your dishwasher. That’s why there’s a basket specifically for your utensils. Place forks and spoons in the basket with handles pointing down. Knives can go there as well, but make sure the blades are pointing down and the handles are pointing up.

    Myth #4: You can put any dish or utensil in there.
    Just like certain items of clothing don’t belong in your washing machine, there are certain kitchen items that should never go into your dishwasher. Good knives, fine china, ceramic cookware, wooden cutting boards, crystal glasses, sterling silver, and silver-plated items can be damaged in the dishwasher and therefore, should always be washed by hand.

    Myth #5: Rinsing agents are completely unnecessary.
    Rinsing agents are actually very useful. They prevent spots and streaks by enabling water to rinse completely away from the dishes.

    Myth #6: All detergents are the same.
    Gels, powders, tablets, pods, liquids—there’s seemingly no end to the variety of dishwasher detergents out there. They all claim to be the best, of course, but studies show that powder tablets out-clean them all, especially when it comes to really tough loads.

    Myth #7: The dishwasher and kitchen sink have different drain pipes.
    This is simply not true. Your dishwasher drains into the same pipes as your kitchen sink. So a clogged sink drain will affect your dishwasher as well. And if you have a garbage disposal, make sure that’s completely clear of debris before you run the dishwasher.

    Of course, the best way to get clean dishes is to start with a high-quality dishwasher. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, and many others. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  6. 5 Ways to Incorporate Range Hoods Into Your Kitchen Re-Design

    5 Ways to Incorporate Range Hoods Into Your Kitchen Re-Design

    Most people tend to think about range hoods in practical terms because they are, in fact, very practical appliances. With just the simple flick of a switch, smoke, odors, and airborne grease from your stove are whisked out of your home. But, also consider that your range hood is often the focal point of your kitchen. There’s no reason that your range hood can’t be functional and stylish all at once.

    Let’s look at five of the most popular trends in range hood design that we see popping up in kitchens across the United States. Consider some of these ideas when it’s time to remodel your kitchen.

    1. Simply Modern

      If you love the modern design aesthetic, then choose a range hood that’s simple and subtly blends in with the rest of the kitchen. A stainless steel finish is a good choice because it looks professional and is always in style. Plus, it’s durable and easy to clean.

      This Amana range hood, with its sharp angles and geometric shape is an excellent example of a sleek and modern design. Or check out this model, also from Amana, that incorporates glass for a truly unique and high-end look.

    2. Creatively Colorful

      There’s nothing that says you can’t have some fun with color in your kitchen. Many designers are encouraging clients to use a neutral color palette on the walls and floors of their kitchens, and saving bold color statements for the appliances. For example, you can start with this cherry-red range hood and add a stove and refrigerator to match. This is a chance for your range hood to shine, while making a bold yet elegant statement throughout the kitchen.

    3. Hidden (“Insert”) Hoods

      Perhaps you don’t want to showcase your range hood, but keep it hidden instead. That’s when you want to choose hood liners or inserts. These allow you combine powerful ventilation with the custom exterior treatment you want. They’re perfect for when you want to hide your hood behind an intricate and beautiful exterior. Or, have it blend in with the existing cabinetry for a seamless and cohesive look throughout the kitchen.

    4. Neat and Narrow

      One of the most recent trends in range hoods is the narrow, low profile hood. These hoods look like thin strips of metal that are mounted above the stove. This is the ideal option if you want to maintain an open and airy feeling in your kitchen, or you want your backsplash to be the focal point of the kitchen. This low-profile hood from Jenn-Air is the perfect example.

    5. Downdraft Design

      But what if you don’t want a range hood at all? You don’t want to minimize it or even hide it—you simply don’t want it. That’s where downdraft ventilation technology comes in. Downdraft ventilation is a type of ventilation built into cooktops and kitchen ranges that pulls cooking fumes and smoke downward and out, instead of being sucked up and out. There’s no need for a range hood with a downdraft cooktop, so it allows room for extra cabinets where you would typically place a range hood.

      This Jenn-Air stove is an example of downdraft ventilation that’s built right into the cooktop. Other stoves, like this Wolf, have rear-mounted downdraft ventilation.

    These are just five of the emerging trends in range hood style and design, and all are easy to incorporate into your kitchen. Not sure where to begin? You can start by checking out Reno’s Appliance’s extensive inventory of world-class brands of range hoods like Bosch, Broan, Zephyr, and many others. Plus, we have all the range hood accessories you need for your kitchen.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  7. 5 Steps to Perfect Refrigerator Organization

    5 Steps to Perfect Refrigerator Organization

    Most people might not give much thought to how they stock their refrigerators. After all, as long as the perishables are cold, and the frozen stuff stays frozen, then everything’s good, right? Well, it turns out that there’s a bit more to it than that.

    Temperatures can vary throughout different areas of the refrigerator. For example, upper shelves tend to be warmer than bottom shelves. And door shelves are warmer than deli compartments. Keeping this in mind when loading your fridge can help food last longer, reduce the risk of food borne illnesses, and may even help your refrigerator run more efficiently.

    Here’s a simple step-by-step guide that takes the guesswork out of organizing your refrigerator.

    Step 1: The Door
    Temperatures of door bins and shelves tend to be two or three degrees higher than the main compartment. That’s too warm for milk, eggs, and other highly perishable items. Instead, reserve the door for items that can handle warmer conditions, such as:

    • Butter
    • Condiments
    • Juice
    • Cooking oils
    • Soda
    • Water

    Step 2: The Deli Bin
    This storage option may be found beneath the crisper drawers of French-door refrigerators, or as a separate drawer that hangs below the top shelf in other types of refrigerators. It’s a helpful feature, especially if the temperature can be adjusted to best accommodate a range of foods. Here are the items that belong in the deli bin:

    • Deli meat
    • Bacon
    • Cheese
    • Hot dogs

    Step Three: The Crisper Drawers
    Crisper drawers are designed for produce. On many refrigerators, the humidity of the drawers can be adjusted. Keep the humidity high on one drawer to store leafy greens and other vegetables that wilt easily. Keep the humidity low on the second drawer for fruits that tend to like dryer air. If you can’t adjust the humidity of the drawers then still try to keep vegetables and fruits separated in these categories:

    Low-Humidity Drawer

    • Apples
    • Grapes
    • Mushrooms
    • Cucumbers
    • Peppers
    • Ripe stone fruits (peaches, plums, nectarines)
    • Summer squash

    High-Humidity Drawer

    • Leafy greens
    • Broccoli
    • Cauliflower
    • Green onions
    • Carrots

    Step Four: The Lower Shelf
    The lower shelf tends to be the coldest part of the refrigerator, so it’s ideal for items that are more susceptible to developing harmful bacteria like eggs, milk, and raw meat, fish, and poultry. And remember that any meat, fish, or poultry you don’t plan on consuming within 24 hours should be wrapped in a freezer safe bag and stored in the freezer.

    Step Five: The Upper Shelf
    The upper shelf tends to be the warmest part of the refrigerator, making it the best for these items:

    • Jams and Jellies
    • Nut butters
    • Yogurt
    • Hummus, salsa, and other dips
    • Leftovers

    Refrigerator Restriction

    Now that you know what goes where in the fridge, you should also be aware of which foods don’t belong in the fridge in the first place, such as:

    • Bananas
    • Bread (storing bread in the freezer is fine)
    • Coffee
    • Garlic
    • Onions
    • Potatoes
    • Tomatoes

    Also, keep in mind that you should avoid overloading your refrigerator. Stuffing your fridge full of food may prevent cool air from flowing freely throughout the unit. As a result, your refrigerator may run less efficiently and food may spoil faster.

    Having the right kind of refrigerator that fits your family’s lifestyle is also something to consider. Reno’s has a large selection of refrigerators to choose from, including bottom-freezer, top-freezer, side-by-side, and French door models from trusted brands like Sub-Zero, GE, and Whirlpool. We also have a large inventory of compact refrigerators that are perfect for dorm rooms and for smaller spaces, plus all the replacement parts and accessories you might need for your refrigerator.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  8. 5 Reasons You Need GE WiFi Connect Appliances in Your Life

    5 Reasons You Need GE WiFi Connect Appliances in Your Life

    For the last 100 years or so, ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, and other household appliances have basically performed the same way. But in recent years, so-called “smart” appliances have been appearing on the market. These appliances can be connected to the Internet through your home’s existing WiFi and controlled with your smartphone.

    Not surprisingly, GE is at the forefront of this emerging technology—and it’s about to take off. Experts estimate there will be 13 billion WiFi-connected appliances and devices in consumers’ homes by the year 2020.

    You may be wondering why anyone would need a WiFi-connected appliance. Here are five good reasons:

    1. Convenience

      GE’s WiFi Connect appliances deliver real, everyday convenience for real, everyday moments. For example, you can start preheating your GE Profile Wall Oven or GE Profile Range before you leave work, so it’s at the perfect temperature right when you walk in the door. Or, place your dinner in the oven before you leave the house and use your phone to choose the time the oven turns on. That way, you’re coming home to a fully cooked dinner.

      Alternatively, what if you are already home, but you’re busy with chores or playing with the kids and you hear the oven’s timer beep? No need to run to the kitchen. Simply take out your phone and turn the oven off or set it to “warm,” then return to what you were doing until you can get back to the kitchen.

      Some GE WiFi Connect refrigerators have Keurig K–cup brewing systems built right into the door. As if that wasn’t convenient enough, you can time it so hot water is ready to brew your coffee as soon as you step into the kitchen in the morning.

    2. Peace of Mind

      You leave the refrigerator door open. You forget to turn the oven off. Or maybe the dishwasher springs a leak while you’re not at home. These scenarios happen to all of us at one time or another. With a GE WiFi Connect appliance, you’ll receive alerts on your phone if anything is wrong and then you can control the device from your phone to prevent disaster.

      You’ll also get alerts when it’s time to perform regular maintenance, like cleaning the oven or changing the water filter in your fridge.

    3. Energy Efficiency

      Smart appliances can also help you save energy and reduce utility bills. For example, you can program your GE WiFi Connect dishwasher to run in the middle of the night when energy costs are typically lower. Or set your refrigerator’s thermostat to adjust itself throughout the day so it stays colder during the day and runs more efficiently at night.

    4. Powerful Partnerships

      GE Appliances has partnered with leaders in the world of WiFi-connected devices, like Amazon and Google to enable your appliances to respond to your voice commands. You can also have your appliances track and order supplies for you through Amazon Dash. That means your dishwasher will detect when you are running low on your favorite detergent and automatically order more.

    5. Future-Proof Technology

      You may be reluctant to invest in a smart appliance now, thinking that something newer and better is just around the corner. The best part about smart appliances is that they are future-proof. You’ll get automatic software upgrades as soon as they are available ensuring that you always have access to the latest features and benefits. No additional purchases necessary.

    If you’re interested in learning more about GE WiFi Connect, then stop by Reno’s Appliance showroom in Paterson, NJ to see our large selection of appliances in that collection, including single-convection wall ovens, double-convection wall ovens, free-standing ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.

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  9. Tips to Keep Your Washer and Dryer in Tip Top Shape

    Tips to Keep Your Washer and Dryer in Tip Top Shape

    Your washer and dryer are the unsung workhorses of your home. You don’t realize how much you depend on these appliances until they break down. These tips can help you keep both machines running in peak condition for as long as possible.

    Don’t Wear Out Your Washing Machine

    1. Know your hoses. Look for bulging, cracking, fraying, or leaking hoses. Replace hoses if you see any issues or if it’s been five or more years since they were last replaced.
    2. Keep it on the level. Is your washing machine vibrating, rocking, or moving across the floor during the spin cycle? If so, you’ll need to balance it by raising or lowering the machine’s legs to prevent damage. Or, consider a pedestal for maximum stability.
    3. Learn this lint lesson. It’s not just dryers that have lint filters. Depending on your machine, the lint collector may be located in the agitator tube, or near the top of the washtub. Check your owner’s manual to locate it and be sure to clean it regularly.
    4. Wash the washer. It sounds funny, but washing machines need to be washed. Run a mixture of 2 cups of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda through an empty wash cycle to remove mildew, soap residue, and hard water deposits.
    5. Obliterate odors. Between loads, leave the washer lid open on top-loading washers like the Avanti Platinum, or leave the door open on front-loading washers like this Electrolux model. This allows the unit to dry out and prevents the mildew that causes bad odors.
    6. Measure detergent Diligently. Too much soap can cause excess wear and tear on your washer. Read the instruction manual to find out exactly how much detergent you should be using. And if you have a high-efficiency machine like this Whirlpool, then be sure to use high-efficiency detergent. No matter what kind of detergent you use, a detergent dispenser can help ensure exact amounts.
    7. Avoid overloading. For maximum efficiency, never fill the washer above three-quarters full, and wash heavy items in smaller loads.

    Don’t Damage Your Dryer

    1. Another lint lesson. Letting lint build up can impact the dryer’s efficiency and may even become a fire hazard. Clean the lint trap regularly.
    2. Get secure. For optimal dryer performance, properly secure the hoses, vents, and cords. Reinforce connections with duct tape to prevent gaps and slipping.
    3. Avoid overloading: Just like with the washer, you want to keep dryer loads small so you don’t overwork your machine.
    4. Clean the interior vent: Clothes still feel damp after the dryer has stopped? That means that you should clean the interior vent. To do so, disconnect the exhaust vent from the back of the dryer and vacuum up any lint or debris. Or, look into a dryer like this Samsung to get smartphone alerts when the vents need to be cleaned or other maintenance is required.
    5. Don’t forget outside: You should periodically check to make sure air is coming out of the exhaust vent located on your home’s exterior while the dryer is on. If you don’t feel any air coming from the vent, turn off the dryer and look for blockages. If there is a blockage, you may have to remove the duct to clean it out. Consult with a professional before making any changes to your dryer’s exhaust duct.

    Of course, the best way to prevent laundry problems is to start with a high-quality washer and dryer. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Samsung, Whirlpool, GE, Electrolux, and many others.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  10. Throwing a Perfect Little Get-Together

    Throwing a Perfect Little Get-Together

    Do you want to be the get-together master? Have you always dreamed of throwing the perfect party that your friends talk about for years to come? If so, Reno’s Appliance can help, as they have the items you need to throw a get-together to remember.

    It Starts with the Grill

    Your guests aren’t just coming to say hello. They are coming with the promise of eating some tasty food. You can keep that promise with the help of a barbecue grill from Reno’s Appliance. You simply can’t beat a pro barbecue grill. Consider purchasing a pro grill with a rotisserie so that you can cook certain foods more evenly. Your guests will rave about the food for years to come.

    Reno’s Appliance has other grill options as well. If you aren’t sure which one is right for your grilling needs, one of our store associates can help. Let the staff member know what you want out of a grill, and he or she will match you up to the right one.

    Don’t Forget the Food Warmer

    Not everything you decide to cook will work on the grill. For instance, you will likely have some baked goods or side dishes that you’ll cook in the kitchen beforehand and want to keep warm throughout the party. That’s easy to do with a cart mounted food warmer. Start by taking food out of the kitchen and putting it into the warmer, and then add the items from the grill if they are not eaten right away. Your guests will be full and satisfied all party long, with no food going to waste or in need of reheating.

    Keep Everything on Hand

    You want to be the best host around, and that’s impossible if you are constantly running inside to grab one more thing. Avoid that problem with some access drawers or tower drawers. These drawers can hold everything from your cold beverages to your marinating meats. You can also store your kitchen supplies in these drawers. The convenience they offer is much nicer than running inside, away from your guests.

    Keep the Drinks Flowing

    Are you looking to serve drinks such as wine at the party, that are often better chilled? Forget the hassle of storing drinks inside or constantly returning drinks to the fridge when you can simply pick up a wine chiller from Reno’s. Chill dozens of bottles of wine at once so you’ll always be ready for the next party. You can also get a dual zone wine/beverage cooler so you can include sodas, beer, and other drinks available for your guests.

    Don’t Forget the Ice

    It doesn’t matter how cold you keep the drinks, as some people prefer their beverage with ice. Reno’s Appliance has a variety of icemakers available, including built-in units, outdoor units, and more. Stop by the showroom and pick out the best icemaker for your next party.

    Turn up the Music

    You’re a great entertainer, but even you can’t keep the party going with funny stories alone. You need some dance floor or background music to set the mood. Pick up a home theater system before your next party and be prepared for whatever your guests request. A high-quality system will ensure that your next party stands out.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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