Monthly Archives: January 2018
  1. The 4 Most Common Refrigerator Issues to Watch For

    The 4 Most Common Refrigerator Issues to Watch For

    Our refrigerators are one of those appliances we simply expect to work without question—until the day something goes wrong. Then, we’re left wondering if we’ve got a costly repair on our hands, or if it’s time for a new fridge.

    As appliance experts, we wanted to share the 4 most common refrigerator issues to be aware of, plus troubleshooting tips that might help you avoid expensive repairs and extend the life of your fridge.

    1. The fridge is too warm: Your fridge should be between 37 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. If your fridge temperature consistently reads above 41 degrees, then that could indicate a larger issue.

    What to check first:

    • Make sure the fridge has power. Is it plugged in? Is the circuit breaker that connects to the fridge switched on?
    • Check the fridge’s thermostat and make adjustments if needed.
    • Make sure the vents that blow cold air into the unit are not blocked. Rearrange items in the refrigerator if need be to allow for proper airflow.
    • Vacuum the condenser coils located under or behind the refrigerator. Dust and dirt build up on the coils over time and can significantly diminish your refrigerator’s performance.

    When to call a professional:

    • If you’ve gone through the checklist above and still haven’t found the problem, then call your repair technician who can check if the compressor or any fans aren’t working.

    2. Everything is freezing: Sometimes your fridge can get too cold and everything starts to ice over.

    What to check first:

    • Make sure your thermostat isn’t set too low. Turn it up a bit and see if that resolves the issue.
    • Make sure the thermostat isn’t defective. Turn it to its highest setting. You should hear a “click” within a minute of turning it up. If you don’t, then you’ll need a new thermostat.

    When to call a professional:

    • A repair technician can help you determine if your fridge has a defective thermistor, the part that sends the fridge temperature reading to the control board.
    • Your technician can also help you determine if the temperature control board, which powers the compressor and fan motors inside the fridge, is malfunctioning.

    3. There’s frost in the freezer: Old freezers are especially prone to frost buildup.

    What to check first:

    • Look for cracks in the door seal that allows warm, moist air to seep into the freezer compartment.
    • Make sure the freezer door can shut completely.

    When to call a professional:

    • There could be something wrong with the refrigerator defrost sensor. You’ll need a professional to help with the repair.

    4. Broken Ice Maker: Modern refrigerators often have built-in ice makers for convenience, but they may also be one of the first things to malfunction on your refrigerator because of multiple delicate parts.

    What to check first:

    • Shut off the valve to the household water supply.
    • Pull the fridge away from the wall and check for any kinks or tears in the water supply line.
    • Make sure the water inlet valve is open.
    • Check the water filter for debris and replace it if necessary.

    When to call a professional:

    • If you can’t find the issue, then one of the internal ice-making mechanisms could be malfunctioning. Let a professional handle this more in-depth repair.

    If you’ve got an old fridge that’s beyond repair, then head over to Reno’s Appliance to view our extensive selection of refrigerators. We’ve got top brands including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French door, bottom freezer, and top freezer. We also carry compact refrigerators, which are perfect for small apartment, dorm rooms, or the office. You’ll even find a nice selection of sleek and stylish wine refrigerators, which are becoming increasingly popular. Find out why in this this recent blog post.

    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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  2. Top Tips for Removing the 10 Toughest Stains of All Time

    Top Tips for Removing the 10 Toughest Stains of All Time

    Is there anything more frustrating than a tough stain on your clothes? Sometimes, it seems like no matter what you do, those stubborn spots, splotches, and spills just won’t come out. But before you toss those grimy garments in the garbage, check out our tips for removing the 10 toughest stains of all time.

    1. Grass Stains

    • Apply a stain treatment or detergent directly to the stain as soon as possible, then rub the treated part of the fabric together for about a minute.
    • Without rinsing away the detergent, wash the stained garment in your washing machine as usual. 
    • If there is any stain remaining after the garment is washed, you can apply diluted white vinegar to it, rub the fabric together, and then wash it again. Repeat this step as needed until the stain is gone.

    2. Red Wine

    • Pour table salt directly onto the stain. You’ll notice the salt start to turn pink as it absorbs the stain.
    • Throw out the salt and soak the garment in cold water and detergent overnight.
    • The next day, wash the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    3. Chocolate

    • Remove as much of the excess chocolate as you can.
    • Pour liquid detergent directly onto the stain and then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to work the detergent into the stain. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
    • Without rinsing off the detergent, wash the garment in your washing machine using the hottest water temperature possible.

    4. Fruit Juice or Coffee

    • Rinse the garment in cold water for a few minutes to dilute the stain.
    • Pour detergent directly onto the stain. Rub it in a bit with your fingers or a soft-bristled toothbrush, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes.
    • Without rinsing off the detergent, wash the garment in your washing machine using hot water.

    5. Mud

    • Allow the mud to dry thoroughly and brush off as much as you can.
    • Pour liquid dishwasher detergent and water onto the stain and rub gently to create suds. Do this for at least 10 minutes.
    • Rinse away suds with cold water.
    • If any stain still remains, then mix one cup white vinegar and one cup water and rub the fabric together until the stain is gone.
    • Finish by washing the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    6. Grease

    • If possible, rinse the stain immediately with cold water.
    • Gently rub dishwashing liquid onto the stain and rinse with cool water. Repeat this step until you’ve removed as much of the stain as you can.
    • Apply detergent directly to the stained area, gently rub it in, and let it sit for a few minutes.
    • Without rinsing off the detergent, wash the garment in hot water.

    7. Ink

    • · Believe it or not, hairspray is the answer for ink. Start by placing a paper towel under the ink stain.
    • · Saturate the stain with hairspray.
    • · Let it soak for a minute, then blot the stain with a clean cloth.
    • · Repeat the process until the stain is gone and then wash the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    8. Blood

    • Soak the garment in cold water, while gently rubbing the stain with your fingers.
    • Change the water if you notice it begin to turn pink.
    • When you have removed as much of the stain as possible, rinse the garment, blot the stain with a clean cloth, and soak it in cold water.
    • Treat the garment with a stain remover, allow it to sit for at least an hour, and then wash the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    9. Perspiration

    • Apply a prewash stain remover to the garment as directed.
    • Wash the garment in your washing machine using an enzyme detergent and oxygen bleach.

    10.  Ketchup, Pasta Sauce, and Tomato-Based Foods

    • Whenever possible, rinse the garment under cold running water right away to remove as much of the stain as possible.
    • Then, soak the garment in warm water and dab the spot with a soapy sponge (use dishwashing liquid).
    • Wash the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    Bonus Tip: Get a Quality Washing Machine

    Don’t underestimate the power of a high-quality washing machine in your quest for the cleanest clothes. Here are some of our favorite models.

    • Electrolux Front Load Perfect Steam: This model fights stains 3 ways with a built-in pre-treatment option, patented SmartBoostTM technology, and a steam cycle.
    • GE Stainless Steel Washer: An outstanding value, this washer features an auto soak before each cycle to loosen stains, 4 preprogrammed settings to treat the most common stains, and a dual-action agitator for a thorough overall clean.
    • Samsung AddWash Front Load Washer: This washer boasts a large tub capacity, super speedy performance, unique stain-fighting technology, plus a steam cycle.

    If you’re interested in seeing any of these washing machines, then stop by Reno’s Appliance showroom in Paterson, NJ. While you’re there, you can also check out their extensive inventory of washing machines from other world-class brands including Maytag, Whirlpool, LG, and many others.

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  3. 6 Simple Steps to Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

    6 Simple Steps to Clean Your Refrigerator Coils

    Most people may not think about their refrigerator’s condenser coils too often—or even know what they are—but keeping them clean is an essential part of refrigerator maintenance.

    To understand why it’s so important to clean those coils, we’re going to first delve into a bit of grade-school science. We all know that when two things of different temperatures are near each other, the hotter surface cools and the colder surface warms. That principle (officially known as the second law of thermodynamics) is at play in your refrigerator. A pump pushes a gas refrigerant through the coils, where it cools down and becomes a liquid. The cool liquid then sucks all of the warm air out of the refrigerator and freezer.

    Over time, dust, dirt, and pet hair can easily collect on the coils. When the coils are dirty, they can’t efficiently release heat. That means your compressor must work harder and use more energy, which will shorten the lifespan of your refrigerator.

    Fortunately, you can help keep your refrigerator running efficiently by cleaning the coils a few times a year. Even more good news is that it’s not at all difficult. As appliance experts, we wanted to share 6 simple steps to clean your refrigerator’s coils:

    Step 1. Unplug your refrigerator or turn off the circuit breaker that delivers power to the unit.

    Step 2. Remove the cover panel to reveal the coils. On most units, the coils are located below the unit behind a kick plate, or near the top of the unit behind a trim plate. Either one of these plates should simply lift off. On older units, the coils may already be exposed behind the refrigerator.

    Step 3. Use a long-handled refrigerator brush to dislodge any dust and debris around the coils. Be careful not to bend or damage the coils.

    Step 4. Use the narrow hose attachment on your vacuum to suck up all the dust. Move the hose along all surfaces as carefully as you can.

    Step 5. When you are finished vacuuming, use a damp cloth or rag to gently wipe any remaining dust from the coils.

    Step 6. Replace the cover panel by snapping it back into place. Then plug the unit back in or turn on the circuit breaker.

    Following these simple steps 3 or 4 times a year will definitely help you extend the lifespan of your refrigerator. If you find that it’s still not running great even after you’ve cleaned the coils and performed other maintenance, then it may be time for a new refrigerator.

    Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French door, bottom freezer, and top freezer. We also carry compact refrigerators, which are perfect for small apartment, dorm rooms, or the office. You’ll even find a nice selection of sleek and stylish wine refrigerators, which are becoming increasingly popular, even among casual wine drinkers. Find out why in this this recent blog post.

    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. Winter is Here -- Keep Your Outdoor Appliances Safe

    Winter is Here -- Keep Your Outdoor Appliances Safe

    Outdoor kitchens are a fantastic addition to any home. Much more than just a nice grill, outdoor kitchens can include several other appliances and amenities to make backyard cooking and entertaining during the warm-weather months a lot more convenient and fun. Plus, an outdoor kitchen is sure to add value to your home.

    Outdoor Appliances vs. Indoor Appliances

    There’s more to creating an outdoor kitchen than setting up standard indoor appliances in your backyard. You should buy appliances specifically designed for outdoor use. For example, your kitchen may include:

    • A grill: Every outdoor kitchen should start with a stainless steel grill. Charcoal and gas grills should only be used outdoors and away from your home’s windows where smoke, fumes, and carbon monoxide can dissipate harmlessly into the atmosphere.
    • A refrigerator: Outdoor refrigerators are more compact than full-size indoor kitchen units, come with thicker insulation, and are equipped with more powerful components so food stays cold during those hot, humid summer days. In addition, they have waterproof electronics and a rust-resistant exterior to provide safe, durable operation in wet conditions.
    • A dishwasher: Outdoor dishwashers can be extremely convenient. If you install a dishwasher as part of your outdoor kitchen, it must be specifically designed to stand up to extreme weather conditions. A stainless steel interior and exterior and weatherproof electronics are a necessity.
    • A beer dispenser: While maybe not a “must have” outdoor beer dispensers are a great convenience for large gatherings. Instead of having your guests dig around an ice-filled cooler for a cold one, they can help themselves to a perfectly chilled glass of beer straight from the tap.

    Preparing Your Appliances for Winter

    Just because you’ve purchased appliances that are designed for outdoor use doesn’t mean they’re impervious to weather—especially during winter months. It’s important that you take steps to winterize your outdoor appliances so they’ll be ready to go when spring rolls around.

    Here are 4 tips to help you keep your outdoor appliances safe from the elements this winter:

    1. Clean your grill thoroughly after using it for the last time of the season. Disconnect the propane tank if there is one and store it in a cool place in your garage or basement. Use a high-quality grill cover to protect the grill from snow and ice and make sure it’s well attached so it won’t blow away in strong winds.

    2. To winterize the outdoor refrigerator, turn off the appliance and unplug it. Clean the inside thoroughly with soap and water. Protect the exterior by applying a coat of stainless steel finish. Avoid using an outside refrigerator cover because they tend to trap moisture inside the refrigerator, which could lead to mold and mildew growth.

    3. To winterize the outdoor dishwasher, drain the water lines leading to it. This will prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. Then, apply a coat of stainless steel finish to protect the exterior. Again, no cover is needed.

    4. The beer dispenser is portable so there’s no need to winterize it. Just clean it according to the manufacturers’ instructions and store inside your home or garage.

    Whether you’re preparing for your first winter with a new outdoor kitchen, or you’ve had outdoor kitchen appliances for years, these tips can help you avoid costly repairs or replacements. If you’re looking to create an outdoor kitchen, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. They have everything you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining.

    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. 6 Steps to a Sparkling Oven After the Holiday Season

    6 Steps to a Sparkling Oven After the Holiday Season

    The holiday season is finally over. It’s time to take down the lights, remove the tree, pack away the decorations and… clean the oven? Cleaning the oven is probably not the first chore you think about after the holidays, but it’s the ideal time to do it. After all, your oven has likely been working overtime these past few weeks as you cooked up all of your holiday favorites, from savory stuffing to sweet potato pie. There’s bound to be some spills, stains, or splatters that need to be cleaned up.

    But before you reach for oven cleaner, spray cleaners, or even soap and water, we want you to know that there’s a more effective and safer way for you to clean your oven. It involves two simple ingredients that are probably sitting in your pantry right now: vinegar and baking soda. When it comes to destroying grease and gunk, nothing beats this dynamic duo.  

    Follow these simple steps and you’ll see your oven go from grimy to gleaming, guaranteed.

    Step 1: Gather the following materials:

    • 1 cup of water
    • A clean spray bottle
    • A small bowl
    • A cloth rag
    • A box of baking soda
    • A bottle of distilled white vinegar

    Step 2: Remove the oven racks and soak them in the sink with a mixture of hot water, 1 cup of vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda. After they soak for about 15 to 30 minutes, any grease or grime on the racks should be easily wiped away with a rag or sponge. Alternatively, you may be able to place them in the dishwasher, but check with your oven’s owner’s manual or the manufacturer’s website to ensure the racks are dishwasher safe.

    Step 3: Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in the bowl. You want to create a thick, spreadable paste. Once the mixture is at a good consistency, then spread the paste on the inside surfaces of the oven, including the oven window. As you spread it, you’ll notice that the baking soda will turn brown. Let the baking soda sit overnight, or at least 12 hours.

    Step 4: The next day, wipe out as much of the baking soda as you can with a wet rag.

    Step 5: Pour vinegar into the spray bottle. Spray the vinegar wherever you see baking soda residue. Then, wipe everything down with a clean, wet rag.

    Step 6: Replace the racks and set the oven temperature to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes to allow for drying.

    The post-holiday season is the perfect time to clean your oven. It’s also a good idea to follow the steps above every couple of months, or anytime you notice grime building up in your oven.

    If you’ve decided that you need a new oven to take on the next year’s holiday cooking, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands known for reliability and durability like Amana, GE Appliances, and Frigidaire. You can even choose a self-cleaning model to make your life a bit easier. We also carry a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges.

    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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