Monthly Archives: April 2018
  1. Properly Measuring for Your New Refrigerator

    Properly Measuring for Your New Refrigerator

    You’ve searched for months and you’ve finally found the perfect refrigerator. It’s got all the features you want, plenty of room, and a gorgeous finish. But when it gets delivered, you find out that it doesn’t fit the spot you had planned. That’s a completely frustrating problem, but one that’s easily avoided if you know how to determine refrigerator measurements.

    As experts in kitchen appliances, we wanted to tell you how to take accurate refrigerator measurements so you know it will fit perfectly in your kitchen upon arrival.

    Measure Width, Depth, and Height

    When measuring the space you have in mind for your new refrigerator, be sure to measure top to bottom, left to right, and front to back. Take measurements a few times to ensure accuracy.  And remember that homes settle over time, so the measurement on one side may not necessarily equal the measurement on the opposite side.

    Make Room for the Door

    Include the length and width of the door in your refrigerator measurements. Consider how far the door will open and how it will fill the space of your kitchen. You certainly don’t want any cabinets, chairs, or walls interfering with the arc of the door. You want to be sure the door opens wide enough so that you have full access to vegetable and door bins.

    Plan for Proper Ventilation

    Refrigerators need enough air around them for proper ventilation. If your refrigerator is entirely boxed in, then it may run too warm, causing food to spoil. When taking refrigerator measurements, make sure you allow for at least one inch of space on top, behind, and on either side of the refrigerator to allow heat to escape.

    Leaving enough space around the unit also allows you to easily slide your refrigerator out when it’s time to clean it. Dust builds up fast around the refrigerator and if not cleaned regularly your refrigerator will run less efficiently and possibly increase your energy bills.

    Measure Doorways and Hallways

    You measured the space you have for your refrigerator and you know it will fit. But will it fit through your front door, down the hallway, around any corners, and through the kitchen entrance? Measure the entire path your new fridge will take before it gets to where you want it to go. Nothing is worse than getting your new appliance home and finding that it won’t fit through the front door.

    Determine Cubic Feet

    Another refrigerator measurement that’s important to consider is cubic feet. This number won’t affect how your refrigerator will fit into your space, but it will help you determine how much will fit inside. Most refrigerators these days are 18 to 26 cubic feet. An 18-cubic-foot fridge is sufficient for a two-person household. Families with four or more people will want at least a 20-cubic-foot model.

    The first place to look for the cubic feet measurement is inside the refrigerator itself. There should be a label with a range of measurements listed, including cubic feet. If it’s not listed on the label, look at the model number. For example, model number XYZ18 tells us that this refrigerator is 18 cubic feet. Model number ABC22 is 22 cubic feet.

    If all else fails, you can grab a tape measure and measure the width, depth, and height of the inside of your refrigerator. Multiply the numbers together (W x D x H) and divide the total by 1728 to get the cubic feet.

    Don’t Shop Without Measurements

    Before you go shopping for a new refrigerator, take the time to do some measuring. Having the right refrigerator measurements in hand will help make sure you get the perfect appliance and avoid a lot of frustration.

    Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-ZeroBosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French doorbottom 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.

    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. Product Feature: Miele's W1 Washer and T1 Dryer

    Product Feature: Miele's W1 Washer and T1 Dryer

    Miele, one of the top appliance manufacturers in the world, has recently released the W1 washing machine and T1 dryer. This pair has been dubbed the everything washer and anywhere dryer because they were built with four key characteristics in mind:

    1. Perfect size
    2. Outstanding performance
    3. Unsurpassed convenience
    4. Extreme efficiency

    A Truly Dynamic Laundry Duo

    Both the W1 and T1 can be plugged into standard 120-volt outlets, rather than the 220-volt outlets that most machines require. That means no electrical upgrades are necessary and each machine is much more energy efficient than standard washers and dryers. In fact, both the W1 and T1 have been given ENERGY STAR® certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Each appliance can be controlled and monitored from your mobile phone or Wi-Fi-connected tablet when you download the Miele app. Easily start or stop loads when you’re away from home, receive notifications, order detergent and supplies, and more.

    The W1 and T1 share these cool features, but each appliance has its own stand-alone features that deserve a closer look. 

    Why the W1 Washer is a Winner

    • QuickIntenseWash: For when you’re short on time, this setting provides a high-level clean in less than one hour.
    • TwinDos: The TwinDos function has two detergent containers built into the appliance. A simple touch of a button dispenses the optimal amount of detergent for the size of the load, and the W1 will automatically release it at the perfect time for best results.
    • CapDosing: No more guess work or messy pours when it comes to adding fabric softener or other fabric conditioners. Simply place the pre-portioned Miele Caps into the fabric conditioner compartment of the W1. The machine will automatically add the contents during the wash cycle at the right time.
    • SingleWash: When you don’t quite have a full load, this setting lets you wash small loads in half the time, using up to 70% less water and 25% less energy, while maintaining excellent cleaning results.

    Why the T1 Dryer Triumphs

    • Heat-pump technology: The low, gentle heat generated by the T1 isn’t released, but recycled in the unit, which increases efficiency by up to 60% when compared to conventional dryers.
    • Ventless design: Because the heat is recycled, ducts and vents are completely unnecessary. It truly is the go anywhere dryer.
    • FragranceDos: Add your favorite scent to your laundry with Miele’s fragrance pods. Simply fit the fragrance pod into the specially designed holder for delightfully scented and fluffy laundry.
    • SteamFinish: Say goodbye to your iron. The steam finish setting sprays a fine mist into the dryer during the cycle. The steam gently penetrates the clothing fibers for smoother, neater-looking clothes straight from the dryer.

    If you’d like to learn more about Miele’s W1 washer and T1 dryer, or see them up close, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. While you’re there you can also check out other high-quality washers and dryers from top brands including Samsung, Whirlpool, Maytag, and LG.

    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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  3. Make Proper Appliance Disposal Your Next Earth Day Activity

    Make Proper Appliance Disposal Your Next Earth Day Activity

    If you’re thinking about ways you can be more “eco-friendly” in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, countless options probably come to mind. Some of the more common Earth Day activities might include helping to clean up a local park, planting some flowers or trees, or installing energy-efficient light bulbs throughout your home.

    As appliance experts, we wanted to remind you of another great Earth Day activity that involves properly disposing of older appliances. Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners can all be hazardous to the environment if not handled responsibly.

    Why are certain appliances so dangerous?

    Older appliances may contain refrigerants and foam blowing agents depending on the year they were manufactured. These chemicals are not only harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer, but they also contain potent greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change if not properly recycled or destroyed. Newer units don’t use ozone depleting chemicals anymore, but still rely on refrigerants that can emit greenhouse gases.

    What are the benefits of proper appliance disposal?

    Consider that roughly nine million refrigerators, six million window air conditioners, and one million dehumidifiers are disposed of each year. The proper removal and disposal of these appliances would:

    • Prevent thousands of gallons of used oil and mercury from contaminating waterways and the environment.
    • Prevent the release of several thousand tons of ozone-destroying emissions and greenhouse gases.
    • Save landfill space and take material out of the waste stream by recycling the metal, glass, and plastic parts of the appliances.

    Are there any laws regulating appliance recycling?

    When household appliances are taken out of service, federal law requires that all refrigerants, used oil, and other chemicals be properly managed and stored. Your state and municipality may have additional requirements that you should be aware of. At this time, no federal or state laws require that appliance foam be recovered.

    Is it better to have my old appliance repaired?

    If you have an appliance that’s still in good shape, but just isn’t working properly, it may be worth it to get it repaired instead of replaced. Sometimes repairing an appliance is the more environmentally-friendly option. 

    How can I make sure my old appliance is properly recycled?

    If you have a refrigerated appliance that you’re ready to get rid of, you have a few options:

    • Contact your municipality: Many towns and cities have curbside pick-up programs for residents. They typically sell the old appliances to recyclers, scrap metal companies, or other third parties, providing a revenue stream for your town.
    • Ask Your Local Appliance Retailer: If you’re purchasing a new appliance, ask your salesperson if the store will take away your old unit. For example, Reno’s Appliance will deliver your new appliance and haul away your old one and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way at no charge. Reno’s also has a robust recycling program for the styrofoam and cardboard their appliances are packaged in.
    • Call an Appliance Recycling Center: Your local appliance recycling center might offer you a bit of cash for your old appliances. Plus, you know that they’ll take the proper steps to ensure all hazardous materials are dealt with responsibly. You could also sell your old appliances to a scrap metal yard, but there’s less assurance that the harmful components will be disposed of properly. You’re better off finding an appliance recycling center near you.

    If disposing an old, inefficient appliance is on your list of Earth Day activities, then make sure you stop by Reno’s showroom in Paterson, NJ. Ask our friendly sales experts about appliance disposal and while you’re there, be sure to view our wide selection of Energy Star® rated refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, washers, and dryers from world-class brands. By purchasing an Energy Star appliance, you know you’ll get high-quality performance while doing what’s right for the planet.

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  4. Laundry Tips: 7 Dryer Mistakes to Never Make

    Laundry Tips: 7 Dryer Mistakes to Never Make

    Your dryer just might be the unsung hero of your home. It dutifully chugs along, drying load after load, day in and day out. We usually don’t give our dryer a second thought—until the day it stops working altogether. The fact is, a few simple laundry tips will keep your dryer running right for years to come.

    Here’s a list of seven common dryer mistakes that you should avoid.

    1. Forgetting to clean the lint trap.

    Many people figure they’ll get around to cleaning out their lint trap at some point, but “at some point” often means never. A clogged lint trap can make the unit run less efficiently and can even be a potential fire hazard. Get in the habit of cleaning the lint trap after every load.

    1. Never checking the venting tube.

    The venting tube runs from the back of your dryer to the outside—allowing heat to escape. While you need heat to dry your clothes, too much heat can lead to fire. A few times a year, make sure the venting tubes are clear of debris. There might be a build-up of lint, a stray sock, or pet hair. And here’s a bonus laundry tip: When you’re done checking the dryer tubes, make sure you inspect the washing machine hoses.

    1. Placing your dryer on uneven ground.

    In order for your dryer to function properly, it must be on level ground. If you have any doubt whether the floor under your dryer is truly flat, use a level to make sure. If it’s even slightly off balance, make sure you adjust the feet of the dryer to correct it.

    1. Using too many dryer sheets.

    There’s nothing wrong with using a dryer sheet. They soften clothes and reduce static cling. But you only need one per load. Some people may think that doubling or tripling up on dryer sheets means extra softness, but that’s not necessarily true. Extra dryer sheets can more easily get jammed in the inner-workings of your dryer and create problems. Also, make sure that you locate and discard the dryer sheet after every load.

    1. Using vinyl tubing.

    Vinyl tubing doesn’t meet current fire codes, because it doesn’t have the flexibility of aluminum tubing. Make sure you use vent duct tubing, which is made of aluminum.

    1. Squeezing the unit into small spaces.

    Squeezing your washer/dryer unit into a little broom closet may keep it out of sight, but dryers need a few feet of space around to allow for proper air circulation. Otherwise, the machine can overheat and stop working, or even worse, catch fire.

    1. Overfilling the dryer.

    Don’t put too much into the dryer at one time. That’s one laundry tip we’re probably all guilty of doing. While it’s tempting to shove huge loads into the dryer to save time, it’s a big mistake. Large loads can overwork the drum, bearings, and heating elements of the dryer and cause the unit to break. Be sure to follow the owner’s manual guidelines when it comes to the maximum load capacity.

    Where would we be without our dryers? There probably aren’t too many of us who want to hang clothes out on a clothesline anymore. The good news is that maintaining dryers isn’t complicated. It just takes a few common sense laundry tips to keep your dryer in tip-top shape.

    If you’ve been taking great care of your dryer and it’s still not running right, then it may be time for a new unit. Stop by Reno’s Appliance to see our wide selection of dryers. We’re proud to carry top-name brands like Amana, Electrolux, Maytag, Whirlpool, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

    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.

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  5. Greasy Kitchen Hood? It's Time to Clean That

    Greasy Kitchen Hood? It's Time to Clean That

    Your kitchen hood, or range hood, is mounted over your stove. Its sole purpose is to suck up smoke and grease while you cook. Over time, the kitchen hood may collect so much grease that it loses its effectiveness.

    So, when’s the last time you cleaned your kitchen hood? Sure, you may wipe down the outside of the hood on a regular basis, but have you checked under the kitchen hood or looked at the state of your exhaust fan filters? If it’s been a while since you checked, or you never even thought to look, then some serious kitchen hood cleaning is in your future.

    Thankfully, kitchen hood cleaning isn’t a hard task. As appliance experts, we wanted to share simple instructions to help you clean your kitchen hood and exhaust fan filters.

    Gather These Supplies

    • Hot water (close to boiling)
    • A bucket (not needed if you’d rather use a sink)
    • Degreasing dish soap
    • Baking soda
    • Non-abrasive scrub brush
    • Paper towels or dish cloth
    • Spray-on degreaser

    Clean the Filter

    1. Remove the filters: Most filters should easily slide or pop out of the underside of the hood. Sometimes there’s a small latch that you may have to undo.

    2. Fill a sink or bucket with hot water: The hotter the water, the more effective it will be. For best results, boil water in a pot or tea kettle. If that’s not an option, then use the hottest water possible that comes from your tap. 

    3. Mix baking soda and dish soap: Squirt a good amount of dish soap into the sink or bucket along with a half cup of baking soda. Use a large spoon or brush to agitate the water and get it nice and sudsy. But be careful because the water will be very hot.

    4. Put filters in water: Submerge your greasy exhaust fan filters into the water. Make sure they’re completely covered.

    5. Let them soak: Allow the filters to soak for at least ten minutes, but there’s no harm in letting them sit longer. (This might be a good time to clean the underside of the kitchen hood. See those instructions below.)

    6. Scrub the filters: Use a non-abrasive scrub brush to go to work on the filters. The grease should come off rather easily. Add more dish soap to your brush if required while you scrub.

    7. Rinse and dry: Rinse the filters thoroughly in hot water and dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.

    8. Replace the filters: Put the filters back into the hood. Cleaning the filters once a month is a good maintenance strategy.

    Caution: While it may be tempting, resist washing the filters in the dishwasher. All of that caked on grease can get released into the dishwasher and clog up the works. Plus, the filter’s metal housing can bang around and leave marks on dishes.

    Clean the Underside of the Hood

    To clean the nastier underside of the hood, we recommend getting a commercial spray-on degreaser. Apply the degreaser according to the label instructions, let it sit and then wipe it off. You’ll be surprised how well it works.

    If you prefer more natural degreasing solution, you can make a paste out of baking soda and warm water. Apply the paste and let it sit overnight. In the morning, wipe away the baking soda and all that caked on grease will come with it.

    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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