Monthly Archives: October 2018
  1. The Lazy Cook: The New Trend in Smart Ovens

    The Lazy Cook: The New Trend in Smart Ovens

    It seems like there’s a “smart” version of almost everything these days. Smart cars, smart watches, smart phones, smart televisions, and the list goes on. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re appliance experts and we’re excited to tell you about the latest trend in kitchen appliance technology—smart ovens. Smart ovens can be connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology and controlled remotely with an app on a smart phone or tablet.

    Why Are Smart Ovens a Smart Idea?

    Smart ovens open up a world of convenience and ease for cooks and busy families everywhere. With a smart oven you can:

    • Turn the oven on and off, start preheating, and adjust the temperature from anywhere using the smartphone app.
    • Enjoy expanded temperature settings including bake, broil, warm, convection bake, roast, and proof to help yeast-based baked goods rise before baking.
    • Cook food more quickly and precisely thanks to advanced cooking technology like convection and infrared heating elements that replace or enhance traditional heating components.
    • Cook different foods at different temperatures at the same time—many smart oven range models offer two separate oven spaces.
    • Connect to any number of recipe apps and have the oven automatically preheat itself to the correct temperature, cook food for the proper amount of time, and then turn itself off—all based on the recipe instructions.
    • Receive alerts when oven is properly preheated, when timer has ended, if you’ve left the house with the oven still on, or if there is a problem with the appliance.
    • Take advantage of faster and more powerful self-cleaning cycles that help you cook more and clean less.
    • Save energy and reduce energy bills thanks to smart ovens’ efficient designs that cook food faster using less energy.
    • Integrate your oven with other smart home appliances like a smart dishwasher, smart microwave, or smart refrigerator, so you can control every appliance in your kitchen from the palm of your hand.
    • Get automatic software upgrades for your oven as soon as they’re available, ensuring that you’ll always have access to the latest features and benefits. No additional purchases necessary.

    Plus, They’re Smart Enough to Listen

    Perhaps the coolest feature of certain smart ovens is that they will listen to your voice commands. For example, Jenn-Air has partnered with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, enabling you to control your oven with your speach. Simple voice commands have been created for everything from preheating and setting timers to changing temperatures and cooking modes. For example, you can say:

    “Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to …

    • preheat the oven to 350 degrees.”
    • reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees”
    • set the oven timer for 20 minutes."
    • preheat the oven for a 12-pound turkey."

    And the more you talk, the more it understands your personal speech patterns and regional accent. There’s no reason to “talk like a robot” or yell. Simply talk and it responds.

    If you’re ready to smarten up your kitchen and simplify your life, come to Reno’s Appliance, where you’ll find a wide selection of smart ovens, including the:

    While you’re visiting Reno’s, you can ask our team about our entire inventory of smart kitchen appliances including 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. 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. Repair or Replace? When it’s Time to Say Goodbye

    Repair or Replace? When it’s Time to Say Goodbye

    Ice cream is melting in the freezer. The refrigerator is warm. Clothes come out of the dryer still wet. The dishwasher is making a weird noise. If you’ve experienced any of these appliance malfunctions, then you’re probably asking yourself what to do—repair or replace the appliance?

    At Reno’s Appliance, we know that deciding to repair or replace appliances can be difficult, but answering these 7 questions may help point you toward the right answer.

    1. Do you have a warranty?
    The very first thing you’ll need to determine is if your appliance has a warranty. Most appliances come with a one-year warranty, plus you’ll typically have the option to purchase an extended warranty (usually 5 years). That way, you’re covered for a total of 6 years. If anything goes wrong with during that time, you can have it repaired or replaced at no extra cost to you.

    2. How much will the repair cost?
    Here’s a good rule of thumb: If the repair costs less than 50% of what you paid for it, then the repair is worth it. Remember to factor in the cost of any new parts along with the cost of labor when considering the overall cost of a repair. Likewise, you should also consider the cost of having a new appliance delivered and installed in addition to its purchase price.

    3. How old is the appliance?
    We can use that same 50% rule when it comes to the age of your appliances as well. That means if your appliance is more than halfway through its expected life span, and requires repair work that’s more than half its original cost, then you’re better off getting a new appliance. Here’s the average life span of some common household appliances:

    4. Are parts available?
    You may love your washing machine because it’s been reliable for 25 years. But if one day it stops working and you vow to repair “old faithful” instead of replacing it (no matter how much parts cost) just know that the matter may be out of your hands. The truth is, many manufacturers eventually stop making parts for their machines. So, if your appliance is particularly old, the part needed to repair it may not even exist anymore—and you’ll soon be shopping.

    5. Do you need a more energy-efficient appliance?
    Energy costs are another important factor when deciding whether to repair or replace appliances. Appliances are getting more efficient every day. Chances are, if you’ve had an appliance for several years, there is probably a more efficient model available. Energy-efficient models often come with rebates and purchase incentives to help offset upfront costs. Plus, you’ll see reduced utility bills in the future.

    6. Are you practicing good appliance maintenance?
    You may be able to put off the repair or replace decision by adopting a few simple appliance maintenance practices. For example, you should periodically vacuum your refrigerator condenser coils to help it run more efficiently. Being careful to not overload your washer and dryer will help extend the life of both appliances. And the best way to maintain your oven is to clean it periodically with baking soda and vinegar.

    7. Do you want a new appliance?
    Sometimes, a broken appliance is the perfect excuse for you treat yourself to something new. Maybe you’ve had your eye on a French door refrigerator, a pro range, or a dishwasher that better matches your kitchen’s décor. If you’ve got the finances and the desire, then there’s no reason not to go for it.

    Keep these tips in mind if one of your appliances breaks and you find yourself agonizing over the question to repair or replace. And, if you decide that replacing your appliance is the best option, then head over to the Reno’s Appliance showroom in Paterson, NJ. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

    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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  3. How to Use Laundry Detergent: The Ultimate Guide

    How to Use Laundry Detergent: The Ultimate Guide

    If you look for laundry detergent in any supermarket these days, you’ll see an array of liquids, pods, powders, high-efficiency (HE) formulas, and more. With so many detergent products out there, it's no wonder that there’s confusion about how to use laundry detergent correctly. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re washing machine experts and wanted to give you these quick tips on how to use laundry detergent to get the best results.

    1. Determine Your Detergent Preference.
      Liquid detergents are easy to pour and work great for pre-treating stains like grease, grass, and ground-in dirt. Powder detergents are good for consistent, everyday washing, but using too much can leave a residue on your clothes. Finally, there’s the newest detergent product, the laundry pod. These are super convenient and take the guesswork out of properly measuring detergent. Just make sure you keep these stored away from pets and children. Their bright colors make them look like toys or candy.

      No matter what type of detergent you choose, make sure you are using an HE formula detergent if you have an HE appliance. HE detergents produce fewer suds and make it easier for HE machines to rinse out the soap. Using standard detergent in an HE machine will create far too many suds and can damage the machine over time. If you have a standard washing machine, then you can use any type of detergent, including HE formulas.
    2. Consider Load Size.
      It makes sense that you should use less detergent on smaller loads and more detergent on larger loads. Here’s how to determine load size: If your machine looks about one-quarter full once all the clothes are inside, then that’s considered a small load. If it looks about half-full, it’s a medium load, and if it’s close to full, then it’s a large load. Washing large loads is fine, but don’t cram too many clothes in at once—you’ll likely wind up with wrinkled, not-so-clean clothes.
    3. Use the Right Amount of Detergent.
      A large part of knowing how to use laundry detergent is knowing how much to use. Most people think a full capful of liquid detergent or a full scoop of powder is the perfect amount every time. But you should be a bit more careful when measuring out your laundry detergent. Detergents today tend to be much more concentrated than they were in the past, so a full cap or scoop is likely not necessary. Check the recommended amounts on the detergent packaging and double-check the cap’s measuring lines before you pour. And remember: Using too much detergent won’t make your clothes cleaner—in fact, your clothes won’t get as clean and they’ll wear out more quickly.
    4. Figure Out What Goes in First.
      Should you pour in the detergent after your clothes? Or pour in the detergent first? If you have a regular top-loading machine, it’s best to fill your washer with a bit of water first, then add your detergent, then add your clothes. This helps the detergent get evenly distributed in the water before it hits your clothes. You definitely never want to pour powder or liquid directly on top of your clothes because it may not dissolve completely and will leave a film on your clothes. If you have an HE washer or a standard front-loading washer, then it should have a special compartment for detergent. Simply pour in the recommended amount of detergent, then add your clothes and start the wash.

    Knowing how to use laundry detergent properly will not only result in cleaner clothes, but your washing machine will last longer as well. Of course, the best laundry detergent in the world won’t help if you’ve got an old or defective washing machine.

    Come to Reno’s Appliance and speak to any member of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. They’ll listen to your needs and recommend a product from our extensive inventory of washing machine brands that are known for dependability and durability like Whirlpool, Electrolux, Samsung, and GE.

    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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of appliances.

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  4. How to Clean Out a Washing Machine

    How to Clean Out a Washing Machine

    Do you know how to clean out a washing machine? Did you even realize that your washing machine needs to be cleaned?

    It’s easy to forget that your washing machine needs a good cleaning every now and then. After all, it’s designed to clean clothes, shouldn’t it keep itself clean too? The short answer is no. Over time, mold, bacteria, and lint can build up in the little nooks and crannies of your washing machine. This can cause your machine to smell bad and may even cause your clothes to stink. To prevent that from happening, here are 6 steps you can take to clean out a washing machine in your home.

    1. Clean the Gaskets and Door Seals
      Soak some clean towels or rags with either hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar and pack them around any rubber gaskets or door seals. Let the towels sit for about an hour to loosen up any mold or grime and really disinfect the area. After an hour, remove the rags and use a toothbrush or sponge to scrape away any remaining residue. Then wipe it all down with a clean, dry soft cloth.
    2. Turn Your Attention to the Wash Tub
      Once the door seals are clean, start a wash cycle using the settings for the hottest temperature water, the largest load size, and the longest wash time. If you have a top-loading washer, add ½ cup of baking soda and 1 liter of vinegar as the tub is filling. For a front-loading machine, add the vinegar to the detergent dispenser and the baking soda to the fabric softener dispenser, and begin the wash cycle.
    3. Let it Soak
      If you have a top-loading washer, let the machine agitate for 1 to 2 minutes, then open the lid so it stops. Let it soak for an hour before closing the lid and letting the cycle finish. If you have a front-loader, then just let it run through the cycle without soaking.
    4. Clean the Outside
      While the cycle runs, wipe down the outside of the machine with a cloth soaked in vinegar. Be sure to clean the back of the machine where dust and dirt collects. And while you’re back there, check the water hoses for bulges or leaks.
    5. Run a Second Cycle
      When the first cycle ends, run another cycle with just hot water. Once the second cycle is finished, leave the washing machine door open to allow the inside to dry and to prevent mildew growth.
    6. Don’t Forget the Details
      Before you can consider your washing machine to be completely clean, you’ll need to take care of a few final details. Take your vinegar-soaked towel and wipe down the inside of the lid or door. Use an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar or peroxide to scrub rim of the tub. If your machine has an agitator, then wipe that down as well. Finally, clean out your washer’s lint trap. This is something you should be doing it regularly anyway. If you don’t know where your washing machine’s lint trap is located, then check the owner’s manual.

    If your washer gets heavy use, then you should run through this cleaning cycle once or twice a month to keep it clean and in tip-top shape. Some of today’s washers have a self-cleaning cycle, which may help reduce how often you need to run through this deep-clean ritual, but nothing will replace good old elbow grease when it comes time to clean out a washing machine.

    But, if you think your washing machine needs more than a good cleaning to save it, then perhaps it’s time for a new one. Come to Reno’s Appliance where you can choose from an extensive inventory of world-class washing machine 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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