Monthly Archives: February 2019
  1. Tips on How to Properly Refrigerate Wine

    Tips on How to Properly Refrigerate Wine

    Learn to Refrigerate Wine the Right Way

    Even if you consider yourself to be just a casual wine drinker, you probably have a few bottles of wine in your home. Whether you've got 5 bottles or 50, you certainly don't want your wine to go bad, so it's important to know how to properly refrigerate wine. Follow these Dos and Don'ts of wine storage to make sure your stash stays delicious.

    Do store wine in a wine fridge.

    The warmer the air is, the quicker wine will go bad, whether it's already opened or it's a brand-new bottle. It’s better to store bottles of vino in a wine refrigerator. There are several benefits to owning a wine fridge, the most important being that it refrigerates wine at a perfect, consistent temperature for the best flavor and the longest shelf life.

    Don't store wine in a kitchen fridge.

    Although you want your wine to be chilled, your average kitchen refrigerator is too cold to properly refrigerate wine. Cold temperatures will inhibit wine from achieving its full flavor. Also, unlike a wine refrigerator, your kitchen refrigerator removes humidity as it cools, which dries out the cork. Corks must remain moist in order to do their job of blocking air from entering the bottle properly.

    Do refrigerate wine on its side.

    Wine fridges store wine bottles horizontally, which keeps wine in contact with the cork so it stays moist. As mentioned above, a dried out cork will let small amounts of air into the bottle, which will damage the wine.

    Don't store wine upright for too long.

    It's okay to store your wine upright for a short amount of time, but not more than 2 weeks. Any longer than that and air will start to seep into the bottle and you'll have a musty-tasting wine.

    Do refrigerate wine at a constant temperature.

    Wines are sensitive to temperature and humidity. By storing your wine in a wine fridge, you know that you are keeping it at a correct and constant humidity level and temperature (50% to 70% humidity and 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). Don't keep wine at room temperature. Storing wine in a liquor cabinet or on your kitchen counter isn't a good idea. The average room temperature is too warm for the long-term storage of wine. Warm wine is dull and flat and, in extreme cases, overly alcoholic or vinegar tasting.

    Do refrigerate wine in a convenient location.

    It's important that your collection is easily accessible. You want to be able to easily pour yourself a glass with dinner or have it on hand for entertaining guests. That's another reason why a wine fridge is helpful. Under-counter models fit seamlessly into your kitchen, and give you one central location that you know is just for your wine. Organize your collection by vintage, color, region of origin, or in any way that makes sense to you.

    Don't store wine on top of your refrigerator.

    Many people think storing bottles of wine on top of their refrigerator is ideal, but it's probably the worst place to store wine. First, refrigerators vibrate when the compressor cycles on and off, when the ice maker spits out ice, and when you open and close the door. Even slight vibrations affect your wine's taste and aging process. Secondly, your refrigerator gives off heat due to the compressor and other internal components working hard to keep the interior cool. And as we've discussed, heat is wine's number one enemy.

    Do keep your wine in a properly lit area.

    One way to ease the selection and viewing of your collection is with proper lighting. Your best bet for a light source is LED lighting, which creates a soft glow without giving off any heat. Wine fridges will come equipped with the proper lighting.

    Don't store wine in direct indoor light or sunlight.

    Traditional light bulbs give off heat and can prematurely age your wine. Sunlight and UV Rays are even worse for your wine. Keep your wine away from windows or other sources of natural light as well. Following a few simple tips when you refrigerate wine will ensure it stays fresh and flavorful. The easiest way to ensure you're following all of these tips is to get a wine fridge.

    Reno's Appliance has a variety of wine refrigerators and wine storage options from the best brands including Sub-Zero, Summit, Whirlpool, Marvel, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  2. How to Clean Refrigerator Water Dispenser

    How to Clean Refrigerator Water Dispenser

    Does Your Refrigerator Water Dispenser Need A Clean Up?

    Refrigerator door water dispensers can work fine for years before showing any signs of trouble. But one day, you may notice that the water starts to trickle rather than flow, and the water doesn't taste quite so clean and crisp anymore. That usually means it's time to give the water dispenser a thorough cleaning. Fortunately, it's easy to clean your refrigerator water dispenser with a few safe, household ingredients and a little elbow grease. Here's how: 

    Step 1

    Turn off the water supply to the filter. Then, locate the copper water supply pipe that fits onto the water tank. You should be able to easily slide this copper tube off after loosening the screw that holds it in place.

    Step 2

    Use a small funnel to help you pour 3 cups of distilled white vinegar into the tube so that it flows into the reservoir. After about 5 minutes, fasten the tube to a wall or the back of the refrigerator with tape so the vinegar continues to drain downward.

    Step 3

    If your refrigerator has a built-in ice cube maker, then empty the ice cube bin and make sure the lever is in the "on" position. This will allow the vinegar to clean out the ice cube maker as well as the refrigerator water dispenser.

    Step 4

    Press the water dispensing button on your refrigerator so that the vinegar runs through the entire system. This cleans the tubing and internal fixtures that channel the water to the spout. Be sure to have a large jar or pitcher on hand to catch all of the vinegar as it streams out. Continue pressing the button until all of the vinegar finishes pouring through the refrigerator water dispenser. Dispose of the vinegar.

    Step 5

    Dip a bottle brush or an old toothbrush in vinegar and give the water dispensing spout and the area around it a quick scrub. Scrub the open end of the copper tubing a well.

    Step 6

    Reattach the copper tubing by slipping the end back into place and tightening the screw with a screwdriver. Turn on the water, and allow it to flow through the system until you cannot detect any vinegar. Do this by running the tap until the glass is full and then emptying it. Repeat this process until you cannot smell any traces of vinegar in the water. When the smell disappears take a small taste to ensure you can't detect any vinegar. If you can't, then you're good to go. Also, it’s a good idea to throw out the first batch of ice cubes that gets made as well because they may have a slight vinegar taste.

    Follow these six simple steps and you'll have a clean refrigerator water dispenser that will deliver crisp, delicious water to you and your family. If you don't have a water dispenser in your refrigerator, but you'd like to upgrade to one, then come to Reno's Appliance. We offer a large line of refrigerators from the best brands including Electrolux, Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Summit, and more. We carry refrigerator accessories as well. Visit our showroom to view our selection or browse online.

    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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  3. Get the Facts: Are Ventless Dryers Safe?

    Get the Facts: Are Ventless Dryers Safe?

    All you Need to Know About Ventless Dryers

    About 80% of American have clothes dryers. The vast majority of these are traditional, or "vented" dryers that use heated air to dry clothes and then pump exhaust to the outside through a vent. But what if you have a home that doesn't have space for a laundry room? Or what if you live in an apartment or condo that has rules against installing vented dryers? You may want to look into getting a ventless dryer.

    While ventless dryers might seem unusual to most Americans, they've been popular in Europe for generations. That's because Europeans tend to live in centuries-old buildings, which makes large vented dryers unfeasible. Compact, ventless dryers are the only option. In fact, vented dryers are actually outlawed in some European countries such as Switzerland.

    How Does a Vented Dryer Work?

    Vented dryers are basically hot air vacuums. They pull room-temperature air in from your laundry room, heat it up with either gas combustion or an electric heating element, tumble your clothes in it, and then blow the exhaust - full of evaporated moisture - outside. While vented dryers tend to be the most affordable types, they do consume a lot of energy and their operation does require a bit of maintenance. For example, since lint tends to build up inside the vent, it must be cleaned regularly in order to prevent a potential fire hazard.

    What are the Types of Ventless Dryers and How Do They Work?

    Currently, there are 2 types of ventless dryers available: condenser dryers and heat pump dryers.

    Condenser Dryers - Similar to vented dryers, condenser dryers draw in and heat up air. However, unlike vented dryers, condenser dryers feature a "heat exchanger" that warms the air inside the tumbler, which dries your clothes. This air then loops back through the condenser where it's cooled to remove moisture. Then, that same air is reheated and sent back to the tumbler to repeat the process. There’s a tray that collects evaporated water, so that will need to be emptied on a regular basis.

    Condenser dryers are significantly more energy-efficient than standard vented models. They're also gentler on your clothes because they run significantly cooler than a vented model. This saves stress on fabric, keeping your wardrobe looking better longer.

    Heat Pump Dryers - This type of ventless dryer works by drawing in and directing air through a heat pump where the water vapor is condensed into a drain pipe or tank and the remaining air is heated and used to dry the clothes.

    Heat pump dryers are smaller than most standard vented dryers, and their drying time tends to be noticeably longer. Heat pump dryers can also be a bit noisy, which may be an issue for anyone in a small living space. These dryers are often the most expensive of your options, but use less than half the energy per load than a condenser or vented dryer requires. The energy savings over time may be worth the initial investment.

    Are Ventless Dryers Safe?

    In a word, yes. For some reason, people may view ventless dryers as unsafe, but nothing can be further from the truth. They are manufactured to be safe, efficient, and effective. As long as you use them properly, ventless dryers will run safely and smoothly for years.

    What's the Bottom Line?

    At the end of the day, it’s hard to imagine condenser dryers gaining mainstream popularity in the United States. Still, for those who live in smaller homes or apartments, a ventless dryer may be your best and only option.

    If you're interested in a ventless dryer, then stop by Reno's Appliance. We’ve got a wide selection of dryers from major manufacturers including GE, Samsung, and Whirlpool. You're sure to find the perfect appliance for your home.

    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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