Kitchen Appliances
  1. The Right Way to Dry After Washing Dishes

    The Right Way to Dry After Washing Dishes

    Drying your dishes might not seem like a huge chore, but it can be. You’ve probably heard this debate as well: Some people swear that air drying is the best way to dry freshly washed dishes. You simply place the wet dishes on a drying rack and let nature take its course. Other people prefer to towel dry after they’re done washing dishes because it allows them to get dishes back into the cabinets more quickly.

    So is there really a right way to dry dishes? Turns out there is. And has nothing to do with convenience or speed. The most important thing you should be considering when drying your dishes is your family’s health. If dried improperly or incompletely, recently washed dishes, bowls, cups, and utensils become a breeding ground for bacteria. You or a family member could become seriously ill if you eat from a contaminated surface.

    So which method is best? Let’s look at towel drying and air drying in more detail.

    Towel Drying

    There are a lot of positives to towel drying. You won’t have a dish-drying rack taking up a lot of space next to your sink, and if you have a partner to handle the drying while you wash, then the sink-to-cabinet process is quick. Unfortunately, using the towel dry method after washing dishes doesn’t completely eradicate moisture. Putting your still wet dishes away in a dark cabinet is the quickest way to encourage the growth of bacteria.

    Aside from your washed dishes, damp dish towels are also the perfect home for bacteria. Plus, they get used for a whole bunch of cleaning tasks, from wiping down counters to mopping up spills, and if more than one person in the family is cleaning in the kitchen, then you truly have no idea where the towel has been. The last thing you want to do is rub that grime and bacteria all over your dishes.

    Air Drying
    Air drying is the best way to dry your dishes without encouraging the growth of bacteria. This is usually done using a sink-side drying rack. Some people don’t like these racks because they take up valuable counter space and they may have too many dishes to fit on a single rack. But here’s a simple air-drying hack: Open your dishwasher door when the wash cycle ends. There will be enough air circulation for your dishes to dry completely in about an hour. Then, you can put them away feeling confident that no germs are making a new home. There’s also the bonus of eliminating the energy-wasting “heated dry” cycle you find on many dishwashers. If you don’t have a dishwasher, then a drying rack may be necessary. But it’s worth it to give up some counter space for a healthier home.

    The Winner

    The clear winner in this debate is air drying. It’s healthier and ultimately requires less work.

    Now, if the debate is between washing dishes by hand or using a dishwasher, then the dishwasher wins, no question. If you’re in need of a dishwasher then come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like FrigidaireBoschWhirlpool, 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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  2. Stay Cool for the Summer with Refreshing Cooking Tips

    Stay Cool for the Summer with Refreshing Cooking Tips

    The dog days of summer are officially here, and temperatures are rising. We understand that the last thing anyone feels like doing in the summer is cooking. But just because the heat is on outside, doesn’t mean that cooking should be off. We’ve got a few tips to help keep you cool for the summer while you’re cooking. 

    1. Don’t Turn on the Oven.

    We hate to state the obvious, but if it’s hot, then don’t use the one major appliance designed to generate heat. Instead, you can embrace no-cook meals by preparing salads with summer’s fresh produce. Add various beans, nuts, hard-boiled eggs, and cheeses for virtually heat-free sources of protein, and you’ve got a full meal.

    If heat is absolutely required for your menu, then turn to your toaster oven. This handy appliance does more than toast bread. Use it to broil fish and chicken, roast vegetables, and even bake desserts without having to heat up the entire kitchen.

    1. If the Oven is a Must, Use it Wisely.

    Sometimes, even summer cooking requires an oven. After all, it can’t be salads and chilled soups for dinner every night. And you definitely need an oven for those iconic summer desserts like blueberry pie and peach cobbler. Limit oven use early morning or late evening when temperatures are slightly cooler. And be precise with your preheating. You don’t want the oven to be on for a minute longer than it absolutely needs to be.

    1. Invest in a New Range Hood (or Clean Your Old One).

    Range hoods are very effective when it comes to removing grease, smoke, odors, and excess heat from your kitchen, especially when you’re frying or sautéing. Consider if it’s time for a new one. Or, clean your existing range hood to ensure it’s working as well as it should.

    1. Get a Fan.

    Placing a simple box fan in the kitchen window is an inexpensive option that can help keep you cool for the summer. You can set it to bring fresh air in, or use the exhaust setting to pull hot air out.

    1. Embrace the Shade.

    Light equals heat, so you want to keep as much light as possible out of your kitchen. Install sun blocking blinds or curtains and keep them drawn. Also, turn off or dim the kitchen lights. This will go a long way in keeping your kitchen at least a few degrees cooler.

    1. Have a Drink.

    If you’re handling the summer cooking, then you might as well enjoy a nice cold drink while you’re doing it. Whether you prefer cool cucumber water, some sweet lemonade, or an icy cold beer, it helps to sip something cold while you’re cooking in the heat.

    1. Cook Outside (of Course).

    The best way to beat kitchen heat is to avoid the kitchen altogether. Remember, summer cooking is all about grilling. Whether you’ve got a standard grill, a pro grill, or a full outdoor kitchen, you can grill up delicious meals without increasing the temperature in your house.

    Some might say if you can’t stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen, but with these tips, you can do all of your summer cooking while keeping cool.

    Be sure to stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ for all of your summer cooking needs. 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. Get Rid of That Garbage Disposal Odor Today

    Get Rid of That Garbage Disposal Odor Today

    Having a garbage disposal in your kitchen sink is a fantastic convenience. It will pulverize food waste as you’re cleaning dishes and help keep your kitchen pipes from getting clogged. Unfortunately, over time, food particles may become trapped in the nooks and crannies of the disposal. Old food in dark, wet environments provides the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Eventually your garbage disposal will start to emit some very unpleasant odors. There’s no need to panic if things start to stink though. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re experts in garbage disposals and wanted to offer you six tips to help you destroy garbage disposal odor:

    1. Lemons

    Take a few lemons, cut them into small sections and then toss them down the disposal while it’s grinding. The citrus scent gets rid of most strong stenches. This is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to neutralize garbage disposal odor. Lime and orange peels work too!

    2. Ice Cubes

    Ice cubes can also be used to remove any strong odors that are coming from the garbage disposal. Simply run the disposal and drop a few ice cubes down the drain. It’s a surprisingly effective way to neutralize odors. As an added bonus, ice will sharpen the grinding blades.

    3. Baking Soda and Vinegar

    This classic cleaning combo comes to the rescue again. Pour one half cup of baking soda down the kitchen drain. Then, carefully pour one cup of white vinegar on top of the baking soda, and place the stopper in the drain to close it off. Expect the mixture to fizz and make a bit of noise. While the baking soda and vinegar is doing its thing, bring a pot of water to boil. Once the water has reached a steady boil, carefully pour it down the drain. This method will not only destroy garbage disposal odors, but it will also help dislodge any trapped food particles.

    4. Bleach and Water

    Using a clean bucket, mix a gallon of water with one tablespoon of liquid chlorine bleach. Carefully and slowly, pour the solution down the drain and allow it to sit for several minutes. The bleach will kill odor-causing germs, mold, and bacteria. However, the bleach will also harden any grease in your drains. So be sure to flush your drain thoroughly with hot water from the kitchen faucet for several minutes afterward. This will help loosen and dislodge any grease.

    5. Store Bought Products

    There are many commercial garbage disposal cleaners on the market. You can probably find a few options in your local hardware store. These can be effective, but be sure to check your owner’s manual before using any commercial product to be sure it’s compatible.

    6. Elbow Grease

    All of these previous methods involve a minimal amount of effort, but sometimes you may need to get in there with a wire brush and really scrub with bleach or baking soda and vinegar to get rid of food particles and stubborn garbage disposal odors. Be sure to clean the top of the garbage disposal lid with soap and water as well.

    WARNING: You must be sure to unplug and disconnect the unit before attempting to put your hand or a tool down the garbage disposal. You may even want to take the extra precaution of shutting off power to your kitchen for a few minutes while you scrub.

    Bonus Tip! Know What Not to Put in the Garbage Disposal

    Sometimes the best way to stop garbage disposal odor is to prevent it from even starting—and that means knowing what not to put down your disposal. Never throw cooked rice or potato peels down the drain. They can form a glue-like substance that can clog your pipes over time and encourage bad odors. Keep celery and asparagus away from the disposal as well. The stringy fibers of these vegetables can get wrapped around the blades and prevent them from working properly.

    Garbage disposal units make great kitchen tools. They fit neatly in the sink and offer the perfect method for disposing of food waste quickly and cleanly. Use the tips above and you’ll be able to prevent garbage disposal odor and keep your kitchen smelling fresh.

    Reno’s Appliance has a full line of garbage disposals from top brands like GE, Insinkerator, and Waste King. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, New Jersey to find the perfect garbage disposal unit 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. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  4. The Dish on American vs. European Dishwashers

    The Dish on American vs. European Dishwashers

    If you’ve been dishwasher shopping recently, then you may have been asked if you were interested in an American or European-style dishwasher. Maybe that question caused some confusion. After all, aren’t all dishwashers pretty much the same? The short answer is no. As appliance experts, we wanted to make you aware of the significant differences between American vs. European dishwashers, so you can choose the best option for your home.

    Price

    European-built dishwashers are often more expensive than their American counterparts. The reason has to do with Europe’s environmental standards, which requires that European dishwashers use less water and energy than American machines. Therefore, the dishwasher itself needs to pick up the slack. European manufacturers use sturdy, hard-working, and often pricier parts and components to match the level of clean you’d get with a standard American model. However, use of high-quality parts also means your European machine will last longer than an American machine.

    Efficiency

    If you’re looking at American vs. European dishwashers in terms of energy efficiency, then European models win. On average, a European dishwasher will use 3.5 gallons of water per cycle. A standard American model will use 6 gallons of water per cycle (although some Energy-Star rated models use about 4 gallons).

    American dishwashers also have a heated dry cycle. During heated dry, a coil at the bottom of the dishwasher heats up the air inside the dishwasher to dry the dishes. European dishwashers don’t have that option as it’s considered an unnecessary use of electricity. Because European models are so energy-efficient, they’ll help you save on utility bills. If you get a standard American dishwasher, then you can expect higher water and electricity bills.

    Noise Level

    In Europe, homes tend to be smaller, so loud dishwashers are very intrusive. That’s why European dishwashers are built to be very quiet. The main way that European manufacturers reduce noise levels is by using filters at the bottom of machines to catch food particles, instead of noisy food disposers found at the bottom of American models. However, many of the higher-end American models like KitchenAid are adding the filter system to compete with the quiet ratings of the European models.

    Size

    The size of American vs. European dishwashers is also quite different. Like most things American, the dishwashers are larger than their European counterparts. European machines are built for Europe’s smaller homes. They are known for their sleek, minimal appearance, which will sit flush in a standard 24” cabinet to for a seamless look. American models were built to have a larger capacity and will protrude about three inches out from a 24” deep cabinet.

    Features

    Generally speaking, European dishwashers have different types of features than the average American product. For instance, many European machines include a water softener filter, which is useful because hard water, present in many European countries, hinders the effectiveness of soap. Another feature found in European models is what is called “sensor technology,” designed to regulate the cycles of a washer and ensure that all resources are being used efficiently.

    Most American models don’t have those specific features, but will have a variety of wash cycles, a heated drying option, and water temperature controls, which are lacking in European models.

    Brands

    American dishwasher brands include the names you’re probably most familiar with, such as Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, and Maytag. European Brands include Asko, Bosch, and Avanti.

    So when it comes to American vs. European dishwashers, there are a lot of differences to consider. However, keep in mind that American manufacturers have been adopting some of the best features of European machines, like quieter, more efficient operation. Meanwhile, European-style machines have gotten better at deep cleaning.

     

    If you’re interested in a new dishwasher, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have an extensive inventory high-quality American and European dishwashers. Our knowledgeable and friendly sales team will help you find the perfect machine 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. We have every home appliance you will possibly need.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. This Spring, Don't Forget to Clean Your Appliances

    This Spring, Don't Forget to Clean Your Appliances

    Spring is quickly approaching. While many of us are welcoming the warmer weather, we’re also thinking about that age-old tradition that comes with the season—spring cleaning! Curtains, bedding, rugs, windows, and floors usually get the special springtime treatment, but it’s easy to forget that kitchen appliances need some TLC too.

    Here are some tips to help you give your kitchen appliances a good spring cleaning.

    Refrigerators

    Refrigerators can get pretty gross if not cleaned regularly. Here’s how to do it properly:

    1. First, remove all food from the refrigerator and freezer. Toss out any old food. Perishables that are still edible should be stored in a cooler while you clean.

    2. Unplug the unit and let freezer defrost.

    3. Soak shelves and bins in warm soapy water. If your refrigerator has dishwasher-safe shelves, then you can let your dishwasher handle the work.

    4. Spray the inside of the refrigerator and freezer with your preferred cleaner and scrub thoroughly. A mixture of hot water and vinegar also works well as non-toxic alternative to most cleaners.

    5. Vacuum your refrigerator’s condenser coils.

    6. Wash the exterior with soap and water, or commercial stainless steel cleaner, if needed.

    7. Once clean, you can plug the unit in and put your food back. And you might as well use this as an opportunity to ensure your refrigerator is perfectly organized.

    If the refrigerator is holding onto any lingering odors even after you clean it, then check out these earth-friendly ways to eliminate refrigerator odors.

    Range Tops

    Range tops are magnets for food spills, but they don’t have to be stuck on there forever.

    1. Some gas range tops have dishwasher-safe grates and burner caps. If yours does, then you’re in luck. If not, remove the grates and burner caps and wash them by hand with hot soapy water. Let them soak for a while if there’s some stubborn burnt on food.

    2. Spray a citrus-based cleaner on the stovetop and let it sit for at least 10 minutes to disinfect the area and lift away stains. After 10 minutes, wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat if necessary. 

    3. Turn knobs to off position and lift them off. Wipe them clean with a wet and soapy cloth, dry thoroughly, and place them back on the stove top.

    These are the steps for cleaning a gas range top. If you have an electric cooktop, the coiled heating elements can easily be replaced if they get damaged or extremely dirty. Induction cooktops are super easy to clean. Simply wipe them down with a damp cloth or use your favorite kitchen cleaner. Find out more about the pros and cons of each type of range top.

    Ovens

    Months of baked on messes make ovens one of the toughest appliances to clean. But it’s far from impossible if you know how.

    1. 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 30 minutes, any grease or grime on the racks should be easily wiped away with a rag or sponge. 

    2. While the racks are soaking, you can use a commercial oven cleaner to clean the oven’s interior. Carefully follow the directions on the label and be sure to wear gloves. 

    3. If you prefer a non-toxic alternative, you can mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water to create a thick, spreadable paste that you then apply to the oven’s interior.

    Microwaves

    Your microwave may take the most abuse of any appliance in the kitchen. However, cleaning it is a breeze.

    1. Place a bowl filled with water and several freshly cut slices of lemon in the center of the microwave and heat it for 3 minutes.

    2. When it stops, leave the door closed for about 5 minutes. This will allow the steam to penetrate and soften stains and spills.

    3. Then, open the door, remove the bowl and wipe the interior clean with a paper towel.

    Dishwashers

    Despite being bathed in detergent and water day in and day out, dishwashers can get dirty.

    1. Soak the racks and utensil basket in warm soapy water.

    2. Fill the dishwasher detergent cup with white vinegar or a commercial dishwasher cleaner. Run a heavy clean cycle. About 20 minutes in, stop the cycle and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, start the cycle again and let it finish.

    3. Clean the exterior with soapy warm water, or a stainless steel cleaner.

    Remember to add kitchen appliances to your spring cleaning “to-do” list. And if you’d rather celebrate springtime with some new appliances, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We have every home appliance you will possibly need from top-name brands. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection and speak to our friendly sales experts.

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  8. Common Ice Maker Problems You Can Fix Yourself

    Common Ice Maker Problems You Can Fix Yourself

    Having a refrigerator with an ice maker is incredibly convenient. There’s no need to mess around with ice trays or buy heavy bags of ice at the store. With an ice maker, you have a steady supply of ice ready at all times—unless something goes wrong. And the day your ice maker stops working is the day you realize how much you depend on it.

    There are numerous reasons why your ice maker might stop working. However, there are 2 common problems that are relatively easy to fix. No repair technicians or special tools needed. As appliance experts, we wanted to give you tips on how to diagnose these issues and repair your ice maker yourself.  

    Problem #1: Ice gets stuck or dispenses slowly.

    • Possible cause: Sometimes, cubes in the ice bin may melt slightly and refreeze, which creates large clumps of ice. It’s impossible for new ice to push past these larger ice clumps. So, ice continues to back up and clog the chute.
    • Solution: Remove the ice storage bin and break up the clumped ice with your hands. If there’s too many clumps, then just empty out the entire bin in the kitchen sink. Then put the bin back in the freezer. To prevent the problem from recurring, make sure you’re using the ice maker more frequently. Ice clumps are more prone to form if the cubes sit for long periods of time.
    • Possible cause: Most ice makers have a raker bar that distributes ice evenly throughout the bin. Sometimes, ice forms around the raker and prevents it from doing its job. If too much ice builds up in one section of the bin, then the ice maker might stop working.
    • Solution: Remove the ice bin and pour out some of the ice. Then remove the ice from the raker bar by hand. Keep your eye on how much ice you have. If it ever starts getting too full, then empty out the bin a bit to help prevent ice from forming on the raker.
    • Possible cause: Ice and debris can clog the chute, preventing new ice from being dispensed.
    • Solution: Look inside the chute and remove any blockages by hand.

    Problem #2: The ice maker is not making ice.

    • Possible cause: The water supply valve fails.
    • Solution: A direct water supply line into the freezer allows it to produce ice. If the valve that controls the supply line has become stuck, corroded, or worn out, the ice maker will stop working. You’ll need to investigate the water supply line and possibly replace the valve to get the ice maker working again.
    • Possible cause: The filter is clogged.
    • Solution: Ice makers come with filters that remove impurities from the water before the ice is made so the cubes don’t taste funny. The filter can become clogged over time and block the flow of water into the ice maker. If you’ve never changed the filter, then be sure to do so soon and check your owner’s manual to see how often you should be changing the filter.

    If you check all the items above and your ice maker still isn’t working properly, then it might be time to call in a professional. Or, it may be time to treat yourself to a new ice maker. Reno’s Appliance carries a variety of high-quality ice makers from top brands including Whirlpool and Electrolux. We also have an extensive collection of refrigerators that come with built-in ice makers. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection of side-by-side, French door, bottom freezer, and top freezer 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.

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  9. 5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Eliminate Refrigerator Odors

    5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Eliminate Refrigerator Odors

    Have you ever opened your refrigerator door and been hit with an awful aroma? You threw out those old leftovers days ago. So why is your refrigerator still stinky? Refrigerators are notorious for holding onto bad odors, even long after the offending leftovers and spoiled food has found its way to the trash.

    Before you decide to blast your fridge with expensive and potentially harmful commercial cleaners, consider these 5 nontoxic items that can freshen up your refrigerator. In fact, several of them are probably in your pantry right now.

    1. Baking Soda: This is the classic fridge cleaner and odor absorber. If your refrigerator is smelling particularly bad, make a paste using water and baking soda. Then empty the refrigerator and use a washcloth or clean rag to apply the paste to the walls and shelves of the unit. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Any bad odors will leave with the baking soda. After the deep clean, place an open box of baking soda on the shelf in your fridge and replace it every 2 to 3 months to keep odors at bay.
    2. Freshly Ground Coffee: Probably one of the most heavenly aromas known to your nose, freshly ground coffee is also an excellent odor absorber. If your refrigerator is smelling less than fresh, put about 3 tablespoons of freshly ground coffee beans in a small bowl or cup and place it in your refrigerator. You can use coffee as a quick “anytime” freshener or after using the baking-soda cleaning technique above. The only drawback is that coffee goes stale rather quickly, so you’ll need to replace the coffee in your fridge about once a week.
    3. White Vinegar: Vinegar does have a strong odor itself, but it also has amazing abilities to neutralize even the most stubborn smells. Create a cleaning solution by mixing equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Then, spritz your fridge liberally and wipe it down. Placing a small bowl of vinegar in your fridge will keep your fridge smelling fresh.
    4. Refrigerator Air Filters: Rather than simply masking odors, these devices use a process to eliminate foul odors from your refrigerator and freezer by trapping, neutralizing and removing odor-causing molecules. You can buy air filters separately, or get a refrigerator like this Sub-Zero model with built-in air filtration technology that goes a step further to scrub the air of ethylene gas, bacteria, mold, and viruses.
    5. Lemon or Vanilla: As a final step after cleaning your fridge, try rubbing a bit of fresh lemon or pure vanilla extract around the edges of your refrigerator’s shelves. While this won’t kill odors, you will be greeted with a pleasant aroma each time you open the refrigerator door.

    The next time your refrigerator smells less-than-fabulous, try one of the techniques above and start breathing freely around your fridge again. And if you think that your fridge is just way too funky for your food, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. 

    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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  10. 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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