Kitchen Appliances
  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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