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  1. 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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  2. Your Washer's Lint Trap Needs Love Too

    Your Washer's Lint Trap Needs Love Too

    You probably know all the reasons why you should clean your dryer’s lint trap on a regular basis. Simply removing all the fuzz that accumulates on the lint screen can help your dryer run more efficiently and reduce the risk of fire.

    But did you know that your washing machine has a lint trap, too? It can be hidden on some machines, so you may have never noticed it. But, it has the same function as your dryer’s lint trap—to remove lint from clothes. If you notice that your clothes are coming out of the wash covered in lint, then it’s probably time to clean out your washer’s lint trap.

    Where is my washer’s lint trap?

    The location of the lint trap varies depending on the age and manufacturer of your machine. Check your owner’s manual for the exact location. If you don’t have the manual, here’s a few places where you can check:

    • Slide your fingers around the top of the washing basin. You may find a screen, which you can pull out to remove lint. Then, soak it in hot water for 10 minutes to remove detergent residue.
    • Inspect the center agitator if you have a top-loading machine. You may be able to remove the top cover to reveal the lint trap and clean it out with a soft brush or cloth.
    • Check the end of the hose that drains water out of the machine. There may be a small mesh screen fitted onto the end of the hose. If it’s clogged, then you can throw it away and pick up replacement filters at your local hardware store. Or, make your own filter by cutting a nylon stocking at the ankle and affixing it to the drain hose with a clamp or a strong rubber band.

    What if I have a high-efficiency washer?

    If you have a high-efficiency washer, then your machine doesn’t have a lint trap. Instead, it relies on a water pump filter to remove lint from the wash. These pumps are touted as self-cleaning, but if you are still seeing lint on your clothes, it is possible that the filter is clogged. You can help flush away any debris by cleaning your washer every month and running an empty, hot-water cycle.

    In addition, there may be a small door located near the bottom of front-load washers that you should check periodically. You may find buttons, coins, or other small items that can interfere with the filter pump. Top-load washers usually require removing the outer housing to access the water pump filter from the back of the washer.

    Cleaning this pump filter regularly will allow water to flow out more quickly taking suspended lint with it and not leaving it to redeposit on your clothes.

    What if I am still experiencing problems with my washer?

    If you’ve cleaned out your lint trap and you’re still having laundry issues, then check out these tips to keep your washer and dryer running in peak condition. Also, make sure you’re avoiding these 6 common laundry mistakes.

    Or, perhaps it’s time for a new washer. Come to Reno’s Appliance and speak to any member of our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff. They’ll listen to your needs and recommend a product from our extensive inventory of world-class washing machine brands that are known for dependability and durability like SamsungWhirlpoolGEElectrolux, and many others. Reno’s also carries a full line of parts and accessories to keep your washer and dryer running right.

    Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service. We have every home appliance you will possibly need. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. 4 Fantastic Valentine's Day Dinners

    4 Fantastic Valentine's Day Dinners

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Are you wondering how to make the day special for your loved one? This year, forget the crowded, overpriced restaurants and impress your Valentine with a delicious home-cooked meal. Here are 4 savory dinner recipes that are perfect to share with a loved one.

    Herb-Crusted Salmon

    This is the perfect recipe for the novice chef. It’s simple, but so flavorful and your valentine is sure to be impressed.

    Ingredients

    • 2 (8 ounce) salmon fillets
    • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    • 1 clove of garlic, sliced
    • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

    Directions

    1. Preheat your oven’s broiler and set the oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source.
    2. Line a baking sheet with foil and brush lightly with vegetable oil.
    3. Place the salmon fillets skin side down on the baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt.
    4. Process the garlic, tarragon, and parsley in a blender to form a loose paste. Transfer to a small bowl.
    5. Mix mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper into a garlic paste until combined.
    6. Spoon the mixture over the top and sides of each salmon fillet.
    7. Cook under the broiler for 5 minutes. Then, turn the broiler off and turn the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
    8. Bake until the internal temperature of the salmon is 130 degrees Fahrenheit and the salmon flakes easily with a fork. About 4 minutes.

    Filet Mignon with Balsamic Glaze

    You and your valentine will fall in love with this delicious recipe.

    Ingredients

    • 2 (4 ounce) filet mignon steaks
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
    • ¼ cup dry red wine

    Directions

    1. Sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of each steak.
    2. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place steaks in hot pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side, or until browned.
    3. Reduce heat to medium-low, and add balsamic vinegar and red wine. Cover, and cook for 4 minutes on each side, basting with sauce when you turn the meat over.
    4. Remove steaks to two warmed plates, spoon one tablespoon of glaze over each, and serve immediately.

    Champagne Shrimp and Pasta

    The champagne elevates the never-fail combo of shrimp and pasta into an elegant indulgence.

    Ingredients

    • 16 ounces angel hair pasta
    • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
    • 1-pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 1 ½ cups champagne
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
    • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions

    1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta in boiling water for 6 to 8 minutes, then drain and set aside.
    2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large frying pan. Cook and stir mushrooms in oil until tender. Remove mushrooms from pan, and set aside.
    3. Combine shrimp, champagne, and salt in the frying pan, and cook over high heat. When liquid just begins to boil, remove shrimp from pan.
    4. Add shallots and tomatoes to champagne and boil for 8 minutes.
    5. Stir in 3/4 cup cream and boil until slightly thick, about 1 to 2 minutes.
    6. Add shrimp and mushrooms to sauce, and heat through.
    7. In a large bowl, toss pasta with remaining 1/4 cup cream and parsley.
    8. To serve, spoon shrimp with sauce over pasta, and top with Parmesan cheese.

    Mushroom Tart

    Capture your valentine’s heart with this rich and flavorful vegetarian tart. Serve with a simple green salad to compete the meal.

    Ingredients

    • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry from a 17.3-ounce package, thawed according to package instructions
    • 2 medium onions, halved and thinly sliced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Coarse salt and ground pepper
    • 20 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
    • 10 ounces of fresh baby spinach
    • 2 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry out to a 16 x 10-inch rectangle. Trim uneven edges.
    3. Place the pastry on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, lightly score dough to form a 1-inch border. Using a fork, prick dough inside the border every 1/2 inch.
    4. Bake until golden, rotating pan once, about 15 minutes or until tender.
    5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, toss onion with 1 tablespoon oil and salt. Cover and cook over medium heat until onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes, then stir and continue cooking with cover on for 15 minutes.
    6. In a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, heat remaining oil. Add mushrooms, then cover and cook until tender and all liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
    7. Fold in spinach and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes more. Drain any liquid.
    8. Top dough with mushroom-spinach mixture. Scatter onion and goat cheese on top. Bake until cheese is lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
    9. Remove from onion and let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

    Now that you have the recipes, you’ll need the right appliances to make sure you get perfect results. Stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to see our wide selection of ranges, wall ovens, warming drawers, and professional 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.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Top Tips for Removing the 10 Toughest Stains of All Time

    Top Tips for Removing the 10 Toughest Stains of All Time

    Is there anything more frustrating than a tough stain on your clothes? Sometimes, it seems like no matter what you do, those stubborn spots, splotches, and spills just won’t come out. But before you toss those grimy garments in the garbage, check out our tips for removing the 10 toughest stains of all time.

    1. Grass Stains

    • Apply a stain treatment or detergent directly to the stain as soon as possible, then rub the treated part of the fabric together for about a minute.
    • Without rinsing away the detergent, wash the stained garment in your washing machine as usual. 
    • If there is any stain remaining after the garment is washed, you can apply diluted white vinegar to it, rub the fabric together, and then wash it again. Repeat this step as needed until the stain is gone.

    2. Red Wine

    • Pour table salt directly onto the stain. You’ll notice the salt start to turn pink as it absorbs the stain.
    • Throw out the salt and soak the garment in cold water and detergent overnight.
    • The next day, wash the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    3. Chocolate

    • Remove as much of the excess chocolate as you can.
    • Pour liquid detergent directly onto the stain and then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to work the detergent into the stain. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
    • Without rinsing off the detergent, wash the garment in your washing machine using the hottest water temperature possible.

    4. Fruit Juice or Coffee

    • Rinse the garment in cold water for a few minutes to dilute the stain.
    • Pour detergent directly onto the stain. Rub it in a bit with your fingers or a soft-bristled toothbrush, and let it sit for at least 20 minutes.
    • Without rinsing off the detergent, wash the garment in your washing machine using hot water.

    5. Mud

    • Allow the mud to dry thoroughly and brush off as much as you can.
    • Pour liquid dishwasher detergent and water onto the stain and rub gently to create suds. Do this for at least 10 minutes.
    • Rinse away suds with cold water.
    • If any stain still remains, then mix one cup white vinegar and one cup water and rub the fabric together until the stain is gone.
    • Finish by washing the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    6. Grease

    • If possible, rinse the stain immediately with cold water.
    • Gently rub dishwashing liquid onto the stain and rinse with cool water. Repeat this step until you’ve removed as much of the stain as you can.
    • Apply detergent directly to the stained area, gently rub it in, and let it sit for a few minutes.
    • Without rinsing off the detergent, wash the garment in hot water.

    7. Ink

    • · Believe it or not, hairspray is the answer for ink. Start by placing a paper towel under the ink stain.
    • · Saturate the stain with hairspray.
    • · Let it soak for a minute, then blot the stain with a clean cloth.
    • · Repeat the process until the stain is gone and then wash the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    8. Blood

    • Soak the garment in cold water, while gently rubbing the stain with your fingers.
    • Change the water if you notice it begin to turn pink.
    • When you have removed as much of the stain as possible, rinse the garment, blot the stain with a clean cloth, and soak it in cold water.
    • Treat the garment with a stain remover, allow it to sit for at least an hour, and then wash the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    9. Perspiration

    • Apply a prewash stain remover to the garment as directed.
    • Wash the garment in your washing machine using an enzyme detergent and oxygen bleach.

    10.  Ketchup, Pasta Sauce, and Tomato-Based Foods

    • Whenever possible, rinse the garment under cold running water right away to remove as much of the stain as possible.
    • Then, soak the garment in warm water and dab the spot with a soapy sponge (use dishwashing liquid).
    • Wash the garment in your washing machine as usual.

    Bonus Tip: Get a Quality Washing Machine

    Don’t underestimate the power of a high-quality washing machine in your quest for the cleanest clothes. Here are some of our favorite models.

    • Electrolux Front Load Perfect Steam: This model fights stains 3 ways with a built-in pre-treatment option, patented SmartBoostTM technology, and a steam cycle.
    • GE Stainless Steel Washer: An outstanding value, this washer features an auto soak before each cycle to loosen stains, 4 preprogrammed settings to treat the most common stains, and a dual-action agitator for a thorough overall clean.
    • Samsung AddWash Front Load Washer: This washer boasts a large tub capacity, super speedy performance, unique stain-fighting technology, plus a steam cycle.

    If you’re interested in seeing any of these washing machines, then stop by Reno’s Appliance showroom in Paterson, NJ. While you’re there, you can also check out their extensive inventory of washing machines from other world-class brands including Maytag, Whirlpool, LG, and many others.

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  7. 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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  8. Winter is Here -- Keep Your Outdoor Appliances Safe

    Winter is Here -- Keep Your Outdoor Appliances Safe

    Outdoor kitchens are a fantastic addition to any home. Much more than just a nice grill, outdoor kitchens can include several other appliances and amenities to make backyard cooking and entertaining during the warm-weather months a lot more convenient and fun. Plus, an outdoor kitchen is sure to add value to your home.

    Outdoor Appliances vs. Indoor Appliances

    There’s more to creating an outdoor kitchen than setting up standard indoor appliances in your backyard. You should buy appliances specifically designed for outdoor use. For example, your kitchen may include:

    • A grill: Every outdoor kitchen should start with a stainless steel grill. Charcoal and gas grills should only be used outdoors and away from your home’s windows where smoke, fumes, and carbon monoxide can dissipate harmlessly into the atmosphere.
    • A refrigerator: Outdoor refrigerators are more compact than full-size indoor kitchen units, come with thicker insulation, and are equipped with more powerful components so food stays cold during those hot, humid summer days. In addition, they have waterproof electronics and a rust-resistant exterior to provide safe, durable operation in wet conditions.
    • A dishwasher: Outdoor dishwashers can be extremely convenient. If you install a dishwasher as part of your outdoor kitchen, it must be specifically designed to stand up to extreme weather conditions. A stainless steel interior and exterior and weatherproof electronics are a necessity.
    • A beer dispenser: While maybe not a “must have” outdoor beer dispensers are a great convenience for large gatherings. Instead of having your guests dig around an ice-filled cooler for a cold one, they can help themselves to a perfectly chilled glass of beer straight from the tap.

    Preparing Your Appliances for Winter

    Just because you’ve purchased appliances that are designed for outdoor use doesn’t mean they’re impervious to weather—especially during winter months. It’s important that you take steps to winterize your outdoor appliances so they’ll be ready to go when spring rolls around.

    Here are 4 tips to help you keep your outdoor appliances safe from the elements this winter:

    1. Clean your grill thoroughly after using it for the last time of the season. Disconnect the propane tank if there is one and store it in a cool place in your garage or basement. Use a high-quality grill cover to protect the grill from snow and ice and make sure it’s well attached so it won’t blow away in strong winds.

    2. To winterize the outdoor refrigerator, turn off the appliance and unplug it. Clean the inside thoroughly with soap and water. Protect the exterior by applying a coat of stainless steel finish. Avoid using an outside refrigerator cover because they tend to trap moisture inside the refrigerator, which could lead to mold and mildew growth.

    3. To winterize the outdoor dishwasher, drain the water lines leading to it. This will prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting. Then, apply a coat of stainless steel finish to protect the exterior. Again, no cover is needed.

    4. The beer dispenser is portable so there’s no need to winterize it. Just clean it according to the manufacturers’ instructions and store inside your home or garage.

    Whether you’re preparing for your first winter with a new outdoor kitchen, or you’ve had outdoor kitchen appliances for years, these tips can help you avoid costly repairs or replacements. If you’re looking to create an outdoor kitchen, then head over to Reno’s Appliance. They have everything you need for outdoor cooking and entertaining.

    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 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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  10. 5 Ways to Know if Your Appliances Are Under Warranty

    5 Ways to Know if Your Appliances Are Under Warranty

    No matter what brand your appliances are or how well you care for them, they may malfunction at some point. If you have an appliance that needs repair, be sure to check if it’s still under warranty. You may be able to have it repaired or replaced at no cost.

    Not sure if your appliance is still under warranty? Here are 5 ways to help you figure it out:

    1. Consider Standard Warranty Periods: If your appliance breaks down within 30 days of purchase, it’s definitely still under warranty. In fact, the store you bought it from will likely replace it at no charge. Beyond 30 days, most manufacturers offer a 1-year warranty from the date of purchase, so if anything happens within 12 months, you’re still covered.
    2. Save Owner’s Manuals and Receipts: What happens if your appliance breaks after the 12-month warranty period? Are you on the hook for the costs of repair? Not necessarily. Check the owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer offers a longer warranty. Check your receipt from the purchase as well. It’s possible that you purchased an extended warranty, but just don’t remember.
    3. Go Online: If you can’t locate the owner’s manual or receipt, check the manufacturer’s website to verify the length of the limited warranty.
    4. Contact the Retailer: Call the retailer to find out if your appliance is still under warranty. In fact, some retailers, like Reno’s Appliance, encourage their customers to call them first if they are having an issue with any appliance they purchased. Reno’s Appliance stands behind everything they sell and have a dedicated customer service department. If they can take care of the issue themselves, they will. Otherwise, they can contact the manufacturer on your behalf or tell you exactly who to call to get your appliance up and running as quickly as possible.
    5. Consult Your Credit Card Company: Did you purchase your appliance with a credit card? Many credit card companies offer free extended warranty coverage up to 1 year past the manufacturer’s warranty period. Contact your credit card company to find out if you have this protection.

    If your appliance breaks down, be sure to check out the status of its warranty before you do anything else. Trying to repair the appliance yourself will cancel the warranty. So, even if you can fix it yourself, future issues won’t be covered. Being aware of warranty dates on all of your appliances before there’s an issue can save a lot of headaches and confusion down the line.

    If you plan on making any major appliance purchases soon, then definitely consider getting an extended warranty as well. All major appliances sold at Reno’s Appliance come with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty on parts and labor, and you can extend that warranty up to 5 years. Plus, you can get an additional 5-year warranty on all major components of your appliance. That’s 10-years of protection!

    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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