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  1. 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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  2. Outdoor Appliance Experts Offer 6 Reasons You Need a Pro BBQ Grill

    Outdoor Appliance Experts Offer 6 Reasons You Need a Pro BBQ Grill

    Are you looking to heat up your grilling game this year? Then you’re definitely going to need a better grill. Professional-grade grills have become all the rage among grilling novices as well as those who consider themselves to be BBQ pros. As outdoor appliance experts, we’re here to offer six reasons why you need to get a pro BBQ grill, pronto!

    1. Better Tasting Food

    Can getting a pro grill actually make your food taste better? Absolutely. Pro grills have more precise controls and use ceramic charcoal briquettes for better heat distribution and more predictably delicious results than you’d ever get with a traditional grill. Your food will cook up perfectly, with less effort, every time. Steaks and burgers will be juicy, veggies will be crispy, and guests will be asking for seconds.

    1. Ultra-High-Quality Manufacturing

    When it comes to pro grills, you definitely get what you pay for. You’ll find that pro grills are flawlessly designed, solidly constructed, and engineered for ease of use. To ensure reliability, engineers stress-test designs under laboratory conditions that simulate years of use. When you invest in a pro grill, you can expect that it’s the last grill you’ll ever need to buy.

    1. Superb Searing Capability

    The perfect sear is the goal of every outdoor cooking enthusiast. Pro-level grills often have a dedicated area just for searing. Some grills take that feature a step further, allowing you to adjust searing temperature settings to get restaurant-quality sear marks that will leave your friends in awe.

    1. Built-In Rotisseries

    Do you want to really raise the bar at your next backyard barbecue? Then get yourself a pro grill with a built-in rotisserie. This is a feature that you might not think you need, until you actually have one. Then you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Imagine serving family and friends who might be expecting the standard barbeque fare, a perfectly roasted leg of lamb or pork loin with an assortment of roasted veggies. That certainly beats burgers and hot dogs any day of the week.

    1. Huge Cooking Capacity

    Pro grills have enormous capacity, which are ideal for the biggest backyard bashes. Finally, you can cook everything on the menu at once so it’s hot and fresh when you’re ready to eat. There will be no more squeezing burgers onto every last square inch. No more letting the chicken legs get cold while you’re grilling up veggies. And because everything cooks together, you’re not stuck behind a grill all day trying to keep up with the demand of your hungry crowd.

    1. Beauty

    Pro BBQ grills are simply gorgeous outdoor appliances. Does the appearance of a grill really matter? We think it does. We all spend a lot of time making sure that we have lush lawns. We pick out the perfect patio furniture and will gladly spend a few weekends sanding and staining the deck. Why would you want to have an old eyesore of a grill? A beautiful grill compliments the entire outdoor look you’ve worked so hard to cultivate.

     

    Ready to become a BBQ pro this summer? If so, a new grill is certainly in order. Head over to Reno’s Appliance to see our entire selection of pro grills, accessories, and other outdoor appliances from top brands like DCS, Lynx, and Viking. Then dig out your favorite grilling recipes and invite the neighbors over for a summer feast.

    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. Skip the Flowers-Say Happy Mother's Day with Home Appliances Mom Actually Wants

    Skip the Flowers-Say Happy Mother's Day with Home Appliances Mom Actually Wants

    Are you trying to think of a unique gift idea for Mother’s Day this year? Do you think mom might be tired of the same old brunch and flowers routine? Consider saying Happy Mother’s Day with a gift of a new home appliance.

    Now, we’re not suggesting you get your mom a new vacuum or toaster. Rather, get your mom an appliance that matches her passions and interests. At Reno’s we’re experts in home appliances and wanted to make a few Mother’s Day gift suggestions for you.

    Show Mom You Love Her a Whole Latte

    Does mom love coffee? If she does, then maybe a new coffee maker is in order. But we’re not talking about a drip machine that you can get at any department store. Elevate mom’s coffee experience with a built-in coffee maker. These sophisticated machines are installed in or under cabinets to free up counter space. Beyond that, these machines enable mom to pre-program her exact coffee preferences, so she gets perfect, coffee-shop quality java day after day.

    Mom may also appreciate this Wolf coffee system. She can fill the whole bean reservoir with her favorite roast, and with press of a button, the beans are ground fresh and coffee is brewed in minutes. Of course pre-ground coffee can be scooped in as well. The Wolf coffee system is easy to use, clean, and install. It’s guaranteed to start mom’s day the right way.

    Win the Day with a Wine Fridge

    Even for the casual wine drinker, a wine fridge is a great gift idea for many reasons. For example, a wine fridge stores wine at the perfect temperature and humidity, which extends its shelf life and keeps it flavorful. Regular refrigerators are too cold for proper storage and cabinets are too warm. In addition, bottles of wine are stored securely, yet gently to prevent cracks, spills, and any other damage. Some of the best brands of these home appliances include Sub-ZeroSummit, and Marvel.

    Here’s a bonus idea: Pick up a few bottles of mom’s favorite vintage in addition to the wine fridge. Put them in the fridge to start her collection, but keep one out and make a toast—to mom of course.

    Cook up a Smart Idea

    We all love our mom’s cooking, but does she love to cook? Whether it’s gourmet meals, old fashioned comfort food, or a secret recipe for chocolate chip cookies, if your mom enjoys cooking, then she’ll love the convenience of a “smart” oven.

    Smart ovens can be connected to the Internet and controlled with a smart phone. For example, mom can use her phone to start preheating her GE Profile Wall Oven or GE Profile Range when she’s out and about, so it’s at the perfect temperature right when she walks in the door.

    Alternatively, maybe she’s already home, but busy with other things when the oven’s timer beeps. There’s no need for her to run to the kitchen. Mom can turn the oven off or reduce the oven’s temperature using her phone.

    There are even some ovens that will listen to mom’s voice commands. It’s true! Jenn-Air has partnered with Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service, enabling mom to use her voice to control any connected product.

    Simple voice commands have been created for everything from preheating and setting timers to changing temperatures and cooking modes. Some commands include:

    • “Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.”
    • “Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees”
    • "Alexa, tell Jenn-Air to set the oven timer for 12 minutes."

    Mom will love how easy it is to use. If this sounds like something mom would love, then make sure to visit Reno’s Appliance and ask about the Jenn-Air 30” Double Wall Oven and the Jenn-Air Microwave/Wall Oven. And, if you’re interested in other Alexa-enabled appliances, you can ask to see the Jenn-Air 72” Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator.

     

    Still not sure which home appliance will say Happy Mother’s Day in just the right way? Then stop by Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of home appliances. Our friendly sales staff can make recommendations and guide you towards choosing the perfect gift for mom.

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  4. 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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  5. Product Feature: Miele's W1 Washer and T1 Dryer

    Product Feature: Miele's W1 Washer and T1 Dryer

    Miele, one of the top appliance manufacturers in the world, has recently released the W1 washing machine and T1 dryer. This pair has been dubbed the everything washer and anywhere dryer because they were built with four key characteristics in mind:

    1. Perfect size
    2. Outstanding performance
    3. Unsurpassed convenience
    4. Extreme efficiency

    A Truly Dynamic Laundry Duo

    Both the W1 and T1 can be plugged into standard 120-volt outlets, rather than the 220-volt outlets that most machines require. That means no electrical upgrades are necessary and each machine is much more energy efficient than standard washers and dryers. In fact, both the W1 and T1 have been given ENERGY STAR® certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Each appliance can be controlled and monitored from your mobile phone or Wi-Fi-connected tablet when you download the Miele app. Easily start or stop loads when you’re away from home, receive notifications, order detergent and supplies, and more.

    The W1 and T1 share these cool features, but each appliance has its own stand-alone features that deserve a closer look. 

    Why the W1 Washer is a Winner

    • QuickIntenseWash: For when you’re short on time, this setting provides a high-level clean in less than one hour.
    • TwinDos: The TwinDos function has two detergent containers built into the appliance. A simple touch of a button dispenses the optimal amount of detergent for the size of the load, and the W1 will automatically release it at the perfect time for best results.
    • CapDosing: No more guess work or messy pours when it comes to adding fabric softener or other fabric conditioners. Simply place the pre-portioned Miele Caps into the fabric conditioner compartment of the W1. The machine will automatically add the contents during the wash cycle at the right time.
    • SingleWash: When you don’t quite have a full load, this setting lets you wash small loads in half the time, using up to 70% less water and 25% less energy, while maintaining excellent cleaning results.

    Why the T1 Dryer Triumphs

    • Heat-pump technology: The low, gentle heat generated by the T1 isn’t released, but recycled in the unit, which increases efficiency by up to 60% when compared to conventional dryers.
    • Ventless design: Because the heat is recycled, ducts and vents are completely unnecessary. It truly is the go anywhere dryer.
    • FragranceDos: Add your favorite scent to your laundry with Miele’s fragrance pods. Simply fit the fragrance pod into the specially designed holder for delightfully scented and fluffy laundry.
    • SteamFinish: Say goodbye to your iron. The steam finish setting sprays a fine mist into the dryer during the cycle. The steam gently penetrates the clothing fibers for smoother, neater-looking clothes straight from the dryer.

    If you’d like to learn more about Miele’s W1 washer and T1 dryer, or see them up close, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. While you’re there you can also check out other high-quality washers and dryers from top brands including Samsung, Whirlpool, Maytag, and LG.

    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. Make Proper Appliance Disposal Your Next Earth Day Activity

    Make Proper Appliance Disposal Your Next Earth Day Activity

    If you’re thinking about ways you can be more “eco-friendly” in anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, countless options probably come to mind. Some of the more common Earth Day activities might include helping to clean up a local park, planting some flowers or trees, or installing energy-efficient light bulbs throughout your home.

    As appliance experts, we wanted to remind you of another great Earth Day activity that involves properly disposing of older appliances. Refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners can all be hazardous to the environment if not handled responsibly.

    Why are certain appliances so dangerous?

    Older appliances may contain refrigerants and foam blowing agents depending on the year they were manufactured. These chemicals are not only harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer, but they also contain potent greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change if not properly recycled or destroyed. Newer units don’t use ozone depleting chemicals anymore, but still rely on refrigerants that can emit greenhouse gases.

    What are the benefits of proper appliance disposal?

    Consider that roughly nine million refrigerators, six million window air conditioners, and one million dehumidifiers are disposed of each year. The proper removal and disposal of these appliances would:

    • Prevent thousands of gallons of used oil and mercury from contaminating waterways and the environment.
    • Prevent the release of several thousand tons of ozone-destroying emissions and greenhouse gases.
    • Save landfill space and take material out of the waste stream by recycling the metal, glass, and plastic parts of the appliances.

    Are there any laws regulating appliance recycling?

    When household appliances are taken out of service, federal law requires that all refrigerants, used oil, and other chemicals be properly managed and stored. Your state and municipality may have additional requirements that you should be aware of. At this time, no federal or state laws require that appliance foam be recovered.

    Is it better to have my old appliance repaired?

    If you have an appliance that’s still in good shape, but just isn’t working properly, it may be worth it to get it repaired instead of replaced. Sometimes repairing an appliance is the more environmentally-friendly option. 

    How can I make sure my old appliance is properly recycled?

    If you have a refrigerated appliance that you’re ready to get rid of, you have a few options:

    • Contact your municipality: Many towns and cities have curbside pick-up programs for residents. They typically sell the old appliances to recyclers, scrap metal companies, or other third parties, providing a revenue stream for your town.
    • Ask Your Local Appliance Retailer: If you’re purchasing a new appliance, ask your salesperson if the store will take away your old unit. For example, Reno’s Appliance will deliver your new appliance and haul away your old one and dispose of it in an environmentally responsible way at no charge. Reno’s also has a robust recycling program for the styrofoam and cardboard their appliances are packaged in.
    • Call an Appliance Recycling Center: Your local appliance recycling center might offer you a bit of cash for your old appliances. Plus, you know that they’ll take the proper steps to ensure all hazardous materials are dealt with responsibly. You could also sell your old appliances to a scrap metal yard, but there’s less assurance that the harmful components will be disposed of properly. You’re better off finding an appliance recycling center near you.

    If disposing an old, inefficient appliance is on your list of Earth Day activities, then make sure you stop by Reno’s showroom in Paterson, NJ. Ask our friendly sales experts about appliance disposal and while you’re there, be sure to view our wide selection of Energy Star® rated refrigerators, dishwashers, freezers, washers, and dryers from world-class brands. By purchasing an Energy Star appliance, you know you’ll get high-quality performance while doing what’s right for the planet.

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  7. Laundry Tips: 7 Dryer Mistakes to Never Make

    Laundry Tips: 7 Dryer Mistakes to Never Make

    Your dryer just might be the unsung hero of your home. It dutifully chugs along, drying load after load, day in and day out. We usually don’t give our dryer a second thought—until the day it stops working altogether. The fact is, a few simple laundry tips will keep your dryer running right for years to come.

    Here’s a list of seven common dryer mistakes that you should avoid.

    1. Forgetting to clean the lint trap.

    Many people figure they’ll get around to cleaning out their lint trap at some point, but “at some point” often means never. A clogged lint trap can make the unit run less efficiently and can even be a potential fire hazard. Get in the habit of cleaning the lint trap after every load.

    1. Never checking the venting tube.

    The venting tube runs from the back of your dryer to the outside—allowing heat to escape. While you need heat to dry your clothes, too much heat can lead to fire. A few times a year, make sure the venting tubes are clear of debris. There might be a build-up of lint, a stray sock, or pet hair. And here’s a bonus laundry tip: When you’re done checking the dryer tubes, make sure you inspect the washing machine hoses.

    1. Placing your dryer on uneven ground.

    In order for your dryer to function properly, it must be on level ground. If you have any doubt whether the floor under your dryer is truly flat, use a level to make sure. If it’s even slightly off balance, make sure you adjust the feet of the dryer to correct it.

    1. Using too many dryer sheets.

    There’s nothing wrong with using a dryer sheet. They soften clothes and reduce static cling. But you only need one per load. Some people may think that doubling or tripling up on dryer sheets means extra softness, but that’s not necessarily true. Extra dryer sheets can more easily get jammed in the inner-workings of your dryer and create problems. Also, make sure that you locate and discard the dryer sheet after every load.

    1. Using vinyl tubing.

    Vinyl tubing doesn’t meet current fire codes, because it doesn’t have the flexibility of aluminum tubing. Make sure you use vent duct tubing, which is made of aluminum.

    1. Squeezing the unit into small spaces.

    Squeezing your washer/dryer unit into a little broom closet may keep it out of sight, but dryers need a few feet of space around to allow for proper air circulation. Otherwise, the machine can overheat and stop working, or even worse, catch fire.

    1. Overfilling the dryer.

    Don’t put too much into the dryer at one time. That’s one laundry tip we’re probably all guilty of doing. While it’s tempting to shove huge loads into the dryer to save time, it’s a big mistake. Large loads can overwork the drum, bearings, and heating elements of the dryer and cause the unit to break. Be sure to follow the owner’s manual guidelines when it comes to the maximum load capacity.

    Where would we be without our dryers? There probably aren’t too many of us who want to hang clothes out on a clothesline anymore. The good news is that maintaining dryers isn’t complicated. It just takes a few common sense laundry tips to keep your dryer in tip-top shape.

    If you’ve been taking great care of your dryer and it’s still not running right, then it may be time for a new unit. Stop by Reno’s Appliance to see our wide selection of dryers. We’re proud to carry top-name brands like Amana, Electrolux, Maytag, Whirlpool, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

    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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  8. 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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  9. Kitchen Ideas: Why Vinegar is Your New Best Friend When Cleaning

    Kitchen Ideas: Why Vinegar is Your New Best Friend When Cleaning

    When it comes to clean kitchen ideas, white vinegar is a no brainer. It’s a natural disinfectant, has antimicrobial properties, and it’s great for cutting through grease and grime. Here are 7 ways you can use white vinegar to clean practically anything in the kitchen:

    Brighten Stainless Steel Appliances

    Stainless steel appliances look great in the kitchen, but they’re prone to showing hard water marks and fingerprints. White vinegar and a little oil can get your appliances looking like new.

    First, spray your appliance liberally with white vinegar. Then, wipe the vinegar off in the direction of the grain. Finally, dip your cloth in a little bit of olive oil or mineral oil and wipe in the direction of the grain. All stray marks and fingerprints will be replaced by a fantastic shine.

    Shine up Your Silver

    You can quickly remove tarnish from silver utensils by combining white vinegar with baking soda, salt, and boiling water. Here’s the easy (and kind-of-fun) process.

    Combine 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of salt in a large bowl. Then, add 2 cups of vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water. Gently place your silver into the solution and you’ll see the tarnish start to lift almost immediately. Let everything soak for 5 to 10 minutes, then give each piece a good buffing with a dry cloth.

    Deodorize the Dishwasher

    Your dishwasher does a lot of dirty work, so of course it’s going to get a bit stinky over time. But there’s a simple solution. Add 2 cups of vinegar to the bottom of your empty dishwasher and run a cycle. Stop the dishwasher halfway through the cycle, and let it stand for 30 minutes. Then, turn it back on and let the cycle complete. This will remove odors and hard water deposits.

    Be sure to check out these 7 tips to prevent dishwasher disasters.

    Freshen the Fridge and Freezer

    Forgotten foods can make your refrigerator and freezer smell pretty funky. Fortunately, white vinegar and hot water make a quick, effective cleaner and deodorizer. Start by emptying out the fridge and freezer and placing all perishables in a cooler. Let the freezer come to room temperature.

    Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar in a spray bottle and liberally spray the inside of the appliance. Wipe clean with a sponge. If necessary, use an old toothbrush to gently scrub away stuck-on food particles. Be sure to also wipe around the doors and surrounding seal. When done, dry the insides thoroughly with a paper towel or dish towel.

    Here are a few more earth-friendly ways to eliminate refrigerator odors.

    Clean the Coffee Maker

    If your morning cup of joe isn’t tasting too good, then your coffee maker may be due for a cleaning. Fill the water chamber with equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, start a brew cycle. Midway through the cycle, shut the coffee maker off and let it sit for an hour. Then, switch it back on and let the brew cycle finish. Run two more cycles with just fresh water (no vinegar). Your coffee maker should be back to running as good as new.

    De-Gunk the Oven

    When it comes to cleaning the oven, most people think they need to buy products made with extremely harsh chemicals to get the job done. Not true at all. Instead, you can clean your oven naturally with a little vinegar and baking soda.

    Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with water in a bowl to create a thick, spreadable paste. Then spread the paste on the inside surfaces of the oven and let the baking soda sit overnight. The next day, wipe out as much of the baking soda as you can with a wet rag. Then, spray the vinegar wherever you see baking soda residue and wipe everything down with a clean rag.

    Enjoy an (Almost) All-Purpose Cleaner

    White vinegar is a cheap, non-toxic, and effective alternative to many commercial cleaners. It can be your go-to cleaner for almost every surface in your kitchen. Just mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use for spills, stains, and general clean up. However, be aware that white vinegar can harm soft stone like marble and eat away at grout between tiles.

    Be sure to check out all of our other helpful kitchen ideas to help your appliances last longer and run better. But if you’re ready for an appliance upgrade, 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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  10. Preventing Disaster: Know When to Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses

    Preventing Disaster: Know When to Replace Your Washing Machine Hoses

    How much attention do you pay to your washing machine hoses? Do you remember the last time you replaced them? If you’re like most people, then you probably had hoses installed with your current washing machine and you haven’t thought about them since.

    But as experts in appliances, we know that completely ignoring the washing machine hoses means you’re taking a major risk. We wanted to explain to you the importance of monitoring your hoses and replacing them regularly.

    Let’s start with the basics. Washing machine hoses are located on the back of your machine and bring water from your home’s pipes into the machine. They are typically made with rubber but can also be made of stainless steel or nylon

    Watch the hoses the next time your washing machine fills up. You may be surprised to see just how much pressure those hoses are under during a typical wash cycle. Another issue to consider is water hammer. Water hammer occurs when the flow of water through a pipe is suddenly stopped. For example, when your washing machine shuts off the valve after the wash basin is full. The abrupt stoppage of water creates a wave of pressure that travels along the pipe and will impact anything that connects to the pipe, including your washing machine hoses.

    Between water pressure and water hammer, your washing machine hoses take a lot more abuse than you may have realized. Over time, rubber hoses lose their flexibility, weaken, and tear. If one of those hoses disconnects or bursts, all of that water is going to empty right into your home. That’s bad news if your washer is in the basement, and really bad news if your washer is on another level of your home. And just imagine how much damage could occur if a hose were to fail while you were at work or worse- on vacation. We’re talking catastrophic flooding and expensive damage.

    Here are a few suggestions to lower the risk of your washing machine hoses suddenly bursting:

    • Replace your old rubber hoses regularly. Most plumbers recommend changing hoses every 5 years. Another rule of thumb is to change them every leap year. That may make the chore easier to remember.
    • Install nylon hoses. Nylon hoses are inexpensive, easy to install, and can take a lot more abuse than rubber hoses.
    • Purchase an emergency shutoff kit. Available at your local hardware store, these devices come with a water sensor, so if a leak is detected, an alarm goes off and the water supply valves automatically close. It may be a good investment.

    So, be sure to check your washing machine hoses every few months. Look for fraying, bulging, cracking, or small leaks and replace them if they look worn. It’s also a good idea to replace them if you can’t remember the last time you did (even if they look fine). It’s a small investment of time and money, but it could help you avoid thousands of dollars of damage. 

    If you’re ready to upgrade more than just your washing machine hoses, then 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 like SamsungWhirlpoolGE, and Electrolux.

    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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