1. Unlock Your Full Cooking Potential with These Toaster Oven Uses

    Unlock Your Full Cooking Potential with These Toaster Oven Uses

    Toaster ovens just may be the unsung hero of kitchen appliances. Toaster ovens are extremely versatile and simple enough for even the most novice chefs to make great tasting meals, snacks, and more. If you’re just using your toaster oven for bread and bagels, then you’re really missing out. Check out these unique toaster oven uses that can help you get more creative in the kitchen.

    1. Make dried fruits. 

    Turn your toaster oven into a food dehydrator. Simply slice up apples, pears, pineapples, or any of your favorite fruits, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Let them bake at 175 to 200 degrees for a few hours until they are completely dehydrated. You’ll have a sweet and healthy snack that costs less than buying dried fruit at the store.

    1. Roast meat.

    If you don’t have a lot of people to cook for, or it’s just too hot to turn on your oven, then look to your toaster oven. You can use it to roast turkey breast, Cornish game hens, pork loin, or your favorite cut of beef. It’s great for broiling fish as well.

    1. Toast subs.

    Whether you call them grinders, hoagies, or subs, the taste of these sandwiches skyrocket when they’re toasted. Make your sandwich as you usually would. Then, put it in the toaster oven until the bread starts to toast and the cheese melts. You’ll never want to eat a non-toasted sub again.

    1. Make pizza.

    Why order pizza when you can easily make it at home? Depending on the size of your toaster, you can bake up to a 12” pizza. Pick up pizza dough or a pre-made crust and layer on your sauce, cheese, and favorite toppings. Put it in a 400-degree toaster oven for 10 to 12 minutes and it’s done.

    1. Cook bacon.

    This is one of the best toaster oven uses because it means better-tasting bacon. Place the strips of bacon on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, then slide it into a 375-degree toaster oven for about 10 minutes. Leave it in a bit longer if you like your bacon crispy.

    1. Roast nuts.

    Roasted nuts are delicious, nutritious, and easy to make. Toss pecans, almonds, pistachios, or your favorite nut with a small amount of oil and arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Season them however you like and slide them into a 300-degree toaster oven for 20 minutes. This works with sunflower and pumpkin seeds as well.

    1. Toast coconut.

    Many dessert recipes call for toasted coconut, and a toaster oven is one of the easiest ways to do it. Spread the coconut on a baking sheet and place it in your toaster oven at low heat until it’s golden brown.

    1. Make your own croutons.

    Don’t spend money on packaged croutons that may contain preservatives high amounts of sodium, especially when it’s so easy to make your own. Cut slices of bread into small cubes. Toss the bread cubes with olive oil and seasonings. Arrange the cubes of bread in a single layer on a baking sheet, and toast them on low heat until they’re crunchy.

    1. Create new crayons.

    This is one of those toaster uses that actually has nothing to do with food, but if you have children, they’ll love it. Gather up any old or broken crayons and remove the wrappers. Place the broken pieces into foil-lined muffin cups. Place the foil cups on a baking sheet, and slide it into your toaster oven until the crayons are melted. Take them out and let them cool and harden. Voila. Your kids have new multicolored crayons for their art projects.

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  2. Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel with a Budgeted Renovation

    Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel with a Budgeted Renovation

    The average kitchen renovation can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000, depending on how serious an overhaul it is. If your kitchen needs an upgrade, but you aren’t able or willing to plunk down a ton of money, then there are smart ways you can get more bang for less buck. At Reno’s Appliance we’re kitchen experts and we wanted to share these 9 budget renovation tips, to help you get your dream kitchen without having to deal with nightmare costs.

    1. Choose Appliances Before You Start

    One of the factors that typically sends a budget spiraling out of control is picking an appliance or other product during the renovation. If a product is backordered, the homeowner is often faced with having to select an alternative item that is often pricier. To prevent this from happening to you, decide on absolutely everything you want in the kitchen, from big appliances such as a refrigerators and dishwashers to smaller items like kitchen faucets and cabinet hardware. Have everything purchased and on-site before the renovation begins.

    1. Embrace Bright White

    One of the biggest expenses in any kitchen renovation is new cabinets. If yours are in good shape, though, consider just giving them a fresh coat of paint. White paint does wonders for outdated cabinets and can save you money. Adding new hardware will really make them look brand new.

    1. Conceal Old Cabinets with Doors

    Are your cabinets too outdated to even be saved by paint? There’s still another option beside replacing them entirely. They may be spruced up with just some new doors. If the structure is sound, you don’t have to toss out the whole cabinet. Just get good measurements and find a style of door you like that will fit. It’s a whole new look for a fraction of the price.

    1. Light It Up

    Bringing in more and better lighting is a smart move in any renovation, but that’s especially true in the kitchen. Hang well-designed pendants for style and light, and make sure overhead lighting is bright and concentrated in areas where cooking takes place. Also, adding under-cabinet lighting won’t bust your budget renovation but will make a big impact.

    1. Don’t Play Around with Plumbing

    Thinking about moving your gas stove, dishwasher, or sink? Consider that each time you move any appliance that gas or water pipes, you’ll need to call a plumber who will charge a few thousand dollars per appliance. That will definitely torpedo your budget renovation.

    1. Rely on Remnant Stone

    You can get the expensive look of granite and solid-surface counters without breaking the bank by visiting granite supply yards and checking out their remnants. You may find some good deals on really nice stone, especially if you don’t have a large amount of counterspace.

    1. Be Sure You Use What You Paid For

    Up to 15% of the materials purchased for a kitchen renovation are wasted. Don’t let those end pieces and remnants get sent to the trash. Use leftover lumber from cabinets to create kitchen shelving. Granite pieces can easily become cutting boards. Leftover tile can be turned into stylish coasters. Get creative and make use of everything you can.

    1. Keep Floors Low

    There’s no reason to put down expensive flooring in the kitchen. If you have wood floors currently, you can simply refinish them. If you are replacing tile or vinyl floors, then consider less-expensive options like sealed cork, which will not only save you some money, but will perhaps save you some aches and pains as cork is softer that tile or wood and therefore easier on the back and feet.

    1. Ask About Any Deals

    Many retailers, such as Reno’s Appliance offer significant discounts on scratch and dent pieces, overstocked inventory, and display models. Be sure to ask your salesperson to see their discounted stock. It’s a great way to high-quality, name brand appliances while sticking to your budget renovation. If you prefer brand new appliances, you can still save hundreds or even thousands of dollars through rebate programs. Ask your salesperson which manufacturers are offering the best rebates.

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

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  3. Back to School Recipes Your Kitchen Can Handle

    Back to School Recipes Your Kitchen Can Handle

    Kids everywhere will soon be gearing up to get back to school. That not only means homework, tests, and field trips, but also sports, music lessons, and other extra-curricular activities that keep families going at full speed. Dinnertime becomes an especially important part of the day that lets families relax and reconnect. Try these 5 back to school recipes that are healthy, delicious, and easy to prepare any night of the week.

    One Pot Pizza Pasta Bake
    Here’s a crowd-pleasing one-pot meal that the whole family will love.


    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 8 ounces spicy Italian sausage, casing removed
    • ½ cup mini pepperoni, divided
    • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
    • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
    • ½ teaspoon dried basil
    • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 8 ounces rotini pasta
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


    1. Preheat oven to broil.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the sausage as it cooks.
    3. Drain excess fat and stir in ¼ cup pepperoni until heated through, about 1 minute.
    4. Stir in tomato sauce, oregano, basil garlic powder, pasta and 2 cups of water and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    5. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer about 12 minutes until pasta is cooked through.
    6. Remove from heat, top with mozzarella and remaining ¼ cup pepperoni. Place into oven and cook until melted and golden brown, about 2 minutes.
    7. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

    Oven Fried Chicken
    This tastes so delicious that no one will ever guess that the chicken is baked, not fried.


    • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 large eggs
    • ¼ cup milk
    • 1½ cups Panko
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • ¼ cup vegetable oil
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    3. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
    4. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. In another large bowl, combine Panko, paprika, and vegetable oil.
    5. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in the flour, dip into the egg mixture, then dredge in the Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
    6. Place chicken onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the chicken is completely cooked through.

    Asian Salmon in Foil
    This is the ideal back to school recipe because it’s easy, flavorful, and the use of foil makes clean-up so much easier.


    • ¼ cup honey
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
    • 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
    • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
    • 1 teaspoon Sriracha, optional
    • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 pounds salmon


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
    3. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, Sriracha and pepper, to taste.
    4. Place salmon onto the prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the honey mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
    5. Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Open the packet and broil for 3 minutes, or until the top of the salmon is caramelized and slightly charred.

    Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas
    These no-fuss quesadillas are an absolute must for those busy weeknights. It’s not only a great back to school recipe for dinner, but the leftovers are perfect for the next day’s lunch boxes as well.


    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 1 tablespoon taco mix
    • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chiles
    • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
    • 2 avocados, peeled, halved, pitted and sliced
    • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
    3. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks.
    4. Drain excess fat and stir in taco seasoning and green chiles. Set aside.
    5. Top tortilla with ground beef mixture, avocado and cheddar, and then top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas.
    6. Place quesadillas onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.

    Korean Beef Bowl
    This simple, savory dish tastes just like Korean barbeque and takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish.


    • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
    • ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce
    • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
    • ½ teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
    • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 pound ground beef
    • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
    • ¼ teaspoon sesame seeds


    1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and ginger.
    2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    3. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. Drain excess fat.
    4. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
    5. Serve immediately, garnished with green onion and sesame seeds, if desired.

    Ready to try these tasty back to school recipes? Then you’ll need to make sure that you have the right kitchen appliances. There’s still time to get over to Reno’s Appliance before summer ends so your kitchen is ready to feed your family throughout the school year.

    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.</p

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  4. Grilling 101: Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tips

    Grilling 101: Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tips

    What is it about grilling over charcoal that makes food taste so good? Gas and electric grills are convenient and produce great results, but charcoal infuses food with that bold, smoky flavor that every grill chef wants to achieve. Charcoal grills do require some cleaning and maintenance, but it’s not difficult. Check out these charcoal grill cleaning tips that will help you keep your grill going strong all summer long.

    1. Clean the inside of the lid often.

    Many store-bought charcoal grills are lined with a porcelain enamel inside and out. Over time, grease and smoke collect on the inside of the lid. If it isn’t cleaned regularly, the enamel can start to chip off. Flaking enamel isn’t toxic, but it’s still not something you want to end up in your food. Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent build up under the lid. After each grilling session, allow the grill to cool a bit. While the lid is still warm (but not too hot) use a clean cloth dipped in soapy water to wipe away the grease and gunk.

    1. Clean the cooking grate.

    Like with the lid, the best time to clean your cooking grate is when the grill is slightly warm. The warm temperatures make it easier to scrape away loose debris and will leave you with a surface that food is less likely to stick to.

    You can use a steel wool or a stainless steel bristled brush to clean the grate as your grill cools down after cooking. Or, you can clean the grate as the grill is warming up prior to your grilling session. If you’re cleaning the grill prior to cooking, then when you’re done scraping, be sure to spray the grate with cooking spray, brush it with a bit of oil, or rub it with a sliced raw onion for a more non-stick surface.

    1. Clean the bottom of your grill.

    Before you proceed with this grill cleaning tip, make sure your grill has been allowed to cool completely. Brush any ash and debris out of the bottom of the grill into a garbage bag. If there’s an ash catcher, empty that as well. Then, use a brush or putty knife to scrape away any built up gunk along the bottom. Once it’s completely clear of build-up, you can use a steel wool pad and mild soap and water to really get it clean and shiny.

    1. Clean the outside of the grill.

    As a final step, you can use soap and water to wipe down the entire outside of the grill as well. This can help keep your grill’s exterior looking shiny and new.

    1. Steam cleaners make cleaning a snap.

    Steam cleaners are great tools for removing grease and grime that comes from cooking. So, if you have a hand-held steam cleaner, then feel free to use it to clean your grill from top to bottom. If you don’t have one, but you do grill often, it might be a worthy investment.

    1. Get a grill cover.

    A high-quality grill cover is an absolute must to keep your grill in tip-top condition between grilling sessions and while in long-term storage. A grill cover will protect your grill from rain, wind, and falling debris; keep critters from setting up a nest, and prevent rust.

    With these easy grill cleaning tips, your grill will remain in good condition and provide you with years of enjoyment. Reno’s Appliance carries grill covers and all kinds of accessories to help you maintain your grill. We also carry an extensive inventory of grills, including pro barbeque grills, freestanding grills, and charcoal grills from top grill manufacturers.

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

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  5. 5 Best Microwave Placement Options

    5 Best Microwave Placement Options

    The classic kitchen set up organizes foot traffic in a triangular path that flows from the refrigerator to the sink to the stove in an attempt to make meal prep, cooking, and clean up as easy as possible. But what about your microwave? Where does this smaller, but essential kitchen appliance fit into your kitchen set up? As microwave experts, we wanted to share what we think are the 5 best microwave placement options.

    Below the counter.

    Don’t have much counter or upper cabinet space to spare? Consider replacing a lower drawer with a microwave cabinet. This cost-effective option leaves the counter clear to create an open and airy aesthetic, especially when paired with spacious upper shelving. Just be aware of placing the microwave too low, which can become a nuisance if you use the microwave a lot. If you have curious small children, you want to make sure that the microwave is out of reach.

    Integrated into cabinetry.

    Fitting your microwave into existing cabinetry is a fantastic option, which allows you to customize the height for the best reachability. Just make sure you install it close to a counter so you’re not stuck holding a hot plate with nowhere to quickly place it.

    Also, be aware that it can be a challenge to retro-fit a cabinet for a microwave, unless it just happens to be a suitable height and size already. You may need a customized cabinet, or you’ll have to work with the standard sizes your cabinet supplier offers.

    Over the range.

    If you have a small kitchen, then placing the microwave over the range is a great solution. Of course, that means you’ll have to give up the beauty and function of a range hood. However, there are microwave and fan combos that do double duty to help you make the most of limited space. You can also get a downdraft range, which eliminates the need for a range hood altogether.

    Just keep in mind that if the microwave is too high, reaching and seeing in will be difficult for some users. Also, you want your microwave and range finishes to match, so try to get each from the same manufacturer. But if you decide to go this route, installation is pretty straightforward and usually takes just a few hours.

    In the kitchen island.

    If you have a kitchen island, then it could be perfect for microwave placement. Placing the microwave in the island keeps it out of sight without completely covering it up. It also makes strategic use of the island, which can sometimes end up collecting all sorts of odds and ends.

    Installing your microwave in the island also means that you’re not giving up any valuable cabinet space. Just remember that if your island doesn’t have existing electrical lines running to it, then your kitchen’s wiring will need to be re-configured a bit by a licensed electrician, which will add to the cost of installation.

    Over the wall oven.

    If you have a wall oven, then the classic microwave placement is just above it. Installing your microwave oven in the wall means you’re not giving up any cabinet, island, or counter space. Plus, you’ll be able to install a slightly larger microwave because walls can bear more weight.

    Design wise, placing your microwave above your wall oven gives your entire kitchen a modern, integrated look. In fact, you can complete the “wall appliance trifecta” with a warming drawer below the oven for the ultimate in sleek sophistication. This approach may require a bit of customization and additional cost, but you may find the results to be worth it.

    When it comes to microwave placement, you have several options. If you still aren’t sure where you should place your microwave, then visit Reno’s Appliance. Our expert sales staff can help you make the best decision about your microwave placement.

    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. Wall Ovens vs. Stand-Alone Ovens: What's Best for Your Home Design?

    Wall Ovens vs. Stand-Alone Ovens: What's Best for Your Home Design?

    When it comes to ovens, you have two basic choices: wall ovens and stand-alone ovens. It seems like it should be a simple choice, but it can be challenging. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re oven experts and we recommend asking yourself three basic questions that can help you decide on the right oven for your home design.

    1. What’s the size of my kitchen?

    The first thing to consider when deciding between a wall oven or a stand-alone range, is the size of your kitchen. A range is typically 30-inches wide, 36-inches high, and 25-inches deep. You should carefully measure to make sure you have space in your kitchen that can comfortably fit a range with those dimensions.

    A single wall oven averages around 30-inches wide, 30-inches high, and 24-inches deep. It’s true that a wall oven can be a space saver, because it’s built right into the wall. But consider that with a wall oven, you’re giving up about 5 or 6 feet of cabinet space and you’ll also need a stand-alone cooktop, which will eat into your counter space.

    Finally, your measurements should take into account landing zones, which is just a fancy way of saying “a place to put hot pans.” For example, you don’t want to pull a turkey out of the oven and have to walk across the kitchen before you can put it down. It’s more safe and convenient to have a landing zone nearby. The standard recommendation is that you have 12-inches of landing space on one side of the stove, and another 15-inches on the other side. 

    Bottom line, if space isn’t an issue, then a wall oven/cooktop combo can a great addition to your home design. Plus, a wall oven/ cooktop combo offers a lot more flexibility when it comes to design options for a kitchen remodel. If your space is lacking, however, a stand-alone range is the better option.

    1. What’s my budget?

    A stand-alone range is the typically the less expensive choice because you’ll only need to buy one appliance, and they start at about $300. Of course, there are pro ranges and more high-tech models that have price tags that can go well into the thousands of dollars.

    If you choose s a wall oven/cooktop combo, then you’ll need to consider that you’re buying two appliances that will start at a combined minimum of about $1300. That cost can easily rise as you add bells and whistles.

    The cost of installation should also be factored in. An electric range typically needs a 240V line installed, which may require an electrician. A gas range will need the expertise of a plumber, especially if a gas line isn’t already in place. All in all, if it's a new install, there is little difference between a gas or electric range in terms of cost. You’ll also likely be working with a contractor, which is an added cost you should take into account.

    1. What’s my lifestyle?

    Do you entertain often? How many times per week do you cook? Do you prepare big holidays meals in your home? If you prefer to dine out or you just don’t cook for large gatherings often, then a stand-alone range may be a better choice for you. It’ll be there for times you need it, but you’ll be keeping a lot more counter and cabinet space.

    If you do a lot of cooking and entertaining, then a wall oven/cooktop combo is the great option because of their large capacity. Also, a spouse or partner can be at the cooktop while you’re tending to the oven or vice versa.  

    Also, be sure to take into account any health concerns like back pain, arthritis, or joint pain you or a partner may have. It may be inconvenient to have to bend down to remove heavy pans from the oven of a stand-alone range. A wall oven may make things easier for you.

    Once you have determined your space, budget, and lifestyle, you can rest assured that you have all of the information you need to decide which type of oven is right for your home design.

    If you’re in need of a new oven, but still aren’t sure which type is right for you, then head over to Reno’s showroom in Paterson, NJ. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges and a full line of wall ovens and pro ranges. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales staff will help you find the right cooking appliance for your home.

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  7. Tune-Up Time: Take Better Care of Your Household Appliances Today

    Tune-Up Time: Take Better Care of Your Household Appliances Today

    Our household appliances are a big part of our day-to-day life, and it’s easy to take them for granted. But when any appliance starts having issues or breaks down, we realize how essential they are to our lives. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re household appliance experts, and wanted to offer these tips to help make sure the machines you rely on every day keeping running strong.


    The first rule of dryer maintenance is to clean the lint trap after every load. A clogged lint trap can make the unit run less efficiently and can even be a potential fire hazard. Every six months use a long nylon brush give the lint filter a deeper clean. Check the tubing that vents to the outside are free of lint and debris as well. Finally, avoid the mistake of overfilling the dryer. This will force your unit to work too hard and shorten its lifespan.

    Washing Machines

    Just like with a dryer, you don’t want to overload your washing machine. Doing so will only make the unit work harder and increase the chance of break downs.

    If you have a washing machine that’s at least 5-years-old, then consider changing the washing machine hoses that are located on the back of your machine. These 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.

    Another good tip is to clean your washing machine’s lint trap every so often. 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.


    The best way to keep your refrigerator running is to clean the condenser coils regularly. When the coils are covered in dust and dirt, they can’t efficiently release heat. That means your compressor must work harder, which will shorten the lifespan of your refrigerator. Fortunately, cleaning the condenser coils is an easy task. Follow these 6 simple steps to get it done quickly.

    Another way to extend the life of your refrigerator is to keep an eye out for common refrigerator issues that you can often fix yourself. For example, maybe the fridge is too warm, or everything keeps freezing. Check out these tips for troubleshooting and repairing these common issues.


    The best way to maintain your oven is to clean it. But, be careful of how you clean your oven and range, and what you use to clean it. Overly harsh chemical cleaners can clog range burners, especially gas ones, and spraying directly onto control knobs on the front of your stove can short out the electrical components behind those knobs.

    Always use soft cloths and light cleaners. Vinegar is a great natural cleaner that works on a variety of surfaces including stoves and most other appliances.  


    First, you want to make sure that your dishwasher is perfectly level with the floor. An uneven machine can create vibration issues, which will damage the dishwasher and your dishes. Dishwashers generally have screws at the bottom of the appliance that can be adjusted to level it out.

    Also, you don’t need to pre-wash your dishes too much. Mandatory pre-washing is a common dishwasher myth. You should certainly scrape off large scraps of food, but the detergent in the dishwasher needs something to work against. If the dishes are too clean, then there may be an abundance of suds, which can possibly lead to leaks.

    Give your household appliances a tune-up

    In addition to following the tips above, you should consider scheduling an inspection of your appliances by a professional once a year. That will help ensure your appliances work properly and safely. Plus, they may catch small issues before they turn into big, more expensive problems.

    Keeping your household appliances in tip-top shape isn’t difficult and it’s well worth the effort. However, there may come a time when your old appliance just gives up after many years of reliable use. If that happens, head over the Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ. We carry a large selection of appliances from world-class brands known for dependability and durability.

    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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  8. The Right Way to Dry After Washing Dishes

    The Right Way to Dry After Washing Dishes

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

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

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

    Towel Drying

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

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

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

    The Winner

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

    Now, if the debate is between washing dishes by hand or using a dishwasher, then the dishwasher wins, no question. If you’re in need of a dishwasher then come to Reno’s Appliance. Reno’s is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like FrigidaireBoschWhirlpool, and many others. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces.

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

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  9. Stay Cool for the Summer with Refreshing Cooking Tips

    Stay Cool for the Summer with Refreshing Cooking Tips

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

    1. Don’t Turn on the Oven.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. Get a Fan.

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

    1. Embrace the Shade.

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

    1. Have a Drink.

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

    1. Cook Outside (of Course).

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

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

    Be sure to stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ for all of your summer cooking needs. Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno's Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno's sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.

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  10. Prevent Dryer Fires: Never Put These Items in a Tumble Dryer

    Prevent Dryer Fires: Never Put These Items in a Tumble Dryer

    The U.S. Fire Administration reports that close to 3,000 dryer fires are reported every year, resulting in hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths. Furthermore, these fires cause an estimated $35 million in property damage. These fires are often caused by homeowners simply putting items in the tumble dryer that do not belong there. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re dryer experts and wanted to offer this list of items that should never be put in your dryer.

    1. Rubber backed rugs: Sure, these rugs that keep you from slipping and sliding in your bathroom are small enough to fit inside your tumble dryer, but the rubber on the back won’t stand up to the intense heat and could cause a dryer fire.
    2. Fabric stained with flammable liquid: If you’ve spilled oil, gasoline, alcohol, or anything else flammable on your clothes, then be sure to never place them in your tumble dryer. The intense heat can ignite these volatile liquids even after a washing. Better to let these clothes air dry.
    3. Any item labeled “dry away from heat”: If a piece of clothing should be kept away from a dryer, then it will be printed right on the label. Sometimes, those instructions are to help extend the life of a delicate garment. But often, the label is there because the item in question may increase the risk of a dryer fire.
    4. Super large loads: It’s tempting to want to load up your dryer thinking it will save time. But super large loads that contain even the most benign fabrics can cause excess heat to build up, and in turn, cause a fire.

    In addition to keeping those items out of your tumble dryer, you can take these other steps to prevent dryer fires:

    1. Clean the lint trap: One of the biggest dryer mistakes you can make is to never clean the lint trap. Lint is highly flammable, so make sure you clean the lint trap after every load. In addition, every few weeks you should remove the trap and use a nylon brush to dig deep and pull out any lint that the trap may have missed.
    2. Clean the ducts: At least once a year, make sure you clean the duct that vents to the outside. Hire a professional if it makes things easier for you. Also, make sure the vent opening on the side of your home is free from debris.
    3. Use a professional for installation. Anytime you get a new dryer, make sure it’s installed by a professional—especially if it’s a gas dryer. A professional can ensure everything is properly connected and there are no gas leaks.
    4. Use metal dryer ducts: Metal dryer ducts are less prone to sagging and lint build up than foil or plastic ducts. Metal is also better at containing any fires that may start.
    5. Clean up: It’s not just what goes in your dryer that may catch fire, but what’s around your dryer as well. Make sure you periodically sweep up any lint and debris that’s accumulated around dryer. And be sure to store all flammable liquids far away from the dryer.
    6. If you’re out, turn it off: Never run the dryer while you’re out of the house. If a fire starts while you’re gone, then you won’t be able to stop it early. In addition, if you’re asleep, it may be too late before you realize that your house has caught fire. For you own safety, use the dryer only when you’re home and awake. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in your laundry room in case of emergency.
    7. Upgrade as needed: The older your dryer is, the more likely it is something can go wrong. If you think it’s time for a new unit, then stop by Reno’s Appliance. We’re proud to carry dryers from top manufacturers, including Amana, Electrolux, Maytag, Whirlpool, and more.

    We all love the convenience of having a high-quality tumble dryer. Following the few simple tips above will help ensure you never have to experience a dryer fire.

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

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