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  1. 5 Festive Recipes for the Perfect St. Patrick's Day Drink

    5 Festive Recipes for the Perfect St. Patrick's Day Drink

    Hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party this year? Forget the green beer. We’ve got 5 fun and festive recipes for St. Patrick’s Day drinks that are almost as good as finding a pot of gold. Sláinte!

    Lucky Leprechaun Rum Punch

    A sparkling pineapple-lime rum punch with a colorful marshmallow rim. Leave out the rum for a kid-friendly version.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of small, colored marshmallows (usually found in breakfast cereal)
    • 1 bunch fresh mint
    • 2 packages of unsweetened lemon-lime flavored drink mix
    • 8 cups of pineapple juice, chilled
    • 2 liters of lemon-lime soda, chilled
    • 1 bottle of white rum (optional)
    • 2 lemons, sliced
    • 3 limes, sliced
    • Honey to rim the glasses

    Instructions

    1. To rim the glasses, first place marshmallows into a sandwich bag and crush into small pieces. Then, pour out crushed pieces into a small bowl. Rub honey around the edge of the glasses, then dip into the crushed marshmallows.

    2. To make the punch, muddle the mint with the drink mix.

    3. Add pineapple juice and stir until mix is dissolved.

    4. Stir in soda, rum, and fruit.

    5. Pour punch into rimmed glasses.

     

    The Healthy Shamrock Shake

    Made with milk, avocado, and fresh mint, this version of the shamrock shake is refreshing and healthy. Keep it alcohol free or make it an “adults only” treat.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of milk (use coconut, soy, or dairy)
    • 1 cup of ice
    • ½ avocado
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • 1 handful of fresh mint leaves
    • Honey, maple syrup, or sugar to taste
    • 4 tablespoons of peppermint schnapps (optional)

    Instructions

    Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.

     

    The Green Bloody Mary

    Give this brunch staple an Irish twist by using green tomatoes. Plus, there’s bacon. 

    Ingredients

    • 4 cups of green tomatoes
    • 2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
    • 2 tablespoons of parsley
    • ½ cup of cucumber chunks
    • Juice from 2 limes
    • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 jalapeno, quartered
    • 2 teaspoons of horseradish
    • 8 ounces of vodka
    • Ice (Check out Reno’s high-quality ice-makers.)
    • Kosher salt to taste
    • 4 romaine lettuce leaf hearts
    • 4 strips crispy bacon
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Lemon wedges

    Instructions

    1. Combine the green tomatoes, vinegar, parsley, cucumber chunks, lime juice, Worcestershire and jalapeno in a blender. Puree on high until very smooth.

    2. Stir in the horseradish and the vodka. Season to taste with kosher salt.

    3. Fill 4 glasses with ice cubes.

    4. Pour over ice and garnish with Romaine lettuce leaf hearts, crispy strips of bacon, cherry tomatoes, and lemon wedges.

     

    Irish Coffee

    Perhaps the quintessential Irish drink is this coffee with a kick. Here’s our guide on how to make it perfectly.

    Ingredients

    • Half a cup of good coffee brewed in a high-quality coffee maker
    • 2 ounces of Irish whiskey
    • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
    • 1½ cup of fresh cream

    Instructions

    1. Pour the whiskey into the glass.

    2. Pour in the coffee to about an inch from the top.

    3. Add the sugar and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.

    4. Place the spoon so that the curved part of the spoon is touching the coffee.

    5. Pour the cream onto the spoon. The cream will flow over the edge of the spoon and rest on top of the coffee.

     

    The Irish Mexican

    Turn the classic Margherita into an emerald green Irish drink.

    Ingredients

    • 2 ounces of tequila
    • 4 ounces of blue curacao
    • 2 ounces of peach schnapps
    • 1 ounce of Irish whiskey
    • 1 ounce of Aperol
    • 1 ounce of lime juice
    • 8 ounces of pineapple juice
    • Gold sugar crystals for glass rim
    • Corn syrup for glass rim
    • 1 cup of shaved ice

    Instructions

    1. To rim the glasses, spread the corn syrup onto the rims of 2 margarita glasses. Pour the gold sugar crystals out on a plate. Run the rims of the glasses through the sugar crystals to coat.

    2. Add a rounded scoop of ice to each of the glasses.

    3. Add all other ingredients to a shaker filled with ice.

    4. Shake for 10 seconds.

    5. Pour half into each glass.

     

    These are just a few fun ideas for St. Patricks Day drinks. If you’re the type of person who loves to entertain year round, then maybe a wine fridge or beer kegerator would be a great addition to 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. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  2. Is Styrofoam Recyclable?

    Is Styrofoam Recyclable?

    Expanded polystyrene foam, more commonly known as Styrofoam, is everywhere. It’s used in the packaging of appliances, electronics, food, and about a million other consumer goods, but don’t expect it to go away anytime soon. The global demand for Styrofoam is steadily increasing. In fact, some experts expect demand for Styrofoam to increase to a high of 23.5 million tons by 2020. Considering that Styrofoam is non-biodegradable, you can’t help but wonder “is Styrofoam recyclable?”

    At Reno’s Appliance, we deliver about 600 appliances per week—most of them packaged in cardboard and Styrofoam. So we’re not only experts in appliances, but we’ve become experts in recycling our packaging materials as well. We wanted to share some of the basics about Styrofoam recycling.

    Is Styrofoam recyclable?

    The short answer is yes. The technology to recycle Styrofoam already exists and a small percentage of manufacturers have been producing goods from recycled Styrofoam for years. One of the reasons why Styrofoam recycling isn’t more popular is because it’s so expensive to transport. Styrofoam is actually about 95% air. So when you fill a truck with Styrofoam, you’re actually spending a lot of money to move very little product.  

    However, the costs associated with transporting Styrofoam can be reduced considerably by reducing its volume. That’s just a fancy way of saying “smoosh it all together.” Companies can do that with what is known as volume reduction equipment. There are three basic types of volume reduction equipment:

    • Balers use a hydraulic ram to crush large amounts of Styrofoam into bales that are tied with twine for easy transport.
    • Cold compactors first break Styrofoam down into flakes, and then turn those flakes into logs. The resulting logs can be broken down into smaller shapes or even pellets, if needed.
    • Thermal densifiers use heat to melt Styrofoam into a resin, which is then allowed to cool into bricks. This method creates the most compact and sterile end product.

    Does Reno’s recycle Styrofoam?

    As mentioned at the top of this article, Reno’s crew typically delivers 600 appliances per week. Each appliance is carefully unboxed and inspected at the delivery site. All of the packing materials are then loaded back into the truck and taken to the warehouse. Reno’s has been recycling all of its cardboard for years, but Styrofoam recycling has been more of a challenge.

    In 2017, Paul Cioletti of Reno’s did some research and decided that a thermal densifier would be the best solution to handle their Styrofoam packaging. Once the Styrofoam is processed, it is sold to a company that uses it to make picture frames. So far, Reno's has recycled over 5,000 pounds of Styrofoam. That’s 5,000 pounds of Styrofoam that didn’t go to a landfill. And that’s just the beginning.

    What’s in store for the future?

    More and more products are being made from recycled Styrofoam, including coat hangers, toys, and office supplies. But it’s not stopping there. Some companies are even mixing recycled Styrofoam with concrete to build walls for homes and buildings. Turns out, homes made from the recycled material are more sound proof and provide greater insulation.

    These recycling innovations are good news, but will need to continue as the demand for Styrofoam increases year after year. Without recycling, more Styrofoam will end up in landfills, taking up significant space. In addition, it can easily be blown into streets, bodies of water, and storm drains. Hopefully, greater profit, not to mention a cleaner planet, will incentivize more companies to step up their Styrofoam recycling efforts.

    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. Liquid Fabric Softeners Vs. Dryer Sheets

    Liquid Fabric Softeners Vs. Dryer Sheets

    When it comes to fabric softeners, there are two popular options: liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets. Both products soften your clothes, reduce static, and keep them smelling fresh. But is there a difference between the two products?

    At Reno’s Appliance, we’re washer and dryer experts and can give you the straight facts about fabric softener.

    How does liquid fabric softener work?

    Liquid fabric softener works while your clothes are washing. It soaks into your clothes and lubricates the fabric fibers with special chemicals that make them feel softer. This lubrication is also what helps reduce static cling.

    Most washing machines have a clearly labeled compartment specifically made to hold fabric softener. The machine will automatically dispense the softener at the right time in the cycle. This timing is important because fabric softener does not mix well with detergent. If your machine doesn’t have a fabric softener compartment, then you will need to take an extra trip to the laundry room just to add the fabric softener, which can be inconvenient. 

    Another drawback is that liquid fabric softeners are made from oil, so they may stain clothes if not used properly. You have to be sure to add liquid softener during the final rinse when the tub is full of water to avoid staining. Also, liquid softeners tend to build up in the dispenser so frequent cleaning is required.

    How do dryer sheets work?

    Dryer sheets, like the name implies, are added during the drying cycle. They are coated with stearic acid, which melts from the heat of the dryer and coats clothes to make them feel softer, reduce static, and infuse them with a fresh scent.

    Dryer sheets may also stain clothes if not used properly. To avoid staining, fill your dryer with clean, wet clothes and place the dryer sheet on top. Also, avoid overfilling the dryer when using dryer sheets.

    When should fabric softeners not be used?

    Never use any fabric softener when washing these items:

    • Microfiber clothes: Using softeners may damage the fabric.
    • Athletic wear: Softeners may reduce the fabric’s ability to “wick away” sweat.
    • Children’s clothing: Fabric softeners will reduce the flame-resistant properties of children’s clothing.
    • Towels: The idea of a soft, fluffy towel sounds nice, but softeners will reduce the towel’s ability to absorb water.

    Are there alternatives to fabric softener?

    If you want the benefits of fabric softeners, but don’t want to use commercial products, then there are alternatives you can try.

    Adding a half-cup of white vinegar to the wash during the rinse cycle when the tub is full of water will soften clothes without leaving a vinegar smell behind. As a bonus, vinegar will brighten and preserve colors. But vinegar will have no effect on static.

    As an alternative to dryer sheets, you can make three inch balls out of aluminum foil and toss 3 or 4 of them into the dryer. This will reduce static, but won’t add any softness. You can reuse the foil ball over several cycles. Replace them when the foil becomes smooth.

    What’s the bottom line?

    Both dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners have advantages and drawbacks. But both products work well and do what they advertise. This is one of those debates where there is no clear winner. It just comes down to personal preference.

    The best detergents and fabric softeners aren’t going to be effective if you don’t have a solid washer and dryer. Come to Reno’s Appliance and view our extensive selection of washing machines from dependable manufacturers like MaytagWhirlpoolGEElectrolux, and dryers from trusted brands including Frigidaire, LG, and Bosch. Reno’s also carries washer and dryer pairs, plus a full line of parts and accessories to keep your appliances 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Eliminate Refrigerator Odors

    5 Earth-Friendly Ways to Eliminate Refrigerator Odors

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

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

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

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

    Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-ZeroBosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French doorbottom freezer, and top freezer. We also carry compact refrigerators, which are perfect for small apartment, dorm rooms, or the office. You’ll even find a nice selection of sleek and stylish wine refrigerators.

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

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  8. The 4 Most Common Refrigerator Issues to Watch For

    The 4 Most Common Refrigerator Issues to Watch For

    Our refrigerators are one of those appliances we simply expect to work without question—until the day something goes wrong. Then, we’re left wondering if we’ve got a costly repair on our hands, or if it’s time for a new fridge.

    As appliance experts, we wanted to share the 4 most common refrigerator issues to be aware of, plus troubleshooting tips that might help you avoid expensive repairs and extend the life of your fridge.

    1. The fridge is too warm: Your fridge should be between 37 and 41 degrees Fahrenheit at all times. If your fridge temperature consistently reads above 41 degrees, then that could indicate a larger issue.

    What to check first:

    • Make sure the fridge has power. Is it plugged in? Is the circuit breaker that connects to the fridge switched on?
    • Check the fridge’s thermostat and make adjustments if needed.
    • Make sure the vents that blow cold air into the unit are not blocked. Rearrange items in the refrigerator if need be to allow for proper airflow.
    • Vacuum the condenser coils located under or behind the refrigerator. Dust and dirt build up on the coils over time and can significantly diminish your refrigerator’s performance.

    When to call a professional:

    • If you’ve gone through the checklist above and still haven’t found the problem, then call your repair technician who can check if the compressor or any fans aren’t working.

    2. Everything is freezing: Sometimes your fridge can get too cold and everything starts to ice over.

    What to check first:

    • Make sure your thermostat isn’t set too low. Turn it up a bit and see if that resolves the issue.
    • Make sure the thermostat isn’t defective. Turn it to its highest setting. You should hear a “click” within a minute of turning it up. If you don’t, then you’ll need a new thermostat.

    When to call a professional:

    • A repair technician can help you determine if your fridge has a defective thermistor, the part that sends the fridge temperature reading to the control board.
    • Your technician can also help you determine if the temperature control board, which powers the compressor and fan motors inside the fridge, is malfunctioning.

    3. There’s frost in the freezer: Old freezers are especially prone to frost buildup.

    What to check first:

    • Look for cracks in the door seal that allows warm, moist air to seep into the freezer compartment.
    • Make sure the freezer door can shut completely.

    When to call a professional:

    • There could be something wrong with the refrigerator defrost sensor. You’ll need a professional to help with the repair.

    4. Broken Ice Maker: Modern refrigerators often have built-in ice makers for convenience, but they may also be one of the first things to malfunction on your refrigerator because of multiple delicate parts.

    What to check first:

    • Shut off the valve to the household water supply.
    • Pull the fridge away from the wall and check for any kinks or tears in the water supply line.
    • Make sure the water inlet valve is open.
    • Check the water filter for debris and replace it if necessary.

    When to call a professional:

    • If you can’t find the issue, then one of the internal ice-making mechanisms could be malfunctioning. Let a professional handle this more in-depth repair.

    If you’ve got an old fridge that’s beyond repair, then head over to Reno’s Appliance to view our extensive selection of refrigerators. We’ve got top brands including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire in a range of popular styles such as French door, bottom freezer, and top freezer. We also carry compact refrigerators, which are perfect for small apartment, dorm rooms, or the office. You’ll even find a nice selection of sleek and stylish wine refrigerators, which are becoming increasingly popular. Find out why in this this recent blog post.

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

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  9. 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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  10. 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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