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Posted: July 31, 2018|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Posted: July 24, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 Frigidaire, Bosch, Whirlpool, 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.
Posted: July 10, 2018|
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Posted: July 03, 2018
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.