Monthly Archives: February 2019
  1. What's the Best Appliance Finish for Your Kitchen?

    What's the Best Appliance Finish for Your Kitchen?

    Appliance Finish Comparison

    If you're installing new kitchen appliances in your home, you're no doubt considering your options for appliance finishes. There are so many choices today, it can be an overwhelming decision. At Reno's Appliance, we’re experts on appliance finishes and wanted to give you some insight on some of the most popular options.

    Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel has been the go-to appliance finish choice of homeowners for many years, and for good reason. From traditional to modern spaces, stainless works with a variety of styles.

    • Where it works: One of the most popular kitchen styles right now blends traditional cabinetry and wood floors with more modern elements such as light countertops and stainless steel appliances. For those with wooden cabinetry in brown tones, stainless breaks up the monotony of all wood and gives it a modern twist.
    • Where it doesn't: Stainless steel easily shows fingerprints and smudges. It's easy to clean, but if you want something maintenance free, then stainless steel is probably not the right choice.

    Slate

    One of the newest appliance finishes out there, slate is a low-reflecting medium grey color with beige undertones.

    • Where it works: Slate is perfect for both the modern and rustic kitchen. It serves as an anchor that grounds your kitchen with its earthy tone. It's also easy to clean.
    • Where it doesn't: Slate is great for kitchens with grey-based colors and neutral tones, but not necessarily bright or bold kitchens. Know that your slate appliances may dictate the aesthetic of your kitchen for years to come.

    Black

    Black appliances are very "in" at the moment and can be a chic addition to your home.

    • Where it works: Black appliances work best in large open kitchens because they won’t overwhelm the space. Placing black appliances against white cabinetry works extremely well to create a truly classic black-and-white look. However, you can also pair black appliances with dark cabinetry for a more cohesive look throughout your kitchen.
    • Where it doesn't: It’s best not to install shiny black appliances in small kitchens. Black appliances can easily make compact spaces feel smaller than they are. Also, avoid putting black appliances in kitchens that don’t receive a lot of natural sunlight. Dark appliance finishes will only make the kitchen feel darker.

    Black Slate

    Black slate appliances are relatively new on the appliance scene and perfect for those who want the look of black appliances without the shine.

    • Where it works: Again, black slate appliances typically work best in larger kitchens. The matte look is also smudge and fingerprint-proof, so it's an ideal appliance finish if your kitchen is a high-traffic area.
    • Where it doesn't: Black slate will make a small, dark kitchen feel smaller and darker. However, if you really have your heart set on stale black in a compact kitchen, then consider installing undercabinet lighting as well. This will help brighten up the kitchen without producing the glare that you would expect with traditional black.

    White

    Some consider white to be too "safe" or boring. However, there are new finishes with interesting textures and polishes that elevate boring white into something more sophisticated.

    • Where it works: White appliances look best in kitchens with white or light cabinetry. They also help kitchens that don't have a lot of natural light or are compact look larger and brighter. Also consider white appliances if you have light countertops so that all of your surfaces blend together for a seamless look.
    • Where it doesn't: If your kitchen cabinetry is painted or stained a dark color, then avoid white appliances.

    Paneled Doors

    From traditional or transitional, shaker or contemporary, paneled doors can be matched to your cabinetry for a streamlined look.

    • Where it works: Paneled doors are ideal for compact kitchens where big appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers would look out of place.
    • Where it doesn't: Paneled doors are customized, which means that they may be among the most expensive options. So, while they work with almost any décor, they won’t work if you have a limited budget.

    Color Finishes

    Last but not least are colored appliance finishes. They're not for everyone, but perfect for making a bold statement.

    • Where it works best: Bold reds, sunny yellows, and bright blues look great in modern kitchens. Choose colors like cream, green, or pink if retro shabby chic is more your style.
    • Where it doesn't: Colored appliances are too bold for traditional or country-style kitchens. As you can see, every appliance finish has pros and cons.

    Stop by Reno's Appliance to view our extensive inventory of appliances in a wide variety of gorgeous finishes. Our friendly sales staff will help you find the perfect appliance for your home.

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  2. What’s that Noise? Why Your Washing Machine Sounds So Loud

    What’s that Noise? Why Your Washing Machine Sounds So Loud

    Decipher Those Washing Machine Sounds

    At one time or another, we've all heard strange washing machine sounds coming from our laundry room - usually during the spin cycle. Whether they're loud bangs, high-pitched squeaks, or some other unnatural noise, they can be alarming. At Reno's Appliance, we're washing machine experts and wanted to explain to you exactly what those strange washing machine sounds mean.

    Bad News Bearings

    When the washer spins, it rides on a bearing, which is a circular metal object that has many small little metal balls inside. The job of the bearing is to allow the tub to move freely with zero resistance. If the bearing is worn out, those small metal balls can fall out, causing a loud banging noise during the spin cycle. If the sound you hear is more of a squeaking noise, then it usually means that the bearing needs to be lubricated, which is a simple fix. However, if you start to hear a grinding noise, then that’s an indicator that the bearing is falling apart and will need to be replaced immediately. That's a complex repair that will require an experienced repair technician.

    Pulley Problems

    Weird washing machine sounds can also occur if your washer has a faulty drive pulley. The pulley is another part of the washer that helps spin the tub. Sometimes the pully is worn out or just knocked out of place resulting in a banging noise. To find out if the drive pulley is causing the noise, a repair technician will have to take the washer apart and inspect the pulley for signs of damage.

    Messed-Up Motor

    The washer's motor coupling could also be the cause of some weird washer sounds. The motor coupling is made of plastic and is actually built to break if the washer gets overloaded, so the motor and the transmission don't sustain damage. If it breaks, you'll hear a whirring sound, almost like a small engine revving too high during the spin cycle. Luckily, the motor coupling is a simple repair and can be done by most people.

    Clunky Clutch

    The job of the clutch in a washing machine is to allow the tub to speed up gradually over time, thereby preventing the tub from spinning too fast too quickly. If you think your washer's clutch is broken, listen to the washer's spin action and pay attention to any squeaks emanating from the tub during the spin cycle. Disturbing squeaks are not normal and may indicate a broken clutch.

    Damaged Drain Pump

    If you hear loud noises coming from your washing machine at certain intervals during the spin cycle, it may be due to a damaged or clogged drain pump. Usually this can be fixed by simply removing the drain pump and removing clearing away any debris that may be clogging it up.

    Shaky Shocks

    All front-loading washing machines have shock absorbers. These shock absorbers are connected from the washer frame to the outer tub. If the shock absorbers in your front loader become weak the washer will make a loud banging sound during the spinning cycle. Simply replace the shocks to remedy the issue.

    There are many reasons why you might be hearing strange washing machine sounds. Some noises indicate problems that are easily remedied, others signify larger, more complex issues. Contact a repair technician who can pinpoint the issue and talk to you about repairing or replacing your appliance.

    If it's time for a new washing machine, then stop by Reno's Appliance in Paterson, NJ to see our wide selection of washers and dryers. Any member of our friendly sales staff can help you find the appliances that are best for you and your family.

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  3. Tips on How to Properly Refrigerate Wine

    Tips on How to Properly Refrigerate Wine

    Learn to Refrigerate Wine the Right Way

    Even if you consider yourself to be just a casual wine drinker, you probably have a few bottles of wine in your home. Whether you've got 5 bottles or 50, you certainly don't want your wine to go bad, so it's important to know how to properly refrigerate wine. Follow these Dos and Don'ts of wine storage to make sure your stash stays delicious.

    Do store wine in a wine fridge.

    The warmer the air is, the quicker wine will go bad, whether it's already opened or it's a brand-new bottle. It’s better to store bottles of vino in a wine refrigerator. There are several benefits to owning a wine fridge, the most important being that it refrigerates wine at a perfect, consistent temperature for the best flavor and the longest shelf life.

    Don't store wine in a kitchen fridge.

    Although you want your wine to be chilled, your average kitchen refrigerator is too cold to properly refrigerate wine. Cold temperatures will inhibit wine from achieving its full flavor. Also, unlike a wine refrigerator, your kitchen refrigerator removes humidity as it cools, which dries out the cork. Corks must remain moist in order to do their job of blocking air from entering the bottle properly.

    Do refrigerate wine on its side.

    Wine fridges store wine bottles horizontally, which keeps wine in contact with the cork so it stays moist. As mentioned above, a dried out cork will let small amounts of air into the bottle, which will damage the wine.

    Don't store wine upright for too long.

    It's okay to store your wine upright for a short amount of time, but not more than 2 weeks. Any longer than that and air will start to seep into the bottle and you'll have a musty-tasting wine.

    Do refrigerate wine at a constant temperature.

    Wines are sensitive to temperature and humidity. By storing your wine in a wine fridge, you know that you are keeping it at a correct and constant humidity level and temperature (50% to 70% humidity and 55 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit). Don't keep wine at room temperature. Storing wine in a liquor cabinet or on your kitchen counter isn't a good idea. The average room temperature is too warm for the long-term storage of wine. Warm wine is dull and flat and, in extreme cases, overly alcoholic or vinegar tasting.

    Do refrigerate wine in a convenient location.

    It's important that your collection is easily accessible. You want to be able to easily pour yourself a glass with dinner or have it on hand for entertaining guests. That's another reason why a wine fridge is helpful. Under-counter models fit seamlessly into your kitchen, and give you one central location that you know is just for your wine. Organize your collection by vintage, color, region of origin, or in any way that makes sense to you.

    Don't store wine on top of your refrigerator.

    Many people think storing bottles of wine on top of their refrigerator is ideal, but it's probably the worst place to store wine. First, refrigerators vibrate when the compressor cycles on and off, when the ice maker spits out ice, and when you open and close the door. Even slight vibrations affect your wine's taste and aging process. Secondly, your refrigerator gives off heat due to the compressor and other internal components working hard to keep the interior cool. And as we've discussed, heat is wine's number one enemy.

    Do keep your wine in a properly lit area.

    One way to ease the selection and viewing of your collection is with proper lighting. Your best bet for a light source is LED lighting, which creates a soft glow without giving off any heat. Wine fridges will come equipped with the proper lighting.

    Don't store wine in direct indoor light or sunlight.

    Traditional light bulbs give off heat and can prematurely age your wine. Sunlight and UV Rays are even worse for your wine. Keep your wine away from windows or other sources of natural light as well. Following a few simple tips when you refrigerate wine will ensure it stays fresh and flavorful. The easiest way to ensure you're following all of these tips is to get a wine fridge.

    Reno's Appliance has a variety of wine refrigerators and wine storage options from the best brands including Sub-Zero, Summit, Whirlpool, Marvel, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  4. How to Clean Refrigerator Water Dispenser

    How to Clean Refrigerator Water Dispenser

    Does Your Refrigerator Water Dispenser Need A Clean Up?

    Refrigerator door water dispensers can work fine for years before showing any signs of trouble. But one day, you may notice that the water starts to trickle rather than flow, and the water doesn't taste quite so clean and crisp anymore. That usually means it's time to give the water dispenser a thorough cleaning. Fortunately, it's easy to clean your refrigerator water dispenser with a few safe, household ingredients and a little elbow grease. Here's how: 

    Step 1

    Turn off the water supply to the filter. Then, locate the copper water supply pipe that fits onto the water tank. You should be able to easily slide this copper tube off after loosening the screw that holds it in place.

    Step 2

    Use a small funnel to help you pour 3 cups of distilled white vinegar into the tube so that it flows into the reservoir. After about 5 minutes, fasten the tube to a wall or the back of the refrigerator with tape so the vinegar continues to drain downward.

    Step 3

    If your refrigerator has a built-in ice cube maker, then empty the ice cube bin and make sure the lever is in the "on" position. This will allow the vinegar to clean out the ice cube maker as well as the refrigerator water dispenser.

    Step 4

    Press the water dispensing button on your refrigerator so that the vinegar runs through the entire system. This cleans the tubing and internal fixtures that channel the water to the spout. Be sure to have a large jar or pitcher on hand to catch all of the vinegar as it streams out. Continue pressing the button until all of the vinegar finishes pouring through the refrigerator water dispenser. Dispose of the vinegar.

    Step 5

    Dip a bottle brush or an old toothbrush in vinegar and give the water dispensing spout and the area around it a quick scrub. Scrub the open end of the copper tubing a well.

    Step 6

    Reattach the copper tubing by slipping the end back into place and tightening the screw with a screwdriver. Turn on the water, and allow it to flow through the system until you cannot detect any vinegar. Do this by running the tap until the glass is full and then emptying it. Repeat this process until you cannot smell any traces of vinegar in the water. When the smell disappears take a small taste to ensure you can't detect any vinegar. If you can't, then you're good to go. Also, it’s a good idea to throw out the first batch of ice cubes that gets made as well because they may have a slight vinegar taste.

    Follow these six simple steps and you'll have a clean refrigerator water dispenser that will deliver crisp, delicious water to you and your family. If you don't have a water dispenser in your refrigerator, but you'd like to upgrade to one, then come to Reno's Appliance. We offer a large line of refrigerators from the best brands including Electrolux, Jenn-Air, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Summit, and more. We carry refrigerator accessories as well. Visit our showroom to view our selection or browse online.

    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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  5. Get the Facts: Are Ventless Dryers Safe?

    Get the Facts: Are Ventless Dryers Safe?

    All you Need to Know About Ventless Dryers

    About 80% of American have clothes dryers. The vast majority of these are traditional, or "vented" dryers that use heated air to dry clothes and then pump exhaust to the outside through a vent. But what if you have a home that doesn't have space for a laundry room? Or what if you live in an apartment or condo that has rules against installing vented dryers? You may want to look into getting a ventless dryer.

    While ventless dryers might seem unusual to most Americans, they've been popular in Europe for generations. That's because Europeans tend to live in centuries-old buildings, which makes large vented dryers unfeasible. Compact, ventless dryers are the only option. In fact, vented dryers are actually outlawed in some European countries such as Switzerland.

    How Does a Vented Dryer Work?

    Vented dryers are basically hot air vacuums. They pull room-temperature air in from your laundry room, heat it up with either gas combustion or an electric heating element, tumble your clothes in it, and then blow the exhaust - full of evaporated moisture - outside. While vented dryers tend to be the most affordable types, they do consume a lot of energy and their operation does require a bit of maintenance. For example, since lint tends to build up inside the vent, it must be cleaned regularly in order to prevent a potential fire hazard.

    What are the Types of Ventless Dryers and How Do They Work?

    Currently, there are 2 types of ventless dryers available: condenser dryers and heat pump dryers.

    Condenser Dryers - Similar to vented dryers, condenser dryers draw in and heat up air. However, unlike vented dryers, condenser dryers feature a "heat exchanger" that warms the air inside the tumbler, which dries your clothes. This air then loops back through the condenser where it's cooled to remove moisture. Then, that same air is reheated and sent back to the tumbler to repeat the process. There’s a tray that collects evaporated water, so that will need to be emptied on a regular basis.

    Condenser dryers are significantly more energy-efficient than standard vented models. They're also gentler on your clothes because they run significantly cooler than a vented model. This saves stress on fabric, keeping your wardrobe looking better longer.

    Heat Pump Dryers - This type of ventless dryer works by drawing in and directing air through a heat pump where the water vapor is condensed into a drain pipe or tank and the remaining air is heated and used to dry the clothes.

    Heat pump dryers are smaller than most standard vented dryers, and their drying time tends to be noticeably longer. Heat pump dryers can also be a bit noisy, which may be an issue for anyone in a small living space. These dryers are often the most expensive of your options, but use less than half the energy per load than a condenser or vented dryer requires. The energy savings over time may be worth the initial investment.

    Are Ventless Dryers Safe?

    In a word, yes. For some reason, people may view ventless dryers as unsafe, but nothing can be further from the truth. They are manufactured to be safe, efficient, and effective. As long as you use them properly, ventless dryers will run safely and smoothly for years.

    What's the Bottom Line?

    At the end of the day, it’s hard to imagine condenser dryers gaining mainstream popularity in the United States. Still, for those who live in smaller homes or apartments, a ventless dryer may be your best and only option.

    If you're interested in a ventless dryer, then stop by Reno's Appliance. We’ve got a wide selection of dryers from major manufacturers including GE, Samsung, and Whirlpool. You're sure to find the perfect appliance for your home.

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

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