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Posted: October 29, 2019|
The Sleek Aesthetic of an Appliance's Slate Finish
Looking for unique and stylish appliances for your kitchen? Consider incorporating appliances with a slate finish into your kitchen. Slate is fast becoming one of the more popular options for kitchen appliances. Let’s look at all the reasons slate can be great in your kitchen décor.
Slate is Neutral, yet Warm
Slate is a low-reflecting medium grey color with beige undertones. It’s a neutral color, yet still maintains warmth and depth. Slate appliances are a good choice if you want to darken the kitchen’s atmosphere a bit, but not go as dark as black stainless steel or matte black.
Slate is Versatile
Slate is kind of like the chameleon of appliance finishes. No matter what style of kitchen you prefer, appliances with a slate finish will fit right in. Slate works with kitchens that are:
- Rustic: Slate nicely compliments the dark, earthy, wood tones and textures of rustic kitchens. Stainless steel appliances would ruin the rustic mood, but slate ties it all together.
- Modern: Slate appliances blend quite nicely with today's premium kitchen materials to complete a sleek and modern motif.
- White: Love the look of a classic all-white kitchen? Bringing in a few appliances with a slate finish may provide just enough earthy balance to anchor the bright and airy atmosphere created by white.
- Colorful: Slate appliances go great with colorful kitchens as well. Mixing red kitchen appliances with slate appliances can be particularly striking.
- Classic: Any appliance’s slate finish will fit right into a classic kitchen design to help evoke feelings of warmth, coziness, and comfort.
Slate is Practical
Not only do appliances with a slate finish look fantastic and fit in with a variety of kitchen décor themes, but they have practical benefits as well. First of all, slate is smudge and fingerprint proof—unlike stainless steel—making it the ideal appliance finish for busy households with young children. You’ll also find that slate is a tough and durable material that resists nicks and scratches. Finally, slate appliances are magnetic, so you can display plenty of family photos and children's artwork like the good old days.
Slate is Trendy
Gray topped the list of the fastest growing kitchen color schemes last year. Appliances with a slate finish definitely complement that design trend. Slate provides a perfect understated look that suits today’s contemporary and transitional kitchens. The warm dark tone of slate blends in and complement its surroundings rather than stand out as can be the case with stainless steel appliances.
Slate has Staying Power
Have you ever been burned by jumping on board a home décor trend only to have it turn out to be a short-lived fad? That won’t happen with slate appliances. Slate may be trendy, but it looks like it’s here to stay. Slate is neutral enough to go with any type of décor, even as design trends change. It also offers a nice neutral alternative to all-too-common stainless steel kitchen appliances.
If you are convinced that slate would be great for your kitchen décor, then come to Reno’s Appliance to see our inventory of kitchen appliances in a wide variety of gorgeous finishes including appliances with a slate finish. Our friendly sales staff will help you find the perfect appliance for your home.
Posted: October 22, 2019|
Is My Appliance Factory Warranty Enough?
You can probably picture yourself in this common scenario. You’re at an appliance store, ready to make a fairly large purchase, and then your salesperson inevitably asks: “Would you like to purchase an extended appliance factory warranty?” It might seem like a good idea, but here are 6 reasons why it doesn't make sense for you to purchase an extended warranty:
You’ve Already Got the Manufacturer’s Warranty.
Most major appliances come with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty. If the appliance is defective, then any minor malfunctions will likely happen in the first year, so you’re covered. Major malfunctions won’t typically show up until 15 or even 20 years down the line—long after the appliance factory warranty has expired.
Extended Warranties May Not Cover as Much as You Think.
You might think that you’re completely covered if anything goes wrong, but you have to read the fine print. Most extended warranties are filled with exclusions that make them essentially worthless. For example, coverage may not include accidental damage, or companies might be able to deny a claim if you haven’t followed their routine maintenance instructions. You’re better off saving the money you would’ve spent on an appliance factory warranty and putting it towards a higher quality appliance that’s less likely to need repairs.
Your Credit Cards May Offer Protection.
Certain rewards credit cards actually offer to double the length of the manufacturer's warranty, free of charge. So contact your credit card companies to see if you can take advantage of anything like that.
The Necessity of Repairs is Rare.
Think about the appliances you already own. How often do you call someone in to repair your refrigerator, dishwasher, or range? Probably not very often. Today’s appliances are built to last. Chances are, if you do need a repair on a major appliance, then it’ll probably just make more sense for you to purchase a new one.
Your Manufacturer May Honor the Warranty Past Expiration.
Some appliance manufacturers will agree to repair a product free of charge after the warranty has ended simply because it’s good customer service. So, it’s always worth contacting the manufacturer first should anything go wrong.
Your Retailer Should Stand Behind What They Sell.
Call the store where you purchased the appliance if anything goes wrong. They should be able to help you make things right. Reno’s Appliance stands behind everything we sell and we have a dedicated customer service department. If we can take care of the issue ourselves, we will. Otherwise, we can contact the manufacturer on your behalf or tell you exactly who to call to get your appliance up and running as quickly as possible.
If at the end of the day you still want to purchase an extended appliance factory warranty, then just make sure you know exactly what it is you’re purchasing. Read the manufacturer’s warranty first. Then, make sure that the extended warranty at least covers everything the original warranty does. And be aware of all exclusions and anything that will void the warranty. Also, check to see if there are restrictions on which shops or service providers you can use for repair. There may be a limited list of repair shops who will honor the warranty, so you want to make sure that you have an approved shop nearby.
The bottom line is that in most cases, it’s not worth it to buy an extended appliance factory warranty. Purchase quality appliances that come with a standard warranty from a reputable appliance retailer like Reno’s Appliance and you’ll have nothing to worry about.
Posted: October 15, 2019|
Don’t Settle for a Sink Too Big for Your Counter
One of the more common problems homeowners have and may not even realize it, is that their kitchen sink is too big for their counter. Large kitchen sinks are nice, but if they’re too big, they eat up valuable counter space and can limit storage space in the cabinets underneath the sink. You don’t have to settle for a sink that’s too big for your kitchen counter. When you’re ready to replace your too-large sink, follow these steps to ensure that your new sink and countertop are a perfect fit.
Before You Measure
Before you pull out the measuring tape take note of these tips, which will help things go more smoothly.
- Empty out your kitchen sink base cabinets so you have a clear and clean area to work in.
- Remove any dishes from the sink and make sure the sink is clean and free of debris.
- Take all measurements twice to ensure accuracy and save you from headaches later on.
- Using a measuring tape, measure the length of your sink starting with the left-most edge of the sink and stretching the measuring tape across to the right edge. Write down that measurement.
- Then measure the sink width by placing your tape measure at the back edge of the sink (closest to the faucet) and stretching it across to the front edge. Write down the width.
- Lastly, measure how deep the basin is. To do this easily, place a straight ruler across the top of your sink. Then, measure the deepest part of your sink basin to the bottom edge of the ruler. Write down the depth.
- Place your tape measure along the bottom of the sink base cabinet and measure from the back of the cabinet to the front edge to get the depth. Write down that measurement. Note that most standard kitchen cabinets have a depth of 24 inches.
- Next, measure along the bottom of the cabinet from the left edge to the right edge to get the width.
- Subtract 4 inches from width and 1 inch from the depth. The resulting numbers will be the maximum size sink you should buy.
- Now, go back and look at the measurements from step 1. If those measurements are larger than the numbers you get after you subtract, then you definitely have a sink that’s too big for your counter.
- Before you do anything to remove the sink, be sure to shut off the water valves, disconnect the water lines, and take off the faucet. Then you can disconnect the drain attachments and remove the sink.
- Then, measure from side to side and then back to front, similarly to how you measured in step one. This is the total space available for your new sink.
Step 1: Measure the Sink
Step 2: Measure the Cabinet
Step 3: Measure the Counter Cutout with the Sink Removed
Whether you are completely redesigning your kitchen, or using the current space available, these measurements will be your guide for what size sink you can get and help ensure that you don’t get a sink that’s too big for your counter.
If you’re looking for a new kitchen sink, then come to Reno’s Appliance. We carry popular sinks from top-name brands including Franke and Rohl. In fact, you can get every appliance you need for your kitchen renovation from Reno’s. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to see our wide selection of ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, wall ovens, and more.
Posted: October 08, 2019
How to Tell If a Steam Washing Machine is Worth It for Your Home
Are you considering new laundry appliances? If so, one thing you’ll quickly realize is that your choice of washing machines goes way beyond top-loaders vs. front loaders. Steam washing machines, in particular, are getting a lot of attention lately. Is the hype surrounding these sleek machines just a lot of hot air? Or are steam washing machines worth it?
What are the Benefits of Steam Washing Machines?
Steam washing machines use a combination of water and steam in a variety of wash cycles. Basically, steam boosts the temperature inside the washer, which has all kinds of benefits for your wardrobe, such as:
- Stain elimination: The hotter temperatures inside steam washing machines cause clothing fibers to relax and release deep-down dirt and stains that might not come out in a standard washer. Detergent works better in the higher temperatures created by steam as well.
- Allergy alleviation: Common allergens that easily stick to clothing such as dust mites, pollen, molds, and pet dander are all obliterated by steam heat.
- Super sanitation: It takes temperatures of 171 degrees Fahrenheit to sanitize your clothes. Most washers don’t get hotter than 140 degrees, but steam heat is 212 degrees, so bacteria don’t stand a chance.
- Wrinkle reduction: Steam causes clothing fibers to relax more deeply, so there are no more wrinkles. You can say goodbye to ironing forever. Most people would argue that this one benefit alone makes steam washing machines worth it.
- Energy conservation: Steam washers require less water than traditional washing machines, which helps reduce your water bill. In addition, using fewer gallons of water means that less energy is required to heat the water – a win for the environment and your electric bill.
What are the Drawbacks of Steam Washing Machines?
With so many benefits to steam washing machines, you might think it’s a no brainer to run out and get one. However, one drawback is the price. Depending on the brand and the features you want, a steam washing machine could cost close to $1,200 or more. Compare that to a basic traditional washer that you can get for a few hundred dollars.
Are Steam Washing Machines Worth It?
At the end of the day, you should choose the washer that has the features that are right for you and your family, but also fits your budget. If you have pets, or someone in your family has allergies, then steam-sanitized clothes may be important to you. If your kids play team sports and you handle a lot of sweaty and grass-stained clothes, then the extra cleaning power of steam would probably be much appreciated in your household. On the other hand, if you’re satisfied with how clean your clothes get using a traditional washer, then it may not be worth the investment to get a steam washing machine.
Not sure if a steam washing machine is worth it? Stop by Reno’s Appliance and talk to a member of our friendly sales staff. They can show you our full line of washing machines, including steam washers, front-loaders, and top-loaders from world-class appliance manufacturers. We’re conveniently located in Paterson, New Jersey.
Fridge Ice Maker Hacks
Having a fridge ice maker is a wonderful convenience, but most people don’t realize that it should be cleaned from time to time. If your ice looks cloudy, smells off, tastes bad, or clumps up a lot, then it’s probably an indication that you need to clean the ice maker. Fortunately, cleaning your fridge ice maker is easy to do if you follow these simple steps.
- Start by cleaning out old or unwanted items from your refrigerator and freezer. Oftentimes, ice cubes will taste bad because they’ve picked up odors from old spills or spoiled food. Cleaning out and deodorizing your refrigerator will make sure that you eliminate the possibility of foul odors contaminating your ice.
- Before you start to clean the fridge ice maker, unplug your refrigerator. It’s the best way to ensure that your unit won’t make ice as you’re cleaning it. Your ice maker may also have an on/off switch or a lever that you can lift to turn it off.
- Remove the ice cube bin and dump out any ice into your kitchen sink. Or run the cubes through your garbage disposal (ice cubes are a great way to deodorize your garbage disposal by the way). When the bin is empty, use a clean sponge or cloth to wash it with warm, soapy water. You can also use a solution of 1 part water and 1 part distilled white vinegar. Use a toothbrush to get any hard-to-reach spots. Once you’ve completely washed and rinsed the bin, set it aside to air-dry completely before you put it back into the freezer.
- Next, pour ½ cup of bleach into a gallon of water. Dip a clean rag into the solution and wipe down all of the parts of the ice maker that are in the freezer. Dampen a rag in the mixture and wipe down the ice maker inside the freezer. Then, use a clean towel to dry the unit thoroughly.
- Check your fridge ice maker’s water filter. Many people don’t realize that their ice makers have a water filters, but they do. These filters should be changed every six months. Check your owner’s manual to find out where the filter is located and how to change it.
- Finally, place the clean and dry bin back into the freezer. Plug your refrigerator back in and let the fridge ice maker do its thing. Dump out the first 2 batches of ice, just to make sure any leftover contaminants or bad odors are completely eliminated.
Now that you know how easy it is to clean your fridge ice maker, you should repeat this process every few months, or whenever your ice tastes or smells less than perfect. If you think that your fridge ice maker is just way too funky for you to save, or worse yet, you don’t have a refrigerator with a built-in ice maker, then come to Reno’s Appliance.
Reno’s Appliance has a large selection of refrigerators with built-in ice makers from top-of-the-line brands including Sub-Zero, Bosch, and Frigidaire. We also have a full line of stand-alone ice makers. Stop by our showroom today to see everything we have to offer.