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Posted: June 29, 2020|Categories: Kitchen Appliances
What is a Wet Bar and Why It's Right for Your Home
Installing a bar in your home, indoors or outdoors, is a must if you love to entertain and host. Deciding between a dry or wet bar, however, depends on your style, needs, and budget. But what is a wet bar? Essentially, the differentiating factor is plumbing. A wet bar includes a fully functioning sink and faucet system.
Let's take a look at some of the reasons it may be right for your home!
An Entertaining Must-Have
If you're considering a wet bar for your home, it's best to choose an entertainment area near a laundry nook or bathroom to ensure smooth plumbing. Typically, a wet bar is an excellent choice for larger homes, where you are on another floor (or in the basement) and don't have access to your central kitchen. It's also ideal for outdoor spaces to avoid going back and forth from inside to outside. Working with a professional will prevent any problems from arising during installation.
A wet bar is incredibly helpful when entertaining to quickly rinse out a pitcher and begin to prepare for your next round of cocktails. It is also useful during clean-ups, such as after the party or if any spills occur during your event.
It'll Free Up Your Kitchen Appliances and Storage
By having a designated entertainment space, your kitchen will stop overfilling with glasses, mixers, bottles, and pitchers. A home bar will typically include a beverage center to store all party drink essentials. Depending on space, you can opt for a bit of a larger size and store snacks as well.
By having that glorious sink access, you can wash and store all glassware and dishes in your wet bar. It's ideal to include storage in your home bar—either cabinetry or an overhead rack—for glasses and cups.
It May Add Value to Your Home
Similar to any home improvements, there is no guarantee it will increase the selling value of your home. However, many potential buyers see a wet bar as a luxury feature that they would be delighted to have. Not to mention, it will surely impress all of the guests you will have!
Installing a Wet Bar
Planning to design and install a wet bar is an exciting endeavor for any homeowner. At Reno's Appliance, our staff is equipped with the knowledge to assist you in determining just what you will need. Give us a call or stop by our showroom to get started on picking out the best appliances for your perfect home wet bar!
Posted: June 22, 2020
What's Right for You? 3 Types of Grills
Adding a grill to your outdoor space means investing in delicious meals and unforgettable memories. From including grilled veggies on your dinner menu to hosting family barbeques, you'll find yourself looking forward to unveiling your grill every summer. But before you can start enjoying those perks, you'll need to discover the perfect one for you.
Here we break down the 3 types of grills, including their uses, features, fuel source, and more!
Pros: Gas grills are the most common choice because of their efficiency and ease of use. Unless you have a natural gas source, owners will opt for liquid propane fueling. What's excellent about gas grills is that they heat up quickly and therefore offer faster cooking times. Cleaning up your gas grill is also quite easy, as you’ll only need to brush the grate and wipe down all surfaces.
Cons: However, because they are a popular option, they can get a bit pricey, especially if you want more features. Over time, the grates can build grime and may need to get replaced, especially if they are not routinely cleaned. While gas grills are perfect for family meals, true barbecue enthusiasts might want to reconsider this option. A real smoky taste isn't always achievable on gas grills.
Pros: If you are looking for that intense, smoky flavor, a charcoal grill is right for you. For fuel, they use charcoal briquettes, wood chips, or a combination of the two. These grills are also more budget-friendly, especially if you opt for a smaller size.
Cons: Unlike the popular gas grill, charcoal grills take around 30 minutes to heat up before you can start cooking on them. For clean-up, because the charcoal turns to ash, regular disposal and maintenance are required. The charcoal will also need to be replenished frequently. Since there is no adjustable temperature on these grills, a vent is used to monitor and control the heat.
Pros: For frequent travelers, an electric grill is the one for you. It's portable and compact, making it an attractive option for on-the-go grilling. Electric grills are also ideal for smaller spaces, such as apartment balconies. Because there is no fire, these can be used in areas where open flames aren't allowed. These grills typically take a few minutes to heat up but can reach high temperatures that can be controlled. To clean-up, you'll only need to wipe down the surface.
Cons: While the electric grill offers many conveniences, the downside is that you'll need an outlet in range or an extension cord to reach a power source. What may be a concern for some is that since there is no visible flame, it may be less safe, especially for younger children.
Making the Right Choice
When you're deciding on what grill is right for you, don't hesitate to reach out to the experts at Reno's Appliance. We're available to discuss the different options and work with you to decide which type will fulfill your needs and fit into your lifestyle. Check out our full catalog online and give us a call!
Posted: June 15, 2020|Categories: Kitchen Appliances
Maintenance, Repairs, and How to Fix a Dishwasher
On average, a dishwasher's life expectancy is 9 to 11 years. However, you may begin to experience performance issues before then. If you're not quite ready to part ways with your beloved appliance just yet, there may be a few tricks you can try first.
Keep reading to learn how to fix a dishwasher when some common problems arise.
Your Dishes Aren't Being Cleaned Properly
While dirty or residue-coated dishes could be a maintenance issue, it is more likely this is caused by user error. Overloading your machine, not entirely scraping off your plate beforehand, or having utensils block the spray arms could be why your dishes aren't coming out sparkling clean. Check out more of our preventative measures here!
If none of these poor practices are the culprit, try these tips next:
- Check for any grease, debris, or blockages in the strain screen and door gasket.
- Spin the top and bottom spray arms to ensure they move with ease.
- Clean the spray arms of any dirt or gunk that may be preventing them from spinning.
- If your dishes have water spots, your cycle may be too long and a rinse aid may help.
There's a Leak or Flooding
If you notice a small pool of water by your dishwasher, there is most likely a leak coming from its door or gasket. There may be cracks, damage, or debris that prevent the door from sealing completely and, therefore, allow water to escape. Cleaning the gasket with a disinfectant may help, but a replacement part is more likely needed.
If there is a small flood occurring, it may be due to a stuck float switch. A float switch is a dishwasher's water level indicator and should be in the up position. If it is pointed down, try cleaning it and removing any plastic, string, or other small materials that may cause obstruction. If it's a more significant flood caused by improper draining, try running a second cycle—it usually does the trick!
Your Dishes Are Still Wet
After a cycle, your dishes should be warm and dry. If they are coming out still wet, this is an issue with the heating element. The high-limit thermostat may be malfunctioning and shutting off too early in the cycle. A multimeter will determine how well it is performing and indicate if a replacement piece is needed.
You Smell A Foul Odor
Over time, a dishwasher’s screen will build up with residue and gunk. Old, wet food is likely the culprit, so you should thoroughly clean the screen. Make it a habit to routinely clean your filter to prevent further smells from occurring.
If the smell is more chemical, such as plastic burning, it could be caused by a melting Tupperware container. Always be careful how you are loading your dishwasher to avoid this!
The Dishwasher Won't Start
A dishwasher not starting could be because of its power source. A blown fuse or an outlet malfunction may be the case. Unplugging and re-plugging your dishwasher also can give it the reset it needs. Another reason a dishwasher may not start is if the door isn't latched correctly.
However, if your dishwasher sounds like it's trying to start, but just won't, there's a greater issue at play. You may need to replace the dishwasher itself with an upgraded model. Get in touch with Reno's Appliance to discuss your dishwasher needs and get your kitchen's performance back on track!
Posted: June 08, 2020
5 Easy Popsicle Recipes You Have to Try
As we enter glorious summer, it's time for delicious refreshments that are perfect for the family or to treat yourself! We're sharing some of our favorite easy popsicle recipes for you to follow along! You'll be sure to discover an enticing flavor, or perhaps try something new!
Strawberry and Cream
This creamy popsicle is sure to be a favorite! It's a refreshing treat without a frozen taste. This one will surely have you reaching for seconds, or possibly thirds.
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream or yogurt
- 1 cup of milk
- 1tbsp. of sugar
Instructions: Blend until a smooth texture is achieved. Then, pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze for about 4-6 hours. For best results, freeze overnight. Enjoy!
Blueberry and Raspberry Delight
A blueberry and raspberry delight is a classic! You can’t go wrong with these tasty fruits. This popsicle is between a creamy texture and a frozen pop.
- 1 1/2 cups of vanilla pudding, yogurt, OR ice cream
- 1/4 cup of blueberries
- 1/4 cup of raspberries
Instructions:Blend until a smooth texture is achieved. Then, pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze for about 4-6 hours. For best results, freeze overnight. Enjoy!
Layered Mixed Berry
If you're feeling a bit more fun, try this layered mixed berry popsicle! While this tri-colored treat does take a bit more time, it's sure to brighten up your day. Get creative and swap out some berries with your favorites—or add more!
- 1 1/2 cup of grape juice (white or purple)
- 1 cup of berries (strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
Instructions:Blend the strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries separately. Then, fill the popsicle molds with one berry mixture and freeze for about 4 hours. Repeat for each additional berry mixture and freeze for an extra 2 hours. Enjoy!
Raspberry Yogurt Surprise
You're probably wondering—what's the surprise? With a hint of oatmeal, you're getting a powerful flavor kick in addition to the yogurt and raspberries. Think of this one as a delightful breakfast in a popsicle!
- 2 cups of yogurt
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal
Instructions: Blend gently until a chunky texture is achieved. With this one, you'll want to see those raspberry and oatmeal bits. Then, pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze for about 4-6 hours. For best results, freeze overnight. Enjoy!
Rocky Road Fudgsicle
While this one does require a few more ingredients, you can't beat the payoff! Who can resist this delectable, homemade rocky road fudgsicle? You're sure to make a second batch of this one.
- 1 package (3 oz.) cook and serve chocolate pudding
- 2 1/2 cups of milk
- 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts
- 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of marshmallow creme
Instructions:First, cook the pudding and milk until slightly thickened and bubbly. Then, let it cool for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir the marshmallow creme into the pudding and slowly pour in the chopped peanuts and mini chocolate chips. Finally, pour the mixture into the popsicle molds and freeze for about 4-6 hours. For best results, freeze overnight. Enjoy!
How to Achieve a Perfect Popsicle
While these easy popsicle recipes only require simple ingredients and time, you won't want to be slowed down by faulty appliances. This summer, make sure your blender and freezer are up-to-date and working at top performance. If you find your blender isn't pureeing as well or your freezer takes more time than it should to freeze, it may be time to upgrade! Stop by Reno's Appliance showroom today or browse our online catalog of quality brands and products.
Posted: June 01, 2020
5 Signs You Need an AC Replacement
An air conditioner unit is one of those purchases you might make and then forget about. Every summer, it comes out; by fall, it returns to storage. Most of us don't have to worry about repairs or maintenance, aside from a routine filter clean every season. However, that doesn't mean you have to get caught off guard when your air conditioner does break—especially if it's in the middle of summer.
Be on the lookout for these 5 signs it's time for an AC replacement!
When It's Not Worth A Repair
If something goes wrong with your AC unit, you may consider a repair first. However, there are a few circumstances when it’s better to replace it than a repair, such as:
- If the AC unit is more than eight years old
- If it will cost more to repair it than replace it
- If you'd have to repair the ducts that deliver the cold air and the insulation in your house as well
Depending on your budget, it may be worth it to have a contractor take a look at your system before making any decisions.
A Lack of Cool Air or Limited Airflow
An immediate sign there is something wrong is a lack of cool air, warm or humid air blowing out, or limited airflow. Your air conditioner shouldn’t take a few minutes to start sending out cold air, either. Restricted airflow could signify a pipe or duct clog or a broken motor.
Moisture or Leaks
Some moisture is expected, and your AC unit should be able to handle it without alarm. However, when you begin to notice the moisture, or it turns into a leak, it most likely means there is an issue with the refrigerant. Not only will it cause your system to under-perform, but it can also present a health risk for you and your family. A humid, moist area is the perfect environment for mold to grow.
Strange Noises or Foul Smells
Most air conditioners are quiet, and any unusual noises should alert you there is a problem. Sounds such as grinding, squeaking, or chattering are a common sign of aging. Unfortunately, there is no repair for this, and you'll need to upgrade your system.
Similarly, foul smells are also an immediate cause for concern. Air conditioners in good condition disperse a clean, neutral-smelling scent. Smokey or burning odors are a warning sign that will require immediate attention and replacement.
A Higher Energy Bill
While you may expect a slight increase in your energy bill during the summer, a considerable spike is a sign your AC system is working too hard to cool off your space. What’s worse is if it is using a lot of energy and not performing well or producing cold enough air. By opting to replace your system, you can save on your energy bill year after year, especially if you choose an Energy Star certified air conditioner.
Where to Go for an AC Replacement
If you have identified one or more of these warning signs with your current air conditioning unit, it's time for an upgrade. Our team at Reno's Appliance can help you choose a new system that is right for your home, within your budget, and exceeds your expectations. Browse our online catalog or visit our showroom today!