Kitchen Appliances
  1. Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake: Which Way is Best for Your Holiday Cookies?

    Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake: Which Way is Best for Your Holiday Cookies?

    Holiday Baking Tips for Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake

    It's the season for holiday cookies! Many home bakers turn their kitchens into cookie factories this time of year, churning out dozens of batches of gingerbread men, sugar cookies, and other holiday favorites. If you're a baker, then you may have wondered if a convection oven would be a better option for baking your holiday cookies. Let's look at the differences between convection bake vs. regular bake ovens to determine which is better.

    Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens

    A conventional oven uses radiant heat to bake your cookies. The heat emanates from the top and/or bottom surfaces, which usually results in an oven with hot and cold spots. That's why you'll typically have to turn your trays of cookies around halfway through, to help ensure even baking.

    A convection oven on the other hand, has an internal fan that circulates hot air, and helps maintain a consistently heated environment. There are no hot or cold spots. The most obvious advantage to having a steady supply of heat surrounding your cookies is that they will cook faster and brown more evenly. In addition, your cookies will release steam from the butter almost immediately in a convection oven, which will result in lighter and flakier cookies.

    5 Tips When Using Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens

    If you decide to switch from a conventional oven to a convection oven to handle your holiday cookies this year, then keep these tips in mind to ensure the best results possible.

    1. Lower the temperature by 25 degrees. Convection ovens are more efficient than conventional ovens, so you can lower the temperature and get the same results. Set the oven to about 25 degrees below the temperature stated on the recipe.
    2. Check cookies frequently. Your cookies will bake more quickly in a convection oven. Check your cookies about halfway through the cooking time. Then, keep checking every few minutes. Cookies will generally be done baking 6 to 8 minutes faster than the time stated on the recipe. Go by how your cookies look and smell to determine if they are done. As you get more experienced with convection baking, you'll be better able to predict the perfect length of time your cookies will need.
    3. Don't crowd the oven. Convection ovens rely on air being able to circulate, so don’t crowd the oven with too many trays at once. If the air is blocked, the food will still cook, but it will be less efficient. Feel free to use the top and bottom racks at the same time. But again, make sure not to overload them.
    4. Use low-sided baking sheets. This tip is probably a no-brainer because most of us usually use low-sided baking sheets for holiday cookies regardless of whether or not we're using convection bake vs. regular bake ovens. But especially with convection ovens, low-sided or rimless sheets allow for better air circulation and crispier cookies. In fact, you should use low-sided baking sheets with most convention oven cooking, including roasting vegetables and meats.
    5. Know when not to use a convection oven.While convection ovens are ideal for holiday cookies, you don't want use this type of oven to bake cakes, custards, soufflés, or quick breads. The movement of the air from the convection fan can cause uneven baking and reduced rising. In addition, custards can dry out from the air movement and form an unpleasant crust on top.

    What's the Bottom Line on Convection Bake vs. Regular Bake Ovens?

    When it comes to holiday cookies, convection ovens do have a slight edge over conventional ovens, especially if you have a lot of baking to do. However, you can’t go wrong with a solid conventional oven, if that's your true preference.

    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.

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  2. Best Ways to Make Use of the Warming Tray Under the Oven

    Best Ways to Make Use of the Warming Tray Under the Oven

    The Warming Tray Under the Oven is the Hidden Gem of the Kitchen

    Do you know if there's a warming tray under your oven? You may have one and not even know it! Most people use the tray under their ovens to store pots and pans, which is fine, but they're missing out. Those in the know consider it to be the hidden gem of the kitchen. Here are the 6 best ways you can make use of the warming tray under your oven.

    Better Breakfasts

    Think about breakfast foods that you cook in batches like pancakes, French toast, sausages, and hash browns. You'll want to keep the batches you've cooked first warm as you continue to cook more food. Simply set your oven to 200 degrees and transfer your finished batches to an oven-safe dish or tray. Then slide it into the warming tray under the oven. When you're ready to sit down to eat, everything will be nice and warm.

    Holiday Helper

    The warming tray under your oven will be your best friend if you're hosting for the holidays. After any side dishes have finished cooking, place them in the warming tray while your roast, ham, or turkey continues to cook in the main part of the oven. This is perfect for mashed potatoes, vegetables, and stuffing. If you are going to have any of these side dishes in the warming tray for more than 20 minutes, make sure that the temperature is at least 140 degrees. If it's not, bump up the temperature of the main oven.

    Sweet Heat

    If you're having a dinner party, you can use the warming tray to keep desserts at the perfect temperature while you're enjoying the main course. Just slide the desserts in the warming tray and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Pies, brownies, even simple chocolate chip cookies will all taste a bit more decadent when served warm.

    Perfect Plates

    To keep foods warm while serving, consider using the warming tray for your plates. Ceramic plates, in particular, retain heat nicely. To warm plates for serving, stack them in the warming tray under the oven and set the temperature to 200 degrees. Remove the plates after 15 minutes. You'll be surprised at how consistently warm your food is throughout the meal. Even if you don't want to do this every day, it's a nice touch around the holidays or when you have guests over.

    Broiling Benefits

    Some, but not all, warming trays under ovens have the capability to broil foods. This is ideal for roasting vegetables and can do a nice job with steaks and some fish as well. Obviously, you'll need to check with your owner's manual to see if your warming tray doubles as a broiler.

    Storage Solutions

    It's not the ideal use for your warming tray, but there's nothing wrong with storing muffin tins, baking trays, pots, and pans in the warming tray while the oven is not in use. Just be sure to remove the items before you turn on the oven and never store anything flammable inside.

    If you've got a warming tray under your oven, then it's time to take full advantage of all it has to offer. If you are ready to upgrade to an oven with a warming tray, then stop by Reno's Appliance. We carry top-of-the-line electric and gas ranges from brands like Bosch, Wolf, GE, Amana, and Samsung. When it comes time for you to pick out a new range, stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  3. Reheating Tips: The Best Way to Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Reheating Tips: The Best Way to Eat Thanksgiving Leftovers

    Reheating Thanksgiving Leftovers

    It's pretty much universally accepted that the best part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers. Whether you've hosted the holiday feast or grandma packed up Thanksgiving leftovers for you to take home, you've got a long weekend ahead and plenty of delicious food to enjoy. If you reheat it properly, that is.

    The fastest way to reheat Thanksgiving leftovers is your microwave, but it doesn't always yield the best results. Try these 6 reheating tips instead for the most flavorful Thanksgiving leftovers you've ever tasted.

    1. Turkey: A long, slow roast got your turkey onto the Thanksgiving table, so you should turn to your oven for the best reheating results. Start by preheating your oven to 300 degrees. Then, place turkey slices into a baking dish. Add a few pats of butter or a few spoonfuls of turkey stock to help retain moisture and enhance flavor. Cover the dish with foil and place it into the oven for 30 minutes until warmed through.
    2. Mashed Potatoes: The low-and-slow heat of the oven will recreate some superb spuds. Move the potatoes to a baking dish in an even layer. Add more cream, butter, and/or broth to the potatoes. (More moisture and fat are the two secret ingredients when reheating potatoes or any leftovers.) Cover the potatoes and place them alongside your turkey in the oven. They should both be ready to eat at the same time.
    3. Yams: Whether you call them yams or sweet potatoes, they are a Thanksgiving staple. Start by placing sliced yams on an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and slide them into a 300-degree oven. If you like marshmallows, then add them to the yams before placing them in the oven and they'll melt as the yams heat up. Your yams will be ready to eat in about 20 minutes.
    4. Stuffing: Perhaps everyone's favorite Thanksgiving leftover, this reheating method makes it taste better than the day it was made. Add some butter and broth to the bottom of a pan or skillet. Place it on the stovetop over low heat. Once the butter is melted, add the stuffing and start frying it up using a spatula. The bread will get crispy and the broth brings moisture back to bread that may have dried out. The method will make your stuffing taste even better than before.
    5. Gravy: Low and slow is the way to go when reheating gravy. Use a skillet rather than a pan because it will heat more evenly and gently. Start by adding cool gravy to a cold pan, then turn on the heat so it warms up evenly without scalding.
    6. Pie: Whether you prefer apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie, start by pre-heating your oven to 200 degrees. Then place the pie uncovered on a baking sheet and place in the oven. If the pie was in the refrigerator, it may take 20 minutes for it to become warm enough to eat. If it was at room temperature, then it will probably take about 10 minutes.

    Bonus Reheating Tip: Get a Warming Drawer

    You can simplify your Thanksgiving leftovers reheating experience by getting a warmer drawer. A warming drawer is a separate appliance that uses a low-heat setting to warm up food or keep just-cooked food warm and ready to eat for hours. The temperature levels on a warming drawer don't go very high, and most have humidity controls and timers so there's no risk of food burning, drying out, or getting soggy. All you have to do is place a plate of food into the drawer and you'll have a hot, tasty dish in no time. It's ideal for Thanksgiving leftovers, but you'll definitely use it throughout the year.

    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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  4. Quality Kitchen Taps: What Faucets Were Popular this Year?

    Quality Kitchen Taps: What Faucets Were Popular this Year?

    Quality Kitchen Taps that Last

    Whether you’re giving your kitchen a complete overhaul or simply updating the décor, installing a quality kitchen tap will definitely be part of the job. If it's been a while since you last shopped for a faucet, then we wanted to share some details about the most popular faucet styles available today that will last well into the next decade.

    Finishes

    There was a rapid shift this year in most homeowners' faucet finish preferences. Gone are the more traditional styles of the last few years. Instead, we saw a rise in popularity of more contemporary silhouettes and finishes. For example, so-called "living" finishes started appearing in more homes. These are finishes such as rose gold, brushed brass, and gun metal that are untreated and therefore will develop patina over time as they're exposed to various elements.

    Another new trend in quality kitchen taps is darker finishes. This trend towards darker faucet finishes is largely due to the rise in the popularity of black stainless-steel appliances in the past few years. Those who want a more fashion-forward look may consider a blend of two vibrant metal finishes together to render a subtle but striking transition from light to dark.

    Technological Innovations

    Some of the latest trends in faucets are centered on increased technology and innovative ways to incorporate technology into faucets. One popular trend in quality kitchen taps is hands-free or touch-free activation. This is an especially important feature for those who handle raw meat and want to be able to wash their hands without having to touch anything.

    Eco-friendly technology will continue to be popular and like all new technologies, there's an app for that. For example, some faucet manufacturers have developed faucets that enable you to monitor water usage and the lifespan of your filter through a smartphone app.

    Laminar technology is a nice faucet option to have as well. Laminar faucets emit water in a clear, solid stream for a smooth and silky feel and no splashing. It feels luxurious, but laminar-flow faucets still meet federal water flow standards.

    Functionality

    One of the most common trends in quality kitchen taps is increased functionality. It's all about making it easier for us to use water in our daily lives. More and more faucets are incorporating options that allow you to toggle between needle spray and full spray. Some go beyond that to enable you to emit an ultra-powerful stream that eradicates tough messes, while at the same time reducing splatter. That way, you can spend less time on clean up and not have to change your shirt. Faucets that have the ability to swivel 360 degrees and dock easily with magnetic docking have become increasingly popular as well.

    If you haven't bought a faucet in a long time, then you're probably not aware of all the cool new faucet features and designs out there. Reno's Appliance carries a large selection of kitchen faucets from industry-leading brands like Insinkerator, Franke, Rohl, and more. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection of quality kitchen taps.

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  5. Dishwasher Residue: Get Rid of Grime

    Dishwasher Residue: Get Rid of Grime

    Clean and Prevent Dishwasher Residue

    Have you ever opened your dishwasher expecting to find sparkling clean dishes, but instead noticed a white residue on your dishes? There are different reasons why dishwasher residue might appear on your dishes. Fortunately, there are simple ways to clean and prevent dishwasher residue no matter what caused it.

    Residue Reason #1: Hard Water

    If you have hard water in your area, then some of the minerals in your water will certainly stay behind on your dishes after you run a wash cycle. You may not notice them at first, but over time, hard water deposits will build up in your dishwasher and you’ll start to see the white dishwasher residue.

    Residue Remedy: Vinegar

    Vinegar can do almost anything in the kitchen, so it’s no surprise that it’s our go-to solution for dishwasher residue. First, empty your dishwasher and start a regular wash cycle with no detergent. One the dishwasher has filled with water, open the dishwasher door and pour in 16 ounces of distilled white vinegar. Close the door and resume the cycle. The slightly acidic nature of the vinegar will break down the hard water deposits so they’ll be easier to wash away. The next time you do a load of dishes after this treatment, you shouldn’t see any dishwasher residue. Do this every few months to keep hard water build-up away.

    Residue Reason #2: Detergent

    If your dishwasher detergent doesn’t completely dissolve, then you’ll see white residue on your dishes in the form of undissolved soap.

    Residue Remedy: Check the Hot Water Heater

    Dishwasher detergent is designed to dissolve in hot temperatures. The temperature of the water coming into your dishwasher should be between 120 and 150-degrees Fahrenheit. If the water is any cooler, then the detergent will not dissolve properly and you’ll find white detergent residue on your dishes. First, check your hot water heater and make any adjustments, if necessary. If your water heater is set properly, then you’ll want to make sure that every wash starts with the hottest water possible. To do so, run the hot water on your kitchen sink until it gets as hot as possible, then start up the dishwasher. If you’re still seeing residue, then you may be using too much detergent, which is a common dishwasher mistake. Try using half the amount of detergent you usually use.

    Residue Reason #3: Etching

    If the dishwasher residue feels gritty to the touch, then it may be undissolved powdered detergent, which you can wash away by hand. The more common reason is something called etching. Etching occurs when tiny bits of soap powder scratch your dishes. If you run your finger along a dish that has etching, then it will feel gritty to the touch, almost as if there’s something on it. And if you run the dish under water and still feel it, then you know it’s a permanent problem.

    Residue Remedy: Liquid Detergent

    Unfortunately there’s no way to undo etching that’s already occurred, but you can prevent future etching damage by using a liquid detergent.

    Use a Rinse Aid for Residue?

    Another option for preventing dishwasher residue is to use a commercial rinse aid. Some people doubt their effectiveness, but rinse aids enable more water to rinse off your dishes. And the more water that runs off your dishes, the less chance for residue to get left behind.

    Of course, the best way to get clean dishes is to start with a high-quality dishwasher. Reno’s Appliances is proud to carry an extensive inventory of world-class brands that are known for dependability and durability like Frigidaire, Bosch, and Whirlpool. Plus, we have portable dishwashers, which are perfect for small spaces. Stop by our showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our selection.

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  6. How to Incorporate Appliances with a Slate Finish Into Your Kitchen

    How to Incorporate Appliances with a Slate Finish Into Your Kitchen

    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.

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  7. Is a 10-Year Appliance Factory Warranty a Good Deal?

    Is a 10-Year Appliance Factory Warranty a Good Deal?

    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.

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  8. Is My Sink Too Big for the Counter? How to Properly Size Your Sink

    Is My Sink Too Big for the Counter? How to Properly Size Your Sink

    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.
      • Step 1: Measure the Sink

        • 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.

        Step 2: Measure the Cabinet

        • 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.

        Step 3: Measure the Counter Cutout with the Sink Removed

        • 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.

        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.

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  9. How to Clean a Fridge Ice Maker

    How to Clean a Fridge Ice Maker

    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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.

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  10. What's the Best Way to Recycle Your Fridge?

    What's the Best Way to Recycle Your Fridge?

    Looking to Recycle Your Fridge? We've Got You Covered

    As of 2017, 22 states, including New Jersey, have banned refrigerators and other major appliances from landfills. This means, if you are looking to dispose of an old fridge, it must be recycled. As appliance experts, we wanted to give you the facts about the correct recycling practices and why they need to be done.

    Why recycle your fridge?

    Refrigerators contain refrigerants, oils, and other compounds that, by federal law, must be removed and recovered. Once those items are removed, the steel, other metals, and selected parts can be recycled. New Jersey's recycling program also captures the foam insulation inside the refrigerator doors, which can give off ozone-depleting gasses as it decomposes.

    How can you recycle your fridge?

    The good news is, there are several options for you to recycle your fridge:

    1. Contact the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP): This program offers an incentive to customers willing to give up their older, energy-wasting refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, and air conditioners. NJCEP will arrange for pick-up of your old appliances and ensure that they are recycled in an environmentally responsible manner. You can find out more about this appliance recycling program on the NJCEP website or by calling them directly at 866-655-6278.
    2. Ask Your Local Appliance Retailer: If you're purchasing a new appliance, ask your salesperson if the store will take away your old unit. For example, Reno's Appliance will deliver your new refrigerator and dispose of your old one in an environmentally responsible way, in accordance with state and federal regulations, at no extra charge. We also have a robust recycling program for the styrofoam that's used in the packaging of appliances.
    3. Purchase an ENERGY STAR® rated refrigerator: Your old fridge will be automatically recycled when you buy an ENERGY STAR rated model from a retailer that partners with the EPA's Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program. RAD partners ensure that old appliances are properly recycled and disposed of. Plus, by purchasing an ENERGY STAR appliance, you know you'll get high-quality performance while doing what's right for the planet.
    4. Donate your old unit: If you're getting rid of a functional product that is less than 5 years old, consider donating it. For example, Habitat for Humanity will often accept newer, working appliances.
    5. Contact your municipality: Many towns and cities have curbside pick-up programs for residents. They typically sell the old appliances to recyclers, scrap metal companies, or other third parties, providing a revenue stream for your town.
    6. Call an Appliance Recycling Center: Your local appliance recycling center might offer you a bit of cash for your old appliances. Plus, you know that they'll take the proper steps to ensure all hazardous materials are dealt with responsibly.

    The bottom line is that recycling your fridge is the right thing to do, and there are plenty of options that make it easy for you. If you are planning on getting rid of an old, inefficient fridge, then be sure you have a new one to replace it. Stop by Reno's showroom in Paterson, NJ to view our wide selection of ENERGY STAR-rated refrigerators.

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