Maintain Your Refrigerator in the Summer

The kids are home from school. It’s hot outside, and they’re in and out of the refrigerator all day long. Why? The refrigerator has the same contents now that it did fifteen minutes ago. Then they keep the door open while they stare inside. What are they doing – taking inventory? When they finally close the door, teenagers seem to think they need to be especially forceful in slamming appliance doors shut.

What does this mean for your refrigerator?

  • Every time your refrigerator door is opened cold air goes out, and the interior temperature of the refrigerator goes up.
  • Your refrigerator must run longer to reach and maintain the proper temperature.
  • Repeated opening and closing of refrigerator doors, causes wear on the hinges and of course, the latch itself.

It all adds up to more energy usage, more wear and tear, and shorter refrigerator life.

What can you do?

  • Set a good example yourself.
  • Make rules. Set times that the kids aren’t allowed in the kitchen, or at least not allowed in the fridge.
  • Set out some fruit and snacks so they don’t need to open the refrigerator.

Here are some tips to maintaining your refrigerator in the summer:

  1. If your refrigerator has coils that need cleaning, be sure to keep them clean by brushing the dust off the coils. You may need a special brush to reach the coils. If so, visit your local appliance parts company, or order online from the refrigerator manufacturer.

  2. Many refrigerators have a vacation mode. Engage the vacation mode before your leave on vacation. Don’t forget to go back to normal operation when you return.

  3. If you are going on a long vacation, consider saving up empty gallon or half gallon containers. Fill them with water and put them in the refrigerator before leaving. When the containers get cool they’ll help keep the refrigerator cool and it will not need to work as hard.

  4. Turn off your ice maker while you are on vacation.

Remember, when it’s time to replace your refrigerator call or visit the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center.

Today’s Favorite Recipe: Shrimp Scampi Recipe

This garlicky, lemony shrimp dish is a classic best served with plenty of crusty bread to sop up the sauce. The cooking process moves as quickly as a stir-fry, so you’ll want to have all your ingredients prepared in advance and ready to go.

Preparation Method

Heat the oil in a large skillet or sauté pan over medium heat until it shimmers, 1Photo-20170518105155286 to 2 minutes, then add the shrimp. Cook, stirring often, until the shrimp start to curl and turn pink, 1 to ½ minutes.

Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes and cook for 30 seconds more. Turn off the heat and stir in the lemon juice and vermouth. Add the butter, stirring it into the sauce until it melts. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley over the top and serve.



2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound (21 to 25 count) shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 large plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons vermouth or dry white wine
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Why Buy Appliances on Memorial Day

Best Overall Memorial Deals at UAKC

I’ve been around the appliance industry for nearly 40 years. During that time I’ve had a variety of jobs in sales and marketing with distributors and manufacturers. Along the way, I’ve taught marketing classes to both undergraduate and MBA students.

One area that marketers study is consumer demand. We know, for example, that each year there is a finite number of appliances sold. Annual appliance sales are determined by factors such as new home sales, household creations, appliance replacement cycles (lifespans), new appliance innovations eg. microwave ovens, and household incomes.

However, holiday appliance sales, do not fit this rational model. Buying an appliance because you have a 3 day weekend is not rational. Or so, I thought. Study after study, shows that appliance sales dramatically spike during holidays. In fact, one of the biggest appliance sales weekends of the year is coming up. Memorial Day.

It’s not because people get married, have kids, or get raises on holiday weekends that appliance sales spike. It’s certainly not because appliances tend to break down on holidays. It’s because manufacturers and big retailers promote heavily with big discounts centered around holidays. Consumers like to save money. Voilà! Lot’s of appliances get sold during the Memorial Day holiday period.

Here are examples of two great deals available at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center during the 2017 Memorial Day Sale. click on photos below for details

GE Sale Rebate
Whirlpool Rebate

You may have heard the story of the youngster who asked the old fisherman why he chose to fish at a particular spot. The old man simply replied, “Because that’s where the fish are.” Well, the reason you should think about buying new appliances during the Memorial Day period is because that’s when the Sale is. Don’t miss out! Call or visit the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center today.

Buying Appliance Packages

Save with a One Brand Package

UAKC is the Best Choice for Appliance Solutions

Here’s an idea for saving money on your next appliance purchase. When you’re purchasing more than two appliances at once, you should seriously consider the package savings that you can now get from several of the top brands.

Let’s use Thermador for an example. For several years Thermador has been offering a 1-2-Free appliance promotion. For example, buy a qualifying Thermador cooktop and oven and get a dishwasher FREE, or buy a qualifying Thermador range and get a dishwasher free, but you get the idea. It’s not tricky either. Not like those promotions that are designed to hook you, so there’s no way to really get the free product. There are numerous variations available.

Thermador is not the only brand that offers this type of deal. Fisher and Paykel as well as their sister company DCS have similar offers with a double drawer dishwasher as the free appliance. GE’s offer is buy 3 qualifying appliances and get a free dishwasher valued up to $1000. Buy qualifying products from Jenn-Air and you can earn over $3,000 in credits to complete your kitchen purchase, plus up to $1000 towards your appliance package installation.

Well, there is one tiny, tiny catch to all these FREE appliances, credits, and installation appliances. They only work when you buy a single brand of appliances. So, if for example, you want a Sub Zero refrigerator, a Viking Range, and a Miele dishwasher, you may just find yourself out of luck when it comes to getting anything free.

But don’t despair, there are some workarounds if you want to get creative. For example, I have a friend who was very happy to purchase a complete Thermador kitchen…why not, they’re great appliances…but she had wanted a Miele dishwasher for many years, and felt that this kitchen remodel was her only chance to get the dishwasher of her dreams. So, she bought the the Thermador package, and a Miele dishwasher. She took the free Thermador dishwasher and sold it, still in the box, for a decent price.

Whatever you have in mind, when it comes to saving money on appliances, you need to talk to the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center. They’ll help you figure out how to get the appliances of your dream at the best price possible.

Trends in Dishwashers

Is it time for a new dishwasher?

Houzz has published its 2017 Kitchen Trends Survey. For homeowners planning kitchen renovations, dishwashers are the most likely to be first on the list for replacement. It really isn’t a big surprise considering all the changes in dishwashers over the years. Here are the top trends in dishwashers in our view.


Homeowners are increasingly concerned with sanitation, particularly in the kitchen. Some new dishwashers have sani-cycles that are certified by the NSF which requires that the water is heated to 155 degrees fahrenheit and kept there for a certain amount of time. This feature can be particularly important when someone in the home is sick, or if there is a baby to care for.

Energy and Water Savings

While dishwasher manufacturers are all keen on having the EnergyStar label, some dishwashers are more energy efficient than others. They work with smaller highly efficient motors that run quieter (and longer) to get dishes clean while running at whisper quiet sound levels.

In addition, though dishwashers may have long run times, they actually use far less water. That’s one reason why they are more energy efficient because a big part of a dishwashers energy usage is the cost of heating the water.


Today’s open kitchens make it critical that dishwashers run quietly, and appliance manufacturers tout their “whisper-quiet” dishwashers. In my opinion, to be considered quiet, a dishwasher would have to operate at a decibel rating in the 40’s. The really quiet dishwashers are often in the low 40’s with a few even with a super low 37-39db rating.

Flush, Sleek Look

With the trend toward the sleek, flush European look, today’s dishwashers sometimes have no visible control panel (controls are on top of the dishwasher door). Flush or near flush dishwashers are easier to keep clean, and ones with recessed handles can help avoid issues in corner installations with adjacent drawer handles, etc.

European dishwashers are likely to be super quiet, save water, and energy-saving. They include brands such as Bosch, Asko, and Miele. American brands such as KitchenAid also are known for super quiet models. Of course, over the last few years competition has meant that U.S. dishwasher manufacturers have adopted the same type of wash systems as European dishwashers and they’ve all been producing quieter, more energy efficient models.

At the entry level prices, you’ll still find some “old style” dishwashers, and as you might expect the super quiet, super efficient dishwashers are going to have a bigger price tag. But for the best deal, you’d best contact Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center today.

Saving Money on Luxury Brands

Save on Miele and Sub-Zero Wolf at UAKC

Major appliance brands are often divided into categories such as Economy brands Amana, and Mass market brands GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, and Luxury brands Miele, and Sub-Zero Wolf. Some brands cross more than one category, while others squeeze in between. For example, there is an ongoing effort among some brands to carve out space between mass and luxury brands. These brands fit into categories such as Premium, eg. KitchenAid or even Super-Premium. Today, however, we’re going to briefly discuss two brands that proudly consider themselves Luxury brands: Miele and Sub-Zero Wolf.

Miele is a German brand that has a history that can be traced back to 1899. Their motto Immer Besser translates to Forever Better and the Miele family follows that principle today as a worldwide high end appliance brand. One of my favorite Miele products is this dual fuel 48″ wide range.


Sub-Zero Wolf is a U.S. enterprise based in Wisconsin. They lay claim to inventing built-in refrigeration for the home. A hugely successful company, Sub-Zero purchased the Wolf brand for residential use (Wolf continues as a separate company manufacturing restaurant ranges). Now, Sub-Zero Wolf offers a complete line of luxury refrigeration and cooking products for the home. Sub-Zero is famous for this Sub-Zero Pro 48 refrigerators.

Sub-Zero-Pro 48

As Premium brands, both Miele and Sub-Zero Wolf are expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save money when purchasing them. Here are some terrific offers available now at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center:


Upgrade and Save on a Wolf 30″ or 36″ Range. Click on the link below:

Purchase a Sub Zero Wolf Kitchen Package and Earn up to $7000 in Wolf Gourmet Products

Click below for details:


To take advantage of this special offer. Click on the link below:

  1. First, select a Miele Range or Cooktop/Rangetop & Convection Oven
  2. Then, choose a Miele Dishwasher
  3. Finally, choose at least one additional qualifying appliance

For more information on these or other major appliances and decorative plumbing fixtures call or visit the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center today.

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