STEP INTO THE BATHROOM OF YOUR DREAMS

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The modern bathroom is a place that offers relief from the stresses of daily life. Today’s bathrooms provide a tranquil oasis to cleanse your body, mind, and soul, and should exude an exceptional level of luxury and comfort.

From bathtubs and showers to toilets and sinks, there is no shortage of beautiful bathroom fixtures to provide the style and features you need in a beautiful space.

Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center offers a vast array of luxurious bath products from a broad spectrum of premium brands. Our team of appliance experts possesses the knowledge and support skills you need to sift through our catalog of options, ensuring you find the perfect bathroom fixtures for your home.

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Laundry

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For many, the laundry room is the operational cleaning center of the home. To make your laundry room great, you’ll want to fill it with the best washer and dryer you can find. If you’re looking for great laundry appliances guaranteed to impress, consider the selection at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center.

Washers come in a range of styles and designs perfect for every home. Top load washers and front load washers both provide great capabilities for good value, while high efficiency top load washers offer exceptional quality and style. You can even find portable washers perfect for small homes and apartments.

If you need a great dryer, both electric front load and gas front load dryers are strong choices. And for small spaces, you can always invest in a portable dryer. For a great space-saving option, consider investing in a washer/dryer combination setup. You can even find combination washer dryers that offer washing and drying functions in one appliance. To keep up with maintenance, or make customizations, you’ll definitely want to research some laundry accessories.

Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center is here to meet all your laundry needs. We offer a huge selection of the best laundry appliances and accessories from the most trusted brands, providing the perfect choices for your home.

Air Conditioners

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An air conditioner is a must-have appliance. After all, there’s no need to sit inside and suffer through hot weather. If you’re interested in an air conditioner, there are a number of great models to choose from.

The power of an air conditioner is measured in BTUs, or British Thermal Units. The higher the BTU, the more space your air conditioner can cool. Be sure to measure the room you need to cool before investing in an air conditioner, that way you can find a unit that’s perfectly fits your needs.

If you want a more modern design in your appliance, consider a wallfit air conditioner. These models are designed to be built-in to your wall, providing a more streamlined aesthetic to your room. For a versatile appliance that can be moved anywhere, consider a portable air conditioner. You can also find a specialty air conditioner to meet more specific needs.

No matter your air conditioner needs, Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center is here to help. We offer a huge selection of the best wallfit air conditioners, specialty air conditioners, and portable air conditioners with a variety of BTUs, providing the cooling power you need when hot weather arrives. Be sure to browse our exceptional variety of air conditioners and home appliances today.

Food Disposal

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Erase any trace of your latest magnum opus with garbage disposal units that can handle virtually anything you throw at them. With Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center’s line of food waste disposers, you’ll not only discover appliances with the horse power to cut through the toughest foods, but heavy duty tools that are quiet too.

Check out these tips to help you pick the right garbage disposal!

1. Motor Type
There are two types of motors: induction motors and permanent magnet motors. Most disposers use an induction motor, which is similar to motors used in large household appliances – such as washers, dryers and furnaces. These motors produce less noise and offer a long, reliable motor life. A permanent magnet motor is a lightweight, variable-speed motor that is similar to motors found in smaller appliances, such as power tools, blenders and hair dryers. While permanent magnet motors generally run at a higher RPM, they will run fastest with smaller grind loads.

2. Horsepower
Disposer motors can range from 1/3 horsepower to more than one horsepower. Higher-horsepower disposers are typically capable of grinding heavier loads easier, which prolongs motor life. Consider higher-horsepower models for larger families or frequent cooking.

3. Grind Stages
Disposers will offer either one, two or three grind stages. Here are the differences:
1-Stage: Many disposers feature only one stage of grinding, where food is ground once before passing through drain pipes with water.2-Stage: Grinds food in two stages to achieve a finer grind. The second stage of grinding virtually liquefies food waste, allowing for more types of difficult foods to be ground. It also decreases the chances for clogs or jams.3-Stage: This provides the finest grind available, allowing you to grind almost any type of food waste– including fibrous or hard materials–with no worry of clogs or jams. These units will even handle rib bones and cut grains of cooked rice into tiny pieces.

4. Component Materials
Three types of material are most commonly used with grind chambers and grind components: plastic, stainless steel and galvanized steel. Most disposers are constructed with thermoplastic polymer grind chambers, which help to resist rust and corrosion. However, stainless steel adds superior corrosion resistance that helps prolong disposer life. Galvanized steel is a durable material, but it can rust or corrode over time.

5. Noise Levels
Many homeowners are accustomed to loud disposers, but products with advanced sound technology can reduce noise levels by 30 to 60 percent. Look for disposers that have sound insulation and include noise-reduction features like noise-reducing sink baffles; anti-vibration sink mounts; and anti-vibration tail pipes.

We make repairs easy!

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We’ll diagnose and explain the issue, and repair the appliance!

Universal Appliance Repair is an industry leader when it comes to appliance repair in the Greater Los Angeles area. Over the past 20 years, we have built and maintained a loyal clientele by meeting and exceeding their expectations. Our clientele extends to areas such as Agoura Hills, Encino, Northridge, South Pasadena, Sylmar, West Hollywood, Playa del Rey, and many more.

In order to maintain these expectations, we provide outstanding performance all around. Our technicians are factory certified to ensure that they service, maintain and repair all appliances quickly and efficiently. Our expertise ranges from cooktop and oven repairs to refrigerator and freezer repairs.

Universal Appliance Repair can guarantee our customers’ satisfaction due to our technicians’ 10 plus years of experience. Likewise, our Customer Services Representatives are trained and held to the highest standards to guarantee flawless service. They will provide you with a two hour window to minimize any inconveniences. This will give you a general time frame of when to expect your factory certified technician.

Our outstanding performance doesn’t end there! We also pride ourselves in making your experience with us a most convenient one. We have certified technicians on the clock seven days a week. This ensures that we are able to carry out your appliance repairs when you need it most. Our technicians also come equipped with all major parts guaranteeing a quick and efficient repair. Parts used in the repair of your appliances carry a normal 90 day warranty. If these parts breakdown during this time, our factory certified technicians will replace them without charge.

Our technicians will provide you with a written estimate before any service or repair is performed. Universal Appliance Repair guarantees to beat any written estimate, giving you the best price possible.

Tips for barbecuing!

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A new barbecue is just what you needed this summer. Check out these tips to ensure you are putting your barbecue to good use!

Cooking well over fire takes some skill, but mastering those techniques will give you a special seat of honour among your friends. Here are our top ten tips, equipment and techniques. Armed with these you will be Lord of the Tong, Master of the Flame, the guy stood next to a screaming heat source on an already-hot day. Get fired up, it’s grilling time.

Get the right barbecue

It may sound basic but there are two crucial things your burner needs if you want to make great barbecue food. The first thing is, it has to be a charcoal one. There’s nothing wrong with gas barbecues, but you won’t get any extra smoky flavour. You might as well be cooking in the oven, flavour-wise! The second thing you need is a lid. It locks in flavour, keeps the temperature constant and can be used as an extra technique. Without one you can’t do beer can chicken, or melt cheese on burgers, or smoke ribs.

Use the right fuel

In the UK, charcoal is usually bought in a rush from a petrol station car park as soon as the sun peeks its head around a cloud. But being prepared can make a huge difference, because the charcoal you use changes the way your food tastes. Our main man DJ BBQ, author of Food Tube’s BBQ Book, recommends lumpwood charcoal – the stuff that looks like burnt tree – because it will give the best flavour. It’s unadulterated and natural.

If you’re a bit of a pro, try adding wood chips to your charcoal. Hickory and oak are great with fish and pork, while cherry and apple wood add a sweetness to most meats. Just soak half what you’ll use in water to make it last, then add it all once lit.

Wait for the right moment to cook

Barbecuing takes patience and concentration, in that order. You need to wait for the flames to die down – flame-grilled is a very misleading term! You want the coals white hot – by which I mean grey and glowing. That’s the hottest and evenest heat.

Get the temperature bang on

Following on from that, don’t forget that what you have created is a caveman oven, so you need to control the heat just like an oven. DJ BBQ says the best way to test the heat is with your hand. Hold your hand about 12cm/5inches above the grill and see how long you can hold it there comfortably (ie. without screaming).

6 seconds = low heat

4 seconds = medium heat

2 seconds = in DJ’s words “hotter than a goat’s butt in a chilli pepper patch”

0 seconds = Hospital. Now.

You also need to control the temperature across the grill. The easiest technique is the half and half – put all the coals to one side, so you have a mega-hot side and one with no direct heat.

Get the best tools

We’ve all accidentally lost a sausage down a grill or flipped a burger over the edge. Well, get yourself a decent fish slice, a heavy-duty oven glove and maybe even a fish grill (clamp/clip/basket thing – we’ve no idea what they are called). The one bit of kit you simply must have is a decent pair of tongs – they give you the most control, and reduce the chances of dropping anything between the grills.

Make your own burgers

Homemade burgers are better. Even if you make them from nothing but salt and pepper and good-quality meat, they will beat anything in the shops. Buy mince with plenty of fat, or get your butcher to give you some minced flank or chuck– you’ll get juicy, flavourful burgers whether you like them pink in the middle or cooked right through. This recipe from Gennaro is a cracker.

Fish is great on barbecues

Why do people forget fish? Fish and smoke are such great friends (think smoked salmon!). So get a whole trout or side of salmon, throw some oak chips in and cook like the caveman you always knew you were. If you’re feeling fancy, slice a whole fish open and stuff with lemon, dill and pepper.

Marinade, marinade, marinade!

We all know the phrase “leave for a few hours, ideally over night”. Well that applies doubly to barbecues, to make sure the flavours aren’t overridden by the addition of the smoke. In fact, it’s best to save some marinade when you make, and brush your meat or fish with the marinade every 10 minutes as it cooks. That way it will add moisture, trap the smoke flavour and caramelise gently as it goes.

Don’t ruin the vegetables

I know barbecues are an excuse for us all to turn into carnivores, but fire does wondrous things to vegetables too, if you get the technique right. What you want is that lovely charring along the bars – it looks amazing, and tastes even better. So slice thin, then grill straight away – no oil, no seasoning. Once cooked you can add the flavour in some quality olive oil and a bit of vinegar, like in these griddled veggies.

Get the sides right

Sides should never be an afterthought! They will make up two-thirds of what you eat if you’re trying to have something that resembles a balanced meal. You could go for a classic potato salad, get some cheeky corn on the cobs on the grill, some simple and delicious couscous or, my favourite, some Navajo flatbreads – awesome made on the barbecue and great for mopping up marinades.

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Simple Solutions to Clean Your Small Appliances

No kitchen is complete without a range of small appliances. These small devices improve the convenience of our kitchens and improve quality of life. Unfortunately, many of these small appliances can be a little tricky to clean, compromising their use. So, here we have some simple solutions to clean your small appliances.

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Clogged Coffee Maker

Even the best coffee maker can become clogged with hard water deposits and coffee residue. This can mean that it not only takes longer to brew your cup of Joe, but also leaves it tasting less than fresh. If you want a bright start to your morning with the awaking aroma of a fresh pot of coffee, you need to ensure that this small appliance is crystal clean.

The best way to get rid of any unsightly stains inside your coffee pot is to use a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts of water. Pour this mixture into the reservoir and switch your coffee maker on. The solution will run through the coffee maker, and you’ll need to allow it to cool for approximately 15 minutes. Repeat this process before rinsing by running through fresh water. You should also wash the pot and filter with soapy, warm water. This will not only remove any stubborn coffee stains, but also eliminate hard water mineral accumulation.

Grubby Blender

Whether you need a morning smoothie to get you started or like to make soups and sauces, blenders can easily become stained with leftover particles stuck on the blades and glass. It is a good idea to give your blender a really good clean at least once a month. This will help to remove any stains or particles and freshen up any lingering odors. Fill your blender to the halfway point with warm water, a slice of lemon and a little dishwashing liquid. Set the blender running on a low setting for approximately 30 seconds. Drain the liquid and rinse the blender thoroughly.

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Messy Microwaves

Frozen dinners and warming up leftovers can often result in splatters of food stuck to the interior of your microwave. Unless these particles are cleaned immediately, they can easily turn into tough stains that are difficult to remove. This can not only look unappealing, but can also make you reluctant to put food or drinks in your microwave. Fortunately, there are some simple steps to remove all these messy marks and stains. Every six to eight weeks, place a half cup of water, a tablespoon of vanilla extract and two tablespoons of white vinegar into a microwave safe dish or bowl. Microwave this for 30 seconds on high power. Carefully remove the container, being cautious as any remaining liquid will be very hot. You can then wipe down the interior surfaces of the microwave with a damp cloth. You should find that any leftover splatters of food or stains can be easily wiped away and you’ll even be left with a fresh-baked and clean cookie odor.

Although dirty small appliances can be frustrating, it is important to ensure that they are safely cleaned. You should never submerge any small appliance in water and avoid allowing any liquid to come into contact with the motor or power cord. It is always best to err on the side of caution and use these simple steps to ensure that your small appliances are clean and safe.

No kitchen is complete without fully functioning small appliances. If you’re struggling to get your small appliances clean and need to upgrade, there are plenty of models available.

If you’re in the market for a new small appliance, explore the options with this online collection or speak to a home appliance expert for a specialized service.