Maintaining Your Major Appliances

Here are some tips to maintaining, cleaning, and inspecting your washing machine and clothes dryer. You can save time and money by following this advice, and avoid breakdowns, or hazardous situations.

Washing Machine

Washer Hoses

It’s a good idea to periodically check and replace the fill hoses on your washing machine. If you have rubber hoses, you should consider replacing them with braided stainless steel hoses. It is recommended that you replace your washer hoses every 3-5 years. While you are back there, take a look at the electrical connection. The plug needs to be firmly in place, the cord connection to the washer should have a restraint, and should not evidence any corrosion or burn marks. Also, you should periodically clean the inside of your outer washer tub. Whirlpool makes a cleaner called Affresh for this purpose. There are also a variety of home remedies including using combinations of bleach, vinegar, and/or baking soda. You can discover these cleaning remedies online, or just look on the aisles of your grocery store for washer cleaning products.

Front Load Gasket

If you have a front loading washer, pay special attention to cleaning the front gasket, especially at the bottom where it’s possible for moisture to settle and mold to grow.

Automatic Dryer

Dryer lint filter

Make a habit of cleaning the lint filter in your dryer once a week. It’s also very important to regularly clean the dryer vent. If you’re lucky you’ll have a short direct vent pipe to the outside that you can clean with a vacuum cleaner or even a spiral brush. In extreme cases of long vents with bends or turns, it may be necessary to have the dryer vent cleaned professionally. A clogged dryer vent can cause a fire, so this is definitely important. It’s also a good idea to periodically remove the front panel and vacuum the dryer cavity. As with all your appliances, take a look at the electrical and gas connections, and deal with any corrosion or frayed wires. If there is any evidence of a problem such as a short circuit, bad gas connection, etc. call a plumber or electrician and don’t use the appliance until the problem is fixed.

Of course, if your washer or dryer needs replacing you should call or visit the professionals at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center for the best selection and lowest prices on major appliances and decorative plumbing fixtures.

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Terrific Commander’s Palace Souffle’ Recipe from Jenn-Air

Commander’s Palace in New Orleans opened in 1880. It soon became a New Orleans institution and then an American one.

In almost a century and a half, the generations of staff at Commander’s have developed, honed, and perfected many recipes. Want the best Bloody Mary in America? Go to Commander’s where you can enjoy that beverage in their gracious restaurant setting.

 

Bread Pudding Dessert

After your meal, surely you must sample the best of their desserts, this magnificent bread pudding. Actually, you don’t have to go to New Orleans. You can make this opulent treat right at home.

The preparation requires a double-dip in your oven: first baking a bread pudding, then combining it with meringue for a second quick but definitive round of heat.

But what kind of heat? The perfect meringues you see were baked in our Jenn-Air® Steam and Convection Oven. For this dessert, you don’t want the steam feature for the meringue, but you do want that convection heat, driven by a powerful fan system, generating a grand meringue finale. A Parisian pastry chef could do no better. The combination of this recipe and the Jenn-Air® oven, with its powerful flow of uniform heat, is deliciously formidable.

Grand Meringue

The recipe title and the recipe shown below mention a whiskey sauce. This dessert is rich enough that you can skip the sauce which is quite whiskey intense. A trait of New Orleans, I suppose. You can reduce the amount of whiskey called for in the recipe or substitute, say, a crème anglaise.

You will never think of bread pudding as “merely” bread pudding again.

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.

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

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

Can a splash of color brighten up your kitchen?

Can a splash of color brighten up your kitchen?

Selective Use of Appliance Colors

Brighten Your Home with Colorful Appliances

We’ve written often about appliance colors and finish. Trends such as stainless steel appliances, and now black stainless steel appliances are regular topics throughout the industry. Most of what we see is buyers considering matching kitchen suites, e.g. range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and vent hood.

However, there are some bold and daring ideas out there about using a colorful appliance to brighten a kitchen. Here’s an example from Bertazzoni, an up and coming appliance brand from Italy:

Can you picture having a bright spot like this in your kitchen? Is it too daring? Certainly, bright colors are not new when it comes to kitchen appliances. Here’s a retro appliance package below in a newly remodeled kitchen.

I do remember when appliance colors found their way to the laundry room. Colorful, big, front-load washing machines helped make front-loaders popular. Buyers got so caught up in their bright red washing machine, they didn’t seem to care about the brand or the features. “What the heck? All washers are going to get my clothes clean. THIS ONE IS RED.”

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.