Washers and dryers are probably the most convenient appliances you can own. Can you imagine if we still needed to scrub our clothes clean with washing boards? The bigger your household is, the more dirty laundry that accumulates during the week. Thankfully modern laundry appliances come in many different sizes and styles so that you can find the perfect size for your family. Here’s a closer look at how to do just that.
Consider an All in One Machine
If you live by yourself or with one other person, you may not even need two separate machines. All-in-one washer dryer combos both wash and dry a load of clothes, with you only needing to set it once. Although these usually are smaller capacity machines and take longer than traditional washer and dryers, they are small and compact and can be extremely efficient for smaller households.
Measure Your Space
If you’ve ruled out a combo machine and know you’d like a traditional washer and dryer, the first step is to decide where you’d be placing them. You’ll need to make sure you have a water hookup, and gas hookup if you’re purchasing a gas dryer, or that you’ll be able to have the connections installed in your chosen space. Next, measure the designated laundry space. Make sure you’ll have enough space for the machines, as well as an area for door clearance and loading and unloading. If you’re crunched for space, you may want to consider stackable machines.
Determine Your Machine Capacity
If you have a larger family, or at least one small child, you probably go through quite a bit of clothes during the week. Larger capacity machines may be the best option for you. Do your research and compare models online before going to an appliance store, this lessens the chances of being overwhelmed and coming home with something that may not work for your family.
Once you’ve determined which size and capacity laundry machines are perfect for your home, you can start shopping! And remember that Express Appliance Repair is here for all your washer and dryer needs.
Every appliance in today’s modern world seems to have a million different settings. For example, your dishwasher- “Heavy,” “Normal,” “Light,” “Pots and Pans”… How do you know which setting to use? Here’s a closer look at each option so you can decide if you’re using the proper cleaning setting on your dishwasher.
The Normal Cycle
According to Whirlpool, 80% of dishwasher owners use the normal cycle. And why wouldn’t they? It sure seems the most logical choice to wash things the “normal” way. The normal cycle was designed for moderately soiled dishes, like plates, silverware, and glasses. When in doubt, use the normal cycle.
The light wash, or sometimes called “1 Hour” or “Quick Wash” setting is for lightly soiled dishes that don’t have a lot of built-up debris, like dozens of wine glasses after a cocktail party, or a new set of plates just purchased from the store. This is an excellent choice to conserve water and energy when all you need is a quick wash.
The “Heavy” or “Pots and Pans” setting on your dishwasher is meant for heavily soiled items like casserole dishes and built up messes. This setting may be called “pots and pans,” but it’s always best to wash pots and pans by hand if possible. Even with a heavy setting, they might not come out completely clean due to their irregular shapes and design. It’s also important to note that the water gets about 5 degrees hotter with this setting, so be sure only dishwasher safe items are inside.
Use the Normal Setting Most of the Time
Although it may be tempting to use a lighter setting more frequently to conserve water and energy, the truth is you’ll probably end up having to rewash the dishes, or at least handwash some of them.
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Why It’s Important to Use Oven-Safe Dishes When Baking
Oven-safe bakeware is specifically designed to tolerate the extremely high temperatures of your oven while evenly cooking your items, so they turn out the way you want them to. Using dishes that aren’t approved as oven-safe can not only lead to a baking fail, but it could be potentially dangerous. Here’s why it’s important to use oven-safe dishes when baking.
Specifically Made with Instructions
Dishes that are made oven-safe usually come with instructions for their proper use. When you use these types of dishes and bakeware, you can be sure that your food will cook the right way without any sort of cracking or breaking during the baking process. There may be temperature limits on certain bakeware, so be sure to check the label before use.
Non-Oven-Safe Glass Can Shatter
If you can’t find any oven-safe labels on a particular dish, don’t put in the oven. Non-oven-safe glass or materials can shatter with extreme temperature changes, creating a potentially dangerous mess for you to clean up, or even damage your oven. Not to mention your baked goods will be inedible.
Decorative Dishes Could Melt or Leak
Dishes with decorative designs that are not explicitly labeled oven-safe can melt in the oven. Whatever was used for the colored design could leak into your food, that is if it even holds up at all to the extreme heat. When it comes to bakeware, basic is best.
Oven-safe bakeware is designed to cook your baked goods evenly, giving them the proper texture and doneness. Using anything other than oven-safe could lead to soggy cupcakes or burnt cookies, and no one wants that.
Are you using oven-safe bakeware and your baked items still aren’t cooking properly? There may be a problem with your oven. Express Appliance Repair can help, call today!
The Best Time of Year to Shop for a New Appliance
If you have a broken appliance and are in desperate need of a new one, then, by all means, purchase a new one ASAP. But, if you’ve had your eye on a new appliance and can wait a little while, read on to find out the best time of year to shop for a new appliance so you can get the most for your money.
In September and October, stores are clearing out their existing appliance stock to make room for newer models. Back to School sales, Fall Sales, Labor Day Sales- this is when all the big-ticket appliances are marked down, and you can usually find this year’s newest models for low prices.
End of the Month
If it’s the end of the year, or you just can’t wait until the Fall, at least wait until the end of the month. Appliance stores usually have monthly quotas to meet, so prices are slashed in the final few days of every month if there’s still inventory that needs to be cleared out.
The most significant appliance sales usually happen on Labor Day, Memorial Day, President’s Day and Thanksgiving weekend (Black Friday), so mark your calendars and keep your eyes open for sales during these holidays. If you’re more of an online shopper, put a big circle around Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, when online retailers have their biggest sales on big-ticket items.
If you are in a pinch and need to buy a new appliance this week, try to at least wait until Thursday. Stores usually begin their weekend markdowns on Thursday, and you can generally get the best pick of the sales on Thursday before the weekend crowds hit.
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Surprising Items You Can and Cannot Put in Your Washing Machine
Where would we be without our washing machines? Probably outside scrubbing clothes on a washboard. Our washing machines may be the most useful appliance we have, but there are a lot of misconceptions of what you can and cannot wash. Here are some surprising items you can and can’t put in your washing machine.
Things You CAN Wash in Your Washing Machine
- Stuffed Animals- Kids are rough on toys. They get spilled on, puked on and stuffed under the bed. Luckily you can throw most stuffed toys in the washing machine. Be sure to check the tag for washing instructions, but a good rule of thumb is to always wash on delicate in cold water.
- Oven Mitts- When was the last time you washed your oven mitt? You’re bound to accidentally dip that big fluffy glove in the casserole from time to time, so be sure to wash them at least once a month.
- Sneakers- Yes, contrary to popular belief, you can indeed throw your sneakers in the washing machine. Take the laces out, wrap them in a pillowcase and throw a few towels in there to balance out the weight and you’ll have fresh smelling gym shoes in no time.
Things You CANNOT Wash in Your Washing Machine
- Handmade Knit or Crochet Hats- Even if the maker told you your item was washing machine-safe, knit and crochet hats can be very delicate to wash. To make them last as long as possible, it’s best to hand wash and lay flat to dry.
- Memory Foam Pillows- Unless otherwise listed on the label, don’t put your memory foam pillow in the washing machine, you’ll end up with a soggy misshapen mess.
- Lace- This one may seem obvious, but some people think a gentle cycle wash is ok for lace. It’s not. This delicate fabric should always be hand washed.
For all your washing machine or appliance related questions and repairs, leave it to the experts at Express Appliance Repair!
Have you ever thought about how complicated laundry would be if washing machines didn’t exist? Doing laundry is probably the number one dreaded chore for people, especially parents, all over the country, but owning a washer, or having access to one, makes it a whole lot easier. Let’s look at the fascinating history and evolution of one of our favorite appliances, the washing machine.
Stones and Washboards
Until 1797 all people had to help them wash their dirty clothes were stones. Women would use the same rocks over and over again to beat the wet garment. The process was the best they had to remove dirt and grime, but as you can imagine, it wasn’t a perfect system. The invention of the washboard made things a little more thorough, but certainly not easier.
In the 1800s, large hand-turned drums, which would eventually be the precursor for modern-day washing machines, began showing up in households. Although you had to operate them by hand, you were able to wash many garments at once, instead of one at a time. This alone began to revolutionize how Americans were doing laundry. Once electric wringers were added to the machines in 1911, doing laundry became a much more manageable task.
Modern Day Washers
Once spin cycles replaced electric wringers and automatic timers controlled by microchips were standard, the washing machine became a completely self-sufficient device. Today, all you need to do is press a few buttons, and you can have freshly washed and sanitized clothes, according to your preferences, ready to go in the dryer, another modern convenience-minded machine. Washing machines come in all sorts of models, including both top-loading and front-loading, but all are made with energy efficiency in mind.
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Do you buy fresh fruit and veggies every week at the grocery store only to discover they have gone bad by the time you’re ready to use them? You’re not the only one. According to the FDA, Americans waste a total of 30-40% of our total food supply. There are definitely ways to keep your produce fresh for longer, so it’s more likely to be eaten and not wasted. Here are some easy tips for optimal fruit and veggie storage.
Know What NOT to Keep in Your Fridge
Some fruits and vegetables last longer and taste better if they’re not stored in the refrigerator, and some might come as a surprise to you. Here are some foods that should be kept in a cool, dry place like a pantry or countertop, instead of the fridge.
Use Your Crisper Drawers
Almost every refrigerator model comes equipped with fruit and vegetable crisper drawers designed to keep your produce fresh for as long as possible. Most drawers usually have a humidity setting, so make sure you’re organizing it accordingly. If you have your crisper drawer set to the lettuce humidity marker, only keep leafy greens like lettuce, cabbage and spinach in the drawer. The other setting is for apples, onions and other more dense heavy fruit and veggies.
Wrap Veggies in Damp Paper Towels
Vegetables like asparagus and fresh herbs last longer wrapped in a damp paper towel in an airtight container. Doing this could get you up to four days more out of your more expensive veggies.
Have Your Fridge Checked
If your produce seems to be spoiling sooner than usual, there may be a problem with your refrigerator. Have the experts at Express Appliance check out your fridge to see if any repairs are needed. The better shape your fridge is in, the longer your produce will last.
Most people have a refrigerator and a dishwasher, but do you have a donut maker or a milk frother? Probably not, but we thought it might be fun to look at some of the not-so-typical household appliances available on the market today. Who knows, you may find one you need!
Sure it may sound like something only found in frat houses, but keg fridges are becoming more popular as craft beer takes over the bar scene. If you have a lot of parties or maybe brew your own beer, a keg fridge could be the perfect addition to your home. Some even have a built-in beer dispenser!
Wood Burning Stove
Wood burning stoves were once thought as things of the past but have recently gained popularity due to their ability to heat smaller homes, or portions of a large house, using far less energy than a traditional furnace. Models equipped with stovetops allow you to save even more energy so you can cook without the use of gas or electricity. Homes that use propane for energy can save quite a bit on their winter expenses by installing a wood burning stove.
Who doesn’t want smiley faces on their morning toast? A stencil toaster allows you to make toasty bread embedded with images to brighten your morning. Cats, dogs, your favorite cartoon character…you name it, you can put it on toast. A stencil toaster might be just the thing to make a picky eater look forward to breakfast.
Small indoor grill machines that can be tucked away on your countertop might be just the thing you need to get you out of that winter dinner time rut. Burgers, kabobs, steaks – all your summer favorites can be made inside any time of the year. Most models are relatively inexpensive and make fantastic holiday gifts.
Like most of the large appliances we use in our homes, refrigerators have come a long way over the decades. Since it’s invention in 1913, home refrigerators have become the central piece of family kitchens. Let’s take a look at the evolution of refrigerator styles.
Early Fridge Models
In 1923, the electric refrigerator made its debut in homes in America. Unfortunately, not everyone could afford one. The first model cost around $500 which would be the equivalent to $7,000 in today’s money, so they were only found in high society homes for the first several years after their introduction. You most likely wouldn’t recognize a 1920’s fridge, it looked more like a small cabinet than an appliance, but it made food storage a million times more convenient. The 1930’s fridges kept the compact style profile although expanding with size with the addition of a freezer compartment.
The Modern Fridge Originated in the 1940’s
By 1944, 85% of American homes had a refrigerator, so a makeover of sorts began to make it easy to mass produce. More rounded edges and pastel colors began to emerge, that gave the 1950’s fridge it’s iconic look. In the ’50s and ’60s refrigerators were made to match the colors of the countertops and cabinets, so they became available in every shade of the rainbow and still featured the rounded, loaf of bread shape.
Large Size and Sharp Edges
The rectangle shape of today’s fridges emerged in the late ’60s when everything became bigger and better. This continued in the ’70s when larger freezers became a selling point. The ’90s is when fancy features emerged like French doors and water and ice dispensers which changed the shape a bit, but the boxy sleek look remained.
People still love the retro style of old fridges which is why you see glimpses of them in modern designs. Whether you have an old-fashioned ice box or a top of the line modern fridge, Express Appliance Service can help keep in it in top shape.
Large appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens are necessary for your kitchen, but plenty of small, inexpensive devices could add a lot more convenience to your life. Here are some of the best small appliances for your kitchen, most of which you can buy for under 100 bucks!
From the experienced home baker to the novice, a standing mixer can make whipping up homemade treats a whole lot easier. Cupcakes, cookies, bread and even pizza crust are all made much simpler with standing mixers. Average models range from $50-$100 and most feature removable hand mixers, so you’re getting two appliances for the price of one.
Air fryers are extremely popular right now for a reason. They make it possible to make crispy favorites like french fries and fried chicken in a much healthier low-calorie fashion than traditional deep fryers. No oil is necessary! You can even make crispy fried veggies and reheat leftovers back to their original just-ordered glory. An air fryer on your countertop makes it possible to indulge without the guilt.
Food processors have come a long way in the last several years. There are now some on the market that can make smoothies, soups, and sauces in just a few seconds. If you’re the type that starts the day with a healthy high-protein smoothie, a high-powered food processor is perfect for you. Taking the place of a food chopper and a blender, a food processor can make breakfast, or any meal of the day, quicker and healthier. By combining multiple functions into one appliance, a food processor also frees up counterspace for other uses!
For questions about more small appliances that may work for your kitchen, or for repair or replacement of your larger appliances, contact the experts at Express Appliance Service today.