Alfresco Grills Now Available at Karl’s Appliance in NJ

Alfresco Grills

Karl’s Appliance is pleased to announce the arrival of high end BBQ grills from Alfresco to our NJ appliance stores. Alfresco, a recognized pioneer in the outdoor kitchen industry offers a full selection of professional grade outdoor barbeques, side burners, refrigerators, beer coolers and kegerators, access doors, and more. Built in versions of the 42 inch wide grill are expected to be on display in the appliance stores located in Fairfield, NJ and Paramus, NJ.

Alfresco was founded in 2000 with the goal of bringing products with features professional chefs demand to the outdoors. The founder’s 30 plus years of experience designing and building cooking equipment for restaurants and hotels proved helpful when developing the first priority – a professional quality gas grill. The company welds and polishes every seam which proves to hold better than mechanical fasteners which can be prone to loosening over time. Alfresco developed a unique and industry leading 27,500 BTU dual-row, dual-port gas burner using an exclusive high heat stainless steel that offers a lifetime warranty. Finally, the Sear Zone hybrid infrared system was developed bringing intense searing power offered in commercial appliances to the home.

Bertazzoni Range Free Ventilation Promotion

Bertazzoni Promotion

Now through July 15, 2012, when you purchase any Bertazzoni Professional Series Range or Bertazzoni Master Series Range or Bertazzoni XT Wall Oven and Cooktop Pair or Bertazzoni Range and 30” XT Wall Oven Pair you can receive a free or discounted Bertazzoni range hood or over the range microwave.

The qualifying hoods that are no charge include the 600 cfm Professional Series hoods, 600 cfm and 1000cfm Professional Series hood inserts, and the Bertazzoni over the range microwave. This appliance promotion also entitles you to 50% off of the retail price of the rest of the Bertazzoni line of range hoods. For full details on this promotion please visit any of our NJ appliance stores or visit our appliance website.

Nope, it’s not the dishwasher…it’s the automatic dishwashing detergent!

You may have noticed that after you run your dishes through the dishwasher they end up with a film or spots or food still stuck to them. It’s been happening to me. I put dirty dishes in and I seem to take dirty dishes out. I end up having to run them through a second time or washing them by hand. My first thought was that there was something wrong with my dishwasher. Nope, it’s not the dishwasher…it’s the automatic dishwashing detergent that I’m putting into it.
As it so happens, 16 states created laws which prohibit the sale of automatic dishwashing detergent that contain more than 0.5% phosphorus. These laws took effect on July 1, 2011 in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

Since phosphates are an effective cleaning agent it was a standard ingredient in automatic dishwashing detergent. It helped with the removal of grease and food, softened water, reduced spotting and kept food from redistributing on dishes. With all the benefits it created in the dishwasher, phosphates are causing problems in the environment. Eventually phosphates end up in our local water supply – rivers, lakes, streams and reservoirs.

Here phosphates act as a fertilizer and promote plant and algae growth. Large blooms of algae form when there are excess phosphates in the water. Once their food source is depleted the blooms of algae die. As they die, bacteria feed on the dead algae and consume the water’s oxygen. This kills fish and other marine life, creates dead zones and can cause drinking water to have an odor and poor taste.

Because of these laws and the need to protect our bodies of freshwater, makers of automatic dishwashing detergent have changed their products. And they made the change across the board. It is more cost effective to change the product completely then make some with phosphates and some without. Many of these companies are now fielding questions on why these changes have been made and how to handle concerns. Concerns like why, after washing in the dishwasher, do dishes and glassware are filmy, cloudy and have spots.

The main culprit is hard water. Hard water is water that contains higher levels of calcium and other minerals. When hard water combines with detergent, it can cause dishes and glassware to become filmy, cloudy and/or have spots. The longer it continues; your dishes and glassware will become etched and damaged. Where ever you find hard water this is a common problem. Much of New Jersey has hard water, particularly in Bergen County.
Here are some tips for controlling hard water deposits

1. Fill up both dish detergent cups. More detergent may help reduce hard water effects.
2. Use a rinse aid. Modern dishwashers accommodate automatic dispensing of rinse aid.
3. Check your water temperature. Many automatic dishwashing detergent manufactures recommend a temperature of 130 degrees.
4. Consider a dishwasher with an on-board Water Softening System.

Some dishwashers include a built-in water softener that removes calcium and magnesium from the water. Some brands that make these types of dishwashers include Miele, Kitchenaid, Fisher Paykel, and Blomberg. If a dishwasher has a built-in water softener there will be a special compartment inside the dishwasher where the salt is to be added when needed. This salt compartment is separate from the detergent compartment, and generally located at the bottom of the wash cabinet (this is below the bottom basket). On most dishwashers, an automatic sensing system will notify the user when more dishwasher salt is required. If you have a dishwasher with a built-in water softener or are considering purchasing one please use the recommended water softening salt tablets because using table salt in the dishwasher’s water softening unit can damage it.

Also, as you know, not all automatic dishwashing detergents are made equal. Do your research, try different automatic dishwashing detergent products and use the one you feel works best for you. Also, try using a rinse aid or non toxic home remedies like white vinegar (for non-metal items only).

Home Remedy Tip #1: To remove film from dishes place white vinegar (2 cups) on the bottom rack of the dishwasher in a container. Load the dishwasher with the glassware and dishes that have film on them. Without any automatic dishwashing detergent run the dishwasher. Then with the detergent of your choice run the glassware and dishes through another cycle to remove any remaining white vinegar.

Home Remedy Tip #2: This one comes from my mother-in-law. She does this every time she runs the dishwasher. In one detergent compartment use your detergent of choice as normal. Fill up your second detergent compartment with Tang (keep in powder form) and leave the detergent compartment cover open. Yes, I said it…Tang. You know the orange powder the astronauts drink. If you do not have two compartments or only one cover for both compartments pour an 1/8 of a cup of Tang into the dishwasher. Load the dishwasher as normal and run them through a cycle.

Here are some other tips to help you get better results from your dishwasher:
• Scrape and rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.
• Follow the loading instructions for your dishwasher.
• Run the dishwasher when no other water is being used in your home. This will help prevent low water pressure.
• Let the hot water run for several minutes in your kitchen sink. This will bring the temperature of the water up before the dishwasher even starts.
Personally, I am going to try a couple of automatic dishwashing detergent products and see which one works best for me and my family. I applaud the changes that the companies have made to automatic dishwashing detergent.
Remember we can have a healthy environment and clean dishes!

If you need a new dishwasher, please visit Karl’s Appliance at any one of our six appliance stores, Paramus 469 Rt. 17 South (in the Verizon complex), Fairfield, Madison, Sparta, Orange and Montclair or visit us at http://www.karlsappliance.com.

Jenn Air Appliance Rebate Programs Extended in 2012

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Jenn Air Appliances has continued all three of their excellent rebate programs through March 31, 2012. This includes the Your Purchase, Your Reward Program which can earn the customer a free dishwasher, ventilation hood, or wine cooler with purchase of select Jenn Air kitchen appliances. Jenn Air also offers the Fire and Ice mail in rebate which gets customers $200 for purchasing select refrigerators, $200 for purchasing slide in ranges, and $100 for purchasing over the range microwaves. Also continuing is the Installation on Us mail in rebate which allows the customer to recoup up to $200 per appliance mail in rebate towards the installation of Jenn Air appliances. These rebates present an excellent opportunity to upgrade your kitchen appliances to professional appliances from Jenn Air.

Liebherr Named Energy Star Most Energy Efficient Refrigerator of 2011

Energy Star Refrigerator

Liebherr refrigerators model CS1660 and CS1611 have earned the designation of Energy Star Most Efficient 2011. Liebherr is a leading force in a green manufacturing process and values energy efficiency and responsible manufacturing.Liebherr was the first appliance manufacturer worldwide to remove CFC’s completely from the production process in 1993. The Liebherr refrigerator was one of only two appliance brands that qualified. The Energy Star Most Efficient designation recognizes the most efficient of Energy Star appliances.

Sub Zero / Wolf Appliances Use and Care and Convection Cooking Class

Sub Zero and Wolf Appliances

Karl’s Appliance is hosting an informative class for customers that have recently purchased a Sub Zero refrigerator or Wolf appliance. This class will help to familiarize the customer with the features, operations and care recommendations for Sub Zero and Wolf Appliances. Customers can also bring the serial numbers from their kitchen appliances and Karl’s will validate the warranties. The class will be conducted by Sub Zero corporate chef Bridgitte Fouche.

Classes will take place at Karl’s Appliance Fairfield, NJ appliance store on Thursday Dec 1 12pm – 1:30pm and Thursday January 12 6pm – 8pm. Reservations are required so if you are interested please contact Cathy McConnell at 973-227-1778 x117 to reserve your spot.

LG Studio Series Appliance Rebates Extended Through 12/15/11

LG Studio Series Appliances

LG Appliances has extended their mail in and instant rebate promotions for their Studio Series line of kitchen appliances. Now through December 15 when you purchase select LG Studio Series Appliances, you can save up to $600 in instant rebates and up to $900 in mail in rebates. This rebate applies to refrigerators, dishwashers, gas and electric ranges, cooktops and wall ovens. The LG Studio series line of kitchen appliances gives you the very best of built-in cooking and counter depth refrigeration, giving you clean lines and a unique, modern feel that enhances every kitchen experience.

Two Leading NJ Newspapers Cover Karl’s Appliance 70th Anniversary

Sparta, NJ Appliance Store

Karl’s Appliance 70th Anniversary Celebration was recently covered in two leading NJ newspapers. The NJ Herald, Sussex County NJ’s largest newspaper ran a story on 10/24 about our Sparta, NJ appliance store. The Sparta showroom features over 5,000 square feet of high end and traditional appliance displays. The Sussex County, NJ store took the place of Karl’s former appliance store in Newton, NJ.

Paramus NJ Appliance Store

The Newark Star Ledger, NJ’s largest newspaper also ran a story on our 7oth anniversary on 10/16/2011. This article covers the growth of Karl’s Appliance original store in Belleville, NJ to our newest Bergen County appliance store in Parmaus, NJ. Karl’s currently operates 6 appliance stores in NJ that carry everything from high end appliances from Sub Zero, Wolf, and Viking to traditional household appliances from GE and Whirlpool.

Celebrate Karl’s Appliance 70th Anniversary with $70 Savings on Major Appliances

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Appliance Sale

Karl’s Appliance invites you to help us celebrate our 70th year in the appliance business by taking $70 off any home appliance $299 and up online or in any of our six NJ appliance stores. For even more discount appliances see our current ad from the Star Ledger and Bergen Record. Some restrictions apply, please visit our website for complete details.

Bring Viking Home for the Holidays Promotion at Karl’s Appliance

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To start your holiday season off right, Viking Appliances has introduced an exciting new promotion with huge savings for customers. Customers upgrading their kitchen appliances can save up to $2250 instantly! The big savings start with kitchen appliances: $750 instant rebate on any professional range, $500 instant rebate on any built in wall oven, and $250 instant rebate on any cooktop or rangetop. When you add any built in refrigerator you get an additional $750 instant rebate. Combined with Viking’s best in class 3 year parts and labor warranty, now is an excellent time to bring Viking home for the holidays.