Cleaning Clothes Dryer Venting – Simple Ways to Improve the Efficiency of your Dryer

Cleaning Clothes dryer Venting

Proper installation and maintenance is essential for home appliances including gas and electric clothes dryers. Following the following simple installation guidelines and recommend maintenance procedures will have a positive impact on performance, longevity, and energy efficiency.

General Installation Guidelines:

It is imperative that clothes dryers are installed correctly. Improper installation could harm the dryer and may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Ensure the dryer is level. This will ensure that clothing inside the dryer is tumbling properly which is an essential part of drying clothing. Also, leveling a dryer will allow the clothing to make contact with the moisture sensor when using auto dry cycles.

Always use dryers in a heated location within your home. Using a dryer in an unheated part of the home can cause the dryer to condense or sweat especially in the cooler months.

Do not block the front of the dryer while in use. Dryers draw air at the door in the front of the unit and blocking airflow may adversely affect drying results and machine longevity.

Consult the instruction manual and installation instructions included with the appliance to be sure that proper ducting is installed. Recommendations to review include number of elbows in duct run, length of duct run, and materials to be used.

Venting from dryer to hard ductwork should be metal only. Plastic flexible duct is not recommended. Flexible metal is acceptable but semi-rigid metal venting is preferred. Semi-rigid ductwork allows for the best airflow which allows the dryer to rid itself of excess heat and humidity. Restricted airflow may cause heat and humidity build up in the drum causing the dryer to be hot to the touch, sweat, artificially increase drying times, and greater wear of clothing.

For best operation, use a high quality wall cap on the outside of the home four inches in diameter. Also, louvered grills are recommended to prevent entrance from outside air, debris, and animals.

Always make sure that you are using the proper heat setting for the clothing fabrics in the machine. This will ensure proper drying and the least amount of damage to clothing fibers.

Periodic Dryer maintenance:

Clean the filter before EVERY use. A clean filter provides better airflow, efficiency, and performance. Seriously neglected filters could pose a fire hazard.

Inspect and clean exhaust ducting at least once per year to prevent clogging or otherwise restricted air flow. Even a partially clogged duct can hinder performance and energy consumption.

Check outside wall cap for obstructions including excessive build up of lint. Make sure that the air flow is not being blocked by ice, snow, or brush.

Conclusion

– Today’s gas and electric dryers hold more clothing than ever, use less energy, and are extremely reliable. Following the about guidelines should ensure excellent drying results, greater product satisfaction, and greater longevity.

Free Ventilation with Purchase of a Bertazzoni Range

Bertazzoni Free Ventilation Rebate

The best range value in America just got better. Now through 6/30/2011 when you purchase select a Bertazzoni Range, you get a free choice of ventilation. Choose from ranges including Bertazzoni Master Series and Professional Series. Free ventilation choices include Professional and Modular Series hoods as well as Hood Inserts. Act fast as this amazing deal only lasts through June 30, 2011. Please see our online appliance store or any of our 5 NJ appliance store locations for full details on this rebate.

Steam Ovens Features and Benefits

Steam Oven

Steam cooking has long been employed to cook meat and vegetables in a healthy manner. Until recently this meant using a pot of water with a steamer on top or specialty equipment such as a pressure cooker. Now several manufacturers including Miele, Sharp, Thermador, and Gaggenau have introduced special ovens that let you cook almost anything with steam. Cooking food with steam allows for healthier food that retains its natural juiciness and flavor.

These new steam ovens come in two different configurations. Some manufacturers like Sharp produce a compact steam oven that is about the size of a microwave. These steam ovens can be placed on your countertop and require no permanent installation. The other type of steam oven is a true built in appliance that can take the place of a normal oven. These ovens are built into your cabinetry and can be used as your primary or are often combined with a traditional oven. These types of ovens are made by Miele, Thermador, and Gaggenau. Some manufacturers such as Gaggenau require that you hook the oven up to a dedicated water line while others use a removable water reservoir.

One of the benefits of cooking with steam is the ability to cook faster than a traditional oven. Often these steam ovens are built with a convection element that combines with the steam to cook faster while not compromising the quality. The convection element helps to circulate the steam and cook your food faster. Cooking with steam can cook food up to 5 times faster than a normal oven while doing so at a lower temperature. Steam Cooking also reduces the fat in the food you are cooking. Often, food that is cooked in a traditional requires the use of outside fat sources such as butter or oil to keep food moist. With steam cooking, no outside fat is needed as the food is injected with steam during the entire cooking process keeping the meat moist naturally. Cooking this way also helps preserve essential vitamins and nutrients that are often destroyed in the high heat of a normal oven. Perhaps the Steam Ovens greatest draw is the ability to keep baked goods and desserts moist. The steam oven thrives in cooking delicate desserts such as souffles mainly because of the quick cooking time and lack of intense direct heat. Many professional chefs swear by the results steam ovens produce in their restaurants. The only potential draw back of these ovens is that they can not brown food as effectively as a normal oven would. Often times chefs will grill or sear meats to get some color on them before finishing them in the steam oven.

Steam Ovens are becoming more and more popular every year. These steam ovens range from the affordable $1000 to the luxurious at $5000. With the public getting more health conscious steam ovens are here to stay. Now is a great time to enjoy all the benefits that cooking with steam can give you and your family.

LG Studio Series Winter Rebate has been EXTENDED

LG Studio Series Appliances in NJ

Great news for customers interested in the new LG Studio Series line of appliances. Karl’s Appliance has extended the Winter Rebate promotion through 3/27/2011. You can save up to $850 by mail when you purchase select LG Studio appliance packages. This mail in rebate applies for appliances including Refrigeration, Cooktops, Ranges, Range Hoods, Microwaves, Wall Ovens, and Dishwashers. For more information see any of our NJ appliance stores or our online appliance store for full details.

High Efficiency Top Load Washing Machines – Features and Benefits

High Efficiency Top Load Washer

The large appliance industry has changed in many ways over the past decades. Many new products have been introduced, new brands have come to the United States from overseas, home improvement chains began to carry appliances, and energy efficiency has become a major focus. When it comes to energy efficiency, no product category has been more impacted than laundry appliances, namely horizontal access washers.

Consumer demand for front load washers has been drastically increasing due to the additional capacities, energy efficiency, and improved clothes care these machines offer. As with any newer technology, the growth in this category has not come without disappointed customers. Some of the complaints include too much bending to access the wash and dry tubs and foul odors developing in the washer.

These challenges are only two reasons that the high efficiency top load washing machine has entered the market. The purpose of these machines is to offer the benefits or front load laundry machines while keeping all the benefits of the traditional top load washer. Some studies suggest that American consumers overwhelmingly prefer the top load washer format.

The high efficiency top load washers have a number of benefits including large capacities, superb energy efficiency, and superior wash systems.

Capacities in these machines are available in sizes up to 5.2 cubic feet! To put this into perspective, this is larger than any front load washer and is up to 75% larger than super capacity washers of 10 years ago.

The benefits to larger capacity are simple. The bigger the tub the fewer amount of loads of laundry you will need to complete. Less loads means more time for you and your family as well as less energy and water usage. The Whirlpool appliance company does a terrific job putting this into real world numbers when discussing their Cabrio line of high efficiency top load washers. Cabrio washers can fit 3 laundry baskets of clothing into a single load. Each extra load saved equates to one extra hour of chores.

Efficiency in these machines is every bit as good as front load washers. High efficiency machines uses up to 70% less water and 68% less energy. Whirlpool claims that their line of Cabrio washing machines saves up to 28 gallons of water per load! Add this to the 68% less energy usage and Whirlpool suggests that an average home can save up to $900 over a 10 year life span in utility costs – enough to nearly pay for the Cabrio washer dryer pair! This is achieved by earning the highest level of energy efficiency from the Consortium for Energy Efficiency – Tier III!

High-efficiency top load washers use superior cleaning systems as well. These systems provide better cleaning results and less wear and tear on clothing. For example, Whirlpool’s Direct Inject Cleaning System showers the loads with a concentrated solution of water and detergent that eliminates the need to pre-treat stains and their 6th Sense Technology measures the load weight and size and automatically calculates the optimal wash action to achieve the best cleaning results.

In conclusion, there are many manufactures of high efficiency top load washers including Whirlpool Cabrio, Maytag Bravos, LG, GE, and Fisher Paykel. Many of these machines can be purchased at lower than ever price points and can make a real difference in peoples’ lives by saving time, money, water, and energy.

Electrolux Appliances How Sweet It Is Instant Rebates

Electrolux Appliance Instant Rebate

For a limited time only, Electrolux Appliances is offering customers the opportunity to save up to 15% instantly on each Electrolux or Electrolux Icon appliance they purchase. Now through 2/21/11 customers purchasing Electrolux Energy Star appliances such as refrigerators, washers, and dishwashers get 15% off instantly on each Energy Star appliance. All other Electrolux appliances have instant savings of 10%. Karl’s Appliance is the only independent retailer that is offering this rebate INSTANTLY. These savings won’t last long so be sure to visit Karl’s Appliance or any of our NJ appliance stores for full details.

GE Cafe – This is Really Big Rebate

GE Cafe Appliances NJ

GE Cafe appliances are designed to bring the restaurant feel into your kitchen. Now they are making it even easier to accomplish with the GE Cafe “This is Really Big” rebate. Now through 4/3/11 you can receive up to $500 by mail when purchasing select GE Cafe appliance packages. Purchasing 2 appliances earns you $100, 3 appliances earns you $300, and 4 appliances earns you $500. Appliances included in this rebate are the electric, dual fuel, and gas ranges, the over the range microwave, dishwasher, and refrigerators. For full details see any of our NJ appliances stores or visit Karl’s Appliance Rebate Center

Steam Dishwasher Features and Benefits

Steam Dishwasher

Most people by now have heard of using steam in their washers and dryers, but did you know they also make dishwashers that utilize steam? Steam dishwashers are designed to provide a deep cleaning without pre rinsing, sanitize dishes, and also gently clean fine china. This article will explain how and why steam dishwashers work.

Steam dishwashers work by using highly pressurized, high temperature steam to break the bond of hardened food on your dishes, glasses, and silverware. Steam is able to clean so effectively mainly because it can get so hot. When water reaches 212 f it turns to steam. The steam can continue to heat up beyond that point which is why it is so effective at sanitizing things. When water turns to steam, it also expands and covers a lot more space. This allows a tiny bit of water to produce enough steam to clean your dishes even better than a traditional dishwasher. Steam also eliminates the need to use harsh or harmful chemicals on your dishes. Because only water is needed to produce steam, you save money on energy and detergent cost.

Traditional dishwashers often require you to rinse or scrub your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher to make sure they get clean. This time and effort really takes the convenience out of owning a dishwasher. With steam, no pre rinse is necessary. The steam can break down even the toughest baked on food. When steam is generated, it is absorbed by the food which essentially rehydrates it and allows to be easily rinsed off. The high temperature of the steam also kills the bacteria and sanitizes your dishes. Steam is also perfect for your fine china and crystal. As opposed to a traditional dishwasher, no heavy, direct sprays are needed and the steam gently cleans delicate items.

There are a few different steam variations to look for when purchasing a new steam dishwasher. Be sure to look at whether the model you are interested in uses a dedicated steam generation unit or whether it heats water in the tub to produce steam. The dedicated steam can release steam at the right point during various cycles, while steam heated from water generally is used for pre wash or finishing cycles. Another thing to look for is which cycles have the ability to use steam. Some can incorporate steam into various wash cycles, while some dishwashers only use a steam pre wash.

While steam technology in dishwashers is still in its infancy, the benefits are clear. You can save time, money, and energy by using steam in dishwashers.

Electrolux Icon Kitchen Luxury Event

Electrolux Icon Appliances

Now is a great time to purchase new luxury appliances from Electrolux Icon. Now through 3/31, Electrolux Icon is offering customers the opportunity to save up to $1500 by mail with purchase of select Electrolux Icon packages. Appliances that qualify for this rebate include Freestanding Ranges, Electric Wall Ovens, Warming Drawers, Microwave Ovens, Cooktops, Ventilation, Dishwashers, and Refrigeration. For full details on this promotion please see Karl’s Appliance Rebate Center or any of our NJ appliance stores.

Dishwasher Care and Cleaning Guide

Dishwasher in NJ

First, never use harsh chemicals, sharp objects, or abrasive pads to clean the outside of your dishwasher. Using these can cause damage, scratching, or permanent discoloration that will not be covered under a manufacturer warranty.

For cleaning control panels, use only a mild detergent and damp cloth and dry quickly and thoroughly.

To clean black, white, or bisque colored dishwasher doors use a high quality home appliance polish wax. Theses waxes are specially formulated for use on kitchen appliances and will clean and give a beautiful shine to the finish as well as leave a protective coating that will help guard against future smudges.

For cleaning stainless steel doors, purchase a high quality stainless steel cleaner. These are designed to polish and protect stainless steel surfaces and remove fingerprints, food stains, and water marks. You will also find that they can leave a beautiful shine and protective finish. Regular use of these cleaners maintains the appearance and makes future cleaning simple. Always use a soft and clean cloth with any cleaner unless otherwise instructed by the manufacturer’s instructions.

Interior of the Dishwasher:

Clean the interior or your dishwasher, as necessary, with a paste of powdered dishwasher detergent and water or straight liquid dishwasher on a damp sponge. Always wait to the dishwasher has cooled down to room temperature prior interior cleaning.

For white spots or films from hard water, use white vinegar. Note to use vinegar sparingly as vinegar is an acid and using it too often could cause damage to the dishwasher. Put 2 cups or 500 mL of white vinegar in a glass or dishwasher safe measuring cup on the bottom rack. Run the dishwasher through a full wash cycle without using any detergent and make sure to choose the air-dry only (note that this be referred to as something else but it is important to turn off heated dry). The vinegar will mix with the water and help to break down any of these residues that may be on the walls of the dishwasher interior. Upon cooling, follow up with the dishwasher detergent cleaning method described above.

Cleaning of Air Gaps

An air gap assists with the draining of the water at the end of a wash cycle. Not all installations require this so your home may or may not have one. If you do have one, periodically check to make sure this is clean and allows unobstructed air-flow especially if you feel your machine is having difficulty draining properly.

Long Term Storage

If you will not be using your dishwasher for extended periods of time you should follow these procedures:

During Warm Weather Months – during warmer months when there is no risk of freezing temperatures it is advised that you turn off the water and power supply to the dishwasher.

During Cold Weather Months – in times when freezing temperatures are a possibility, it is suggested that you avoid potential water damage by having your dishwasher winterized by authorized service personnel.