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If Irma visits your Appliances…

Our state has an unwelcome houseguest arriving this weekend, and although we are not exactly sure how she will arrive, her reputation precedes her as destructive and unruly…..the houseguest you don’t want to visit.

  We have revived a previous blog detailing some precautionary things you can do to prepare your appliances for the upcoming storm.
Our store will be closed on Monday, and hopefully, we will be able to be back to normal business on Tuesday….but, we will be making decisions as we see the status and outcome of Irma.  We are trying our best to accommodate our customers with delivery, install and service schedules all while being mindful of our employees and their safety being on the roads.

We are hopeful Irma will be attracted back to the warm waters of the Atlantic and spares most of our state from the chaos she carries.   In the meantime, we look forward to a normal business week of talking about and focusing on all things appliances…..and as always, we wish the best for our community.

 

“Is there anything that I can do to get my appliances ready for a hurricane?”
Fear not, APPLIANCE BOY is here to help.

 

While some might view this as a ridiculous question, there are several things that you can do regarding your appliances to help, or at least minimize headaches after the fact.

Water:
I will start by saying that water is not good for electronics. Hopefully water intrusion won’t be a major issue for most people in Central Florida, but it might be for our friends and family closer to the coast. If you think you will be facing a major threat of flooding, unplug the appliance or flip the breaker to it. Do not turn it back on until you are reasonably sure that any electrical components are dried out. (Think of a cell phone)

Power surges:
These are a higher likelihood for many of us as lightning increases in proximity to the storm. If you do not have surge protectors or are worried about some of the complicated electronics in your appliances, it is not a bad idea to unplug them or flip the breakers to those units. If they are built-in appliances and you don’t have access to the plugs, flip the breakers.

What if you lose power?
Do not panic, your refrigerator can work like a large Igloo ™ cooler. Keep in mind however, that anytime you open it with no power you will be letting cold air out and it will begin warming up. Frozen foods and ice will begin to melt. When the ice melts it will probably start to leak out of your freezer onto your floor. Remove the ice bucket and use it in your cooler to help keep those foods cool. To prep for the storm put as many bottles of water into your freezer as possible so that you have a higher ice load to maintain the cold. Remember that water expands when it freezes so drain a little off before you put them in. If you lose power you can move some of these to the refrigerator compartment to help keep it cold. It is also a good idea to go ahead and set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest temperatures.
 

The Language of Appliances

The Language of Appliances…

French door isn’t just an option to replace sliding glass doors, Columns aren’t just an architectural element to hold up a ceiling, Built-In isn’t always a term used in building bookcases, Steam can be a type of  appliance, and not just what we see on the hot asphalt on a lovely muggy rainy Florida day…..

If you have been appliance shopping recently, you most likely heard a lot of new terms relating to appliances and their features and functions….and, if you are getting ready to be on the hunt for a new appliance, refer to this handy guide to help you with your shopping experience.   This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a few terms to get you started……

COOKING :

– A Range is a unit with either burners or a glass cooktop and an oven, they are made to slide in, or can be built in.
Induction is not new, but is getting more popular and is being offered by many brands.  Induction cooking heats a cooking vessel by magnetic induction, as opposed to heating from a flame or an electrical heating element.  Induction cooking requires pans/cooking vessels to contain a ferromagnetic metal.
Dual Fuel appliances use both electricity and gas.
Speed Cooking is a feature using Advantium technology to cook food through the power of light.  Radiant heat is produced by halogen bulbs above and below the food, adding a boost of microwave energy, cooking food quickly and evenly.
Cooktop/Rangetop is a stand alone cooking surface that does not include an oven, is installed in the countertop.

Steam Ovens basically cook with steam….shocking….typically there is a water reservoir and most also use Convection, a cooking method that circulates hot air around food to cook it faster than conventional ovens.
French Door wall ovens have 2 doors that open on a single oven, creating an ease of accessing the inside of oven without having to reach over the drop down door.
REFRIGERATION:
Built-In/Counter Depth refrigerators are the same depth as your counters so they sit flush.
Freestanding/Slide-In appliances simply slide in the space and they don’t require cabinet alterations.
French Door refrigerators have 2 doors and 1 drawer below containing the freezer.
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Side by Side refrigerators have 2 doors, one side is refrigerator, other side is freezer.
Under Counter refrigeration applies to wine coolers, beverage centers, and ice makers that are made to fit under the counter.
Columns are freezer and refrigerator units that can be installed separately from each other.
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Integrated appliances have panels installed on the front and disappear into the cabinetry.
Have you walked in an appliance store saying I just want a Refrigerator, an Oven, or a Stove….only to find out things have changed…. so many types and choices now.  Please visit our showroom and let one of our sales associates answer your questions, and  guide you through 10,000 sq ft of beautiful shopping space.

We have a New Kitchen

Change is good, it’s a sign of progress and keeps things interesting.  Our showroom is ever changing, appliances are always being updated and vendors love for us to display their latest and greatest products.

Our most recent change is our new Thermador kitchen, the folks at Thermador called on Jack Busby with Busby Cabinets to collaborate on designing a fresh new look for this kitchen.  Jack and his team came up with an efficient design incorporating an impressive display showcasing over 25 appliances.

We took out the existing cabinets and appliances, and put in a new floor….

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…and in just a short time a beautiful new kitchen emerged….

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You really need to stop by the showroom to see this kitchen for yourself, and see these appliances up close and personal.

 In the meantime, here are a few highlights to consider….

The Thermador 60″ range is pretty new and is one of the only ranges whose oven will hold full size baking/catering sheet pans. If you buy one of these ranges before the end of the year, you get 2 free dishwashers.

0f6658b0-1381-4f8a-b5dc-db00a88b2313  Thermador’s great new coffee machine is stacked over their double drawer refrigerator in our new kitchen.  This combo makes a nearly perfect drink station.  You have a cold spot for your milk or creamers, as well as your other favorite cold drinks.  If you prefer a hot drink, your coffee machine is right there to make an espresso, cappuccino, latte, Americano, tea, or cocoa.

fe303aa1-0d02-4dc5-8ff3-a93b49effe31 Thermador also has a One-Two-Free promotion…buy a cooktop and oven (or range) to get a free dishwasher, add a built-in refrigerator and Thermador throws in a free exhaust hood (or microdrawer or extra dishwasher).

 Please take the chance to stop in and see our new kitchen, our sales associates are ready to take you for a tour and get you up to date on the latest and greatest in the Thermador line of appliances.

***as always, don’t forget to visit our clearance page….

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Blog  submission by Tina Wilson with help from Doug White/Dean Snyder

 

Always Be True To You

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TrueVintage1It occurred to me on my latest appliance adventure to Missouri that garages have made a major impact on American history. From music, to computers, to appliances…..they have been an integral part in making magic happen in many industries. After hearing that Bob Trulaske, his father, and his brother went to work on the first roll-top-soda-pop-storing refrigerator in a garage, it made me giggle a little because well….another American garage invention success story.TrueVintage2

So who was Bob Trulaske? He is the founder of True Manufacturing, the world’s leading commercial refrigeration supplier. Founded and made in St. Louis, Missouri, 75% of the raw materials used are sourced from the USA. It’s not a shock that Bob also served in the military and was a World War II Veteran.

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While sitting in their local pop shop, Bob and his brother came up with the idea for a refrigerator that wouldn’t need an expensive block of ice. They promised the owner that when they made their first refrigerator it would be his. So in their garage they built the first commercial soda refrigerator. This roll-top caught the attention of 7-Up and Coca-Cola. These companies wanted these refrigerators and True was more than happy to oblige!

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Later in the 70s they took a shot at more than just beverage coolers and ventured into the food service industry. People thought they were nuts. What did they know about the food service industry? Considering that the company is in the majority of today’s restaurants, we can see that naysayer hadn’t a clue as to the true capability of True‘s ability to figure it out AND be the best.

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Fast forward to 2008 when True decided to take another chance in yet another division they knew nothing about…..the residential market. Again, they were told they were nuts. What did they know about the residential market? Yup. Imagine that? With that in mind I could picture them laughing as they brought to market an uncomparable product line chock full of pieces like a 42″ and 48″ built-in refrigerator with true commercial qualities, under-counter refrigeration, wine preservation, beer dispenser, and an ice machine.

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True offers decades of commercial quality brought to market in their residential line. Features such as stainless interior, serious compressed insulation, a 3 year warranty, and all under-counter products being indoor AND outdoor rated, are just some of the perks to their residential line. It can’t all be commercial though….so they add wonderful features such as colorful, choice lighting and stainless steel buttons, backed by hundreds of thousands square footage of manufacturing capabilities.

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We have these exceptional pieces on display. Stop in so I can infuse you with the same excitement I experienced walking the historical factory that has had a huge, true impact on appliances throughout the world. Truly TrueTrue to and for You.

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Refrigerators? Surprise!!!

SubzeroVintageDesign and style have always played a major part in kitchen décor and are just as important as function and quality to many kitchen dreamers. With current kitchen design featuring concealed appliances in cabinetry, it is no shock that the majority of our refrigeration and freezer sales are for built-in products. SubzeroDrawers

With built-ins you could lose a lot of functional cubic capacity depending on the width and number of columns you choose. There are great solutions for this in the form of under-counter refrigeration and here are a few reasons why you might want to consider these options.TrueBevCnter

If you open your refrigerator now….what do you see? You will most likely find what most people find, a lot of prime space being used by beverages! If you were to take those beverages and move them to an under-counter refrigerator you free up valuable real estate in the main “food” refrigerator. You will also reduce the amount of times you open your main refrigerator door, reducing energy consumption because the unit doesn’t have to work to get back up to a cold temp. PerlickDrawersIf you entertain a lot, consider a model that will bring drinks to a crisp cold within a half hour. There are models out there and we have them. If you have children, even better. You can put snacks and drinks at an easy to reach height so they can help themselves! There are door and drawer models to really open up creativity. How about a produce drawer right by the sink?TrueDrawersSo when you are thinking about renovating your kitchen or building a new house and working on the layout, stop in and talk to us about your options for refrigeration. While under-counter refrigeration may sometimes be a last thought, we can show you why you may want to make it one of your first.

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