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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.
 

Built Better to Last Longer

You can probably still hear the lingering fireworks from the person in your neighborhood that has decided to shoot off the final few leftovers in their arsenal.  Our 4th of July celebrations, American flags on display and everything red, white and blue just occurred in towns and cities all across America.  We Americans love to celebrate our country.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate some American made products from a company headquartered in Ripon, Wisconsin.  The Speed Queen washer and dryers are commercial quality units, the biggest difference between the commercial and residential units is the coin slot.

Speed Queen washers and dryers also carry a 5 year warranty, with a life expectancy of 25 years. This brand carries a reputation of being highly durable, having no frills and superior quality.   Please take a moment and watch the video below…..a real life commentary that speaks to the performance of Speed Queen.

Stop by the showroom and let our sales staff show you our display of Speed Queen laundry….we have an impressive display of laundry product including a variety of brands and price ranges, I am confident we can help you find the perfect match for you and all your laundry needs. 

*** Don’t forget to check out our Clearance page for the latest markdowns…..

Spring Cleaning Time is here…..

Spring has sprung…March 20th was the first day of Spring, bring on the pollen, allergies, sneezing, blooming flowers, and college students flocking to our state.   Spring is also the time we think we should traditionally clean and get a fresh start after our ‘harsh’ winter.
At Aggressive, we support spring cleaning of your appliances….as much as our Service Department loves to visit you and your appliances, we will offer some suggestions to keep your investments running smoothly.

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I love the Dishwasher….the kitchen can be trashed, dirty dishes everywhere, and in minutes they are hidden away in the dishwasher and not seen until they are sparkly clean.   To keep your dishwasher as your best cleaning friend, try a few proactive maintenance moves so you can prevent dishpan hands.
–  Make sure the drain is clean, periodically check it and clean
out the food debris to keep it draining and running smoothly.
–  Place a cup filled with white vinegar on the top rack and run your dishwasher through a cycle on the hottest setting.
****  And remember, do NOT over-rinse your dishes the newer dishwashers need a certain amount of grease and grime in order to do their job.

 The Microwave
– Pour a cup of vinegar and a cup of water into a measuring cup
and place in your microwave, set timer for 5-10 minutes
on med-high setting and when time is up, carefully remove
container with an oven mitt.  Wipe down the interior with a wet
rag, steam from water and vinegar will loosen any spills or
splatters.

**** Vinegar….is a recurring theme, it will be your best friend,
buy it by the gallon.

The Oven
Newer ovens have wonderful self-cleaning modes, use your
owner’s manual, go online and follow the directions…yes,
sometimes we need to look at the directions…it will save you
money and time.

Please refer to a past blog on Self-Cleaning Ovens, if you don’t
want to click and open it….then, just trust us when we say do
NOT use oven cleaners, they will most likely damage the
interior of your oven during self-cleaning mode.
If you have an oven with a self-cleaning option, use it, and that
task is done.

 The Refrigerator
– Clean behind and under…sweep, vacuum, whatever it takes to
get rid of pet hair, dust, and anything responsible for
blocking airflow or getting the coils dirty.
– A simple cleaning to do is just empty the fridge, throw out
expired items, wipe down the shelves, check water filter and
see if need replacing or order and have on hand.

 For any glass surfaces, use some rubbing alcohol….take a spray nozzle attachment, put on the bottle of alcohol and simply spray surfaces and wipe clean, this works best with a microfiber cloth….on Glass surfaces.
For Stainless surfaces we recommend an oil based cleaner.

 The internet is full of great spring cleaning ideas….simple is best.

Outdoor Kitchens
Aggressive has a tech assigned to just cleaning grills….it is a
tough dirty job, call our Service Department 407-295-4489 or fill
out a service request online and get all the details to set up an
appointment and check this scary job off your list.  It will be
done correctly and efficiently while you and your
outdoor kitchen area stay clean…letting us do this will also
promote great harmony between those living in the home, no
dirty, greasy, sooty, clothes or shoes tracking through the
house.

 Happy Spring….use these simple ideas and reminders to clean and maintain your appliances, common sense is always best, and call our Service Department for any repairs or maintenance appointments, then enjoy your kitchen.

 *** If Spring involves looking for great savings, take a look at our
Clearance Page.

Wanna save some money?

Last spring I wrote about clearing out your freezer: removing the unknown, the expired, the unwanted, and then planning your next week’s menu around the food remaining in your freezer. It was a time for savings and serving creative meals for dinner. Making space in my freezer was rewarding and fast too. It allowed me to create space for the spring and summer harvest.

Aggressive Appliances has the same issue that my freezer had last spring. Our warehouse has several appliances that were older models, dented and scratch, mismatched, and returns from clients for various reasons. WE NEED TO CLEAR THEM OUT!

We have brought many of these appliances to our sales floor. Our clearance equals great savings to you! Come check them out!

-Jim Balano

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Follow Your Path

BlogKitchens-1There are times in my life when I moved too much and other times when I stayed put for long periods of time. Moving brings about all sorts of newness and if you happen to have moved into a new home, either new construction or old, appliances are sure to be a part of this exciting milestone.BlogKitchens-3

It’s so much fun to play on new appliances in a new place! Each appliance offers new ways of placing things, storing, cleaning, and cooking. Using them poses challenges, learning curves, and stretches your levels of creativity. These experiences add to the newness and novelty of a new home, whether or not it’s new or just “new” to you.BlogKitchens-4

We have many people come in when they are remodeling or building a new home to find their perfect kitchens. Since we have such a wide variety of brands and choices fitting into just about any budget, it makes kitchen buying fun! Live kitchens help seal the deal for many. Being able to touch, use, and see the products makes a very big difference in decision making.BlogKitchens-2

We back up our product with professional installations and deliveries. Being an in-house authorized service company for many major brands of appliances means you don’t have to call anyone but us for your appliance needs. Nothing is subcontracted out. Our own employees handle everything from sales, delivery, install, to service. One stop. For 36 years and counting.BlogKitchens-5You may be on a new journey, or not. But as you journey, if you need appliances along the way…we do hope your path leads you here.

Some Things Are Meant to Be

Wolf Angle ShotPeanut butter and chocolate. Warm milk and honey. Salt and pepper. Strawberries and cream. Bread and butter. Macaroni and cheese. Biscuits and gravy. Shrimp and grits. Fish and chips. Some things are just meant to be together. And it’s clear that Wolf understands that since introducing their induction ranges.

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Imagine pairing up an awesome 30″ or 36″ induction cooktop with a 30″ or 36″ dual convection oven and what you get is Wolf‘s freshest addition…their freestanding induction range. Let’s add this up, shall we?

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Induction is the fastest, most responsive way to cook. It is super easy to keep clean, is safe, and efficient. Who needs added heat in the kitchen? We don’t. None of us do, especially not in Florida. You can keep your cool with this range surface. Wolf ovens offer dual convection fans, 10 cooking modes, a temperature probe that alerts you when your food reaches temp, and multi-rack configuration convenience. Choose your knob color to make it your own, in black, stainless, or their signature red. Having a pop-out control panel keeps the sleek appearance when not in use, but allows for easy reading when using the oven timer and light since it faces up.Wolf Pro Induction Range 3rev

There are two styles to choose from, transitional and professional, in both 30″ and 36″. MSRP starts at $6695, with the 36″ professional model topping out at $9350. We have the 36″ professional induction range on our floor if you are ready to jump into the best of both worlds, Induction and Wolf. Some things are meant to be.

You Don’t Have to Push My Buttons

FrigProInd2Recently product info came across my desk that got me pretty psyched that there is another option for induction drop-in cooktops about to hit the market this fall. When these pieces hit the market they will be one of the few manufacturers to offer one very important feature in the drop-in induction cooktop category….knob controls. If you’ve shied away from tap and smooth touch controls in an induction cooktop, you might want to keep reading.FrigProLogo1

Frigidaire Professional series is coming out in the 3rd quarter of this year with their 30″ and 36″ knob controlled induction cooktop. The MSRP is $1949 on the 30″ and $1999 on the 36″ option, which is significantly lower than Viking and Gaggenau, but just a little lower than Big Chill (other brands offering knob controls for a drop-in, built-in induction cooktop).

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The 36″ model boasts one 10″ induction element with a min/max wattage of 2500W/3800W, one 8″ induction element of 2300W/3200W, two 7″ of 1800W/2600W, and one 6″ of 1450W/2000W. When using the knob the control knob will allow you to adjust between high and low, as well as increments of .5 between 1.5 and 9. The screen above the knob will display the power level.

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Having options on the market for a drop-in induction cooktop will open up this type of cooking to clients that are unable to use touch controls and/or may be looking for a more budget friendly choice with design elements that pair up well with the whole Frigidaire Professional kitchen suite.

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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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You’re Fired!!!

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Over fired! Fired up! About to be burned, broiled, caramelized, seared, and melted? You’re hot!! So hot!!! *Poof* You’re a Salamander!!!

So for a few months now we’ve had a pretty impressive, counter-top, professional grade broiler on our floor that has our clients asking “What is that thing?” “What do you do with it?” My friends, it’s a BlueStar Salamander and if you are ALL in with your kitchen equipment, this is the piece you’re missing (or maybe not because you already have one?).

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Why would you want this broiler? Well, for one it offers super fast results if you want to sear a restaurant-quality steak. If you are looking to finish off your French onion soups or delicately caramelize your crème brulee, toast some amazing garlic bread, or crisp anything for that matter, you can do so in minutes. I’m thinking heating up a slice of leftover pizza might even be fun and crispy in seconds which is how fast you want it out of the refrigerator. It frees up your oven so you don’t have to switch to a broil mid-prep.

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Ovens provide “under” fire, while this broiler provides “over” fire, concentrating the heat from above using ceramic infrared heat. With 11,000 BTUs of power, 215 square inches of cooking space, and a max broil temp of 1850 degrees, you can get serious about finishing off meals or making them right in the broiler. It offers three levels so you can use the lowest broil setting positioned furthest from the top to broil delicate things like fish, quickly. I’m just loving the idea of crisping everything. Fast. Super FAST.

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You know I love colors….you can coordinate the knobs to your BlueStar Range knobs!!! There are over 190 color knob choices and 10 metal trim finishes available. What a gem of a company. And it’s all stainless steel construction made in Reading, PA. Truly American made.

It can go on your counter-top or above a range with their mounting shelf. We show it here wall mounted under a BlueStar range but in person it’s a stunning and powerful kitchen look. Stop in and see for yourself!

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Something to Talk About

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FOOD_CROISSANT_COFFEE_TRG_72815Pull up a chair and grab a fresh baked croissant with your coffee. The time has come again to seriously consider a Subzero-Wolf-Asko package. As of July 1st through March 31, 2017, they are running a promotion that can include $1000 back and/or Wolf Gourmet product options.

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Many consumers wonder if the cost of a premium appliance package is worth it. They also wonder if they can afford such luxuries. I’m here to tell you it’s possible and worth it. Investing extra money now will give you a fabulous chef’s kitchen that will last you for many years.

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Refrigeration that lasts, cooking products that stand up to the toughest and gentlest recipes, cleaning products that take on anything you can whip up on their fine products, this is what you can have with a Subzero-Wolf-Asko kitchen. But they don’t stop there….how about a coffee system and microwave options (built-in, drop down doors, micro-drawers). Under-counter refrigeration and freezers offer you drawer options or door options. Wine storage in beautiful columns, or placed under your counter. Ice machines and outdoor products, the list goes on and on. You like modern and sleek? Professional and robust? Hidden behind decadent cabinetry? If you can dream it, the Subzero-Wolf-Asko line can bring it to life. This is a manufacturer that doesn’t quit and neither do their products.

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One of their best kept secrets is how they treat their customers. You are premium. You are cared for. Their customer service is top notch and, to us, one of the best in the industry. They invest in you as you have invested in their products.

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This is not a product line can be summed up in a small blog. A tour through our expanded Living Kitchen and details in person about their promotion are very much worth a trip to our showroom. Finish your coffee and croissant, and stop in. It’s time to wake up and realize this kitchen dream is within reach. We will show you how…