Stop Playing Dishwasher Tetris

We rely on household appliances for most of our daily tasks and chores, so it’s easy to get frustrated if one of them gives you a hard time. If your appliances aren’t as convenient or efficient as they could be, you might want to look for replacements. Stop playing dishwasher Tetris and continue reading to learn about some modern upgrade solutions.

Better Dishwasher Design

It’s amazing how smart and efficient today’s home appliances have become. You took the time to make dinner as well as set and clear the table, so the last thing you want to do is battle with your dishwasher to try to fit your plates in. Modern dishwashers learned from their predecessors’ mistakes, and they make it simple to fit all of your plates, glasses, and silverware among the racks. They can typically handle pots and pans as well, so you won’t have to waste water by washing these bigger items by hand.

Quieter Cleaning

Another big advantage that modern appliances offer is a sense of peace and quiet. Until somewhat recently, dishwashers were loud appliances. Some were so loud that you couldn’t wash your dishes and watch a movie in the next room at the same time. Today, you can find dishwashers that barely make any noise at all. This is particularly beneficial if your kitchen and your bedroom are attached and you like to wake up to clean dishes, or if your kids need total quiet in order to sleep.

Concealed Control Panels

A new dishwasher can upgrade your kitchen design in addition to making your life more convenient. Dishwashers with hidden control panels blend right into your kitchen design, which is perfect for more modern styles. This fits in well with a streamlined, contemporary look that many modern kitchens cultivate.

Is it finally time to enjoy better home appliances in Pleasant Hill? Call Friedmans Appliance at (925) 808-2950 or look at our website. Our refrigerators, wall ovens, and gas ranges can reduce the stress of daily chores and help make your home more efficient.


Have You Winterized Your Grill Yet?

Grilling burgers and hot dogs for the family is a great way to spend a summer afternoon, but you should prepare your appliances for the winter so they can spring back into action. Winterization includes cleaning both the inside and the outside of the grill and wrapping it up in a quality cover. Read ahead if you haven’t winterized your grill yet.

Cleaning the Inside

Clean the inside of your grill to get rid of food chunks and debris, and clean out your drip pan, cooking grids, and warming racks. Run the grill on high heat for 15 minutes or so, then scrape the grill components. You can also wash stubborn spots with soapy water, as long as you rinse well.

Cleaning the Outside

Taking care of the inside of your appliance sets you up for grilling success when the season comes again. You should also strive to keep your appliances looking nice and new so they can continue to add to your design. Keep up your grill’s look by cleaning its exterior throughout the season, and then give it another cleaning before you cover it up for the winter. Remember to clean stainless steel appliances in the direction of the grain, just like you would when cleaning a wooden product.

Covering Up

Don’t go into the winter without quality covers for your outdoor appliances. The elements can take their toll on your grill, which could do superficial damage as well as affect its performance the next time you fire it up. A sturdy cover can extend the lifespan of your grill in terms of its performance and its aesthetic appeal. Even if you don’t leave your grill outside during the winter, it’s a good idea to put a cover on it before you store it away.

Keep your electric or gas grills serving Pleasant Hill safe during the winter so they’ll be at their best when you bring them out again. First, contact Friedmans Appliance or visit our website to see which grilling appliances are best for you. Call (925) 808-2950 for more information.


Here's How to Brew Coffee with Your New GE Café Series Fridge

The first cup of coffee is an important part of the day for people who need that extra kick to get themselves started in the morning. Getting your first cup of the day is easy if you have the right home appliances. Watch this video and learn how to brew coffee with your new GE Café Series fridge.

Start by opening the top of the brewer and putting a K-Cup pack into the dispenser. Then you’ll select a size and the water will start heating up. Turn the knob on your fridge counterclockwise and wait as your dispenser brews at the best flow rate for your selection. Once the dispenser has finished its job, you’ll have a delicious cup of coffee.

From gas grills to refrigerators, Friedmans Appliance has the home appliances in Pleasant Hill that you need. Give us a call at (925) 808-2950 for all of your appliance needs.


Gas vs. Electric Dryers: Know Your Options

If you’re planning a trip to your local home appliance store to look for a new dryer, then one of the first things that you will need to decide regarding your purchase is whether to choose a gas or electric appliance. Keep reading to discover a few things you should know about these 2 options.

Installation Needs

All gas-powered dryers must be vented to the outside of your home, and they also require a dedicated gas line. On the other hand, you can find electric dryers that do not need to be vented to the outside, and these appliances only require electrical power, not a gas line.

Drying Speed

A gas-powered dryer will be able to heat up and dry clothing faster than an electric-powered one. This means that gas dryers can be more time and energy-efficient than electric ones. Also, because they dry clothing in a shorter amount of time, gas-powered dryers may take less of a toll on your fabrics.

Initial Costs

While the costs for gas and electric dryers can be comparable, electric-powered ones tend to be more affordable than gas-powered ones.

Operational Costs

Gas-powered dryers typically cost less to operate than electric-powered ones, but this factor will be impacted by the cost of gas in your area.

Final Comparison

If you’re hoping to save money in the long term and if gas is affordable in your area, then paying a bit more upfront and choosing a gas-powered dryer for your home may be the best option. However, if you do not have a dedicated gas line available, then the cost of having one professionally installed may outweigh the benefits of choosing a gas model. Lastly, if you are unable to vent your dryer to the outside, then your only option is to choose a ventless electric dryer.

Friedmans Appliance offers a wide selection of gas and electric dryers in Pleasant Hill. To contact our home appliance store, please call (925) 808-2950.


Surprise Your Thanksgiving Guests with Grilled Romaine

Are you on the hunt for new grilling recipes to use this holiday season? If so, then consider surprising and delighting your guests by serving grilled romaine as part of your Thanksgiving meal.

Lettuce isn’t the first thing that most people think of when it comes to veggies to grill, but you may be surprised by how well romaine can hold up against the heat and how tasty it can be once grilled. To make this recipe, you will need romaine hearts, olive oil, salt, pepper, and grated cheese or salad dressing. You can view the full recipe for grilled romaine by clicking here.

If you’d like to upgrade your grilling this season, then stop by Friedmans Appliance and check out the great selection of electric and gas grills that we offer at our home appliance store in Pleasant Hill. You can learn about the brands that we carry by visiting our website or calling (925) 808-2950.


The Right Way to Clean Your Stainless Steel Fridge Door

Stainless steel appliances look chic and elegant, but only if they are free of streaks and fingerprints. If you’re looking for a better way to keep your home’s refrigeration and freezer looking good, then watch this video to learn the right way to clean a stainless steel fridge door.

To start, fill a bucket with warm water and a mild detergent. Next, wet a soft cloth or sponge with the solution. Then, begin cleaning the fridge door, making sure to move the sponge or cloth the direction of the stainless steel grain. Lastly, wipe down the door with clean, warm water and dry immediately.

Friedmans Appliance carries a wide selection of refrigerators, freezers, and other home appliances in Pleasant Hill. For more information, please feel free to give our appliance store a call at (925) 808-2950.


The Whys and Hows of Defrosting Your Freezer

Even though most freezers that you can find at appliance stores are self-defrosting, all freezers may suffer from ice buildup now and then. Keep reading to discover the whys and hows of defrosting your freezer.

Reasons to Defrost Your Freezer

You should manually defrost your freezer if the ice inside becomes ¼-inch thick. Defrosting your freezer can help keep it clean, efficient, and easy to use.

Prepare to Defrost Your Freezer

To get ready for this project, pick up a bag of ice and place this in a cooler large enough to hold all the items in your freezer. Next, collect some clean towels and rags. Also, if your freezer has a drain, then place a container beneath the plug to catch the water that drains out. If the exterior drain plug is threaded, then you can attach a garden hose to it and place the other end of the hose in the container.

How to Defrost Your Freezer

Once you’re ready to begin, start by transferring your frozen goods from the freezer into the cooler. Next, unplug the freezer. Then, if your freezer has a drain, remove both the interior and exterior drain plugs and attach a hose leading to a bucket if necessary. If your freezer does not have a drain, then place several towels in the bottom of the compartment to soak up the water as the ice melts. Lastly, put some rags on the floor outside the freezer to catch any water that may escape. If you want to speed up the defrosting process, then set up a fan to blow outside air into the compartment, but do not attempt to scrape the ice off. Once the ice has melted, clean the freezer compartment, put the drain plugs back in place, plug in the freezer, and close the door. Finally, once the appliance is back to temperature, place your frozen items back inside.

At our home appliance store in Pleasant Hill, Friedmans Appliance boasts a broad range of refrigeration and freezer products for you to choose from. For details about our freezer selection, call (925) 808-2950.


A Quick Look at Ductless Range Hoods

Ventilation is essential when it comes to cooking in an enclosed space, meaning that the average home’s kitchen requires a well-functioning range hood. There are several factors to consider when choosing a range hood, for example, speed, noisiness, and extra features. Also, many of the household range hoods that you would find at your local appliance store fall into 1 of 2 categories: ducted or ductless. Continue reading for a quick introduction to ductless range hoods.

The most notable difference when comparing a ductless hood to a ducted one is that, instead of venting to the outside like a ducted one, ductless hoods filter the air and recirculate it into the room. Ductless hoods need to have their filters cleaned or replaced consistently. However, they tend to be easier to install than ductless ones because they do not need any external ductwork.

Friedmans Appliance carries a wide selection of both ducted and ductless hoods for ranges in Pleasant Hill. To learn more about our appliance store’s products, give us a call today at (925) 808-2950.


Cleaning Smarter with a Steam Cycle Washer

The washers of today offer incredible convenience for families, making laundry a quick and easy task. However, there may be an even smarter way for you to wash your clothing. If you’re planning to visit an appliance store to pick up a new washer, then keep reading to learn about the benefits of choosing one with a steam cycle.

Clean More Thoroughly

Today, some newer washer models include a steam cycle feature. When you use the steam cycle, the washer will produce hot water vapor much like a garment steamer does. The hot temperature of the steam cycle can allow you to give your clothing a deeper clean. Steam cycles offer you several benefits like this, however, be mindful of using this feature on materials that can shrink, such as cotton and wool.

Iron Less Often

While it’s a wonderful thing to have a washer that cleans your clothing quickly and effectively, these benefits can be easily overlooked when you end up having to iron many of your garments. If find yourself ironing your clean clothing more often than you’d like, then you might benefit from choosing a washer with a steam cycle. As the appliance releases the hot water vapor, this process helps the fibers in the clothing relax, easily smoothing away many wrinkles.

Kill More Germs

One benefit of choosing a washer with a steam cycle is that you can wash your clothing at a higher temperature. With the arrival of flu season, this can be particularly beneficial, allowing you to kill more bacteria and viruses that may be lurking on the bedding of a family member who has been sick. Lastly, besides sanitizing your garments and linens, a washer’s steam cycle may also help reduce the number of allergens in your laundry.

Friedmans Appliance offers a broad range of steam cycle washers in Pleasant Hill. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call our home appliance store at (925) 808-2950.


Quick Fixes for Your Grilling Blunders

Whether they prefer to use a gas, charcoal, or electric grill, even experienced backyard cooks can make mistakes now and then. Watch this video for some quick fixes to common grilling blunders.

Some people make the mistake of pulling chicken off the grill too soon when the outside starts to look dry. To correct this problem, grill the chicken longer or cook it in the oven for about 15 minutes at 400ºF. To prevent this mistake, you can use a thermometer to take the chicken’s internal temperature, which needs to reach at least 165ºF, and cook the meat for a longer amount of time over a lower flame.

If you’re gearing up to host some backyard barbecues this season, then be sure to stop by Friedmans Appliance, where you’ll find a fantastic selection of gas, charcoal, and electric grills near Pleasant Hill. Call (925) 808-2950 to learn more.


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