• Redesigning Your Kitchen? Here’s a Look at the Most Current Trends

    Redesigning your kitchen can make your entire home feel new. Since people tend to gravitate towards the kitchen, giving it a new face can make a big impact. Redesigning your kitchen also gives you a chance to replace outdated appliances with new models, which are likely to be more energy-efficient than those you currently have. These updates can save you money and help you lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle. If you need some inspiration for your new kitchen design, here are some of the trends that are currently popular that you may want to consider incorporating into your space.  

    Ranges That Do More 

    In today’s modern kitchens, traditional cooking methods alone won’t do. Instead, it’s becoming the norm for homes to have ranges that can do additional things, such as built-in sous vide stations, vacuum sealing accessories, and induction surfaces. Some ranges combine conventional and convection cooking, while others have a grill top incorporated into the design. Even if you don’t want to have any of these special features, choosing a model with a double oven or six burner surfaces will give you more cooking flexibility.  

    Column Refrigerators 

    Instead of getting wider, refrigerators are getting taller, in the form of column fridges. Column refrigerators have been around for a while, but they are becoming more popular because they are easy to integrate into designs. Column refrigerators also let you separate the fridge and freezer portion of the design to put into two different places, which can be particularly helpful if you have a small kitchen or one with a unique shape.  

    Dishwashers with Better Drying Capabilities 

    New dishwashers are addressing a lot of the frustrations many people have with their models by adding more space, better rinsing capabilities, and adjustable racks. However, dishwashers with improved drying features are becoming particularly popular. By using hotter heat to dry, you’ll be able to dry your dishes faster, and you also won’t have to deal with the puddles of water on your cups and bowls.  

    You’ll find all of the appliances you need for your kitchen makeover at Friedmans Appliance. Contact our home appliance store in Pleasant Hill at (925) 808-2950 for more information about our selection, or stop by our showroom to browse in person.  

  • A Look at Gaggenau’s Full Surface Induction Top

    If you’re looking for an appliance that offers superior cooking abilities with the best possible level of energy efficiency, then look no further than Gaggenau’s full-surface induction cooktop. It offers the ultimate in temperature control and safety with a minimal amount of cleanup.  

    Watch this video to learn more about the benefits of Gaggenau’s induction top. The surface stays cool, even while cooking, so there is no risk of burning. It cooks faster and more efficiently than other kinds of surfaces, and because it reacts immediately to temperature adjustments, you get more cooking control.  

    Friedmans Appliance is pleased to offer Gaggenau’s high-quality line in our appliance store in Pleasant Hills, alongside other leading brands. For more information, contact us today at (925) 808-2950. 

  • FAQs About Choosing a New Refrigerator

    There are a lot of things to consider when you are choosing a new refrigerator, and having a lot of questions is natural. When you choose Friedmans Appliance, the team at our appliance store is always available to help you get the best product for your needs at the most affordable price. Here is a look at some of the questions customers often have about refrigerator shopping.  

    Can the direction that the door opens be changed? 

    If you fall in love with a specific refrigerator, but the door swings open in a way that won’t work in your space, all is not lost. Many people are surprised to find that many refrigerator doors can be reversed in a few simple steps. However, don’t assume this is the case without checking with your appliance store. In some cases, you may have to special-order the refrigerator to meet your specifications, rather than simply swapping the door around.  

    Will my refrigerator need to have annual maintenance? 

    When considering a refrigerator, it’s important to consider not only the up-front price but also the cost of ownership. One thing that can affect the cost of ownership is the need for maintenance. Some refrigerators do require annual maintenance, and others have parts that need to be periodically replaced. Your appliance store can help you determine what kind of maintenance the fridges you are considering will need so you can make an informed decision.  

    How energyefficient are different refrigerator models? 

    Today’s refrigerators are all more energy-efficient than they were in the past, but differences still remain. However, there are still variations between the models. If energy efficiency is important to you, check the EnergyGuide labels or talk to the team at your appliance store.  

    Friedmans Appliance is here to help you find the right home appliances for your needs, from new refrigerators to dishwashers. Visit our appliance store in Pleasant Hill to see our selection in person, or call (925) 808-2950 for more information.

  • Troubleshooting Common Dishwasher Problems

    A typical dishwasher should last at least seven years, but many begin malfunctioning within just a few years. White residue on the dishes, water leaks on the floor, and a failure to turn on are just a few of the most common dishwasher problems. You may be able to fix some of these issues yourself. But if your dishwasher is constantly breaking down, it may be time to go to the appliance store to find its replacement. 

    The dishes are left with a residue. 

    A close inspection of your dishes after they’ve been cleaned by the dishwasher may reveal white spots or a powdery white film. This is one of the most common dishwasher problems, and fortunately, it’s also the easiest one to fix. The most likely culprit is that your water is too hard. Hard water leaves mineral deposits in appliances over time. Consider getting a whole-house water softener. You can also periodically use a dishwasher de-scaling and cleaning solution (run it in the dishwasher without dishes in it). Another solution is to add a generous amount of distilled white vinegar to the dishwasher before running it. 

    The dishwasher is leaking onto the floor. 

    This is a problem you’ll need to fix right away. Water damage is no laughing matter, as it may result in more costly repairs. Open the dishwasher and check the rubber seal all around the edge. If it looks damaged, it will need to be replaced. If you notice any debris, clean it off. It may be preventing the door from closing all the way. You can also double-check the float switch. If the float switch appears stuck, you can clean it and the area around it well to unstick it. 

    The dishwasher isn’t turning on. 

    First, check to make sure the latch is catching properly. If so, and the appliance still isn’t turning on, check to see if you’ve blown a fuse. If your dishwasher makes noises when you turn it on, but it still doesn’t run, then the problem may be with the fan motor. You may need to call in a professional to repair the dishwasher, as electrical issues can be dangerous if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing. 

    Are you fed up with your malfunctioning dishwasher? You can find one you’ll love at Friedmans Appliance. Call our appliance store in Pleasant Hill at (925) 808-2950 or browse our website to view our complete line of home appliances, including ranges, cooktops, washers, and dryers. 

  • Testing Your Oven’s Temperature

    Home appliances like wall ovens will eventually malfunction. Years of subjecting the oven to high temperatures will gradually degrade the internal components. This can cause problems like a failure to reach or maintain the set temperature. If your food has been taking longer than usual to cook in the oven, you can test the temperature. You’ll need to purchase an oven thermometer, which you can find for less than $10. 

    Adjust the oven racks so that you can hang the thermometer from the center of the oven. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Wait until your oven signals that it has reached the preset temperature. Check the thermometer to see if it’s actually reached 350 degrees. Close the door and wait another 20 minutes before checking the temperature again. This will tell you if your oven is maintaining its heat well. 

    Are your home appliances reaching the end of their lifespan? Call Friedmans Appliance at (925) 808-2950 or visit us in person to view our extensive line of wall ovens in Pleasant Hill.

  • Advice for Selecting a Wine Fridge

    In order for wine to taste its best, it needs to be served at the appropriate temperature. The ideal temperature range differs, depending on the type of wine. For instance, champagnes and sweet wines are best served between 42 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit. The easiest way to keep your wine at the right temperature is to house it in its own wine fridge. 

    The accompanying video offers some tips for comparing different models of wine refrigerators. Aside from considering the storage capacity, you’ll also need to choose the right type of fridge. This wine enthusiast explains the difference between compressor-style fridges and thermoelectric fridges. 

    Friedmans Appliance serving Pleasant Hill stocks a wide assortment of specialty appliances, including wine refrigerators. Call (925) 808-2950 to ask about our current inventory of refrigerators and freezers.

  • Is a Gas or Charcoal Grill a Better Choice?

    Some people prefer gas grills, while others refuse to grill on anything but charcoal. The “grate debate” between charcoal and gas grill enthusiasts isn’t likely to end anytime soon, especially considering that both types have positive attributes. If you don’t yet have a preference, take a look at the following factors to guide your decision. 

    Flavor 

    Much of the grate debate centers on the flavor. If you want an authentic, smoky BBQ flavor, then it’s hard to beat a charcoal grill. You can even use a charcoal grill as a smoker to thoroughly infuse your burgers, steaks, and ribs with a delightfully smoky flavor. However, the flavor imparted by a gas grill can still give charcoal BBQs a run for their money. Foods that are more delicate may become overwhelmed by smoke. If you’re grilling fish, fruit, vegetables, or chicken breasts, a gas grill may be the better choice. 

    Convenience 

    Convenience is a major consideration, especially if you enjoy grilling during the work week. A charcoal grill requires more prep work. You’ll need to arrange the charcoal and let it burn until it turns gray before you can add your food to the grate. It can also be difficult to control the temperature precisely with a charcoal grill. A gas grill is more convenient. Just turn it on without having to handle messy charcoal and lighter fluid. It only takes an average of 10 minutes for a typical gas grill to heat up. 

    Temperature 

    The temperature ranges of charcoal and gas grills are comparable. The top temperature can vary by model, but an average gas grill can achieve 450 to 550 degrees. This is definitely hot enough to cook any food you wish, although it may not be quite hot enough to sear the food. The average temperature of a charcoal grill is about 500 degrees, but you can increase this significantly by adding more coals and raising the coals closer to the cooking surface. This allows you to achieve a very crispy exterior and a tender interior for your steaks. 

    Whether you prefer a charcoal or gas grill, you’ll find the perfect model for you at Friedmans Appliance. Get a jumpstart on the next grilling season and stop by our appliance store in Pleasant Hill today. Questions? Call (925) 808-2950. 

  • What Is the Right Temperature for White Wine?

    Making wine is both a science and an art, and so is serving it. It’s important to serve your wine at just the right temperature to bring out the flavor profile. Many people make the mistake of refrigerating their wine so that it’s too cold when served. If a white wine is served too cold, its defining taste characteristics will become less obvious. As a general rule of thumb, white wine should be served between 49 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. 

    You could adjust your refrigerator to complement specific types of white wines. A lighter white wine is best served between 44 and 50 degrees. White wines that are oaky with more body can be served a little warmer, between 50 and 55 degrees. Sparkling white wines should be thoroughly chilled to 42 to 50 degrees. 

    With a KitchenAid, Marvel, Electrolux, or U-Line wine cooler, you can ensure that your wine always stays at the proper temperature for maximum enjoyment. Friedmans Appliance stocks these specialty refrigeration units in our Pleasant Hill store, plus many more! Call (925) 808-2950.

  • Learn How to Grill with Indirect Heat

    Grilling with indirect heat is an ideal cooking method for large cuts of meat, such as lamb top rounds, a whole chicken, short ribs, or pork roast. It cooks the meat slowly to provide an excellent texture and flavor. Watch the accompanying video to hear how a Culinary Institute of America chef grills a lamb top round with indirect heat. 

    After preheating the grill, brushing the rods, and wiping them with an oily cloth, he browns the lamb on all sides on high heat. Then, he moves the lamb to the cold section of the grill, leaves the other side on high heat, and closes the lid until it’s done. 

    If you love to grill and live near Pleasant Hill, you’re in luck! Friedmans Appliance has great deals on top brand names of grills, including Monogram and Viking. Call (925) 808-2950.

  • Is Now the Right Time to Buy a New Oven?

    It often seems that when appliances die, they do so suddenly and without warning. But if you pay close attention to the performance of your appliances, you can usually detect indications that something’s wrong. And if your wall oven is no longer new, it’s time to start thinking about going to the appliance store to replace it instead of scheduling repairs. 

    Your electric oven is remaining cold. 

    Some of the indicators that a wall oven is about to die can depend on whether the oven is electric or gas. Old electric ovens may sometimes fail to heat up. In some cases, you can simply replace the heating element if you notice that it’s no longer glowing. But if your oven lacks heat entirely, it will need to be replaced. 

    Your gas oven isn’t igniting. 

    One of the conveniences of a gas oven is that the pilot light can be manually ignited in the event of a power outage. However, the tradeoff is that gas ovens can be more dangerous than electric ones as their components begin to wear out. If you find yourself frequently relighting the pilot light, it’s time to check out the selection of new wall ovens at the local appliance store. 

    Your recipes aren’t coming out right. 

    All cooks have tried and true recipes that they make frequently. You’ve probably made a few meals so often that you no longer need to double-check the recipe card. If your stand-by meals are no longer turning out as they should, the blame might rest with your oven, rather than your technique in the kitchen. For example, half of a casserole dish might get burnt to a crisp, while the other half remains stubbornly undercooked. 

    If your oven is showing signs of reaching the end of its lifespan, don’t wait until it completely dies before shopping for a new one. Head down to Friedmans Appliance today to browse our wide selection of affordable ovens and ranges from brand names you love and trust. If you have any questions, you can contact our appliance store in Pleasant Hill at (925) 808-2950.