• A Definitive Guide to Organizing Your Refrigerator

    Many people load up their refrigerators any way that they can get the food to fit, but did you know that your fridge is actually designed to have different temperatures in different zones? For this reason, there is more to organizing your appliance than just making everything fit. To make your food last as long as possible and to boost food safety, there are specific spots in which you should store your things. Here is what you need to know about organizing your fridge to maintain the quality and safety of your food.  

    Fruits and Veggies 

    Fruits and veggies need more moisture than other items you have in your fridge. The humidity drawers in your fridge are specifically designed for this purpose. Veggies should go into the drawer with the highest humidity levels. This drawer is sometimes labeled “vegetables” or “high humidity.” Fruits need less moisture than veggies and should be put in the drawer labeled “crisper.” Both fruits and veggies should be kept in their original packaging or in a loosely tied plastic bag.  

    Condiments 

    Most condiments contain vinegar and salt, which act as preservatives so they can be kept on the door of the fridge. The door is warmer than the shelves, so don’t keep anything there that needs cooler temps to stay fresh, such as milk. The butter drawer on the door is the warmest part of the fridge and is fine for storing butter and soft cheeses. 

    Perishables 

    The bottom shelf is the coldest part of the fridge, and the further back on the shelf you go, the colder it gets. Milk should be stored on this shelf, as far back as possible. Raw meat should also be on the bottom shelf. Eggs can be on the middle shelf, where temperatures are consistent. Keep deli meat in the meat drawer or on the bottom shelf. Use the top shelf for leftovers and items not prone to fast spoilage.  

    Find the perfect refrigeration and freezer for your space at Friedmans Appliance. Talk to a team member at our appliance store for more information about our refrigerators in Pleasant Hill and our entire selection of high-end appliances by calling (925) 808-2950. 

  • Signs of a Failing Fridge Compressor

    Fridge compressors don’t fail very often, but when they do, the repair can be quite costly. Compressors typically fail on older refrigeration units. And if your refrigerator is already fairly old, you might consider purchasing a new one instead of repairing the failing compressor. A new fridge will save you money in the long run, since it’ll be more energy efficient. Plus, you won’t have to worry about it breaking down any time soon. 

    Continuous Operation 

    The fridge compressor is located in a sealed, inaccessible area, typically at the bottom of the refrigeration unit. The compressor works with the condenser, expansion valve, and evaporator. When the fridge’s internal sensors determine that the temperature has fallen below the ideal temperature, the compressor is activated. It draws cold refrigerant gas from the evaporator. The compressor heats up this gas by compressing it. The gas is then sent to the condenser. Compressors that are functioning properly shouldn’t be running continuously. If you can hear your compressor running continuously, and the fridge never seems to hold a temperature that’s cold enough, then your compressor is probably failing. 

    Tripped Circuit Breaker 

    The fridge’s electric motor requires a great deal more power to start up than it does to operate. A failing compressor requires more time to get up to its operating speed, which means it draws more power from the motor. This can cause the motor to trip the circuit breaker. 

    Unusual Noise 

    All refrigerators make some noises. But if your fridge is suddenly making strange, new noises or increased noise, the compressor might be failing. If the compressor’s bearings are failing, then it’s more likely that the motor will trip the circuit breaker. If the compressor’s valves are failing, then the fridge probably won’t reach its intended temperature. 

    When it’s time to replace your old refrigerator or freezer, you can head down to Friedmans Appliance for great deals on top brands. Our appliance store in Pleasant Hill features a wide selection of all styles, including side-by-side fridges, French door fridges, and bottom freezer refrigerators. Questions? Call (925) 808-2950.

  • Do You Really Need to Defrost Modern Freezers?

    Many, but not all, modern freezers have an automatic defrost feature. Self-defrosting freezers automatically turn on this maintenance cycle at set intervals. There’s no need for the homeowner to do anything at all. However, it’s possible that your freezer is a manual defrost model. If so, you’ll need to defrost it when frost begins to accumulate. A frosted freezer won’t run as efficiently as a clean one. 

    Before defrosting your freezer, remove all of the items from it and pack them in a cooler with ice. Then, turn off the freezer. If you only have a thin layer of frost, you can get it off with rubbing alcohol. Dampen a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol, and wipe down the freezer. When your freezer is frost-free, you can plug it back in. Make sure it gets down to a safe temperature before you move the food back to the shelves. 

    If you’re tired of defrosting your freezer, it’s time to shop for a new, self-defrosting freezer at Friedmans Appliance! Call (925) 808-2950 or browse our selection of refrigerators and freezers at our Pleasant Hill location.

  • Delicious Ways to Grill Corn

    Grilling is the perfect way to bring out the natural flavors of vegetables. The next time you fire up your gas grill, consider tossing a few ears of corn on it to complement your entrée. When you watch this video, you’ll learn about the three main methods of grilling corn. 

    Grilling corn directly on the grill is the preferred method since it gives the vegetables a delicious, charred flavor. But you can also wrap the corn in foil before grilling it. The foil will keep the corn hot, which is ideal if you’re serving a large gathering. The third method requires no prep at all. Just toss the corn on the grill without husking first.  

    Ready to purchase your grill? Head over to Friedmans Appliance or call (925) 808-2950 to inquire about our current inventory of top-quality gas and electric grills in Pleasant Hill!

  • How to Clean a Gas Grill

    Grilling can help you turn an ordinary meal into an extraordinary one, and gas grills make it quick and easy to get that BBQ flavor. With a gas grill, all you have to do is turn on a knob to heat up your cooking surface. This method of grilling also simplifies the cleanup process. While you will need to clean your grill after each time you use it, you should only need to give it a deep clean once or twice per season. 

    Cleaning the Grill After Cooking 

    After you’ve removed the food from the grate, you should turn the grill up on high heat. Let it run on high for about 15 minutes. This is an easy way to burn off food particles and residue. Just be careful not to forget to turn the grill off. Then, wait for the grate to cool down slightly. Use a steel grill brush to remove any remaining residue. 

    Deep Cleaning the Grill Periodically 

    Deep clean the grill when it’s turned off, disconnected from the gas supply, and completely cool. After scrubbing the top of the grate, remove the grate and scrub the bottom. Then, remove and clean the burner protectors. You can place them right in a bucket of soapy water while you scrub them. While the burner protectors are drying, turn your attention to the burners themselves. If the burners will come out easily, you can remove them and wipe them down with soapy water. Otherwise, dip a sponge in soapy water and clean them right inside the grill. Next, remove the plates underneath burners, along with the bottom tray, and clean them. 

    Protecting Your Grill 

    Your grill is an investment that’s worth protecting. Invest in a grill cover specially made for your make and model of grill. Keep your grill covered whenever it’s not in use. 

    Friedmans Appliance has an exceptional selection of electric and gas grills in Pleasant Hill. We carry brand name grills like Viking, Alfresco, Fire Magic, and Monogram. If you’d like to inquire about our current inventory, you can reach a friendly staff member at (925) 808-2950.

  • What’s the Lifespan of a Fridge? (And How Can I Make Mine Last Longer?)

    The purchase of a new refrigerator is a major investment. When you visit the appliance store, take your time comparing the different models and talking to the sales associate about the features. Make your decision based on the energy efficiency, size capacity, and style that works best for your family’s lifestyle. And when you bring your new fridge home with you, use the following tips to help it have a long lifespan. 

    Average Life Expectancy 

    The average lifespan of a fridge is over a decade. A standard refrigerator will typically last about 17 years, while a compact fridge may last about 14 years. The better you maintain your fridge, the longer it will last. If you’ve purchased a well-constructed, top-of-the-line fridge and you take good care of it, it may run up to 19 years. 

    Ideal Refrigerator Placement 

    The lengthening of your refrigerator’s lifespan begins with its proper placement. Ask the installers to place your fridge in an area that’s out of direct sunlight. Ideally, keep it away from heat-producing appliances like the range and oven. Don’t push the fridge right up against the wall. The coils should be several inches away from the wall. 

    Cleaning Recommendations 

    Some fridges have a drip pan underneath. If yours does, remove it and clean it on a quarterly basis. While you’re cleaning the drip pan, pull your fridge away from the wall and vacuum the dust bunnies away from the coils. You should also use soapy water to clean the seals on the door. This helps prevent the gaskets from drying out and cracking.  

    Item Placement  

    The way you use your fridge can play a role in determining its lifespan. Families often use the top of the fridge for extra storage space. But if you clutter this area with cereal boxes or storage containers, you’re contributing to overheating and causing the motor to work harder. Keep the top clear. 

    Friedmans Appliance sells a wide assortment of refrigerators and freezers in Pleasant Hill. Visit us at Crossroads Center or call (925) 808-2950 to talk to a refrigeration expert. While you’re browsing our inventory, be sure to check out the latest innovations in cooking appliances! 

  • Grilling with Charcoal

    Although gas grills are convenient and easy to use, sometimes you can’t beat grilling over charcoal. If you’re used to grilling with gas, charcoal can seem intimidating, but it is easier than you think. Watch this video to learn about charcoal grill techniques.  

    The key to grilling with charcoal is to allow the charcoal to heat up sufficiently and deciding if you want to cook with direct or indirect heat. Charcoal takes longer than gas grilling, but the unmistakable flavor is the payoff.  

    Find everything you need for grilling in Pleasant Hill at Friedmans Appliance. We offer a huge selection and competitive pricing on all of our home appliances. Find out more by calling (925) 808-2950. 

  • Why Choose a Bottom Freezer?

    In the past, the most common design for refrigerators was a freezer at the top with the refrigerator section below. However, many new styles feature bottom-mounted freezers instead. Should you opt for a fridge with a bottom freezer? Here is a look at some of the benefits.  

    One thing that many people prefer about this design is that fridge portion, which gets more use, is at eye level. This allows for easier access and makes it harder to forget what you have stored in the crisper drawers. People with back problems often appreciate this design since they don’t have to bend as much to get the items that they use the most. Bottom freezers also usually have sliding drawers, which creates more space for storage than traditional freezers.  

    Find the perfect refrigerator and freezer for your home at Friedmans Appliance. Our family-owned appliance store in Pleasant Hill is dedicated to quality products and customer satisfaction. Contact us today by calling (925) 808-2950. 

  • Spotlight on the KitchenAid Grill’s Even-Heat System

    KitchenAid might be best known for their top-of-the-line stand mixers, but they also sell a line of chef-friendly gas grills. A sales representative at the appliance store can walk you through the features of each different KitchenAid grill, but all of them will feature the proprietary Even-Heat Cooking System.  

    The Even-Heat Cooking System manages the heat distribution in the cooking box, which is where all of your food will go. KitchenAid’s technology eliminates both hot and cold spots, which are every grilling enthusiast’s worst nightmare. The Even-Heat System also features flame tamers, which minimize flare-ups caused by grease and juices dripping off the grill. 

    Friedmans Appliance is pleased to sell KitchenAid gas grills with the Even-Heat Cooking System, along with a wide selection of other gas grills by top brands in the industry. You can reach a friendly sales associate by calling (925) 808-2950, or stop by our appliance store in Pleasant Hill.  

  • What Size Dishwasher Do I Need? (And Other Purchasing FAQs)

    When you start shopping for a new dishwasher, you may be surprised at just how many options are available. Visiting a home appliance store to get advice from the experts is a good start when it comes to narrowing down your selection. The answers to these questions that customers frequently ask while dishwasher shopping will also help you make the right pick for your home.  

    What size dishwasher do I need? 

    Picking the right size for your dishwasher can be tougher than you may think. It’s important to measure carefully, as even a fraction of an inch can make a big difference when it’s time to put your new appliance into place. Put a measuring tape at the base of the opening for the dishwasher and measure the space between the floor and the base of the cabinet that sits on top of the dishwasher. Do this once on the left side and once on the right. Measure the width of the space from corner to corner on the top and bottom. Check the depth by measuring from the back of the space, if it is empty, or if it isn’t, measure the depth of a cabinet and use that as your dishwasher measurement.  

    How do I find a dishwasher that isn’t noisy? 

    No one likes a loud dishwasher, but some people are especially sensitive to noise from the wash cycle. If you want a whisper-quiet dishwasher, look for one rated 40 dBs or lower. Ratings around the mid-40s are usually acceptable if you the noise isn’t a big issue for you. At over 50 dBs, you probably won’t want to be in the room when the dishwasher is running.  

    What should I look for in terms of capacity? 

    You can find out the capacity for most dishwashers on the websites of the manufacturers. A good feature to look for is capacity that can be adjusted. For example, racks that can slide up or down and tines that can be folded down allow you to adjust the space as needed.  

    Let the home appliance experts at Friedmans Appliance help you select a dishwasher that is right for your space and needs. We offer a selection of the best brands and over 2,000 appliances on display in our showroom. Start your dishwasher shopping process by calling our appliance store in Pleasant Hill at (925) 808-2950. 

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