• 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.

  • Getting Your Grill Ready for Cool Temperatures

    People who are diehard grilling enthusiasts might prefer to operate their BBQs year-round, no matter how chilly it gets outdoors. This is certainly possible if you’ve purchased a durable brand of charcoal or gas grill, like Viking, Monogram, or Wolf. But if grilling in the middle of winter isn’t your cup of tea, it’s time to start prepping it for winter storage. 

    Importance of Cleaning Your Grill 

    The most important thing to do before leaving your grill idle for the season is to clean the inside thoroughly. You’ll need to remove all bits of food debris and grease, as these substances can attract wildlife, such as mice. Grease and food debris can also encourage mold to develop, and they can cause the grill to oxidize and become corroded. 

    Tips for Cleaning a Gas or Electric Grill 

    If you have a gas or electric grill, you’ll need to clean the grates, flavorizer bars, and burners. Use a grill brush to clean these areas. As you work, you can get push all of that debris into the drip pan. Lastly, pull out the pan and empty it, and then wipe it clean with a rag. 

    Tips for Cleaning a Charcoal Grill 

    People who own a charcoal grill can use a grill brush to scrub the cooking grates. Then, remove the grates and use a putty knife to scrape the residue off the interior surfaces. You can push all of the debris into the ash catcher. Just remember to remove and empty the ash catcher when you’re done. 

    Considerations for Storing Your Grill 

    Once your BBQ is thoroughly cleaned on the inside, you’ll want to keep it clean on the outside throughout the winter months. You can purchase a grill cover designed specifically for your make and model of grill. Some people like to take the extra precaution of moving their grill into a garage. Note that you should never bring a propane tank inside. 

    A good grill can last for years, but you might want to upgrade to a larger model with deluxe features. Come to Friedmans Appliance to talk to our grilling experts in Pleasant Hill, and we’ll help you choose the right model for your family’s lifestyle. You can reach a friendly staff member at (925) 808-2950 if you have any questions about our inventory.

  • Tips for Keeping Your Convection Oven Clean

    Convection ovens cook differently from traditional ovens, but the process of cleaning them is similar. If your appliance has a self-cleaning cycle, use it periodically to keep your oven in good condition. However, even with a self-cleaning function, you should still clean your convection oven by hand occasionally to prevent build-up from causing problems in the long-term. If you don’t have a self-cleaning cycle or if you’re ready to clean your self-cleaning convection oven by hand, these tips will help.  

    Clean Spills as They Happen 

    If a spill happens in your oven, it will become more stubborn over time, as it gets heated and cooked onto the walls of your appliance. If a spill occurs, clean it up as soon as possible instead of waiting for your next full oven cleaning. This will prevent spills from becoming so cooked into the oven that they can’t be removed. You can also reduce the chances that a spill will happen by placing a cookie sheet under items that are prone to bubbling over, such as pies and lasagnas.  

    Use an Appropriate Oven Cleaner 

    Oven cleaning products are designed to cut through the grease and cooked-on food that can accumulate on your appliance’s interior. Use a product specifically made for cleaning ovens for the best results. Apply the cleaner to the entire interior surface of the oven and allow it to sit according to the product recommendations. Oven cleaners can be abrasive, so wear gloves to protect your hands.  

    Wipe Oven Thoroughly Before Using 

    Use a soft cloth to wipe the oven clean, being careful to remove all of the cleaning product. If you have stubborn stains, try putting a wet cloth over the stains for a few minutes and then wiping them away.  

    You’ll find a large selection of traditional and convection ovens at Friedmans Appliance from some of the top manufacturers in the business. Contact us today at (925) 808-2950 for more information about our home appliance store in Pleasant Hill. 

  • Ideas for Using a Compact Fridge

    A compact fridge is a great addition to many home and workspaces. These small refrigerators fit into spaces that other appliances do not and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Could a compact fridge be the right answer for you? Here are some ideas for using these small-sized fridges.  

    One popular use for compact fridges is in college dorm rooms. A small fridge lets roommates keep some drinks and snacks handy so that they don’t have to constantly run to the dining hall. They are also a good fit in offices so you can carry your lunch to work instead of always having to go out. Many homeowners like to use compact fridges in playrooms, bars, and outdoor areas for convenience and additional storage.  

    Friedmans Appliance has a range of compact fridges available, from mini-fridges to larger options that are taller and narrower than traditional refrigerators. Visit our showroom to browse our selection of appliances in Pleasant Hill, or call (925) 808-2950 for more information.

  • Avoid These Kitchen Layout Mistakes

    If you’re renovating your kitchen, choosing the right fixtures and appliances is only part of the equation. You also have to ensure that your layout makes the most efficient use of the space.  

    Watch this video for a look at some common layout mistakes that you should try to avoid. Make sure your cabinets are designed to create the maximum amount of storage space and that you have a system for hiding the wires for under-cabinet lighting. In terms of appliances, look for energy-efficient models that don’t overwhelm your space.  

    At Friedmans Appliance, we have everything you need to give your kitchen a facelift, including ranges, refrigeration, and freezers. For more information about our appliance store in Pleasant Hill, call (925) 808-2950.

  • 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.