• What You Need to Know About Choosing a Stackable Washer and Dryer

    Stacked washer and dryer systems are perfect for small spaces so you can have the convenience of an in-house washer and dryer, even if you don’t have a full-size laundry room. There are a number of things to consider as you shop for stackable washers and dryers in order to ensure that you get the best, most efficient model for your needs. Here is what you need to know before you visit the home appliance store.  

    Laundry Units vs. Front-Loading Appliances 

    One of the first decisions you will need to make is whether you want a laundry unit or front-loading appliances. Laundry units, or laundry centers, are a single unit with a washer, dryer, and stacking system in one. Laundry units tend to be the smallest possible option, so they are ideal for very tight spaces, but they have small capacities that can be challenging for some families. With front-loading appliances, you purchase the washer and dryer you want individually and then add a stacking unit. Some people prefer to go this route for more space and more flexibility when choosing appliances, but the trade-off is that purchasing units separately can cost more.  

    Compatibility Concerns 

    Washers and dryers require specific voltage availability. If you live in a space without a dedicated laundry area, you may need to make electrical and plumbing changes in order to make things work. Many front-loading washers and dryers require 240 volts, and most home outlets are 120 volts. Check your outlets before shopping to determine the best fit for your needs.  

    Energy Efficiency 

    Front-loading systems are almost always more energy-efficient than laundry units. However, among the available selection of front-loading washers and dryers, there are some that are more efficient than others. Look for the Energy Star ratings before making a selection.  

    If you’re looking for a stackable washer and dryers system, let the experts at Friedmans Appliance help you make the right choice. You can learn more about our selection of washers and dryers in Pleasant Hill by calling (925) 808-2950. 

  • Spotlight on Our Cancellation and Returns Policies

    At Friedmans Appliance, we want you to love everything you get at our appliance store. We understand that there are times in which you have to change your mind about a purchase and have to cancel your order or return an item. Here is what you need to know about our policies.  

    If you order an item and later decide that you don’t want it, you can cancel it for a $50 cancellation fee, as long as it hasn’t yet shipped. Items that have shipped will be treated as returns. If you receive delivery of an item you no longer want, you can return it within 48 hours for a 25% restocking fee, as long as you have all of the original packaging and documents. Defective merchandise can be returned within 48 hours for a replacement. After that time, we will help you work with the manufacturer to handle the issue. There are no returns allowed on clearance products.  

    If you have questions about returns or cancellations at our appliance store in Pleasant Hill, call Friedmans Appliance to speak to a team member. You can reach us at (925) 808-2950.

  • Tips for Cleaning Your Stainless Steel Appliances

    Stainless steel appliances might look great, but cleaning them can be a challenge. They easily get covered in fingerprints and lose their shine, and getting them back to looking their best can be challenging. Fortunately, getting your stainless steel appliances back to the top condition can be easier than you may assume. Watch this video for some handy tips on cleaning stainless steel. Water, vinegar solutions, and microfiber cloths may be all you need in order to keep your appliances looking shiny and new.  

    Friedmans Appliance offers a large selection of stainless steel home appliances, from ranges to refrigerators. To learn more, call our appliance store in Pleasant Hill today at (925) 808-2950. 

  • Gas Oven Baking 101

    If you’re used to an electric oven, then getting used to baking with gas can take some time. Even people who have used gas ovens for years know that sometimes baking can be a challenge and that sometimes, an item may not turn out as expected. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to ensure that your baked goods turn out well every time you use your gas oven. This information will help.  

    Gas ovens are prone to hot spots.  

    It’s easy for gas ovens to develop hot spots, which can lead to uneven baking. To resolve this problem, rotate your trays whenever you bake something. This eases out the effects of a hot spot and helps everything to cook more evenly. With a single tray, simply rotate it. If you’re baking on both racks, rotate and move from top to bottom. If you’re cooking something like bread, which has a longer baking time, rotating a few times will give you the best results.  

    Move trays to the top for browning.  

    Gas ovens contain more moisture than electric ovens. That extra moisture in the air can make things take longer to brown than you may expect. Move your baking trays near the top of the oven to help speed up the browning process. You can also use the broiler but do so with caution. The broiler in a gas oven can work even faster than in electric ovens so you will need to watch the food carefully to avoid accidentally burning it.  

    Skip dark metal cookware 

    Dark metal cookware absorbs heat. In a gas oven, because of heat coming from the main burner, this kind of cookware can absorb heat at such a high level that it causes your food to burn. If you are going to use dark metal cookware, consider lowering your baking temperature by 25 degrees F.  

    Whether you dream of a gas oven or don’t want to give up your electric model, you’ll find exactly what you want at Friedmans Appliance. Our home appliance store in Pleasant Hill has a large selection of ovens, ranges, cooktops, and much more. Get answers to your questions about our appliances by calling (925) 808-2950. 

  • Financing Your New Appliances

    At Friedmans Appliance, we know that purchasing new home appliances is a major investment. That is why we make financing your purchases easy and convenient. Take advantage of our financing options so you can invest in quality appliances from top brands that you’ll be able to make the most of for years to come. 

    In our appliance store, we offer financing via Brand Source. You can apply online or in store, and you’ll get great rates on qualifying purchases so you can spread out the payments for your favorite appliances. All Brand Source accounts are subject to credit approval and require a minimum monthly payment to keep the account current.  

    Visit Friedmans Appliance in Pleasant Hill to learn more about financing your appliance purchases. We’re here to answer your questions about Brand Source and our selection of high-quality appliances from brands like Viking, Wolf, and Dacor. Call us today at (925) 808-2950 to find out more about our products.

  • 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.