Conserving Energy by Improving Your Refrigerator’s Performance

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The refrigerator is one of those home appliances that few homeowners think about. Most people expect their refrigerator to function without any need for maintenance or repairs. However, all refrigerators lose their energy efficiency over time. For help maximizing your refrigerator’s energy efficiency, consider the following tips.    

Keep Your Refrigerator Full

Maintaining a well-stocked refrigerator is great for keeping your family well fed. It’s also great for helping your refrigerator operate efficiently. Cold items tend to keep each other cold, and storing plenty of items inside your refrigerator will help reduce the amount of pressure on your appliance’s cooling mechanism. If you don’t have enough food to fill your fridge, consider storing pitchers of cold water.

Clean the Condenser Coil

Your refrigerator’s condenser coil is responsible for supplying your fridge with fresh air. If the condenser gets too dirty, it can negatively affect your refrigerator’s efficiency . Removing dust and debris from the rear of your fridge can help you save money on energy. It’s also a good idea to pull your fridge one or two inches from the wall so your condenser can draw in more fresh air.

Keep the Door Closed

Your refrigerator should operate efficiently as long as the door remains closed. To save energy, think about what you want to get out of your fridge before opening the door. It’s also a good idea to check the seals occasionally to ensure that they’re keeping cool air in. 

Purchase a New Refrigerator

If your refrigerator is more than 15 or 20 years, it’s probably time to get a new one. Refrigerators have come a long way in recent years, and today’s Energy Star qualified models are much more efficient than refrigerators made 20 years.

For help determining which refrigerator is best for your needs, come by Friedmans Appliance of Pleasant Hill. Our appliance store also serves residents of Walnut Creek and Concord. Call (925) 265-8402 or visit our website to learn all about our refrigerators, BBQs, and other appliances. 

A Look at Your Top-Load Washer Options


If you’re tired of going to the laundromat every couple of weeks, you’ll find that purchasing a top-load washer can make your life a lot easier. Top-load washers have a number of advantages over their front-load counterparts; for example, top-load washers are generally less expensive, easier to repair, and more reliable. Here are just a few top-load washers you can buy at Friedman’s Appliance.

We’re proud to offer a 3.2 cubic-foot top-load washer from Amana. This reliable washer has 9 wash cycles that can satisfy your specific washing needs. We also offer an Energy Star qualified 4.0 cubic-foot washer from Whirlpool that offers extraordinary savings on water and energy. If you’re looking for something else, you might browse our top-load washers from Estate Home Appliances, General Electric, and other well-known brands.

A high-performance washer from Friedman’s Appliance can help keep your wardrobe intact without driving up your water or energy bill. If you have any questions about our washer selection, feel free to call our Pleasant Hill location at (925) 265-8402. We’re also proud to serve the communities of Concord and Walnut Creek.

Essential Grill Maintenance Tips

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Grilling is a beloved summer pastime. Some people in Concord and Walnut Creek even grill all year round. If you consider yourself an avid griller, you should do everything you can to keep your grill in great shape for as long as possible. Whether you own a Viking, Napoleon, or FireMagic Gas Grill , these tips will allow you to keep grilling for years to come.

Cook with Oil

One way to maintain your grill is to adequately prepare it before you start grilling. You can prevent food from sticking to the grill by spraying the grate with oil that doesn’t smoke until it reaches a high temperature. Coating the grate with oil will minimize the amount of scraping you have to do later.

Scrape the Grate

Unfortunately, no amount of oil will prevent your grill from getting dirty. To maximize scraping effectiveness, experts recommend scraping while the grill is still slightly warm. Wire brushes are ideal for scraping, though a ball of aluminum foil will also do the trick.  

Gently Remove Rust

After each use, be sure to wipe up spills to prevent your grill from corroding. It’s also a good idea to put a waterproof cover on your grill to protect it from rain and rust. If your grill accumulates a small amount of rust, however, it shouldn’t be too difficult to remove. You can restore your grill’s appearance by scrubbing the rust with a steel-wool pad and spraying the area with special paint.

Clean Annually

Even if you take good care of your grill on a regular basis, it’s important to give it a thorough cleaning once a year. Spraying your grill with a mixture of vinegar and water can help break up the burnt food particles in your grill, making them easy to wipe away.

Once your current grill gets too old to maintain, consider purchasing a new one from Friedman’s Appliance. We carry high-quality BBQs from Alfresco, Wolf, Capital, and other famous brands. If you live in Pleasant Hill, Concord, or Walnut Creek, please call our appliance store at (925) 265-8402.


Tips for Cleaning Your Dishwasher

Since your dishwasher is so great at cleaning dishes, you might think it’s impossible for it to get dirty. However, your dishwasher can accumulate grime over time, and a normal cycle isn’t enough to ensure its cleanliness.

This video offers a few tips on how to make sure your dishwasher is nice and clean. A cup of vinegar is great for cleaning, while a tablespoon of bleach can help keep your dishwasher white. Whichever liquid you decide to use, simply pour it into the dishwasher and start a normal cycle. Remember to take out all the dishes before cleaning your dishwasher.

If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher , come down to Friedmans Appliance. We’re happy to serve the people of Concord, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek. Call (925) 265-8402 if you have any questions.  

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