May 25, 2015

Thermador Star Burners – At Home-Tech

thermador star burner

From Fort Myers to Sarasota, our customers have asked us questions about the unique five pointed shape of the Thermador Star BurnersThermador understands the serious, at-home chef.  For this type of culinary artist,  round burners, cold spots and difficult clean up just were not cutting it.  The solution was  their exclusive star design.

These patented star burners are the cornerstone of the Professional Series Rangetops.  In 1998, Thermador introduced the first Professional Ranges and Cooktops with star burners.  The shape was not just for show.  The star shape was found to deliver superior flame spread and reduced cold spots.

Why Thermador Star Burners Distribute Heat Better Than A Circle

The star shape distributes heat better than a circle.  According to Thermador, the Star Burner’s coverage area allows for more ports and more flame distribution than a round burner.  Even heating is the result, due to the superior flame spread and reduces cold spots.  And, it is ideal for any size pan.

The average round burner has 28 ports and a perimeter of 10 3/4″.  The Star Burner has 35 ports and a perimeter of 16 3/4″.  This star shape creates a perimeter that is 56% longer than its round rival.

Additional Features of the Thermador Star Burner:

  • An Extralow® feature, which cycles the Star Burner on and off to maintain temperatures as low as 100°.  This is perfect for simmering delicate sauces, or warming food without scorching.
  • A Quick Clean Base™ accompanies the raised pedestal burners and porcelain maintop.  This new design allows for easy access under the burner for effortless cleaning.
  • Each burner is rated at 18,000 BTU/hr and delivers superior cooking flexibility by offering maximum heat output on every burner.
  • The output and superior distribution boils water in a fraction of the time of a conventional range or cooktop.  It is the fastest time to boil, over 50% faster than leading competitors.

Come in the showrooms to see the Star Burners in action.  In our Thermador kitchen display, we show the PRD486JDGU, the 48 inch Professional Series Pro Grand® Commercial Depth Dual Fuel Range.  There are many more Thermador products on display for your culinary needs, or shop our Online Appliance Store day or night.

Service Agreement Membership- A Club Where You Are Always Welcome

service agreementService Agreement Members of Home-Tech receive more than they had bargained for, in a good way.  Besides the friendly and exceptional service we provide, there is still far more that is available to you.  Like what?  How about being able to shop in our appliance showrooms for new appliances.

Service Agreement Member Perks

If you are a Member, then you already know that your Service Call fees and the annual clean and check of your AC are covered.  But what happens if your appliance breaks down when you need it most?  Worry not, because we supply our Members with a FREE replacement of your air-conditioner and/or covered appliance*.

*(That is under the age of 10 years.  Excludes water heater.)

Appliance Experts on the Showroom Floorservice agreement

Home-Tech has two appliance showrooms (Fort Myers and Sarasota/Bradenton) that are open to our Members to shop for major appliances.  Think about it like this.  You have an appliance showroom carrying all the big names and the high quality appliances that meet your standards like Thermador, Bosch, GE, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool.  All that, without that big box store feel.

Our showrooms are designed for ease of use so our customers can easily shop for what they are looking for – dishwashers, ranges, ovens, microwaves, refrigerators,washing machines, dryers and of course, air-conditioners.  From high end beverage dispensers to outdoor kitchen equipment and grills, Home-Tech has created the ideal appliance showroom with our Service Agreement Members in mind.

Air conditioning sales repA Cool Breeze for Service Agreement Members

Should your AC be on the fritz and you want to shop for a new cooling system, our showroom is there for you to experience each different system.  We carry Carrier, Trane, Maytag and Amana in both locations.  Feel free to come in and cool off.  Should you have any questions about these systems, one of our NATE certified technicians or manufacturer trained sales specialists can assist you.

Service That Works!

With your Gold or Silver Service Agreements, you get the reliable and reputable Home-Tech service that you deserve.  Additional options, coverages and services are available, such as adding an additional appliance or adding on an additional clean and check.  Our Service Agreement Department is always more than happy to speak with our Members to make sure your agreement meets your needs. Our showroom is also open to the public.  Please feel free to bring your neighbors and friends.

16 Dishwasher Repair Warning Signs

dishwasher repairDon’t let a dishwasher disaster happen to you. The expert technicians at Home-Tech know all brands of dishwashers inside and out. If you have LG, GE, Fisher Paykel, Maytag, KitchenAid, Bosch, Frigidaire, Hotpoint, Kenmore, Amana, Whirlpool, Jenn Air, Asko, Samsung,  or GE Profile, our technicians can make the repair. For a limited time, you can save money with the First Call’s On Us.

When to Call Home-Tech for Dishwasher Repair Service

While some small problems like spots on dishes and glass can be solved with a white vinegar rinse in the machine, others require more detailed and technical processes. Our techs have seen it at all, and this is a list of common dishwasher problems that will require dishwasher repair service:

  1. Dishwasher does not finish the cycle
  2. Dishwasher does not work – no sound, water or lights
  3. Dishwasher starts but motor hums
  4. Dishwasher does not fill with water or it drains while filling
  5. Water does not drain out from the dishwasher
  6. Dishwasher is leaking water
  7. Water or soap leaks around the door
  8. Water drains through the air gap into the sink
  9. Dry cycle problems
  10. Dishwasher is too noisy
  11. Door drops down with too much force
  12. Door does not close or latch properly
  13. Dishwasher cycle does not complete
  14. Detergent cup does not open
  15. Cycle times are too long
  16. Dishes are not cleaned adequately

Serving Up Some Excellent Dishwasher Advicedishwasher repair

We also like sharing tips for maintaining a well running dishwasher. Here are a few from our friends at Maytag:

  • Clean the interior of the dishwasher, with a paste of powdered dishwasher detergent and water or use liquid dishwasher detergent on a damp sponge to clean the cooled-down interior.
  • To help avoid odor or odor-causing residue in your dishwasher, use Affresh® dishwasher and disposer cleaner (recommended) once a month as part of routine maintenance. Affresh® dishwasher and disposer cleaner is effective in all dishwasher brands.
  • For our snowbirds, or part-time residents, if you will not be using the dishwasher during the summer months, turn off the water and power supply to the dishwasher.
  • Always use a rinse aid.
  • Always use a high-quality, fresh detergent. Powder preferred.

As always, Home-Tech and our technicians are here to assist you should you require dishwasher repair. With the purchase of a Gold Service Agreement, your service calls on your dishwasher repairs are covered under the contract.  If you are in the market to update your dishwasher, please visit our two showrooms: Fort Myers and Sarasota/Manatee, or shop our Online Appliance Store.


AC InstallationTestimonial

Air conditioning repair line set

March 21, 2012

Steve Marino, CEO
6400 Techster Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL  33966

Dear Mr. Marino,

We have been customers and advocates of Home-Tech for over 20 years.  Once again you did not fail to provide excellent service.

In January 2009 you replaced our working A/C unit for a Trane A/C.  We did this to avoid any downtime of our 12 year old A/C.  We have our 95 year old mother who lives with us and an  A /C unit not working is dangerous to her health.  When the air handler of our new Trane needed a new motor we were extremely concerned.  Thom Rohde and Robert C – were also concerned, even suggesting putting in a temporary motor to provide A/C.  Thank goodness that was not necessary because the weather was cooperating.   The tech came out on late Saturday afternoon and installed the new motor.

Thom Rohde and Robert C – are exceptional employeees and we are sure you value them highly.  We are disappointed in the Trane product and will be writing their CEO.

We have recommended Home-Tech to many of our friends who are now your customers.  Keep up the good work.


Raymond L –
Naples, FL

Appliance Rebate from Bosch

(This blog posted on April 24, 2012.  The rebates mentioned are no longer current.)

Are your outdated kitchen appliances an eye-sore? Should they be on display in the Smithsonian? Have you repaired the same appliances more times than you care to mention? Well, it may be time to update that kitchen with a new refrigerator, cooktop and dishwasher from Bosch. Think about how great your kitchen would look with stainless steel appliances, all shiny and new. And an appliance rebate to boot!

Take your kitchen from blah to BAM!

Rebates, Rebates, Rebates

Saving energy and saving money is the name of the game these days. Bosch appliances deliver quality performance, efficiency and a sleek modern style. CurrentlyBosch is offering two big rebates:

  • Receive up to 15% rebate on eligible Bosch kitchen packages
  • Receive up to $300 consumer rebate on Bosch cooktop

The 15% rebate on the kitchen package breaks down as follows.  If you purchase at least (3) 300, 500 or 800 Series Bosch Appliances and receive a 10% rebate of the purchase price OR purchase at least (3) 800 Series Bosch Appliances and receive a 15% rebate of the purchase price. The rebates will be placed on a prepaid Visa card.

The eligible appliance types are:

  • Built-in Coffee Machine/ 800 Series
  • Freestanding Refrigerators/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Built-in Refrigerators/ 800 Series
  • Recessed Handle Dishwashers/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Bar Handle Dishwashers/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Custom Panel Ready Dishwashers/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Specialty Dishwashers/ 300 & 500 Series
  • FS Gas Ranges/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • FS Dual Fuel Ranges/ 800 Series
  • FS Electric Ranges/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Electride Slide-In Ranges/ 800 Series
  • Dual Fuel Slide-In Ranges/ 800 Series
  • Electric Wall Ovens/ 800 Series
  • Wall Ovens/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Gas Cooktops/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Electric Radiant Cooktops/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Electric Induction Cooktops/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Warming Drawers/ 500 Series
  • Built-In and OTR Microwave Ovens/ 300, 500, 800 Series
  • Ventilations/ 300 & 800 Series

If a new cooktop is all you need, rebates ranging from $50 – $300 are available, depending on the type of cooktop that fits your needs. The average rebate on a gas cooktop is $75, an electric cooktops range from $50 – $100 in rebates.  The induction cooktops provide the $300 rebate.

Why Bosch Makes It Easy

Bosch has made it very easy to claim your rebate online, just click through to theirAppliance Rebate Center.  No mail-in is required, allowing for faster processing with options to expedite your payment.  Process updates are available to consumers online, via email and text messaging.

Our Home-Tech Appliance Specialists are available to speak with you by phone or in person at one of our Showrooms, with one in Fort Myers and one in Sarasota/Bradenton. These rebates are NOT available to any of the big box stores, so come into our Showroom or shop our Online Appliance Store day or night.

Preventing Induction Cooktop Breakage or Cooktop Repairs

Thermador Induction Cook topHome-Tech is your local expert when you want to learn about induction cooking, buy a cooktop or replace one.  We carry many brands and our appliance experts can give you guidance about the differences between them. In this blog you will learn how to maintain the glass on your induction stove or oven to prevent cooktop repairs.

Induction Cooktop 101 

Before you may require a glass cooktop repair, you must first learn about the cooking element itself.  Induction oven cooking is quite different from traditional forms of cooking.  This uses electromagnetic energy that turns into the heat source.  Instead of heating the area under a pan like a traditional gas or electric burner, induction cooktops heat the pan directly.  Oscillating induction coils are set underneath the cooktop, and those coils are connected to an electronic power source that when activated generate a magnetic field.  When a pan with a magnetized base is placed on the burner, the oscillating magnetic field causes the electrons in the bottom of the pan to move back and forth rapidly.  This movement results in the pan getting hot enough to cook food.

The heat is generated directly in the pan, keeping the induction cooktop surface cooler than a traditional element.induction cooktop with ice

Induction cooking does not lose as much heat as traditional forms because all the heat is created in the pan itself. The cooktop heats up or cools down quickly after the controls are set. It also stops heating when the pan is removed without turning off the power.

Benefit #1:

The good news is food that is spilled on the cooktop surface will not burn because the glass is not heated. Induction cooking allows for immediate and easy cleaning after use because the heat is created in the pan.  A cooktop scraper tool is recommended for stubborn soils.

Benefit #2:

The cooktop surface area stays cool, making it safe for children.

Benefit #3:

There are specialty cookware sets that allow for “stacking.”  You can prepare more foods at one time by stacking a small pan on top of a larger one.

Benefit #4:

The Performance boost function allows the temperature to exceed the maximum setting to quickly achieve a rapid boil, allowing for fast heating.

How to Prevent Breaking or Damaging your Cooktop

A broken induction cooktop, either cracked or shattered, cannot be repaired. It must be replaced. As we aim to keep our Home-Tech customers happy, we think you will enjoy some recommendations from our friends at KitchenAid.

  • Avoid storing jars or cans above the cooktop. Dropping a heavy or hard object onto the cooktop could crack the glass.
  • Do not leave a hot lid on the cooktop. As the cooktop cools, air can become trapped between the lid and the cooktop, and the ceramic glass could break when the lid is removed.
  • For foods containing sugar in any form, clean up all spills and soils as soon as possible. Allow the cooktop to cool down slightly. Then, while wearing oven mitts, remove the spills while the surface is still warm. If sugary spills are allowed to cool down, they can adhere to the cooktop and can cause pitting and permanent marks.
  • To avoid scratches, do not slide cookware or bakeware across the cooktop.
  • Do not allow objects that could melt, such as plastic or aluminum foil, to touch any part of the entire cooktop.
  • Do not use the cooktop as a cutting board.
  • Use cookware about the same size as the surface cooking area. Cookware should not extend more than ½” (1.3 cm) outside the area.

Home-Tech is Here for You When the Worst Happens

You can always rely on Home-Tech to respond quickly, courteously and professionally. If you are a Home-Tech Service Agreement Member, the cost of the service call would be covered.

If you have any questions or are considering purchasing a new induction cooktop, call one of our appliance specialists. You can also stop in our Sarasota/Bradenton Showroom or Fort Myers Showroom and shop online at our convenient Appliance Store.

Home-Tech is here when you need us. 1-800-800-8356

The TRUE® TUR-24BD Undercounter Refrigerator Beverage Dispenser

TRUE® TUR-24BDThis past week, Home-Tech representatives brought the TRUE TUR-24BD Beverage Dispenser to the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce’s Hob Nob event. The Home-Tech team served beer and brats to over 600 attendees at the Hob Nob.  As we are building brand awareness for our new Appliance Showroom/Store in the Sarasota/Manatee, area, we thought to bring out a fan favorite and put it to the test.  We unanimously decided that the stainless steel, versatile TUR-24BD, or “kegerator” was easy to use and a big hit.

TRUE® TUR-24BD Easy to Set Up

Doug Floyd, a TRUE® representative, showed us how easy this refrigerator/beverage dispenser is to set up.  All we needed was a steady surface and an electrical source.  The dispenser cooled down to 33° very quickly, even when powered by a small generator.  The installation of the standard quarter keg was extremely easy.  Other exhibitors were watching to see if it would be difficult to set up this appliance in the middle of a park.  But we proved that this dispenser can be transported and set up just about anywhere.

Our booth attendees commented on how crisp and cold the beer was and wanted to see how easy it was to pour the perfect beer from the TUR-24BD.  They found it provided the perfect serving of frosty refreshment every time.  We may take the “kegerator” with us to every large event because it was so portable, easy to use, and such a fun way to meet our future customers.

Cold Brews At Home

If you are a homeowner who enjoys keg or craft beer, the TRUE® Undercounter Refrigerator Beverage Dispenser may be just the ticket.  Providing “the perfect serve,” the Beverage Dispenser utilizes exclusive airflow technology to provide a cold, crisp beer.  With total flexibility, the “kegerator” can be enjoyed in a built-in space or as a stand alone appliance.  It accommodates a one quarter-barrel (standard quarter keg) of brew or two 1/6 barrels, totaling more than 65 perfectly poured mugs of golden deliciousness. The Beverage Dispenser’s exclusive LED performance display ensures that the beer’s temperature is perfect every time, so the beer is as cold as you desire. The Beverage Dispenser is equipped with a standard door lock to keep its contents safe.  Its Energy Star® rating ensures that it’s efficient.

If wine is on your mind, the Beverage Dispenser can be easily converted into a refrigerator or a wine cabinet.

Cold Brews For You

Stop by either our Fort Myers or Bradenton Showrooms to see this product in person.  One of our Appliance Experts would be happy to answer any questions you may have.  You can pick up the TRUE® TUR-24BD as well in our Online Store.  We can certainly recommend the “kegerator” for your outdoor parties, tailgating or other fun events in your home


Home Seller Tips – Get a Service Agreement

Service Agreement Home-TechIf you are a Seller’s Agent in Southwest Florida, you and your client will both benefit when you assist them in purchasing a Service Agreement from Home-Tech.  How?

Service Agreement – The Best Home Seller Tips

  • Your Seller will have peace of mind.
  • Buyers will have fewer concerns, making your listing easier to sell.
  • The Service Agreement VALUE will set your listing apart from the other listings in the MLS.
  • There is the convenience of working with a top notch company if an air conditioning or appliance repair is needed during the listing time period.
  • It’s a helpful tool during the contract negotiation.
  • Your happy Seller is bound to refer you.

Peace of Mind

Sellers can be anxious about many things during the sales process.  They have to prepare their home, stage it and then keep it in pristine condition.  They worry if their listing price is right, how fierce the competition is, time on the market, how many showings they are getting and what buyers think of their home.  They also have concerns about the economy and if the right buyer is out there for them.  Many of them have moved on and are now in their next home.

Home Seller TipsTaking care of their air conditioning system and appliance repairs from afar can be a great concern and expense.

The Service Agreement from Home-Tech takes one of their main concerns out of the equation.  Any needed repairs can be taken care of immediately.  We offer emergency service, 7 days a week.  The homeowners do not even need to be there.  And most importantly, the crippling worries over the high costs of repair or replacement are gone.

Buyers Concerns Alleviated

Many Buyers are limited by budget, their loan considerations and just don’t want to have to hassle with appliance or air conditioning replacement or repair costs when they are in the market.  Buyers are more likely to choose a home with the security of a Service Agreement in place, especially a well known commodity like Home-Tech’s.  Get your Seller more offers and expedite the selling process.

Beat the Competition

Set your listing WAY apart from the MLS competition with help from a company that provides concierge-type service.  There are a many different kinds of agreements and home warranty companies on the market, but they don’t offer what Home-Tech does.  Many Southwest Florida residents have experienced the difference of having a clean-cut technician show up, that same day, within a two hour time window, and reliably and efficiently make needed repairs.  Our technicians repair every brand of AC and appliances.  Our customers have many reasons to recommend us to their friends, but they always talk about their excellent service experience.  You’ll feel good recommending the BEST to your client.

Use Our Toolsservice agreements gold

With the flexibility of Home-Tech GOLD and the many Options that go with it, we give you the tools to help each and every Seller have the coverage that pertains to their situation.  You will find it easy to explain to your clients and get them on board.  Our video series make our Service Agreement and Options very easy to understand. Clients can sign up online, in minutes.

sm-nofuss-alexThe After Glow

You will have a happy Seller and they will stay happy.  If an air conditioning or appliance repair is needed during the listing time period, Home-Tech will repair it.  We also offer plumbing and electrical coverage.  Our Agreements are transferable.  So after the sale closes, if there are problems, you will not have an upset client or Buyer’s Agent calling you.  Home-Tech will handle it with the new homeowner.  Best of all, your Seller is bound to refer you to other clients because of the smooth transaction and “after” period.

If you have any questions about our Service Agreement, please call us.  We have specialists standing by, ready to help.  1-800-800-8356.

Water Heaters Fort Myers Replacement Testimonial

March 28, 2012

Home-Tech Service, Inc.
6400 Techster Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL  33966

Dear Madam or Sir:

I am writing to express my appreciation for the fast, personal response I received on my water heater replacement.  Not only was I called within a few days, the tank was replaced this past week.  With the new water heater tank, the temperature is actually set lower and it is much hotter.

Thank you ver much for the fine service.  I shared my experience with several people in my community and those that already have contracts with you agree that you are an outstanding company.  Those that do not have contracts with you wanted more information.  They will be missing out if they don’t sign up!

Thank you again,


Jill K. B –