November 24, 2014

Best Laundry Tips for a Better Wash – Tips for Laundry Appliances

appliances washer dryer laundryDoes your washer have a funky smell? Are you over stuffing it full of laundry? Stop the insanity and get the most out of your laundry appliances by following these tips:

Do Consider a Top Loading Washer.

It’s been approximately 10 years since the front loading washers made a big splash in the marketplace, but now, high-efficiency top loaders are gaining speed. These appliances sport high-efficiency operations, low water usage and bigger capacities. One our favorites include the Maytag Bravos XL® HE Top Load Washer with PowerWash® System.  Get the Best Cleaning in the Industry enabled by PowerWash® system, plus the sanitary cycle with oxi helps eliminate 99.999 percent of common household bacteria. The allergen cycle reduces 95% of common household allergens like pet dander and dust mites.

Don’t Over Stuff the Washing Machinelaundry appliances 2012

Over stuffing your front loading or top loading laundry appliances is a major No-No. If you fill your washer to the brim, not only will your clothes not get clean, but you risk putting extra stress on the motor and can wear it out. Of course, we want you to call Home-Tech for repairing your appliances, but we also want you to get the most you can out of them. Our advice: fill top loaders three-fourths full and front loaders two-thirds full. These are the manufacturers suggested fill levels to get the cleanest clothes while having your appliances operate at their best.

Don’t Let Your Washer Do the Waddle Dance Across the Floor

While watching your washer do the shimmy shimmy shakes is entertaining, it is not good for your appliances. Front loaders and top loaders can both wobble. First, evaluate your loading technique. Are you shoving all the heavy clothing, like jeans or pants to one side of the basin? Second, is your washing machine on level ground?  If you have tried to remedy the wobbles without success, these may be signs of a future breakdown. In this case, call Home-Tech for laundry appliance repair service.

Do Check Your Hoses

When was the last time you took a look at your washer’s hoses? We know this isn’t something you may do on a routine basis, but really, you should. Hoses on these appliances can wear out after five years if they are made of plastic and rubber. Take a good look at them, and try to spot any holes or cracks. If you see any, schedule service with Home-Tech and they can replace these with more durable hoses.

Do Routine Cleaning of the Washer Basin.

Just because a washing machine cleans your clothes, doesn’t mean it cleans itself. Your machine’s wash basin, when not maintained, is a breeding ground for mold, mildew and foul odors. We have two easy cleaning solutions for you to try out. The first is Affresh, washing cleaning kit. The kit contains cleaning clothes and tablet you drop in your machine. You can purchase these in our Appliance Showrooms. The second suggestion is using good old Clorox bleach. Pour one cup of bleach into your empty machine and run it through a warm wash cycle.

appliance dispenser in washer for detergentDon’t Add Too Much Detergent.

Those lines on the laundry detergent cap aren’t a eye-chart test. They are a well-tested and proven measurement for getting clothes their cleanest. The lines aren’t a suggestion, they are the rule. Our appliance experts suggest using even less than the recommended amount. You could wind up with soap scum on your clothes along with an icky residue, and no one wants that.  For those of us that are allergic to dyes and harsh soaps, unclean clothes will cause increased itching. So do yourself and your clothes a favor and follow the rules of the cap.

Do Call Home-Tech If It Makes Weird Noises

Did you hear that? If you are hearing a loud clicking, buzzing or humming noise from your washing machine or weird noises from any of your home appliances, call Home-Tech. We are the appliance repair experts and can repair any brand of appliances. Nights, weekends, and even tropical storms can’t keep us away from assisting our customers with their appliance repair needs. When you need a new appliance or repair service- you need Home-Tech. Call us to schedule a service or to chat with our Appliance Sales team to learn about the latest and greatest in laundry appliances: 800-800-8356.

Self Cleaning Ovens Get Steamy – An Evolution in Appliances

steam2It’s getting hot in here. The steam cleaning option on Whirlpool’s 4.3 cu. ft. Single Wall Oven burns up the competition among appliances when compared with the old self cleaning option. If you have tried this method please share how it worked with us on our Facebook page.

How Much Time Do You Spend Cleaning Your Appliances?

Really? That little? Well, what if we told you that we found a quick and efficient means to clean your oven in only 20 minutes? Allow us to introduce you to the cook’s new best friend in the kitchen, the Steam Clean feature on Whirlpool’s ovens. Use the Steam Clean on small spills such as cheese or sauce from pizza or snacks, or drips from casseroles. You have got to stop in our Fort Myers or Bradenton showroom to check this out in person.

Steam Clean is Not Self Clean

It’s an old approach made new again for cleaning kitchen appliances. Clean up after every day light spills using only heat and 1-1⁄4 cups of water—no harsh chemicals or cleaners needed. When used periodically to clean light spills, it keeps the oven floor clean and reduces the need for frequent self-clean cycles. If your oven is heavily soiled, Whirlpool recommends you use the Self-Clean cycle. The Steam Clean cycle may be used first to eliminate most of the debris, resulting in a more effective self-clean.

Safety First When it Comes to Steam and Appliances

Here is a detailed checklist about the proper way to use the Steam Clean feature:

  • Do not use oven cleaners or any other additives with Steam Clean.
  • The Steam Clean feature is designed for light oven cavity bottom cleaning.
  • Use the Steam Clean feature as soon as possible after spills occur.
  • The longer a spill sits and dries in the oven, the more difficult it may be to remove.
  • Allow the oven to cool to room temperature before using the Steam Clean feature
  • For best results, pour 10 oz (295 mL) of distilled or filtered water onto the oven bottom.
  • The Steam Clean feature will take a total of 25 minutes. “Wipe the oven” will appear in the display at the end of the cycle
  • Since the water in the oven bottom is hot, do not open the oven door during the Steam Clean cycle.
  • Once the Steam Clean cycle is complete, remove all remaining water and debris in the bottom of the oven with a sponge or cloth.
  • Wipe any remaining moisture from the oven door interior, oven cavity interior sides, and cooktop.
  • Use a soft brush or nylon scrubber to wipe the oven interior. This may help with more stubborn stains.
  • If any soil remains, run a second Steam Clean cycle to help loosen debris for easier removal.

Keep it Hot in the Kitchen with Home-Tech

Whether you have a self cleaning or steam cleaning oven, old or new appliances, Home-Tech can keep your culinary center running in peak condition. Something seem off? Range not heating quite right? Call us and one of our appliance repair experts will diagnose and quickly fix your appliance problems. We repair ALL brands of appliances. To Schedule service, shop our Online Appliance Store, call 800-800-8356 . With Home-Tech, we’ve got you covered.


Nest-ing, not Wrestling with your Air Conditioning

Nest is the first thermostat that learns from you. Teach it well to stay comfortable in air conditioning and heating at home and save energy when you’re away.

air conditioning thermostatMeet the Nest, Learning Thermostat

Home-Tech is always looking for the latest and greatest in air conditioning. Recently, we came across, Nest and were impressed with its functionality. While there are many thermostats on the market, this little guy really got our attention. 

Most people set the air conditioning temperature to 72 and forget about it. The result is high energy bills. Your home’s temperature should change with your schedule. Nest can make the temperature changes for you , but first it needs to learn about you. Teach Nest well, and within a week it will activate the air conditioning and heating energy-saving features. Have a multiple zone air conditioning system, multiple nests can communicate with each other.

Air Conditioning and Exploring the Nest

Auto Schedule

Use Nest like a regular air conditioning thermostat. Turn it up when you’re cold and down when you’re hot. Every time you change the temperature, Nest remembers what you like.

Auto Away

Nest senses when  you’ve been out for a couple hours and sets itself to an air conditioning temperature that’ll save energy. You’ll choose the Away Temperatures Nest uses during set up.

The Nest Leaf

The Nest Leaf appears when you choose a temperature that saves energy. Every degree counts. Changing the temperature a single degree can cut your energy use by up to 5%.

Energy History

Keep track of your energy use in the Energy History. You’ll see how much you used and what made the biggest impact on your air conditioning bills: your temperature changes, Auto-Away or the weather.

air conditioning mobile multimedia nest Air Conditioning Monitoring Gone Mobile

The Nest is so cool, it even has its own Mobile app. You can change your air conditioning temperature anywhere at anytime. Download the app for your smartphone or tablet at nest.com. You can also connect Nest to Wi-Fi to get automatic software updates. Use your Nest account to change your home’s temperature, see and adjust Nest’s schedule and check local weather from anywhere.

Is Nest Compatible with Your Air Conditioning?

Nest works with most of the popular air conditioning systems, including:

  • Forced air, radiant, heat pump, oil, gas and electric
  • One or two stage conventional heat
  • One stage cool
  • One stage heat pump with auxiliary heat

Nest Available at Home-Tech

Your Comfort Specialists at Home-Tech can show you the dynamic features of Nest. If you are noticing higher than usual air conditioning bills, call us to schedule an appointment. Our highly trained and NATE certified technicians, can best advise you on how to best maintain your air conditioning and heating equipment. Need a repair? Home-Tech is ready to serve our customers, day or night. Call us at 800-800-8356. 

We’ve Never Had Bad AC or Appliance Service From Home-Tech

AC Repair - Fort Myers

August 29, 2012

Hello Home-Tech:

I am writing to say that Tim V – did our air conditioning maintenance service on 7/25 and did a very efficient job.  He called to tell us he was 10/15 minutes away and arrived promptly within that timeframe.  When he arrived he introduced himself to us and our dog (which we really appreciated since it keeps him from barking) and then got to the task at hand.  I showed him where all the equipment he would be working on was located.  He was thorough and efficient as well as pleasant.  It was a very hot and humid day – a lot of people would have been grumpy, but Tim was very friendly and quite customer oriented.

We have a maintenance contract with Home-Tech on all of our appliances and we have never had bad service. Your techs know what they are doing, are always nice, and treat us with respect.  We really are happy that we changed to Home-Tech.

~Barb Siebert, Pam Jones-Morton and Margee the black lab

Going Bonkers for Bosch Appliance Rebates

bosch kitchen packageShopping for appliances just got more affordable. Bosch is offering 10% off rebates on eligible kitchen packages. So yeah, you can see why our customers are going bonkers for Bosch appliance rebates!

It’s Rebate Season on Appliances

We know shopping for kitchen appliances can be overwhelming. Stop price shopping and start rebate shopping! A great place to start is with Bosch appliances at the Home-Tech showrooms. Check out the great deals and big rebates Bosch is offering:

  • The More You Buy The Bigger The Rebate

    Receive up to a 10 Percent Rebate with purchase of qualifying Bosch Kitchen Packages. Rebate form must be postmarked by 11/30/2014. It is the sole responsibility of the customer to obtain, complete and mail in the rebate form and all required documentation by the postmark date.

    Offer Valid Through: 4/1/2014 to 8/31/2014

Bosch Appliances Make Headlines2011-Bosch wine storage in kitchen

With a commitment to engineering high-quality dishwashers that exceed customer expectations, Bosch’s dishwashers earned the highest ranking in overall customer satisfaction with the highest score in performance and reliability. Driven by a design philosophy centered on sleek, modern appliances that are both functional and aesthetically appealing, a tremendous emphasis is devoted to the design and quality of all Bosch dishwashers.  In fact, each Bosch dishwasher is confirmed by 485 factory checks and guaranteed by a lifetime warranty against tub rust-through.

Appliances from Bosch are Energy Efficient

Bosch’s commitment to appliance efficiency includes being the only U.S. appliance manufacturer with 100 percent of its major appliances ENERGY STAR qualified – that is 48 dishwasher, clothes washer and refrigerator models by Bosch for appliance shoppers to choose from. The ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award also recognizes Bosch engineering accomplishments including:

  • Exceeding federal energy standards in dishwashers by an average of 38% and up to 97%;
  • Offering the most water-efficient dishwasher in the US – the 800 Plus uses as little as 1.57 gallons of water per cycle;
  • Improving the energy use of all its 27” washers. With the launch of Vision, Bosch’s most efficient 27” washer model achieved an energy use of just 120 kWh/year;
  • Reducing energy consumption in its manufacturing facilities by 14 percent since 2005.

2011-Bosch-FullLine-4Selling and Servicing Bosch Appliances

Home-Tech proudly sells and services Bosch appliances. Not only can we fix Bosch, we can fix any brand of appliances. The time is now to purchase, replace or repair the Bosch in your home. Shop our online appliance store day or night.  Have questions or need to schedule service? Call 800-800-8356.

Thermador Appliances User – Julia Child

Thermador OvenCulinary Icon, Julia Child, Taught the World to Cook on Thermador Appliances. Thermador Announces New Line of Wall Ovens.

Happy Belated Birthday, Julia Child

August 15, 2012 would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday. Home-Tech wishes you a very Happy Belated Birthday, and thanks you for teaching the world your delicious recipes. For our fellow foodies, at-home chefs and culinary wannabees, Julia gave us all a gift that keeps giving, her Boeuf Bourguignon recipe. Not only are her recipes ever lasting, but so is her selection of appliances, in particular Thermador.

It is well documented that Julia herself purchased the Thermador range and wall ovens to cook on for her acclaimed PBS series. Millions of Americans learned how to cook from Julia, while she churned out hundreds of recipes on her Thermador appliances. Her appliances and kitchen are legendary, so much so that she has her own exhibit at the Smithsonian. If you have been, please share your photos with the Home-Tech team. We would love to see them.

New Appliances Announcement from Thermador

On August 14, our friends at Thermador proudly added and launched their new line of wall ovens to their collection of appliances. The next generation of Thermador’s industry-leading wall oven line features more than 20 design and product upgrades giving the entire lineup an impeccable fit, feel and finish, as well as a true convection cooking option and the appliance industry’s only SoftClosedoor, which now is available on all Thermador Wall Ovens and Warming Drawers.

appliances - thermador ovens wall

INNOVATION (Thermador Exclusives)

  • New SoftClose door ensures ultra-smooth closing of the oven door
  • Largest commercial style rotisserie with 12 pound capacity
  • Maxbroil® the largest, most powerful broil element on the market (5,000-watt, 12-pass broil element)
  • Largest oven cavity in the luxury segment at 4.7-cu.-ft.
  • Fastest preheat in the luxury segment (approx. 7 minutes) and superfast 2-hour self-clean mode – fastest on the market

PERFORMANCE

  • True Convection baffle system offers precise airflow for cooking on multiple levels without flavor transfer
  • New two Full Access® telescopic racks that hold up to 45 pounds and feature integrated easy-grip handles
  • Industry leading Speed Convection system reduces cooking time by 30 percent with no preheat
  • Star-K certified, making it possible to use on Holy Days and the Sabbath

DESIGN

  • New side strips, manifold, exhaust baffle and chronometer now in bold stainless steel design
  • Restaurant-style stainless steel knobs and handle, plus a bold, chiseled professional design
  • Blue electronic graphic display controls all timer functions

thermador-logoGet Hands on with Thermador Appliances in Our Showroom

Home-Tech believes appliances, like Thermador, need to be cooked on to be fully appreciated. Come into our Lakewood Ranch showroom and see what all the buzz is about. Ever cooked in a steam oven? What about on a star burner? This is your chance! If you are looking to add to your Thermador collection, Home-Tech is offering the One-Two-Free promotion, when you buy two appliances from Thermador get the third free.

Do you have older Thermador appliances that are in need of repair? We can fix them, actually we can fix all brands of appliances.  Old appliances or new, Home-Tech has got you covered. We welcome you to visit our showrooms, shop our online appliance store and call us to discuss appliances, appliance repair, air conditioning repair or replacement and even talk about service agreements on your major appliances. You can reach us, day or night, at 800-800-8356. 

Air Conditioning Repair Alva, Florida – Competent Performance

attaboy_sealblueDoes Home-Tech provide air conditioning repair in Alva, Florida?  Yes we do.  Here’s a customer testimonial about our service.  Way to go, Shawn.

Efficient and Courteous

August 13, 2012

Dear Home-Tech:

On Saturday night, 8/11/2012, Shawn visited our home to get our air conditioning working.  He called me at about 22:15 and arrived at 22:20.  After listening to my description of the vents leading up to the A/C failure, he immediately diagnosed the problem, changed out the capacitor, got the unit working again, thus cooling our home, discovered a freon leak, restored the outside unit to its working condition and departed at about 23:30.

He was efficient and courteous and promised to report the leak for future repair.  He also advised me of the services that Home-Tech offers for complete A/C unit replacement and described the approximate time frames for performance.

I followed up with your office this morning, 8/13/2012 and confirmed that parts were ordered for the forthcoming repair that a service call would be scheduled by your office once those parts were received by you, thus confirming that Shawn delivered on his promise.

All in all, with his late night scheduling and his competent performance and courteous presentation, Shawn represented your company very well, and I would be glad to have him return to my home in the future.  Shawn is an excellent representative of your company.  Thank you for employing him.  Employees like Shawn confirm to me that I have made the correct decision in keeping a Gold Service Agreement with Home-Tech.

J. Sands
Alva, Florida

 

New Air Conditioning Savings

Air conditioning truckJust how much can you save with a new air conditioning system? A happy Home-Tech customer spills the beans on savings.

New Air Conditioning Savings and System Review

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Almost one year ago, the original AC system that [Home-Tech] installed in my home back in 2000 reached the end of its life. It became clear that it was time to replace the unit. After some investigation, together with your sales staff, we finally settled on a twin speed Amana  [ASXC18 R-410A] unit that was installed on August 23, 2011. This [unit] was more expensive than certain others [air conditioning units], but came highly recommended.

The months of April, May, June, July of 2012 finally provided a fair performance comparison. It may be deduced that the old air conditioner was laboring with age, and perhaps did not run with the utmost efficiency. The results detailed below are startling to me, and may prove to be of interest to you, as well.

Over the four months under review, there has been a reduction in units/dollars consumer of approximately 40%, with an average monthly savings of $136. This amount far exceeds the estimates made at the time of purchase.  There is no doubt that this unit, though higher in cost, is more than living up to expectation and can be well recommended.

It is nice for once to see a project actually fulfill and even surpass expectation!

Sincerely,

R. Land, Naples

More About The Amana ASXC18R-410A Air Conditioning System

Robert purchased the Amana, 3-ton,  ASXC18 R-410A air conditioning system from Home-Tech’s Dave Montejunas.  High-efficiency, outstanding performance, reliable operation and outstanding features add up to premium indoor comfort. This air conditioning system will provide your family with the best in energy efficiency, environmental responsibility, and cool indoor comfort, compared to lower SEER units, for many, many years to come.

Air Conditioning AmanaProduct Features

  • ComfortNet™ Communications System compatible
  • Two-Stage Copeland® UltraTech scroll compressor
  • HIgh-density foam compressor sound blanket
  • R-410A chlorine-free refrigerant
  • Expanded ComfortAlert™ diagnostics built in
  • Set-up capable with two low-voltage wired to outdoor unit
  • Diagnostic indicator lights and storage of six fault codes
  • Color-coded terminal strip for non-communicating set-up
  • Coil and ambient temperature sensors
  • High- and low-pressure switches
  • Factory-installed filter drier
  • Two-speed quiet condenser fan motor
  • Amana brand sound control top design
  • AHRI certified; ETL listed

Air Conditioning is Our Specialty

Whether you’re in need of air conditioning repair or are interested in buying a new system, Home-Tech’s Comfort Specialists are here to help. Home-Tech sells air conditioning systems from Amana, Carrier, Maytag and Trane. Best of all, we repair ALL brands of air conditioning and heating systems. Want to feel the cool comfort of a new system before purchasing? We’ve got you covered.  Stop by our showrooms to look, see and feel how these air conditioning systems operate.

To schedule service or to learn more about your air conditioning replacement options, call us at 800-800-8356.  

Service Agreement Vs Home Warranties – No More Guesswork

service agreementImagine you are a home buyer or home seller and your Realtor pulls out a large stack of home warranties and service agreements for you to review.  They tell you to select appliances from column A, two items from column B, and for an up charge, three from column C.  Purchasing a warranty or service agreement should not be like purchasing a value meal at a chain restaurant, right? 

Home warranty plans offer a variety of coverage on many different items in your home.  Each company’s plan is different and the fine print can be complex.  The choices are confusing.  It is hard enough when you are considering buying one for one property, but what if you manage multiple properties and have renters?  How do you keep all of the appliances and air conditioners running at their best?

One Plan Stands Out!

The best solution for one home or many is the Gold Service Agreement from Home-Tech.  It covers all of your major home appliances, air-conditioning/heating and water heater. These are the most important and expensive systems in the home to have replaced.

Home-Tech’s Service Agreement Has No CompetitorSSBundle

Did You Know

National home warranty companies will send out a  subcontractor. They call a bunch of subcontractors and then whomever is available will come to your home.  Sometimes, they can come from as far away as Orlando to service your home in Sarasota.  It can take days to get on their schedule.

Why Go with Home-Tech Gold?

  1. Home-Tech is locally owned and the others aren’t.
  2. Home-Tech sends out Tech Specialists who are employee-owners of Home-Tech.
  3. Home-Tech employees are criminally background checked, drug tested, highly trained and NATE certified.
  4. There is No Service Call Fee.
  5. There is No Parts or Labor Fee, and No Deductible.
  6. A Home-Tech Gold Service Agreement includes annual air conditioner maintenance.
  7. Home-Tech provides emergency service, 365 days a year, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  8. Home-Tech is licensed and bonded, and adheres to the state requirements regulated by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation.

Read the Fine Print of Other Home Warranty Plans. 

 Be careful.  Ask questions.

home tech gold service agreementDo You Have Service Agreement Questions?

Our Service Agreement department representatives are awaiting your call.  They can walk you through the details of our plans and take the guesswork out of the entire process.

You can trust Home-Tech, as they have been serving southwest Florida for 33 years.  Ask your neighbors for a referral.  Chances are good many of them have been our Service Agreement customers for many years.

You can feel good about selecting Home-Tech and know if you have a problem, you can call 800-800-8356.  We will send a Technician right away and fulfill our promise -  Service that Works!

How Long Do Appliances Last – Appliance Repair

bosch washer dryerWe all want our appliances to last forever, but in reality, sometimes they need a little TLC and appliance repair to keep them running at their best.

How Long  Appliances Last?

According to our Appliance Repair experts here at Home-Tech, these are the average lifespans of your major home appliances with proper maintenance and repair:

  • Refrigerator: 10 – 15 years
  • Dishwasher: 10 years
  • Oven/Range/Cook top: 10 – 20 years
  • Microwave: 10 years
  • Washer: 10 – 15 years
  • Dryer: 10 – 15 years

Helpful Tips and Tricks

The website, dailyfinance.com, had these tips for consumer to consider before repairing or replacing a home appliance:

  • Is it really broken? Check the troubleshooting section of the unit’s instruction manual for the most common problems and solutions.
  • Have you had trouble with this appliance before? It might be worth fixing instead of replacing with something unproven.
  • How much will it cost to repair the appliance?
  • What would a similar appliance cost if purchased new?
  • Are there any hidden costs to purchase (removal, installation, disposal, tax, etc.)?
  • What energy savings will I get with the new appliance? Will they offset the cost of a new appliance vs. repair?
  • What tax credits are available for purchasing an energy efficient appliance? Will they offset the cost of a new appliance vs. repair?

Whirlpool cabrio best dryerFirst Call’s On Us!

Home-Tech is currently offering to cover your first repair, up to the cost of $200, when you purchase a Gold Service Agreement at the time of your repair. A Gold Service Agreement covers all of your major home appliances and their repairs, without a deductible. Imagine, peace of mind and never having to worry about appliance repair again!  

Appliance Repair Made Easy

We take the guess work out of appliance repair. For more than  33 years, Home-Tech has been the premier appliance repair company of choice for Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Sarasota and Manatee counties. Why do customers call us time and time again? That is easy, because we repair ALL brands. From Whirlpool to Bosch, Thermador to Viking, KitchenAid to Amana, and everything in between, we can fix your appliances right the first time.

Trust in our appliance repair expertise and you can join the thousands of southwest Florida customers who call Home-Tech every time. You can schedule online or call to speak with a local customer service representative at 800-800-8356.