November 28, 2014

Lucky to Have Home-Tech for Air Conditioning and Appliance Repair

attaboy_sealblueHome-Tech customers give testimonials about appliance repair and ac repair work done by Brian.  Attaboy, Brian!

Knew His Stuff

Dear Customer Service,

We just wanted to pass along our compliments to you. The service techs that have come to our place have always been fantastic. Very polite, knowledgeable and professional. Today Brian S. came to deal with an a/c issue. Really great guy. Knew his stuff and was very good at explaining issues. Very impressive.

We always say how lucky we are to have found Home Tech.

Many thanks for this opportunity.

E. Rosen, Naples,FL

Solved Our Problemappliance repair

Writing to let you know what a great job Brian did for us. Took the time to solve our problem without trying to sell us something we did not need.  He is a credit to Home-Tech! Please extend our thanks to him.

G. Haemmerle, Naples, FL

Another Sterling Example

Brian did an above and beyond the call of duty repair job on my freezer last Friday. Another sterling example of competence and customer service from Home-Tech! Attaboy!

W. Dobbins, Fort Myers, FL

Home-Tech washer iconI Would Give Him a 10

Could not ask for better service than I had today on my washer problem. Brian S was here within the promised, time, took care of the problem and was as pleasant as could be. If there is a rating system of 1 to 10 I would give him a 10. Thank you.

J. Lash, Estero, FL

Worked Quickly and Efficiently

Brian S is a great representative for your company. He did an absolutely great job diagnosing and repairing our AC unit. He worked quickly and efficiently. Thank you Home-Tech for a job well done! Kindest regards!

M. McCabe

Provided Clear Answers

Brian and an assistant performed this year’s annual checkup.  Both were extremely professional. Brian carefully explained the need for replacement of certain parts for a UV system, and provided clear answers for all our questions. The appointment was kept with the 3 hour projected time frame.  I was very pleased with the service. Thank you very much.

R. Rabbideau

A True Asset

Good morning -

Brian has just left after doing a superb job on our washing machine. He arrived as scheduled, was courteous, friendly and incredibly polite, a true asset to your company.

Regards -

L. d’Ali

 

Celebrate Senior Citizen Day with an Appliance Repair Service Agreement

seniorsThis month, Home-Tech celebrated National Senior Citizens Day and you won’t be surprised to learn that some folks are happy to step right up and own their special day by treating themselves to a congratulatory lunch out or taking advantage of discount drinks at Happy Hour. I know of one frugal penny-pinching lady who, while still in her mid-40s, did her best to convince cashiers in various area stores that she was old enough for the senior citizen discount — seriously, she’d go shopping without make-up, her hair in a scarf, and wear sensible, but unflattering polyester pants. When she really wanted the discount, like when she went to the movies, she’d wear reading glasses and even fake a slightly frail voice, just to save $3.50, “That’s right, sonny,” she’d say to the ticket-taker, “I’m an old timer; I’m 55.” When she finally did turn 55, she celebrated – and if denied the Senior Citizen Discount, she always had her Driver’s License at the ready.

Not Quite Ready…Father's Day

Meanwhile, I have friends who throw away their AARP invitation and cards whenever they receive them in the mail. They don’t even bother opening up the envelope. They find holding onto their youth to be far more important than saving a buck or two. These are the same people who still got carded for buying beer well into their 40s and like to remind you at every opportunity.

Senior Citizen or Not, We’ve Got Your Appliance Repair Needs Covered

The good news is, whether you’re welcoming senior citizenship with open arms, or you’d prefer to keep it under wraps, you can have it both ways with a Service Agreement from Home-Tech. If you want to feel youthful and carefree, worry lines and wrinkles will smooth right out when you’re guaranteed that if one of your appliances breaks, Home-Tech will have a qualified technician to your home before you know it.

home tech gold service agreementYou won’t have to sit around, wait, or furrow your brow. On the other hand, if you pride yourself on being a Senior Citizen and saving big bucks, then you’ll love that we have two Service Agreements to choose from – Gold and Silver. You pay one price for the year and SO much is taken care of. Gold includes unlimited Service Calls and both Agreements provide emergency service, 7 days a week, including holidays.

So, whether you’re welcoming your golden years and silver hair, or you’re a little slower about celebrating the next chapter, Home-Tech celebrates YOU – Senior Citizen, or not.

Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers Perfect for Your Ice Cream

icecreamdayAh, the energy and impatience of youth — those were the two main ingredients that went into making homemade ice cream back in the day. And since National Ice Cream Day fell on the calendar this past Sunday (we here it Home-Tech actually prefer to celebrate the holiday all month long — oh, never mind, let’s be honest — all YEAR long), let’s look back on the days of homemade ice cream and let’s look into the perfect storage for your ice cream – refrigerators with bottom freezers.

Grandma’s Ice Cream Was The Best

Sure, you could buy ice cream at the store, but there was nothing like the rich, smooth, sweet, fresh taste of homemade — and usually, it was Grandma’s recipe, which meant eggs, sugar, vanilla, fresh cream, and the best, most important ingredient of all — Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. If you were lucky, your Grandma let you lick the inside top of the can (so good!). Next came the hard part, which meant dealing with with the ice, the rock salt, and that incredibly heavy wooden and cast iron contraption known as an Ice Cream Maker. And that’s when the adults kicked back with a cold glass of sweet tea and put the kids to work cranking.

Building Muscles and Appetitesbottom freezers

For folks 40-ish and older, childhood just wasn’t childhood unless you did your time cranking the ice cream maker — and you had to keep cranking, fast and constantly, to churn the ingredients. If you got lazy and stopped, you’d just end up with really thick cream instead of the fluffy, delicious, and most importantly, cold, ice cream you craved on a hot July day.

bottom freezerFreezing Your Sweet Creation

While things seemed better way back then, let’s remember that everything was also smaller, including freezers, so there wasn’t much room to fit ice, frozen meat, other staples, plus a carton of homemade ice cream — so you had to either eat it quick, or your Grandma had to do some creative freezer puzzle work. Something that HAS gotten better since childhood is freezers — and Home-Tech carries a variety that not only will fit your budget, but all the ice cream you want — homemade or store bought. One of the most popular models these days is the bottom drawer freezer and Home-Tech boasts proven, quality brands from manufacturers like Bosch, KitchenAid, Maytag, and more — and plenty of these Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers feature money-savings rebates. Just stop into one of our sparkling showrooms in Bradenton or Fort Myers.

Here’s the Recipe

And now that you’re in the mood for ice cream, check out this super easy recipe (no ice cream maker required — you already did your time at the crank):

1/2 cup of cold milk
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 (14 oz.) can of sweetened condensed milk
1/8 teaspoon of salt
1 pint of heavy cream

In a medium bowl, stir together cold milk, vanilla, condensed milk, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat heavy cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold milk mixture into whipped cream.

Pour into shallow 2 quart dish, cover and freeze for 4 hours, stirring once after 2 hours or when edges start to harden. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to 10 days. Yields 12 tasty servings.

 

The Best Microwave – Home-Tech Recommendations

best microwavesWhen it comes to investing in the best microwave, we decided to talk to the experts in Home-Tech’s Fort Myers sparkling appliance showroom. There was a time when owning a microwave was a major luxury and consumers had to save their pennies to be able to afford one. These days, you can walk into just about any grocery store or even pharmacy and pick one up in between the styrofoam beer coolers and box fans — but, are you getting one that’s going to break down after a few months? It may be a bargain, but it’s not what you bargained for.

Less Service Calls . . . More Reliability

The technicians at Home-Tech repair microwaves in SW Florida homes each and every day so they know which brands are the most reliable. The appliance store only provides the best microwave brands with all the bells and whistles and that last the longest.  The appliance sales reps at Home-Tech walked us around the showroom and gave us a tour of the best of the best when it comes to microwaves. Yes — there are some snazzy features you’ll love, but most importantly, these appliances are reliable and THAT’S what it’s all about.

Here are the top three BEST microwave recommendations from Home-Tech:

The G.E. Profile (model #PVM9179SFSS)best microwaves 2014

  1. This sleek, stainless steel Convection Over-The-Range Microwave Oven not only looks great, it’s a G.E., and according to our experts, that means less calls for service.
  2. There are two oven wire racks, which makes multi-tasking easy.
  3. Plus, it’s also a convection oven — two great appliances in one!

The Bosch 800 Series Convection Over-The-Range Microwave Oven (model #HMV8052U)

  1. Another quality manufacturer that the appliance store at Home-Tech loves is Bosch.
  2. With an automatic defrost function and a sensor that lets you know when your food is done, this microwave is one of the best, most trustworthy appliances on the market.

The Whirlpool Microwave Hood Combination (model #WMH76719CS)

  1. Another solid, reliable microwave that will keep you cooking, not calling for service.
  2. This one not only features sensor cooking, but it doubles as a steamer.

You can see these top three recommendations and many more quality top of the line microwaves at one of Home-Tech’s showrooms or at www.home-tech.us.  Check them out and you’ll be cooking in your dream microwave in no time!

Appliance Insurance – Beware the Middlemen

PrintEmployee owned Home-Tech has been repairing appliances and air conditioning for over 33 years and Service Agreements, the perfect hedge against expensive repair bills. We have seen a lot of “appliance insurance” products popping up recently from banks, insurance companies, home warranty companies and even utilities that offer a lot of “big talk” about taking care of your appliances and ac units when they break down. Well here’s the skinny on all of this.

Those companies are middlemen, desk jockeys that only want to collect their fee and pass your repair off to unknown subcontractors. They don’t directly take care of your repairs like Home-Tech does. They are NOT local companies and they are not employee owned.

Be Wary Of This

  • Is there any emergency, after hours service?
  • Is he in a marked vehicle?
  • Is he licensed, fully trained, background checked, and drug free?
  • When will he get there? Will it be days? Weeks?
  • Is he qualified to repair your equipment?
  • Will you have to pay a service call fee?
  • Will he have the necessary parts on his truck?
  • Is his work guaranteed in any way?

Let’s face it!  A bank, an insurance company, home warranty company or a utility company are not in the repair business. You are really rolling the dice when you go with one of these companies. So, beware the middleman. Learn how Home-Tech’s Service Agreement differs from what the middlemen offer.

Go Localappliance insurance

Go with the local favorite in SW Florida -employee owned Home-Tech. Thousands of customers have been pleased with our service and continue to renew their Service Agreements year after year. Ask your neighbors who they use when they need an appliance or ac repair. Home-Tech repairs all brands, all makes and models. With over 90 trucks on the road every day you will see us over and over again out in your community making repairs.  Again and again you will hear about Home-Tech throughout SW Florida.

Appliances Have Come A Long Way, Baby – Which Means Happier Moms!

vintage washerAs you order flowers, pick out the perfect card, and make brunch reservations for Mother’s Day, we here at Home-Tech are reflecting on how much easier moms have it in 2014 than back in yesteryear. Sure, we still work hard at keeping our homes in shape, raising kids, and maintaining a career – but, looking back at how primitive appliances once were, you’ve got to wonder how our grandmothers and great-grandmothers managed without anti-depressants or spa days.

Washing Woes

In 1940, grandma had to first fill her brand new state-of-the-art washing machine with water. She then had to feed each item of clothing, one by one, through a ringer – then she had to hand crank the clothes clean. You can still purchase a vintage washing machine for mom on some Internet sites, but unless you want to be disinherited, I suggest a diamond tennis bracelet instead.

Ice, Ice, BabyGE Kitchen

We’ve made leaps and bounds with refrigerators, too. In the 1920′s, our foremothers had to contend with ice boxes. An ice box didn’t mean little cubes for your Diet Coke or a freezer for your Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. It meant a wooden box with a block of ice in it — period. And great-grandma had to hope for the best that the ice man would cometh on the regular. If not, there was no Febreeze back then to mask the smell of spoiled food.

Dish Pan Hands

As far as dishwashers went in the turn-of-the-century, moms had to first pump the water into a bucket and then transfer it into two tin tubs – one for washing and one for rinsing – but, first, she probably had to make her own soap. Even as fancy and easy as dishwashers are today, we suggest NOT letting mom touch a single dirty dish on Mother’s Day. Breakfast in bed on a tray with a rose and a mimosa is the recommended way to go – and by the time she decides to get up, the kitchen should sparkle.

Home-Tech has the best appliances by Maytag, G.E., Bosch, and more to choose from and to make mom’s life easier (a weekend at a resort is always a good idea, too). Happy Mother’s Day!

Appliance Repair – Girls Don’t Wanna Worry

appliance repair red hat ladiesThis past week, we celebrated Red Hat Society Day, when thousands of Red Hat Ladies around Southwest Florida did what they do best – they dressed up in red and purple with some feathers and some sparkles thrown in – and got together for lunch, the theatre, shopping and more. And Red Hat ladies don’t relegate these outings for just one day a year, they have fun every chance they get. We can all learn a lesson from our lovely friends in the Red Hat Society. Life is far too short to fret about appliance repair or air conditioning repair needs when you could be out having fun. That’s why we here at Home-Tech are so thrilled to offer options when it comes to our Service Agreements. Your air conditioning and every major appliance in your home can be covered and you can enjoy the peace of mind knowing it.

All That Glitters is GOLD and SILVERhometech red hat ladies

Our Home-Tech GOLD ($379 – $499, plus tax, per year) gives you unlimited service calls, including clean and check – plus parts and labor, and is designed to help you with a worry-free lifestyle. Or check out Home-Tech SILVER  ($99 – $199, plus tax, per year). That means all parts and labor are included (customer is responsible for service call fees). Our Service Agreement Department can help you with the various options within both levels of Service Agreements, so come stop by and say hi (red hat is optional) and let them explain the details or just give us a call today.

So, gather your girlfriends, raise a glass, and let Home-Tech handle your appliance and air conditioning repairs.

 

While You Putt and Pitch – Home-Tech Masters Appliance Repairs

Golf DayLast week, America celebrated National Golf Day, but we all know that if you live in sunny Southwest Florida and you love golf, EVERY day is Golf Day. The Masters Tournament — featuring a great Sunday afternoon with green jacket winner Bubba Watson and runner-up, Jordan Spieth, was this past weekend and golf is in the air – and if one of your appliances needs some work on its drive, Home-Tech won’t make you miss your tee time by sitting around and watching the Golf Channel while you wait for a repairman to show up. Home-Tech customer service will set up a time for your repair and you will get a call from your technician to let you know when he will be there.

You’ll Have Time for all 18 Holes

We know your time is precious and when it’s a gorgeous day on the course and there’s a beverage cart nearby, we want you out there, swinging away and giving Tiger a run for his money (okay, maybe that’s a stretch). We want to see you in your Ian Poulter-inspired pink plaid pants, a lime green shirt, and a white belt as you honor your favorite sport on a bogey-free day, hammering birdies, and trying not to throw your putter down in despair. That’s why so many SW Florida homeowners love being Service Agreement Members. They love the convenience of knowing who to call, when we’ll get there, and that your appliance repair will get done right the first time!service vehicle

Lightning Fast

While you don’t want any lightning strikes while you are on the course, we do know that you’d like a lightning fast appliance repair. Home-Tech has been providing fast, emergency service for 33 years – and we serve in five Southwest Florida counties. Unlike other companies, we won’t make you waste what could have been a great day on the golf course while you wait for one of our expert technicians. So, grab your clubs, get to the greens, and worry about your swing – not your appliance repairs.

Home-Tech Announces European Appliance Break Through!

washer2The newest in technology and innovation has come EXCLUSIVELY to Home-Tech. We’re thrilled to report that Home-Tech is the only appliance retailer in the United States to carry the latest in innovation and technology from the brand new French Appliance Designer, Avil Trompier.

While Avil Trompier is new, the design company, located in Menteur, France is already receiving rave reviews and accolades in the appliance industry — and Home-Tech is introducing the La Laundry Extraordinaire!

It Does Everything

The experts at Avil Trompier have been working on this inventive new washer and dryer package at their headquarters in Menteur, France since 1996, and finally, they’ve unveiled a machine that has the appliance industry amazed. You simply load your laundry in and push a button as a dispenser senses how much water and detergent is needed and fills automatically. After the rinse and spin cycle is complete, the La Laundry Extraordinaire becomes a dryer, with air coming from small holes in the barrel.

But, That’s Not All

French designers were able to add a whole new element! After the laundry is dry, a component within the machine then separates and folds everything in the La Laundry Extraordinaire. When this process is complete, your freshly folded laundry is rolled out onto a conveyer belt. But before you have to put it away, grab a chair and pull it up to La Laundry Extraordinaire as something truly revolutionary happens (leave it to the French to come up with something so fabulous). Slide your bare feet up to La Laundry Extraordinaire and sit back as prosthetic, life-like hands emerge from inside the machine to give you a one hour foot massage. Yes, that’s right — Avil Trompier has you covered in every way!

Note: Avil Trompier is easily translated into English (Avil is French for April; Trompier is French for Fools). Happy April Fool’s Day from Home-Tech — and let’s hope somebody comes up with La Laundry Extraordinaire SOON. Meanwhile, Home-Tech has you covered for all you appliance needs.

 

 

 

 

 

March Madness – Home-Tech Appliance Style

appliance-money-wheelThe college basketball world is well into the hoopla of March Madness and our very own Florida Gators get to dance at the Sweet Sixteen Party this week (chomp, chomp!) and while we here at Home-Tech are rooting on our respective teams, we’ve also got some very merry March Madness of our own happening in the world of state-of-the-art appliances and serious savings for you. So, come on down to the court and let’s shoot for some cash back!

Run and Gun With Rebatesappliances - electrolux - laundry

You can score a $100 rebate with the purchase of a qualifying Frigidaire refrigerator or range if you make a run to Home-Tech by March 31st. Also, playing only during the month of March, a $300 rebate with a purchase of qualifying Electrolux Laundry Pairs – and trust us, that’s no foul. You get a bonus free throw when it comes to Bosch appliances – that means up to a 10 percent rebate of qualifying Bosch Kitchen Packages. You’ll hear the swishes when you get those rebate checks or gift cards!

bosch kitchen packageDon’t be a Bench Warmer

There are more money shots where those came from in one of our two appliance stores, and when you score, Home-Tech has your back with our Service Agreement Program. So dribble on down to one of our appliance showrooms and let one of our best team members show you what March Madness means at Home-Tech!