July 29, 2014

Appliance Cleaning 101

Appliance Cleaning 101Happy first day of Spring! It’s officially Spring in Southwest Florida and since most of us shudder at the phrase “spring cleaning”, we at Home-Tech have decided to go with spring sparkling instead! It’s time to make those beautiful appliances of yours sparkle – not just on the outside, but on the inside, too. While students get to be out of school and on spring break (by the way, why don’t adults get a spring break? It should be mandatory!), it’s time for us to open our notebooks and get to class for Appliance Cleaning 101. Maybe you don’t feel like cleaning your appliances because they are so old and broken down. If that’s the case stop by one of our showrooms and pick out some new shiny, sparkling ones.

Delving into the Dishwasher

First, run an empty cycle with white vinegar in the detergent cup to wipe out lime deposits. Next, do the same with powdered lemonade – the citrus agents help get rid of stains. Use a small vacuum attachment to clean the dust out of fan slats.

Meticulous Microwave

Fill a coffee mug with water and fresh lemon slices – put it in the center of the microwave on high for three minutes; wait another three minutes. The steam from the lemon water will not only cut odors, but also loosen grime for easy cleaning. A handy way to clean the turntable wheels is with an old toothbrush.

bad smell in refrigeratorResplendent Refrigerator

Wipe down the inner walls with vanilla extract on a paper towel – a simple and easy way to eliminate odors. Make sure you take out all removable shelves and drawers for a good soak in warm soapy water. Use a vacuum attachment to clean the coils behind the fridge where pet hair and dust accumulate. A great way to clean underneath is with a yardstick – just attach some duct tape to the end and swipe back and forth –- not only will it pick up the dirt – you might just find that earring that you lost last year.

Wonderful Washer

The best way to keep your washer clean and running properly is to not use too much detergent.  Home-Tech recommends you use HE detergent and only half as much as the detergent companies suggest.  If you have a front load washer, we recommend you wipe down the seal around the door with bleach occasionally to help discourage the growth of mold.  Both washers and dishwashers can use a good cleaning with Affresh or Washer Magic.  We sell it in our showrooms.

Delightful Dryerwasher cleaner

Your dryer needs TLC especially around the vent area.  Be sure to keep your lint trap clean and have your ventilation system professionally cleaned to prevent a build up of lint.  It’s a true fire hazard.

Clean Air

Now that our air conditioners will likely start running full-time for the next several, warm, humid months — call Home-Tech for a thorough inspection and clean and check. When you purchase a Gold Member Service Agreement – this service is included.

Sparkle this Spring with Home-Tech!

5 Reasons to Choose the Maytag Maxima XL Washer

appliance maytag maximaWhat if you had a washing machine that practically did laundry all by itself? Wouldn’t it be awesome to get home late from your son’s baseball game, throw his dirty uniform in the washer and then be able to completely forget about it and go to bed? When you got up in the morning you could pull it out of the washer and not only would it be spotless, it’s also dry and ready for his game that day. This isn’t a fantasy.  It’s reality with the new Maytag Maxima XL’s new Overnight Wash & Dry cycle. Pretty slick, huh? If your life is busy, too busy to hassle with laundry, you are going to love this new Maxima XL washer.  You should head on over to one of Home-Tech‘s showrooms to check this out.

Fresh Smelling ClothingAppliance dryer keeping clothes fresh

The new Fresh Hold® Option with Dynamic Venting is new technology in the Maxima XL washer keeps your clothing fresh and allows you to start drying right in the washer. Don’t you hate it when your clothes have sat in the washer for awhile and get that weird smell? With the Fresh Hold® option the washer keeps circulating air for up to 12 hours after the wash cycle ends. There is a very quiet and efficient fan in the back of the washer that continues to circulate fresh air. This means no more odors and with intermittent tumbling every hour it keeps everything fresh and helps keep wrinkles from setting in. This feature costs only pennies per cycle.

appliance dispenser in washer for detergentJust Enough Detergent

Have you ever wondered how much detergent to use? You don’t have to anymore. The Maytag Maxima XL dispenses detergent automatically. You can just fill it up and forget about it for the next 12 loads of laundry.  It allows you select detergent concentration and water hardness. It also ensures detergent is dispensed at the right time to penetrate fabrics and virtually eliminate pre-rinsing.  And it provides better cleaning using less detergent.

Power Spray Technology

This sprays the perfect amount of water and detergent directly onto clothing to start instantly cleaning soils and stains.

PowerWash Cycleappliance water spraying in washer

This 3 step process enables the best cleaning in the industry.  There is an extended wash sequence that keeps the detergent and water continuously moving through your clothing to help loosen stains and ground in dirt.  This washer has a built in water heater which allows you to wash at higher temperatures for stubborn stains.  On select models steam can enhance the cleaning process as well.  The thorough rinse with clean water removes any final dirt and detergent.

25 Towels In One Load!

With 4.1 Cu Ft capacity, the Maxima XL washer is rated to wash up to 24 pounds of clothing.  Most of our customers wash a typical large load at 13 pounds.  So you see, this washer capacity really has all of your laundry needs covered.  Many of you prefer to wash your towels on the cold cycle to keep the color fresh.  Of course if you need your towels sanitized use the handy sanitize cycle which washes at a higher temperature level.

Ready to Take the “Chore” Out of Laundry?

Home-Tech’s appliance experts are on hand in one of our two showrooms to demonstrate this product for you.  You can also shop online day or night on our appliance website.  See the details of the Maxima XL washer now.  You can always call Home-Tech to speak to us at 1-800-800-8356.

 

 

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Laundry Game Changer: PureWash

hometech washing machine purewash applianceDo you have sensitive skin or are allergic to the dyes and additives in laundry detergent? Can you imagine a world without the need for chlorine bleach? How about saving energy use, does that excite you?

Well, let us introduce pureWash, an environmentally friendly appliance designed to work with your washing machine. It adds enhanced oxygen and Photo Catalytic Oxidizers to the cold water supply. To put it simply, water treated by pureWash aids in cleaning laundry and killing bacteria without leaving residual detergent in the fabric.

  • Get dazzling-fresh laundry without detergents, fabric softener, or even hot water
  • The pureWash laundry purifier uses the same technology previously available only to hospitals, hotels, and commercial laundromats for over a decade
  • Produce sparkling clean laundry without any chemicals or additives using cold water and your existing washing machine
  • Reduce your energy consumption per wash load by 80%
  • Never again have to buy detergent or fabric softener
  • PureWash consumes just 36 watts of electricity to power away dirt and grime

Wowing your Washing Machine with pureWash

Home-Tech recommends that you match the correct pureWash model to your  washing machine. There are some HE or high efficiency washing machines that fill faster than others and therefore will need a “high flow” model.  After having the proper model installed, your washing machine will take on a new life. The only use you will  have for detergent will be for spot cleaning extremely soiled or stained items. Other than that, this appliance will do all the dirty work for you.

Once the pureWash is properly installed by Home-Tech’s appliance technicians, you simply operate your washing machine following the manufacturer’s instructions. pureWash is designed to automatically turn on as soon as the washer demands water for the the wash cycle and again for any rinse cycles. The viewing window glows blue and you can see the production of enhanced oxidation bubbles in the tube through the window, so you can see it work!

Wishing for More Out of Your Washer?

Has your washing machine’s performance been spottier than your polka dot skirt? It may be time for a check up with Home-Tech. If you are in the market for a new washing machine shop our online appliance store for all the best brands and most popular models. Our appliance experts are available to answer any of your questions about appliances or even advice on getting the cleanest load possible out of your current washing machine. Call us anytime at 800-800-8356 to schedule service or to speak with Home-Tech.

 

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.

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 Do 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?

First 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 With Home-Tech

We take the guess work out of appliance repair. For more than  30 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.


Appliance Sale – Celebrate the Savings!

“Freedom to Save” on Appliances from Whirlpool, Maytag and Bosch

appliances on sale for July 4th

Celebrate the Savings at Home-Tech

Don’t be sad that we don’t have a long weekend to enjoy our nation’s Independence Day.  Even though the 4th falls mid-week this year, there is still plenty to celebrate.  Imagine putting the finishing touches on a home improvement project, like a laundry room makeover or updating your kitchen appliances.  Really, all you need is that new washer and dryer set or that new refrigerator and dishwasher.  Lucky for you, Home-Tech is sharing the savings on home appliances in our showrooms now through July 4th.

Rebates Make a Big BOOM This 4th

There are big rebates available from Whirlpool, Maytag and Bosch.  All three manufacturers have appliances on sale at Home-Tech, and can provide a rebate on select appliances:

  • Whirlpool: Up to $625 Mastercard rebate by mail with the purchase of select Whirlpool appliances.  Applicable June 28 – July 4, 2012.
  • Maytag: Up to $700 Mastercard rebate by mail with the purchase of select Maytag appliances.  Applicable June 28 – July 4th, 2012.
  • Bosch: Up to $200 Visa prepaid card rebate by mail with purchase of select Bosch dishwashers.  Applicable July 1 – July 31, 2012.

Low Prices  – Worthy of a Celebration

Appliances on Sale at Home-Tech

Home-Tech Saves You Money on Appliances

We would light off firecrackers if we could to let everyone know about our super savings. How about an 18′ cubic ft. refrigerator for as low as $499?  Does a dishwasher for $329 strike your fancy?  What about an electric range for as little as $399?  We have appliances for everyone and every price range.  Just come in the store and see the savings for yourself!

For those looking for something on the higher end, Whirlpool is offering a savings of $700 off the price of their 26 cubic foot stainless steel french door refrigerator, and about $730 in savings off the price (after rebate) of the Whirlpool Duet Front Load Washer and Electric Steam Dryer Pair.

Don’t miss out on Maytag’s 25 cubic feet stainless steel side by side refrigerator.  The sale price is $998 after rebate.  It is has a Store-N-Door Ice Dispenser and is Energy Star rated.  There are also steep discounts on Bosch’s 500 Series, 300 Series and 800 Series stainless steel dishwashers.  The 500 Series is the quietest in its class with 48-dBA.

We are Igniting Savings in Our Showrooms

Want a little more BANG for YOUR BUCK?  Come into either of Home-Tech’s two showrooms and receive a $100 Gift Certificate for use towards an appliance purchase.  How easy is that?  Just stop by either the Fort Myers or Lakewood Ranch showrooms and receive $100!  You can also shop our Online Appliance Store.

Should you have an appliance that needs repair this holiday, we have got you covered.  Call us at 800-800-8356 to schedule a service call.  And, if you would like complete peace of mind, consider purchasing our Gold Service Agreement to cover all of your major home appliances.

Spring Community Events With Home-Tech

Community involvement is very important to the employee owners of Home-Tech.  Here’s what we were involved with the Spring of 2012.

Celebration of Women, CARE Walk/Run and MAR Tech-Tune Up

Home-Tech is proud to be strong supporters of community philanthropic organizations throughout Southwest Florida. Over the past month, we have been busy, appearing at more and more events. From Naples to Palmetto, Home-Tech’s employees have been out in full force supporting our communities.

Our Ladies Rejoice at the Hope Hospice Celebration of Women

Home-Tech at Celebration of Women

Home-Tech at Celebration of Women

Hope Hospice’s Fifth Annual Celebration of Women was an amazing event, one where co-workers, philanthropists, caregivers and friends could recognize all the good we do for each other every day. The theme was Broadway, and was a fundraiser for Hope Kids Care. The children who are a part of Hope Kids live with serious illnesses or grieve the loss of a loved one.  Through this event, those children have a day to celebrate with their families and enjoy moments of joy. Our own women were celebrating at this luncheon, too ~ Sonya Sawyer, Pam Marino, Tracey Hendershott, Margo McQueen, Elise Lipoff Ramer, Sheryl Stahl, Jackie Ryan and Kimberly Riching.  Our ladies enjoyed participating in the Silent Auction, listening to Broadway vocalist, Mark Sanders, while watching a Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show.

We donated a Whirlpool Cabrio High Efficiency Washer and Dryer Set  to the Silent Auction.  The winner was : Judy Fowers!  Congratulations!  The desserts, fashion, women and children were a sight to see. We look forward to participating in this event for years to come.

Home-Tech CARES for C.A.R.E.

Home-Tech at CARE 5K

Home-Tech at CARE 5K

On May 5, Home-Tech was represented at the 5k Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk for the Center for Autism Resources & Education  (C.A.R.E) in Lakewood Ranch.  CARE provides support, education and resources to families and professionals in our community who are facing autism.  It was wonderful to interact with the CARE supporters, Lakewood Ranch community members, as well as Sarasota and Bradenton residents.  The proceeds of the event stay in the community to continually support families with autism.

Tech-Tune Up for Manatee Association of Realtors

Winner of MAR Tech-Tune Up Drawing

Robert B. Grant, Jr. Home-Tech Winner!

On May 2nd, Home-Tech participated in theMAR Tech-Tune Up event in Lakewood Ranch. We had the chance to meet realtors and other exhibitors from our community. There are many who are starting to recognize our trucks and commercials up in the Sarasota and Manatee areas. We are more than happy to inform and educate everyone on the services Home-Tech provides for air conditioning and appliance repair, service and sales.

The winner of our $100 AMEX Gift Card was Robert B. Grant, Jr., a broker for All Brokers Realty in Bradenton.  Thank you, Robert, for coming by our new showroom to see our new appliances and learn more about Home-Tech.

 

 

Washing Machine Laundry Detergent Dispensing

Washing Machine Laundry Detergent Dispensing

Laundry Detergent Dispensing

How Much is Too Much? Remember the old days when a plastic scoop came in your powdered laundry detergent?  There was no question about laundry detergent dispensing.  You just put in a scoop, right?  If things were really grimy, maybe you put in a heaping scoop. Well, today’s laundry appliances and laundry detergents have become more complex. You just can’t blindly add a scoop anymore. It’s actually harmful to your washing machine and can make your skin itchy if you add too much detergent. You can see pictured below what using too much soap does to your washing machine.

Here’s The Scoop

With many people switching to basic liquid and HE detergents, there is no more scoop.  Now we deal with a cap.  How much should you pour in a cap . . . the whole cap, half a cap?  It’s a mystery.  Where’s the line?  With a front loading washer you use less than you use with a top loading washer, but how much less?  How much is too much?

Whirlpool Duet with Detergent Dispenser Washing Machine

Whirlpool Duet with Detergent Dispenser

Fill It and Forget It

Whirlpool® has created an ingenious bulk laundry detergent dispensing container that you only have to fill once a month!  This option is available with the Whirlpool Duet® washers with Precision Dispense Ultra.  You simply remove the blue cartridge, fill it (once a month), put it back in and the washer does the rest.  The washer measures out the right amount for each load based on the size and the soil level.  That is some helpful technology!

Now everyone in the family can get it right.  When you, your mate, or your kids do a load of laundry, it will be with the correct amount of detergent.  This dispenser holds enough to do 36 loads!  You will use detergent more efficiently and not damage your washing machine by using too much.  There is no more guesswork.  And, the control panel lets you know when it’s time to refill the dispenser again.

And if you are measuring your detergent by hand we recommend no more than two (2) tablespoons of detergent for a regular sized load.  Of course detergent companies are going to tell you to use lots more because they want to sell more detergent. Also, take it really easy on the fabric softener.  Less is more for the health of your machine.

Shop With Home-Tech
laundry drum dirty from detergent

If you are interested in this ENERGY STAR® Whirlpool Duet® washing machine, now would be a good time to check it out.  You can either stop in our showroom or Shop Online.  Our appliance specialists are ready to answer any questions that you may have.

Not only do you get a knowledgeable staff to help you pick out your laundry appliances but you also get 33 years of experience, being in the service business. When we give you a tip to care for your appliance you can trust us. We have seen the damage caused by improper care for many years. We also know which appliances break down the most often and which do not. This makes shopping with Home-Tech a perfect fit for you. Advice you can rely on and then follow up service if you need it.

Call 800-800-8356 or fill out our request form for anything we can help with. You’ll be glad you did.