Refrigerator Maintenance: Keep the Condenser Clean

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 This post is provided by Fred’s Appliance Academy and used for training purposes.  

As the summer months approach and as temperatures rise, customers may notice that their refrigerators will be running a lot longer than usual.  Their refrigerators may be warm if not hot to the touch. These symptoms may be caused by a dirty condenser or a faulty condenser fan motor caused by a dirty condenser.  We recommend checking the condition of the condenser regardless of the customer complaint.  

These types of issues just don’t happen in the summer months, in fact, they can happen at any time of the year especially with customers that have pets in the home. The condenser is part of the sealed system and is designed to expel the heat from the refrigerator.  We recommend that customers clean the condenser every 6 months.  If you have pets, we would recommend checking every other month since hair clings to the condenser.  

To Clean a condenser coil:

  • Use a vacuum to clean, a brush also works but on its own will not remove the dust. It will just move the dust around
  • If the buildup will not come off with a vacuum, take 3 towels and cover the front and sides of the bottom of the refrigerator.  Ensure that you get the customer’s permission before attempting this more extreme measure.  
  • Then take compressed air and blow the dust from the back of the unit. The air is being pulled in from the front bottom of the unit.
  • Some condensers can be accessed from the front but the back will still need to be maintained.

By keeping the condenser clean the unit will run more efficient and help extend the life of the refrigerator. Offering to clean the condenser on every job no matter if a tech is there for the refrigerator or for a different appliance is a great way to help your customers prevent future repair issues.  

Schedule Refrigerator Appliance Maintenance Before Summer Break Begins

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Appliances are definitely wonderful pieces of equipment that help us get through our everyday lives until these appliances break down. You can avoid giving yourself some major headaches this summer by making sure your appliances are being properly maintained.

We want to give you some routine refrigerator maintenance tips so you will not have to worry about going into your summer vacation fund to pay for costly repairs.

Give The Coils A Good Cleaning

One of the most important things you should remember about your refrigerator is that it needs to be cleaned on a consistent basis. Before the summer heat begins to creep through your house, you should make sure you have given your refrigerator a thorough cleaning. First, you have to pull your refrigerator out from the wall. After you have pulled the refrigerator from the wall, you should give your refrigerator’s coils a good cleaning.

Do You Hear Anything?

When your coils are cleaned, this will prevent your refrigerator from overheating. If you hear any strange sounds or if you think anything may be broken, you should make a note of it. You should not ignore any issue you may find; you should contact a professional appliance repair service, even if you think the issue is no big deal. If you contact an appliance repair service in time, you may be able to save yourself from paying a significant amount of money to have the refrigerator repaired.

Door Seals

When any cool air starts to leak out of your refrigerator, this could be due to your refrigerator not being properly sealed. When your refrigerator is not properly sealed, your refrigerator will have to work twice as hard to operate at the right temperature. You do not want to waste money on food, do you? If your refrigerator is working overtime to cool, you may be forced to throw some of your food in the trash because it is not being cooled properly.

If you want to know the status of your door seal, you should place a piece of paper in the door. If it is not difficult for you to pull that piece of paper out of the door, you have a problem with your refrigerator’s door seal. You should definitely call your local Cleveland appliance repair service.

If you have children, you are already aware of how popular the refrigerator is. Your refrigerator is probably everyone’s favorite appliance in the house because that is where everyone looks for their favorite chilled beverages and food. When your refrigerator is regularly maintained, you will not have to worry about warm beverages and spoiled food.

If your refrigerator begins to give you any type of trouble, you should certainly contact a repair service first. We know that you may become frustrated with your refrigerator and feel that the best thing for you to do is replace it. However, you will not know the best option if you do not contact an appliance repair service.

The professional repair service may inform you that your refrigerator’s problem is very minor and could easily be repaired at a very affordable cost. So, if your refrigerator does break down, you should not hesitate to put some trust in an appliance repair service.

We understand that when your appliance breaks down, you want to get it up and running as soon as possible. We are here to help you, so please do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment. Summer break will be here before you know it, and you are going to need to have plenty of cold sodas and water in the fridge.

Cooking Recipes: Use your Kitchenaid Stove to Make these Delicious Praline Coconut Bars

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After getting your new Kitchenaid stove, you may be tempted to try some new cooking recipes or even do a little bit of baking. If you are looking for a sweet, delicious treat that every member of your family will love, you’ll find these praline coconut bars are perfect. Not only are they easy to make, but they will also satisfy any sweet tooth craving you have.

Praline Coconut Bars Recipe

In a large, non-stick saucepan, combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 lb. light brown sugar
  • One-half cup of heavy cream
  • Two tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Bring these ingredients to a rolling boil on your Kitchenaid stovetop, using medium-to-high heat and stirring constantly. Check the mixture regularly with a candy thermometer. It is done when it reaches at least 234 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Once it gets there, remove the saucepan from heat and allow to cool for around 20 minutes. At the end of that time, beat the mixture vigorously with a large spoon for approximately five minutes or so or until it begins to look creamy.
  3. Wait another five minutes and then stir in 3 ½ cups of sweetened flake coconut and 2.5 cups of chopped pecans. Mix these items thoroughly until they are evenly distributed throughout.
  4. Place a layer of waxed paper or aluminum foil on a cookie sheet. This will prevent the bars from sticking to your cookie sheet, ensuring they do not crumble when you remove them. Spraying the cookie sheet with non-stick spray is not recommended, as it could affect the flavor of your bars.
  5. Drop candy by rounded tablespoons approximately an inch or so apart onto your cookie sheet. Shape your dropped candy into bars while the mixture is still warm if you desire perfectly-formed squares; otherwise, you may leave them as is. Allow to stand until completely cool, which should take around 30 minutes or so.
  6. Once your praline bars have set, you are then free to enjoy them right away. Any uneaten bars should be stored in an airtight container at room temperature. These coconut praline bars will remain fresh for approximately one week, so long as they remain covered. This recipe makes approximately 36 one-inch bars.

Variations

You may substitute the coconut in these bars for anyone of the following:

  • Chocolate, butterscotch, or vanilla baking chips
  • Plain or yogurt-covered pretzels, crushed
  • Raisins, cranberries, or other dried fruits

This recipe also works well when you substitute almonds for pecans. Some people will substitute all of the pecans for almonds, while others prefer to use a 50/50 mix or even a variety of mixed nuts.

If you desire a bit of extra sweetness, place a few miniature marshmallows on top of each bar while it is still warm, or add just a dab of marshmallow cream. This will make the bars slightly gooey and less crunchy.

Ways to Enjoy

These praline coconut bars are delicious on their own (or dipped into a glass of milk); however, there are other ways to enjoy them as well. For example, you may:

  • Crumble them and place on top of ice cream, pudding, or yogurt
  • Drizzle with chocolate, maple, or caramel syrup (very tasty if you have added marshmallows or marshmallow cream as above)
  • Break into chunks and add them to a trail mix containing M&Ms, peanuts, and raisins

Praline coconut bars are a tasty treat for times when you need some quick energy or just want something sweet to snack on.

Cooking Recipes: Delicious Potato Dishes Cooked with Your Jenn-air Oven and Microwave

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Who doesn’t love a loaded baked potato or roasted potatoes? But in this day and age of healthy eating, you probably think you can’t indulge in such cooking recipes. Well, you might be shocked to find out that you actually can devour these delicious side dishes because these potatoes just got a healthy makeover! These recipes are full of Vitamin C, protein and flavor and they will go great with a salad, roasted chicken, baked fish or lentil soup. Of course, you could enjoy these recipes by themselves for a lunch too!

Your Jenn-air wall oven is perfect for these scrumptious recipes. Why? The LCD control panel is in full-color, extremely interactive and has controls that are completely menu-driven which helps you pick cooking options such as cooking mode and temperature. A terrific feature is the My Creations; this feature lets you integrate no more than three cooking modes and even saves all the settings for your much-loved recipes. How cool!

But you’ll also need your Jenn-air built-in microwave. This appliance is amazing, isn’t it? With the extensive Speed Cook system you get the combination of convection oven heat for broiling or cooking and the quickness of a microwave. Wow!

Broccoli Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes with Greek Yogurt (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 2 Russet potatoes, large
  • ¼ c. of skim or 1% milk
  • ¼ c. of sharp cheddar shredded cheese, divided
  • ½ c. of non-fat Greek yogurt, plain
  • 2 c. of broccoli, steamed and diced

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400˚ F.

As the oven preheats, use a fork to poke many holes in each potato. Bake the potatoes together in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish on high for 5 minutes; flip each potato over and bake for another 5 minutes or until the potatoes are soft.

When the potatoes are cooked through, cut each one in half, lengthwise.

Scoop the potato out of the 4 halves and place the potato in a medium bowl. Note: To scoop out the potato try scoring it as you would an avocado.

On a greased cookie sheet, lay the four now-empty potato skins.

Mash the potato that’s in the bowl with a fork or potato masher. Next, add in the milk, half the shredded cheese, yogurt and broccoli. Mix until well blended.

When the mixture has a mashed potato consistency, spoon it out between the 4 potato skins being sure to divide it evenly.

Sprinkle the rest of the shredded cheese on top of each potato; bake in the preheated oven for roughly 20 minutes.

If your children are picky eaters, this twice-baked potato recipe is a fantastic way to get them to eat their veggies!

Roasted Rosemary Onion Potatoes (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1⅓ of potatoes, sliced into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • 2 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. of fresh thyme, chipped
  • ⅛ of black pepper, ground

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 450˚ F. Lightly coat a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a big bowl, blend the vegetable oil, thyme, pepper, onion, rosemary and salt; add in the potato chunks and gently toss to coat all sides of the potatoes.

Spread out the potatoes in one layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are tender and golden brown. Be sure to turn the potatoes periodically during the cooking time.

Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the roasted potatoes to a serving dish. Enjoy!

These recipes can be expanded to make great appetizers if you’re having a few friends over. Everyone is sure to enjoy these yummy dishes!

Please contact us for maintenance or any needed repairs on your Jenn-air wall oven and microwave.