Avoid Refrigerator Appliance Repair Costs with Regular Maintenance

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We know it sounds strange for a company whose livelihood revolves around charging for appliance repair to tell you how to avoid repair costs. The fact is, our goal is to help you get the most life out of your appliances. Sooner or later everyone needs the help of an expert, so we’re not worried about decreased demand for our services. Consider the following checklist for maintaining your refrigerator to avoid premature refrigerator appliance repair.

  • Regularly vacuum the fan and condenser coils every three months, more often if you have pets that shed. The coils are located at the bottom of the front of your refrigerator, as well as on the back.
  • Ensure you are getting a snug seal by cleaning and inspecting the door gasket every three months. Clean with warm, soapy water and replace when it becomes damaged.
  • Unless you have a zero clearance or front-vented unit, be sure there is an appropriate amount of clearance on all sides of your unit. This will ensure proper ventilation and function.
  • If your unit has a water filter, be sure to replace it when the refrigerator’s indicator light is displayed. If your unit does not have a light, every six months is a good rule of thumb. Regular replacement not only ensures you are getting clean ice and water, but it prevents clogs and leaks.
  • Regularly check to see if your unit is level. This can prevent future icemaker problems.

The bottom line is the life of any appliance can be maximized with proper maintenance. At some point, your unit will require professional care. When it does, contact us for an honest appraisal.

Appliance Repair Training: Your New Career Is Waiting

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Are you unhappy in your current job?  Would you love a career that challenges you on a daily basis?  Are you looking to acquire a trade that will benefit you regardless of where you live?  If that sounds like you, Fred’s Appliance offers appliance repair training that will help you get started in a career that you’ll love.  If you’ve always been interested in fixing appliances around your home, or if you simply think you’d like to try something new, appliance repair is a growing occupation that will provide you with multiple job opportunities.

At Fred’s Appliance, our appliance repair training program is a hands-on technical program that will give you all the tools and expertise you’ll need to jump start your new career.  Have you always wanted to work for yourself?  Appliance repair is a great business to start if you’ve had a dream of owning your own company.

When you attend our appliance repair school, you’ll get more than just technical knowledge.  While learning how to repair multiple appliances is imperative for this type of work, it’s also important to understand good customer service skills.  You’ll learn how to handle everything from customer complaints to basic communication skills.  You’ll also receive an incredible amount of computer training.  You’ll be able to easily access the Internet and find what you need once you’ve completed our program.

Life is too short to keep working in a job you don’t like.  If you’re ready to make a change in your life and you think appliance repair training might be the career you’ve been looking for, we’d love to talk to you.  We’ll give you the information you need to decide if Fred’s Appliance Academy is the right fit for you.

For more information about our appliance repair training program, contact us today!

VIKING RANGE CORPORATION ACQUIRED BY MIDDLEBY CORPORATION

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GREENWOOD, Miss. (December 31, 2012)

Fred Carl, Jr., Founder, President and CEO of Viking Range Corporation, announced today that Viking has been acquired by Middleby Corporation of Elgin, Illinois.

Viking, based in Greenwood, Mississippi, is the industry’s leading manufacturer of professional category appliances, a segment of the residential major appliance industry it created in 1987 when it introduced the first Viking range.  Middleby is a leading producer of commercial cooking and food processing and packaging equipment for the foodservice industry.  With more than 30 brands, Middleby manufacturers, sells, distributes and services its products worldwide.  Middleby is a publicly-traded company (NASDAQ: MIDD) with a strong track record of acquiring and growing companies.

“I am excited about the future of Viking as it becomes a part of the Middleby Corporation. I have always had a great deal of respect for Middleby, a company I’ve known well over the years, and very much look forward to becoming affiliated with an organization that has such a strong and impressive track record,” said Carl. “We are looking forward to launching a new product line in 2013 and excited about the great R&D and innovation Middleby brings to the Viking brand, including their truvection, induction and speed cooking technologies.”

“We are delighted to add Viking Range Corporation to our portfolio of highly respected companies,” said Selim A. Bassoul, Chairman and CEO of The Middleby Corporation.  “As our entry into the residential appliance industry, we see many synergies and growth opportunities between Viking and our existing business units.  We hope to aggressively grow and expand the Viking brand and add to their product offerings for the residential market.”

Mr. Bassoul emphasized that Viking will remain headquartered in Greenwood and will maintain its current operations there. “It is our intent to help Fred and his team to continue to grow Viking right there in Mississippi where it’s been since he started the company,” he added.

Stephens Inc. served as financial advisors to Viking in the transaction.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The Middleby Corporation is a global leader in the foodservice equipment industry. The company develops, manufactures, markets and services a broad line of equipment used for commercial food cooking, preparation and processing. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the commercial foodservice industry include Anets®, Beech®, Blodgett®, Blodgett Combi®, Blodgett Range®, Bloomfield®, Britannia®, Carter Hoffmann®, CookTek®, CTX®, Doyon®, FriFri®, Giga®, Holman®, Houno®, IMC®, Jade®, Lang®, Lincat®, MagiKitch’n®, Middleby Marshall®, Nieco®, Nu-Vu®, PerfectFry®, Pitco Frialator®, Southbend®, Star®, Toastmaster®, TurboChef® and Wells®. The company’s leading equipment brands serving the food processing industry include Alkar®, Armor Inox®, Auto-Bake®, Baker Thermal Solutions® (formerly Turkington), Cozzini®, Danfotech®, Drake®, Maurer-Atmos®, MP Equipment®, RapidPak® and Stewart®. The Middleby Corporation has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Best Small Companies every year since 2005, most recently in October 2012.  For more information about The Middleby Corporation and the company brands, please visit www.middleby.com. 

Viking Range Corporation is a culinary lifestyle company and major appliance manufacturer that originated ultra-premium commercial-type appliances for the home. Viking is headquartered in Greenwood, Mississippi. Viking major appliances are sold through a network of premium appliance distributors and dealers worldwide, and Viking culinary products are sold through a network of premium gourmet retailers.  For more information about Viking Range Corporation, please visit www.vikingrange.com.

LG Recalls Top-Loading Washing Machines Due to Risk of Injury

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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Communications Washington, D.C.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2012
Release #13-073
LG Recall Hotline: (855) 400-4639
Sears Recall Hotline: (888) 812-2935

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

LG Recalls Top-Loading Washing Machines Due to Risk of Injury

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Top-Loading Washing Machines

Units: About 457,000

Manufacturer: LG Electronics Inc., of South Korea

Hazard: An unbalanced load can cause the washing machine to shake excessively and the drum to come loose during use, posing a risk of injury to consumers and property damage to the surrounding area.

Incidents/Injuries: LG has received at least 343 reports of washing machines vibrating excessively, of which at least 187 involved minor property damage. One minor injury has been reported.

Description: The recall involves three LG and three Kenmore Elite Brand top-loading washing machine models manufactured between February 2010 and November 2011. The units come in beige, white and graphite steel colors. Recalled washing machines have the following model and serial number ranges:

Brand Model Serial Number Range
LG WT5001CW 002KW*******
WT5101HV through
WT5101HW 111KW*******
Kenmore Elite 29002 005KW*******
29272 through
29278 111KW*******

The model and serial number can be found on a label fixed on the rating plate on the top back of the washing machine.

Sold at: LG models were sold at Best Buy, Home Depot, Kmart, Sears and local retailers nationwide. Kenmore Elite models were sold at Kmart and Sears. All were sold from April 2010 to December 2012 for between $899 and $1,099.

Manufactured in: South Korea

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact LG or Sears for a free in-home repair of the machine. Consumers will also receive supplemental information to be inserted into their owner’s manual and a new caution label to be placed on the washing machine. Consumers who have observed their recalled washing machine shaking excessively should immediately stop using it. Consumers should be aware that loading their machines with water-proof or water-resistant items, such as mattress pads, mattress covers and similar items, increases the chances of loads being unbalanced.

Consumer Contact: For LG; toll-free at (855) 400-4639, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT Saturday, or online at www.lg.com/us and click on Public Notices. For Kenmore or LG washers purchased at Sears or Kmart; toll-free at (888) 812-2935, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Saturday, or online at www.sears.com and click on Customer Service Home then Product Recalls in the Product Information section.

LG WT5001CW LG WT5101HV
LG WT5101HW Kenmore Elite 29002
Kenmore Elite 29272 Kenmore Elite 29278

 

Location of the rating label on the washer

 

Rating label with the serial number

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.