Appliance Buying Tips

We here at The General Appliance Store want to make sure you get the right appliances. Here are a few tips on how to go about purchasing your new appliances the right way!

  • Refrigerators
    • Make sure to measure the cabinet opening and not the old refrigerator dimensions. New refrigerators are much different in size even compared to 8-10 years ago.
    • Check the type of water connection to the refrigerator (if you have one). Make sure you have a good working valve that turns on and off easily and that shuts all the way off with out drips. Any refrigerator with a dispenser you'll want to make sure that you have good water flow. You might want to have the valve replaced with a newer one if you don't have good water flow.
    • When buying a french door style refrigerator you'll want to make sure that you don't have a wall or a cabinet that is tight to one side that sticks out more than 28". If you do you may have an issue getting that door fully open and you'll be very disappointed.
  • Ranges
    • Most ranges will be a "standard" 30 inches wide. However, you'll want to measure that just to be sure.
    • When buying a range be sure to factor in how much you use the features you currently have and how much you'll use any new feature. For example; a convection oven is great but it's an expensive option and if you don't bake much, you might be over spending. Same goes for a double oven range.
    • Smooth top ranges are great for everything but pressure canning. Most manufacturers will state this right in the manual to the product.
    • When buying an range with a double oven, convection oven or a slide-in style oven you'll want to be sure to read the installation instructions carefully on where to place the outlet / gas valve. If either of these are not in the correct place you could run in to an issue with it sticking out from the wall.
    • If you like to cook on top of your range you'll want to check out the gas ranges with the built in griddle.
  • Microwaves
    • When buying an over the range style microwave you'll want to be sure to measure from the bottom of the cabinet that the microwave will hang from to the floor. Most microwaves will require a minimum of 65". If you go lower than that you could have issues with the microwave being too close to the range for bigger pots and pans
    • Sensor microwaves are extremely nice but you'll pay more. Figure out what you use your microwave for. If it's just basic heating and defrosting you can save money by not getting this feature. Most sensor microwaves will be a higher wattage though.
    • If you use "casserole" or oblong dishes you'll want to get a microwave that can fit that size (normal is 9" x 13") and make sure that the unit has the ability to turn the turntable carousel off.
  • Dishwashers
    • If you want a good dishwasher that will actually wash dishes you'll want to get a unit with at 3 or more spray arms
    • Stainless steel interiors are much more quiet than a plastic tub but will cost a little more. This is something to factor if you have a open concept style of kitchen.
    • If you bake a lot you'll want to consider a dishwasher with a "steam" feature.
    • If you have kids you'll want to consider a dishwasher with an integrated top control panel. This means that the control buttons are on top of the door and hidden by the counter top. This style also is great because most will have a handle on the front of it. This is a much better spot for a towel than the handle of the oven. Any good dishwasher will also have a child lock out feature as well.
    • Higher end dishwashers carry a better warranty on the racks. If you have a high iron content in your water supply this will come in handy when those racks start to rust...and they will.
  • Washers
    • Ok, this may not be popular with some folks but here at Klenk's we will try our best NOT to sell you a front-load washer (and you wont either the first time you get a repair bill). The only time we recommend a front-load style unit would be if you're looking to stack the dryer on top of the washer in a tight space and want to save energy.
    • HE top-load washers are great but there are a lot of different models on the market that all wash differently and are built differently. Make sure you buy a unit with 1000+ rpm spin speed.
    • Most new washers use 50% of the water that a 10 year old or older washer would use. This is good for your water bill but may not be great for stains that are hard to get out. You'll want to pre-treat heavily soiled laundry more before you wash it. Also, because they use so much less water they use a substantially less amount of detergent and fabric softner. This will also save you money buy not having to buy more detergent.
    • Yes new washers have HUGE capacity but that doesn't mean you should stuff it full. Read the manual thoroughly so that you know how to load a newer style washer.
    • If you have very delicate or small items you'll want to get a nylon mesh laudry bag so they don't get sucked into the washer's pump or get ripped apart in the spin cycle.
  • Dryers
    • Make sure that the dryer you're buying matches the capacity of the washer you have or are buying. If the dryer is smaller than the washer this can cause issues with drying time. The more room the clothes have to tumble, the quicker they get dry. The opposite also applies. Long dry times = higher energy bills. Spending an extra $25-$100 on the dryer in the beginning could save you 10 times that in the long run.
    • Make sure your venting is cleaned when you install a new dryer. If you were having issues with the old dryer taking too long to dry you'll have the same issue with the new one.
    • Some new dryers have a sensor option. This is a great feature that takes the guess work out of how long the dryer should take to dry the clothes. It senses the humidity coming off the clothes and shuts down where they are dry.

 

Ok, well we hope that was some good information for you. So when you go to buy your next appliance you'll be more prepared!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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