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3 Bad Ideas for Major Appliances

Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Buying Appliances

They see a lot of customers every day at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center, and most purchases are straightforward. But, once in a while there are just situations where appliance applications and usages don't quite make sense. Here are 3 of them:

1. Don't buy an Energy Star refrigerator and then hook up the old energy wasting refrigerator in the garage.

KitchenAid Refrigerator

KitchenAid EnergyStar Refrigerator

One of the major differences between refrigerators built today and those that date back to the 90's or before is energy usage. Many Energy Star refrigerators today will use about the same amount of energy as a light bulb. It's really remarkable just how much electricity you're saving with that new refrigerator. Why then would you buy a new energy efficient refrigerator and then take that 20 year old energy hog refrigerator and plug it in in your garage where it will run day and night? The old refrigerator needs to be taken out of service, and the refrigerant needs to be properly discharged from the unit and recycled. Ask your salesperson at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center (UAKC) about this.

2. Don't buy a new dishwasher with a protruding handle for a corner location. The adjacent cabinet drawer will not open.

Bosch Diswhasher

Bosch Dishwasher - Recessed Handle

Locating a dishwasher in a corner cabinet. is generally a bad idea. Even worse is putting a dishwasher with a handle in a corner location so that the handle prevents the adjacent silverware drawer from opening. If you need to put a dishwasher in a corner make sure that you purchase a dishwasher with a recessed handle. Again, the sales associates at UAKC will be happy to steer you in the right direction if you explain your circumstances.

3. Don't install a micro-hood in an upper cabinet location with no cooktop or range below the hood.

Bosch Micro-Hood

Bosch Microwave Hood

Sharp Drawer Microwave

Sharp Drawer Microwave

A microwave hood combination is two appliances. It is a vent hood for the cooktop or range below, and also serves as a microwave oven. If you only need a microwave, and not a hood, don't install a vent hood that will never be used. If you have a standard 12″ deep upper cabinet, there are microwaves with kits that will enable you to hang the microwave oven under a cabinet. However, with a 24″ wall cabinet a full-size microwave oven and trim kit is a good choice. Another great idea is to install a full-sized microwave in a lower cabinet. Several manufacturers, such as Sharp, Dacor, and Viking even have microwave ovens with motorized drawers that open and close.

Work with professional sales associates such as those at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center and give them all the information they need to help you make a good choice. Call or visit UAKC today for the best selection, the best advice, and the lowest prices on major appliances and plumbing fixtures.

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March 27, 2014
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