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July 28, 2017
When is it time to call for appliance service?Getting Your Appliance FixedHow do you know when to call?Here's when you don't need appliance service: Your refrigerator water filter needs replacement. You should be able to do this yourself. If for some reason you can't, a handyman can do this for you. Your washing machine has an inlet hose that is leaking. Replace the leaking hose (I'd replace both hoses). No need for a service call. The dishwasher is not getting your dishes clean. There could be many reasons for this other than a malfunctioning dishwasher. Maybe the incoming water is not hot enough. Hard water can be a problem. There's not enough or too much detergent. You might need to use a rinse agent, or additive.Here's when you do need to call for service: Your refrigerator is not cooling. You've plugged and unplugged, and tested the electric outlet so that you know your fridge is getting power. Nevertheless, your food is spoiling. Call for service. Your washing machine suddenly made a loud grating sound, and ground to a halt. Now you can't get it to do anything. You need a qualified service agent. The dishwasher will start, fills with water, etc. but it just doesn't do anything. No noise, no water movement, no nothing. Your neighbor says, it's probaly the pump and/or motor.You get the idea. Some simple things like changing filters are not reasons to call for service. When appliances have critical failures, that can't be fixed by turning the power back on, etc. it's time to
July 24, 2017
Keep the old or get a new appliance?Replace or Repair Your Old ApplianceFix the Old or Go to UAKC to buy a New One How bad is the old one? Is your old refrigerator making grinding noises, and keeping you up at night? Really, if you're worrying about having a refrigerator full of spoiled food, you've got a very good reason to consider a new refrigerator. You should be heading down to Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center right now. How old is the old one? If your old refrigerator looks like this: ...then what are you waiting for. Seriously, these days if you get more than 15 years out of your fridge you are ahead of the game. Also, it's not unusual at all for people to hand down a 8-10 year old refrigerator when buying a new home or doing a kitchen remodel. We all have different ways of justifying a new purchase in our mind, and it's certainly reasonable to consider the age and likely failure of an old appliance to justify a replacement. How much is it going to cost to repair the old refrigerator? Well, just the trip charge is likely to cost you in the $50 range, and then there's finding the problem, getting the part which often needs to be ordered, and you know the rest. So, how much are you willing to spend to get your old fridge back in working order? My top price for repairing a refrigerator that is 8 to 10 years old is $250. If it's
December 16, 2016
Buy Appliances Now for Best Deals3 Reasons you should buy appliances NOW.While there is always a chance for prices to rise, there is a very strong possibility that appliances will go up in 2017. Therefore, the 2016 year ending is especially a time to seriously consider buying appliances before the year end - Especially, if you already expect to be purchasing any new appliances in the coming year. Here's why: 1. The housing market is strong. One of the biggest factors driving appliance sales is new home building. The housing market was strong in 2016, and indications are that it will be at least this strong in 2017. Therefore, appliance sales should stay strong and even increase in 2017. With demand steady and even on the rise, prices will likely tic upward.2. New household formation is growing. New appliance purchases increase with new household formations, which are growing as more Millennials begin to pair up, form households, and purchase home goods including major appliances. This will also help push appliance prices upward.3. Appliance replacement cycles have shortened.Buyers have become less willing to pay for durability, more interested in advanced technology, and features, and more willing to replace appliances sooner.These three factors combine to make it very likely that we'll see some price increases in the near future. Since many appliance manufacturers will be issuing new price lists after the year end. January 2017 may bring a number of upward price moves. Potential appliance buyers should anticipate not only price sheet increases, but also for a
March 28, 2016
Appliances for Designers, Builders, Apartment Managers, and MoreUAKC is the best place for trade customers to get their appliancesUniversal Appliance and Kitchen Center has the services you needWhy do members of the trade keep returning to UAKC for appliances and decorative plumbing fixtures? Showrooms. With two luxury showrooms in the Valley, we have a huge selection of all the major brands, and luxury brands including the Wolf and SubZero Living Kitchen as well as many specialty products. Our showrooms are constantly being refreshed, and new products added. Many of our appliances are live, and ready to be demonstrated. We regularly schedule cooking demonstrations, and we're open every day, including most holidays. Local warehousing (availability). We have a large local warehouse receiving and shipping daily, so we have a huge availability that is constantly being updated. Professional sales help. You won't find more helpful, better trained sales associates anywhere. Our team is extraordinarily knowledgeable about our products and the industry. They regularly attend local factory training, and often travel to manufacturer locations around the country to receive extended product training. Local Delivery. We have a large fleet of trucks, delivering throughout the greater LA area and elsewhere in Southern California. Our shipping department regularly ships across the country, where permitted by manufacturer policies. Professional Installation. Our installers have years of experience are factory trained, and authorized. They're thorough and efficient, and we regularly get compliments from our customers for their professionalism and workmanship. Great Prices. As important as our competencies and services are; you're also entitled to great
January 05, 2014
New Years Appliance ResolutionsPlanning Your New Appliance Purchases Considerations for Buying New Appliances Here's a New Year Resolution list for planning your appliance purchases in 2014: Take inventory of your potential appliance needs by determining the age and condition of your existing appliances. If your washing machine is 12 years old, and has been making funny noises, you should anticipate that you'll be needing a new washer sooner rather than later. Budget for appliance replacement. Begin setting aside money to replace that clunky old washing machine. Even if you can fund part of the purchase from this appliance reserve fund, it might mean the difference between getting a "bare bones" product versus the one you really want and need. Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center (UAKC) carries most major brands and models. For example, you can select a new washer from among great brand names such as Frigidaire, GE, LG, Maytag, and Whirlpool. Some appliances get replaced before they have failed, such as in a new kitchen remodel project. Here too, you can do some advance planning. If you're working with a design firm, they can help you get started. The professionals at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center (UAKC) are always there to answer your questions and guide you through the process. Appliances are a big part of a kitchen remodel. Don't blow your budget on granite countertops and fancy cabinets only to find out you can't afford the appliances you've always dreamed of. Allow sufficient upfront order and delivery time for special orders.
March 29, 2012
Suffering from "appliance duress"?I recently heard a pundit comment that most major appliance purchases these days are "duress" purchases. That means that the old clunker quit working and you need to go get a new one NOW. Of course, the old one only quits when you're trying to scrape together the cash for junior's tuition, you just found out you owe the IRS thousands in taxes, and your insurance company rejected the claim for your facelift. I hate it when that happens! So here are three ways you can avoid appliance duress, and live the life that you've always wanted. 1. Don't wait! Shoot your tired old refrigerator now and put it out its misery. Seriously, waiting for disaster to strike when you're least able to handle it makes no sense. 2. Calculate how much you'll save (versus how much you'll spend) by acting now. You know that if your old washing machine is more than just a few years old it's gobbling up gas and/or electricity to heat the water and make all that noise. Don't forget to consider the money you're spending on clothes that are wearing out too soon because that rattle trap you call a washing machine is beating the heck out of your delicates. The point is that these savings are real and will help pay for your new appliance. 3. Set up a Christmas Club for your new purchase. It's a monthly deposit into a separate savings account to build a nest egg for your dream kitchen.