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The Pros and Cons of a Convection Oven

Pros and Cons of a Convection Oven

If you’ve spent any time in the kitchen, you have probably heard of a convection oven. But what is it exactly and how does it differ from other ovens? More importantly, is it a better oven than the one you currently have? Here are the pros and cons of a convection oven. Keep reading to find out if your current oven is a good fit for you, or if it’s time to upgrade!

Pros of a Convection Oven
#1: A convection oven is one that uses circulating hot air to heat and cook your food. This is done with the use of a fan, which traditional ovens do not have.  The fan and circulating air mean that heat is evenly distributed throughout the oven; there are no pockets of extra hot or extra cold air. This means that your food is going to be cooked more evenly. No matter what you’re making, you won’t have to worry about rotating the dish or switching from the top to bottom rack. Every spot in your oven is a good one.

#2: If you’re usually in a hurry for those chocolate chip cookies to come out of the oven, you may want to consider a convection oven. Because the heat is so even throughout the oven, you can actually use less heat! Instead of needing to preheat the oven to 400 degrees, you may be able to get away with just heating it to 350 degrees. Not only that, but the circulating air means that your food is going to cook faster too! Which means you won’t have to wait as long for the oven to preheat, and your cookies will come out of the oven even faster!  

#3: As mentioned in pro #1, with evenly distributed hot air it doesn’t matter where you put a dish in the oven. This also means you can cook more than one dish at once without blinking an eye. No need to worry about a drop in temperature when you add something new, or something getting overly cooked while another dish is undercooked. With a convection oven, you can even stack dishes and still get an evenly-cooked dish.

Cons of a Convection Oven
#1 One con when using a convection oven is that you’ll have to make some adjustments off the bat. Since most directions are written for a traditional oven, you’ll have to be able to adjust the temperature and cook time for convection. If you don’t do this correctly, you could get burned or undercooked dishes.  

#2 Some people have had issues with their dough rising in a convection oven. So if you’re a big bread maker or baker, you may want to reconsider. Or make sure you know how to turn off the fan when you’re making bread.

#3 Since a convection oven has a heating element and a fan, as opposed to the traditional oven that just has a heating elements, you are looking at more things that could break. But not to worry, whether you need a repair done on your convection or traditional oven, Peter’s Appliance can get you back to baking in no time. For trustworthy and reliable servicer, contact Peter’s Appliance today!

Refrigerator Repair: Tips, Cost and Guidelines

Having your refrigerator go out is much more of a pain than you might think. Not only do you have to worry about getting it fixed, but in the meantime, all the food that was in your fridge and freezer will need to be relocated to keep your food from spoiling. Not everyone has an extra fridge or freezer sitting around, so this can be quite the predicament! When your refrigerator needs repairs, here are a few tips to help you get it repaired quickly, an idea of what it’ll cost, and some guidelines.

If your refrigerator isn’t working, there are a few things you can do before you call an appliance repair company. It may seem silly, but first and foremost you need to check to make sure your refrigerator is plugged in. Sometimes, for whatever reason, your fridge may have come unplugged. This is a good problem to have if any, because it’s got a very simply fix… plugging it back in!

Next, you  want to make sure the doors and are all closed. You can also try adjusting the temperature dials. See if any of these make a difference in the way your fridge is running. If not, it’s time to check the condenser.

Your condenser is usually located at the bottom or back of your fridge.  This means it can easily become clogged and covered with dust, pet hair, or other debris. When your condenser isn’t regularly cleaned, it greatly impacts the efficiency of your appliance. It’s easy for the condenser to overheat and stop working. One tip to avoid refrigerator repairs is to regularly clean your condenser.

If your refrigerator still isn’t working, you may need to call in an appliance repair company. But is repairing your refrigerator worth it? If you have an older fridge, you may not think so. Most parts are pretty reasonable, just a few hundred dollars or less,  although a new compressor may be expensive. But if your older refrigerator is one you’re not ready to part with, Peter’s Appliance will do all they can to get it working like new.

Newer refrigerators also have many reasonably priced parts (even less than parts for older appliances), but the newer electronic parts can be expensive. Whether your refrigerator is new or old, talking to an appliance repair expert will help you determine the best course of action.

Now, when it comes time to choosing an appliance repair company, it’s important to go with someone your trust. The employees at Peter’s Appliance have been serving  Utah County and repairing appliances for many years. This family owned business is one that is trustworthy and reputable. When you choose Peter’s Appliance you’ll get the best service in town with long-lasting results.

No matter how old or new your refrigerator is, if you want it fixed, Peter’s Appliance can help. The same goes for your microwave, dishwasher, dryer, garbage disposal, oven/stove, and even reconditioned appliances. Whatever the problem, don’t let it slow down your life. Call Peter’s Appliance today!

Why Your Dryer Takes Too Long to Dry

Laundry can already seem like a pretty daunting task; you have to wash, dry, fold, and put everything away, all of which takes time. You may want to throw in the towel (quite literally) if you go to remove your laundry from the dryer only to find that they’re still wet! But before you do, know that there may be a simple fix. Here’s a few reasons why your dryer takes too long to dry.

Reason #1. Heavy Loads
If your laundry is occasionally takes too long to dry, it may have something to do with particular loads of laundry. Cotton holds much more water than synthetic fabric, and if you have a very large load it may make it that much more difficult to dry. For example, if you wash all of your bathroom towels at once. There may not necessarily be a problem with your dryer, but certain loads may just require more dry time. If you are overloading your dryer it may struggle, even if it is in perfect condition! Don’t combine loads and keep them to a reasonable size.

Reason #2. Check the Ventilation
If, however, your dryer seems to take too long all of the time, it’s a good idea to start troubleshooting with the ventilation. In order for the air to flow properly and heat your laundry, the pipe needs to meet a few standards. Most likely you’ll need to have a vent pipe or flexible metal 4” in diameter. Check all along the hose to make sure there are no obstructions, kinks, or no damages. You also need to check the outside of your home where the wall damper is to make sure it is working properly. Whether you’re having dry-time issues or not, it is a good practice to clean out the duct work once a year.

Reason #3. Lots of Lint
If you’re not in a good habit of emptying out the lint filter after drying each load of laundry, you may have found the source of your problems! When lint builds up, it restricts the airflow and increase dry time. That’s why it’s so important to remove any and all lint after each load. If you notice a buildup of fabric softener, it’s time to give your lint filter a deep clean. Just remove the filter and wash it with warm soapy water. Let it dry completely and it should be good as new! If you notice any damage to your lint filter, get it replaced as soon as possible.

Reason #4. Check Your Settings
If you notice your clothes seem much wetter than usual as you transfer them to the dryer, your dryer may not be the problem. Check your washer and make sure you select the correct settings for each load. You may not be choosing the correct spin cycle and the washer isn’t removing as much water as it could be!

If these few simple fixes aren’t cutting it, it’s time to talk to a professional, like the ones with Peter’s Appliance. They will help you get your dryer working in no time so you can get back to having clean, dry clothes!

How to Combat Hard Water in Your Dishwasher

Hard water can be really tough on all of your appliances, including your dishwasher. When your water is full of minerals, those minerals can deposit on your appliances, faucets, and pipes. Over time those minerals build up. This buildup can cause damage ranging anywhere from decrease efficiency to completely ruining your machine. This is true of your dishwasher.

Not only does hard water decrease efficiency, but as hard water dries from your dishes it leaves behind a cloudy white residue on your glasses and silverware. When those same minerals buildup on the inside of your dishwasher, it can lead to rust, and the eventual breakdown of parts. If you know you have hard water, you can eliminate or reduce your risk of costly repairs by doing working to combat hard water in your dishwasher. Here’s how…

Be Proactive
If you know you have hard water, you may want to consider getting a water softener. Not only does hard water negatively affect your dishwasher, it can also wreak havoc on all your other appliances. It can even make it harder to rinse your hair in the shower! A water softener may be a large cost upfront, but it pays off overtime when you get increased efficiency that can lower your utility bills, and help you to avoid costly repairs.

Restoration
Whether you get a water softener or not, if you have had hard water for a while you’ll want to remove the current buildup in your dishwasher. You can do this a few different ways. There are products you can buy from the store specifically designed to remove hard water build up. Just make sure you read and follow the directions. You can also try some common household items to remove buildup as well. Things like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can help remove the buildup (and save you some money too!)
Just fill the bottom of your dishwasher with a few cups of vinegar. Run your dishwasher on low, stopping it halfway through the cycle. Let the vinegar stand for about 20 minutes, then start the cycle again and let it complete.

Maintain
Continue to remove hard water from your dishwasher at least once a month. Add vinegar instead of a rinse aid, and/or add the baking soda to the dishwasher detergent you normally use to help keep your dishwasher free from hard water. You can also try filling a dish with lemon juice, vinegar, or baking soda and leaving it on the top rack during a normal cycle. These techniques all help to disperse your lemon juice, vinegar, or baking soda evenly throughout your dishwasher to prevent buildup.

Maintenance is always the best practice when it comes to your household appliances. But even after taking great care of your dishwasher, oven, or refrigerator, sometimes things just break. If you find yourself with an appliance that isn’t working properly, call Peter’s Appliance. No matter what type of appliance you have, or how old, Pete’s Appliance will get you back to your routine with the appliances you love!

Electric vs Gas Stovetops

On your journey to becoming a homeowner, you’ve probably had run-ins with many different stove-tops. Hopefully you’re at a point where you actually have a choice in the matter! If not, you may be daydreaming about the day when you’re in a position to purchase your own stove. This may leave you wondering what the difference is between electric and gas stove-tops. No matter what your situation may be, here is some helpful information on electric vs gas stove-tops.

Electric Stove
Whether you go with an electric stove or a gas one, you’re probably looking at about the same price range for similar brands and models. In general, your electric stove can cost anywhere from around $600 to upwards of $3,000.
Electric stoves may be the most commonly used as far as stove-tops go. How does it work? When you turn on your electric stove, the wire coils inside the cook top heat up. While you can control how much electricity flows to the burner, you don’t have as much control over the heat as you do with gas.
In some cases, you may be able to reach higher temperate with an electric stove than with a gas one. Electric stove-tops also heat up more quickly than gas ones.
If you have young children that like to help with the cooking, an electric stove may be more appealing.

Gas Stove
While very similarly priced, gas stoves start slightly higher in price (around $800,) and can go over $2,000.
Your gas stove runs on natural gas from your main gas line. With an ignition system, the gas coming out of the burner mixes with air and creates a blue flame. By adding more or less gas, you get incredible control on the heat level. You can visibly see how much heat you’re using, and when you do make changes it is immediate. But with more controls and more options, this also makes cooking consistently on a gas stove more difficult.
Gas stoves without a pilot light are the more efficient option. Although some may also argue that the gap between the pot and the flames slightly decreases the efficiency of a gas stove, as well as using pots that are the wrong size. To combat this, just make sure the flames stay directly under your pot without licking the sides.

Still aren’t sure which is the best for you? You may want to consider a third option – induction. Induction stove-tops use direct electromagnetic energy to heat your pots, rather than using a burner or heating element like an electric or gas stove-top.

No matter what kind of stove-top you end up with, you may run into the occasional malfunction. When that happens, you want to make sure there is a repair company you trust. Peter’s Appliance can help with your electric or gas stove, as well many other appliances. No matter how small or big, old or new your household appliance is, if it makes your life easier, Peter’s Appliance will get it fixed in no time!

How To Clean Your Refrigerator

How To Clean Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home; day-in and day-out it works tirelessly to keep your food cold or frozen. To help it do it’s job properly you should be cleaning your refrigerator often, but some tasks should be done more frequently than others. Keep reading for the daily, weekly, and seasonal tasks you should do to clean your refrigerator.

Daily

Each day you should be wiping up any spills, drips, and splats. Ideally, you should be cleaning these up immediately before they harden and are more difficult to clean up.

As you put things in your refrigerator, you should make sure they are free of drips too; wipe off the rims of bottles and containers, particularly salad dressing and condiment bottles.

You should also be keeping track of the food in your fridge and when it will reach its expiration date. Each day you should remove spoiled or spoiling food to avoid unnecessary messes.
If you need to store leaking items (like defrosting meat) in your refrigerator, be sure to place it on a plate on the bottom shelf.

When you put leftovers in your refrigerator, make sure they are stored in airtight containers to avoid smelly odors.

Weekly

Now that you’ve taken care of the daily tasks, it’s important to pay special attention to other areas that only need to be cleaned once a week. This includes wiping down the doors of your refrigerator. Use a warm cloth with soapy water to clean the door handles where sticky fingerprints easily accumulate. Don’t forget to wipe down the tops and sides of the doors too.

Seasonally

You should be cleaning the doors of your refrigerator weekly, but each season it is important to give the seal on your fridge door some TLC. The gasket helps seal and keep cool air inside your refrigerator, so you’ll want to inspect it for any cracks or rips. Use a warm rag with soap to gently wipe it down and remove any crumbs or dried spills. Thoroughly dry the seal to prevent unwanted growth.

Each season you’ll also want to do a deep clean by removing all of the contents of your refrigerator and wiping down all surfaces. You can use a mixture of baking soda and hot water to clean and remove any lingering odors. (Smelly soaps may later be absorbed into foods!) Remove the drawers and shelves and give them a good washing in the sink. Just be sure to wait until they have warmed to room-temperature and use the same baking soda/water mixture to clean.

Not only should you clean the inside, but you should clean the outside too. This includes the kick plate which can easily accumulate dust.

If your refrigerator is in need of repairs, whether big or small, be sure to call Peter’s Appliance. A refrigerator is an appliance you can’t (or don’t want) to go long without! Peter’s Appliance can get it up and running in no-time. They can also handle repairs for other appliances like your dishwasher, garbage disposal, reconditioned appliances, and even microwaves.

Where to put washer and dryer

The Best Place in Your Home for the Washer and Dryer

Are you new to the homeowner game? Whether you’re building new or renovating an existing home, you’ve had to make lots of decisions. Picking a paint color is easy, but the jury is almost always out when it comes to deciding where your washer and dryer should go. To help you decide, here are a few different options for those large home appliances and why they work best in each particular space.

Off the Kitchen
Many homeowners prefer to have the laundry room just off of the kitchen. Many messes happen in the kitchen, so it makes sense that you’d have to travel less distance to get something soaking or to throw it in the washing machine. The kitchen is also the center of the home and where most people spend a majority of their time, so having the washer and dryer off the kitchen means very easy access.

In the Basement
The basement is also a great place in your home for the washer and dryer. It’s out of the way, but in this instance, it’s just what many homeowners want! You won’t have to worry about the rumble of a dryer disrupting company or movie night, and you’ll keep unsightly piles of dirty clothes out of view. The downside is it usually means going up and down more steps, but if you’re looking for a little extra exercise, this may actually be a plus!

In the Mudroom
If you’re using the logic that you want your washer and dryer near the messiest part of the house, the mudroom is a good choice. If you do lots of adventuring or have a job that requires you to get dirty, you’ll keep your entire home cleaner if you’re able to toss a pair of muddy pants in the washer as you come in the house. It’s also a good spot to keep laundry hidden from visitors.

Off the Master Bedroom
When you get dressed you keep your clean clothes in your room. Why not make it a short trip for your dirty clothes to make it to the wash with a washer and dryer off the master bedroom? If you have other bedroom on the same floor, it will also make trips to the laundry room with dirty clothes short (as well as trips for clean clothes to drawers). As long as it’s not taking up valuable closet or bedroom space, go for it!

It doesn’t matter where you put your washer and dryer if they don’t function properly. If you live in Utah County and you’re looking for someone trustworthy to troubleshoot a stubborn washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, oven, or any other appliance, look no further than Peter’s Appliance. With several years’ experience in both ordinary and quirky home appliances, no matter what needs fixing you can count on Pete’s Appliance to help get your appliances running smoothly so that your life can too. Don’t wait to contact them with any of your appliance needs.

Help! My Fridge Smells Like Mildew

Help! My Fridge Funny Smells Like Mildew…

Maybe you recently returned from a trip to find that while you were away the power went out leaving behind spoiled food in your refrigerator. Or perhaps you’re have just taken a fridge out of storage to begin using it again.

As you open up the door to your fridge you notice a funny smell. You recognize it as mildew. But don’t panic! Before you begin researching new refrigerators there are a few very simple tasks you can perform to get rid of mildew and that unappetizing smell before throwing in the towel, or fridge.

Remove and Clean
To get rid of any mildew or gross smell completely, you want to make sure you remove anything that may be inside your fridge. This includes all food as well as shelves and drawers. Any parts of the fridge that can be removed should be hand washed in the sink.

Note the Seal
Because the seal that locks in moisture and cold air is very susceptible to mildew, it is important to take special note of it when dealing with any funky smells in your fridge. Very gently clean the seal by wiping it down with a water and vinegar solution. Make sure you separate the folds to ensure you don’t miss anything!

Bleach
You can use a solution of 10 percent bleach to clean your fridge and remove any funky smells or growing mildew. Just grab a pair of rubber gloves and get scrubbing! If it is easier, you can put the solution in a spray bottle and spray the inside of your fridge. Obviously if you go this route, you want to make sure you remove everything from inside your fridge before cleaning. Wipe down every surface and rinse.

Baking Soda and Vinegar
If you don’t want to use bleach, you can also use a vinegar and water solution to wipe down the inside of your refrigerator. You can also use baking soda to eliminate unwanted smells! Spread baking soda evenly on two cookie sheets and leave them inside the closed fridge. Let that sit for several days and it should soak up the smell. You can also leave a box of baking soda in your fridge for weeks even after you load it back up with food.

Vacuum
You may not think to vacuum and wipe down the top, bottom, and back of your fridge, but it can actually do a lot when it comes to unwanted smells. The fan that helps circulate cold air inside the fridge can easily get blocked with dust, hair, or other debris. Without good air circulation, you may have a hard time getting rid of that musty smell no matter how diligently you clean. This will also improve the efficiency of your refrigerator and ultimately extend the time needed between services.

Get Help
If none of these trips seem to do the trick, it may be time to call on the professionals. At Peter’s Appliance, no job is to big or too small. Whether you have an issue with unrelenting mildew in your fridge, or an oven that simply won’t work, Peter’s Appliance can help. Contact them today!

Why You Need a Toaster Oven

Why You Need a Toaster Oven

There are so many appliances on the market today, many of which seem impractical and unnecessary.

One appliance you may see regularly in various holiday ads is a toaster oven. Whether you’re cooking for a large family or just for yourself, here’s why a toaster oven is an appliance you need in your kitchen.

The Case For Toaster Ovens

More Efficient

Because it is so much smaller than a traditional oven, it is obviously going to be much more efficient than your oven. It uses less power and takes up less space.

Heating a smaller area will really come in handy during the summer months when just the idea of a hot kitchen makes you begin to sweat!

Easy Reheating

Until now you have probably used your microwave for all of your reheating needs. But here’s where the toaster oven can really change how you think about your meals.

With most models toting a convection mode, you’re going to get even and thorough heating without getting the “soggy” that sometimes comes along with microwave heating.

Quick Baking

If you’re craving a chocolate chip cookie late at night but don’t want to commit to an entire batch, use your toaster oven! The oven should come with a perfectly sized cookie sheet, and the small appliance will heat up quickly.

You can also make things like French fries, fish sticks, and nachos quickly and easily. You’ll get a nice crispy exterior with good flavor in a short amount of time.

Eliminate Other Appliances

Because a toaster oven serves several functions, adding one to your kitchen can actually help you eliminate other appliances.

Your toaster oven, as the name implies, can perfectly toast anything from bread to the bottom of a slice of pizza making your toaster obsolete.

Get Fancy

Using a toaster oven lets you take your food to a whole new level. You no longer need to wait for your toast to pop up before you start adding toppings!

Throw on some cinnamon sugar and butter, or a slice of cheese to get a whole new creation!

Multi-Task

Who says you need a second oven to cook your Thanksgiving (or any other) meal?

If you have a toaster oven you can easily use it to make sides or even roast an entire chicken all while using your traditional oven for other dishes. Roast vegetables, cook fish, or even melt marshmallows and cheese easily in a small space.

Easy Clean-up

Because toaster ovens are so much smaller than your traditional oven, they are much easier to clean. It’s a small space that is easy to access (no need to clean inside your oven trying to scrub up spills!).

And most come with a removable tray so spills and drips are easy to take care of.

A toaster oven is one appliance that can make your life easier and your cooking more enjoyable. Many appliances make every-day life more simple.

If you have an issue with any appliance, be sure to get it fixed right away to take advantage of these easy conveniences. Peter’s Appliance is happy to assist you in fixing all of your gadgets, big and small.

Call or contact us today for expertise with any household appliance!

Detail of male hand while using the microwave

Five Unknown Functions of Your Microwave

If you are like many people who live a fast-paced life with a hectic schedule, your microwave may be one of your best friends. Let’s say you’re rushing to get out the door, it can provide a warm meal in seconds. If you got caught up and don’t have time to boil water on the stove for your instant potatoes, just heat up some water in the microwave! The list goes on and on.

With as much use as you get out of your microwave now, there are actually many uses you might not be aware of. So start the New Year off right and take the ultimate advantage of your microwave with these five unknown functions of your microwave.

 

#1 Sanitize Sponges

After cleaning many dishes and hanging around a wet sink, sponges can become pretty gross. But by zapping it in the microwave you can kill up to 99.9% of germs! Soak your sponge with water (be sure to do this, otherwise you may set a dry sponge on fire!) and microwave for about two minutes. And voila! You have a sanitized sponge.

 

#2 Save Your Stamps

Have you ever accidentally put a stamp on the wrong envelope? Stamps are relatively cheap, but they’re also something you don’t want to waste. If you try to peel it off you may rip the stamp. And if you do manage to get it off you have no way of re-attaching it! With the help of your microwave, simply put a few drops of water on the stamp and microwave it for about 15 seconds. You will then be able to easily remove the stamp!

 

#3 De-Clump Brown Sugar

Clumpy brown sugar makes baking irritating. It’s harder to measure, and also harder to get that cookie dough batter nice and smooth! Moisten a paper towel and put it inside your box of hardened brown sugar. Then, close it up tight and microwave for about 25 seconds. The wet paper towel will help re-moisturize and de-clump the sugar.

 

#4 Get More Juice

If you use a lot of lemon or lime juice in your kitchen, you can get even more out of each fruit by zapping it in the microwave. Just put the lemon or lime in the microwave for about 15 seconds. It’ll be easier to juice the fruit and you should be able to get every last drop more easily!

lemon-squeezer

#5 Quickly Peel Garlic

Peeling garlic is one of the most tedious (and smelliest) tasks in the kitchen. It leaves your fingers sticky and smelly for days! But by putting a clove of garlic in the microwave for 15 seconds, it traps the moisture between the skin and the clove, making the skin much easier to remove.

 

With so many functions available at your fingertips, you want to make sure your microwave is always working in tip top shape. If you have any problems with yours, it’s wise to call a trusted repair company. Peter’s Appliance is a family-owned appliance repair company in Utah County, dedicated to keeping your home running smoothly with the help of all appliances, both large and small. If you need an appliance repaired, contact Peter’s Appliance!