How to Maintain Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is not unlike other elements of your home that need to be maintained and taken care of in order to keep working efficiently. Some simple maintenance paired with cleaning procedures can help to extend the life of your refrigerator. You’ll only need about 30 minutes to get your fridge back in shape, and you’ll need the following tools:

  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Broom or vacuum cleaner
  • Cleaning rag

Step 1: Cleaning the condenser coils. If your refrigerator’s condenser coils are dusty, they’ll have to work harder. That means your energy bills may go up and the fridge’s life expectancy may go down. Use a vacuum or broom and remove the buildup of dust from the coils once every three months, or once a month if you have pets. You can find the coils either behind or underneath the fridge.

Step 2: Cleaning the drain hole and drip pan. Most refrigerator models use a drain hole and drip pan to remove condensation. Start by removing food particles or mineral deposits from the drain hole (refer to the instructions in your owner’s manual). Finally, scrub out the drain pan.

Step 3: Checking and cleaning the gaskets. Your fridge’s gaskets seal the cool air in and keep warm air out. Check out the gaskets and look for cracks or other damage. To test the efficiency of the seal, put a dollar bill in the door and close it. See if you can pull out the dollar easily because the seal should create resistance.

Step 4: Changing the water filter. If your refrigerator has an ice maker or a water dispenser, it should have a water filter that will need to be changed every six months.

While you’re at it, be sure to remove everything from the refrigerator and throw away whatever may be expired. Next, give every shelf and drawer a good wipe down.

If your refrigerator is too old and grungy, consider an upgrade with a brand new one. Contact Hoersh Home Appliances today at 920-733-4406.

A Look at Samsung Appliances

If you’re looking for home appliances, look no further than Hoersch Home Appliances. We are proud to sell Samsung appliances, a trusted name since 1938. Samsung is involved in producing several products in addition to home appliances, including apparel, electronics, and much more.

Samsung has all the home appliances you could possibly need for your new or existing home including:

  • Dishwashers (Front controls, top controls)
  • Microwave Ovens (Countertop, over-the-range)
  • Ranges (Freestanding electric, freestanding gas, slide-in electric, slide-in gas)
  • Refrigeration Accessories (Water filters)
  • Refrigerators (Bottom freezer, side-by-side, French 3-door, French 4-door)
  • Dryers (Electric, gas)
  • Laundry Accessories (Conversion kits, pedestals, stacking kits, ventilation kits)
  • Washers (Front loading, top loading)

Samsung’s refrigerators are beyond cool. Our Family Hub™ makes it easier than ever to shop, entertain, and connect. You’ll have the ability to manage your food by creating shopping lists, ordering groceries, and even seeing inside your refrigerator. You’ll also be able to send photos and messages from your refrigerator to your family’s phones and integrate family members’ schedules. You can even stream your favorite music or mirror your Samsung TV on your refrigerator.

On top of all that, you can even set expiration notifications to remind you when to throw out foods if you haven’t eaten them. The Family Hub features three interior cameras that take a photo each time you close the door. This allows you to check what’s inside your refrigerator from anywhere, especially the grocery store. You can even buy groceries from your refrigerator door.

If your hands are full while you’re cooking you can even talk to your screen or have it read our recipes step by step. Varieties include 4-Door Flex™, 4-Door French Door, 4-Door French Door Recessed Handles, and 3-Door French Door.

If you’re interested in learning more about Samsung appliances, call Hoersh Home Appliances at 920-733-4406.

Food Handling and Safety Tips

If you’ve never worked in a kitchen, chances are you haven’t been taught enough about proper food handling and food safety tips. While most home chefs use common sense and may know the basics, there are likely some helpful hints you didn’t’ know when it comes to handling food safely.

Keep these four basics in mind when thinking about food handling and safety:

  • Clean – This includes washing your hands and food prep surfaces often.
  • Separate – Avoid cross-contamination by keeping foods separate, especially when it comes to meats.
  • Cook – Be sure to cook food at and to the correct temperature.
  • Chill – Refrigerate food promptly after cooking to keep it safe.

At the Store

  • Wait until after you select your non-perishable items to put frozen or refrigerated items in your cart.
  • Don’t be tempted to buy items marked down because they are at or past their use by or sell by dates.
  • Avoid poultry or meat in torn or leaking packages.

Food Storage Tips

  • Refrigerate all perishable food within two hours, or one hour if food is exposed to high temperatures.
  • Use an appliance thermometer to make sure your refrigerator is at 40°F or below and your freezer is at 0°F or below.
  • Be sure you cook or freeze ground meats, fresh poultry, fish, and variety meats within two days.
  • For other meats like beef, lamb, veal, and pork be sure they are cooked or frozen within three to five days.
  • As long as canned foods aren’t exposed to freezing temperatures or temperatures above 90°F they should be safe indefinitely. Low-acid canned foods like vegetables and meats can be kept for two to five years, while high-acid varieties such as fruits and tomatoes are good for 12 to 18 months.

Food Prep Tips

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap both before and after you handle food.
  • Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, fish, and poultry away from other foods. Wash the cutting boards, countertops, and utensils used to cut raw meats with hot soapy water.
  • If you marinate meat and poultry in the refrigerator, use a covered dish.

Hoersch Home Appliances has all your home appliance needs including cooktops, freezers, and much more. Give us a call today at 920-733-4406 for more information.

Five Factors to Consider When Buying a New Range

If you’re remodeling your kitchen or just looking for a new range, you’ll want to know the different types available to you and what would work best for your needs. A range is a great option that combines a cooktop and oven into one appliance. Ranges allow you to bake, boil, broil, or roast your food and are available in a variety of options.

An entry level range can start at about $350, but higher end models with convection heating and a stainless dual-fuel range can set you back about $2,000.

A standard residential range is 30 inches wide, but more expensive models can go up to 36 inches and beyond. A typical oven compartment is five cubic feet whereas a wall oven’s is only three cubic feet.

Homeowners usually choose a gas or electric range based on the hook-ups available in their kitchens. Electric ranges are more affordable so unless they only have gas hook-ups, most homeowners choose an electric range. Dual-fuel ranges provide the best of both worlds, offering the consistency and precision of electric paired with the speed and power of gas.

Self-cleaning ranges are a bit more expensive, but many homeowners are happy to pay about $300 more for an oven that cleans itself. For those who don’t use their oven very often and don’t mind getting down and dirty, a manual version is still a great choice.

If you’re looking to save money you can go with electric coil burners, although they are notoriously difficult to clean. The next step up is the glass-top electric model which is easy to clean. If you can afford a higher end option you might want to try induction burners which heat up fast, are easy to clean, and are energy efficient.

Hoersh Home Appliances has several varieties of ranges available at our store in Appleton, WI. Give us a call today at 920-733-4406 to learn more.

Three Ways to Stay Safe in the Kitchen

There are plenty of dangerous ways to injure yourself in the kitchen if you aren’t careful. While many serious accidents happen in the bathroom due to slips and falls, a high percentage of injuries occur in the kitchen as well. Even someone who isn’t doing a lot of cooking can find plenty of ways to be unsafe in the kitchen f they aren’t careful. Sharp knives, boiling water, and hot surfaces are just a few of the culprits you’ll want to look out for.

Keep it Clean
Cooking a big meal can make quite a mess, but it’s important to clean as you go. Food or liquids on the floor can cause you or one of your kids to slip and fall. Imagine how dangerous it could be to fall and hit your head on the corner of the counter or reach out with your hand to break your fall only to burn it on a hot stove.

Fire Dangers
The U.S. Fire Administration has found that homes with a smoke detector are twice as like to have a fire than those without the device. Every year there are more than 150,000 fires that occur in the kitchen. Early detection is critical which is why smoke detectors are so valuable. You should also have a fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergency.

Don’t Let Your Kids or Pets in the Kitchen
This one may sound a bit harsh at first, but kids and pets shouldn’t be running amuck in the kitchen while you’re cooking or preparing a meal. It’s natural for kids to want to help out, and if you do allow them to, they should have strict rules and not break them. Even after an oven or stove is turned off it could still be cooling down and be hot enough to burn someone. Cats like to climb on counters but the kitchen is simply too dangerous. If you can’t keep them away, be sure to make the kitchen as safe as possible.

Hoersch Home Appliances has everything you need for your kitchen including:

  • Cooking Accessories
  • Cooktops
  • Dishwashers
  • Freezers
  • Ice Machines
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Ranges
  • Refrigerators
  • Trash Compactors
  • Wine Coolers
  • And Much More

Visit us today in Appleton or give us a call at 920-733-4406 for more information.

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