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HOW LONG DO MAJOR HOME APPLIANCES LAST?

IMG_0100Whether you’re about to become a first-time homebuyer, or are already a property owner and are now going over the condition of your current appliances and your budget for new ones, it’s worth taking a closer look at some of those big ticket items. They may seem just fine but may be closer to breaking down than you think.

Below is the National Association of Home Builders general guidelines for the life expectancy of those major appliances.

For those in the market to buy right now, you may be able to negotiate a cash credit from the seller to repair or replace a high priced appliance that is worn out and old.

Gas range ovens have the longest life expectancy among appliances. They should last about 15 years.
Refrigerators and dryers are at 13 years.
Washing machines expected life at 10 years.
Electric or gas dryers at 13 years.
Dishwashers and microwave ovens should last about nine years.
Followed by trash compactors that average out at six years.
The NAHB study also found that changes in styling, technology and consumer preferences tend to push major home appliances out the door long before they’re worn out and needing to be replaced.
For example, earlier this year, GE introduced the Café Series French door refrigerator with a built-in Keurig K-Cup brewing system, available in stainless steel with an MSRP of $3,300. A selling point of the appliance is that it frees up counter space since you’ll no longer need your coffeemaker.
As far as Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning goes, these systems need to be properly maintained for maximum efficiency and life expectancy. Even in the best case scenario, most HVAC components only last 15 to 25 years. Usually furnaces last 15-20 years, heat pumps 16 years and air conditioning units 10-15 years. Thermostats usually get replaced before the end of their 35-year lifespan due to technological improvements.
Customers who want to replace their 20-year-old refrigerator are surprised when told the average life expectancy of a new one is seven to 12 years. Consumer products just don’t last as long as they used to. Keep this helpful guide in mind when planning and budgeting for your next major home improvement project.

Frigidaire 30” Gas Cooktop, 30″ W x 21-1/2″ D x 2-7/8″ H

FPGC3087MS_p_ho_511x473Available in white, stainless steel, or black.
FEATURES:
Sealed Gas Burners: Enjoy easier cleanup and a burner that stays looking great.
Ready-Select® Controls: Select options or control cooking temperature with easy to use controls.
Color-Coordinated Control Knobs: White, Black and Bisque cooktops come with matching knobs — while Stainless Steel models feature neutral black knobs.
Electronic Pilotless Ignition: Saves energy and can be ignited manually when electricity is out.
Low Simmer Burner: Perfect for delicate foods and sauces.
LP Gas Conversion Option.

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Brand-New Frigidaire Professional Line-Up Available Soon

How about this BRAND-NEW Frigidaire Professional line? Gorgeous! Don’t you think? If you have a project coming up, call us today to order! They will be available in March/April.‪#‎Kitchen‬ ‪#‎Appliances‬

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Or how about some information sheets to check out the specs…

French door refrigerator with dispenser
French door refrigerator with out dispenser
Over-the-range microwave
All-freezer
All-refrigerator
Dishwasher
Gas range
Gas range with front controls

Hottest New Thing – LG’s “Texting Appliances” coming to 2015 CES

LG is bringing a host of smart appliance tech to CES this year, including a new service that lets you control your air conditioner, washer, dishwasher, and Wi-Fi speakers via text messages. Also, a fridge with a built-in camera that lets you see what’s inside—even when you’re at the grocery store

HomeChat, which LG calls a “virtual assistant,” lets users talk to their home appliances and electronics in plain English via natural language processing. Smart appliance owners just have to download the LINE messaging app (available for most smartphone platforms, including iOS and Android), add their appliances as contacts, and start texting them the same way they would a real, live human being.

You can tell your refrigerator, “I’m going on vacation,” and it will enter a power-saving mode. Or you can ask your washer, “How much longer?” and it will tell you your sheets and towels will be ready in 30 minutes. There are preset modes for Vacation, Leaving Home, and Coming Home that get appliances ready for your departure or arrival.

Though it’s still easiest to engage simple functions on your device’s control panel, HomeChat is useful for remote control and monitoring, or doing something more complex—like downloading a recipe to your oven, or asking your washer to create a custom cycle for removing a specific stain.

Every time you close the door on LG’s new smart fridge, it takes a picture of what’s inside.

HomeChat, which debuted at CES last year, is already available in Korea and got a lot of interest at IFA in Berlin earlier this year. But when the next generation of LG smart appliances goes on sale in the U.S. in the first half of 2015, it will mark the first chance American consumers have to use the tech.

LG plans to roll out HomeChat across its lineup of home appliances, including refrigerators, air conditioners, washers, ovens, and the all-new Music Flow Wi-Fi-enabled speaker system.

We’re particularly excited about LG’s new Smart Refrigerator. Every time you close the door, it takes a picture of what’s inside. When you text your fridge from the grocery store, it will show you a picture of all the food on the shelves. That means you can check to see if you’ve run out of orange juice or if those greens are looking brown. It also lets you text a photo from your smartphone to the fridge’s external display.

We haven’t yet seen the U.S.-bound model, but if it’s anything like the European prototype we saw in Berlin, we’ll be impressed.

In addition to the fridge, we expect to see a few other appliances. A smart oven lets users monitor recipes and download recommendations for how to cook specific foods—though it won’t let you preheat your oven remotely like GE’s Brillion app or Dacor’s Discovery iQ wall oven.

A smart washer offers remote monitoring and new cycle options, and a smart air conditioner allows for remote control no matter where you are. If you buy LG’s new Music Flow speakers, you can even tell them to “play music for a party” or “turn the music off after an hour.”

 

Why new appliances matter/Biggest energy culprits in any home

The simple answer is improved technology, but keep it in prospective when considering appliance energy tips. Replacing a three year old dishwasher won’t have a huge impact – putting a 12 year old refrigerator out to pasture will, though. Any major appliance that is over a decade old is due for retirement. Just changing out these older units for ENERGY STAR models has the potential to cut electricity use by half.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the one appliance that uses by far the most energy after heating and cooling equipment is the hot water heater. This means the appliances that rely on hot water, such as the dishwasher, are costing you even more. The best move you can make when upgrading your water heater is to switch to an energy efficient or tankless model. From there, the next major appliance putting a dent in the electricity is the clothes dryer with the refrigerator coming in at a close second.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, this is how the numbers break down for the average home. These figures assume your home has newer appliances, however. The numbers would shift dramatically if the refrigerator or freestanding freezer were 15 years old, for example.
• Water heater – 2400 kWh for a family of two
• Clothes dryer – 1000 kWh
• Refrigerator – 600 kWh
• Dishwasher – 300 kWh
• Clothes washer – 200 kWh

Visit our website often to keep up to date on appliance energy tips.

Electrolux AB agrees to buy GE

electrolux-logo-1024x136ge-logo-retroThis purchase is the Stockholm based company’s biggest yet! This deal makes Electrolux a major player in synergies.  Bringing together top brands such as Hotpoint, Frigidaire and Zanussi.  It is estimated that the Companies annual revenue is expected to exceed 22.5 billion. The Swedish company’s chief executive, Keith McLoughlin, said in an interview that a chief attraction of the deal is GE’s top position selling to home builders in the U.S. Electrolux has only a small share of that market and has been trying to expand it.  Electrolux will retain the GE brand, positioning it as a midrange brand between the mass-market Frigidaire and high-end Electrolux models.  Dominating the North American market for appliances;  Electrolux will be going “head to head” with Whirlpool, making it so that each controls around 40% of the “white goods” industry in that region. It is reported that GE wants to focus on the very profitable industrial areas of aviation and gas moving ahead, and this sale helps promote that long held ambition of the company. On a side note, Whirlpool agreed to pay more than $1 billion this summer to acquire a majority stake in the Italian company Indesit. The purchase would roughly double Whirlpool’s business in Europe.  Electrolux will be a more vigorous competitor. The transaction is expected to close next year. Electrolux expects to extract $300 million in annual cost savings from combining the businesses. All in all, the immense complexity of the appliance world has now changed.

Arctic King MWK-15 ENERGY STAR Certified Room Air Conditioners

mwk-15crn1GREAT LOW PRICE, MANY AVAILABLE NOW!!! Here in Southern California we all definitely know one thing one thing; continuous warm weather and it has been hot hot hot with no end in sight so far!

Many people buy an air conditioner that is too large, thinking it will provide better cooling. An oversized air conditioner is actually less effective – and WASTES ENERGY!. Save energy and fight climate change with ENERGY STAR qualified products like the MWK-15. They use less energy, save money, and help protect the environment. Remember that bigger is not always better! In addition the MWK-15 is the largest 110 V model available (with 15 amp plug).

Arctic King MWK-15
Arctic King MWK-15

DETAILS:
– 15,000 BTU
-Digital control panel with remote control
-With slide-out chassis and wall sleeve
-For double-hung (up/down) window or install in wall
-Dimensions (W” x H” x D”) 23 5/8″ x 17 3/16″ x 25½”

Helpful Chart to determine your BTU needs:

Area To Be Cooled (square feet) Capacity Needed (BTUs per hour)
100 up to 150 5,000
150 up to 250 6,000
250 up to 300 7,000
300 up to 350 8,000
350 up to 400 9,000
400 up to 450 10,000
450 up to 550 12,000
550 up to 700 14,000
700 up to 1,000 18,000
1,000 up to 1,200 21,000
1,200 up to 1,400 23,000
1,400 up to 1,500 24,000
1,500 up to 2,000 30,000
2,000 up to 2,500 34,000

So come to one of our locations as soon as you can to take a look! And beat this heat.

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Top Tips for Choosing an Air Conditioner

Types of Air Conditioners:
1. Portable units
2. Through-the-wall units
3. Window units
4. Ductless Mini-Splits
5. Central or whole-home units

Window units are the most popular air conditioners. They are the easiest to install and remove. This type of A/C fits in a window opening and vents to the outside.

Through-the-wall units are heavier and larger than window units. A through-the-wall unit rests within an air conditioner sleeve that is set into an exterior wall. Circuitry must be analyzed because these units often require greater amperage and voltage.

Portable air conditioners are ideal for smaller spaces and they exhaust through temporary ducting and can be moved from room to room.

Ductless Mini-split units work like a central system, but they’re made to cool/heat one room. The compressor sits outside on a pad on the ground, on the side of a building, or on the roof, while the fan sits on a bracket at the top of the interior wall.

Central or whole-home units cool the entire house. Frequently combined with heating (HVAC system) they are the most expensive option and require expert installation.

Room size is perhaps the most important factor in determining the size of air conditioner you need, but consider also:

1. The number of windows in the room
2. The room’s exposure
3. The quality of room insulation
4. Other appliances that may be in use
5. The number of people in the room

Air conditioners, especially older units, are among the most expensive appliances to run. Choosing an appropriately sized unit is critical, because a unit that is too small will not meet your cooling demands, and one that is too large will cost more to run and will not properly control humidity.

Feder’s offers a wide vairiety of the finest air conditioners, so please call or stop by and speak with our knowledgeable staff to pick the right fit for you!
Remember we have added a new showroom/warehouse in Santa Monica so you can order from either there or our North Hollywood locations.
North Hollywood Showroom/Warehouse: 818-769-8000 or TOLL-FREE: 866-FEDERS-0
North Hollywood Warehouse: 818-982-3300
Santa Monica Showroom/Warehouse: 310-450-8585 or TOLL-FREE: 855-28-FEDER