How to Fix a Refrigerator

There’s no ideal time for a malfunctioning refrigerator. You open your fully-stocked fridge and realize it’s lukewarm inside, or maybe you notice a puddle of water pooling up on the floor right next to it. Maybe your refrigerator’s water system isn’t working, or the ice dispenser is completely backed up. We know it’s frustrating, but before you call in reinforcements, you should be aware that many refrigerator problems can be easily fixed with either preventative maintenance, or with quick repairs you can do on your own. We’ve got a list of some common refrigerator snags and solutions, including the point where it’s best to call a professional!

Why is My Refrigerator Not Cooling?

It’s exasperating when your refrigerator isn’t able … Read more...

What is Induction Cooking?

If you’ve recently been browsing for a new range or cooktop, you’ve probably seen the word “induction” come up often. You may be curious as to what it means, and how induction cooking works. It may feel risky to venture away from the comfort and predictability of the gas or electric cooktops you’ve known your whole life, but read on and learn more about this amazing cooking method. It’s incredibly efficient, it’s remarkably safe, and it may be the perfect addition to your kitchen!

How Does Induction Cooking Work?

You probably know that friction creates heat, right? Rubbing your hands together makes them warm, and rubbing them together faster makes them even warmer. This is pretty much the idea behind … Read more...

The History of Television, Part 1

Who invented television?

This is one of those questions with no short answer – television’s invention was a protracted process of trial and error that spanned the globe as it spanned years. Over the course of several decades in the 19th and 20th centuries, scientists around the world were making breakthroughs in image transmission, and each contribution became a stepping stone toward the invention that changed the course of human culture forever. Here’s a timeline of television’s early development, including P.C. Richard & Son’s journey in joining the television revolution!

1885

German inventor Paul Gottleib Nipkow patents a mechanical device called the Nipkow disk. It was a flat circle that rapidly spun and scanned images into a receiver through a series of … Read more...

How to Clean Stainless Steel Appliances with Common Household Items

It’s called “stainless,” but that doesn’t mean it can’t get dirty. Stainless steel refrigerators, dishwashers, cooktops and ranges all see their fair share of grime, food splatter, and fingerprints, and sometimes people are uncertain of the best way to clean stainless steel appliances. We are here to give the inside scoop on some gentle-but-effective stainless steel cleaners that you’ve probably already got in your home. With these five great cleaning options, every inch of your kitchen’s stainless steel will be spotless in no time!

Water and a Cloth

Don’t underestimate good old-fashioned elbow grease. If you’re looking for a convenient, effective, and safe way to clean stainless steel appliances, a damp cloth and your own muscle power is a good … Read more...

Gas vs Electric Dryer: What’s the Difference?

Buying a new appliance like a dryer can be exciting (“So many choices!”), but nerve-racking (“So… many… choices.”). A common dilemma is trying to understand the differences between a gas dryer and an electric dryer. Questions about efficiency, affordability, and maintenance for each are probably at the forefront of your mind. We’re happy to guide you through those concerns to bring you to the perfect dryer choice! By the time you get to the bottom of this page, you’ll have a clear idea of the best type of clothes dryer for your home.

Which Dryer is Easier to Install?

Your best bet for a dryer may depend just as much on practicality as it does personal preference. Is your home … Read more...

Sonos One: Alexa for Music Lovers

You’re an audiophile. You’re obsessive about sound, and you only allow your music to travel through the finest of speakers. You’ve been thinking about getting Amazon’s Alexa for years now, but the thought of using subpar audio inside your living space is enough to make you cringe.

We’ve got news that’ll be music to your ears.

Sonos is pleased to announce the release of its latest innovation: The Sonos One. This single-speaker device combines the convenience of Amazon’s Alexa with the auditory majesty of a Sonos speaker. With Alexa built right in, you’ll be able to do everything Alexa does, with the bonus of every note and lyric in your playlists being heard with Sonos-quality sound. Here are some highlights … Read more...

Why Dishwashers Are Better Than Hand-Washing

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a dishwasher is present in 68% of American homes. However, a full 20% of people who own a dishwasher use it less than once a week. What gives? If people have access to such a convenient appliance, why wouldn’t they make it a point to use it whenever possible? Unfortunately, many people are misinformed about the effectiveness of dishwashers, and genuinely believe that hand-washing is a better choice. We are here to make the case in favor of dishwasher use and debunk some unsubstantiated rumors. If you’re on the fence, we promise you’ll be on Team Dishwasher by the end of this article!

Dishwashers Conserve Water & are More Energy Efficient

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Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

Your family’s Thanksgiving torch has been passed, and now it’s in your hands.

Gulp.

We know that hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time can be overwhelming, but before you decide to curl into a ball and cower under your dining room table until Black Friday, allow us to share some helpful advice. We’ve got a collection of tips to help you run your Thanksgiving dinner as efficiently, smoothly, and enjoyably as possible. Take a deep breath, read on, and by the end of this article you’ll be ready to take on Turkey Day like a seasoned pro!

Timing is Everything

The most important (non-edible) ingredient for a successful Thanksgiving dinner is good timing. Make sure you schedule out adequate … Read more...

Can Thanksgiving Leftovers Be Frozen?

For many of us, Thanksgiving leftovers are as exciting as the dinner itself! Anyone who wants to extend this holiday’s deliciousness has probably considered freezing every morsel of Thanksgiving dinner remnants to keep them edible for as long as possible. If you’re unsure about what will or won’t hold up in the freezer, here’s a handy guide for freezing the most popular Thanksgiving favorites. Play your cards right, and you’ll be digging into Turkey Day leftovers for weeks!

Turkey

Turkey is at its finest when eaten fresh, but freezing it is certainly an option. You’ll get the best results by removing all the meat from the bones before you freeze it. The bones and other scraps can be used to … Read more...

How to Make Your Mini Fridge Colder and Run Longer

You’ve just bought a mini fridge, and you’re probably thrilled by the prospect of having cold beverages and refreshing snacks close at hand. Before you start stocking it with the finest edibles, make sure your mini fridge is set to operate as efficiently and safely as possible. Here are some important tips!

When you’re in the process of moving, always keep your mini fridge upright. Laying a refrigerator on its side allows oil to seep from the compressor into the cooling lines, which will hinder your refrigerator’s ability to cool. If you’re reading this too late and you’ve already stored your mini fridge sideways, don’t panic – just turn the unit upright and leave it for 24 hours before … Read more...