Relieve Spring Allergies with HEPA Air Filtration

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Spring is in the air… and so is the POLLEN. While some are running into the great outdoors, others are running to the pharmacy for some allergy relief! And it’s not just pollen; there are other air pollutants in our home that can trigger allergy symptoms. The itchy eyes, runny nose and fatigue that come with allergies can be brutal. The use of HEPA filters can help relieve your home of these allergens and thereby reduce your allergy attacks.


HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters work by trapping those pollutants that trigger allergies. It’s a type of mechanical air filter that works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke that non-HEPA filters can’t catch.

Using an air purifier with a HEPA filter can help you breathe easier. A HEPA air purifier (also known as an air cleaner) reduces the concentration of airborne contaminants and is an essential component to maintaining an allergen-free home. They guarantee that they will trap 99.97% of particles larger than .3 microns (enough to help relieve your symptoms). They’re also beneficial to those with asthma and other respiratory-related issues.


A HEPA air purifier can remove most airborne particles, but the particles suspended in air are not the only ones in your home. There are far more particles in your rug, on your floor, mattresses, or upholstered furniture. A vacuum with HEPA air filtration works best to remove these particles and they throw less dirt and fewer microscopic dust mites back into the room as you vacuum.


Whether you are in the market for allergy relief or simply looking for a cleaner home or office, an air purifier or vacuum with HEPA air filtration from P.C. Richard & Son can help. Get yours today!


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LG “Do Game Day Right” Sweepstakes

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Get in the game! When you step into the LG NCAA Locker Room, you can not only learn some trivia that will dazzle your friends, but you can enter to win the LG NCAA March Madness contest. With a Grand Prize trip for two to the 2014 Final Four, plus LG TVs, G Pad tablets, laundry pairs and microwaves for other winners, LG’s NCAA contest is one of the hottest events off the hard court! See official rules here.

To enter this sweepstakes visit and click “Enter Our Sweepstakes”

LG Sweeps

Once you have finished entering don’t forget to scroll through the locker room and click on the items to learn some fun facts. Good luck!



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Wine Cooler Buying Guide


Do you love wine? If the answer is yes, you may have thought about purchasing a wine cooler before. Whether your hobby is to collect exotic or rare vintages, or you just enjoy having plenty of wine on hand for impromptu guests, proper wine storage is a smart investment for you.  Wine is a beverage that, when not maintained properly, can turn into vinegar.  If you are serious about the quality of your wine, a wine cooler will help support its preservation.

Here are some quick tips to help you decide which wine cooler is best for you!

Bottle Capacity

This should be the first thing you consider. Are you a big-time wine collector or are you just a casual wine lover? Wine coolers come in various capacities. The depth of your collection ultimately determines what cooler you should be looking at.  Small coolers can store as low as 6 bottles, while larger models can accommodate around 100 to 200 bottles. Generally, it is a good idea to buy a wine cooler that can hold at least double the number of wine bottles you currently have.  Once you purchase a wine cooler you will find yourself purchasing wine more often.

You also need to consider the space you have in your home. Think about where you are planning on keeping your wine cooler and be sure the one you would like to purchase will fit in that space.

Single vs. Dual Zone Wine Coolers

Are you looking to exclusively store away wines of one color? If yes, the single zone cooler is what you’re looking for. Single zone wine coolers have one cooling temperature and a storage space that’s undivided. This kind of cooler is ideal for storing either red or white wine, but not both. White wine is stored at a temperature ranging 46-56 degrees F, while  red needs to be stored at temperature between 58-68 degrees F.

If your collection is made up of a mixture of red and white wines then a dual zone wine cooler is a better choice for you.  Dual zone wine coolers feature two separate compartments; therefore, you can maintain two distinct and separate temperature zones inside the cooler.

Built-in vs. Free Standing Wine Coolers

If you are looking for a chiller that will fit perfectly under your kitchen cabinet with no ventilation issues, a built-in wine cooler is what you want. If you are looking to show off your wine collection in the dining area, the free-standing wine cooler is the right choice for you.


Most wine coolers are standalone units that can be built-in later on. Larger wine fridges have front-exhaust capabilities, but those that do not have a compressor need to have airflow around the unit so as to operate efficiently and not overheat (at least 3” all around).

Exterior Construction

Stainless steel products complement most kitchen appliances even if they are black or white. Most wine cooler doors are comprised of UV-filtered double-paned glass. The UV filter prevents wine from seeing direct sunlight and altering the biology of the wine by heat exposure. Double-paned glass helps keep the internal temperature at a desired output. Despite internal cooling mechanisms, the unit should not be stored in direct sunlight or in temperatures exceeding 75 degrees Fahrenheit, as this will cause the motor on the wine cooler to work harder and more often.

Interior Construction

Wine coolers have various types of shelving. Basic fridges tend to have fixed chrome-wire shelves, while higher-end ones use sturdier wood racks or wood-framed wire grids. Some shelves even roll out to make it easier to read labels and remove bottles.

Most wine coolers have an interior light just like a refrigerator would have. Having an interior light is beneficial when trying to read wine labels. Some coolers even light up when the door is closed, allowing your collection to be displayed.

Thermoelectric vs. Compressor

Thermoelectric coolers are vibration free, which results in less instability among the sediments within the wine bottles you’re storing. Thermoelectric wine coolers are not completely silent as internal fans are needed to distribute the cold air within the cooler. These fans produce some noise, but they are substantially quieter than compressor units.

Thermoelectric wine coolers are more energy efficient as well. Since there are less moving parts, there is less energy drawn. However, this cooling system does have its limitations: they can only cool the wine about 20 degrees less than the room temperature where the unit will be kept, and their compressor coolers are not restricted by temperature surrounding the unit.

The type you choose should depend on how you plan to use it. If you are going to purchase a free standing cooler, that holds two cases or less, and plan on keeping it in a room that doesn’t get too warm, then thermoelectric cooling is a good choice for you. If the room you’re using is warmer and you want a larger collection, you should use a compressor cooler. Most built-in models are compressor cooled.

Security Locks

Several higher-end models offer locking capabilities on wine coolers. Whether it’s with a keypad or a physical key, wine is secured inside a fridge and cannot be tampered with. Private collections, reserves, and rare vintages are best kept under lock and key so they are never confused with common table wines or everyday varieties.


Buying a wine cooler can be exciting. Whether it’s being able to finally display your wine safely, or simply having a practical unit to store your bottles, there are dozens of factors to consider and models to compare.  At P.C. Richard and Son we have a great selection of quality wine coolers ranging from 12  to 160 bottle capacity. Just stop into anyone of our P.C. Richard and Son Superstores and one of our expert sales representatives can help you find exactly what you’re looking for!


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Get Healthy With Ninja –Dip and Spread Recipes

The NINJA® Culinary Team has created and developed delicious and nutritional recipes with YOU in mind. We would like to share with you some of our personal favorite recipes!


Skinny Buffalo Dip


  • 1/2 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup low fat sour cream
    2 tbsp. buffalo sauce (mild or hot)
    1/2 tsp. minced garlic
    Blue cheese crumbles (optional, for topping)


  1. Place ingredients into the Single Serve Cup and blend until smooth and well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with cheese. Enjoy with veggies or crackers. Makes 1 cup.
  2. Servings: 1 cup



Pineapple Cilantro Dipping Sauce


  • 1 cup pineapple
    1/2 small serrano chile, seeded
    1/2 sweet white onion, peeled, cut in half
    2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
    2 tablespoons lime juice
    1 tablespoon coconut oil or other oil
    salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place all of the ingredients into the Single Serve Cup in the order listed. PULSE until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and serve or refrigerate covered for up to 2 days.



Sweet Red Pepper Spread


  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained,
    1 4-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained, reserving 1 tablespoon to thin, if desired,
    1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar,
    1/2 teaspoon Hungarian paprika,
    1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil,
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt,
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper



  1. Using the Bottom Blades in the Pitcher, add all of the ingredients in the order listed.
  2. Select Speed 3 and flip the switch to START. Slowly increase to Speed 8 and process until smooth.
  3. Scrape down the sides of the Pitcher as needed.
  4. Serve the spread with toasted crostini or cracker rounds.
  5. Servings: 6-8



Chunky Kale Guacamole


  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
    1/2 medium shallot, roughly chopped
    1 1/2 cups loosely packed kale, stems removed
    3 tbsp. olive oil
    3 tbsp. cilantro, roughly chopped
    3 tbsp. parsley, roughly chopped
    1 medium jalapeno pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
    3 medium ripe avocados, peeled
    1 tbsp. lime juice
    Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the garlic, shallot, kale and one tablespoon of olive oil into the 40 oz. Processing Bowl and pulse until fairly smooth. Add the cilantro, parsley and jalapeno and continue to pulse until all ingredients are well-combined. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and then add avocados, remaining olive oil, lime juice, salt, pepper and mash until desired consistency. Serve with chips, tacos or as a creamy substitute for sandwiches.
  2. Servings: 6-8

If you like these recipes be sure to check back on our blog, where we will be sharing more of our favorites! If you don’t own a Ninja yet, you can browse products here!


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Get Healthy With Ninja – Smoothies and Shake Recipes

The NINJA® Culinary Team has created and developed delicious and nutritional recipes with YOU in mind. We would like to share with you some of our personal favorite recipes!



Pineapple Energy Shake


  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple, cut in chunks
    1/2 fresh or frozen mango, cut in chunks
    2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
    1 cup Coconut Milk
    3-4 ice cubes


  1. Place all ingredients in the Pitcher and blend on 3 until smooth. Serve right away.



Super Green Smoothie


  • 1/2 medium cucumber, peeled, and cut lengthwise,
    1 cup honeydew melon,
    12 green, seedless grapes,
    1 large orange, peeled and halved,
    1 cup spinach leaves,
    1 cup ice


  1. Place the Top Blades in the Pitcher and add all of the ingredients in the order listed.*
  2. PULSE 3 times. Select Speed 10 and flip the switch to START. Blend for 45 seconds.
  3. Servings: 2-4



Fresh Year Smoothie


  • 1 small beet, peeled, cut in chunks
    1/2 carrot, cut in half
    1 apple, cored
    1/2 cup spinach, tightly packed
    2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
    1 cup water
    4-6 ice cubes


  1. Place all ingredients in the Pitcher and blend on 2 for 5 seconds. Increase the speed to 3 and blend until very smooth. Serve at once.


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Keeping Your Devices Safe In The Cold


Stepping out into the bitter cold does not only have an effect on you, but the blast of arctic temperatures could put your electronics on thin ice! Smartphones, notebooks, tablets, and laptops can all lose functionality as the temperature drops. Here are some problems that may occur during these chilly days:

Battery Drain: Is the most common and most immediate effects of cold weather. Your device may spontaneously power off with a dead battery in extreme cold. If your smartphone is exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period of time, you risk killing the battery altogether.

Screen Issues: LCD displays on smartphones, Apple iPads or Android tablets are sensitive to the cold. Users may experience delayed touchscreen reactions as well as smudging or ghosting of images. The cold weather makes the panel more rigid, which makes it more likely to shatter if dropped.

Internal Component errors: In extreme cold temperatures, smartphones and mobile devices may begin to register various errors of their internal components. Smartphones may have difficulty reading a SIM card or executing any number of processing  operations.

Physical Damage to Internal/External Components:  Mobile devices that are subjected to extreme cold  can cause both internal/external components to become rigid, which could lead to physical damage such as spontaneous screen shattering. Leaving devices in extreme cold temperatures for an extend ed period of time can cause permanent damage.

Liquid Condensation: When used too quickly after bringing your device in from the the cold, your mobile devices are susceptible to liquid condensation underneath their displays. This can cause various liquid damage issues and make your display screen hard to read.

Now that you are familiar with the problems that can occur with your mobile devices in cold weather, here are tips to help prevent it.

Tip #1

Try not too take your devices out in cold weather, or if you have to, limit the use.  Keep your devices in your jacket pocket, bag or purse to limit exposure to the direct cold.

Tip #2

Protect your devices with a case. For smartphones, use a heavy duty, weatherproof case such as a Lifeproof or Otterbox.  For laptops or tablets, get a well insulated and well padded case.

Tip #3

Never leave your smartphone, notebook, tablet, iPad or any other mobile device in your cold vehicle for extended periods of time. Even with a case, such extended time left in the cold can cause permanent internal and external damage.

Tip #4

In addition to protecting your devices from the cold weather, you should keep your devices out of the snow. Dropping your device in the snow causes it to get wet and this can be extremely damaging. If your device does get wet, you should get indoors (to keep the seeped water from freezing), remove the battery, take out the SIM card (if the device has one), dry the device with a clear microfiber cloth or paper towel and then put the device in an air-tight container with packets of silica gel to absorb the moisture. It has also been said submerging your wet device in a pot or bowl of uncooked rice can help remove moisture from it.

Tip #5

Laptop hard drives can freeze from the cold. It is recommended that you let your laptop warm up to room temperature before using it. This is a good rule a thumb to use for all mobile devices that have spent extended time in cold weather.

Tip #6

NEVER use pocket warmers or other warmers not intended for mobile devices to try and keep them warm.  These warmers  are not designed for that purpose and can create other issues. For example, generating too much heat can cause internal components to melt.

Tip #7

You can keep your laptop warm by changing the power settings to power save mode. This keeps the laptop warm as it continues to run, and instead of shutting down the hard drive, it keeps it spinning. The longer the laptop can be kept running, the warmer it will stay as it generates its own heat.

Tip #8

If you find your smartphone has shut off, don’t start it back up immediately. Condensation can form inside your device if you turn it on while it’s still cold.

Tip #9

Charge your smartphone before going outside. If your battery is fully charged before going into the cold, it is less likely to experience battery drain. For all your mobile devices, keep a mobile charger around for long trips as well as an extra battery for backup.

Tip #10

Make sure to check your manufacturer’s temporal guidelines. For example, Apple products can operate in temperatures between 32 and 95 degrees.

We hope this post will help you keep your devices protected from the cold days ahead. Remember, if you can, avoid or limit use of your electronics in the cold. Stay warm!


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How to Mount Your Flat Screen TV

Mounted TV

Mounting a TV on the wall frees up space in the home and gives a much cleaner appearance, but it can be an intimidating task. To help you out, we have put together a how-to guide with tips to mounting your TV so you can avoid the most common mistakes.

Things you should know before you get started. . .


  • Be sure you have all the necessary hardware, mounting kit, and cables required to complete the installation.
  • Read manufacturer’s instructions for both the TV and the wall mount. If you have not purchased a wall-mounting bracket yet, check your TV’s owner manual for mounting guidelines. Always check the screen size and the weight that a bracket can hold.
  • Think about what you want your bracket to be able to do as well. You may want to get a bracket that enables you to swivel your TV left and right to avoid glare, or get a better view from different seats.
  • Decide whether you will leave the cables showing or hide them in the wall behind your TV.
  • Arrange to have at least one other person present to help you hang the TV on the wall bracket.
  • Determine the best wall location for mounting your TV. Check for a location with no glare and good visibility from all sitting areas in the room. For optimal viewing, plan to mount your TV at a height on the wall that corresponds to the viewers eye level when seated.
  • Choose a location that is also close to an electrical outlet and measure the length of the TV’s power cord to be sure it will reach. Please see the safety tips section below for additional requirements on choosing the optimal place to mount your TV.

Safety Tips:

  • Ensure the area behind the wall where the TV will hang is clear of obstructions by using a cable-wire tester/locator before drilling. This will avoid damage to house wiring.
  • Turn off power in the area you will be drilling/cutting to avoid electric shock.
  • Make sure that you understand local building and fire codes. If you are routing cables inside your wall, use models that are rated for in-wall installation. Do NOT route cables through your wall that lack this safety rating. If you want to keep cables not rated for in-wall hidden, you will need to hire an electrician or purchase an easy-to-install cable management raceway, which will hide your cables on the outside of the wall.

Get started . . .

Step 1

  • Attach the TV mounting bracket to the television.  If there is a stand on your TV frame, remove it by unbolting it.
  • Locate your mounting holes on the back of your TV. Most flat panel TVs do not have their mounting holes exposed. If necessary, use a screwdriver to pry off the plastic caps that cover the holes.
  • The TV portion of the bracket comes in two pieces. Make sure you line up the screw holes on each side so that the mount is level. Attach the mounting arms to the mounting holes on TV, using the bolts provided with your mounting kit. Do not use a power drill for this and be careful not to over-tighten.
  • Set your TV to the side. It’s best to not keep your TV lying face-down as this could cause damage to your screen.

Step 2

Note: Not all brackets are mountable on concrete or brick, and only some will include the appropriate hardware. You may need to order additional materials from the manufacturer or purchase some supplies from your local hardware store, such as concrete wall anchors. Be sure to follow the instructions in the owner’s manual.

  • Use a stud finder to locate nearby studs at your mounting location. To safely and securely mount your TV to the wall, you’ll need to drill the bracket into these wooden studs. Once you have located each stud, mark the center of each with a pencil or masking tape.
  • Measure the distance between the top and bottom holes on each TV mounting arm. Mark two points in the center of each wall stud, corresponding to these holes. Use a level to verify that the bracket is level before securing it to the wall.
  • Have your helper keep it stable while you screw it into the wall to make sure it stays level. After securing the bracket to the wall, check the level again. NOTE:  Do not use hollow-wall anchors as they CANNOT support TV wall mounts.

Step 3

  • Connect the cables. If you are attaching your TV to a fixed mount laying flat on the wall, you may find it easier to connect the cables to the television before attaching to wall bracket.
  • Be sure the TV and any attached devices are unplugged.
  • Have someone help you hold the television up to the wall mount. Attach the audio and video to the television per the manufacturers’ instructions.
  • If you route your cables along the outside of your wall, you’ll want to keep the power and A/V cables separate to avoid interference. Don’t bundle them together, and try to keep a couple of inches of distance between them throughout the run. Some cable management raceways include two separate wiring channels for this purpose.
  • If you are going to run the A/V cables inside the wall, follow these instructions:
    • Shut off the power to the area you’re working in.
    • You’ll need to cut holes for the A/V cables to enter and exit the wall. Use your stud finder to check for obstacles behind the wall, then drill a pilot hole. This is a small exploratory hole, drilled in the center of the space. Use caution when drilling pilot holes, so you don’t plunge your bit into a pipe or electrical conduit. Next, insert a sturdy wire (such as a bent coat hanger) into the pilot hole, and explore the space behind the wall where you’d like to cut. You should also explore nearby crawlspaces or review your electrical and plumbing plans (available from your builder) to make sure you know what’s behind the drywall before you cut. Don’t cut unless you know that the area behind the wall is clear.
    • When cutting drywall, use a hand-held drywall saw (not an electric one) and cut slowly. Cut the drywall in one piece, on an inward slant, so that it’s easier to patch later if necessary.

Step 4

  • Hang the TV. DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS ALONE.  You will need another person to help you lift and secure to the bracket.
  • Lock the TV mounting arms onto the wall bracket plate. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to secure the connections.
  • Confirm that every point of connection is locked down securely. Test your installation with a few light tugs.
  • If your bracket allows for tilting or swiveling, make those adjustments.
  • Test and troubleshoot connections and TV functions to be sure they all work. Make adjustments as necessary.

Step 5

  • Sit back and relax, you’re done!

Not comfortable with mounting your television yourself? No worries, just call a professional.  P.C. Richard & Son has professional electronic installers available in the NY, NJ, PA and CT areas.  Learn more about our installation packages here.


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Top 10 Stocking Stuffers Under $50


Have you been looking for some gift ideas to stuff those stockings with? Well, not only do we have great ideas, but we have great prices to match them! We’ve listed our top 10 favorite stocking stuffers that cost under $50… check them out below:

  1. Skull Candy Ink’d 2 Earbud Headphones: Loud, comfortable, affordable, the ability to block surrounding noise, and comes in various colors! What have you got to lose? It makes a great little stocking stuffer. Everybody can use another set of earbuds, even if they already have a pair.
  2. HYPE Mini Capsule Bluetooth Speaker: Small, lightweight, and crystal-clear sound… not only is this Bluetooth speaker the perfect travel accessory, but it fits into a stocking perfectly!
  3. Video Games: Do you have a gamer in the family? We have a huge selection of video games that are under $50, and some are as low as $14.99. You can even get 3 games for $30 if you shop our clearance sale!
  4. Video Game Accessories: Add a little something extra to go along with that video game. There are a bunch of fun game accessories, from game controllers to headsets, that will make the perfect gift for those stockings.
  5. Vivitar Point & Shoot Digital Camera: Let your loved one capture those memories with this perfect little camera at a fabulous price.
  6. Computer Accessories: In this digital age, anybody will appreciate a little something extra to go along with their computer or tablet. From tablet cases to computer speakers, we have a large selection of accessories under $50.
  7. Coffee Pods: You can have a lot of fun choosing from all various flavors of Keurig-K Cups we carry for the coffee lover on your gift list! Rest assured, this stocking stuffer will be much appreciated and keep them warm all winter!
  8. Electric Shavers: Every man appreciates a good shave, and men are always so difficult to shop for… why not upgrade his shave with a new electric shaver and some accessories?
  9. Karaoke CDs: Know somebody who loves karaoke and even has their own machine? Why not help them grow their music collection?
  10. Smart Phone Cases: Everyone can use protection for their phone, and with so many colors and styles to choose from, this gift makes a fun stocking stuffer.

Looking for more ideas? Click here to browse all of our stocking stuffers or check out our “Holiday Gift Ideas” on Pinterest. Happy Shopping!




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Thanksgiving Last Minute Checklist


Thanksgiving is almost here and if you are hosting at your house this year, you’re probably scrambling to make sure everything is in order. Here is a quick checklist to run down to make sure you are right on track for the big day:


  • Confirm your guest list. You may have had last-minute cancellations or last-minute invites.
  • Confirm you have enough place settings, tableware, and chairs.
  • If you didn’t already clean up the house this weekend, start your cleaning now.
  • Make sure all of the china and glassware has been washed and your napkins and table cloths are clean and ironed.
  • Make room in your fridge for fresh groceries you may still need to purchase.
  • If you haven’t stated defrosting your turkey yet, you better start now… it takes 24 hours to defrost a 4-5 pound turkey. You can thaw it in the sink faster with cold water if you are pressed for time.
  • Purchase any fresh items on your list tonight, as well as drink items you might need, seltzer, cider, etc., and fresh flowers if you plan on making an arrangement for a centerpiece.
  • Set your cooking schedule for Thursday


  • Prepare and refrigerate your deserts and side dishes.
  • Set the table and arrange seating. Place any additional fall decorations throughout the house.
  • Chill beverages and make extra ice cubes if you aren’t buying a bulk bag.

Thanksgiving Morning

  • Turn on the Thanksgiving Day parade and get into the spirit!
  • Follow the cooking schedule you set
  • Put the turkey in to roast
  • Defrost dinner rolls and any other frozen items.
  • Complete all other dishes needed such as salad, fruit trays, cheese platters, etc.

Serve, socialize, enjoy, and relax! From the P.C. Richard & Son family to yours, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!


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Prepare Your Oven for Thanksgiving with These Cleaning and Maintenance Tips


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many of us are preparing for opening our home to friends and family. We are going are over our grocery lists, pulling out the table settings, and cleaning and decorating our home in preparation for this holiday. However, there’s one important thing we all may overlook… our oven. We put a lot of faith in our ovens that day, so it’s smart to get it prepared as well.

Here are a few Tips:

Clean your oven now.  If you have a self cleaning oven do not use this feature the day before or day of a big holiday, as your oven could overheat and damage a key component such as a fuse or control board. Sometimes ovens can get stuck in self-clean mode. If this happens turn off the circuit breaker or unplug your oven for one minute to reset the power.

Check all burners to make sure everything is working properly. Use your oven a couple of days before hand to rule out any irregularities in temperature or uneven cooking.  If you find your oven is not heating properly, below are the most common things to check. Remember, to avoid personal injury (or death!), always unplug the appliance or disconnect the power before attempting any repairs yourself. Always turn off the gas at the source before repairing any gas appliance.

·         Bake Element.  The bake element is a black tube near the bottom of the oven about as thick as a pencil.  You can tell there’s a problem if the element glows only a little, only in certain areas along the element or not at all. If this is the case it will need to be replaced.


·         Broil Element.  The broil element is a black tube near the top of the oven, also about as thick as a pencil. When it is operating normally, the broil element will glow red hot. In most ovens the broil element comes on during pre-heat. If the oven doesn’t bake evenly, the broil element may have burned out. It is often obvious to see where the broil element has burned out because there will be a hole in the element or blisters on the outside of the element. If this is the case, it can’t be repaired and will need to be replaced.


·         Oven Igniter. If the oven won’t heat and the oven igniter glows for more than 90 seconds without igniting the gas flame, the oven igniter should be replaced.


·         Oven Thermostat. Some ovens have a thermostat bulb that can come loose, in which case you would find it lying on the bottom of the oven or resting against the heating element. If the thermostat sensing bulb is still in place, it could still be defective and may need to be replaced.

With some oven models, you can calibrate the temperature on a keypad. On other models there’s a thermostat knob that can be adjusted. Check your owner’s manual for complete instructions. If the thermostat isn’t calibrated correctly it may be that you have to replace a gasket. If this is the case, then you should contact a professional repairman.


·         Oven Control Board. An electronic oven control panel controls the oven when its buttons are used to set the oven’s temperature. Diagnostic codes, also known as fault codes, are shown on its display when there is a problem with the oven. If the display on your oven shows a code beginning with an “F,” there is a problem with a component in the control board or oven. Troubleshoot the control board to determine if it requires replacement.


·         Convection Element. If the oven doesn’t bake evenly during convection bake, the convection element might be burned out. The convection element is located near the convection fan and helps to heat the air circulating inside the oven. The convection element can be tested for continuity by using an Ohm meter. If the convection element is burned out it will need to be replaced.


·         Convection Motor. If the oven doesn’t bake evenly during convection bake and you’ve checked the convection element, the convection motor might be defective instead. The convection motor drives the convection fan and circulates the air inside the oven. The convection motor can also be tested for continuity by using an Ohm meter. If the motor shaft doesn’t turn freely, the motor bearings are probably bad and will have to be replaced.


·         Oven Sensor. The oven sensor works in conjunction with the oven control board – or clock – to regulate the temperature. The oven sensor is a simple electronic device which varies its resistance to electrical current as the temperature varies. If the oven doesn’t bake evenly, this oven sensor resistance might be incorrect. For small variations, often there is a calibration feature at the control board. On many models there is a certain pattern of pushing buttons in order to calibrate the control board to the oven sensor resistance. Check the owners’ manual for more information.

If your oven is not working at all, check to see if the oven’s wall plug is plugged in all the way first. A partially removed plug may be the reason your oven won’t turn on. If that’s not the case check your fuse box first to see if the oven blew a fuse. Older ovens have their own fuses. To check if one is blown unplug your oven first, then pull it out from behind the wall. The fuse is located under the range top on the back of the oven.  If you have checked the plug, fuse box, and all the above parts and still can’t locate the problem, it may be time to call a repairman.

If you wish to keep your range, stove, or oven operating safely and efficiently, you will need to make sure they are kept clean. Both the control panel and cook-top can be cleaned with non- abrasive cleaners. Always apply the cleaner to the rag other than the surface you wish to clean. The burner drip holes are usually not cleanable once they have been stained, so it’s often a better idea to replace them altogether. If the oven is not a self-cleaning model, you can use oven cleaner to maintain the interior. If your oven is self cleaning, simply follow the manufacturer’s instruction for the self cleaning setting. You may also need to replace your ovens light bulb from time to time if it burns out. Most ovens use a universal 40 watt bulb. Simply unscrew the old bulb and install the new one. Follow these simple steps and your appliance should continue to run great for many Thanksgivings to come!


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