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+ How do I calculate the CFM needed for my range hood?
You can calculate the CFM three ways
By stove size: (Stove width / 12”) x 100
By room size: Length ft x Width ft x Height ft
By stove BTU’s: Total Stove BTU’s / 100.
+ How high should I mount my hood above my stove?
Always check with the manufacturer first, but the typical rule of thumb is typically anywhere between 28-36".
+ What is the width of the range hood that I need for my installation?
For wall-mounted indoor installations, the range hood will need to be the same width as the range/rangetop you are installing it over. For island-mounted installations and outdoor range hoods, we suggest going up a size in width. For islands, a larger size will allow for the hood to efficiently catch the grease and smoke rather than going around the sides of the hood. For outdoor hoods, grills produce much more grease and smoke - so the addition of a larger hood will be preferred to operate successfully.
+ What is the depth of the range hood that I need for my installation?
It is recommended to cover at least 100% of back burners and 50% of front burners.
+ How do I know if I need to have a recirculating range hood?
If you do not have the option to vent your range hood outside, you can purchase a recirculating range hood (also called a ductless range hood). These hoods will need a set of filters to be installed so they can clean the air that is vented through the bottom of your hood and push the cleansed air back into your kitchen.
+ How do range hood charcoal filters work?
The filters will differ depending on which appliance manufacturer you are purchasing from. However, the purpose of charcoal filters are to purify the air that is vented through when you are using your range hood.
+ How often do the charcoal filters for my range hood need to be replaced?
Always check with the manufacturer first, but it is typically around 6 months depending on your cooking habits and usage.
+ How do I clean the baffle filters of my range hood?
Always check with the manufacture of your product first, but typically, they can be taken down and washed in the dishwasher.
+ Do I need a ventaliation system for my range?
We recommend using a ventilation system for your range, as they help keep your air clean and free of smoke. Cooking can cause grease, smoke, and other chemicals to be released into the air. A ventilation system such as a range hood or a microwave with an underneath venting can help eliminate these and keep your house's air fresh and clean.
+ How do I clean the burners of my range?
To clean the burner caps, first remove them by lifting them from the burners. Use warm, soapy water to clean the burner caps. Ensure these caps are dried completely before placing them back on the burners.
+ How do I clean the enamel of my range?
We recommend using warm, soapy water applied with a soft sponge or towel. Be sure to avoid using abrasive cleaning solutions or tools, as well as leaving acid-based substances on the range's enamel.
+ What is the difference between a free-standing range and a slide-in range?
A slide-in range is meant to be placed between your kitchen countertops to have a flush finish, as this range is not finished on either side or in the back. A free-standing range is finished on both sides, so you can place this range either between your countertops or on its own!
+ Which is preferred: Electric or gas ovens?
Please refer to our blog on choosing between a gas or electric range. This includes in-depth descriptions of both electric and gas range ovens. Find it on the blog tab on our site!
+ How do I find how many BTU's my range has?
Most kitchen appliance manfacturer's have the BTU's of their ranges listed on their websites. Try searching your brand and model number, or give their customer service line a call for the exact BTU's.
+ What is a fridge's ideal temperature?
According to the FDA, your refrigerator temperature should be at or below 40°F/ 4°C. Your freezer temperature should be at 0°F/-18°C.
+ What are the best methods to clean my fridge?
Be sure to remove all foods before starting your disinfecting. Take out drawers and shelves and place them in hot soapy water to soak, then wipe all surfaces clean with disinfecting wipes or hot soapy water. For thicker tougher stains, mix a small amount of baking soda with a little bit of warm water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the stain and leave for an hour before wipring away with a sponge.
+ Are there any downsides to moving my old fridge into the garage?
Refrigerators are designed to be kepy within a room temperature of 60-100 degrees. If you live in a place with extreme seasons and your garage is not insulated, it is possible that your fridge may not work properly.
+ What is the difference between a built-in fridge and a freestanding fridge?
Built-in fridges are not finished on the sides or back of the product. This allows you do have a flush finish with the wall or cabinetry around the fridge. Freestanding fridges are more traditional and make for an easier install. This is because the fridge is finished on all sides.
+ How do I get rid of the odor in my fridge?
The most popular at home solution for ridding of odors is leaving an open container of baking soda in the fridge. Leave the baking soda in the fridge for at least 24 hours and remove the baking soda once the odor has disappeared. Another at home remedy is using ground coffee beans and placing them in the fridge. Prevent odors from occurring again by starting a cleaning routine for your fridge by clearing out any food weekly or biweekly.
+ How do I prevent the odor from my fridge?
Start by clearing out your entire fridge and deep-cleaning the shelves and drawers thoroughly with an approved kitchen solution or soapy water. Maintain your fridge by clearing out expired food weekly or bi-weekly. Clean any spills as soon as possible to prevent any stains from forming.
+ How do I get rid of the odor in my dishwasher?
Vinegar is typically a great tool to use in order to get rid of odors from grease, mildew, and old detergent build up. Fill up a cup or bowl with about a cup of vinegar and place it on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run it on a single cycle with the hottest setting, then open the door to let it air dry once the cycle is complete. You can also add a couple drops of essential oils to the vinegar if you arent too stoked about the scent of vinegar, either.
+ How do I get rid of stains in my dishwasher?
You can get rid of stains in your dishwasher the same way you get rid of odor. Vinegar works well in removing grease and old detergent stains as well as odors. You can also sprinkle a bit of baking soda at the bottom of your dishwasher and let it run a cycle to get rid of grime and grease, too.
+ How often should I clean my dishwasher?
We recommend cleaning your dishwasher about 4 times a year. However, more may be necessary depending on odors and grease build up.
+ What is the proper way to load a dishwasher?
There is a way to load your dishwasher in an efficient way that maximizes space. Check out our blog and our video on how to effectively load a dishwasher! To learn more dishwasher loading best practices, Click Here!
+ Why isn't my dishwasher draining all the way after the cycle is complete?
If your dishwasher isnt draining properly, make sure there isnt any food or build up on the drain or filters. Sometimes food particles and residue can cause a blockage to the drain. If the problem persists, contact the manufacturer or get a local plumber out to take a look.
+ What should the temperature of the water going into the dishwasher be?
Always check with your manufacturer, but a great rule of thumb is to have the water entering the dishwasher be no lower than 120 degrees F and no more than 150 degrees F. Make sure the dishwasher is connected to the hotwater line and not cold.
+ What are the different types of kitchen sink sizes?
The most common kitchen sink sizes include the standard single bowl, doube bowl, and triple bowl.
+ What is the difference between an undermount sink and a top mounted sink?
Top mounted sinks (also called a drop-in sinks) are the most popular sink for kitchen designs. These sinks have a visible lip around the top to hold it in place. Undermount sinks are installed below the countertops and leave you with a bit more countertop space.
+ What is the standard size of a kitchen sink?
The sink size will depends on multiple variables, including what will fit your needs and what available cabinet space you have. The most standard size of a kitchen sink is 33" W. However, there are many different sink sizes on the market.
+ How do I get rid of the odor coming from my sink?
Getting rid of odor from a sink is an easy fix, with many at home remedies to choose from. First, we recommend running the water and turning on the disposal to rid of any larger food that may be sitting in there. You can use citrus rinds and turn on the disposal to have a nice, fruity smell in your kitchen. Baking soda and vinegar can also be used as a solution for bad odors.
+ How often should I clean my sink?
It is always a great idea to clean your sink as often as possible, especially after handling raw meat or messy foods in the sink. This will help prevent odors coming from the sink as well. We recommend thoroughly cleaning your sink at least once a week.
+ How do I prevent my sink from getting clogged?
A great way to prevent your sink from getting clogged is to run hot water after you are done cleaning your dishes. To give your sink drain an extra cleanse, throw vinegar down the drain and do not run your sink for at least 30 minutes.
+ How do I fix a clogged sink?
There are several different methods to fixing a clogged sink, and you may have to use multiple methods to fix it. If you are not experienced with plumbing, we recommend calling a plumber to fix this for you. First, take a look in the garbage disposal to see if something large has obstructed the drainage. One at home method that is the least time consuming is using hot water, then putting baking soda own the drain and waiting up to 15 minutes. After, pour vinegar down the drain and more hot water.
+ What is the best method of cleaning my faucet?
Knowing your faucet's finish is critical for knowing what solution is best to clean your faucet with. Typically, using dish soap and warm water is a great go-to for a quick clean of your faucet. For removing a build up of grime or stains, a white vinegar and water solution or a baking soda and water solution should do the trick.
+ What are the different kinds of faucet finishes?
There are many different finishes sold by various manufacturers, however, the most popular are stainless steel, chrome, copper, and matte black. Always check with the manufacturer to find out the finish of your faucet.
+ Why is my faucet leaking?
There are many things that can cause a leaky faucet, however, these are the most common: improper installation, a warn out washer, acorroded valve seat, a problem in the O ring. These are things you can check on your own. However, if you dont feel comfortable, we suggest contacting the manufacturer or a local plumber to check it for you.
+ What is the difference between pull-down faucets and standard faucets?
Pull-down faucets have a detachable nozzle at the end of the "goose neck" of the faucet. It is essentially a built-in sprayer that you can pull down to spray down dishes and clean out your sink. A standard faucet typically has a stationary water faucet with a side sprayer that can pull out to do what a pull-down faucet can.
+ Am I able to use a built-in microwave as a tabletop microwave?
No, built-in microwave have exposed sides that will heat up when the microwave is in use. Built-in microwaves are meant to be installed in a cabinet, such as a built-in range or fridge would be.
+ What are the benefits of installing a microwave drawer?
Microwave drawers are a great addition to any home. This allows you to free up your space by clearing up the counterspace or the space above your range (giving you the perfectly opporunity to upgrade with a range hood!). You also have the ability to install the drawer anywhere in your kitchen under cabinets. What's not to love with a sleek, modern microwave drawer?
+ How do I get rid of a scratch on my stainless steel appliance?
For smaller scratches, we recommend using an approved store-bought copper cleaner solution to buff it out. You can also use a stainless steel polish. For deeper scratches, wet sandpaper can do the trick. When is doubt of doing this yourself, talk to a professional to see if this can be done for you.
+ How do I replace the charcoal filter on my microwave?
Standard charcoal filters are located in the grill ventilation system on the top of the microwave. To replace them, remove the necessary screws attaching this piece and remove the grill cover. Swap out the filters and reattach the grill cover. Always make sure to check with your microwave manufactuer for specific guidelines on replacing your charcoal filters. You can typically find the manufacturer and model number of your microwave on the inside of the oven.
+ What kind of cookware can I place in my microwave?
Only use microwave-safe plates, bowls, etc in the microwave. There are many materials that should never be placed in a microwave, as it can cause harm to your product and potentially yourself it used. Avoid using: Aluminum foil, plastic containers or bags, styrofoam, metal, and so on. If you have to question whether or not it is microwave safe, it is likely not.
+ Can I install a range hood in my outdoor kitchen?
Yes, we suggest installing a ventilation system (such as a range hood) over your grill or outdoor stove. Just be sure it is made from outdoor-approved material such as a 304 grade stainless steel.
+ What's the best method for cleaning and maintaining my outdoor grill?
To maintain your grill, make sure you keep it covered and clean it regularly (such as spot cleaning after every use with your brush). To clean more heavily, we suggest scrubbing it with your brush and then removing the burner protectors to scrub them down with hot soapy water and a sponge.
+ How do I clean my stainless steel appliance?
Always check with the manufacturer of your product first. We recommend using a stainless steel cleaner and wiping it clean with a microfiber cloth. You can also use hot soapy water.
+ What does gauge mean?
Gauge is the measurement of stainless steel. The thinner the stainless steel, the higher the gauge number will be. This is vice versa for thicker stainless steel material i.e. lower gauge stainless steel will be more costly and durable.
+ How do I get rid of a scratch on my stainless steel appliance?
For smaller scratches, we recommend using an approved store-bought copper cleaner solution to buff it out. You can also use a stainless steel polish. For deeper scratches, wet sandpaper can do the trick. If you're unsure about this DIY solution, we recommend hiring a local professional to handle this for you.
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