VIKING FRIDGE HISTORY

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History

Headquartered in Greenwood, Mississippi, Viking is a privately held company that was established in 1983 and incorporated in 1984 by founder and president, Fred Carl, Jr. In 1987 Carl introduced the first commercial appliance marketed for residential use. Later, in 2000, Viking acquired the Amana 84″ W. Built-In refrigerator line and continues to market it, along with its own line of professional-quality appliances for home use.

Viking’s full line of professional refrigerators for home use includes its Professional and Designer Series, which makes a variety of models, including: Bottom-Mount, Side-By-Side, All Refrigerator and All Freezer refrigerators, along with Wine Cellars, Refrigerated Beverage Centers and Ice Machines.

While Viking claims that its refrigerators are energy efficient, it isn’t clear whether they have earned the Energy Star Seal.

Most of Viking’s refrigerators feature MeatSavor™ and Chill Zone drawers for produce.

Viking markets several lines of refrigerators, including:

Professional Series

  • 36″ Wide Bottom-Mount
  • 42″ Wide Side-By-Side
  • 48″ Wide Side-By-Side
  • All Refrigerator
  • All Freezer
  • Wine Cellars
  • Refrigerated Beverage Center
  • Ice Machine

Designer Series

  • 36″ Wide Bottom-Mount
  • 42″ Wide Side-By-Side
  • 48″ Wide Side-By-Side
  • All Refrigerator
  • All Freezer
  • Wine Cellars

 

Parts and repair information for your Viking refrigerator

Viking refrigerator parts and/or service information is product specific and available by calling Non-Technical Customer Service Support:             1-888-VIKING1       or             1-888-845-4641      , Option 2.

Call Absolute Appliance Repair NOW if you have any problems with your Viking Refrigerator or any other appliance!

Phone lines

(415) 831-1259             San Francisco
(415) 388-0690             Marin County
(650) 525-0512             South SF / Daly City / Pacifica

Most of Viking’s refrigerators come with a two-year full warranty, covering the complete unit; a six-year full warranty on sealed refrigeration system parts and automatic ice maker, if applicable; a 12-year limited warranty on sealed refrigeration system parts compressor, condenser, dryer/strainer, evaporator, and connecting tubing); and a 90-day limited warranty on cosmetic parts, such as: glass, painted items and decorative items. However, keep in mind, warranties may vary as they are product specific.

WHAT’S NEW IN APPLIANCES

After Stainless, Now What?

Is this the end of a 25-year run for stainless steel?

Stainless has been the big word in kitchen appliances for years. What’s next?

Major manufacturers are placing bets on different potential successors to the shiny, upscale appliance finish, which surprised everyone with its resilience.

It is a pivotal moment in kitchen design: While stainless steel is still the dominant look, there are clear signals it has outworn its welcome, even with no clear successor in place.

The appliance industry has tried to promote new looks before. In recent years, manufacturers have pitched “oiled bronze,” “antique copper” and a gray hue called “meteorite,” as well as aluminum and other look-alikes, but none has been able to unseat stainless steel.

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HISTORY OF WASHING MACHINES

Washing machines might be considered as one of the greatest inventions of science. Washing machines are there to help us out while doing laundry; they are used to automate the whole process of laundry and making it a child’s play.

In early times people use to wash clothes with hands and later on buckets were used to squeeze tumble and wash the clothes. The process was both painful and time consuming.

The first version of washing machine was not as dreamy as most people think but it was a blessing for many. The first washers created were more of a car engine then a washing machine and worked on a low speed one cylinder, the casing were also wooden and metal tubs were used. Back then washing clothes was a concept that was only to be used with hot water therefore the tubs were heated from below to create a good temperature. Apart from that there were no modern day fancy features in the machines and all the squeezing, twisting and tumbling were done by hand or manually. But with the advent of electronic motors, spinning system was introduced.

The first washing machine came into being in 1851 by James king and since that time there has been numerous modifications in the washing machines to make it according to the elevating demands of the modern times.

The first modern machine was introduced in the market in 1937 by General Electric. The invention of the washers was an instant hit and reached up to the mark of 913,000 units sold just in few years of being marketed. Since that time there have been number of washing machines producers from around the world and the modern day washing machine brings the same purpose of washing clothes but now it’s done with style and more convenience.

HOW TO TROUBLESHOOT A KITCHENAID ICE MAKER

If you enjoy serving cold drinks and iced cocktails to your friends and family, having an ice maker already built in with your freezer could prove to be a good investment. Luckily, KitchenAid offers a line of freezers that offers this very convenient feature. However, just like any other appliance inside your kitchen, the ice maker may eventually break down. If this happens, do not be too hasty in calling a repairman. Follow these simple steps in troubleshooting the KitchenAid Freezer ice maker first before calling in a professional.

  • If the freezer is plugged in but the ice maker is not functioning, check the on/off lever. The switch arm can be seen right above the ice bucket. There are instances when somebody dispenses too much ice, the ice cubes in the bucket pushes up the lever and it gets stuck in that position. If this happens, the ice maker is switched off automatically. Simply push on the lever one more time and listen if the motor will start running again. If the ice maker does not respond, proceed to the next step.
  • Check if the water hose supplies the trays with enough water. The water supply that feeds the trays comes from an outlet or faucet near the freezer unit. Impurities in the water can buildup in this hose causing the line to get blocked. If not enough water reaches the trays, the ice maker will not be able to produce ice. If you suspect that this is the problem, try to inspect the water hose from one end to the other. If there are parts that are bent or pinched, the water will not be able to pass through. Replace the hose if it has signs of wear or is damaged or punctured. Smooth it out if it has kinks. Push the hose firmly into the slot if it is hooked up loosely. This should solve the water supply problem and help your ice maker function properly again.
  • Pinch the ice maker’s filling hose to check if it is frozen. The filling hose is the tube that supplies water to the individual ice trays. If the water inside this tube freezes, water will not flow into the trays and the ice maker will not have any ice to dispense. To check if this is the issue with your ice maker, squeeze the hose and see if it still bends. If it feels hard, switch of the freezer and ice maker and wrap the hose with a washcloth or towel dipped in very hot water. You can also use a hair dryer to thaw the ice stuck inside the tube. Avoid using too much heat as the filling hose could melt.
  • Make certain that your freezer is set at 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Even though water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the KitchenAid freezer ice maker requires that the temperature inside the system stay above 10 degrees in order for the ice cubes to freeze quickly. Your ice maker might encounter problems in dispensing ice as quickly as needed if the freezer temperature is higher than the prescribed setting. Lower the temperature setting and observe the performance of your ice maker for a few hours and see if the problem has been addressed.

 

Once you have addressed any damage or defects in the ice maker, make sure that you maintain a clean and hygienic refrigerator to avoid contaminating the ice. If the ice starts to taste and smell funny, check the coating of the ice bucket. With frequent use, the interior coating of the ice bucket might erode and get mixed with the ice. This can affect the smell and taste of the ice being dispensed. If you see any peeling inside the bucket, go to the department store or any home improvement centers and purchase a brand new ice bucket.

BOSCH NEWS

Bosch Launches U.S. Dishwasher Line

Bosch Home Appliances in North American launched its next-generation dishwasher line. The new line is built on a new stainless steel platform designed to meet the needs of U.S. consumers. The new dishwashers feature a third rack on more models. It also features a European design and is engineered for the virtually silent performance that is a part of the Bosch reputation in the United States.

The redesigned dishwasher line incorporates a full-size stainless steel tub, enabling the use of larger racks while maintaining flush installation.

The third rack is now offered in Bosch 500 and 800 series models. The third rack adds 30% more loading area and provided more loading flexibility. The unique, V-shaped third rack allows room for long-stemmed wine glasses on the second rack while the center of the v-shaped rack provides space for large items and cooking utensils.

The company said it designed the 800 Plus to be the quietest dishwasher in North America, and has now been made quieter. The dishwasher achieved an industry-best 38 dBA performance in normal operation.

Bosch Home Appliances said its research shows noise is the No. 1 factor for consumers choosing a dishwasher. Company engineers addressed noise reduction with 18 unique sound-reduction technologies.

With the dishwasher noise level so low, an InfoLight has been included in some models to let consumers know their dishwasher is running. A TimeLight feature indicates time remaining.

The Bosch 800 Plus is the flagship of the dishwasher line includes: It has a suggested retail price of $1,449 – $2,099.

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HOW TO USE FLASH DEFROST ON A KENMORE FREEZER

Kenmore freezers have a flash defrost feature that allows you to quickly thaw out the ice inside the unit. Cleaning the interior of the unit can then be quickly accomplished provided you take the necessary steps.

Here are the steps for using the flash defrost on a Kenmore freezer.

  • Remove all the contents inside the freezer. Keep the contents in basins or place them on towels or several sheets of newspaper to control melting liquids. Keep a dishrag nearby to wipe away the excess melt-water. You should also spread newspapers around the freezer to catch the melt-off. If an item needs to be kept cold, keep it in an ice-box or cooler.
  • Turn on the flash defrost button.This button will activate the heating coil that will thoroughly melt all the ice at a much faster rate than simply exposing it to room temperature. The accompanying user’s manual should indicate how long it will take for your freezer model to finish defrosting. Keep the freezer door open during the defrosting cycle and clean-up, as closing it will halt the flash defrost cycle.
  • Turn off the flash defrost before cleaning the interior. Once all the ice has melted, switch off the flash defrost plunger and remove the plug from outlet to prevent any chance of an electrical accident. Use a washrag to wipe the interior of dirt and liquid; you can also use baking soda to remove bad odors. You may use a bit of liquid soap or detergent to remove stains and odors. Make sure to remove excess moisture before re-plugging the unit. Avoid using toxic cleaning supplies that may contaminate the freezer contents. Make sure the power cord is not exposed to moisture when cleaning the unit.
  • Re-plug the freezer. Switch the freezer on and return all the contents back in place. You can add activated carbon to prevent odors from building up. Clean the work area and properly dispose of the wet newspapers.
  • Troubleshoot a faulty flash defrost. If the freezer isn’t defrosting quickly when you set the flash defrost on, check if the unit is plugged in the socket. The freezer should also be open during this cycle. Do not expose any wires while the unit is plugged in or the interior is still moist. If the flash defrost still won’t operate, contact the Kenmore service center to ask for help or schedule for repairs. You may still defrost the freezer manually by exposing the interior to room temperature, but keep the contents in ice boxes or store them temporarily in your neighbor’s freezer until you can clean and power up your freezer again. Make similar arrangements with the contents while the freezer is being examined and repaired.

Do not operate your freezer under direct sunlight or expose it to the elements to prevent it from being damaged prematurely. Read the user manual thoroughly and operate the freezer within stated parameters, and do not store any item that will prevent the freezer door from closing properly.

 

BOSCH REFRIGERATORS TROUBLESHOOT

How to Troubleshoot Bosch Refrigerators

Instruction

  1. Check that the plug is inserted into the household power outlet at the wall. If there’s no text displayed on the display panel, it is because there is no power to the fridge
  2. Make sure that the door hasn’t been left open if the warning signal sounds. The warning signal means the temperature is rising, and frozen food can be at risk. Visually inspect that the ventilation3
  3. Ensure that the temperature controls are set correctly if the fridge or freezer compartments get too cold.
  4. Check that the water supply is on if the icemaker isn’t producing ice. Test the water supply by using the water dispenser on the door. If “IWD Off” is displayed on the panel, the ice and water are supplies are off and need to be turned on again.
  5. Press the “Condensation Heating” switch near the ice dispenser and water outlet on the door if condensation forms on the outside of the refrigerator. If the environment around the refrigerator is too humid, the appliance can compensate for that.
  6. Run the self-test program to identify major faults. Switch the refrigerator off and wait five minutes. Switch the refrigerator on again. Press the “Select” and “Options” buttons at the same time for five seconds. The self-test will commence. Keep an eye on the display. “E” indicates a fault which needs reporting to customer service.

 

THE BEST DISHWASHERS OF 2012

Dishwashers are available at a huge range of prices and sizes, but which are the best of 2012? This particular appliance is a significant investment, and you want to make sure your dollars are well spent. Luckily, consumer reviews and professional analyses are available to point you in the right direction. Here are the best dishwashers of 2012.

Size Comes First 

Typically, a kitchen dishwasher will fit a 24-inch space under the kitchen counter and has a hot water pipe, drain, and electrical wiring to hook up. While this is the most common, this is not the only size out there. There are designer drawer dishwashers that are typically more expensive, but they are also sleek, compact, and allow for separate washing cycles. The drawback is that consumers have found this individual style does not clean as effectively as the larger group wash. There are compact and even portable dishwashers as well, starting at $400 for those who have smaller living spaces. But when most people purchase a dishwasher, they are selecting the standard built-in model.

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