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Officially HVACR Certified!

Congratulations are in order for Immediate Appliance Service CEO and senior technician Rob Gerrity, who—as of May 2017—is officially HVACR certified by the State of New Jersey as a Master HVACR Contractor.

Per a new law recently passed in New Jersey, technicians who work on HVACR systems are required to not only be EPA-certified, but licensed through consumer affairs as well. With nearly 30 years in the business, Immediate Appliance is proud to announce our license and wish to encourage consumers to make informed choices when it comes to booking repair service on sealed systems.

According to Consumer Affairs, the State Board of HVACR Examiners licenses contractors by ensuring that:
1.) all heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors meet all educational requirements for licensure
2.) heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors who have broken the state’s consumer protection laws are investigated and
3.) all heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors are required to be licensed by the state and to renew their licenses every two years

 

How to Clean Your Clothing Dryer: Stain Targeting Tips

Pennies. Credit cards. Pens.

At some point in your life, you’ve probably suffered one sort of dryer related disaster or anything, whether a rogue ballpoint pen burst all over your favorite blouse, or something plastic melted onto the tub, or a stringy wad of gum got stuck to the spin basket.

Stains inside your clothes dryer can be as dubious as the actual stains on your clothing—and perhaps even more destructive. Below, here are some surefire ways to get those icky, oft-accidental stains and spills cleaned up!

Note: Make sure your dryer has first been unplugged before cleaning inside the drum!

Ink: Ink spills from pens are the worst! First, run the dryer for about 10 minutes to make the ink easier to remove with a dampened rag soaked in rubbing alcohol. Keep changing the rag to avoid spreading the stain. Rinse with a clean damp cloth and water and once all ink seems to be eliminated, run a dry cycle with an old white towel.

Crayon wax: If you can find stuck-on pieces of crayon wax, gently scrape that off with an old credit card first. Then, using a soft rag sprayed with just a hint of WD-40 (spray onto the rag, not the drum itself), rub at the stain until remove. Finally, scrub with warm, soapy water.

Dye: Soak old towels in a solution of three gallons of hot water to one cup of household bleach. While wearing protective goggles/glasses and rubber gloves, wring the towels nearly dry and then toss into the drum. Run the dryer for 30 minutes on an air-fluff setting and repeat until no longer needed.

Lipstick: First, remove as much as you can using a dry cloth, preferably if the dryer is still warm. Then, once the dryer has been cooled down and unplugged, wipe with a soft damp cloth and rubbing alcohol. You can then try a load of old towels in the machine to remove any excess remaining.

Gum: First scrape off as much hardened gum as you can with n old credit card. Use a blow-dryer to soften any remaining gum and then remove the softened candy by scraping again with the old credit card. Finally,  wipe down the stained area with an all-purpose cleanser soaked cloth before wiping dry.

5 Tips For Hosting a Stress Free Holiday Party in Your Home

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but even holiday cheer comes with its fair share of stress. From last-minute shopping to crazy traffic, a person can go mad preparing for Christmas and the holiday season, especially if you’re hosting a party at your home.

Below, find out 5 surefire tips to ensure a stress-free holiday party planning experience:

1.Make a list
Now matter how good a memory you have, creating a list of the things you need to buy and the things you need to do before your event will help you stay on budget, stay organized and not over-buy or under-buy (i.e. forget!) items you’ll be kicking yourself for not having later.

2. Cook in advance
Thinking of cooking for your party day-of? Big mistake — huge! The day of your event should be dedicated to preparing the space, decorating and getting ready. (Hey, the party host needs to look good, too.) Plus, you’ll be thankful to have saved time in the event of last minute issues. Instead, prepare the foods you can beforehand, likely the night before.

3. Clean as you go
One of the biggest stresses caused by throwing a party is the messy aftermath. However, you can alleviate much of the burden by cleaning up as the night progresses. For example, as you notice spills, clean them up quickly instead of waiting until later. Collect trash and throw it out as you find it, and place dishes in the dishwasher instead of allowing them to pile up in the sink.

4. Expect the unexpected
Sometimes more folks than you anticipated show up for your holiday party—or people who didn’t RSVP, or people who you may have invited at the last minute. Oops! Always be sure to have plenty of extra food and beverages on hand so you can accommodate any surprise guests. In addition, it’s smart to have a handful of extra gift bags tucked away with thoughtful yet flexible presents ready for those awkward moments when someone brings you an unexpected gift. Some great wine, chocolates, candles, beautiful scarfs and toiletries (think Lush or Bath & Body Works) go a long way.

5. Make it a potluck
Stressed about staying within your budget? Not sure what your party guests will like to eat? Or just looking to shake things up? Make your party a potluck and encourage your friends to bring their favorite homemade or take-out dish! This way, you can achieve delicious variety while saving your budget for gifts, fun decor, and games!

All Treats, No Tricks: Which Halloween Treats to Eat or Avoid

Halloween is a (fun but) scary time of year, especially if you’re trying to eat healthy! But not all treats are one giant trick when it comes to your waistline—some candies are just better for you than others. Below, find out which treats to avoid and which you can indulge in!

TAKE A BITE

Snickers
Thick and chewy, you probably wont eat more than one or two Snickers, and they also contain less fat and saturated fat than a Reese’s Cup.

Peanut M&Ms
These favorites not only contain peanuts (protein!) but also are low on the glycemic index, which means they’ll keep you satisfied without spiking your sugar.

York Peppermint Patty
Three York candies only contain 150 calories and 3 grams of fat!

Bubble Yum
One piece of this gum contains only 25 calories and 5 grams of sugar, and you’re more likely to keep chewing on that than moving onto another piece of candy so quickly.

Kit Kat
With only 30mg of sodium and few calories than most chocolate candy treats, a Kit Kat is your best bet. Plus, you can share it!

AVOID

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Reese’s are lighter and fluffier than most chocolate candies, which makes them addicting and easy to get carried away with.

Skittles
These sugary little candies are high on the glycemic index, which means they release sugar into your bloodstream quickly.

Butterfinger
A single “fun size” Buterfinger packs a caloric punch of 200 calories and 100mg of sodium. Yikes!

Tootsie Pop
One pop contains 60 calories and 10 grams of sugar. It’s just not worth it for some a small treat!

Twix
Bursting with sodium (90mg), there are far healthier chocolate options.

15 Cool Ways To Use Your Toaster Oven

Your toaster oven can be oft’ overlooked. But don’t take this little gem for granted. In fact, the toaster oven is one of the most versatile appliances around, and can be utilized in a plethora of ways to create a number of tasty dishes (as well as other unique uses).

Check out these fifteen cool uses for your toaster oven today!

1. Dehydrate fruits and vegetables.

2. Reheat leftovers.

3. Roast meat and vegetables.

4. Warm your plates before a meal to keep your food from getting cold.

5. Bake cookies, cakes, muffins, and/or quick breads.

6. Bake a pizza.

7. Make quick, delicious biscuits.

8. Heat up a side dish when your oven is already in use.

9. Cook bacon.

10. Toast subs.

11. Melt pieces of broken crayons into new, larger crayons.

12. Roast nuts.

13. Toast coconut.

14. Make baked potatoes.

15. Make croutons.