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So You Bought An Appliance. Now What?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

You’ve just taken possession of your new appliance. Congratulations! The first thing to do is find the warranty card, fill out the necessary information, mail it to the manufacturer. After all the time you spent picking which product you wanted, don’t you want to know how to get the best use out of it? Grab a cup of tea or a glass of soda and learn about all the wonderful things your new toy can do for you.

The appliances we use today are much more advanced than ones made years ago. There are water-saving features with dishwashers and washing machines, and “energy-saving” is the buzzword for refrigerators and cooking appliances.

Here are just a few helpful hints I’d like to share with you.

- Dishwashers and washers require less soap than your old units. The soap dispensers in dishwashers do not need to be filled all the way, and too much soap leaves a white powdery film.
- Using a rinse-aid in the dishwasher helps the dishes to dry faster, leaves less spots and is recommended by the manufacturer.
- If the washing machine says to use HE soap, purchase only that kind. It is created just for these machines and a very small amount is required. More doesn’t always mean better (it only applies to chocolate and sleep).
- If you’ve gotten a refrigerator, be advised that it takes up to 24 hours for it to “settle” and know that it’s in a new home. This would be a good time to remove any tape holding parts in place, because if you wait until later it may not come off and I speak from experience…years of experience.
- Since we’re talking about refrigerators, stainless steel seems to be popular with a lot of folks. The biggest problem (granted, it’s cosmetic) is fingerprints. We have a premium stainless steel cleaner that works like a charm on those handprints. It’s Eco-friendly, made by Bayes and is only $9.95. They also make Eco-friendly cleaners for glass, ceramic, enamel, granite, marble, natural stone surfaces, barbeque cleaner and protectant, wood and bamboo cleaner, and even leather upholstery. All these products are only $9.95 for 125-175L per bottle.
- If you need a special part, our Appliance Parts Department can order any part for your appliance.

For more information, please contact our appliance service department or speak with a customer service representative through our live chat tool.

-Diane L.

What Appliance Uses The Most Energy In Your Home?

Monday, July 19th, 2010

HVAC at Abt

Hello again, I’m back with more green tips for you!

Last time we talked about your refrigerator which uses the second most energy of any appliance in your home.  What’s the first?  Your HVAC system.  At this time of year it is your air conditioner using the bulk of your electricity.  I thought we should take a moment to review what you can do to get the most from your AC.

  • If you are buying a new AC, of course buying an energy star unit should be your first choice.
  • If buying central air, get the highest SEER (seasonal energy efficiency rating) you can.  The higher the number, the less energy you will use.
  • Add a programmable thermostat to your existing central air unit.  That way you can program it to cool your house around the times you are actually there.  No reason for the AC to be running full tilt when no one is there.
  • If adding a window unit, try to place it in a window that is in the shade.  Placing your window unit AC in direct sunlight can reduce its efficiency by up to 10%.
  • If you don’t have shade, plant a tree or two.  Trees naturally cool the air and will cut the heat generated by the sun significantly.  Not to mention trees clean pollution from the air!
  • Can’t plant trees?  Install vinyl shades and opaque drapes to your windows.  Both of these can drastically reduce interior temperatures and allow less use of the AC.
  • Don’t run heat generating appliances like dishwashers, clothes dryers, or ovens during the hottest times of the day.  Save those chores for the morning or evening.  The added heat just makes your AC run even harder.
  • Change your light bulbs.  Incandescent light bulbs emit a good amount of heat.  Going to CFL or LED light bulbs can reduce the heat output of your bulbs by 65-80%.
  • Finally, don’t run the AC when the temperature outside is at or below what you have your AC set at.  Open up those windows and let mother nature cool your house for you.  Best of all, she won’t send you a bill!

Stay green and stay cool everyone.

-Tim S.

Abt Discusses Appliance Rebate Program on ABC7

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Monday morning, ABC 7 News visited Abt to discuss the stimulus program for appliances, beginning Friday. Illinois received $12 million for Energy Star qualifying hot water heaters, central air conditioners, furnaces, and appliances.

The rebate began for hot water heaters, central air conditioners, and furnaces on January 31st of this year. Half of the stimulus money has already been doled out.

Beginning this Friday, April 16, any in-store purchase of Energy Star qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners from participating retailers will be eligible for a rebate. The rebate program ends April 25th or when the funds run out.

The Illinois government has imposed a cap on the rebate program. A maximum rebate of $400 per appliance will be allowed. Prior to the new rebate cap, 15% of the cost of the appliance was going to be reimbursed. The change will enable more people to participate in the program and the funding will reach more participants. This will ensure that high-end appliance purchases will not deplete the funds too quickly.

There are a couple of ways to participate in the rebate program. You will automatically receive your rebate on Energy Star qualifying appliances at the point-of-purchase. There is an additional $75 mail-in-rebate exists for those who opt to recycle old refrigerators and freezers.

The recycling rebate must be filled out and mailed in. Those who elect to recycle their old refrigerators and freezers will pay the $29-$49 Abt fee and then they will receive the $75 after the rebate is processed.

-Kelly B.

Do You Live in the Chicagoland area?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Are you a local Abt customer? On Abt.com there is a section just for you! At the bottom of the home page there is a link below the “Assistance Tab” labeled “Chicagoland Customers.” Once linked to the section, you will find general store information, shopping support, department information, specific store information, and post-sales support.

In the shopping support category, you can find answers to questions like, “How much will it cost to install my refrigerator?” You will find information on payment options, the price match policy, Abt’s computer services, and financing offers.

If you need directions, would like to know about in-store events, cooking classes, even appliance hook-up information, you can find it all on the Chicagoland Customers page on Abt.com.

Do you think that we cover all the basics? Would you like to see more information, let me know!

-Kelly B.

Customer Appreciation Sale Fun

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale is in full-swing. Stop now through Monday to celebrate 74 years of great prices, experienced sales specialists, and outstanding customer service. Our customers-in-training will enjoy face painting and balloon animals. While you’re here, don’t forget to have a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie from the world-famous cookie kitchen. The sale ends Monday; don’t miss the fun and special pricing. See you when you get here!

-Kelly B.

Win With Abt and Frigidaire

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Are all of your appliances out-dated, falling apart, older than the willow tree in your front yard?

Don’t hold back! Tell us why you think you deserve to win the Frigidaire Ultimate Kitchen Makeover Contest. You have the opportunity to let us know why your kitchen needs a makeover.

Abt Electronics and Frigidaire are giving you the opportunity to let us know, in 150 words or less, why you deserve a dream appliance makeover. Your entry must be in before September 30, 2009 and it must be non-fiction.

The contest will be judged based on the following criteria:
Inspirational=50%
Insightful= 25%
Originality=25%

The grand prize consists of:
1 Professional Frigidaire Side-by-Side Refrigerator
1 Professional Frigidaire Dishwasher
1 Professional Free Standing Range
1 Professional Over-the-Range Microwave

To enter the Frigidaire Ultimate Kitchen Makeover Contest and for all the rules Click Here

-Kelly B.

Dollars for Dishwashers???

Friday, August 28th, 2009


“Cash for Appliances” is the latest Federal stimulus program. Similar to the “Cash for Clunkers” program, the government is hoping to stimulate the economy and help consumers save money in the long run with Energy Star appliances.

According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal (where Abt’s showroom was featured), each state will individually determine how much of a $50 to $200 rebate will be offered for specific energy-saving appliances.

Abt’s General Manager, Mark Cook, spoke with both ABC and NBC’s local news stations about the latest incentive program on August 26, 2009.

Abt is currently offering great deals on Energy Star Appliances, contact any Abt appliance specialist for details. Click Here

For more information on the new Federal Program, “Cash for Appliances,” Click here

Also, to read more on “Cash for Appliances” follow the link to the Wall Street Journal Article, Click here

 

-Kelly B.