To get your rebate, go to www.mnappliancerebate.com or call 1-877-230-9119. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, but you cannot apply for a rebate until you have made an eligible purchase. So you better hurry, before you miss out for the second time! (At the time of this blog, more than $500,000 in rebate funds remained, with about one-quarter being used.)
Shoppers lined up Saturday before 6 a.m. — in the falling snow — drinking coffee served by president Jeff Warner and his niece Meg. After the doors opened at 7, people slapped SOLD tags on anything from a replacement microwave to a full, pro-style kitchen with steam laundry.
Still, the weather slowed our traffic a bit from normal warehouse sale levels, which meant two things:
Fewer cookies eaten by customers and more cookies eaten by those of us working as cashiers (oops!)
A bunch of discount appliances still need good homes
Even if you were deterred by the weather (or the Vikes) and couldn’t make it out to us this time, you can still help these lonely appliances by taking advantage of the low prices on our leftover inventory. Appliances will be making their way back to our stores, especially our Minneapolis appliance outlet.
Thanks to everyone who made this another successful sale. Everyone in our company pitched in for this, so the appreciation ran deep from our employees to our customers.
On a personal note, I realized once again why this sale is my absolute favorite day to work all year. I met so many of our great customers, who shared their stories and excitement with me — it’s really a treat for me, so thank you 🙂
We’ll have thousands of appliance deals on hand for Warners’ Stellian’s (now-famous) Extreme Warehouse Sale, taking place 7 a.m. to 5 :30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14.
No matter how many people come to our warehouse sale door this week and call our sales line, there’s absolutely no early shopping allowed. But…I can give you a sneak peek of the deals smart shoppers will be snapping up at our St. Paul appliance warehouse (550 Atwater Circle, 1 miles north of I-94 & Dale).
With the official start of hot dish season Thursday, the migration of cooks inside from their grills to their ranges commences.
At least that’s what I’m cooking. Sure, a couple times a year, we clear out the racks to accommodate a turkey and ham. Or you might be a bread-baker. (I’m more of a meatloaf-maker, myself.)
But I’d venture that most of you most the time need the height of just one rack.
So why do you need to use such a big oven all time? You don’t, which is we’re seeing more kitchens with double oven ranges and more brands making them. Using the smaller oven means you preheat faster, use less energy and, best of all, don’t have to bend down so far to put in/pull out your pans.
Note: Tell me why you’d like to go to AIA-MN’s Homes By Architects Tour in the comments by 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 for a chance to score a pair of tickets. I’ll probably choose at random, unless someone writes a super good comment.
If you’ve replaced your refrigerator within the last several years, your shiny new model might be making its presence known in noisier way.
For one, foam insulation — often used to make these appliances more energy-efficient — lacks the sound-baffling capabilities of fiberglass insulation incorporated into previous energy hogs.
Here’s some other “normal” sounds to expect, along with their abnormal counterparts:
A boiling, surging or gurgling sound as the compressor starts and stops. Also, a pop as the evaporator expands and contracts after defrosting.
The sound of air being forced through the unit is normal, but a continuous ticking or even intermittent squealing is abnormal.
Sizzling or hissing sound from water dropping onto the heater during defrost cycle
Newer fridges’ compressors are much more efficient and run much faster, giving off a high-pitched hum, whine or pulse. But watch out for clicking during start up (especially if the lights dim), banging or knocking during start or stop, a ping or snap followed by the compressor stopping.
Cold control and defrost timer
A snapping or ticking sound as the refrigerator turns on and off
Cracking or popping as the temperatures change
Running water during or after the defrost cycle
Buzzing, clicking or running water as the icemaker fills or water is dispensed
Cracking of ice and cubes dropping into the bin
Air being forced over the condenser is normal, but squealing from the motor is abnormal.
You should hear a surging or gurgling sound from the flow of refrigerant when the compressor runs, but an improperly placed drain pan could cause rattling.
If the normal sounds bother you, consider a piece of rubber-backed carpet for underneath the fridge. You could even put sound absorbing materials inside the cabinet if the refrigerator sits in an enclosure.