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There’s nothing like a hot meal on a cold day after work. People have always sought to find ways to better heat their food and the innovation of the stove really changed the game. Before that people were mostly heating their food on top of fires. We thought we’d take a look at the history of the stove and how it has changed over the decades and centuries. 

 

The very first stoves took the form of open hearths made out of stone and using an open fire. The first cast-iron stove was produced in Massachusetts around 1642. Picture an iron box with wood or coal inside. A man named Benjamin Thomspon designed early cooking devices that controlled heat as early as the 1790s. The main lightbulb here, was the idea of taking the open hearth fire idea and containing it in a box with the ability to control the flame or heat. About one hundred years later a familiar name — Benjamin Franklin—came up with what came to be known as the Pennsylvania fireplace, which took from the idea of the cast iron stove and implemented new ideas of  the heating stove. This innovation used burned wood on a grate and added a heat control aspect with sliding doors. This particular stove became popular and widely used across North America and was able to warm farmhouses, city dwellings, and cabins. 

 

In the next couple of decades, advancements to this concept were made by adding grates for cooking food came about in 1800. As the 20th century rolled around, cooking food became the primary function of these stoves. Later in the 20th century, these stoves were replaced by steel ranges or ovens that were powered by natural gas or electricity. The main change came as manufacturers looked for other sources of heat beyond wood and coal. New gas ranges did not disperse that much excess heat and were able to stand on their own, which was a big appeal for the modern kitchen. 

 

A gas cook stove arrived in the early 1900s. These had a burner top at left and a baking oven below. These were still made of cast iron and by the twenties, these were becoming very marketable and popular for the everyday consumer. In the next decade the built-in look became the new normal, as manufacturers hid the gas manifold and made them look a little more tighty and appealing. 

 

The Stoves of Today

 

The changes that have occurred since the 20th century are pretty significant, but operate under similar principles. Of course, today people have the option of having a gas or electric stove and people prefer each option for different reasons. The kitchen appliances of today exhibit some pretty exciting new features including much more control over temperature, touchscreens, and stereo sound. Some new smart options have cooking modes like defrost, bake, broil, or roast. 

 

While you might not be looking for a stove with stereo sound, a new kitchen appliances today can come in various forms. Here at Gorman, we carry the most trusted brands and models and today’s latest kitchen appliances. Give us a call and see what we have available and make cooking that much more fun with a brand new stove! 

kitchen appliances

If you have a family, you likely depend on your microwave quite often. We would urge you to try to go one month without using your microwave to heat your food and likely you will find that it can be quite difficult. This is because it has become such a staple of our everyday kitchen activities that we hardly notice how often we use it. Today we thought we’d take a moment to look back at how the microwave oven came about and how it changed the kitchen forever.

A New Technology Emerges in the Midst of War

Nobody denies that World War II had horrific effects across all nations that took part. Millions of people, civilians and military, died in the fight and the battles that happened across Europe and the Pacific. Yet, because of the fervor of war and the urge the Allies to defeat the Axis powers, the rate of innovation and invention really accelerated. And it was around this time that various technologies took off including those in aviation, navigation systems, bomb-making and a dozen of other industries that benefited from military intelligence and invention. One of these such technologies was the one that gave birth to the microwave oven.

As the war came to an end, the magnetron tubes that were used for short-range radars seemed to be at a loss for purpose. Companies like Raytheon—still today’s one of the leading military technology companies—were eager to find another use for this particular innovation. Many other companies including Bell Labs, General Electric, and RCA had also been experimenting with the use of radio waves to heat food.  Legend has it that Raytheon engineer, Percy Spencer, took it to the next level as he began testing this. According to the story, he discovered it by accident, although other accounts say that it was very much a trial and error process that led, eventually, to him trying it out with popcorn and discovering the possibilities much more clearly. It was in 1946, that he filed for patents on the use of microwaves for cooking food.

The First Microwave Ovens

The first commercial microwave ovens called the Radarange microwave, unveiled by the company were designed for restaurants and commercial use. They were pretty massive and expensive appliances. Eventually, other companies licensed the technology and worked on creating the microwaves for consumer use. The first consumer microwaves, however, ran close to 1,295 dollars. In 1967, Raytheon acquired Amana Refrigeration and the first Amana Radaranges began showing up in common household counter tops. It was really in the 1970s, however, that this creature comfort really hit every household and took off yet, they were still declared somewhat unsafe and were regarded as many as a hazard or potentially dangerous.

The Regulation and Popularization of the Microwave Oven

It was then that the FDA and government regulators stepped in to collect data, research, and set standards in order to ensure the safety of every one of the units. So it was around the 1980s that the microwave oven started hitting the mainstream, entered popular culture, and became a standard and staple in every home, even making it into movies and television programs.

Today the microwave oven is indispensable. We know how much you love them! Of course, today’s units are far more advanced, safer, work better, faster, and have a variety of settings and wattages that were not possible before. Here at Gorman, we carry the top brands of microwave ovens and make sure to carry the highest quality of engineered brands. Call us today to see how we can enhance your kitchen experience.

dishwashers

A family of four has a great ability to pile up dishes faster than you can say shazam. A dishwasher can be a great way to keep your kitchen tidy, avoid the hassle of dishwashing, and ensure that you are conserving water and getting the grime off those dishes in the most effective and efficient way possible. And just like every other home appliance, the dishwasher has also been graced by technology and every day improving the work of dishwashing.

There are really two major avenues to pursue with your dishwasher purchase. You can buy one that carries a lot more features and is far more efficient or you can go the simpler rout and opt out of the fancy features and go with the basic.

Quieter Machines and Better Fitted

The appliance industry is always evolving, as it has to constantly address consumer’s concerns and questions. We all might remember the early dishwashers (and some today) that sound like there’s a parade in our very kitchen. One consumer concern has always been what dishwashers are the quietest?  Today’s dishwashers are quieter than ever before and there are some that certainly lead the way. Bosch has done a great job in leading the way in the quiet field, though every major brand has taken great strides here. At the same time, the way they now fit into this kitchen means that your dishwasher doesn’t look like a bulky spaceship stuffed near the sink. The sleek and minimal look of many of today’s appliances helps them fit in with the futuristic style.

Another major question consumers have asked regarding dishwashers include the concept of drying dishes. Many older models contained a heating element at the base of the unit that turned on like an oven. This was a cause for a lot of energy use and why it is no longer a preferred method to use. As energy standards are tightened by the federal government, most manufacturers now use a condensation drying system.

Other Improvements to Dishwashing

Pre-rinsing your dishes before they went into the dishwasher is largely a thing of the past. Today’s washers work smarter and more efficiently. Dishwashers with the Energy Star stamp can save up to 5,000 gallons of water per year. This is a significant change in the amount of utilities that are taxed by dishwashing activities. An Energy Star certified appliance will also be a lot more efficient in its use of electricity, which means your utility bills go down. Today’s machines can also accommodate your pots and pans. The machines of yesteryear were often weary on those more greasy dishes and were not up to the task. Contemporary appliances can now handle these tougher jobs. If you’re looking for a new dishwasher from a trusted and reputable brand, give Gorman a call and we’ll deliver.

If you use your appliances on a daily basis, you’re bound to experience some trouble or downtime. Fully replacing your appliances is costly and time-consuming. Thankfully, there are things you can do on a daily basis to keep your refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine in good condition. And the best part is: you don’t need need to be a mechanic to do them!  

Washing Machines

Generally, top-loading washing machines require minimal home maintenance. But if you have a front-loading washer, you’ll need to give it extra care. Here’s how:

  • Leave the door open after each use. Leaving the door open after each use will allow the air to circulate. Your washer produces a lot of moisture. You want to avoid trapping it, which can cause mold.  
  • Avoid overloading it. Think of your washer like your mouth. When you overstuff it with food, it becomes increasingly difficult to chew. In the same sense, when you overload your washer, it can’t do as good of a job washing your garments. It will also cause your machine to break down.  

Dishwashers

Do you use your dishwasher often? Even if you’re not using it on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to run it at least once a month. Consider using it on a special dinner night where you might be too tired to wash dishes by hand or use many pots and pans to cook.

In addition to running the machine once a month, think about the job your dishwasher handles; it’s a messy one. For that reason, be sure to give it the treatment it needs to recover:

  • Clean out any leftover mineral deposits: Your machine uses extremely hot water to thoroughly clean your dirty dishes. This tough water results in mineral deposits left behind. Over time, this residue can lead to a clogged water inlet valve. To avoid this, use a dishwasher cleaner to rid it of leftover deposits.    

Refrigerators

Your refrigerator works day and night to keep everything inside it cool. You’re well aware that any downtime results in having to throw away perfectly good food and drinks. No one wants to watch a full gallon of milk make its way down the drain. To keep your refrigerator running smoothly, simply do the following:

  • Clean your refrigerator regularly: This involves dusting underneath and behind the fridge. Doing so will help regulate the air flow. The coils at the bottom and behind the fridge require regular cleaning in order to allow it to cool the entire unit.
  • Clean the ice dispenser and replace the water filter. If you use the ice dispenser on a regular basis, you definitely want to make sure that you’re cleaning the drip tray every two months. During this time, you should also remove the entire ice bucket, empty it, and thoroughly clean it. Most importantly, don’t forget to change your fridge’s water filter. This will help keep all of the appliance’s units working properly and efficiently.  

Experiencing Trouble? Give Gorman Distributing a Call Today!

As with anything, sometimes things will break down. All appliances eventually experience trouble in which repairs will be needed. When this happens, give us a call. We’ll access the problem and offer a viable solution. At Gorman Distributing Co., our goal is to make things easier for you! We’ll repair your appliances so you won’t have to worry about the cost of replacing it. Contact us today.  

There was a time, as hard as it is to imagine, where people washed their clothes by hand. That’s right. There were no washing machines, no dryers, and no fresh lavender scents that leave your clothes smelling of wildflowers for ages. The washing machine was invented in the late 19th century and it has come a long way since then, changing our lives for the better, making the chore of washing our clothes far more convenient, fast, and efficient. Let’s take a look at the invention and how it has changed over the years to the form it is today.

Before the invention, clothes were washed by scrubbing it against abrasive sand or pounding it with a rock. Sometimes people would boil their clothes to remove dirt and stains. The earliest version of a “machine” was operated manually by turning a handle that was connected to two ribbed surfaces. One of the first innovations added to the concept of a washing machine included the rotating drum. In the early 20th century, the Hurley Machine Company marketed a machine called Thor—the first electric power washing machine.

The Maytag Corporation began in the late 19th century with a wooden tub washing machine. The famous Whirlpool Corporation began in 1911 as Upton Machine Co. which started producing electric motor-driven wringer washers. In 1937, the first automatic machines were introduced. And nothing was ever the same again! While this version operated under a similar concept of today’s machine it did not have drum suspension.

The Modern Top Loader or Front Loader

The name says a lot. With a top loader, the machine opens up top and the cylinder is vertical so the clothes are loaded from the top. The agitator is at the top to provide the motion required. The front loader has a cylinder that is placed horizontally and opens at the front.

High-Efficiency Washers

High-Efficiency Washers (HE) uses a different washing system than a traditional parent appliance. The cycle uses a far more gentle rotating and tumbling action. In order to be designated with the HE label, the machine has to follow strict guidelines about its use of water, detergent, and electricity. It must use less of everything than the traditional washer and it tries to be more efficient. A traditional washing machine might usually have smaller load capacity, costs less, and can use any detergent. HE machines have to use a certain kind of detergent, use a lot less water, and have higher speed spin.

Choose Your Best Option With Gorman

Depending on your needs and desires, there are plenty of options for you to work with. Gorman Distributing has a variety of trusted brand names in washing machines. Whether you need a washing machine for your home or place of business, you want to choose the best and the most reliable.

smart fridge

From the first home refrigerator to the evolving smart refrigerator with digital technology, Frigidaire has just celebrated their 100 years of unbridled innovation and quality in the industry. If you are not aware, Frigidaire has been at the forefront of many of the daily comforts we take for granted today. They were, in fact, pioneers in the home refrigerator technology when in 1918 were the first to mass produce the home refrigeration system.

The Early Refrigerators

The beginnings of the refrigerator units were started in 1916 by two fellows named Alfred Mellowes and Nathaniel B. Wales. Early models of the invention included a model that was mounted on top of an ice box. The idea was then expanded to what became to be the first Kelvinator, which consisted of a self-contained refrigerator with a compressor.

The Frigid Origins

In fact, it’s quite possible that the slang term “fridge” also comes from the name Frigidaire. The company was first founded as Guardian Refrigerator Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Frigidaire was founded when a powerful investor and founder of General Motors, William C. Durant, personally invested in the company. In 1919, the company was named Frigidaire. The company was owned by General Motors for several decades until it was bought by White Sewing Machine Company in 1979. Some of the company’s innovations came in the form of the first home refrigerator, a home food freezer, and the room air conditioner.

Freon was introduced in the 1920s and really expanded the refrigerator industry, making things much easier and convenient for the common homeowner. It also provided a low toxicity alternative to previously used refrigerants. The 1950s and 60s saw the further invention of defrosting and automatic ice makers. In the following decades, more efficient refrigerators were developed. Freon would eventually be banned and would be stopped from being used on refrigerators.

Where We Are Today

Throughout the decades, the home appliance has gone through several advancements and changes. Options of size, room, and design expanded. Today, Frigidaire is celebrating their 100 years in business by helping with the industry’s introduction of smart refrigerators.

What is a Smart Refrigerator?

The use of smart technology is being used today in a variety of industries including HVAC, mobile phone, vehicles, etc. These top-of-the-line refrigerators include re-organizable shelves and storage, a high energy star rating for energy efficiency, cool zone drawers and crisper drawers. Some of the features that come with a smart refrigerator include a touchscreen interface on the door so that you can interact with your fridge in an entirely new way. With this, you can use your voice to add items to your shopping list, sync calendars for families and events, and connect with control-lights, t-stats, and more.  

Expect Great Things With Frigidaire

In January of 2019, Frigidaire celebrates 100 years of great refrigeration technology and innovation. As an appliance distributor, Gorman proudly carries Frigidaire products as a reliable brand that shows great workmanship, reliability, and consistency with their products. Plus, you can’t beat our prices. So if you’re looking for a reliable fridge for your home or business, give us a call and we’ll deliver!

Household equipments isolated on white background. 3D illustration.

Let’s face it, your home appliances —whether it be your stove, microwave, washing machine, or dryer—are machines, which means they have moving parts, which means malfunction is always a possibility, especially after prolonged use and normal wear and tear. We depend on these everyday items to get through the day and having one act up is just as bad as the days when our cars refuse to start.  Appliances can come with different kinds of warranty protections. Let’s take a look at some of these, what they mean to you as a consumer, and how they might affect your investment.

Home Warranty

A home warranty functions in a similar way as any other kind of insurance. It is a service contract that you sign, typically for a year. Policies and coverage will vary depending on the amount of coverage and the items that will be protected. If a covered appliance breaks down, your home warranty will kick in and you can call a technician in to fix the problem. The home warranty servicer will usually choose a service provider to help. The technician will then come to your home, assess the problem, and fix it based on your coverage. You might have to pay a service fee of $50 or $100 dollars but the warranty should cover the rest.  

A store warranty comes from the store in which you purchase the appliance. If you choose to purchase your appliance through a retailer or distributor, the facility might provide you with some protections for that appliance. Gorman Distributing, for example, provides coverage for the appliances we sell and we guarantee rapid and quality servicing with our qualified techs.

The manufacturer warranty is a protection offered by the manufacturing company itself. So if you have a washer from Whirlpool, then the company will provide a one year or two year warranty for the product. After these expire, you might choose to purchase an extended warranty from the manufacturer.

Why Does it Matter?

Warranties matter because a universal law of nature seems to be that nothing lasts forever. Not your house. Not you. Not your dog. And certainly not a machine that is used daily in your home.  Even the most trusted brands will run into hiccups often caused by overuse, improper use, neglect, mechanical failure, etc. Also, things to note are: 1. A malfunction never happens at a convenient time and 2. Causes inconvenience and chaos and 3. Can be expensive to fix without coverage. Having your fridge break down might just mean a nightmare for the many groceries you just purchased or having your washer break might make it difficult to get your clothes ready for work and school. Imagine your stove malfunctioning in your restaurant during the lunch rush. No bueno!

Gorman Distributing Offers Quality Appliance Repair
Here at Gorman, we have experienced techs familiar with any and every major brand you can think of. Protect your investment with a warranty that provides you security and value. We offer a lot of warranty repair service, so if you purchased an appliance from us we have a team ready to help when you need.

Washer and dryer appliances isolated on white

Consider how much of your home’s energy and utilities are consumed by the appliances you use on a daily basis. Think about how imperative appliances are to your business, restaurant, etc. So whether it is the electricity used by your microwaves, the water used by your washer, the heat drying your clothes, these daily machines make up necessary activities of day-to-day life. As unromantic as washing your kid’s dirty socks may be, it has to be done. We know you can drive over to an appliance store and spend high-end retail prices for these necessary items, but why do that when it is possible to get name brands at a discounted price? As a wholesale distributor of home appliances, Gorman sells brand name appliances at a discounted price to businesses and private consumers. There are several advantages to purchasing your next appliance with El Paso’s leading distributor.

#1 Same quality discounted prices

As a wholesale distributor, we become the main point of contact for the manufacturer. This means there is no middleman and thus we get discounted prices. We work closely with manufacturers to learn about new developments and changes to their products.

#2 Quality brands

A wholesale distributor looking to sell to small, mid-size, and large businesses, will work with the best brands in the industry. For us, this includes General Electric, Frigidaire, and Hotpoint. These well-renowned brands give you added security and confidence in your purchase.

#3 Free Delivery

We offer free delivery to anywhere in the El Paso and Las Cruces region. This way, you don’t have to worry about transporting heavy appliances.

#4 Trained Technicians

Because we work closely with manufacturers and handle their appliances on a daily basis, all of our team members are technicians trained in the different appliances with which they work.

#5 Servicing

Due to the extensive training and familiarity with all appliances, our techs are able to help you with servicing and repairs in house. This means you don’t have to go searching for a repair person. You have one right where you bought it. And we’re here to help!

Chose Gorman Distributing

Whether you are an individual consumer or a business owner looking for high-quality appliances, your best bet is going with a distributor that has close ties to the manufacturer itself. At Gorman, we have worked with America’s most trusted and most reputable brands in home appliances. As a company that’s been in business for more than fifty years, we have worked with these companies for a long time.

appliance replacement parts

Your oven stops working a week before hosting your family’s dinner — do you go out and buy a new one or do you have it replaced? As panic sets in, it’s easy to jump to what seems like the easiest (though costliest) option: replace it. But what if we told you that we have a better solution and you can save money in return.  

Rather than buying a new appliance, if your appliance breaks down consider having it fixed by replacing faulty parts. Parts of dishwashers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and ovens, are generally affordable. Not only will you be able to save money but it will restore their function and extend the lifespan of the appliance. In El Paso, there is no better way to save money and keep your machines running.

For quality repair work, Gorman Distributing Company can help you find the parts you need, and install them for you. We work with appliance repayment parts regularly, making them experts in quality repair. Besides having the repairs done, there a few warnings signs in your machines you can watch for too.

Benefits of Repair

Buying appliance replacement parts will save you a lot of money in the long run. First of all, parts will almost always be cheaper than buying a new machine. For example, compare sixty dollars to four hundred dollars. One is the price of a part and the other is the price of a cheaper machine. The advantages are obvious in this case. Secondly, getting a repair done can sometimes be faster than getting a new machine. Depending on the company, they may have certain parts in stock and can have the repair done in a few days. Buying new on the other hand takes time. You might want to do some research on the machine. Once you feel confident in your decision, you’ll need to order it and then wait for it to be delivered. Hiring a quality company to handle repairs will also cost less and be quicker.

Avoid a Full Break Down: Look for These Warning Signs

Even with appliance replacement parts, you will want to watch for these signs of serious damage. With any machine that uses water, if you find any moisture around the machine, then something is wrong. This can be anything from a broken water line to a crack in the structure of the machine. One of these is easily repaired, the other may be trickier. In a fridge, if you begin to see the freezer ice over, it could be a problem with the defrost drain. This is relatively easy to fix or replace. Having a broken ice machine is also common, but it is also fairly easy to fix. Hiring an experienced company to examine your machine will help you decide what needs to be done.

For All of Your Appliance Replacement Needs, Contact Gorman Distributing Company

Buying appliance replacement parts can be a great way to save money. Gorman Distributing Company has the parts you need and the expertise you want working on your appliances. We have helped dozens of El Pasoans save money with repairs. Give us a call today!

repair man evaluating a washer that needs appliance repairAt some point or another, we have all had it happen. The dryer won’t dry, or the dishwasher won’t fill. Or the oven won’t heat, or the refrigerator is making a funny sound. Home appliances have a lifespan and won’t last forever. However, when they stop working after only a couple of years, many people assume they have to replace them and don’t stop to consider another, cheaper option. Many times, a simple appliance repair can have your unit up and running quickly, sometimes even better than it was. Home appliances are not cheap, so having repair options can help you save a lot of money instead of running to buy a new refrigerator just because your current one is having problems. Granted, sometimes a home appliance can have a big problem that can’t be fixed, or the repair would cost more than a new one. In those cases, replacement is probably a better option. But for the most part, a good appliance repair tech, like those you can find at Gorman Distributing Co., can evaluate your home appliance and advise the best course of action.

Common Home Appliance Problems

We don’t often think about how many home appliances we actually have. From your home’s HVAC unit to your refrigerator and washer, there are a lot more than you think. Even your microwave is considered a home appliance, especially if it is a built in unit. Replacing something like a microwave may not seem like a big expense, but imagine replacing your stove or washer on short notice. It can get pretty expensive, especially if your unit is only a couple of years old. So what are some common appliance repairs that are easier than replacing your unit?

Refrigerator Woes

Your refrigerator works hard every day. It literally never takes a break- it is constantly on, cooling and freezing your food, day in, day out. The usual lifespan for this appliance is about 15 years. However, on average many refrigerators usually need repairs after about 5 years. Common problems that need to be addressed by a professional are broken defrost thermostats, a faulty ice maker module, and damaged electronic boards.

Stoves and Oven Issues

After the refrigerator, your stove is the second most expensive appliance in your kitchen. These also have an average lifespan of about 15 years. Depending on the type of stove you have, it could be a number of issues. Three of the most common problems that are typically seen are:

  • Electric coils aren’t heating up
  • Electric stove can’t regulate the coil heat
  • Gas stove igniter doesn’t work

Washer Problems

Washers have made life so much easier. Not only that, but they keep getting fancier, with more and more tech that can also make it more complicated. Not to mention they all of a sudden have more tiny parts that can go wrong. What a trade off, huh? If your washer is acting up, it could be one of the following:

  • The water pump is malfunctioning
  • The lid switch is damaged and needs repair
  • Your washer needs to be leveled

Find Reliable Appliance Repair at Gorman Distributing Co.

While some of these repairs may seem simple, you have to remember that your home appliances are sensitive machines that are best left to the professionals. If you risk a DIY repair, you may end up making things worse and end up actually having to replace your appliance instead of paying a lot less money for a simple repair. At Gorman Distributing Co., our technicians have experience repairing appliances of all kinds. You can trust that our professionals can evaluate problems and honestly tell you if it can be repaired. If you end up having to replace your appliance, we offer great appliances at wholesale prices that won’t break the bank. Call today!