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Integrating A Microwave Into Your Kitchen Design

Integrating a microwave into your kitchen design

We have heard this question from designers; “Where do you put the microwave?” Some people do not like the look of a counter top or over-the-range microwave in their kitchen.

If you are not building or remodeling your kitchen, the simplest solution is to put the counter top microwave in a different room. Some people put it on the counter of a nearby pantry or on the counter of a kitchenette in another area of the home.

However, we offer a few other options if you are planning to build or remodel your home.

BUILT-IN MICROWAVE OVEN

Bosch Built-In Microwave at Bekins

If you have a wall oven, or plan to have a wall oven in your home, a built-in microwave can integrate with it.

We’ve seen designs where a built-in microwave goes above, below or beside the wall oven.

You should know the built-in microwave is often smaller than a traditional wall oven.

If you install the built-in microwave to either side of your tradition wall oven, you will likely have to offset the size difference with a trim kit.

Countertop Microwave With A Trim Kit

You can have your counter top microwave installed into your cabinetry with a trim kit. This option would integrate your microwave into the design of your kitchen but also cost less than installing a built-in microwave.

Integrate your microwave with a trim kit at Bekins

a microwave drawer

A microwave drawer provides a very similar look to the counter top microwave option with the trim kit, but a much different function.

Instead of opening with a side hinge, a single touch opens the microwave like a drawer.

Some people prefer it, but it’s not for everyone so we would definitely recommend trying it out in our showroom first if you have never used a microwave drawer before.

Get a KitchenAid Microwave Drawer at Bekins
See microwave drawers in action at Bekins

SEE THEM ALL IN OUR SHOWROOM

You can do more than just test appliances in our showroom. We give a variety of custom kitchen design ideas.

You can not only test different microwave options, but you can see them integrated in various ways throughout our state-of-the-art, interactive showrooms.

We recommend you visit us even if you are still deciding on the design of your kitchen.

Induction Cooktop Showroom Photo for Blog

Simple Maintenance: Clean Your Dishwasher Today

Maytag Dishwashers at Bekins, 4-blade chopper Dishwasher Cleaning

Have you washed your dishwasher lately? That may sound like a funny question. However, cleaners such as Affresh and Glisten can help.

Especially if your glasses and dishes get cloudy after a wash.

CLEAN YOUR DISHWASHER TODAY

Brands like Whirlpool recommend cleaning the interior of your dishwasher about once per month.

If you can’t remember to clean it each month, just focus on cleaning it today.

We offer two cleaners that can help, Affresh and Glisten. However, we recommend you consult the Use and Care Guide for your appliance before starting.

Glisten

Get Glisten at Bekins

Here’s a throwback. Company President Scott Bekins shows us how to use Glisten to clean cloudy dishes. He also talks about cleaning your dishwasher’s filter.

Affresh

Get affresh cleaner at Bekins

One customer shared their before and after photos, which show the power of Affresh.

Affresh Customer Testimonial

fIND CLEANERS AT ALL OF OUR LOCATIONS

Bekins Coopersville
Bekins Grand Rapids
Bekins Grand Haven Showroom

Replacing Your Appliance Light Bulb

Replacing your appliance light bulbs - Bekins Repair Service

COMMON APPLIANCE LIGHT BULB MISTAKE

Our repair technicians see a variety of issues and we always want to help our customers avoid an easy mistake. Appliance light bulbs seem rather simple to change, but we have seen a small mistake result in a big repair bill.

What mistake do we see the most? Someone wants to change out a light bulb on their appliance, but they want a brighter bulb so they install one with a higher wattage.

The new bulb forces the control board or transformer on the appliance to fail and even burn out other components.

Consult your Use and Care Guide to install the manufacturer-recommended voltage and wattage.

Appliance Light Bulbs - Bekins Service Blog

HANDLING YOUR APPLIANCE LIGHT BULBs

We also see another common problem. People mishandle their appliance light bulbs when they install a new one.

Halogen bulbs must be handled carefully and kept clean. Even touching the glass with clean fingers can leave enough oil residue to create a problem. The residue creates a hot spot which shortens the life of the bulb.

Any bulb should be handled with a clean cloth, tissue or clean gloves.

NEED SOME CLARITY?

Again, we always recommend you consult the Use and Care Guide for your appliance. If you have further questions, feel free to call 616-288-1020 and ask for our Service Department. Click here if you want to schedule a repair service.

Bekins Appliance Repair - Energy Star

The appliance industry’s secret and how Bekins rises above

Induction Cooktop Service Call Recreate for Blog

At Bekins, we choose to hold ourselves to the highest standards. However, not everyone has to live up to those same expectations.

We find customers assume the company who sells appliances has to install them. They also assume the company that sold it to them will have to repair it when needed. Finally, they assume the appliance installers and repair technicians need a license to perform their job.

Unfortunately, none of that is true.

Appliance companies are only held to whatever standard they put on themselves. Essentially, anyone can claim to be an appliance installation and repair technician. Don’t believe us, check out the video from Target 8 at WOOD TV.

One appliance manufacturer chose to use a satellite dish company to repair their recalled appliances. As you can imagine, some people experienced terrible customer service. Some of the technicians even did more damage than good. Finally, Target 8 reported that same appliance company authorized a convicted criminal to enter their customers’ homes. Target 8 reported the technician took money, but did not do any work.

HOW WE RISE ABOVE

We hire full-time Bekins installers and repair technicians. They wear a Bekins uniform and drive a Bekins truck. We stand behind our fully-trained appliance installers and repair technicians before we let them into your home. Not only do they learn from our experienced and trained staff, we also send them to manufacturer training to get certified by the brands we carry.

Our training helps you as well. Jenn-Air quite often offers an extra year of limited warranty coverage to customers that use a certified installer. The company trusts Bekins because they know we will install it correctly.

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The Best Grills – Durability And Performance Matters

Best grills - durability and performance

THE BEST GRILLS PROVIDE THE BEST VALUE

We talk about the importance of value instead of price. You should think about how long a product will last. The best grills serve as a perfect example.

The price tags on our grills can shock some new customers. However, take a look at the curb on junk day. If you buy a cheap grill, be prepared for:

  • taking a whole day to assemble it
  • hot spots
  • poor performance in the winter
  • and junking it after only a few years

The grills we provide at Bekins perform well, last a long time, cook well in the winter and come with warranties on the most important parts.

So we ask you, which grill truly provides more value?

SEE THE BEST GRILLS IN OUR SHOWROOM