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Appliance Tips: Clean Your Outdoor Dryer Vent Today

Clean Your Outdoor Dryer Vent

We always say we want you to be thrilled with your appliance purchase.

While we run more than 10,000 service calls each year and are happy to help, we know you would be much happier if your appliance never needed maintenance.

We want your appliance to last a long time as well. Here is a simple tip to help.

Appliance Tip:

Clean Your Outdoor Dryer Vent

Check out your outdoor dryer vent. Remove any buildup that might prevent your dryer from airing out its exhaust. You also want to make sure your flaps can fully close when needed as well.

  1. The vent is there for a reason, you certainly don’t want anything from the exhaust to re-enter the home.
  2. If the flaps do not close, cold air can flow into the dryer and prevent your dryer from heating properly.
  3. Your clothes dry quicker when air can flow freely.

We recommend you clear out any debris and lint from your outdoor dryer vent at least once every six months.

Do it today as one small way to help your dryer perform better and last longer.

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Simple Maintenance: Clean Your Dishwasher Today

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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.

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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.

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Get affresh cleaner at Bekins

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

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Replacing Your Appliance Light Bulb

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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.

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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.

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The appliance industry’s secret and how Bekins rises above

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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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Bekins Breaks Ground On Coopersville Expansion

Growing Business: Breaking Ground on Warehouse Expansion

OUR GROWING BUSINESS NEEDS MORE SPACE

If you drive by Coopersville along the I-96 expressway, you will see construction vehicles at the Bekins Service Center and Warehouse on O’Malley Drive. Bekins has broken ground on a new addition which will nearly double the warehouse and office space, creating space for more jobs at our growing business.

Our locally-owned, internationally-acclaimed appliance and electronics company in West Michigan has already outgrown the three-year-old building in Coopersville.

Bekins President, Scott Bekins, opened the Coopersville Service Center and Warehouse in 2015 to accommodate the company’s growth at the time. With state-of-the-art, interactive showrooms in Grand Haven and Grand Rapids, he planned for the warehouse and office space in Coopersville to accommodate at least 10 more years of company growth. However, Bekins has grown faster than even he expected.

Bekins, which also owns Classic Stereo in Grand Rapids, has nearly tripled its staff since 2010. When the additional 30,000 square feet of warehouse and office space is complete, it will give us the space to double our staff.

Growing Business: Breaking Ground on Warehouse Expansion

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY – CONTINUING TO RECYCLE

The addition includes changes to make operation even more efficient, which enables us to deliver the best service while keeping costs competitive.

Added space will also help Bekins continue to be one of the greenest appliance dealers in the nation. We recycle more than 90 percent of all waste in their facility, which includes:

  • old appliances
  • cardboard
  • plastic
  • styrofoam
  • banding
  • and much more…

Our recycling efforts saved more than 1,286 trees, 7,567 gallons of oil and 280 cubic yards of landfill space in just the last three years.

Recycling at Bekins making a big impact
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SERVING MORE CUSTOMERS

The addition will help us serve more of the top-notch products and services that have earned us 20 national and international honors during our 43 years of serving West Michigan.

“We always have been and always will be a service company that happens to sell products,” Bekins said. “People can buy what we sell elsewhere, but you can’t get our service anywhere else. That’s why we continue to grow – better service, same price. We can only do that by being smarter and more efficient. The operations center in Coopersville and our amazing people allow us to do just that.”

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