What to do when your fridge is broken

Are you having some trouble with your fridge?  We can help.  To start with, there’s a general set of troubleshooting tasks you can complete that will help to get this situation sorted ASAP.  Our team can run you through this over the phone. Some initial diagnosing can help to determine what sort of situation you’re in. There will be two situations generally: you can either have the fridge repaired under warranty (or repaired outside of warranty), or you may find the repair is not really going to be worth the trouble.  If you decide to buy a new fridge, that’s an option, or we can assist with a factory second which offers greater savings and the opportunity to upgrade on what you can afford new.  The choice you make will depend on your personal situation.

Northside Appliance Spares and Repairs are Brisbane’s leading supplier for service and genuine parts for all Electrolux brand household appliances.

Top 3 Tips for Purchasing a New Household Appliance

Spring is just about here, and now is the time to make those renovations to your home that you’ve been wanting all winter. Whether you’re planning on upgrading that washing machine that’s gotten way too loud or change out that dryer that takes two cycles to dry anything, making an appliance change can be an extensive process. While purchasing a new household appliance might be simple, installing it and setting it up in your home can be a tedious process. Here are a few tips to make things easier:

1. Research the product

Before you buy any appliance, your goal should be to become a well-informed consumer. That means researching the product in an in-depth manner — and we don’t mean just reading the 10 most popular models from a major appliance website. We actively encourage you to find a model that uses as much energy as you’d like it to, comes with the best warranty options, and more. While what a machine claims to be able to do will always be quite a lot, the proof is in the pudding. Looking at product specifications and understanding them is the best way to avoid purchasing a product that won’t live up to your expectations. Continue reading “Top 3 Tips for Purchasing a New Household Appliance”

Do You Need a Clothes Dryer?

Are you short of outdoor space for a clothesline? Do you live in an area with high humidity or rainfall, or find it difficult to dry your clothes in the winter months? Do you frequently find yourself putting on damp clothes because you don’t have time to let them dry properly? If this is the case, a clothes dryer can save a lot of hassle on laundry day! Read on for more information about why owning a dryer could help make your life easier every week.

How Do Clothes Dryers Work?

Some industrial dryers run on gas, but most domestic clothes dryers use electricity to generate heat in a heating element, much like the one you find in your oven.

Clothes dryers need both a heat source and a way of removing the moisture from your clothes in order to dry them. There are three main types of dryers, which differ mainly in the way that moisture is removed: Continue reading “Do You Need a Clothes Dryer?”

What are your options for fridges in Brisbane?

When you need to replace a household appliance like your fridge it can be a time-consuming job figuring out the best brand to select and what sort of configuration will suit.  These days it’s not as simple as just choosing the same whitegoods model you purchased 10 years ago as they don’t always have the same manufacturing happening.  Refrigerator quality and features can change a lot over time.  Whether you are upgrading or replacing your fridge there are certainly a lot of options to consider when looking at fridges for sale in Brisbane.

You could jump on Gumtree and hunt down a bargain seconds hand fridge in Brisbane.  In this case look for something local as delivery and installation might be problematic unless you own or know someone with a suitable truck or ute for transporting your fridge. And you will need someone to lift the fridge and unload it too! They are one of the most heavy and difficult to move appliances to own.    Keep in mind buying a fridge for sale on Gumtree isn’t likely to come with any kind of manufacturers warranty.  So while you might be lucky and find a great deal there’s also the risk the great deal won’t be so great.  But I guess that’s why the price might be a lot less than a new fridge.

And that leads us to another option – buying a new fridge.  You’ll need to invest a decent amount of your savings into purchasing this new fridge.  If you time it right you can buying during sale times like the end of financial year of end of year near Christmas.  In this case you are going to be limited (or not) by your budget – fridges for sale can get quite expensive, especially the latest models with all the new smart digital features.  But, if you are here reading this on a factory seconds website then it’s more likely you are looking for a much smarter option.  And that is the fridge seconds option sometimes called scratch and dent.

Factory seconds fridges present real savings for smart and savvy consumers who know there is very little difference apart from minor superficial things that don’t affect the function of the fridge and often are not even noticeable when your fridge is installed. The good news with this option is that you pay less for the same model you might have been considering new and you also get to enjoy the full manufacturers warranty which is based on the grade of the appliance.  Ask about this when you call to enquire.

When considering all of these options, whether you are thinking long term or short term, and what your budget is, one option will suit you most and you will know it.  Hopefully we’ve convinced you to give the humble factory second consideration.  Whatever model you need we can generally source it for you.


Five fridge organisation hacks

When you need to cook, there’s nothing like a clean, well-organised fridge to motivate you. Check out these simple hacks and tips that could help you get there.

1. Save time and make carrots last forever

If you store carrots in water in the fridge, they will stay hard and edible for weeks. This trick also applies to other hardy vegetables or roots like celery and potatoes after they are cut. You can cut up your soup or oven-bake veggies ahead of time and grab some when you need. Use a deep pan or a plastic container, and change the water out every three days or so.

2. Organise your shelves by food type

The ideal temperature for a fridge is 3 to 5°C. But there is a bit of temperature variation within a fridge, with the bottom being the coldest. You can use this information to help you organise, keeping certain categories of food together to find them easily and also prevent cross-contamination.

We recommend food that doesn’t need cooking, like deli meats or leftovers, for the upper shelf. The middle shelf could be dairy foods like milk, cheese, butter, and desserts. The bottom shelf could be wrapped raw meat (if you eat it), then fruit and veggies in the drawers. The doors are the warmest part of the fridge and have less space, so they are great for sauces and foods with natural preservatives like jams. Continue reading “Five fridge organisation hacks”

Choosing the Right Refrigerator for Your Space

A refrigerator is one of those necessary household appliance investments that you need to get right. Whether you are purchasing one for the first time or upgrading from an existing but old unit, there are plenty of fridges for sale in Brisbane. If you want to score a deal that best suits your specific requirements, you should know the different options available in the market.

New Fridges

Admit it, you want to furnish your space with every brand-new appliance you can get your hands on – complete with the latest technologies and features. Buying a big-ticket item such as a refrigerator is a major decision that can seriously impact your finances. New fridges come with a hefty price tag, depending on their brand, type, size, and features. The cost can run up to several thousands of dollars, particularly if you pick a smart model. However, a new fridge can last several years. Plus, you are guaranteed a full warranty. Continue reading “Choosing the Right Refrigerator for Your Space”

Find a Refrigerator to Suit Your Needs

When shopping for a new fridge for sale in Brisbane, it’s best to have the details so you can make an informed decision. With plenty of options for various types of refrigerators, let’s take a look at some of the differences between the main types of fridges.

Top Mount Fridges

Top mount fridges are the ones you may be the most familiar with. They are sometimes referred to as a traditional refrigerator. This type has the freezer compartment at the top and the refrigerator section at the bottom. Top mount fridges for sale may range in size but are typically 76 – 84 cm. These refrigerators are popular enough to offer a range of styles and designs. Since they are more popular, you can get one for a reasonable price.

Bottom Mount Fridges

A bottom mount fridge is becoming more popular as of late due to its ease of accessing the refrigerated items. The freezer is located at the bottom of the refrigerator, while the fresh food section is at the top half. If you tend to use the fresh food section much more than the freezer compartment, then you won’t have to bend down as frequently, which could spare your back. The bottom mount fridges do cost a bit more than the top mount styles. So, you will have to decide if the convenience is worth it for you.

French Door Fridges

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Get more bang for your buck with factory second white goods

Perhaps your washing machine suddenly conked out one day, or the pandemic lockdown has prompted you to finally take a hard look at your barely working appliances. Should you have them repaired or replaced? As they say, if the cost of repair is more than half the cost of a new one, then you’re better off replacing them.

White goods can be easily found in Brisbane, but shopping for a new fridge or an oven can be stressful and time-consuming. This is no more true than when you really need to make a major appliance purchase but are faced with a tight budget.

One smart solution is to buy top-of-the-range factory seconds. Factory seconds appeal not only to families on a budget but also to individuals looking to score great deals without breaking their bank.  When you find the exact model you want for a much lower price you are definitely winning!

What are factory seconds?

Factory seconds are products that contain small manufacturing flaws. The imperfections can be a blemish, a scratch or a dent, which is often missed by unkeen eyes.

Factory seconds are also old stocks or models of appliances, returned items or products whose packaging is damaged or torn so they can’t be sold at their original price.

Pros of buying factory seconds

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Simpson Front Load and Top Load Washing Machines

A washing machine is a huge time-saver and takes the fuss out of doing laundry. You simply load your clothes in the machine, set the cycle and go on to do other things. This saves you the physical effort of hand washing.

Not all washing machines are created equal, though. Some are more efficient and easier to use. The Simpson washing machines stand out among other brands because they are of high quality and are less expensive. There are two types of Simpson washing machines: top load and front load.

Simpson Top Load Washing Machines

These are arguably the most commonly seen washing machines in Australian holiday apartments and hotels today. There are seven models of Simpson top loader washing machines, with capacities ranging from 6.0 kg to 12.0 kg. They offer very useful wash option programs:

1. Fast wash program

One of the options is the fast wash program. It enables you to do a super-quick wash in 20 minutes if you are in a hurry. The regular daily loads take 45 minutes. Continue reading “Simpson Front Load and Top Load Washing Machines”

Factory Second Fridges – Upgrade Without the Massive Price Tag

Today, more than ever, it pays to be smart with purchasing everyday products, including big-ticket items or appliances. These cost a lot, so if you need a new household appliance, it’s a practical step to check if there are any great deals available.

While shopping for a new fridge, for example, consider factory second fridges, too. With a factory second fridge, you can purchase a much larger, more energy-efficient refrigerator with all the bells and whistles, but without the massive price tag.

The basics of factory seconds

Appliances labelled as factory seconds are sold at super low prices. But even when some people find them tempting enough to buy, others also doubt their quality. However, you should give factory seconds due consideration and credit because they’re not defective or inferior.

In fact, a factory second fridge (or any other appliance so classified) will be in perfect working order – just like a unit being sold as brand new. However, it is not being sold at a lower price, and this can be because of any of these reasons: Continue reading “Factory Second Fridges – Upgrade Without the Massive Price Tag”