Monthly Archives: January 2014

Jan 22

AGA Dual Is A Winning Cooker

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

 

I was cleaning in Banbury before Christmas, it was a standard double oven – pretty grim – but around the corner was the AGA showroom – the AGA, Fired Earth showroom there. I went in and had a look at the new AGA Dual which looked the IMAG0045business.

The sales lady was very friendly and she told me that AGA had made the new Dual so it would be the new low cost running AGA. It is like a 13 Amp AGA but the top plates are controllable like the AGA Total Control. This means they can be switched off to save loss of heat and cost. As you can run the AGA in Eco mode too which is a lower temperature it brings the running costs right down. So this means you can keep it on all day, it will keep your kitchen warm and still be very reasonable to run – my guess is somewhere around £10 to £15 in electricity costs per week if you run it in Eco Mode and switch off the top plates when you aren’t using them.

I asked her if problems with the AGA Total Control was affecting their sales. The lady said she hadn’t heard if about any problems with the Total Control, (but I expect this is because any problems would be reported to AGA Service and not the shop) and that 70% of their sales in 2013 were the AGA Total Controls. Which to me is surprising as for me having lots of radiant heat, which the AGA Total Control is short of, is the appeal of having an AGA in your home.

So thats a lot of people getting them. The new Dual comes like the AGA Total Control in one big piece already built so you need to have the access to your kitchen for it to be fitted. I was particularly impressed with it and it was even more special as it was in the new AGA colour Aqua (see my photo of it). I am sure they are going to be a winner, you’ll get the AGA radiant heat to heat your kitchen with the AGA TC doesn’t give you and you’ll get the lower bills. I loved the easy to use top plates which are the same as the AGA Total Control in that they are one piece and don’t have the top plate rings which sometimes can snag when pushing your pans around whilst cooking. So I expect this to be a top selling AGA in 2014 – will it outstrip the AGA Total Control in sales? Yes I think it will.

 

But the sales lady agreed with me that the best AGA is still the AGA 30 Amp, which I have, especially as it is only about £13 a week to run. The cost of the new Dual is very close to the AGA 30 Amp but the Dual does have 3 ovens compared to the 30 Amp which only has two. So it may be a tough choice for you, but those controllable hot plates may make a difference to the heat of your kitchen in the summer, depending on the size of your kitchen, as we don’t switch our 30 Amp off in the Summer and we have a small kitchen it gets very hot! And you can offset that if you can switch the top plates off like you can on the AGA Dual.

 

Jan 20

AGA Cleaning Oxford

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Tomorrow I am off to the Business Wealth Club Oxford. As you probably know we have been going to the club in Oxford for nearly two years now, it is a business breakfast club which also has the element of teaching you stuff to help you work on your

Oxford West and Abingdon (UK Parliament consti...

Oxford West and Abingdon (UK Parliament constituency) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

business rather than in it.  My wife is leaving the house at 0515 to pick someone up in Cotswold Water Park and then give them a lift to Oxford for the start of the meeting at 0730. I’m going to drop my son off at school and then drive to Oxford to get there for 0930. Tomorrow is Marketing Mastery workshop starting at 0930 to 1230. So will be interesting. Currently I am implementing a lot of stuff which I have been meaning to do for a while, generally around optimising the main OvenGleamers site, getting rid of the rubbish and making sure the copy is better and also I am running more video ads on YouTube. So any additional help in the direction is going to be good.

As we go to Oxford every two weeks for the club we have started picking up work in Oxford! It’s a bit far for us to go to clean ovens – we need a franchisee so if you know anyone… , but I may do them myself for the foreseable furture as I don’t mind if we can get the work. This week I am going to be in Abingdon on Friday too to clean a four oven AGA and I will also be doing a refurbishment on the temperature gauge which we now carry. We have started doing refurbishment of AGAs. I am going to be trialling it and then will be running courses to get the franchisees up to speed. We intend to do lid inners replacement, rope replacement, chrome dome replacement and inner door replacement, along with the thermometer replacement and badge replacement (Classic oval plastic AGA badge for the the rectangle badge which are of poor quality and lose their black paint with a wipe of a cloth). Also I am looking at carrying oven racks and kettles. There is a reasonable margin in them.

 

For AGA Cleaning in Oxfordshire, including Banbury, Bicester, Abingdon, and local areas give our office a ring on 01275 370571

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Jan 10

Siemens HB55 Problem Replaced Bulb Bulb Blows Board Blows

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

 

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Siemens HB55 Bulb Replaced, Bulb Blows, Board Needs Replacing at a cost of approx £250

 

We had a couple of these last year.

The ovens were both Bosch, Siemens standard double ovens which look alike, they are newish with LED lights at the top and they are  made in the same factory at Traunreut in Bavaria, the video is of the Siemens one here:  CLICK HERE

 

They apparently, speaking to the local appliance engineer, have the PCB board behind the top display. So if you look at them they have the LED light display on the top, the board is behind them. He says they now don’t fit new bulbs to these type of cookers, just leave the bulb and the customer has to take the chance!

We fitted proper new heat resistance professional oven bulbs to the two that went wrong. It is debatable that as they were the smaller 25watt bulbs they weren’t the right ones, but we have been doing this for ten years with now problems. In the Siemens manual it says: “If the oven light fails, it must be replaced. 40 watt heat-resistant spare bulbs can be obtained from the after-sales service or specialist shops.

Only use these bulbs”.

However, I have checked the Siemens spares site for this model and the bulb they now supply as a replacement for this cooker is the E14 25 Watt bulb which is exactly the same as the one we carry in the van and would have fitted to these cookers.

So the problem is with the cooker and not the fitting of the bulb. That is it can’t cope with a bulb blowing, and power surge caused by this.  And this could happen at any time.

Really would you expect a cooker of this cost and brand to have these issues? I don’t think so.The Bosch Siemens Group were the first company to invent a fully electric cooker and they are German? 🙂 You’d expect more than this.

We have now decided not to fit bulbs to these type of cookers with these displays, and just leave the bulb and tell the client that there may be a problem.

We also now don’t fit bulbs to the old NEFF cooker with the same problem but is now about 8 to 10 years old compared to the new Bosch and Siemens one, and because of the problem the board that ends up blowing is out of stock now so means that the oven has to be replaced.

If you are thinking of buying one of these ovens I say don’t. Instead go for the Which Best Buy which is a NEFF and also made by the Bosch Group (which will also have been made in the same Bavarian factory) an is about £250 cheaper than the Bosch and Siemens model.

http://www.johnlewis.com/store/neff-u15m52n3gb-double-electric-oven-stainless-steel/p231767111?navAction=jump&_requestid=11221362#default

But if you still have your heart set on the Bosch or Siemens model add on the cost of an appliance insurance from a company such as Domestic and General. For the Bosch oven we had with the problem they replaced the oven for a new one and it was sorted within a few days.

 

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Jan 02

Earn a Minimum £2000 a Month Guaranteed From Day One With OvenGleamers Franchise

By Graham Rogers | Uncategorized

Here’s wishing you a very Happy New Year.

Area Maior

Area Maior (Photo credit: ajsutin.lamela)

I was out cleaning up until Christmas and in all I cleaned lots of ovens including five AGA cookers which included one where I did a refurbishment of the Lid Seal, I’ll write another post about that watch out for it soon.

I have been thinking over the Christmas period of having a sale on the Franchise side, that is offering a discount on the price of the franchise for a limited period at the beginning of this year but then we talked it through and really we realised that even if we sold a franchise at a lower price there still wouldn’t be any guarantee of how the franchise would perform which really is the main reason someone buys into a franchise, they want that cosy wrapped feeling of success with a known product. So we had a look at how we compare with other franchise opportunities out there and nothing has changed we are still leading the way in lots of areas, particularly equipment and a marketing strength on Social Media platforms, especially on YouTube, so in all we believe that our package is strong and really good value. It has been ten years in the making. So what we have decided to do is to put our money where our mouth is and offer a new guarantee for our new franchisees and it is this:

We will guaranteed your income to £2000 a month for the first three months. So Earn £2000 a month from day one with OvenGleamers.

There area some Terms and Conditions – you’ll need to ask us about them – but there isn’t a catch and the general gist of them is that we want you to be active in promoting your business even if the amount of work isn’t coming in – so you can’t just buy the franchise and then do nothing and then expect us to pay you for doing nothing. In the first three months we are doing your marketing in your area and we are going to be working hard to ensure that you get the business. But if you don’t there are some other activities we would like you to do which will help you build your business and the brand in your local area. As long as you are doing these then we will honour our commitment. So for us this is something with a potential value of £6000 to you which will give you piece of mind and also mean that some people may feel better about pushing forward with a franchise in an area which may be more difficult to launch – for example in the wilds of Scotland or North Wales where we would give you a bigger franchise area to compensate but we still will have to prove your market and launch your business successfully for you.

So don’t delay contact us today 🙂 Visit the franchise site by CLICKING HERE

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