Home appliances are unquestionably a necessary convenience that most people are unwilling to live without. Just as your car needs its oil changed on a regular basis, your household appliances whether big or small, need TLC too. A certain amount of care and maintenance is needed in order to keep your appliances in good working condition. Improper care can lead to an appliance break down which can lead to costly repairs and lost time.
The good news is that a little maintenance can go a long way and ultimately save you money. The following are tips on how to maintain and keep everyday home appliances in tip-top shape.
Regular maintenance on a refrigerator saves money in the way of food and repairs. Sticky, dirty gaskets stretch and tear, letting cold air leak out. Additionally, dust around the coils makes the unit work harder, which actually shortens its lifespan. Use a long-handled refrigerator coil brush or a vacuum crevice tool to remove any dirt or dust around the condenser coils. With the use of a damp rag, wipe away dust, crumbs, and spills off gaskets and door seals. Just a few minutes of easy maintenance on your refrigerator can save thousands of dollars in potential repairs.
Stoves and Ovens
Stoves and ovens require a great deal of regular care and maintenance, doing so ensures a reduction of costs on repairs bills and an outcome of high quality meals. Food spills and particles can stick to the interior, which may cause your appliance to work less efficiently. Clogged and dirty vent hood filters prevents smoke and odors from leaving your kitchen. Wipe the door seals and the interiors regularly with a damp rag. Clean the grease filters from the vent hood by removing and soaking it in soapy water, rinsing it, drying it, and replacing it when necessary. If your vent hood has a charcoal filter, it’s ideal to replace it every 6 to 12 months. Another tip for ovens is to avoid the handy self-clean feature because of damage to internal parts and toxic fumes due to extreme heat.
Rubber drain hoses are commonly known to burst and cause major water damage to the machine and your home. By keeping the detergent drawer clean, you can be sure that the product flows out naturally during the proper portion of the wash cycle. For some washers, particularly the front-loading ones, keeping the gasket dry can prevent stinky mildew and mold from forming in the tight seals. Simply wipe the door gasket dry after use. Another important tip for this household appliance is to never overload it with laundry. Large loads can quickly lead to a faulty or damaged washer.
Dryers are easy to maintain. First, regularly clean out the lint trap before or after use, this ensures that the vent line is clear of lint. Reduced airflow from lint buildup in the filter reduces efficiency and increases the dry time of your clothes. It can also cause the dryer to overheat and catch fire. Just as with your washer, do not overload your dryer. Overloaded dryers can cause poor air circulation.
Replacing appliances can be both frustrating and expensive. Implementing the proper care for your home appliances can save money and extend the estimated lifespan a few years. To further reduce risks, appliance insurance is available for a wide range of products.