How to Keep Your Appliances Working Well and Prevent Bigger Problems
Ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, clothes dryers and washing machines are all big investments. When you purchase a new one, you want it running smoothly for as long as possible. To avoid any problems down the road, here are some easy home maintenance tips.
Your oven probably has a self-clean feature. Sounds great, right? Truth is, this feature can actually damage your oven. During self-clean mode, the oven’s temperatures raise to extremely high levels that can ruin the oven’s components. The best way to clean your oven is to simply wipe it down after use and clean up spills right away.
If you want to avoid problems with your refrigerator, keep the condenser clean. The condenser is the coils on the back of the fridge. Simply pull the fridge away the wall. Using the hose on your vacuum cleaner, remove any lint or pet fur that may have lodged itself between the coils.
To get the most out of your dishwasher, scrape or rinse your dishes first. Bits of food, like rice or couscous, can clog your dishwasher’s pump or sprayer arm. If this happens, food particles can spray all over your dishes, making them even dirtier. Save your appliance, clean your dishes before loading them in the dishwasher.
Dryer maintenance is extremely important because dryers and lint build up are a deadly combination. There are two simple steps to dryer maintenance. First, empty the lint trap every time you run a dryer cycle. Second, clean lint out of the dryer vent line regularly. You can easily do this with a vacuum cleaner. This important step prevents lint built up and dryer fires.
You want your washing machine to last a long time. The rule of thumb is don’t overload it. Oversized loads can throw a machine off balance, causing damage to your clothes and ultimately damage to your appliance. Always ensure that the machine is loosely filled with smaller loads of laundry.
Regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your appliances in working order for a long time. If you ever experience problems with any of your appliances, trust an experienced professional to fix it right, the first time.