A broken appliance could spell disaster. In the best case, you could be left without your favorite helper for a day. In the worst case, you may have to deal with formidable damages to your house from leaks, fires, and electricity problems.
Homeowners spend thousands of dollars on high-quality appliances. No one wants to face repairs or replacement too soon.
Each major appliance in your home needs special attention. Plugging it in and hoping it will work for years is hardly the right approach. If you take proper care of your robotic assistants, they are likely to reciprocate.
Need some tips on how to save on repairs? Read on!
Taking Care of Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers are capricious machines. They have to deal with water and electricity, which makes them highly vulnerable.
- Read the manual – make sure you know how to install and operate the particular dishwasher you have.
- Don’t overload – putting too many dishes inside the dishwasher could lead to serious breakdowns and leaks.
- Clean dishes – remove large pieces of food from dishes before putting them inside the dishwasher.
- Run hot water – before turning the dishwasher on, run hot water in your faucet until it warms up. This way your dishwasher will start using hot water immediately.
- Use vinegar – every week or month depending on how often you use the dishwasher, run it empty with vinegar instead of the detergent. It can clean the food remnants and hard water deposits as well as keep the machine smelling fresh.
- Clean the trap – you can find the dishwasher trap under the lower sprayer. Clean it after each run to remove trapped food and dirt.
- Unclog nozzles – remove the racks and check the sprayer arm nozzle. Clogged nozzles lead to poor output and higher electricity bills.
- Keep it clean – clean the doors and seals of your dishwasher to ensure proper operation. Dirty and cracked seals could lead to leaks.
Pampering Your Refrigerator
Can you imagine your life without a fridge? Even a day with a broken refrigerator could spell disaster. These tips could help this major appliance last longer.
9. Check seals – if door seals are broken or even slightly damaged, your fridge may have to work harder, cooling the air around it. Eventually, it would start consuming too much electricity and break down. Put a piece of paper inside the fridge with a part of it sticking out. Close the door and pull. If the paper slides out easily, you have a real problem.
10. Clean coils – fridge coils are the most vulnerable and most ignored parts of the appliance. Dust and grime settle on them, preventing proper operation. Wipe coils at least once a month.
11. Fill it up – the more things you put inside the fridge, the easier it is for the appliance to keep the air cool. So even if you are going away or aren’t using the entire space, don’t leave the fridge empty. Put a pot or a jug full of water inside.
12. Keep it clean – dirt and grime inside the refrigerator could lead to mold growth and other unpleasant buildups. All of it could ruin the fridge over time and become a danger to the food inside.
Thinking About Your Microwave
This small appliance is one of your key time-savers. If you take proper care of it, the microwave can last for decades.
13. Ensure air circulation – don’t put your microwave against the wall. It needs proper air circulation to function well. Make sure none of the other appliances is standing too close to it.
14. Use a surge protector – power fluctuations are dangerous for microwaves. Use a protector or unplug it when you are away to avoid breakdowns and fires.
15. Follow instructions – read the manual to find out which items you can’t put inside the microwave. Don’t dry anything inside it. Use the microwave to heat food only. Don’t run the appliance empty.
16. Keep it clean – make sure you keep the inside of the microwave clean. Leftover food and grime could lead to breakdowns and contamination of new food.
17. Change filters – if your microwave has a charcoal filter, make sure to replace or wash it timely.
18. Check the door – door damage could lead to unpleasant leaks, high energy consumption, and quick breakdowns. Don’t slam the door hard. Check it for damages at least once every 6 months.
Remembering The Washing Machine
As one of the most expensive and complex appliances, your washing machine needs special attention.
19. Ensure stability – when installing your washing machine, makes sure it stands on an even surface. Otherwise, it’s likely to break down and damage whatever is around it.
20. Don’t overload – overloading the washer could throw it off balance, cause leakages, and reducing the quality of the wash.
21. Listen to it working – pay special attention to the sounds your machine is making. If something seems strange, call professional technicians. Don’t try to fix the washing machine on your own.
22. Run with vinegar – just as for the dishwasher, the empty run with vinegar can help remove hard water, detergent residue, and other dirt. Try to do it at least once a year.
23. Keep it clean – if you see any dirt, detergent spills, and other grime on the machine, wipe it off immediately.
According to experts from Hartman’s Appliance Repair, reading the manual and following simple maintenance tips could extend the lifespan of your major appliances tremendously. An hour of your time spent on taking care of your appliances each month could save you thousands of dollars.