Everyone uses appliances on a daily basis. These include refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, garbage disposal systems, washers and dryers. High usage invariably results in a greater strain on these appliances. If these appliances are not operating at maximum efficiency, this could be harmful to the appliance and your family. With a full house, you know that the fridge doors are being opened and closed repeatedly, the microwave is working overtime, and the washer is chock-a-block full.
The more an appliance is used, the greater the probability that a breakdown is likely to take place. This typically happens at the most inopportune times such as the holidays when the whole family is at home. However, if you perform routine maintenance work on your appliances and maintain safe operating practices, you can benefit over the long-term. Here are some tips to help you learn how to keep appliances from breaking down. Anyone can do these things, and no technical knowledge is required.
Keep those Door Seals Clean
If you routinely clean appliances, ensure seals on refrigerators and freezers are watertight, the doors shut properly, water pipes are connected, and that filters are kept clean. By doing these things, you can avoid many problems. Repair costs can quickly spiral out of control, and it behooves you to consider your own actions in maintaining safe equipment. The average lifespan of a kitchen refrigerator, stove, or dishwasher can be between 10 and 15 years.
You will want to gain maximum traction from your devices by following standard usage protocols. Neglect of these simple techniques will shorten the lifespan of your appliances and end up costing you in the long run. The costs of repair work on a standard refrigerator can be as high as £200 + on average, and a new fridge can cost you as much as £2000.
These costs can be avoided by ensuring that you keep the coils of the refrigerator clean and functional at all times. Your refrigerator’s condenser coils are located on the outside of the fridge. They may be underneath your appliance. This is the area that draws the air in and out to cool the fridge down. When there is a lot of dust, it overheats and results in a higher utility bill, decreased efficiency, and ultimately a breakdown. If you clean out as much dust as possible, using coil brushes that you can buy at your local Home Depot, you will save yourself a bundle of cash over time.
Routine Maintenance on Moving Parts
Much the same is true of a dishwasher. Dishwashers also have many moving parts, and they require routine maintenance to keep them operating efficiently. It’s no fun washing your dishes by hand, and that’s precisely why the dishwasher became an invaluable appliance in the modern-day kitchen. It’s important to clean out the mineral deposits in an unloaded dishwasher. To do this, simply pour in white vinegar and use baking soda if you have any. If there are food particles stuck inside the dishwasher, these may need to be scrubbed out with a sponge and some soap.
To clean your dishwasher, wipe around the door to ensure a smooth seal when you lock it. A dishwasher gasket is inexpensive at just £10, but the repair costs for such work can be as high as £150 per hour. Remember, dishwashers by and large are not that expensive so you will want to avoid all of these costs if you can. Always check the drain component of the dishwasher – if it’s clogged, clean it out to ensure that water drains out easily from your unit. Any blockages will cause inefficient operations and run up a hefty bill over time.
Clean Filters and Vents
Washers and dryers are other items that require routine maintenance and regular attention. With dryers, the lint filter should always be cleaned out to avoid overheating. Remove the filter and gently wipe it down with a bristle brush. Another area that you want to take care of is the exhaust vent at the back of the dryer. Check the vent for lint at least once every six months. Blockages can cause the dryer to heat up, burn out, or simply run up your electric bill.
Washing machines also require routine maintenance since they have a moving drum and water inflow/outflow. These are difficult for laypeople to maintain, but if you notice any leaks or clunking sounds, be sure to call a technician to take care of it ASAP. Ultimately, all appliances will need to be replaced, since they have a shelf life. The more something is used, the quicker you will exhaust its lifespan. The good news is that a little home-based maintenance work will reduce the amount of money you spend on technicians, replacement parts, or new appliances.