All household appliances are designed to save time and bring comfort and convenience to our home life. The condition of your appliances may also have a significant impact on the value of your home. In order to improve the efficiency and lifespan of your trusty machines, we highly recommend performing periodic maintenance. And it is most effective if you start doing so as soon as you bring your shiny new helper home. There are a number of simple things you can do to keep your appliances working great and serving you for many, many, many years to come.
If you want your appliances to last longer, you should never overload them. You may think you’re saving time, space, water, electricity, effort, etc., by putting truckloads of food in your fridge, months’ worth of laundry in your washer/driver, building towers of dishes in your dishwasher. However, misusing your appliances this way may cause damage to motors, belts, and other moving parts and force your machines to work much harder than is typically required. This can lead to costly repairs and/or a complete breakdown of your trusty appliance.
Do not slam the doors of your appliances. Make sure you close the doors gently so you do not break the lid or the door switch. Slamming the doors can break switches that are quite expensive to replace.
Dryers produce a lot of lint, which builds up in the lint trap, dryer vents, and inside the dryer itself. After running a cycle, make sure you clean out the lint trap. Remember to clean the dryer vents at least once every year to avoid them getting clogged, and clean the inside of the dryer body every few years to remove any lint buildup that can potentially create a fire hazard.
Familiarize yourself with the Owner’s Manual for best safety tips for maintaining your oven. It is best to unplug your oven before cleaning, especially if you’re planning to use water. Keep oven racks and door clean of grease and oil spills. Do not use water around the knobs and dials
as they have openings around the shafts leading to the electrical system of the oven. Depending on usage, once in a while, it is advisable to run a self-clean cycle. Make sure you follow instructions in your oven’s Manual closely.
One of the most important tips in maintaining your stove in good working order is cleaning up the spills. Spilled food may prevent the stove burners from turning on. To make this task easy use a toothbrush to clean off any stuck-on food.
Help your dishwasher live longer, run smoother, and keep your dishes spotless. Even though your dishwasher cleans itself, you should also inspect and clean it regularly. Clean the doors and seals around the door rim to prevent leaking. Clean the spray arm and filter. Also, once every month use a dishwasher cleaner to avoid any buildup of food and soap scum residue.
We recommend you do a few simple things to extend the life of your washer. Use detergent made for high-efficiency (HE) machines. Also, more does not always mean better or cleaner, so use minimum amount of detergent. Once the cycle is complete, empty your washer and do not let damp laundry sit inside for extended periods of time. Otherwise it will create musty smell that will be hard (if at all possible) to eliminate. When not in use, leave the door of your washer slightly open to provide air circulation and prevent mildew and mold buildup.
It is usually one of the most expensive and most heavily-used appliances in the household. This appliance is quite complex, so for the most part it is advisable to have a skilled technician perform any maintenance. However, one simple thing that anyone can do to keep the fridge properly maintained is cleaning the rubbery door gaskets. Sticky foods like jams and syrup can
cause serious buildup and prevent the door from closing properly. Make sure to clean them regularly with a sponge or paper towel and lukewarm water to ensure the gaskets last the entire life of your fridge.