Tips to Maintain These 5 Important Home Appliances

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Think about the five home appliances that you absolutely can’t live without. No, we’re not talking about your big screen TV or the latest video game console. What if your oven or refrigerator just broke down with no explanation? I’m sure you’d panic just a little bit.

Well, we’re here to help! Below are some tips and hints to help you maintain five of the most important appliances in your home. The best way to avoid those expensive repairs or replacements is to adhere to the following advice.

Clean Your Dishwasher

Although your dishwasher’s job is to clean your plates and kitchenware, it’s not responsible for cleaning itself. In fact, that’s something you’ll need to do on a regular basis. Start with cleaning out the spray arm nozzles so that water output will be consistent throughout the wash cycle.

If your dishwasher is not equipped to clean its own filter, make sure you do so manually at least once a month. A self-cleaning dishwasher will have holes covering the filter. If the bottom of your dishwasher does not contain these holes, you’ll need to clean it yourself.

It’s also a good idea to use vinegar or other acids to eliminate build up in your dishwasher. You’ll also want to avoid overloading the dishwasher to increase its longevity.

Take Care of Your Washing Machine

Since clean clothes are essential to a healthy lifestyle, you’ll want to make sure your washing machine is in top condition. Check its water hose every three weeks and replace it once every five years. Unwanted leaks are a nightmare to deal with.

When washing clothes, don’t overload the appliance. A large number of clothes will restrict movement and may damage the agitator — the middle piece used for stirring. Lastly, clean the interior of the washing machine every two weeks to eliminate unwanted odors and residue.

Inspect the Inside of Your Oven

While it may seem like a daunting task, it’s important that you clean the inside of your oven after every use. The heat inside an oven will harden any spilled food or liquid, making it very difficult to remove. Form a paste made of baking soda, lemon juice, and soap to clean out the grime.

If you have a self-cleaning oven, still check to make sure its cleaning mechanisms work properly. If not, you’ll need to clean it yourself. Finally, inspect the door gasket and look for cracks that may cause the oven to lose heat, leading to more energy consumption.

Properly Maintain Your Vacuum Cleaner

Not only are vacuum cleaners a necessary home appliance, they can also be very expensive. In order to prolong the life of your vacuum cleaner, make sure it’s properly maintained.

Change the bag regularly and ensure a new one is attached properly. An unsecure bag will allow dirt and debris into the vacuum, leading to further damage. Evaluate the condition of the vacuum’s belt every two or three months, replacing it at least twice a year.

If your vacuum cleaner has a filter, make sure you clean it regularly. Filters made from cloth, foam, or paper only need to be washed. HEPA/cartridge filters might be washable but read the manual before proceeding.

Inspect Your Refrigerator Regularly

Arguably the most important appliance in your home is the refrigerator. While it preserves your food at the right temperature, it also consumes a lot of energy. Always check the door and the rubber gasket that seals in the cold air. 

Don’t leave the refrigerator door open even if you’ll “be right back.” Eventually, leaving the door cracked open will become a habit that will increase your energy bill.

Remove the dust that collects on the coils behind the refrigerator. Dust will impede insulation and cause overheating. This will make it harder to maintain the temperature of the fridge. Also, don’t forget to clean out the drip pan under the unit. The mold that could collect may cause damage to your kitchen floor.