Home Appliance Maintenance Tips

Home appliances help make your daily tasks faster and easier, but if you want them to continue to do their jobs, it’s important to keep them in good working order. Here are some maintenance tips for some major home appliances.

Refrigerator:

1.) Wash the drawers, racks and interior surfaces with water and baking soda yearly at the minimum to eliminate odors and stains.
2.) Clean the door and door seals with warm water and dish detergent. If there is a lot of food on them, they could tear and let warm air into your fridge.
3.) Vacuum the condenser coils underneath and behind the refrigerator since dust there makes your fridge run less efficiently.
4.) Defrost the freezer when the ice builds up.

Oven and Stove or Cooktop:

1.) If your oven is self-cleaning take advantage of this feature, and then wipe away any residue with a damp cloth. If you don’t have a cleaning function, try leaving a pan of ammonia in the oven overnight. Remove the ammonia in the morning and scrub the oven.
2.) Clean the stove after each use to prevent build-up.

Dishwasher:

1.) Once a month or so, run a cycle using a bottle of dishwasher cleaner. This will get rid of food stains and deposits left from your regular soap and make the machine operate better.
2.) Clean the door seals as with the refrigerator.
3.) Don’t run the dishwasher unless it’s full. Fewer washes mean a longer life for your appliance and also saves electricity.

Clothes Dryer:

1.) Make sure it stays free of lint.
2.) Make sure its feet are level on the ground, which will balance your dryer and prevent problems.
3.) Once a year, clean lint and dust from the vent pipe that connects your dryer to the outside.

Clothes Washer:

1.) Each year, examine the hoses, clean the filters and look for any leaks.

Properly maintaining your appliances now will help you avoid unexpected problems in the future.

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