Appliance repair bills can unexpectedly cost you hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Maintaining your appliances to keep them running at their optimal performance is crucial.
Follow these tips to get the best out of your appliances and home systems!
1. Don’t overload your washer
Washers were built with a very specific design for a reason.
Clothes rub together and create friction when they are being washed. Which in turn releases the dirt particles from the clothing.
When a washer is overloaded, the spinner is essentially rendered useless and the fabric inside of the washer will moves a small amount or possibly not at all.
The strain that overloading puts on your washer is also detrimental. The drum that holds the clothes can and will get thrown out of alignment with an unbalanced load.
Extra stress on a washer can easily break the machine to the point of where a repair costs more than a replacement.
2. Clean dust from refrigerator coils
Dust accumulation on the coils on your refrigerator means they can’t release hot air properly. The compressor then works extra hard to keep your refrigerator cool. This ultimately means that your refrigerator ends up having a much shorter life span.
Using a combination of a bristled brush and vacuum to remove the dust helps increase the longevity of the cold air compressor. This reduces the need for costly repairs or replacements.
3. Change your water filter
If you have a mechanical filtration system on your refrigerator, it can get filled with debris and other contaminants over time. This can eventually cause the filtration system to slow down or overall stop working.
How often your filter needs to be changed depends on several things. Make sure you closely read the documentation for your specific appliance to find out how often you need to change the filter.
4. Put pads under washer and dryer to keep them from moving
Not only will these pads reduce the “house-shaking” turbulence created from your washer’s spin cycle. But they also allow air to circulate beneath your clothes washer and dryer.
This makes it not only easier to clean underneath them, but also keeps the appliances stable when they are in use.
5. Maintain your oven
Ovens are used in homes daily throughout the country. Making sure that it is not running too hot or too cool is essential to the life span of this appliance.
There are several ways to calibrate an oven, so make sure that you refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for safety. Much like a microwave, spills and food particles can cause wear and tear throughout the interior and exterior of the oven.
6. Clean your HVAC filter
Having a clean air filter is not only the easiest way to keep your air conditioner running efficiently, but it is also the most important.
Having a clean air filter has many pluses.
Not only will you lower your energy costs, but the quality of the air you breath will be exponentially better than if you did not change your filter.
7. Keep your dishwasher clean
Dishwashers have seals, gaskets, and hoses throughout their plumbing system. If any of these connections or seals become loose or worn, you can count on having a dishwasher leak.
By properly maintaining air gap valves, sprayer arms, and filters. Not only will your dishwasher run smoother and more efficiently, your dishes will be much cleaner as well.
8. Don’t slam appliance doors
This statement is especially true for washers and dryers. Slamming the door on these appliances can break either the lock or switch on the door of many washing machines.
By gently closing the door on your appliances, you can save approximately $175 in appliance repair service fees.
9. Clean electric stove burner connections
Food and debris causes all kinds of problems for electric stoves. A good connection ensures that optimal electricity flows to your stovetop.
Cleaning your burners and burner connections on a regular basis will make your stove last longer and work more efficiently at the same time.
10. Hit the reset button sometimes
When a garbage disposal gets jammed, it goes into a proverbial “melt-down” mode. This is a safety precaution to keep the disposal from breaking.
If this mechanism is triggered, simply turn off the disposal, run a stream of cold water into the disposal, reach underneath the disposal and push the red reset button.
Once the button is pressed, turn the disposal back on and you are all set.
11. Clean the microwave
A microwave is one of the most commonly used appliances in homes across the United States. Keeping your microwave clean is imperative to getting the full life span out of it.
Splattered food particles in the microwave can absorb heat while the microwave is in use.
This has the potential to cause burns and other potential problems inside of your appliance.
12. Clean the rubber gaskets for your fridge
Cleaning the rubber gaskets on your fridge is a great way to keep your food cold.
Build-up of dust, grime, spilled food, among other things, can wear away at the seals on your refrigerator doors.
Gaskets can also stick and tear when doors are opened, ruining the seal on your refrigerator. This causes the refrigerator motor work harder and longer to keep food cold and fresh.
13. Get a home warranty and avoid appliance repair costs all together
Unexpected appliance repair is never a good thing and protecting your budget is already hard enough these days. It’s overwhelming when major system components or appliance repair is needed.
Having a home warranty protects your schedule, home, and your family budget from inconvenient, expensive repair bills.