Some appliance repairs are unavoidable. Normal wear and tear, faulty components or just plain bad luck are all common causes of appliance failure. However, many appliance repairs are necessitated by bad habits that you may not even know you have. Here are four things to consider that can help you get the most from your appliances while avoiding unnecessary repairs.
Don’t overwork your refrigerator
Is your refrigerator running? Hopefully it’s not running too much. Dusty refrigerator coils, blocked air vents and dirty gaskets can reduce your refrigerator’s efficiency, causing it to run more often and shorten the lifespan of its compressor and condenser fan. To combat this, unplug your fridge and vacuum the coils and fan every six to twelve months, keep contents away from the vents inside the fridge and freezer and keep the door gaskets clean to avoid leaks and tears.
Go easy on your washer and dryer
A good washer and dryer can take a lot of abuse, but being gentle with them will help you get the longest use from your machines. For starters, don’t load them with more clothes than the weight limits stated in their manuals – doing so can wear out the belts and motors prematurely. Avoid slamming or dropping the washer and dryer doors (so as not to damage the switches) and dragging clothes out of the machines (so as not to tear up door gaskets with zippers and buttons). Lastly, keep the dryer screen clean so the machine does not overheat.
Clear screens and filters
Furnace filters. Dryer screens. Dishwasher filters. They all need to be kept clean to avoid compromising performance or damaging these appliances. Furnace filters should be changed according to their instructions or as indicated by an air filter gauge. Dryer screens should be cleared before every use. Dishwasher filters should be cleaned according to the appliance’s instructions.
Clean the right way
Cleaning is an important part of appliance maintenance, but make sure you’re not doing more harm than good. It’s always best to consult each device’s manual to know when and how to clean each machine. Spraying liquid cleaner onto appliance knobs can result in expensive shorts of the interior electrical components – instead, spray a bit cleaner onto a rag before wiping. Make sure the cleaning materials you are using are not so harsh that they damage the finishes of your appliances.