Your appliance is just like your vehicle. But while you are likely to take your car for regular maintenance and oil change, are you giving your appliances the same loving care?
If not, you should be because replacing your major appliances does not come economical. Once you make the investment in a washing machine, clothes dryer, refrigerator, chimney or dishwasher you want to make sure it does go a distance just like your vehicle.
Maintaining an appliance in running condition does not require a lot of effort if you take the time to clean it periodically. Once it gets really dirty—refrigerator coils covered in dust, an oven caked with burned-on food—then it not only takes longer to clean but degrades the performance of the appliance itself. That means it may not last as long as it could when given regular attention. Here are some simple maintenance tips for your appliances
– Do not pack it too full with food so that air can circulate freely and the compressor doesn’t have to work double time. Clean the compressor coils every few months. Check your owner’s manual for the coils’ location, then vacuum them with a soft-bristle brush attachment. Wipe door gaskets with mild detergent and water. Maintain a stainless finish by using dish detergent, water, and a sponge, or use a stainless cleaner recommended by the manufacturer.
– When loading, make sure the silverware and dishes are placed so that they don’t catch the spray arms and damage them. If your dishwasher has a manual-clean filter, clean it regularly according to the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid food buildup. Wipe down the door gasket from time to time to avoid food buildup and odors.
– At least once a year, remove the grit from the screens where the hoses attach to the washing machine. Do not stuff the washing machine beyond its recommended capacity. Make sure the machine sits on a level and is well-supported to prevent excessive vibration. And to keep the washing machine from working harder than it has to, heed the manufacturer’s instructions about how much detergent is to be used.
– Clean the lint filter after each use to keep air flowing freely. Check the exhaust duct periodically, especially if you find that the dryer isn’t sufficiently heating up or takes longer than usual to dry a load. Clean the duct once a year to keep it from clogging with lint, which is a fire hazard. And if you use dryer sheets, clean the moisture sensor strips inside the dryer with a little rubbing alcohol to remove film buildup, which hampers performance.