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The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Home Appliances

How you care for your household appliances can significantly impact their performance and longevity. While having a home warranty with appliance coverage can assist with repair costs, it still requires a deductible payment for benefits to kick in. The best strategy to avoid costly repairs and replacements is proactive care, addressing issues before they escalate. Here are five valuable appliance maintenance tips to maximize the lifespan and efficiency of your appliances.

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The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Home Appliances

Clear Dust from Your Refrigerator

Clear Dust from Your Refrigerator

Your refrigerator employs a system of condenser coils and a compressor to maintain a cool interior. When dust accumulates on these coils, they lose their ability to dissipate heat effectively. As a result, the compressor needs to work harder, which increases the risk of breakdowns. Ensure your compressor operates optimally by dusting the coils every six months. Another straightforward maintenance tip for your refrigerator is regularly cleaning the seal around the doors. It helps maintain a proper seal, preventing cool air from escaping and reducing the strain on the compressor.

Maintain Your Range

From spills on the cooktop to overflowing muffin batter in the oven, your stove and oven endure considerable wear and tear during cooking. It's essential to regularly clean the burners (or cooktop for electric stoves) and the oven's interior. It not only increases heating efficiency but also extends the life of the appliance. When cleaning the knobs, exercise caution to prevent water from infiltrating the knob mechanism, which can damage the electrical system and turn a simple cleaning task into an expensive repair.

Pre-Rinse Your Dishes

While loading dirty dishes directly from the table or stove into the dishwasher may be tempting, food residue left on dishware can redistribute onto clean dishes during the wash cycle or even clog the dishwasher's lines. To prevent this, scrape food scraps from dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. If you own a newer dishwasher, be prepared to clean a filter designed to capture food and debris located at the unit's bottom. Maintaining a clean seal around the door and the door's bottom edge can also prevent leaks.

Avoid Overloading Your Washing Machine

One of the most crucial appliance maintenance practices is to avoid overloading your washing machine with either clothes or detergent. While it may seem like a way to conserve water, energy, or time, overloading can lead to severe damage to the machine's drum and motor, potentially necessitating costly repairs or replacements. Always ensure that your laundry loads match your washer's capacity. Be mindful not to use excessive detergent, which can harm the machine's water level pressure switch, an avoidable expense.

Replace Filters Regularly

Many appliances in your home rely on filters to operate efficiently. Dirty filters force appliances to work harder, decreasing efficiency and shortening lifespan. When did you last change or clean the filters on your frequently used appliances?

  • Dryer: Clean the lint trap before and after each load of laundry.
  • Range Hood: Clean the grease filter every three months and replace the charcoal filter every six months if applicable.
  • Air Conditioner: Replace the filter as frequently as once a month for heavy use or every three months for light use.

These are not the only appliances equipped with filters. Please familiarize yourself with the appliances in your home that use filters and their recommended maintenance schedules. Incorporate these tasks into your home maintenance checklist to ensure they receive the required care. Your proactive approach to appliance maintenance will pay off in extended lifespans and improved efficiency.

Replace Filters Regularly