We all have that inherent fear. Your AC breaks down suddenly in the middle of summer’s heat, or your refrigerator gives out after you’ve just restocked groceries. Fortunately, you can avoid plenty of appliance malfunctions by being proactive. Here are a few appliance tips and tricks that you can do on your own and extend the expected useful life of your appliances.
Appliance Tips and Tricks - Keep Your Appliances Running Smoothly
When it comes to household appliances, it’s important to maintain them to avoid them breaking down. In addition to kitchen appliances, such as the refrigerator and dishwasher, it’s also important to monitor your air conditioner and washing machine. Below are some appliance tips to keep your appliances running smoothly.
Verify Your Oven Door Has a Tight Seal
Without a proper seal, your oven door can lose a great deal of heat. This may result in food cooking unevenly or taking longer to heat. Check the seal’s condition for any deformed, broken or torn areas and close the door to see if you can find any leaks. Replace the seal as necessary.
Change the Refrigerator Water Filter
A filter that doesn’t efficiently remove impurities and contaminants could expose you and your family to harmful water. Most filters are easy to remove as most models will have instructions that are easy to follow. Be sure to perform this every three to six months, depending on your water usage.
Clean and Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal
Over time, your garbage disposal may have some stuck items. Turn the disposal off and check down the drain for any stuck items and use a tool such as tongs to remove the blockages. Pour a mixture of ice cubes and vinegar or salt down the drain and run cold water over it for about 10 seconds. Then turn on the unit.
Inspect Your Washing Machine Hoses
Most washing machine floods result from leaking hoses. As such, inspect the hoses connected to your unit’s back panel for any leaks, cracks or weak spots. Replace any hoses that are deformed. As a general rule of thumb, you should replace these hoses every five years.
Clean Your AC Filter
Clogged filters can restrict the free flow of air, reduce the energy efficiency of your unit as well as the useful life of the appliance. To protect your unit, be sure to clean your filters every two to four weeks. Disposable filters can be simply replaced. If your unit has a reusable filter, vacuum it to remove as much dirt as possible.
Clean Coils in Your Refrigerator
Dirt and dust can lead to clogged refrigerator coils, restricting airflow and forcing your unit to work harder than it should. Once or twice a year, clean up the coils and remove loose particles using a handheld vacuum. Most refrigerator coils be found at the rear of the fridge or behind the kick plate.
Fill the Freezer
Your freezer is more efficient when it’s full rather than empty. If you don’t have much to fill up your freezer, fill several jugs with water and freeze them up until you have more stuff to put in the freezer.
These appliance tips and tricks will make it easier to get the most out of your appliances. Play your part in taking care of your appliances and they will serve you better for longer. Remember to perform routine maintenance on your appliances, so you can detect problems before they worsen.