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Tips for Making Home Appliances Last Longer

Oct 10 th

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A little preventative maintenance can go a long way when it comes to lengthening the lives of common household appliances. The following tips require almost no tools or previous experience, and can be accomplished by even the most novice home do-it-yourselfer.

Refrigerators and freezers

It’s proven that refrigerators live up to 13 years. Freezers have a life cycle of 11 to 12. House Appliance Specialists advise dusting off the compressor coils (located mostly in the back or bottom) every six months. Otherwise, the coils won’t effectively remove heat from inside, which causes the appliance compressor to run longer and hotter—and die faster.

Another part to pay attention to: the door’s rubber gaskets, which keep in the cold on both refrigerators and freezers. Keep them sealed tightly by regularly scrubbing off particles and debris with soap and warm water. Then, dry them off with a towel or sponge. The last important tip in regard to this appliance: Don’t overfill your fridge or freezer. That blocks airflow and makes it tougher to cool newer additions—and overworks the appliance.

Microwaves

The lifetime of this appliance is about 10 years, if you clean it often and well. Just imagine: food leftovers left for too long inside, can turn into carbon, resulting in appliance-damaging electrical sparking, experts say. So, here is the manual on how to clean it the best way:

Heat up inside the appliance  a glass of water (microwave-safe) until the liquid boils. The steam will loosen any stuck-on gunk inside. Then, you can easily remove it all with dishwashing soap and water.

Stove/Ranges

If you threat is with cleaning well, the electric range/stove to keep heating for 13 years or longer. Too much buildup and the appliance overworks itself, shortening its life, states For glass-top models, use a glass cleaner at least twice a week. For gas stoves, clean all removable parts and the area around the igniter with warm water and mild detergent to prevent fire hazard and subpar heating.

As for the Gas Stoves, wipe up debris and spills from the burners often—being careful not to touch the igniter—to avoid the ports getting clogged, which takes a toll on the stove’s efficiency. Use soapy water to clean the grills to keep them heating up as they should.

Air Conditioners

Despite their constant use while the hot summer months, air conditioners can keep cooling for 10 to 15 years. To get yours to stand the test of time (and temperatures), clean the filters every 225 to 360 hours of operation (or every 9 to 15 straight days of use), state specialists. Just rinse the filters in the sink with a damp cloth and soap.  It would be also perfect if you blow dryer once a week to shoot dust out of the vents.

Dishwashers

You’ll get about nine years out of this appliance, but in case you keep the door gaskets and bottom edge of it clean, which prevents leaks. Water and bleach are all you need for care process. Also, clear out objects in the pump area and spray arms. Otherwise, they can clog the drain system and prevent dishes from getting spick and span.

Washing Machines/Dryers

Clothes washers tend to serve at least 10 years, whilst Dryers - 13-14 years. Add one more year if it’s a front-loader and three more if it’s a top-loader. Their staying power depends on replacing brittle hoses with steel-clad ones to avoid flooding. Also, never slam a washer door. That can break the door switch. And try to stick to the manufacturer's recommended load weight anytime you think about shortening laundry process. Overloading your appliance can affect the motor and drive belts.

The techs advise cleaning the dryer’s lint filter after each use with a brush or paper towel. Leftover lint will “collect in the burner or heater element area and then start building up in the vent.” Lastly, clean the aluminum vent pipe twice a year with a vent brush. Any built-up lint there is another fire hazard.

To avoid unnecessary difficulties while maintenance by yourself, feel free to dial us (415) 968-1958 to get assistance regarding  repair and appointment scheduling with our specs in case something went wrong with your house appliances.

 

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