Home Appliance Care

December 26, 2011



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Most home appliances are built to last about ten year or so – on the average.

By maintaining, cleaning, taking good care of and repairing your home appliances, you can ensure that they last a long time (much longer than ten years!) and perform at their full, most energy efficient potential – saving both money and energy in the process.

Here are a few easy steps you can take right  away:

Dishwasher Parts

Dishwasher Parts

  • Dishwasher – run your dishwasher only when it is full of dishes so you don’t waste water and electricity on smaller loads. To prevent damage and rusting inside your unit, inspect dishwasher racks and other internal components for signs of corrosion and wear, and replace them when necessary. To prevent soap buildup, run your dishwasher on empty once a month, or wash the interior with specially designed cleaning solution.
Refrigerator Parts

Refrigerator Parts

  • Refrigerator and Freezer – keep your freezer free of ice buildup and it will work much more efficiently. Keep the condenser coils on both the refrigerator and freezer clean of dust buildup by vacuuming them at least twice a year. To prevent odor in the kitchen, empty the drain pan located on the bottom of the unit, then wash it with soapy water. At least once a week, empty your refrigerator and freezer of old or expired food and wash the interior with soapy water. Inspect the door seals or gaskets on both units, making sure that they are tight, clean, and without breaks, folds or kinks. Replace door gaskets if they are worn or damaged, for they are one of the main components that keep your units working efficiently and saving energy.
Range/Stove/Oven Parts

Range/Stove/Oven Parts

  • Range, Stove, Oven – replace the oven light bulb as soon as it burns out, so you don’t have to  keep opening the door and wasting energy by letting the heat out. Keep the stove and oven knobs clean and functioning well by washing them with not-abrasive appliance cleaner. Replace knobs if worn or damaged and your stove will look great and last longer. Also, check the burners on your stove to ensure that they work properly. Faulty gas burners and control components should be replaced as well as the drip pans that are too stained and cannot be washed clean. For gas stoves, call a repair technician if the flames start to burn yellow color, as that shows that the gas flow is not working as efficiently as it should.
Microwave Parts

Microwave Parts

  • Microwave – to protect your microwave unit from power surge damage, make sure it’s plugged into a surge protector and not into a regular outlet. To keep your microwave running efficiently, clean the interior with water and a non-abrasive decreasing cleaner every few days.

 

Dryer Parts

Dryer Parts

  • Dryer – make sure to clean (or replace dryer lint filter if damaged) the lint filter on your dryer before every load, and to vacuum the dryer vent at lest once a year. Keep the area under and around your dryer clean of dust and debris.

 

 

Washing Machine Parts

Washing Machine Parts

  • Washer – Inspect the water hoses and related components on the back of your washing machine for aging, cracks, kinks and other damage, and immediately replace if necessary.

 

 

Humidifier Parts

Humidifier Parts

  • Humidifier – empty the water from the water reservoir tank every few days to prevent mold growth and remember to clean (or replace) the humidifier filter on regular bases.

 

 

 

Garbage Disposer Parts

Garbage Disposer Parts

  • Garbage Disposer – clean and refresh your garbage disposer with a special cleaner that eliminates food particles, grease and lingering odors. Check the rubber splash guard for wear and tear and replace if damaged.

 

 

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