Make Your Appliances Last Longer
Household appliances provide a lot of conveniences, and you rely on them to complete daily tasks. It is a hassle and a financial hurdle when an appliance breaks and you will have to replace it. Here are things you can do to extend the lifespans of household appliances to get the best value for your money and prevent unexpected breakdowns.
Keep Your Refrigerator and Freezer Clean
The refrigerator and freezer are often forgotten about when cleaning, but having a clean refrigerator and freezer will expand the lifespan of these appliances. Both the interior and exterior of these appliances should be cleaned regularly. The condenser coils play an important role in the refrigerator’s ability to function and should also be cleaned.
Extended the Lifespans of Household Appliances by Defrosting Your Freezer
Modern freezers are typically equipped with frost-free features, which means that ice is prevented from forming along the inside walls of the freezer. If you have an older model freezer, however, you will need to defrost the freezer at least once a year to prevent the frost from getting too thick.
Clean Your Oven and Range
Similar to your refrigerator and freezer, it’s important to keep your oven clean. Unlike the refrigerator, however, a dirty oven is dangerous if there is built-up carbon in the bottom. This debris will cause smoke may even catch fire. Clean the oven and range every three months.
Properly Load Your Dishwasher
In order to extend the lifespan of household appliances such as dishwashers, load all items according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure nothing is sticking out or blocking the spray bar, which will jam the door and damage the dishwasher. Scrape off food debris from plates before loading as this will clog pumps and damage the machine.
Replace Filters to Extend the Lifespan of Household Appliances
Whether it’s the filters for the oven range hood, air conditioner, or furnace, follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to replace them as directed. Dirty filters will clog your appliances and make them work harder or prevent them from working at all.
Don’t Overload Your Washing Machine
Overloading your washing machine will strain the motor. This will shorten its lifespan and prevent your clothes from being cleaned thoroughly. Follow the provided manufacturer’s instructions on how much clothing to load.
Clean the Dryer’s Lint Screen
Neglecting to change the lint screen in your dryer not only reduces its lifespan but can also cause a fire. Improve your dryer’s circulation by having the exhaust system cleaned annually.
Pay Attention to the Lifespans of Household Appliances
The best way to extend the lifespans of your household appliances is to refer to the instruction manual on how to operate them and keep them clean. It’s still important to pay attention to the recommended lifespan of the appliance, as no appliance will last forever. If you suspect there is an issue with your appliance, hire a professional to inspect it.
TMK Inspections offers inspection services in Southeast Pennsylvania. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an appointment.