When you look around your house and you think about the things that you should work to maintain, there’s a pretty good chance that the first things that come to your mind aren’t your appliances. Being that they are built to last for several years, it simply doesn’t seem like a huge priority.
But the reality is that if you take certain steps to extend the lifespan of the appliances in your home, not only will it keep them around for a few extra years, but it can ultimately reduce your energy costs as well.
So if you’d like a few tips on how to make your appliances last longer, here are some suggestions for five of the appliances that you probably have inside of your home:
For your refrigerator: Something that a lot of people fail to do is clean the coils of their refrigerator. The reason why this is such a wise thing to do is that it helps to keep air flowing freely through the coils so that your refrigerator does not overheat and ultimately break down. It’s a fairly easy thing to do. Simply remove the front panel near the floor of your refrigerator and then use your handheld vacuum to get rid of any lodged-in dirt or debris.
For your dishwasher: When it comes to your refrigerator, something that you should look out for is its gasket. If it’s cracked or has build-up on it, that can cause your dishwasher to leak. If all you see is dirt on it, clean the gasket with soap and water. If it is cracked, go to Part Select and put “how to fix a leaking dishwasher” in the search field. The article on the site will walk you through the repair process.
For your washing machine: One of the best things that you could ever do for your washing machine is probably the easiest tip in this entire article – don’t overload it with clothes. For one thing, in order for your clothes to get clean, they need to be able to move about freely during various cycles. Secondly, a washing machine with too many clothes in it can cause the machine to be off-balance. And finally, a lot of clothes can put a heavy amount of strain on a washing machine and ultimately affect the effectiveness of its transmission, motor, and belts.
For your dryer: Say that you recently went to a place like 1-877-Appliance to purchase a couple of home appliances for your house and one of them was a dryer. If you were to ask the customer sales associate about something you should do to keep your dryer in great shape, aside from not overloading it, they might tell you two other things: constantly clean the lint trap and don’t run your dryer for more than 35 minutes at a time. If too much lint stores up, not only will it take longer for your clothes to dry, but it could also become a fire hazard. And by reducing the amount of time that you run your dryer, that helps to put a lot less strain on it.
For your HVAC unit: Thanks to HVAC units, homes are able to stay at a comfortable temperature year-round. However, in order to make sure that they are working efficiently, they need to be professionally serviced in the spring and summer. They also need to have their filters changed every 60-90 days. For tips on how to change your HVAC filter, visit This Old House and put “how to change filters” in the search field. For tips on how to find a reputable HVAC technician, visit Angie’s List and put “tips for hiring an HVAC technician” in the search field.