Keep These 5 Common Appliances in Tip-Top Shape for Years to Come

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We owe a lot to our appliances when it comes to keeping us comfortable, speeding up our chores and helping us accomplish various things neatly. For these reasons, they must receive regular maintenance and correct usage from us. When used, cleaned, inspected and provided with necessary patch-ups right away, most appliances can last for numerous years. I’ve collected some tips on how to keep the most 5 most common appliances in fine fettle for years.

  1. Refrigerator

Hitting the number 1 spot is the refrigerator. This appliance runs all day long and doesn’t usually get a weekly break. If not properly cleaned or preserved, it can be a host to microorganisms that causes various illnesses.

Door Gasket.

A fridge that doesn’t shut properly can cause mold and mildew growth and steep energy bills. Warm air will come and cool air will come out if the door gasket is worn out already, causing food to spoil faster that it should be when inside the refrigerator. For not being aware of the situation you might have set the temperature on a level that consumes more energy because you thought it’s not working hard enough to cool the food. Lessen the stress of the appliance and the waste of food and energy by replacing a worn out gasket immediately. Also, clean the gasket using a toothbrush and a reasonable amount of baking soda at least thrice a year.

Condenser coils.

Dust and animal dander can collect around condenser coils, reducing their efficiency and stressing out the motors of the refrigerator. That’s why you have to vacuum these coils at least once every three months. They are typically found at the back or bottom of the fridge, and are typically sheltered by a vent or grill. Use the brush attachment of the vacuum to loosen hardened dirt. Make sure the appliance has been unplugged before cleaning.

Drain pan.

Of all the components of a fridge, the drip pan requires the most frequent cleaning. This is to prevent microorganisms and unpleasant odors from growing. The location of the pan vary on refrigerator brands and models; simply check your manual to get its location. You should also locate the drip hole and clear it from any kind of debris.

2. Range and Oven

With their self-cleaning features, you will not be distressed on keeping newer models of gas ranges and ovens running smoothly. But even older models aren’t really that difficult to clean. Below are tips to maximize the life of your oven or range, in addition to good scrubbing.

  • Help the gas move out faster by unclogging the hole of the burner. You can do it by poking the hole of the stove or over using a needle or a small pin.
  • For glass top stoves, use only a cleaner formulated for this type of stoves. Also, make sure that you’re using the right cookware at all times to prevent cracks or scratches on the glass.
  • To prevent waste of heat, make sure the oven’s door shuts properly. Clean the gasket of debris and wipe it thoroughly to prevent corrosion.

3. Dishwasher

In order to maintain your dishwasher in tip-top shape, you’ll have to clean it regularly. If given the right maintenance, this appliance can last for numerous years.

  • Check the gaskets. A tattered seal should be replaced right away.
  • Prevent bacterial growth and bad odors by cleaning the dishwasher at least once every 30 days. Mix vinegar with water and wipe the interiors with the mixture. You should pour a few cups of vinegar and run a cycle to disinfect the filters and other areas inside.
  • Clean the filters and sprayers at least once every six months. Use a high-pressure faucet or sprinkler to remove stuck food particles that can cause mold growth and bad odors.

4. Microwave

Compared to the three appliances mentioned earlier, the microware is relatively easier to clean if you know some cleaning secrets.

  • Mix an equal amount of water and vinegar in a coffee mug and place it inside the microwave. Set for 3 minutes, just enough time to create a steam that will loosen the hardened food particles around the interiors of the microwave. Use a wet wash cloth to wipe out the debris. If you want a more agreeable odor, you may use lemon juice instead.
  • Give equal attention to the exteriors of the microwave, particularly to the vents. Usually, they are located on the side or at the back of this appliance. If there’s a grease filter, remove it and soak it in warm, soapy water.
  • Just like any other appliance, a microwave needs a tight seal to run well.

5. Washers and Dryers

Give some love back to the appliances that save you a lot of labor. Preventive-wise, you can do plenty to keep your washing machine and dryer in good shape for years to come.

  • Clear out the pockets of your clothes before tossing them into the washer. Coins, keys or any solid material can damage the interiors of the washer and dryer.
  • Putting too many clothes per cycle will not only result to ineffective washing, it will also strain the motor.
  • Clear the lint trap and the vent at least once a month. Clogged vent or trap will reduce the efficiency of the dryer.

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