Basic Appliance Maintenance Every Homeowner Should Know

Appliances have become an integral part of our daily lives. They make our chores a lot easier and faster to do. Instead of doing the chores manually, all you need to do is put them into the appliance and leave it to do its job. Aside from saving much energy, you’ll also have more time to spend on important things like family, friends, hobbies, and anything that matters to you.

Every homeowner has a few appliances in their home. Since appliances are already a normal part of our day-to-day living, it is important that you know some basic maintenance to keep them running at their best condition. Here are some of the things you could do to maintain your appliances.

Check the Door Seal

For appliances that have doors such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, and many more, you need to see to it that the door seal is functioning properly to keep its efficiency. Refrigerators and freezers that have damage in the door seal can’t cool the food efficiently since the cold temperature escapes out.

Ovens with broken door seals would take longer to cook food or won’t cook food evenly because of temperature issues. When you notice signs of damage on doors, be sure to fix or replace it to maintain the appliance’s efficiency. Hire a professional appliance service to do the job properly and safely.

Clean Filters Regularly

Appliances that have filters such as washing machines, air conditioners, and dishwashers need to be cleaned regularly for accumulated dirt on the filter. The filter part catches all the dirt while the appliance is working. Full or clogged filters reduces the efficiency of the appliance since it can’t catch out the new dirt that passes through. Check the filters regularly and wash it when needed. 

Clear the Exhaust

There are some appliances that have exhaust such as the dryer. Through time, dirt and lint accumulates inside the appliance and reduces the efficiency of the machine as well as cause a fire hazard in worst cases. Clear the exhaust of your dryer from time to time. Remove the exhaust from the back of the dryer and remove the clumps of dirt you can see on the tubing and the hole. You could use other tools to remove hard to reach dirt such as a vacuum cleaner. Your dryer will be working like new when it is always maintained clean.

Remove Rust

Rust is one big enemy of every appliance especially those that are used with water. Through time, rust can form on some parts of the appliance, causing it to work inefficiently and even wear it out faster than it is supposed to be. Use a rust remover solution and gently scrub off the rust from the surface until it goes off clean. Wipe or rinse the cleaned part and your appliance is now looking good like new.

These maintenance steps are simple and can be done by almost everyone to keep their appliances at their best condition. However, if you’re not sure what to do, hire a professional and leave the task to them.