Maintenance Tips to Make Appliances Last

A bad habit of forgetting routine maintenance can cost you money. Read these maintenance tips to help save money on maintenance costs and help your appliance last brought to you by Baltimore’s most affordable appliance repair service.

Make sure Refrigerator Coils are Clean

When your refrigerator suddenly stops working, one of the first things to suspect is the coils. Service professionals diagnose coils as the reason for most of their refrigerator service calls. On most refrigerators, you can access the coils by removing the front grill or they may be located on the backside of the refrigerator. Use a brush to clean the coils. After removing loose dirt and debris with the brush, you should vacuum each coil. Ensuring clean coils will allow your refrigerator to cool more efficiently and could potentially save you money on your utility bill.

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Clean Refrigerator Door Gaskets

Keeping the gaskets on your refrigerator doors clean ensures that they’ll continue to seal correctly and extend the life of the appliance.  A door gasket can be easily torn by continuously pulling hard on the stuck door which could lead to repair costs.  Clean the door gasket by using warm water and sponge. It is not recommended to use detergents, as they can damage the gasket.  Ensuring clean door gaskets on your refrigerator prevents your machine from running harder and longer than it should and raising your electric bill.

Avoid Overloading Washers and Dryers

Overloading your washer and dryer by cramming more clothes than the recommended load size can cost you more money than it does in time, water or energy.  By doing this, you are damaging motors, belts, and other moving parts.

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When a washer or dryer is turned on, they almost always transfer vibrations to floors and telegraphic noise throughout the house.  To prevent this and help quiet your machines, purchase rubber anti-vibration pads, and place them on the feet of your washer or dryer.

Dryer Maintenance

Make sure your dryer is not set to “fluff air” unless you specifically want it to be. Often, if the dryer is on the wrong setting, it may take more time to dry a load. Increasing not only energy costs but overworking the dryer.

Check the lint filter after every load. Wash the filter when needed. Typically, there is an outside dryer vent as well. Make sure it is free and clear of any lint or dirt built up.

Keep the Dishwasher Clean

If you notice your dishwasher is no longer getting your dishes clean, your filter within the dishwasher could be clogged.  When your dishwasher’s filter gets clogged, it makes it difficult for water to travel to the spray arms, effectively cleaning the dishes in the machine. You will need to pull out the lower rack of your dishwasher and remove the filter cover.  Use a wet or dry vacuum to clean off the screen.  While the filter is off, slide the nearby float switch up and down and clean it with water.

Clean Up Spills on the Stove

The most leading cause of stove burners not turning on or igniting is spilled food.  To clean the food spills off an igniter, use a toothbrush.  On an electric stove, the igniter is a small ceramic nub located on the stovetop or under the ceramic seal strike plate.  You must also ensure the round ceramic seal strike plate is properly connected to the burner.

When a burner on your electric stove isn’t working correctly, a simple fix is once the burner is turned off, remove it from its socket and then plug the burner back into the socket. You may need to wiggle it around.  If you notice the connection feels loose, remove the burner again and bend the burner prongs slightly outward.  Connect the burner back to the socket to ensure there is a tighter connection between the two, providing a good connection.

These maintenance tips should help you prolong the life of your appliance.

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