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Appliance Maintenance Tips

Keep Appliances Running Like New

We all have that fear. Your washing machine breaks in the middle of a cycle, flooding your laundry room. Your refrigerator shuts down after you just restocked with groceries. Or your oven stops working just before a large holiday meal. What many people don’t realize is that these and other major appliance malfunctions can be avoided.

There are simple appliance maintenance tasks that you can do on your own, that require little investment of time and money, and no prior experience.

So, take 10 minutes out of your schedule to try one of these 10 quick and easy maintenance tips that will extend the life of your home appliances:

Clean or Replace Dirty Vent Filters:

  • Metal-mesh grease filters can be washed by hand in soapy water or you can put them in your dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.
  • Don’t attempt to wash charcoal or paper filters; they need to be replaced.

Verify Oven Door Has Tight Seal:

Over 20% of your oven’s heat can escape if the door is not sealed properly.

  • Open the oven door and locate the rubber gasket around the perimeter of the door.
  • Feel for any broken, torn or deformed areas on your seal. Close the door and see if you can find any leaks.
  • Replace the gasket if necessary.

Clean Coils In Your Refrigerator:

  • Depending on your model, the coils are either behind the kick plate or at the rear of the fridge.
  • Use a shop or handheld vacuum to suck up any loose particles.
  • Vacuum every 6-12 months.

Clean Stovetop Drip Bowls:

  • Remove drip bowls from underneath your burner elements.
  • Pre-soak the drip bowls in a cleaning solution for 5 minutes. Then wash, clean and replace.
  • Remember to clean drip bowls immediately after spills. If spills burn into the bowls you may need to replace them.

Change Refrigerator Water Filter:

Filters that don’t efficiently remove contaminants and impurities may expose you to harmful water.

  • Follow water filter instructions, as all water filters are different depending on model. However, most are as easy as turning the filter one-quarter inch and popping it out or locking it in place.
  • Change the filter every 3-6 months depending on water condition and usage.

Clean and Deodorize Garbage Disposal:

  • Look down the drain for any large, stuck items. Don’t stick your hands in the disposal. Use tongs or another tool to fish items out.
  • Prepare a mixture of ice cubes and salt (or vinegar) and pour it down the drain. Run cold water over it for 10 seconds and then turn the unit on.
  • To deodorize, place a handful of citrus peels in the disposal, run cold water and turn it on.

Fix Rusty Dish Rack Tines:

If your tines are rusty, the rust can adhere to and ruin your dishes and silverware.

  • Purchase a tine repair kit.
  • Use a sealant to adhere the tips over any rusty or chipped tines.
  • Let dry for at least 24 hours before running your dishwasher. 

Clean Dryer Exhaust:

  • Loosen the clamp and pull the exhaust off the back of the dryer.
  • Remove clumps of lint from the tubing and the hole in the back of the dryer. Use a coat hanger to carefully remove any large clumps that you can’t reach with your hands.
  • Vacuum all the small lint.
  • Reattach exhaust.

Inspect Washing Machine Hoses:

  • Remove the panel on your washing machine.
  • Search for any cracks, leaks or weak spots on your hoses.
  • Replace the hose if needed.

Clean Your Air Conditioner Filter:

  • Pop off the front panel of your unit.
  • Replace disposable filter or vacuum re-usable filter to remove as much dirt as possible.
  • Clean your filter every 2-4 weeks.

These are only a couple of tips that will allow your home appliance to function better and last longer. Take some time and make sure that your appliances are clean and running properly.

Bray Appliance Repair can give you a hand with any of your home appliance needs. Contact us today if you think that your appliances need more than just a quick fix or dusting.

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