Maintenance

Performing a few simple maintenance steps to prevent the breakdown or malfunctioning of your appliances can be well worth the time. It can also prove cost effective as regular maintenance can reduce the need for many repairs.

Dishwasher

The most-common problem people experience with their dishwasher is poor cleaning. Before investing in any major repairs, first check for the following potential causes: low water temperature, low water pressure, ineffective detergent, and improper loading. Low water temperature can often cause a layer of grease to develop in the tub. However, normally the dishwasher cleans itself, and does not require any tub maintenance. Most dishwasher repairs involve the pump and motor.

Refrigerator

The refrigerator is one of the most trouble-free and long-lasting appliances there is, the average lifespan of a refrigerator is approximately 15 years.

Brush or vacuum the condenser coils at the bottom and back or your refrigerator regularly. The accumulation of dirt and dust can prevent condenser coils from emitting heat. This can prevent your refrigerator from cooling properly, and may cause it to run constantly - or even to stop running - if the compressor overheats. You should clean your floor-level coils at least twice a year. If you are a pet owner, you may need to do this more often. To clean these, take off your grille and use a vacuum attachment to get rid of the hair and dust build up.

The rear-mounted coils of your refrigerator also need to be cleaned on a yearly basis. This too can be done with a vacuum brush attachment or just a plain stiff brush. If you notice that your coils are greasy, wash them with warm soapy water. But, take caution not to let the other parts of the refrigerator get wet.

A loose seal can cause your refrigerator to be less energy efficient or cause perishables to spoil. Open your refrigerator door and examine all sides of the door for any gasket tears. If a gasket shows damage, replace it. Next, check the seal between the gasket and cabinet for any gaps. A simple way to test this is to put a business card in the door and close it. Slowly pull the card out of the door. If your gasket is properly sealed, you will be able to feel tension as it grips the card.


Washer

Checking the water faucets that supply water to your washer each month. If you have hard water closing and reopening these faucets is even more crucial because deposits can prevent proper water flow. It is also important to check for any signs of minor water leaks at the pumps and where any rubber hoses are attached to your outer tub. Repairing small leaks can help reduce the chance of a major leak in the near future. Check fill hoses for any bubbles or weak spots, in addition replace the washers inside the hose once every couple years.

If it is a belt-driven washing machines, you should also inspect the belt. This may be done through accessing the rear panel or by removing the front panel depending on the washer type. You should replace the belt when there is evidence of wear. Make sure there are no kinks in the drain hose.

Dryer

Routinely checking and maintaining your dryer is crucial to its longevity and will eliminate many common fire hazards. One of the most important checks involves the filter. It is important to clean the lint filter after every load. It is a good idea to remove filters that are located in the dryer door and check for additional lint, which may have passed through the filter.

If your filter is torn, you need to immediately replace it. Lint also tends to build up in the interior of your dryer around the motor, which also can become a danger if not cleaned and maintained. Open your dryer cabinet so you can remove some of this interior lint. Removing this lint around your motor at least once a year will minimize the chance of lint catching on fire inside of your dryer. This process will also help to prevent your motor from overheating and needing to be replaced.

It is recommended that you disconnect your vent hose twice a year and clean out the whole vent system. This will help ensure that your vent system is clean and safe.


Range

Cleaning is the biggest part of stove maintenance. Periodically installing new drip pans for your burners will help reduce your clean time. Do not just throw away your drip pans. Failing to replace these can cause damage to the wires beneath and can cause them to short. If you have a self-cleaning oven, make sure that you replace the woven door gaskets if you see any wire mesh showing through.

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