How to Get the Most Life Out of Your Appliances

Being a homeowner should be a wonderful experience. A warm and cozy living space is a dream come true for many and an aspiration for others. But that dream can turn into a nightmare if you're not vigilant when it comes to home repairs and maintenance. Many details go into owning and maintaining a home and homeowners should pay close attention. Otherwise, repairs and replacements can add up quickly, costing the homeowner time, and even worse, a lot of money.

Homeowners should never overlook taking care of their appliances. If a refrigerator unexpectedly stops working, the consequences for the homeowner can be very costly. Not everyone has an extra thousand bucks laying around for an untimely fridge replacement.

So how can homeowners take care of their major appliances to ensure they last a long time? TRELORA is here to help.

Refrigerators

A fridge can last upwards of 15 years if maintained properly. That is if you treat it with more respect than you did with your mini-fridge back in college! Clean the gasket and check the water filter on a regular basis to make sure there are no problems. Periodically unplug the fridge and clean the condenser coils with a rag. Open and close the fridge without too much force and make sure the rubber sealing along the door is tight and free from loose spaces. These quick tips can make it so a refrigerator runs for many years without costing you anything but paying close attention.

Stoves

Although gas stoves normally outlast electric stoves by a few years, there are plenty of tips that can give both a boost in their life expectancy.

Gas stoves need to be seriously cleaned on a regular basis to make sure that the gas ports don’t get clogged with bits of food and dust. This can be done with soapy water but in a very careful manner, as not to touch the igniters.

Electric stoves require regular cleaning as well so the burners last. Once they are completely cooled off, remove them from the stovetop to give a thorough cleaning. Mix water with dish soap and lightly wash the burners with a dish rag. If there is crusty, burnt food stuck to the burners, make a paste using baking soda and water. Apply the paste and let it sit for upwards of twenty minutes and then voila, the crusty food will come off with a quick scrub.

Dishwasher

It might seem that a dishwasher doesn't need to be cleaned considering the amount of soapy water splashing around every time it is run. Quite the contrary. The more a dishwasher is used the more it needs to be checked to see if food scraps and soap residue are building up in food traps. Make sure that the spinning arms are working properly as well. Clean out the holes of any food debris with a toothpick to make sure the arms spray enough water to thoroughly clean the dishes. Again, like a fridge, open and close the dishwasher with ease. 

Washer and Dryer

A big part of washer maintenance is making sure that pockets are empty before washing clothes. Coins, key, and other personal items can bang around inside the machine causing small dents, chipped paint, and rust buildup. This not only compromises the well-being of the machine, but clothes won't come out as sparkly clean as they would otherwise. 

Dryers, on the other hand, need some extra attention. Making sure lint traps are cleaned is incredibly important and should be done after every load. The exhaust hose and exterior vent also need to be checked on a regular basis. Dryers are susceptible to serious clogging issues due to the amount of lint produced in each load. Being on top of the lint patrol is a surefire way to leave the dryer in tip-top shape and ready for years of action.

Maintaining major appliances is not a difficult job and doesn't take time and money. Leaving appliances in great shape and ready for years of functionality only requires a little attention from the owners. Those extra few minutes of TLC can make it so appliances last a long time, leaving owners with smiles on their faces and extra cash in their savings.