The 5 major appliances found in most homes are ovens, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. Following these tips, along with any necessary maintenance by a trusted home appliance repair technician will keep your appliances running longer.
1 ) Do not use the Self-Clean feature on your Oven. The fumes that are emitted from the self-clean cycle are toxic. Also, due to the high temperatures necessary for the self-clean cycle, parts may fail. Just wipe down spills as they happen and avoid using it.
2) Clean your refrigerators condenser regularly. The condenser is what keeps your compressor from overheating. You may know it as the coil on the outside of your fridge (and the compressor is the one inside your fridge). Often lint and pet hair will get sucked into the condenser causing your compressor to overheat.
3) Rinse the food off your dishes. Although your dishwasher may have been advertised as being powerful enough that you don’t need to rinse… just do it anyway. Food may end up clogging up your dishwasher necessitating a call to a repairman.
4) Do not overload your washing machine. Heavy loads & off-balanced loads may strain the moving parts of your machine which will cause increased wear. Break your laundry down into smaller loads & your machine may last for years longer! Also, when loading your machine, make sure the load is evenly distributed. An off-balance load will make the tub bang against the sides loudly and cause damage to your machine.
5) Always keep your dryers lint screen clean! Cleaning the lint screen on your dryer before or after every load should be a habit. Also vacuum out the inside of your dryer and vent line to prevent a possible dryer fire.