Routine Appliance Maintenance Prevents Expensive Repairs

Most home appliances are built to withstand constant use and will last several years with the right care and maintenance. The typical lifespan for a refrigerator is about thirteen years, but this can be significantly reduced without a routine of regular maintenance. Other appliances too are designed to give homeowners trouble-free service when properly maintained. Keeping them in good working order will help maximize their lifespan and reduce energy consumption at the same time.

Protect the value of refrigerators by routinely cleaning the units inside and out. By keeping the shelves and bins free of spilled or spoiled food, the unit will operate more efficiently. A simple cleaning once a week with a mild solution of baking soda and water eliminates any spills, mold or mildew and makes the refrigerator smell fresh and clean. Units with ice and water dispensers should be monitored for mineral build-up and the refrigerator water filters should be changed regularly. This not only assures cleaner, safer water for the family, but also reduces the possibility of rust and minerals from seeping into the water and ice.

The condenser coils on the back of the refrigerator should be cleaned or vacuumed regularly as they can become clogged with dust, pet hair and other elements. Keeping them clean improves the energy efficiency of the refrigerator.

The stove and microwave are exceptionally vulnerable to spills and burned food residue. Many ovens are equipped with a self-clean feature, but those that are not require cleaners specifically designed for removing spills from cooking. The use of baking mats in the oven or microwave can help reduce cooking spills. The use of stove gap seals helps prevent food from falling into the area between the stove and the counter, which is almost impossible to clean without moving the unit. Microwave ovens should be cleaned with soap and water after each use if a food cover is not used.

Some of the most expensive equipment found in homes is the air conditioning unit and the furnace. Routine maintenance can eliminate unnecessary repairs and keep the units running properly for several years. Both the furnace and the air conditioning units require filters that must be changed on a regular basis. This not only eliminates avoidable repairs due to clogged or dirty units, but also is an energy-saving technique. The outside air conditioning condenser component should be protected from weather conditions when not in use during the winter. AC covers protect against items such as falling leaves or dirt that can cause damage to the unit.