Tips to Extend the Life of your Appliances
Unfortunately our Kitchen Appliances won't last forever. And as one of the most used rooms in our home, our plumbing and appliances can wear out faster than expected. Chipper Plumbing & Radiant wants to help our clients increase the life of their kitchen plumbing and appliances.
Don't Overload your Washing Machine
Filling up your machine past the fill line adds strain on the motor, tub bearings, and other parts. This mistake shortens the life of the machine and prevents your clothing from getting as clean as possible. Keep your loads smaller and use a setting for less water.
Clean or Replace All Filters
Whether it’s a charcoal filter in an oven, a filter in some dishwashers or refrigerators, or the one in your furnace, follow manufacturer guidelines to clean and replace them as directed. Dirty filters can clog your appliances and either make them work harder or prevent them from working at all.
Scrap Off your Plates before Putting them in the Dishwasher
Food debris can clog dishwasher pumps and stress out your machine, so make sure your plate is clear of any large bits of food before you load it in. However, you don’t have to give every dish a rinse before putting it in the dishwasher. Just be sure any excess food or sauce is off your plate, and you’re typically good to go.
Oven and Range Cleaning
Make sure to clean your oven and range about every three months. You can use the self-cleaning feature, but not for deep cleaning major messes. This feature can be dangerous and potentially start fires if there’s a lot of buildup. You’ll want to get those spots with gloves, a sponge, and a cleaning solution.
Defrost your Freezer
Modern freezers are frost-free, so you won’t have to worry, but if you have an older model, you’ll have to defrost it at least once a year before the frost grows half an inch. Knives and other sharp tools can ruin your freezer, so make sure you use a plastic or wooden scraper to remove the frost.
Keep your Refrigerator and Freezer Clean
Modern freezers are frost-free, so you won’t have to worry, but if you have an older model, you’ll have to defrost it at least once a year before the frost grows half an inch. Knives and other sharp tools can ruin your freezer, so make sure you use a plastic or wooden scraper to remove the frost. Besides keeping the inside of your appliances clean, you should also make sure that the outside stays clean too. The condenser coils are incredibly important to your refrigerator’s well-being. These coils usually sit on the top or bottom of the fridge, and they can easily get dirty. When they become dirty, the refrigerator can’t cool off properly. To clean the coils, use a damp cloth with soap. But if that doesn’t work, try using a condenser coil brush to get them squeaky clean. Don’t forget to clean behind your fridge since this area accumulates a lot of dirt and grime but is often neglected.