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Easy Appliance Maintenance Tips

  June 21, 2018       Admin       0

Do you ever worry about your refrigerator breaking down and your food rotting? Or your washing machine flooding your basement? Well, with a little TLC, you can help prevent costly appliance malfunctions. Check out these 6 helpful tips and save yourself some money!

 

  1. Oven Door Seal – If your oven door isn’t sealed correctly, you can lose up to 20% of its heat. This means longer cooking time, which results in a higher electric bill. Replacing the seal is inexpensive and will save you money in the long run!

 

  1. Clean Refrigerator Coils – Dirt, dust, pet dander, and debris can fill your coils and restrict the airflow. This causes the refrigerator to use more energy to keep cool. At least 1-2 times per year, you should use a vacuum to clear the coils (usually located in the front panel near the floor).

 

  1. Clean your Garbage Disposal – A clogged drain or disposal can cause terrible smells, and unnecessary plumbing issues. Turn off the disposal and look for any large items. Use a tool (other than your hands) to remove blockages. Pour a mixture of ice cubes and salt down the drain, run cold water for 10 seconds, and the turn the unit back on.

 

  1. Clean the Dryer Exhaust – Lint in the dryer exhaust reduces energy efficiency, and it’s also a huge fire hazard. Loosen the clamp and pull the exhaust off the back of the dryer. Remove large clumps with your hands, vacuum the remaining tubing, and then reattach.

 

  1. Inspect Washing Machine Hoses – Most washing machine floods are caused by leaks in the hose. Check for cracks, leaks, and replace the hose if your find any deformities. Replace at least every 5 years.

 

  1. Clean Air Conditioner Filter – Dirty filters restrict air flow, reducing energy efficiency and the appliance’s lifespan. Filters should be cleaned every 2-4 weeks. Remove the front panel of the unit and simply vacuum it. A disposable filter can simply be replaced.

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