Replacing home appliances is not something you look forward to, and this is why more and more people are interested in learning ways of prolonging the life of their household appliances. Replacing these appliances can be expensive. It is better to have the appliances around for as long as possible because you will end up saving a lot of money in the process. Below are some tips that will go a long way in helping you prolong the life of your household appliances.
Keeping the fridge and freezer clean
Most of your household appliances will work best when they are clean. It is a good idea to clean up leftovers in the fridge on a regular basis because it will ensure your condenser coils are always clean. You can do this by use of a condenser coil brush. Cleaning a freezer is not as hard as it might seem. Unplug it then remove everything inside, wipe down using a baking-soda solution, then take water and rinse it. Before you can plug back in, make sure you have dried the freezer using a towel.
Defrost your freezer
Many of the freezers out there are frost-free, but there are some people who have a manual defrost freezer. If you are one of those people, try defrosting at least once a year, this is where it is about to be a half-inch in thickness. You can either use a wooden or plastic scrape – you should avoid using sharp instruments such as knives to scrape the frost.
Scrubbing the oven and range, too
You should always try cleaning the inside of the oven regularly and you should never leave food debris sticking around on burners, even if you will need to use elbow grease to get rid of it. When cleaning, don’t spray cleaning fluid directly on the control panels because it can result in a short circuit. The best way is applying a little on the rag then using it to clean the surface.
Scraping off plates
Food debris can result in clogged dishwasher pumps. When this happens, it ends up stopping up the spray arms and if the water is emptied out, it can easily result in the pump failing prematurely.
Avoid overloading the washing machine
When overload the washing machine, you end up straining on the motor, tub bearings, and other parts. Your clothes might end up being not as clean because the water and detergent are not able to swish between them. There is no need to shorten the life of your machine just because you wanted to wash more clothes than recommended. You should follow what the manual says. If you notice that the machine bangs around under the weight of the laundry, then it is a sign that you have gone overboard.
The exhaust system of your dryer should be cleaned on an annual basis.
You don’t have to do a lot when it comes to improving the lifespan of your household appliances, use them how they are supposed to be used.