In this day and age, we are spoiled with advanced appliances that make our lives easier. With not much more effort than a few clicks of a button or turn of a knob, we can complete the daily tasks of washing our clothes and dishes, easily access ice cold water, keep our food fresh, and cook delicious meals. Often times, we take these convenient appliances for granted, until they unexpectedly stop working or we are greeted with an error message or code — which can really put a damper on one’s day. So, what can you do to prevent a bad day due to malfunctioning appliances? Care for your appliances by following these helpful appliance care tips.
Washer & Dryer
Appliance Care Tip #1: Respect The Load Limits
Is there a better feeling than having every piece of laundry washed and put away? Don’t know the feeling? Us either. Laundry seems to be a never ending cycle that is nearly impossible to catch up on. Making stuffing your laundry machine with as many articles of clothing as possible extremely tempting. While it may seem enticing, unless you are eager for a visit from one of our professional appliance service repair technicians, we recommend lightening the load, as too much weight can cause damage to your washing machine.
Appliance Care Tip #2: Maintain The Lint Filter
First and foremost, the most important reason why you should maintain the lint filter is to keep your dryer from going up in flames. Another reason is to prevent your dryer’s thermal fuse from blowing, causing your dryer to fail to heat and not dry your clothes.
Appliance Care Tip #3: Replace Plastic Or Foil Dryer Ducts
Do you regularly maintain your lint filter, yet you are still noticing your clothes are taking longer and longer to dry? It may be time to replace your plastic or foil dryer ducts. These ducts can sag and collect lint, causing your ducts to clog and use more energy, without fully drying your clothes. Clogged dryer ducts are also a fire hazard.
Appliance Care Tip #1: Rinse Before Washing
Does it seem like your dishwasher is having difficulty draining? Avoid running into draining problems with your dishwasher by rinsing food debris from your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Food debris are often the culprit of clogged filter baskets and drain hoses.
Appliance Care Tip #2: Don’t Overload
Does it seem like your dishwasher is not performing efficiently? Are you having to run your dishwasher twice or having to hand wash dishes after a cycle or two through the dishwasher? On top of that, is your dishwasher leaking? You may be overcrowding your dishwasher. Avoid additional wear by not overloading your dishwasher.
Appliance Care Tip #3: Clean Filter, Door, and Seals
If you are not overloading your dishwasher and it still appears your dishwasher is not working efficiently, your dishwasher may need a good cleaning. Regularly clean the filter, door, and seals to ensure no food or grime is building up and hindering its performance.
Refrigerator & Freezer
Appliance Care Tip #1: Keep Coils Clean
Does it seem like your refrigerator needs to work harder than usual to keep cool? Have you checked your refrigerator coils recently? Avoid preventable refrigerator repairs by frequently checking your coils and making sure they are free of dirt and dust. Dirty coils make your refrigerator use more energy to stay cool, shortening the life of your fridge.
Appliance Care Tip #2: Regularly Check Your Door Seals
To help maintain the life of your refrigerator, it is also important to regularly check your door seals to make sure cold air is not leaking out, causing your fridge to work harder than it needs to and thus, dying prematurely.
Appliance Care Tip #3: Keep Your Fridge Filled
Are you ready for a fun fact? Your fridge uses less energy while it’s full than when it’s empty. As if you needed another reason to stock up on your favorite perishable foods. Prolong the life of your fridge by helping it work more efficiently with thermal mass.
Oven & Stove
Appliance Care Tip #1:Clean Regularly
Not only is dirt, food, and grime unhygienic, but it can also build up and cause fires and shortages. Prolong the life of your oven and stove by wiping them down regularly.
Appliance Care Tip #2: Take The Knobs Off To Clean
We know the knobs on our appliances get filthy, but how you clean them is consequential. Underneath these knobs is an electrical system which can easily short out or electrocute you if gotten wet. Save yourself from a premature appliance repair by taking off the knobs, soaking them in a bowl of vinegar, and drying them before replacing them.
Appliance Care Tip #3: Inspect Burners
Regularly inspect your oven’s coil burners and your gas stove’s flame burners for any deformities. Your oven’s coil burners shouldn’t have a spot that is redder than the others and your stove’s flame burners should be even and blue. Any deformities could be a red flag that your coil burners are about to short out or there is an issue with your gas stove’s combustion, which can lead to damaged appliances.
Appliance Care Tip #1: Clean The Interior
Cleaning the interior of your microwave may seem like a tedious task, but it can save you from a microwave repair. Food debris in your microwave can cause arcing and damage the interior of your microwave.
Appliance Care Tip #2: Never Run It Empty
We know it’s easy to accidentally run your microwave when meaning to just turn on the timer, however, running your microwave while empty is a sure way to damage your microwave unit. Avoid microwave repair by never running your microwave empty.
Appliance Care Tip #3: Only Use Microwave-Safe Dishware
Prolong the life of your microwave by only using microwave-safe dishware and avoiding using dishware with metal parts, as this can damage the magnetron in your microwave, similarly to when you run your unit empty, and can also start a fire.
We hope you’ve taken away some helpful appliance care tips today to make your appliances last longer. In the event that one of your appliances does stop working properly or you are greeted with an error message or code, don’t panic or let it ruin your day. Our appliance repair technicians serving in Lincoln and Omaha will promptly get your appliance repair needs taken care of. Contact us today to learn more about our affordable appliance repair services. Our friendly and experienced appliance repair technicians have got you covered.