Keeping Your Appliances Running Like New

March 6, 2017

 

With DIY becoming more prominent nowadays everyone is hoping to save money by doing work themselves, and appliances are certainly no exception. In order to avoid paying for repairs, follow these tips to keep your units running in top condition. If you're still in need of repairs after following these steps, give us a call and see how we can assist you!

1. Clean Your Air Conditioner Filter -- Clogged and dirty filters restrict air flow, reducing energy efficiency as well as the appliance's life span. Filters should be cleaned every two to four weeks. To clean the filter, remove the front panel of the air conditioner. If a reusable filter is in place, vacuum the filter to remove as much dirt as possible. Some filters will even allow you to rinse them in order to remove any remaining dirt. Be sure the filter has completely dried before returning it to the unit for use. If your air conditioner has a disposable filter, this can be easily replaced.

 

2. Inspect Washing Machine Hoses -- Most washing machine leaks are caused by the hoses. Check that each hose to your unit is securely connected to the back panel and check for any cracks, leaks, or weak spots. If you find any deficiencies, replace the hose. It is advised that hoses are changed approximately every 5 years.

 

3. Clean The Dryer Exhaust -- Often times when a dryer is not heating, this is found to be caused by lint buildup in the dryer exhaust. Lint buildup not only decreases the unit's efficiency but this is also a fire hazard. To clean the dryer exhaust, loosen the clamp and remove the exhaust from the back of the unit. Remove any obstructions of lint or otherwise in the venting. Vacuum to ensure it is clear and reattach the exhaust.

 

4.  Fix Rusty Dish Rack Tines -- Rust that accumulates on your dishwasher rack tines can adhere to your dishes and silverware and inevitably ruin them. To resolve this, purchase a dishwasher tine repair kit. These often come with the caps and glue needed to repair the tines sufficiently. Let the repairs set to dry for at least 24 hours before running your dishwasher.

 

5.  Changing The Refrigerator Water Filter -- Instructions for this will vary based on your brand and model of refrigerator, but most are very easy to replace. Filters that don't properly remove contaminants and impurities can expose you to harmful water. Water filters are recommended to be changed every three to six months. 

 

6. Clean Refrigerator Coils -- Dirt, dust, and pet hair can all clog up refrigerator coils. This restricts air flow and causes the refrigerator to overwork while trying to keep the unit cool. Once or twice a year, use a handheld vacuum or attachment piece to clean the coils and remove any loose particles. The location of the coils varies by model, but most can be found behind the kick plate or at the rear of the fridge.

 

7. Clean Cooktop/Stovetop Drip Bowls -- The drip bowls underneath your burner elements should be cleaned each time a spill occurs. Presoaking them in a cleaning solution can aid in cleaning hard to remove buildup. Then hand wash and replace the drip bowl to the stove or cooktop. If a drip bowl cannot be cleaned, a replacement can be picked up easily at your nearest hardware store.

 

8. Range Hood and Downdraft Vent Filters -- Wshe metal-mesh grease filter by hand in soapy water, or run them through the dishwasher. Charcoal and paper filters should not be washed but rather should be replaced.

 

9.  Verify Your Doors Have Tight Seals -- For Refrigerators, ovens, washers, dryers, etc, the door seals can often be the problem for a unit not working properly. Without a proper seal, an oven can lose 20 percent of its heat, refrigerators can struggle to reach their set temperatures, and washers/dryers can stop operating. To check a seal's condition, open the door and locate the rubber or fiberglass gasket around the perimeter. Feel for any broken, torn, or deformed areas and close the door to seee if you can find any leaks. If you notice any deformities that cannot be reformed, replaced the gasket.

 

10. Clean and Deodorize Your Garbage Disposal -- Turn the disposal off and look for any large items that can be pulled out using tongs or another tool. It's recommended that you never place your hands into the disposal. Pour a mixture of ice cubes and salt or vinegar down the drain. Run cold water for about 10 second and while continuing to run the water, turn on the disposal and run for a moment or two. To remove odors, put some citrus peels in the disposal and turn on the unit while cold water is running.

If you find that these maintenance tips do not fix the issue you are experiencing, please give us a call and see how we can assist you!

If you know the parts you need and do not need a service call, feel free to call our Parts Line  877-446-5142 and we'll ship the parts you need directly to you!

 

 

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