Are you properly maintaining your home's appliances? Many homeowners never fuss with their appliances until something breaks. But that neglect can permanently reduce the longevity of your appliance and lead to expensive repairs. You should be doing certain maintenance tasks annually or every six months, but they're easy to forget.
1. Cleaning the Coils Behind the Refrigerator
Located behind your refrigerator are the condenser coils. A refrigerator's condenser coils should be cleaned at least twice a year. You may want to clean the coils out more often than that if you have pets that frequently shed, as pet fur can get trapped within the coils and collect other dirt and lint.
You can clean out the condenser coils by gently brushing out any dirt and fur. Once you have removed the surface dirt, you can use something called "condenser coil foam." Condenser coil foam is a dense, white foam that you spray directly on the coils. This foam will evaporate into a small amount of liquid, and it will clean off any remaining dirt from the condenser coils.
2. Blowing Out the Clothing Dryer Vents
Dryer vents will collect lint, dirt, and fur over time. This becomes a fire hazard, so you need to clean the dryer vents by blowing them out. A technique for blowing this out is to run your vacuum in the vents. You'll be able to suck out all the excess dust and dirt in no time at all.
You should blow out the vents as frequently as you need to in order to keep the vents clear of a coating of visible lint. If you have a larger household or do laundry more frequently, you'll need to do this more frequently. Not only does this reduce the fire hazard, but it also makes your appliance more efficient.
3. Flushing Your Water Heater
Water heaters should be flushed out on an annual basis. In fact, they can be dangerous if they aren't flushed out and serviced annually. Water heaters collect sediment inside of themselves that will build up over time. When this sediment collects too much, the water heater can stop working effectively.
Flushing it out doesn't just mean that the water heater will last longer; it also means that the water heater will be more effective. That means lower utility bills and more hot water before the hot water runs out.
4. Cleaning Out Your Dishwasher
Dishwashers can collect bits of food in practically every location. If the dishwasher isn't cleaned thoroughly, this food could build up and bacteria and mold could grow. You can clean out the dishwasher with vinegar (or with a special dishwasher cleaner) every month or two months, to control odor and bacterial growth.
At the same time, you should inspect the arms of the dishwasher and any other sprayers to make sure they aren't blocked. If they are, you can use a small tool to free them.
5. Replacing Your Refrigerator Water Filter
Refrigerator water filters may need to be replaced every few months, depending on how frequently you use the water and how hard your water is. If a refrigerator water filter isn't replaced, the water may stop dispensing entirely.
All of these appliance maintenance tasks can take some time, but they'll ultimately reduce the chance you could get caught with costly unexpected repairs. If you're not sure which of these maintenance tasks need to be done, you can instead call an appliance service technician in to complete them for you.
For more information about appliance maintenance or to schedule a repair or maintenance call, contact the appliance experts at Choose Your Time Appliance Repair.