Published at Sunday, January 06th 2019, 09:15:20 AM. Kitchen Appliances. By Nea Andreasson.
Whether you like to dream big or you're looking for some independence, we all tend to think about what life will be like when we have our own home. One thing we don't think about, though, is having to contend with pricey appliance repair issues. After all, what kind of fantasize could be marred by a troublesome fridge, for example?
It's tough not to want to find the nearest sandpit as-well as stuff your self neck-deep, hoping that any problems that arise with your home appliances will just vanish on their own. Unfortunately, you're dealing with mechanical matters, and if there is stress present in mechanical function, there is bigger trouble to be had down the line.
For the first-time home buyer, here is a quick-start guide to avoiding big appliance repair:
1. Refrigerator Coils - Speaking of the fridge, a refrigerator is a nice appliance to have as it tends to be a vital part of the kitchen. The coils of your fridge help wick away heat, but when these coils are dirty, the heat can't leave & the motor starts working way too hard. You can vacuum dust off of these coils every six to eight months to prevent major problems.
2. Keep Air Moving - Staying with the fridge & freezer, they are the most efficient when cool/cold air moves freely. When you clock the air vents, you again promote the fridge to work harder, causing more heat & damage to the motor. Think about how best to store food, and make a habit of knowing where food needs to avoid blocking up vents.
3. Washers Have Limits - Even though you've mastered the ability to wash clothes, take a look at your washer's lid & you'll notice that the manufacturer has made notes on how best to launder your clothing, as well as weight limitations for loads of laundry. Keep in mind that this isn't college, so don't attempt to cram as much as you can in one trip.
4. Clean Lint Out - A clean lint filter means you'll have a very happy dryer. As lint builds up, drying clothing isn't as effective. Lint travels to the vent line, triggering even extra problems just like blocked air flow & once again, exhaustion your dryer to dysfunction. Make it a habit of cleaning out the lint trap each time you dry a load of laundry.
5. Regular Maintenance - Rather than run this list into the same ground we've tread on above, it comes down to keeping a regular schedule of basic maintenance for your appliances. If you need to wash out your coffee‐maker regularly, do it. If you discover your fridge door gasket getting worn, replace it. If your oven is dirty from some bubbling casseroles, clean it.
Most appliance experts agree regular upkeep with even the most low-level appliances extends their life sometimes by years. A bit of common sense & some scheduled "to-do" work can let even a veteran homeowner avoid costly appliance repair.