Avoiding Costly Appliance Repair and Failure with Timely Maintenance
Repair needs sometimes arise that require a home appliance part and the expertise of a major appliance repair service provider. However, most of the time the expense of repair service can be avoided by a program of regular maintenance.
Regular cleaning and maintenance is the best way to avoid unnecessary repair costs.
The following are cleaning and maintenance guidelines for most major appliances:
- Cooktop/gas stove/electric stove – clean spills immediately once stove top has cooled. Use only cleaners recommended by the manufacturer on one piece cooktops. For electric or gas stoves, clean drip bowls under the burners immediately after spills, once they have cooled. Replacing old stained drip bowls with new ones can significantly spruce up an older stove. When it comes to a gas range, the color flame on the pilot light can give an indication of gas efficiency. When properly adjusted, the flame will be blue. If poorly adjusted, the flame will be yellow.
If the range has one, clean and de-grease the hood and exhaust fan every 3 to 4 months.
- Refrigerator – use a vacuum with brush attachment to clean coils on the back of the unit monthly; this can increase efficiency and avoid overheating. For refrigerators with and automatic ice maker or water purifier, replace the water filter at least twice each year. Use only manufacturer recommended replacement filters.
- Dishwasher – clean the dishwasher interior; de-scale the unit by running a wash cycle with at least one cup white vinegar every 3 to 4 months. Clean the strainer using warm water and detergent every 6 months. Annually inspect the water supply hoses to ensure they are tight, with no kinks or leaks.
- Clothes washer – clean detergent or bleach spills immediately to avoid possible damage to the finish. Most units have a filter of some type on the clothes washer plumbing supply inlets. Clean or replace it at least annually. Also inspect supply hoses to ensure they are tight, with no leaks or kinks.
- Clothes dryer -clean the lint trap after each load of clothes. A clogged lint trap can drastically reduce air flow and compromise dryer efficiency. Make sure the dryer is properly vented to the outside; never vent a dryer to the inside of the home. Clean the vent and hose annually to prevent lint build up and avoid a fire hazard.