Regular Appliance Cleaning Tips to Avoid Unnecessary Repairs
Kitchen and bathroom cleaning is something everyone takes care of regularly, however, these chores are sometimes taken for granted. We mostly try to take care of cleaning the surfaces and make rooms LOOK nicer, but some of us avoid the more important thing. You can't look good if you don't feel good. Therefore we need to take care of what’s on the inside. Same thing with appliances. If we neglect them, there’s a chance we may end up with premature repairs. Luckily, there’s a small something we can do now and then to make sure we won’t be having these issues.
Take a look at these few tips on how to maintain some of your appliances to avoid unnecessary repairs:
Refrigerators and Freezers
Regarding refrigeration appliances one thing is certain, their coils collect grease, grime, and dirt. These things can highly reduce the efficiency of the appliance, cause overheating, or an eventually breakdown. Try to find the safest way to access the coils and vacuum them with the brush attachment. This will help remove the built-up dirt and make sure your refrigerator or freezer works efficiently for a longer time.
Gaskets can be a very delicate part of a refrigerator. If grimy, they create air leaks in the door seal. This can cause the fridge to run longer to reach the desired temperature and eventually for the machine to wear out faster. Grimy gaskets can even glue the door shut if not cleaned for a long time, that when you open the door, gaskets may tear out. To avoid this situation, simply wipe the gaskets with a slightly moist sponge, without any detergents so you wouldn’t damage the gaskets.
Ranges and Ovens
- Some may have heard somewhere about it, or think it’s a good idea to place a foil under the range to make the cleanup easier. However, this does the opposite. Foil placed under the range blocks the airflow or even interferes with the heating element. This situation mostly causes oven failure. Keeping your oven clean from the inside will do enough, and if the cleaning under is a bit more difficult, at least you will be sure not to jeopardize its longevity.
- This may sound logical but for some reason, there are still a few of us that practice cleaning the controls with a household cleaner with a spray by spraying it on the controls directly. This is a very bad habit, since the liquid may get behind the knobs and switches and short out the control panel. Instead, what you can do is to spray a rag with a liquid cleaner and then rub the controls.
- Dishwasher brands advertise their ability to clean some of the most difficult stains. However, food particles can be a real enemy, gumming up moving parts and getting stuck in crevices. Just rinse away the food particles and you will have a nice working dishwasher for a long time.
- After a period of three to six months, it’s essential to run an empty cycle with a dishwasher cleaner to remove calcium deposits. This will prevent the sprayer arm from clogging and causing premature repairs.
- There are models that have a filtering screen under the bottom spraying arm. Food particles can block the water flow in this situation which will, again, cause premature repair. To prevent this from happening clean the filtering screen regularly and you won’t have anything to worry about.