Today’s major appliances are more than just functional machines designed to make our lives easier. They are decorative and necessary enhancements to our homes that we depend on to save time, money and energy.
Major appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and ranges have a life expectancy of 10-15 years or more if they are maintained properly. To get the longest life possible from these investments – and maintain health and safety – consider the following appliance maintenance tips:
- Refrigerator – Clean the condenser coil at least once a year to increase efficiency. Wash the door gaskets with warm soapy water to keep a tight seal.
- Dishwasher – Test the temperature of the water at the sink to make sure water entering the dishwasher is hot enough to clean and dry dishes – at least 130 degrees.
- Garbage Disposal – For a quick, easy and green way to clean the disposal, run a tub of ice cubes through it.
- Microwave Oven – Always keep the inside of the microwave clean. Splattering foods can get behind the wave guide cover and cause sparking.
- Gas range – Periodically check flames in a gas range to make sure they are glowing with a blue color.
- Washer – Replace older rubber washing machine hoses with stainless steel braided hoses. Make sure your washer is level. Use the lowest water temperature possible to save energy.
- Dryer – Clean your dryer’s lint trap before every load to prevent a fire hazard and allow clothes to dry faster. Clean the outside dryer vent at least once a year to prevent build-up.
- Power sources – Never use an extension cord to power a major appliance. If an appliance stops working, test the outlet with a lamp or radio to insure it is working before you call an appliance repairman.
A home warranty is an excellent way to plan for unexpected major appliance and household system breakdowns. For the cost of a small deductible, you have peace of mind knowing that these major expenses will be covered.