Prolong the Life of Your Home Appliances

When an appliance at home isn’t working, your first instinct is usually that you need to buy a new one. Sometimes, that is true. Especially for older, well-worn models. But in most cases, it is definitely worth your while calling in repair companies to have a look for the issue first. Sometimes it’s worth looking into appliance repair before you splurge on buying new.

But in the first instance, you want to be making sure you are looking after all of your household appliances correctly to reduce the risk of damage from incorrect usage.

Washing Machines and Dryers.

We rely heavily on these machines in the context of our homes. The reason being is that we all need clean clothes to wear each day. Those with children at home will notice their machines get used more frequently and thus run the risk of problems due to incorrect care.

Follow these tips to prolong the life of your washing machine and dryer

  • Don’t overload when filling your washer or dryer – this can put a strain on the drum causing the machine to work harder and cause undue stress on components.
  • Use the correct amount of detergent per cycle – too much could overflow into the machine and cause a mess in your home.
  • Wash less often with fuller loads – this will also help you to conserve energy and money too.
  • Clean your detergent drawer to prevent any build-up
  • Run your machine on an empty wash with recommended cleaners on a frequent basis
  • Remove lint from dryers often or hire a company to take care of dryer vent cleaning for you.

Cooker

It goes without saying that you need your hob and oven to make meals with. So protecting the lifespan of your cooker is essential to help it serve your family well and reduce the chances of it breaking down.

  • Keep it clean – give the whole cooker a good thorough clean regularly to reduce any build-up
  • Avoid the self-clean feature – the heat could reduce the lifespan of your oven
  • Clean the drip pans and replace when they look worn out. Avoid the use of foil as this could potentially lead to short-circuiting issues
  • Check the seals and replace any worn seals. This helps to regulate the temperature and damaged seals mean your oven has to work overtime

Dishwasher

This won’t solve all those arguments on whose turn it is to load or unload the dishwasher – but it will help you to reduce the likelihood of frequent breakdowns due to incorrect use and cleaning.

  • Rinse off all dishes before loading them into the dishwasher
  • Don’t overfill the machine – it can be tempting to squeeze in a few extra items but don’t!
  • Make sure you choose the correct cycle for the dishes you need cleaning – avoid running quick washes for unsuitable loads.
  • Run the hot water tap before starting the programme 
  • Always clean the dishwasher trap – remove any build-up and leftover food remnants after every wash
  • Clean your dishwasher regularly by placing a cup of vinegar on the bottom and running a normal cycle
  • Use an approved cleaner and dishwashing tablets/liquid where possible.