One of the biggest financial investments homeowners make in their home is their major appliances (refrigerator, washer, dryer, etcetera). This year, why not make some resolutions you can stick to that can help extend the life of your appliances and possibly reduce your energy bills? Here are 5 simple steps you can take right now.
Step 1: Dust the condenser coils on your refrigerator
Typically not on people’s list of things to do, but a step that can really help extend the life of your fridge and make it operate more efficiently. And it’s simple to do. First, locate the coils on your fridge, either on the bottom or the back of the refrigerator. Remove the panel and then give them a good wipe down with a cloth or your vacuum.
Step 2: Inspect the hoses on my washing machine
Generally, the hoses on your washing machine should be replaced every three to five years. Eyeball the hoses from your washing machine to the wall and inspect them for any kinks, cracks or blisters, and if you see any, make sure to replace them right away. Many modern High Efficiency washers do not like Flood-Safe hoses. They can cause all kinds of operating issues with today’s modern machines. Conventional rubber hoses work best and if replaced every five years, they will almost never cause a flood.
Step 3: Check the outside dryer vent
If your clothes are taking forever to dry it could be because your home’s dryer vent has become obstructed with lint. Additionally, animals and small critters like the warm, dry pipe and may take up residence in the outside vent. In addition, dryer lint can build-up causing the exit to be blocked or certainly lower the duct’s ability to exhaust the moist warm air to outside. Be sure to check the outside vent at least twice a year and clean out any obstruction that is visible. Furthermore, you should have your vent professionally serviced every three to five years to help prevent vent fires, one of the most common causes of house fires according to many national fire departments.
Step 4: Wash or wipe down the gaskets on your dishwasher
Food particles and other gunk can fill the space around the door of your dishwasher causing the door seal to loosen over time. If it gets too bad, you may have to replace the entire dishwasher. To avoid this, just take a damp cloth and swipe it on around the gasket.
Step 5: Clean out your refrigerator
Are leftovers growing artistic looking balls of fuzz in your refrigerator? It may be time to take a look at the contents of your fridge. If you’re fridge is packed too full, there’s not enough room for airflow which means that your fridge won’t be able to cool your food properly. It also means extra work for your fridge which can translate to extra dollars on your energy bill. Take a few minutes to clean out any spoiled or expired food from your fridge. Not only will cleaning out your fridge make you feel good, but your fridge will thank you too!
All of these maintenance projects should be done at least once a year, if not more. They’re easy to do and can help extend the life of your appliances.
If your appliances need more than the basic maintenance, we’re here to help. Schedule an appointment with one of our appliance experts today.