It’s been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Ralph Waldo Emerson went one step further and said that “An ounce of action is worth a pound of theory.” But applying the prevention and action to your household can be a different story. Besides the typical day-to-day wear and tear on each machine, there are some sure-fire ways to assure your appliance of a premature death. Additionally, we’ve included several tips and tricks to extend the life of your appliances!
Simple as it may sound, a nick on the vinyl rack of your dishwasher can be damaging to your machine and your dishes! You see, the nick will cause the machine to rust, and once it’s started, you can’t stop it! The rust may even leave stains on your dishes.
Washing Machine and Dryer
That loose change you found at the bottom of your washing machine may have done some damage! Coins, screws, nails or sharp metal objects can damage the inner drum or outer tub of your machine, both of which are very expensive to replace. Inner drum damage may result in torn clothing, while outer tub damage may cause the machine to leak.
After the wash cycle, the average load of clothes weighs about 11 pounds and contains two quarts of water. You can make the job easier on your clothes dryer by regularly cleaning the lint caught in the screen every time you use it. But beyond that, many homeowners don’t realize the lint also can get trapped and build up in their dryer’s venting system that leads the hot air out of your home. You’d never believe all of the damage that THIS dryer fire caused! Keeping the lint removed from your dryer’s lint screen will increase your dryer’s efficiency, saving you time and expenses. But it’s also important to remove the lint from the vent hose of your dryer as well! Yes, it gets trapped back there too! Click HERE for instructions on how to clean your dryer’s vent.
Refrigerators & Freezers
There’s nothing quite like the most expensive component of your appliance biting the dust– and in the case of your refrigerator and freezer, that would be the compressor. It usually comes with a five-year warranty, but can be expected to last about twice that long. They are usually located either behind or beneath the refrigerator, and should have the dust vacuumed off of them. This will keep them from overworking and ultimately failing prematurely. Since they are so expensive, it often isn’t worth the cost of reparing them, and purchasing a whole new unit may be your best option.
So with all of this in mind, here are your home inspection tips of the month for your home appliances!
- Arrange cutlery and sharp things so that they won’t bump the vinyl racks or seal of your dishwasher. (Hint: sharp edges upward.)
- Check the pockets of everything that goes into the washing machine. Maybe keep a jar in your laundry cupboard to collect all of the loose change in, and once it’s full, do or buy something special with the “small change!”
- Remove the lint build-up from your dryer’s vent hose.
- Vacuum off your refrigerator’s coils.
- Keep your fridge and freezer full! While this isn’t the best dieting tip, all of the cold food helps the fridge/freezer stay cooler and work less to cool things off.