4 Simple Tips To Keep Your Appliances Like New
When you make an investment in a new appliance, you want to get the most out of its lifespan. Keeping it in top running condition can be simple when you keep up with maintenance and follow a few simple tips. While every appliance and model is a little bit different, these tips are fairly universal and can be used for most appliances or in most homes. Now let’s keep your appliances nice and new for as long as possible!
Keep airways and vents in mind.
This is true for HVAC systems, refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, and other appliances. If there is an input/output air vent (which there is for most appliances), you want to make sure the airway stays clear of anything that can cause it to work harder than necessary. Things like dirt, dust, trash, and other items can block the airway and “age” your appliance prematurely.
Vacuuming isn’t just for your floor.
One of the most common problems with refrigerators? They start to lose their ability to maintain the appropriate cool temperatures necessary to keep your products inside chilled. This can be a real problem, especially if you don’t notice it right away. A fridge that’s not quite maintaining temperatures under 40°F means your food will spoil faster and potentially cause illness, and your energy bills will increase as it works harder to stay cold.
In the case of your refrigerator, this problem can crop up when the coils in back of your fridge get coated in dust and grime over time. These coils are how the fridge gets rid of heat, so if they’re partially insulated by dust, they won’t be working as effectively. This can cause your fridge to kick into overdrive to attempt to cool itself down more frequently, and generally results in the fridge overworking itself.
How can you fix this? Just make sure to vacuum the back of your fridge a few times each year. That should keep the coils free of insulating particles, which will allow the fridge to expel heat more easily, reducing the frequency of cooling cycles and extending its lifespan.
Filters keep appliances clean but they need to be changed frequently.
Again, many appliances have filters. But many owners don’t actually take the time to clean or replace them. Filters work efficiently as long as they’re not worn out or dirty. So a worn out, dirty filter doesn’t keep your machine running smoothly? That’s probably not surprising to hear.
If you’re unsure of how often to change your filters, where to get a new one, or what type of filter you need, call your local appliance professionals like Bear to help!
Wash your appliances.
This is true for washing machines, dish washers, and even your oven. Most appliances have a wash cycle specific for them, not the things you normally wash inside. To prevent build up and keep them clean, utilize those wash cycles. While it may sound funny, washing appliances is an important part in the process of keeping them performing at their best.
Have other questions?
Bear Service would love to assist you. For those in the Lancaster, Chester, and Delaware Counties, we are your go-to HVAC and appliance specialists. Schedule your service with us today or give us a call at 484-202-3594.