Significant appliances like washing machines and fridges can be costly to repair and replace. When you buy appliances, you want them to last as long as possible, so you don’t have to make those expensive purchases more frequently than necessary. That’s why it’s essential to perform some basic maintenance and care on your appliances to keep them in tip-top condition and ensure they last as long as possible.
So, here’s how you can take care of your appliances:
The best thing you can do for your refrigerator is to ensure that it stays clean both inside and out. Clean under and behind it regularly; the coils at the bottom or behind the fridge need regular cleaning so they can continue to cool the unit effectively, so make sure you periodically clear them of the build-up of dust.
The fridge seals can get sticky over time, so wipe them down with a damp cloth to clean them and help them last longer. If your refrigerator has an ice dispenser, make sure this is kept clean by removing it every three months or so. The water filter should be replaced every six months.
Freezers require very little maintenance most of the time. However, twice a year, you should clean the interior. You won’t need to unplug it, but you will need to move the food out to a cooler. Wipe down the freezer with a cloth with soapy water. Like the refrigerator, the coils of the freezer should also be kept free of dust.
Many modern freezers have a defrost feature, but yours may not. If this is the case, you may need to de-ice your freezer if it’s getting overrun with ice. In this case, you will need to unplug the freezer (after moving everything to a cooler), so the ice can melt. Let it sit for a few hours and leave the door open to let the air circulate. Clean up the water spillage and wipe the insides down then you can replace the food and switch it back on.
Oven and Hob Maintenance
Hobs and ovens should be kept as clean as possible, as it’s very easy for food and muck to build up. If you avoid cleaning your oven or stovetop, food will accrue over time, crusting onto the surfaces and making it very difficult to clean down the line. We’d suggest cleaning as soon as any spillages occur, once the oven has cooled, but the spillage hasn’t fully dried. Use a cloth or sponge with warm soapy water to remove food debris from the hob and the inside of the oven.
Washing Machine Maintenance
It might be tempting to shut the washing machine door as soon as a load of laundry has been removed, especially if your machine isn’t kept in a convenient place, but you should try to keep it open if possible. Having the door open will allow the air to circulate into the washer, so the moisture won’t get trapped and cause mould and mildew problems.
Use a cleaner designed for a washing machine once a month or so. Don’t overload your washing machine as this can cause it to wear out and break down. Also, avoid using an excessive amount of detergent as this can cause a build-up in the machine.
Similar to washing machines, you shouldn’t overload dryers with too big a load or this will use up too much energy, and if the clothes don’t get completely dry, it can create a musty smell. You should also empty the lint tray after every load to reduce the risk of a fire hazard.
Every two years you should clean the exhaust vent as this can also be a fire risk. Remove the vent from the back of the dryer and clean out the build-up of lint. You should also remember to occasionally clean the drum with a cloth to remove any dryer sheet residue.
The most important aspect of a dishwasher is the seals because if these dry out and crack, they can let water escape. So it’s not a good idea to let your dishwasher sit for weeks without running as this can cause them to dry out. If you’re going on holiday, pour some mineral oil and water into the bottom of your dishwasher to keep those seals moisturised.
Keep the edges and exterior clean with a damp cloth. At the bottom of the dishwasher, there is a drain, and this can become clogged up with food debris. This will make the machine less efficient so make sure you unclog it and clean it if necessary.
You can also get cleaner for your dishwasher that you can run through a cycle to remove build-up or any mould and mildew. This will help keep your machine keep clean and work effectively, but will also ensure your dishes are clean and sanitised after every cycle.