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Maintenance of Home Appliances – Do it Essentially and with Interest

Updated on November 5, 2014

A housewife or anybody who works in the kitchen should be appreciative of his/her home appliances because they do so much for you! They ease your work to an extent that you are spoiled. And therefore, perhaps we take them a little for granted. We forget that they too are machines and need good care to work smoothly. What should you do to maintain the flawless operation of your home appliances? Let’s see.

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Cleaning

It is quite logical that you should keep your appliances clean. That doesn’t mean that you should throw a water jet at them, like cars are cleaned at a servicing center! A wet (not too wet though) cloth is enough which will wipe out dust and grime from them. If oils accumulate on the appliances, dust sticks fast to them and needless to say that it hinders their work. Remember that for cleaning oil, a dry cloth is essential.

Keeping the interiors of a refrigerator or a washing machine clean is essential for obvious reasons – the first will spoil your food if remains dirty and the other will damage your clothes. Cleaning gaskets of refrigerator doors and drawers with a cloth soaked in a mixture of dish soap and water is recommended by Whirlpool Institute of Kitchen Science. Sticky gaskets can tear and let cool air out and hot air in, spoiling the food.

Kitchen appliances have another big factor to get dirty – food remains! And these attract pests! So, you should keep your toaster, microwave, oven and blender clean off bread crumbs, curry and juice droplets, and the likes.

Another nasty habit of pests and birds is to make homes in your appliances’ vent pipes, grills, etc, with clay, grasses, cotton plugs and even plastic bags. Look for such intruders’ homes and remove them. If you feel grief-stricken while removing nests of the innocent (and ignorant) birds, you can create dedicated homes for them in your backyard but certainly not inside your appliances!

User Manual – the New Testament!

Whenever you buy a new appliance, go through its user manual thoroughly and follow the instructions religiously. The manufacturer always guides you about the maintenance of the appliance and it is the most correct way to do that, because they have produced the gadget and know its ins and outs. Therefore obeying the directions will make your appliance work well significantly for long.

Cleaning Grill and blades of Exhaust Fans

You need to clean the grill and blades of your exhaust fan if your kitchen or bathroom turns into a furnace during cooking or a hot water bath and smells of mildew or doesn’t dry easily. Take the grill off and clean it with a vacuum cleaner. Wipe the blades clean with a damp cloth. Also ensure if the vent pipe is in its place. A properly cleaned exhaust fan will work great for you and turn your home’s air great.

Keep Current Smooth

Electrically operated appliances need additional maintenance of their electrical connections. Keep the wires dangle-free and free from dust and cobwebs. Check if they are torn or scratched at some points. Check prongs for any sign of melting, burning or fraying and if you see one, correct it on priority before plugging in the gadget. Take professional help if necessary and if the fault is beyond repair, dispose of it to stay safe from incidents of fire.

Changing Filters

Many of your appliances might have filters in them; e.g. vacuum cleaners, dishwasher, furnace, air conditioner and so on. You need to change these filters regularly in order to maintain the efficiency of the gadget. They prevent debris and contaminants from entering the appliance. If they stay there unchanged, loaded with the trash, your appliance will lose its efficacy because of not being filtered properly.

Checking Hoses

Just like filters, hoses of the appliances like washing machines, air conditioners, vacuum cleaners etc too need regular checking in order to maintain their smooth functioning. Hoses may get clogged or cracked over time. And in that case it can cause quite a huge mess, especially if water is concerned! It is usually recommended to change the hoses every five years.

Professional Help

Not every time you can cure the problems of your appliances. Some time or the other you need professional help. Some appliances are so expensive that you cannot afford experimenting with them. E.g. to check the Freon level of your air conditioner you need to call a licensed professional who has gained proper training to play with the chemical. You might know how to check hoses or filters; but you might not know how to check the whole system in a professional way. In that case, taking help of professional is a good idea.

Maintaining home appliances is an essential task and it is interesting too. The more you are curious about it, the more ways you will find to increase their efficiency by taking their proper care.

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