|Top 5 Appliance Tips from Bob (The Appliance Guy)|
The five most important household appliances in everyone’s home would have to be the washing machine, dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher and oven/range. I’ve been an appliance technician for over 30 years and after careful consideration, I’ve come up with what I think are the #1 tips for making each of these appliances last longer. If you follow each of these tips, you will make fewer calls to your appliance repair service & you’ll be able to keep these appliances around for a while.
Washing MachineNEVER OVERLOAD YOUR WASHER! This is the #1 Appliance Tip of all time and the reason I put it first. If you want your washing machine to last a long time, don’t try to get your laundry done so quickly. Heavy loads & off-balanced loads will put a strain on the moving parts of your machine & wear them out. Over-loading & off-balanced loads DESTROY your machine! Don’t be in such a hurry. More washer tips
DryerKEEP YOUR DRYER AND VENT LINE CLEAR OF LINT! Cleaning the lint screen on your dryer before every load should be a habit but that’s not enough. Lint builds up in your dryer and vent line over time. When your vent line starts to get restricted, more lint backs up into your dryer which creates a possible dryer fire. The inside of your dryer & vent line need to be vacuumed out periodically.
RefrigeratorKEEP YOUR CONDENSER CLEAN! The condenser is what keeps your compressor from overheating. Most refrigerators have a forced-air condenser. A fan motor moves air across the condenser which cools your compressor. Lint and pet hair gets sucked into the condenser and when it builds up & restricts the air flow, your compressor overheats. You DON’T want your compressor to overheat! Clean your condenser regularly!
DishwasherRINSE THE FOOD OFF YOUR DISHES! Would you like your dishes to come out clean and your dishwasher to last longer? Then rinse your dishes before loading them into the dishwasher. Even though you may have seen commercials that say you can be lazy & leave the food on your dishes, I’m telling you “It Doesn’t Work”! The food has to go somewhere and usually it gets clogged up in the pump & spray arms and then you’ll have to call someone like me. More Dishwasher Tips
Oven/RangeDON'T USE THE SELF-CLEAN FEATURE! If your oven or range has the self-cleaning feature, DON’T USE IT! There are 2 good reasons for this. First, it’s bad for your health. The fumes that emit from the oven during the self-clean cycle are toxic. The 2nd reason is, because the oven reaches such high temperatures during self-clean, the extreme heat causes parts to fail. We get a large percentage of oven calls right after someone has used the self-clean feature on their oven. If you just keep your spills wiped up when they happen, you won’t need to harm your family & your oven with self-clean. toxic- Self-Cleaning Ovens - Toxic For Humans or only Birds?
This article was written by Bob Meadows (BobTheApplianceGuy)
Owner of B&D Appliance Repair Service Palmdale/Lancaster, California
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