Home appliances are very expensive to purchase and repair. Some of them are indispensable, which makes it quite inconvenient if they break. Each home appliance is designed to serve a specific purpose, so if one of them starts functioning less effectively than it used to, it can be hard to maintain balance at home. This is why it’s important to keep our home appliances well-maintained and use them with caution. You should also look out for early signs of malfunction to get them repaired as soon as possible and avoid serious damage.
Read through this article to find out how you can ensure that your home appliances are well-maintained.
The placement of your television should not be in an area that’s too hot as this can significantly hinder its lifespan. Although many people enjoy having a television in their kitchen while they cook, the heat generated in the kitchen, especially during the summer, can be very damaging to the television. If you must place it there, keep it far away from the oven and stovetops. You should also avoid placing your television near fireplaces and heaters. Your tv’s brightness settings should not be on the highest levels as this can eventually exhaust the light emitters. If you keep your room’s light low and warm and draw the blinds shut, 58% to 60% of television brightness should suffice. If the power in your area is irregular, you should consider getting a voltage regulator. Frequent power fluctuations can be very damaging to your television.
Maintaining the Washing Machine
Every three months, make it a point to check your washing machine’s hose. This is to check for and protect against potential leakages. You should also replace the hose every 5 years even if it’s still visibly intact as this can help you avoid major repercussions. If your laundry basket always seems full for some reason, you’ll likely be stuffing your washing machine up to the last bit. Overloading your washing machine is something that you should avoid doing because it will restrict its movement, potentially damaging the agitator. You should also make sure to clean your washing machine to get rid of residue and odor.
HVAC System Maintenance
Every 1 to 3 months, you should aim to change the HVAC system’s filters. This is because a dirty filter can reduce the system’s lifespan and keep it from working efficiently, not to mention that it can be detrimental to your health. You should also check your system’s evaporator coil’s drain pipe and drain pan frequently. If left unmaintained, your HVAC system can develop issues such as evaporator coil leak as well as mold or algae blockages. If your system has a heat pump or condensing unit, you must be aware that it can easily get clogged with pollen, dirt, or grime. Spray the exterior with water to clean it, and avoid using pressure washers as they can cause permanent damage to the unit.
Your refrigerator is one of the most important appliances in your home. If your refrigerator stops working, the chances are that all your food will go bad. This is why you must regularly maintain your refrigerator. If the refrigerator’s door is not shut properly with the rubber gaskets sealed, gas will constantly escape causing your refrigerator to operate harder and consume more power to compensate for the lost gas. You should always make sure to clean the dust that collects on the coils at the back of the refrigerator. This is because the dust can obstruct insulation, leading the refrigerator to overheat. Most refrigerators also come with a drain pan at their bottom to keep the water residue from leaking out on the floor. If left uncleaned, it can easily lead to mold buildups and may end up damaging your refrigerator.
Maintaining the Dryer
You should bear in mind that the clothes dryer collects plenty of lint, which usually ends up in places and compartments other than the lint trap- the area that is specifically designed to hold all the lint. This can be dangerous because when the air dryers collect a lot of lint, they tend to heat up more to the point where they can become a fire hazard. Clean out your dryer vents from all the lint and debris often, and every couple of years, make sure to check the inside of the dryer’s body for buildups.
The breakdown of any of your essential home appliances can disrupt your daily life. In addition, having to wait for an expert to repair the equipment (if repairable), or spending a small fortune on replacing it with a brand new appliance is not exactly ideal. This is why you should always make sure that your appliances are well-maintained. Not only will this save you the repair and replacement costs, but it can also help protect you from potential safety hazards.