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4 Easy Ways To Care for Your Home Appliances

Home appliances are significant investments, and the last thing you want is to replace them prematurely, leading to unexpected expenses. By taking proactive steps to care for them, you can avoid these financial burdens and ensure they continue to serve you well for years to come.

While appliances come with warranties and predetermined lifespans, it’s your actions as a homeowner that truly determine their longevity. By understanding how to care for and use them, you can significantly extend their lifespan and enhance their performance, making them more reliable and efficient.

But what can you do to ensure your home appliances last the distance?

4 Easy Ways To Care for Your Home Appliances

Avoid Overloading

For appliances such as your washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher, you want to make sure you avoid overloading them as this can increase strain on the parts and lead to premature failure. Weight for laundry loads is included for a specific reason; this is the limit of clothing it has been tested to be capable of handling regularly. Exceeding this will cause the parts to wear down faster or even break altogether. And in the case of the dishwasher not cleaning as well as it can due to too many items being loaded up.

Have Appliances Serviced

If you want to care for your appliances properly, having them serviced regularly or checked for faults can be a great idea. You want to ensure that nothing untoward is going on behind the scenes, and having an experienced technician check them over can give you peace of mind. Whether it’s for Vacuum Repair & Maintenance, you get your refrigerator and feeder checked out manually, or your HVAC serviced each year, make sure you book themes in and keep them in tip-top condition.

Clean Your Appliances

Simple but effective. The cleaner your appliances are, the easier it will be for them, to do what they need to do, and the less chance there is of any debris or dirt causing damage. Take your time to periodically strip away moving parts that are easy to access and give them a good clean. This goes for your vacuum, your microwave, air fryers, washing machines, and especially the lint from your dryer. The NFPA estimates that around 15,000 house fires are caused by laundry appliances each year.

Avoid Overuse

While your appliances have gone through stringent tests to check how long or how many uses they will work for, it goes without saying that the more you use something, the faster it will reach the end of its lifespan.

Avoid overusing your appliances as much as possible so they get the chance to rest between uses. What overuse consists of will depend on the appliance in question and the type of work it is required to do, but it makes sense that a domestic washer handling commercial loads running for 12 hours per day isn’t going to last the distance compared to it doing 5 loads a week in a small family home.

There are many ways you can reduce the lifespan of your home appliances. Paying attention to the manufacturer’s guidelines, correct usage methods, and how you care for the appliance can ensure that it does what you need it to and lasts the distance.

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Jess Benoit

Jess is a homeschooling mama of 3, wife, gamer, Whovian, Nerd

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