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Home Appliance Maintenance

by Product Specialist

The appliances in your home make it possible for you to live a comfortable, modern life. These include all of the following:

  • Wash machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
  • Air conditioner
  • Heating system

Because these appliances can all be expensive to replace, it makes sense to take good care of them. That starts by knowing the company that manufactured the product and reading the care instructions that it recommends. Many homeowners skip this step because of the dull, detailed information these guides contain. While understandable, this is a mistake that could force you to replace an appliance years before it would have been necessary.

If the appliances were there when you moved in, determine the manufacturer and then find the company's website. It should contain a downloadable owner's manual for each of the products it sells.

The Importance of Cleaning and Changing Filters

Like everything else you own, your appliances operate best when clean. For example, food stuck to the surface of a stove can make it take longer to cook your food. Additionally, it's important that you use your appliances only for their intended purpose. That means putting only bowls, plates, cups, and silverware in a regular dishwasher and not oversized pots and pans. If you have children, teach them to respect your household belongings so they last as long as possible.

Many appliances have a filter that must be changed regularly in order for it to function efficiently. Your clothes dryer, heating system, and air conditioner are just some examples of this. Whether you buy an appliance new or you inherit it, make sure you understand the type of filter to buy and how to change it.

Lastly, make it a point to check the condition of your appliances a few times a year. This helps you spot potential problems and get them fixed before they cause major damage.