In most homes, there are a lot of different appliances that all require different care. It is all too easy to forget to service an appliance or not keep up with the required care. With a few simple steps, it is actually quite easy to maintain these appliances and ensure their longevity.
A good number of appliances hide in the kitchen, so special consideration needs to be given to these units. The first general tip would be to do regular weekly cleaning of these appliances. This would include sweeping under the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher. Wipe down the microwave as well as the refrigerator on a weekly basis. On a monthly basis, check and wipe down the inside of the dishwasher.
For the home that has a garbage disposal, always ensure only allowed items are going through this. Things such as fibrous fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, bones, fruit pits, eggs and coffee grounds should all be avoided. Using a freshener that is specifically designed for the disposal is recommended on a weekly basis as well.
Refrigerants that feature an ice maker and water dispenser should also have a water filter. This is usually inside of the refrigerator and needs replacement every six months. In some cases, the filter is located in the back of the unit and is installed in-line with the water feed to the unit.
Washers and Dryers
Both of these machines need routine care like the appliances found in the kitchen. On a monthly basis, it is recommended that the washer be cleaned out. Newer washers have a cleaning cycle. Bleach or specifically formulated cleaners can be used during this cycle. On a weekly basis, one should vacuum underneath and around the units and the dryer vent should get vacuumed as well. After each use, the dryer filter should be cleaned off.
One area that needs annual maintenance would be the heating system. This should typically be performed by a licensed technician who will then be able to keep the unit running to the best of it's ability. In addition to annual maintenance, there are usually air filters that should be replaced every six months.
It is difficult to keep track of all of the different appliances and when they need their different parts or filters replaced or serviced. It is best to utilize some method of keeping this all straight. It could include a small sticker on the unit as to the filter need to be replaced. Another method would be using a calendar to note replacement dates.
There are several options when it comes to home appliance service contract. Many times, the company or re-seller will offer extended warranties. There is also the option to go with an insurance plan that covers the repair or replacement of these appliances. These policies can be quite varied, so it is essential to know exactly what is and what is not covered by the specific plan.
With a basic plan and a little bit of regular upkeep, it is actually quite easy to keep all of the appliances in the home running well.