Birmingham Appliance Repair’s Guide to Appliance Maintenance

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Birmingham Appliance Repair’s Guide to Appliance Maintenance

Appliance Maintenance

Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

“A stitch in time saves nine” is a saying that has been around forever because it is as true now as when it was said for the first time. Although home appliance technology has changed over the years, refrigerators, washers and dryers still require regular maintenance to keep them operating properly and extend their lives.

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

Clean machines do not have to work as hard, saving you money on your energy bill, and will save money on repairs because a clean appliance does not corrode or wear out as quickly. Here are some easy ways to protect your home appliances:

Refrigerators

  • Clean the coils: cleaning the dust and debris from the refrigerator coils allows your appliance to operate more efficiently and prevents excess wear on the cooling system.
  • Clean the door gasket: removing buildup from the door gasket maintains a tight seal and preventing your refrigerator’s compressor from turning on as often.

Washers

  • Clean the filter: if your dishwasher has a filter screen, be sure to clean it regularly to keep water flowing evenly and prevent overworking the pump.
  • Remove calcium deposits: this is especially important in areas that have hard water. Calcium can block the water flow in the sprayer arm and filter, which prevents your washer from cleaning properly and will lead to repairs much sooner. Use a cleaning agent regularly to dissolve calcium deposits.

Dryers

  • Clean the lint filter: lint buildup not only causes your dryer to work harder, but also is a fire hazard. Clean your lint filter after every load.

Keeping your home’s appliances clean will save you money in electricity and in replacement and repair costs. If you need more information about preventative maintenance, contact Birmingham Appliance Repair.