Make your home appliances last twice as long with these tips!
A Global Market Report by Report Linker forecasts that the global household appliances market will grow to over $300 billion in 2021. This shows that people have become reliant on appliances to make their lives easier, and will continue to do so. These appliances tend to last 10 to 15 years, but will need maintenance and/or repairs throughout their lifetimes to keep them in excellent working condition. Repairs and replacements can be costly, but there are two main habits you can practice in order to maintain your appliances and extend their lifespan.
Read That Manual
Most people don’t read the user manual that comes with appliances. It’s a serious mistake that may lead to pricey repairs. The manual gives you information on installation, warranty and servicing, energy and power requirements, and optional accessories. The manual also shows you the dos and don’ts of how to operate the appliance properly. Knowing and using your appliance appropriately will extend its life. The manual also features maintenance requirements. Following these requirements will likewise help you maintain the appliance in tiptop shape.
Clean As You Go
Bacteria and germs are everywhere. Making sure that your home is clean, including appliances, will limit illnesses. Another reason for keeping your appliances clean, however, is to prolong the life cycle of your equipment and make sure it performs efficiently. For refrigerators, the most important parts to keep clean are the gasket and coil. Simply wiping down the gasket will remove residue, and helps keep the cool air in. Clean coils will keep the refrigerator from overheating. Never leave food debris around range burners, the oven, or the microwave. Regular cleaning of the interior, exterior, ventilation, coils, and seals will help these appliances to last longer.
Rinse food particles off the dishes before putting them inside the dishwasher, and make sure there aren’t any left in the dishwasher after each use. Keep the seals and trap clean to make the dishwasher run efficiently. Wipe down washing machines and dryers after each use. Make sure to clean out lint, especially in the dryer. Check the hoses periodically, and clean them when there’s build-up.
More Habits To Have
To decrease wear and tear, be careful not to overwork or overload your appliances. It’s best to follow instructions on how long to use them and how much load to put in. Fix small issues immediately. Ignoring them may result in bigger problems. Consult the manual for troubleshooting steps, and if your appliance still doesn’t work, consider consulting a professional. If you’re able to do simple repairs, make sure you use the correct tools, and more importantly, the right spare parts that are recommended by the manufacturer.
These simple practices can extend the lifespan of your appliances. They’re quite easy to do, and you can enjoy the benefits of your appliances for longer.