There’s no two ways around it: new major electric appliances are
expensive, especially if you want all the latest and greatest features
and gadgets to make your life easier. In many cases, people will put off
buying major appliances because of the cost. What they do not know is
that rather than having to drop big money on new appliances, they could
instead extend the lifespan of their current appliances with some basic
maintenance tips. When an electric appliance is treated right, it can
last years and years, or decades and decades.
Consider this quick list of maintenance and performance hints for the four
biggest electrical appliances in your home:
Dishwasher: Most dishwashers start to run into trouble once they get too dirty to actually
wash dishes, as it should. The biggest culprits of gunk inside a dishwasher
are the seal around the edge and the spray arm that spins and blasts water
on your dishes. Take a look at these locations once in a while –
monthly, if you’re usually pretty busy – and scrub away any
food bits and debris you might find.
Dryer: In a worst case scenario, a poorly-maintained dryer can cause a house fire.
In the “best” case scenario, a dryer that has not been maintained
will wear down your clothes, make them feel scratchy, and possibly destroy
fragile fabrics. Dryers are prone to becoming defective when lint clogs
it up. To take care of your clothing, your home, and your dryer, clear
out the lint trap before and after each load of laundry. You should also
locate where your lint hose or pipe ends on the outside of your home and
clear it twice a month.
Refrigerator: Has your electricity bill started going up inexplicably? It might be your
refrigerator working harder to keep its same temperatures due to a lack
of maintenance. Like a dishwasher, the rubber seal around your fridge’s
doors need to be routinely cleaned; too much dust or food scraps lodged
there can ruin the airtight seal, letting cold air out. Some models of
fridges also need to be manually defrosted a few times a year. Plus, you
should hire a professional to clean the condenser coils about once a year,
perhaps more for large commercial refrigerators.
Washing machine: Your washing machine can be a monster on your billing cycle if it is not
maintained since it uses large quantities of water and electricity. If
you only adhere to one of the tips on this list, choose this one. To reduce
the work your washing machine does and extend its lifespan, replace fill
hoses as needed (check out the owner’s manual) and watch for mysterious
leaks. You must also never overload the washing machine, as doing so will
overwork the motor and potentially destroy intricate parts. Lastly, double-check
pockets before loading in an article of clothing. Stray items that should
not go in there can get loose, sneak into seams, and break the washing machine.
Electrical Appliance Services in Vineland, New Jersey
Realistically, most people who own major appliances do not have the technical
training to properly and safely maintain them. If you are not sure where
to begin when improving the performance and lifespan of your fridge, washing
machine, and so on, you should come to Ben’s ProServ for all the
electrical services you need. With more than 40 years of industry experience, our team of
Vineland service technicians have grown a solid reputation for being courteous,
knowledgeable, and dependable.
Learn about the history of Ben’s ProServ, our service options, and
our competitive pricing by
contacting us today.