Maintenance Tips: Extend the Lifespan of Home Appliances

Quality home appliances are not cheap, particularly if you have decided to get the new generation, energy saving ones. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, you should invest a bit of effort into making them last as long as they possibly can. This can be achieved with good maintenance.

Read the instruction manual

Before you start using your new appliance, make sure you read the instruction manual first. Apart from telling you indirectly how you can repair certain minor issues, you will also find proper ways of handling the appliance. This will help you prevent those minor issues from happening. If you no longer have the manual, don’t worry, everything can be found online. Each of the appliances has instructions on how it should be cleaned and that is the most important part of regular maintenance. By rule, if an appliance has a filter, it should be cleaned regularly (find the frequency in the manual). The same goes for tubes, ducts, vents, and drains.

Refrigerator coils

If you don’t know what these are, then this piece of maintenance is way overdue. The coils look like a radiator and are located at the back of your fridge, usually covered with a mash. Alternatively, they could be located at the bottom of the front side behind a press-and-pop type of cover. Use a vacuum to get the dust and the dirt out. Buy a coil brush specially designated for this type of work and remove the fine layers of dust left over after vacuuming.

Watch the washing machine load

When discussing the most common types of repairs with people from a washing machine repair Sydney service, they have pointed out that most issues arise from improper loads of laundry. Most commonly, people tend to overload the machine. This puts extra strain on its engine and causes it to wear off quickly. As a general rule, try filling it until it reaches only about half-way through the window. Bear in mind that not all laundry acts the same when you soak it in water, so a load of underwear is not the same as a blanket. On the other hand, try not to underload it as it is a waste of energy and it can cause strong vibrations.

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The Oven

All of your home appliances should be cleaned regularly if you want them to last longer, however, ovens need it possibly more than others. Clean your oven thoroughly and regularly but as a most important piece of advice, watch what you clean it with. A lot of cleaners are composed of strong chemicals and can damage the inner surface of the oven. When applied directly, especially around the buttons, the chemicals could find their way to the electrical components and cause a short circuit. Use only safe designated cleaners and make sure you ask for recommendations first (also, consult the instruction manual).

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The Dryer

Some of the most important tips regarding dryers, is to watch what and how much of it you put inside, as well as regular cleaning. If you want to reduce strain on its engine, you will put in the same amount you had in the washing machine. So, one load of washing should be one load of drying, provided that you didn’t overload the washing machine in the first place. Furthermore, if you look at items such as shoes, which are not recommended for dryers, but you can use it if you are in a hurry, you should make sure to put it inside along with something else. It bouncing around could snap the dryer drum belt.

What seems to make the greatest difference is simply taking a couple of minutes to think before using and maintaining. This is important to point out as most of us are on autopilot when using them.  Read the manuals and read out maintenance tips, apply the knowledge and get years out of your appliances.

Home Repairs and Renovations By Guest Writer Cindy Davis

You may think your new home is perfect, but no matter how many times you’ve viewed the property, there are going to be a myriad of things that you didn’t notice were wrong when you first saw it.  It could be that your new house has minor issues, like a broken burglar alarm or locks that need replacing. These are fairly simple issues to solve, but what happens if your house needs major work to the electrics or plumbing? It’s important to be prepared for the worst when moving to a new property, and so here is a list of hints and tips to keep your head above water should your pipes burst.

Home Repairs and Renovations21)      Insurance.

You should always make sure you prioritize getting your home well-insured. You’ll probably (or at least hopefully) already have your contents and home insurance all in place, but make sure you’re going to be covered for those little emergencies – like having your boiler break down! Make a list of all the things in your home you want to insure. The extra time and cost to do this is worth saving the hassle, stress and money of later losing your gas or hot water!

2)      Check with the landlord.

If you’re renting your property and you notice things going wrong, whether it be dodgy electrics or drainage issues, make sure you run any problems you notice by your landlord. Renting the property means it’s not your responsibility to fix these issues, especially since you’ve just moved in! You’ll want to make a list of any damages and show this to your landlord – this will also prove useful when claiming your deposit back!

3)      Repairing yourself.

Some minor issues with your home might be solvable with just a bit of your time and your toolkit. If you decide you want to make some home repairs and renovations yourself, then make sure you know what you’re doing! Remember that odd jobs around the house can appear to be simple, but you could end up making the problem worse for yourself, as well as more expensive! If you aren’t sure then you’re best off hiring a professional, especially when it comes to sizable or potentially dangerous repairs.

4)      Hiring help.Home Repairs and Renovations

If you do decide that you’re going to need to hire repairmen to fix your problems, then it’s important to do your research. Hiring a plumber or electrician isn’t just about getting the best price – try to get some information about their previous work, the approximate time the job will take and how invasive the repairs are going to be. If you’re wary of finding your repairman online then try your local newspaper or phone book so as to avoid scams and potential hassle. The best and safest way to hire someone to come into your home to make renovations or repairs is to choose a person based on the recommendation of friends or family. Ask around to find someone who you know has previously done reliable work to give yourself peace of mind if you’re hesitant to allow strangers into your home. Friendly estate agents and even neighbors might be able to help you find a repairman you can trust, so don’t be hesitant to ask for some advice!

Bio: This article has been created by Cindy Davis on behalf of: http://www.0800housecleaning.co.uk/house-cleaning-services/SE16_bermondsey.html