Tune-Up Time: Take Better Care of Your Household Appliances Today

Our household appliances are a big part of our day-to-day life, and it’s easy to take them for granted. But when any appliance starts having issues or breaks down, we realize how essential they are to our lives. At Reno’s Appliance, we’re household appliance experts, and wanted to offer these tips to help make sure the machines you rely on every day keeping running strong.

Dryers

The first rule of dryer maintenance is to clean the lint trap after every load. A clogged lint trap can make the unit run less efficiently and can even be a potential fire hazard. Every six months use a long nylon brush give the lint filter a deeper clean. Check the tubing that vents to the outside are free of lint and debris as well. Finally, avoid the mistake of overfilling the dryer. This will force your unit to work too hard and shorten its lifespan.

Washing Machines

Just like with a dryer, you don’t want to overload your washing machine. Doing so will only make the unit work harder and increase the chance of break downs.

If you have a washing machine that’s at least 5-years-old, then consider changing the washing machine hoses that are located on the back of your machine. These hoses take a lot more abuse than you may have realized. Over time, rubber hoses lose their flexibility, weaken, and tear. If one of those hoses disconnects or bursts, all of that water is going to empty right into your home.

Another good tip is to clean your washing machine’s lint trap every so often. It can be hidden on some machines, so you may have never noticed it. But, it has the same function as your dryer’s lint trap—to remove lint from clothes. If you notice that your clothes are coming out of the wash covered in lint, then it’s probably time to clean out your washer’s lint trap.

Refrigerators

The best way to keep your refrigerator running is to clean the condenser coils regularly. When the coils are covered in dust and dirt, they can’t efficiently release heat. That means your compressor must work harder, which will shorten the lifespan of your refrigerator. Fortunately, cleaning the condenser coils is an easy task. Follow these 6 simple steps to get it done quickly.

Another way to extend the life of your refrigerator is to keep an eye out for common refrigerator issues that you can often fix yourself. For example, maybe the fridge is too warm, or everything keeps freezing. Check out these tips for troubleshooting and repairing these common issues.

Ovens

The best way to maintain your oven is to clean it. But, be careful of how you clean your oven and range, and what you use to clean it. Overly harsh chemical cleaners can clog range burners, especially gas ones, and spraying directly onto control knobs on the front of your stove can short out the electrical components behind those knobs.

Always use soft cloths and light cleaners. Vinegar is a great natural cleaner that works on a variety of surfaces including stoves and most other appliances.  

Dishwashers

First, you want to make sure that your dishwasher is perfectly level with the floor. An uneven machine can create vibration issues, which will damage the dishwasher and your dishes. Dishwashers generally have screws at the bottom of the appliance that can be adjusted to level it out.

Also, you don’t need to pre-wash your dishes too much. Mandatory pre-washing is a common dishwasher myth. You should certainly scrape off large scraps of food, but the detergent in the dishwasher needs something to work against. If the dishes are too clean, then there may be an abundance of suds, which can possibly lead to leaks.

Give your household appliances a tune-up

In addition to following the tips above, you should consider scheduling an inspection of your appliances by a professional once a year. That will help ensure your appliances work properly and safely. Plus, they may catch small issues before they turn into big, more expensive problems.

Keeping your household appliances in tip-top shape isn’t difficult and it’s well worth the effort. However, there may come a time when your old appliance just gives up after many years of reliable use. If that happens, head over the Reno’s Appliance in Paterson, NJ. We carry a large selection of appliances from world-class brands known for dependability and durability.

Reno’s Appliance was founded in 1951 as Reno’s Radio & TV. Since then, the shop has grown to become the one-stop home appliance source trusted by thousands. Reno’s sons continue to carry on the tradition set forth by their father and exhibit exceptional customer service.