10 Ways to Improve the Performance of Your Appliances
We all want good appliances that can run for years without any problems. Unfortunately, we can’t promise you that. However, we do have a few suggestions that will definitely boost the chances of your appliances in your favor.
1. Clean Refrigerator Coils
Every Refrigerator needs some specific cleaning after time. To make sure your refrigerator is maintained properly, push out the refrigerator to get access to the back of this big appliance. Then, clean off all the dust that you can spot.
The next step will require a lot of caution; make sure you do this carefully. With a screwdriver unscrew the shield at the bottom of the refrigerator in the back. This shield is often cardboard, but can also sometimes be metal as well. Make sure that you don’t touch any of the parts inside with your bare hands.
Using a vacuum, take out all the dust that plagues the bottom of your refrigerator. You can brush off anything the vacuum can’t reach as a final touch.
2. Refrigerator isn’t pressed against the wall
The refrigerator can’t be pressed against the wall.
As an appliance repair company, we hear complaints such as “The refrigerator is a tight fit, and only looks good when it’s pushed back. The kitchen doesn’t look good when the fridge is sticking out.”
The logical response is simply not to do something as foolish as knowingly harming the fridge. When the fridge is pushed against the wall, it doesn’t have enough air to ventilate and properly function. As a result, the compressor overheats, and parts start failing. Often, the compressor fails itself, causing (arguably) the costliest repair of a refrigerator.
3. Don’t constantly put hot food in Refrigerator
Hot food placed inside the refrigerator in a will cause the compressor to go into “overdrive,” and we’ve already explained how bad breaking a compressor is.
Now, here’s the good news. Refrigerators can actually handle this, if done properly. So, instead of putting food in large containers, if you really need to put warm food into the refrigerator, place it into separate smaller containers. And even if you do put a large, warm container of food into the refrigerator, you should be fine, as long as you don’t make a steam room in the refrigerator. Just don’t do this every day.
4. Don’t put in excessively dirty dishes into the dishwasher
If you put dishes with small pieces of food into the dishwasher, you won’t break the dishwasher. However, you most likely will soon have a clogged drain hose. The dishwasher will stop draining completed until the drain hose is either cleaned or replaced. Either way, this will be a very dirty and smelly job.
So, next time, don’t be lazy when placing dishes into the dishwasher. If there are food pieces on the dishes, wash them off in the sink above the dispenser. Otherwise, you’ll end up suffering more than you need to.
5. Check the pockets of the clothes you place in the washing machine
Just like the dishwasher, washer drain hoses have the ability to get clogged, leaving the appliance with a disability of draining properly. You already know not to be lazy, so there’s no need to repeat everything from the previous point. If you have a front load washer, it will most likely have an easier to access to the pump, where there is often a filter. But the work is still dirty, smelly, and just like the dishwasher – not worth the laziness.
6. Don’t leave the refrigerator door open for long
Just like with placing hot food into the refrigerator, this will cause the compressor to work double its usual load.
So, simply put, make sure the refrigerator door is closed completely and there aren’t any cracks through which the cool air may escape.
7. Clean your Dishwasher Air Gap
There are two types of people who will read this post.
The first type will say, “Of course you’re supposed to clean the air gap, duh.”
The second type will say, “What’s an air gap?”
So, unfortunately, as an appliance repair company, we can testify that there were multiple times people called us over because of a draining problem with the dishwasher, when in reality the air gap simply needed to be cleaned. For those who don’t know what an air gap is, it looks like a dispenser near the faucet that doesn’t seem to have a visible function. The air gap is meant to be an elevated part of the drain hose, so that sink water wouldn’t go back into the dishwasher. Now, depending on your state and local plumbing codes, you may not have an air gap, because it wasn’t necessary. However, if you do, make sure to clean it regularly. Small bits of food and other things can get stuck in the air gap, preventing the dishwasher from draining completely. This problem can be solved in 2 minutes. So, if you have an air gap, now you know what to do.
8. Clean the Dryer Vent on a regular basis
The dryer vent can get clogged, just like any other appliance disposing system. When this happens, the dryer won’t function properly and will often behave irregularly. So, keep the vent clean, and you’ll be more than grateful that your dryer is working well.
9. Make Sure You Cleaned the Lint Screen BEFORE Every Load
This is a very healthy tip…check you link screen before every load. Even if you always check after, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Now, this seems like an obvious tip, but you’d be surprised to hear that, according to the US Fire Administration, more than 30% of all dryer-caused fires were because of an unclean dryer. Get into the habit of cleaning your dryer, and everything will go well.
10. Regularly Clean your Appliances
Every appliance needs to be cleaned regularly for better performance. Whether it’s a microwave, oven, refrigerator, or a washer, the appliances need to be clean to be working properly. You’d be surprised to hear how often appliances fail because they were unclean one place or another (too often). If you don’t want to buy new appliances every 2 years, try to clean them regularly.
Bonus Tip: Don’t put off any repairs
Arguably the biggest mistake you can make is to put off repairs for later. Appliances aren’t designed to be in a broken state. Sure, a dishwasher might not be harmed if you leave undrained water in there for a week, but it will definitely weaken some parts for sure. Broken electric parts can weaken other electrical components, and broken mechanical parts can often affect other mechanically dependent parts of the appliance. So, no matter what problem your appliance may be experiencing, it’s always better to repair it sooner rather than later.
And, of course, if you have any problems with your appliance, don’t hesitate to call us to schedule an appointment!