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How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Home Appliances  

Do you ever wonder why it seems like your home appliances never last as long as they used to? You are right! Planned Obsolescence, a theory where manufacturers purposefully reduce a product’s service life, has led to a sharp decline in the lifespans of modern appliances.  

 

If you want to extend the lifespan of your home appliances, it’s vital that you make sure they are properly maintained and cared for.   

 

In this post, we will go through some tips on cleaning, troubleshooting problems, and how often maintenance should be done to help ensure that all your devices remain working for many years into the future. Read on to learn more!  

 

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#1 Regularly clean and dust off your home appliances to keep them running smoothly.

 

Our home appliances are some of our household’s most valuable and essential items. From our TVs, fridges, and washing machines to our ovens, computers, and vacuums, these appliances make our lives easier and more convenient. Unfortunately, dust and dirt can accumulate on these appliances, interfering with their performance and even causing them to break down. It is important to regularly clean and dust them off to keep your appliances running smoothly for as long as possible,    

 

How to clean home appliances 

 

Washing Machine:  

  1. Run a maintenance cycle with hot water and vinegar to clean the drum. 
  2. Wipe the rubber seal and detergent drawer with a damp cloth. 
  3. Clean the exterior with a mild cleaner. 

Dryer:  

  1. Remove lint from the lint trap after every use.  
  2. Vacuum the lint trap area and exhaust vent periodically.  
  3. Wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth.   

Refrigerator:  

  1. Make sure to unplug the refrigerator before cleaning.  
  2. Remove all food items and shelves.  
  3. Clean shelves and drawers with warm, soapy water.  
  4. Wipe down the interior with a mixture of water and baking soda.  
  5. Clean the exterior with a damp cloth and mild cleaner. 

Oven:  

  1. Remove oven racks and soak them in warm, soapy water.  
  2. Use an oven cleaner for the interior, following the manufacturer’s instructions.  
  3. Wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth and mild cleaner.  

Microwave:  

  1. Wipe down the interior with a mixture of water and mild detergent.  
  2. Remove the turntable and wash it separately.  
  3. Clean the exterior with a damp cloth.  

Dishwasher:  

  1. Remove the filter and clean it under running water.  
  2. Run an empty cycle with a dishwasher cleaner.  
  3. Wipe down the exterior and control panel.  

Whether you use a special cleaning solution or just a simple cloth, this small task can protect your investment and ensure your appliances continue to serve your needs.  

 

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#2 Ensure that the vents on your appliances are always clear and unobstructed.

 

When you think of maintaining your appliances, cleaning out the vents may not immediately come to mind. However, keeping these little components clear and free of obstruction is crucial. Why? Well, the vents on your appliances allow proper airflow, meaning they can work more efficiently and are less likely to overheat.

 

If you neglect to keep them clear, it can cause a multitude of problems like reduced performance, increased energy costs, and even fire hazards. According to NSW RFS, failure to clean the lint trap in the clothes dryer after every cycle is one of the top 10 causes of house fires.  

 

Remember to add cleaning out your appliance vents to your household maintenance list. A little effort can go a long way in keeping your appliances running smoothly and safely.  

 

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#3 Change the filters in your air conditioners, refrigerators, and other large appliances every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer’s instructions. 

 

Did you know that one simple task can improve the efficiency and lifespan of your large appliances? By changing the filters in your air conditioners, refrigerators, and other appliances every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer’s instructions, you can ensure that they are running at their best.

 

Unchanged filters can add 5-15% more to energy use. Neglecting to change filters can result in the build-up of dust and debris, which can block airflow and cause the appliance to work harder than it needs to. So, take the time to check your appliances’ instructions and set a reminder to change the filters regularly.   

 

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#4 Avoid using too much detergent or fabric softener when washing clothes in the washing machine to prevent wear and tear

 

Washing clothes is an exhaustive task, and choosing the right detergent or fabric softener can make it easier to achieve optimal results. However, using too much of these products can actually cause harm to your clothes and washing machine. Detergent build-up can lead to fading, shrinking and weakening of fibres, resulting in fabric tears and an overall shorter lifespan of your clothes.  

 

Overusing fabric softeners can also leave a residue that attracts dirt and grime, leading to the same wear and tear effects. Next time you’re doing laundry, remember that less is often more when it comes to detergent and softener.  

 

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#5 Periodically, schedule professional maintenance for appliances to identify and address hidden issues

 

When it comes to maintaining your appliances, being proactive is key. Regularly arranging professional maintenance appointments can help you avoid potential headaches down the line. Professional technicians are equipped with the know-how to conduct thorough inspections and diagnose issues that may not be apparent to the untrained eye. You can also keep an eye out for repair specialists for the brand of appliances you own, such as a Smeg repair specialist or a Fisher & Paykel repair specialist.

 

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Catching minor concerns before they become major malfunctions can save you significant time, stress, and money in the long run. By investing in your appliances’ longevity, reliability, and overall efficiency, you’re setting yourself up for success.    

 

If you have appliances that are working as they are supposed to, book a time with us at Sydney Appliance Repair. After a thorough assessment, you can rely on our expert technicians to service all your home appliances. 

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