Extending the Life
of Your Appliances
Follow these guidelines and tips to help extend the
life of your home systems and appliances—it could
save you the cost of unnecessary repairs or early replacement
- Change the batteries in your
smoke detectors twice a year—choose family
birthdays or holidays as reminders.
- Unplug small electrical appliances,
such as toasters, blenders, etc. after using them.
- Inspect appliance hoses and
ventilation according to owner’s manuals.
- Clean small electrical appliances
after each use; unplug and cool before cleaning.
- Use only distilled water in
steam irons to avoid mineral buildup.
- Strap the water heater solidly
to wall studs to prevent it from movement during an
- Repair minor drips and leaks
as they occur.
- Avoid flushing anything but
toilet paper down the toilet.
- Load dishwasher properly—and
run only when you have a full load.
- Use only dishwasher detergent
in recommended amounts.
- Load more fragile items on
the top rack of the dishwasher
Run a strong flow of cold water
through garbage disposal throughout grinding and for at
least 30 seconds after turning off grinder.
- To freshen your disposal, occasionally
grind a half lemon or lime while running cold water.
- Do not put fibrous foods down
the disposal, including celery, corn husks, and potato
skins. Never put rice (uncooked or cooked) down the
- Clean refrigerator compartment
regularly, even though it does not require defrosting.
- Wipe up spills in the refrigerator
promptly to avoid staining and odors.
- Clean coils with a condenser
- Once a year slide the refrigerator
out and vacuum around and beneath it.
- Defrost freezers about once
a year, before frost is 1/2 inch thick on inside
walls and clean.Use a plastic or wooden scraper, not a sharp instrument.
- When storing items in the door,
place the heaviest items closest to the hinge
side; this will reduce stress on the door and inner door panel when
it is opened
- Clean the interior of your
- If you have a self-cleaning
oven, do not use any other method to clean it.
- Do not use metal pans or containers
with metal trim.
- Clean microwave oven and removable
glass shelves regularly; food residue
keeps reheating and can cause the glass shelves to break.
- Clean around microwave door
to prevent soil buildup which could keep
the door from closing tightly.
- Only use mild soap and/or baking
soda mixture to clean the interior to avoid
damaging the lining.
- Keep gas burners free of dirt
- Clean exposed metal of range
hoods regularly with sudsy water—do not use
abrasive pads or scouring powders, as they may scratch the finish.
- Occasionally clean the metal
filter in warm, sudsy water. Charcoal filters
should be replaced once a year.
- Never spray cleaners directly
onto the control panel. Put some cleaner on a soft,
damp rag, and then wipe the surface.
Tips from www.homewarranty.com
Garden and Home
Electric & Plumbing Inc
L & M
Television and Appliance
50 Elmwood Ave