Maintenance Tips

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Nothing last forever - but that doesn't mean that your appliances shouldn't give you years of reliable service. Extend the life of your appliances with these easy-to-follow tips and tricks. With just a little bit or regular maintenance your appliances will not only last longer but will also work better! Check them out below!

Emergency Tips

When you're faced with an emergency situation the most important thing to consider at all times is your safety. Never take chances. If you have a washing machine that leaking or overflowing turn off your machine and the water supply line to stop further damage to your floor. If water has pooled on the floor do not use any appliances or switches. Immediately turn off the breaker if you can safely reach it.


If you smell gas (natural gas is in fact odorless but a sulphurous smell is added by your gas company for safely) do not use any appliances, switches, lighters or matches. If you can, shut off your gas supply and evacuate your home. Once at a safe distance call 911 and your gas company.


 If an appliance is on fire do not use water to extinguish the flame. Different types of fires require different methods to safely extinguish the flames. Baking soda can be an effective way to extinguish appliance fires but fire extinguishers are the safest and most reliable option. In the event that a fire is too large to contain with an extinguisher immediately exit your home and call 911.

Dishwashers

Dishwashers are a great modern convenience. They save us massive amounts of time and effort, but dishwashers can only do so much. Quite often dishwashers can become plugged up and malfunction, usually because plates aren't properly cleared of food before being loaded in the appliance. To prevent your dishwasher from becoming blocked just quickly scrape off your plates and bowls before loading. Taking these extra few seconds will prevent many problems and will keep your appliance working efficiently for years to come.

Optimize Your Dishwasher

To really optimize your dishwasher's functionality, make sure that you use a quality detergent with hot water; the optimum range is between 54-63 degrees Celsius. If you live in a hard water area the use of water softeners can dramatically improve your dishwashers performance. 


For more great information on dishwashers including best practices and tips, check out Dishwashing Expert!


Washing Machines

As the old saying goes, "less is more" especially when it comes to detergent. Detergent, especially regular non-high-efficiency detergent, produces a lot of suds. Over time, suds create a film on the machine's internal components that can form colonies of mold which may lead to mechanical and electronic damage. If you're using a modern, front-loading machine it's vital that you use detergent marked as "HE compatible" and that you follow the manufacturer's instructions.


To prevent mold and to keep your machine clean, pour distilled white vinegar into the detergent dispenser once a month with one cup of baking soda in the drum. Put your machine on the hottest cycle with an extra rinse. The vinegar and soda will combine to thoroughly clean your machine! Some machines have self-cleaning cycles; in this case refer to the manufacturer's instructions. 


For front loading washers, leave the door open, wipe and dry out the rubber door seal to prevent mold growth inside the machine.

Dryers

Keep your dryer clean, free from lint and debris is essential to having a dryer that operates properly throughout its lifetime. Make sure you clean your lint filter after every use and take the time to inspect it for any rips, tears, or holes. If your lint filter is damaged replace it immediately. A damaged filter can cause lint to find its way into the dryer's internal workings which can block the exhaust duct, resulting in longer drying times. If possible, disconnect and clean the dryer ducts every two years or call us at Happy Home Appliance Repair for regular maintenance.

Refrigerators & Freezers

Everybody knows that the purpose of refrigerators is to keep food from spoiling by keeping it cool. Refrigerators do this by two means: first by creating a seal that doesn't allow warm air to enter or cool air to escape and second by generating cold air and removing heat from the appliance. Located either at the back or underneath your fridge you'll find condenser coils; These coils work to keep heat out of your appliance. Occasional cleaning with a bristle brush can keep these coils free from dirt and dust which enables them to work efficiently and to prevent increased energy consumption.

Essential, but delicate

Unfortunately, one of the most important parts of modern refrigerators is also the most delicate. The rubber door seal(gasket) can be prone to deterioration. A good way to slow down this process is to keep the gasket clean with occasional gentle cleaning. 

Common cleaning methods include using hydrogen peroxide and concentrated cleaners.

Stove

By now you've probably seen a pattern: the most important thing you can do to keep your appliances in good shape is to keep them clean. With stoves, keeping things clean not only keeps your stove working better for longer, but also keeps you safe. If food bubbles over in the oven or on the range it's important to clean it as soon as possible. Burnt-on food will smoke and can, in rare circumstances, lead to fire. When it comes to oven cleaning, it's best to start as you you mean to go on. Regular cleaning is the more efficient way to keep your oven clean. You should clean your oven about three to four times per year.