Tips to Extend life of Appliances

Smoke detector

General

  • Always replace the batteries in your smoke detectors twice a year—choose holidays or family birthdays as reminders.
  • Unplug small electrical appliances, such as blenders, toasters, etc. after using them.
  • Check appliance hoses and ventilation according to owner’s manuals.
  • Sanitize small electrical appliances after each use; unplug and allow to cool before cleaning.
  • Use only distilled water in steam irons to prevent mineral buildup.
  • Strap the water heater firmly to wall studs to avoid it from moving during an earthquake.

Plumbing

  • Repair minor drips and leaks as they occur, don’t allow the problem to develop in to a major issue.
  • Invest in quality shower heads and faucets as they last longer, and over the course of their life pay for themselves.
  • Circumvent flushing anything but toilet paper down the toilet.
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Garbage Disposal

  • Do not put fibrous foods down the disposal, including celery, corn husks, and potato skins. Never put rice (uncooked or cooked) down the garbage disposal.
  • To freshen your disposal, occasionally grind a half lemon or lime while running cold water.
  • Run a strong flow of cold water through garbage disposal throughout grinding and for at least 30 seconds after turning off grinder.

Dishwasher

Use only dishwasher detergent in recommended amounts Load dishwasher properly—and run only when you have a full load. Load more fragile items on the top rack of the dishwasher.

Major Appliances

Oven

If you have a self-cleaning oven, do not use any other method to clean it. Clean the interior of your oven regularly.

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Refrigerator/Freezer

  • 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 coil brush.
  • 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 and shut.
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Washer/Dryer

  • Do not overload washing machine and choose appropriate level for size of load.
  • Heavy clothing such as jeans and towels should be spread out over two or more loads to avoid added strain to the machine.
  • Do not spill laundry products on exterior of washer or dryer: porcelain can be damaged by the chemicals.
  • Do not spray stain removers onto garments on top of washer or dryer: it can corrode painted or plastic parts.
  • Clean dryer lint filter before each load.
  • Clean out exhaust vent system at least once a year. Be sure to vent dryer outside never into the house.
  • Clean the washer and dryer exterior regularly. Wipe the dryer door opening occasionally. Never clean the dryer drum with flammable solvents.
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Microwave Oven

  • 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.
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Cooktop/Range/Hood

  • Have the heating/cooling systems serviced annually.
  • Check the filters on your heating/cooling unit clean or replace as needed.
  • Do not operate an air conditioner unit or furnace on an extension cord! The compressor draws a lot of current and can be damaged if insufficient voltage is continually supplied.

Heating/Air Conditioning

  • Have the heating/cooling systems serviced annually.
  • Check the filters on your heating/cooling unit clean or replace as needed.
  • Do not operate an air conditioner unit or furnace on an extension cord! The compressor draws a lot of current and can be damaged if insufficient voltage is continually supplied.
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Pools/Spas/Hot Tub

  • Keep a proper water level at all times.
  • Maintain chemical balance.
  • Clean basket strainers regularly.

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