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All the household appliances are
built to last and serve for many years, but if not taken care of properly,
their life span could shorten. In order to keep your appliances running for as
long as they can, you need to do everything you can and keep them clean,
functional and in top notch quality.
Dishwasher Maintenance

Imagine washing loads of dishes
every day. That is exactly what your dishwasher does, and you should help it do
its job properly. The most important thing about this appliance is that it has seals
inside that should always be wet. If they dry out they can crack and the water
will leak onto your kitchen floor. That is why you should never leave the
dishwasher without running for weeks, and if you are not going to be at home
for a while, make sure to pour some mineral oil and water at the bottom of the
washer to keep the seals wet. Also, occasionally check the filters underneath
the bottom rack for any clogs and remove and rinse any food particles.
Refrigerator Maintenance
The back of the new refrigerators
is usually closed up, but if yours has an open back, make sure to vacuum the coils once in a while. If you do not
vacuum it at all, the dust will settle and insulate the coils, preventing them
to successfully get rid of the heat. Also, all of the fridges have a drain pan
at the bottom which is constantly getting wet and dry again, so there are the
risks of mold growth. To avoid that, remove the pan and clean it from time to
time. Additionally, once in a week or two, wipe the shelves and door bins to
remove any food particles and dirt.
Stove and Oven Maintenance

Since all the stoves are build to
serve for years, sometimes they require low-maintenance. The hardest part is
certainly the cleaning, especially oven cleaning. But if you clean it
regularly, you can avoid using any strong cleaners and hard scrapping. If you
want to clean the oven in the least invasive way you should rely on baking soda
and vinegar. Besides the cleaning fuss, you should regularly check the surface
elements and make sure that everything is working. If there are some troubles,
you can always schedule some simple stove repairs and checkups and your stove
will serve you for decades.
Washing Machine Maintenance
When it comes to washers, the
only thing you should worry about a little are leaks. These occur where the
water lines are attached to the washer, so make sure to have braided steel
lines and not over-tightening ones. Also, some smaller plastic parts could wear
out and break, but these are easily replaced. As prevention, make sure not to
overfill it with clothes, since that is hard on the motor, balancers and
transmission. Avoid using excess detergent to avoid build-up in the machine,
and occasionally run some vinegar through the cycle to prevent the calcium
build-up, due to hard water.
Dryer Maintenance
Since the processes of the dryer
are very simple, the only thing to worry about is the production of lint. This
lint can build up in lots of different places, not just the lint trap. Remember
to clean the lint trap after every cycle, so your dryer could work properly and
to avoid the heat build-up and risks of fire. Also, check the dryer vents that send the steam and
heat outside the house, since these may get clogged with lint. Make sure to
clean them once a year from any lint and debris.
Small Appliances Maintenance

Small appliances in the kitchen
should also be clean and fully functional. Appliances such as toasters,
blenders, coffeemakers and microwaves can easily be cleaned with a mixture of
vinegar and water. You can rinse most of these with this mixture or make a nice
soothing scrub and restore their brand new shine.

Even though all of the appliances
are built to last, you have to take good care of them. If they are overloaded,
never cleaned or repaired just a little, you can count on unnecessary waste of
money.