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Extend the Lifespan of Your Appliances

Home appliances are everyday necessities, but constant repairs or replacements can be costly. Keep these tips and tricks in mind to ensure your home appliances can go the distance.


extend the life of home appliances
Extend the life of home appliances by keeping them clean.

Refrigerator and Freezer

Clear out your refrigerator and freezer every couple of months, wipe down all surfaces and dispose of old leftovers to keep bacteria at bay. Clean the coils with a damp cloth or a coil brush to keep your fridge cooling consistently. Don't forget to clean behind your fridge as well to keep dust from accumulating.


Oven

Clean your oven about every three months to avoid igniting a fire from grease buildup. Take advantage of your oven's self-cleaning setting, or use an oven cleaner if you have an older model. You can also make a DIY solution of baking soda, water and vinegar. Avoid placing foil on the bottom of your oven, as this can cause heat damage.


Dishwasher

Rinse off sauces and large pieces of food before placing plates and bowls in the dishwasher to avoid clogging filters and pumps. Ensure silverware and cooking utensils are facing away from the door and seals to prevent costly repairs.


Washer and Dryer

Try not to overload your washer. Check your owner's manual if you're unsure how much is too much. Also, avoid fire hazards by cleaning your dryer's lint trap regularly and its exhaust system once a year.


Filters

Whether on a furnace, air conditioner, range, dishwasher, or refrigerator, cleaning and replacing filters as needed will help your appliances operate more efficiently.


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