10 Maintenance Tips You Can Do In Under 10 Minutes
Society today is full of consumers who buy stuff and then forget about it. They believe that if something breaks you should just replace it.
The thing is, appliances are pretty expensive to replace at the first sign of wear and tear. A little care and upkeep can actually add a few years to the life of your appliance. Take 10 minutes out of your busy schedule to do one of these 10 quick and easy maintenance tips that will help your appliances last longer and work more efficiently.
Check Your Oven Door Seal:
More than 20% of your oven’s heat can escape from a poorly sealed oven door.
- Open the oven door.
- Feel for any torn, broken or deformed spots on the rubber gasket that goes around the perimeter of the door.
- Close the oven door and visually check for leaks.
- Replace the rubber gasket if needed.
Clean or Replace Grimy Oven Vent Filters:
- Wash metal-mesh grease filters in soapy water or put them in your dishwasher.
- Replace paper or charcoal filters; they cannot be washed.
Clean Dirty Stovetop Drip Bowls:
- Wash your drip bowls immediately after spills for easier clean up. Burnt on spills may not come off.
- Remove drip bowls from your stovetop.
- Soak the drip bowls in soapy water or a cleaning solution for 5 minutes. Wash, dry and replace.
Clean Your Refrigerator Coils:
- The coils can be located on the back of your fridge or behind the kickplate.
- Vacuum up any loose particles.
- Repeat every 6-12 months.
Change Your Refrigerator Water Filter:
Dirty filters may not remove all impurities or contaminants and can potentially expose you to unsafe water.
- All water filters are different depending on their model, so be sure to read the instructions for your brand. However, most filters can be removed by turning the filter ¼ inch and popping it out. Turn the new filter ¼ inch in the opposite direction to lock it in place.
- Replace the filter every 3-6 months depending on usage and water condition.
Fix Rusty Dishrack Tines In Your Dishwasher:
Rust can stick to and damage your dishes and silverware.
- Check to see if your dishrack has rusty tines.
- Buy a tine repair kit.
- Fasten new tips over any rusty or chipped tines with a sealant.
- Refrain from using your dishwasher for at least 24 hours to let the tips dry.
Deodorize and Clean Your Garbage Disposal:
- Turn your garbage disposal off.
- Visually check the drain for large, stuck items. Do not put your hand in the disposal.
- Remove items with tongs or some other similar tool.
- Mix ice cubes and salt (or vinegar) and then pour it down the drain.
- Run cold water down the drain for 10 seconds and then turn the garbage disposal on.
- Deodorize by dropping a handful of citrus peels into the disposal, run cold water and then turn the unit on.
Clean Your Dryer Exhaust:
Dryer lint in the exhaust is a fire hazard; clean the exhaust once a year.
- Loosen the clamp so that you can pull the exhaust off the back of the dryer.
- Remove large clumps of lint from both the tubing and the hole in the back of the dryer.
- Use a wire to carefully remove any large clumps in the exhaust tubing that you cannot reach with your hands.
- Vacuum the small lint.
- Reattach the exhaust.
Examine Your Washing Machine Hoses:
Washing machine floods are typically caused by leaks in the hose.
- Remove your washing machine panel.
- Check for any leaks, cracks or weak spots on your hoses.
- Replace washing machine hose if necessary.
Clean Your Air Conditioner Filter:
Your air conditioner filter should be cleaned every 2-4 weeks.
- Remove the front panel of your air conditioning unit.
- Vacuum re-usable filters or replace disposable filters. .