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Appliances don’t come cheap. In fact, there are appliances that are quite expensive that many people simply cannot afford to buy them, or it takes them a very long time to save up for it before they can get their hands on any appliance. This is why appliances need to be taken care of so they will last for a long time. If not taken care of properly, some parts may break and it’s not cheap to replace them. It’s worse if the appliance can no longer be repaired and you need to buy a new one.

Here are some tips from A Plus Appliance on how you can make your appliances last longer:

  1. Do not overload appliances. Machines such as the washing machine and dryer are often overloaded. People tend to think they can save on energy, water, and money if they shove in more clothes. While the intention makes sense, there is a downside to it: because the machines are overloaded, the motor, belt, and other parts do more work than they are programmed to. The result is that these parts could break, prompting more costly appliance repairs.
  2. Clean the dishwasher regularly. This may seem like a cliché, but there is a very good reason why you need to clean your dishwasher regularly. You may think that this appliance is almost always clean because, well, its job is to clean. You need to know that there is a filter inside where all the food from the dishes go. If you don’t clean the filter and it gets clogged, water won’t go to the spray arm, which means the dishes won’t be cleaned properly and the dishwasher could eventually break.All you have to do is take out the lower rack and you will be able to spot the filter cover. Remove it and clean it. You can use a vacuum after for a more thorough cleaning.
  3. Avoid slamming the door of your appliances. A simple thing such as closing the door of an appliance gently can save you a ton of money. Continually slamming the door could damage the lid or the switch, costing repairs that could run up to $100 at the very least. If you damage the door itself, it will cost you a few hundred more if you have it repaired, or worse, if you need to order a new one. It will take a long time to get your new part or appliance, which will cost you more money, not to mention being inconvenienced because you can’t use the appliance itself.
  4. Clean condenser coils of the refrigerator. One of the most important things you should do is clean the condenser coils of your refrigerator as this is the part that removes the heat inside the unit, keeping the food inside the fridge cold. You need to clean it because debris and dust accumulate on the coils, especially in summer. When there is too much dust and other small debris, the motor of the refrigerator works double time and will eventually overheat. Again, replacing condenser coils is not cheap.It’s very easy to clean the coils. All you need to do is vacuum it using a brush attachment and make sure you have cleaned it thoroughly.
  5. Clean the AC regularly. Air conditioners are pretty low maintenance, but you do need to clean it regularly in order for it to function properly. When the filter becomes too dirty, cool air will have a hard time passing through, causing the motor to work more in order to reach the temperature you have set in the room.To clean the AC, you simply remove the cover panel and inspect the coils and fins. If you see that it is clogged or there is dirt buildup, you can clean it by vacuuming. However, if you see that there is ice, the problem could be bigger so you should call a professional before it gets worse.

    Also, make sure that the condenser is free of debris. Take out the big fan by unfastening the screws and cleaning it.

Conclusion

Appliances need to be taken care of properly if you want them to last for a long time. Sometimes, it’s easy to just forget about them because of your busy schedule, thinking you have time next month. However, you should make a conscious decision of setting aside a day to clean these appliances. It really doesn’t take up much time, but the money you can save is well worth it if you regularly practice proper appliance maintenance.