At Home More Because of Self Isolation? Top Tips to Keep Your Home Appliances in Good Shape

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Naturally, this will take a toll on our living spaces and appliances. We’ll be relying on our home kitchens for three meals a day, every day. We’ll be running our heaters and air conditioners more frequently and putting our dishwashers to the test. Our living spaces, which we usually use to relax, will start filling up with laptops, wires, workbooks, crayons, and toys.

While the state of your appliances probably isn’t at the forefront of your mind during these uncertain times, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure your appliances weather the burden of extra use, thereby saving you money from unnecessary repairs down the road.

Whether you’re living alone or with your family, read on for some simple maintenance tips for putting as little strain as possible on your home:

Home Kitchen

As we avoid restaurants and take-out options, our stoves, ovens, and microwaves are sure to take a toll. And since our kitchens are home to some of the most expensive appliances in the house, it’s a good idea to put as little strain on them as possible even as we use them more. Here are some tips for keeping them in tip-top shape.

Refrigerator

  • Don’t store hot food inside
  • Check the door seals
  • Don’t leave the doors open for extended periods
  • Keep the condenser coils clean

Dishwasher

  • Routinely clean out blockage and food matter
  • Avoid slamming the door or overtaxing the hinges
  • Don’t let liquids harden in the detergent compartment

Oven Range

  • Scrub residue off after every use
  • Avoid cleaning agents that cause corrosion
  • Check the door seals for cracks or fraying

Microwaves

  • Scrub down the inside every other day
  • Be gentle with the door when opening and closing
  • Don’t overheat food
  • Use the correct dishware

Washer and Dryer

Chances are your washer and dryer are getting quite the workout during this outbreak. Whether you’re washing your family’s clothes more or running more loads of towels, dishrags, and table cloths, you’ll want to make sure you won’t do unnecessary damage to these bulky, expensive appliances. Here are some ways to minimize damage:

Washing Machine

  • Don’t overload the machine
  • Be gentle with the doors and hinges
  • Keep the detergent compartment free of blockage
  • Run an empty load every to keep the inside clean
  • Check the hoses for cracks and ensure the fittings are tight

Dryer

  • Keep the bottom of the machine level to avoid shifting or sliding while in use
  • Be gentle with the doors
  • Remove lint from the interior
  • Wipe down surfaces, gaskets, and glass doors
  • Avoid stacking heavy items on top

Air Conditioners and Heaters

Depending on the temperature where you live, there’s a good chance you’ll be regulating the temperature inside your home more frequently. Being mindful of how you use your A/C or heater can help you preserve the functionality of these appliances and maybe even help you save on energy bills.

  • Keep A/C filters clean
  • Dust heating vents
  • Keep the areas in front of A/Cs and heaters clear
  • Keep children away from radiators or hot surfaces
  • Try energy-saving settings if available on your appliances

Take Control Over Your Own Home

Though we can’t control what will happen during this difficult time, we can control how we take care of our own homes. Social distancing will no doubt take a toll on our appliances, but being mindful of our living habits can go a long way towards minimizing damage and expenses further down the road. When this all passes, we’ll want to return to our lives with as little setbacks as possible, and by following some simple maintenance tips, we can ensure that our homes will be in as good a shape as they ever were.

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