What You Can Do Differently in 2024 to Avoid a Broken Appliance

What You Can Do Differently in 2024 to Avoid a Broken Appliance
December 28, 2023

Are you tired of dealing with broken appliances that disrupt your daily routine? Do you want to save time and money by avoiding costly repairs or replacements? In 2024, you can welcome a new year with appliances from the past. Take proactive steps to prevent broken appliances and maintain their optimal performance. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your appliances serve you well for years to come.

  1. Set up a Scheduled Maintenance Schedule Based on the Advice Found in the Owner's Manual

The owner's manual is an invaluable resource for understanding how to care for your appliances properly. It often contains recommendations for regular maintenance tasks that can prevent breakdowns and prolong the life of your appliances. Take the time to read the manual for each appliance in your home and create a maintenance schedule.

Mark the recommended interval for each maintenance task on your calendar or set reminders on your smartphone. This will help you stay on top of the necessary maintenance and ensure that you don't forget any crucial steps.

  1. Clean and Change Filters (HVAC, Dryer)

Filters play a crucial role in the efficiency of appliances like HVAC systems and dryers. Over time, dust, dirt, and debris accumulate in these filters, hindering airflow and reducing their effectiveness. Clogged filters can strain the appliance, leading to breakdowns or even potential safety hazards.

Regularly clean or change the filters as recommended by the manufacturer. For HVAC systems, this is typically around every three months, but it may vary depending on usage and environment. Dryer lint filters should be cleaned after every use to prevent lint buildup, which can pose a fire risk.

  1. Clean and Dust Your Refrigerator Coils and Gaskets

The refrigerator is one of the most essential appliances in your home, and neglecting its maintenance can lead to various issues. Over time, dust and debris can accumulate on the refrigerator coils at the back of the unit, reducing their ability to release heat. This can result in inefficient cooling and increased energy consumption.

Regularly clean the refrigerator coils with a vacuum or a coil brush to remove dust and debris. Additionally, remember to clean the gaskets around the door to maintain a proper seal, preventing cold air from escaping and causing the refrigerator to work harder.

  1. Avoid Overloading Your Washer and Dryer

While it may be tempting to cram as much laundry as possible into your washer or dryer to save time, overloading these appliances can cause significant problems. Overloading puts excessive strain on the machine's motor, drive belts, and other components, leading to premature wear and tear.

Follow the guidelines provided by the manufacturer regarding load capacity for your washer and dryer. This will ensure that your clothes are cleaned effectively and that your appliances aren't unnecessarily strained.

  1. Conduct a Thorough Spring Cleaning that Includes Vacuuming Ducts and Pulling Out Appliances and Cleaning Behind Them

Spring cleaning is an excellent opportunity to give your appliances a thorough once-over and ensure they are in good working order. Take the time to vacuum the ducts connected to your HVAC system to remove any accumulated dust and debris. This will improve airflow and prevent strain on the appliance.

Additionally, pull out appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and washing machines to clean behind them. Dust and debris can accumulate in these areas, affecting appliance performance and even posing a fire risk.

By following these practices in 2024, you can significantly reduce the chances of experiencing broken appliances. And avoiding broken appliances equals money saved. Regular maintenance, proper cleaning, and avoiding overloading will help your appliances work efficiently and last longer. Moreover, conducting a thorough spring cleaning will contribute to the overall performance and safety of your appliances. Invest a little time and effort now to prevent broken appliances and enjoy a hassle-free year ahead.

Written by
Brian Borchert

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