Make your appliances last longer

47274537_SBuying new appliances when you’ve got your heart set on a new model and you’ve saved enough money is an exciting experience. Buying a new appliance because yours unexpectedly quit working in the middle of the night and you have to take out a line of credit to cover the expense is not a great experience. Are you doing everything you can to extend the life of your appliances so you don’t have to replace them until you want to?

Here’s some quick tips to get more from your current appliances:

  • Clean the inside of your dishwasher on a regular basis. Leftover food scraps can clog up the components. Run the dishwasher once while empty using just white vinegar. If your unit has a cleaning cycle, use that instead. You may also wants to scrub the inside of the dishwasher and clean out the filter on a regular basis.
  • Don’t overload your washer and dryer. This can put stress on the motor and the added weight can cause the components to break.
  • Check your fridge’s condenser coils. A dirty coil means your compressor has to work harder. This will not only raise your utility bills, it will probably have a negative impact on the lifespan of your appliance. Twice a year, unplug your fridge and locate the condenser fan and coils (either located under the fridge or behind it). Use a brush or vacuum to carefully remove dirt and dust.
  • Call a professional if you need a repair. You’ll avoid costly DIY mistakes, and a professional will be able to warn you against any other problem areas that, when caught early, can be addressed without needing to replace the entire appliance.

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