Appliance maintenance is important anytime of the year, however, now is the time to do a few extra things to get set for the winter ahead. The time you spend now can save you time, energy and yes money in repairs or replacement of your appliances.
5 Maintenance Tips
Here are a few tips and suggestions on preparing your appliances for the winter ahead.
- The fall is a great time to check outside dryer vents for nesting animals. Make sure the area around and in the vent is clear of debris, nests etc. Not only is this a fire hazard, a clean vent will help your dryer run more efficiently. Also, think about adding a screen over the vent. This will stop animals from nesting and help keep leaves and debris out of the space.
- Check seals. Wipe down seals on your refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, microwave, and dryer. When you do this check for seals that are fraying, splitting or cracking. Replacing now can save you a lot down the road in time, money and not having a working appliance.
- Cleaning appliances-opening windows when using a self-cleaning oven is great this time of year. After the oven is cool, take a vacuum hose and suction the ash, then use a damp cloth or paper towel to wipe out the debris that is left.
- Clean dishwasher and washing machines with ½ cup of white vinegar. Machines should be empty during this cleaning process. Check filter screens on the dishwasher to ensure that there is nothing on the screen.
- Refrigerators- now is the time to empty out outdated food and clean shelving. Remember, if you are in a cold climate, a refrigerator in the garage will not work as efficiently in the winter months. Prepare now to start emptying the freezer. Wiping down with white vinegar will freshen up and clean well.
Protect your appliance with these simple maintenance tips. Kick off autumn with your appliances in good shape.
Additional information on saving on future repair costs is from this previous blog.