Kitchen appliances are not only expensive investments, but they're also the ones that can cause the greatest inconvenience when they stop working. The good news is that with regular maintenance, you can help your appliances not only last longer, but also operate more efficiently to cut down on energy expenses, too! Here's what you need to know about preventive maintenance for kitchen appliances.
Clean is key when it comes to keeping the fridge in top shape. First, make sure you're cleaning under and behind the refrigerator regularly, including the grill, to improve airflow. While you're at it, give the coils a thorough vacuuming so they can cool more effectively and help the refrigerator live a longer life.
Sticky door seals around the fridge and freezer should be wiped down with warm, soapy water to ensure proper closure. If your freezer is not frost-free, periodically defrosting whenever the buildup exceeds a quarter inch will be necessary. This is also a good time to remove all the ice from the dispenser and give it a good cleaning for fresh-tasting ice. Lastly, the water filter in your fridge should be replaced every six months, or sooner if you drink a lot of water!
Seems odd to have to clean a machine that does the cleaning, but it's a necessary job. First, if your dishwasher is equipped with a filter to trap bits of food, make sure you're cleaning that out frequently. Spray arms can become clogged with food and mineral deposits, and a toothpick is a simple way to keep them clear and avoid dishwasher repairs down the road. Hard water deposits can be removed by running an empty cycle and using a commercially available dishwasher cleaner.
The Oven & Stove
The exterior of your stove and oven should be wiped down frequently to remove food buildup. Be sure to include the knobs! Burners and grates should be soaked in hot, soapy water before scrubbing away debris. If you have a self-cleaning oven, follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. If not, scrub down the inside of the oven with soapy water or a degreasing agent. This chore should be done at least once every three months. Lastly, remove the hood fan filters, and soak them in hot water with soap or a degreasing agent and rinse thoroughly.
This handy little appliance can also be one of the messiest! From splattering foods to bubbling spills, it can become covered in grime in a jiffy! Luckily, it's also one of the easiest to clean. First, place a microwave-safe bowl with about a cup of water and a few tablespoons of vinegar into the microwave. Run on high until it's boiling and steamy, and let cool for 15 minutes. The interior walls should wipe down with ease.
Make sure you also wipe the rubber gasket around the door with a damp sponge, and use a household cleaner to wipe down the outside. Always use a soft cloth or sponge on the outside as rough sponges can leave scratches behind.
Now that you're an expert at maintaining kitchen appliances, you'll rest easy knowing they'll live longer and cost less to operate. Should something go wrong, you know who to call! Mr. Appliance is your speedy expert repair service dedicated to quality work, every time.