Check out these lesser-known appliance care tips and put them into action.
Refrigerator and Freezer
- Is your Refrigerator Not Cold Enough?
- If you have a water dispenser or ice maker in your unit, change the water filter every six months. Check the owner’s manual to find out where your model’s filter is.
- For efficient operation, vacuum out the refrigerator and freezer coils at least once a year. The coils can be located behind the vent cover on the front of the unit, or they’re in the back (depending on model).
- Keep these appliances clean. Grime or ice buildup can lower efficiency.
- If something is broken, ask Mr. Appliance for expert refrigerator repair and freezer repair.
- Clean your dishwasher at least once every six months.
- Buy a kit to replace or cap rusty tines (the vertical spikes on the racks inside) so they don’t stain your dishes.
- If your dishwasher needs professional care, consider our dishwasher repair services.
Oven, Stove and Range
- After using your oven’s self-cleaning mode (recommended every six months), wait a full 6 hours. Then unplug it and wipe down the inside with a solution of white vinegar and water.
- If your stove has coil burners, watch out for small red spots on them. These could indicate that the burner will short out soon. If you see one, replace the burner!
- Call Mr. Appliance when you need oven, stove, or range repair services.
- Clean or replace grease filters and vents. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and recommendation for frequency. This is important for minimizing the risk of fire!
- Periodically clean the vent hood’s fan blades to prevent dirt and grease from building up.
- Trust Mr. Appliance for your vent hood repairs.
- Use cold water for the grinding process and for at least 30 seconds after you turn off the disposal.
- Read our garbage disposal blog for more tips—like substances you shouldn’t put down the disposal.
- When your garbage disposal is stuck or broken, get professional garbage disposal repair.
- To save energy, unplug your microwave when it isn’t in use.
- Don’t run the microwave with nothing in it. This can damage the appliance or even cause a fire.
- Level your washing machine if it starts to shake.
- Clean the washer’s lint trap. Yes, it has one!
- If your washer needs professional care, get washing machine repair service from your local Mr. Appliance.
Why Perform Appliance Maintenance?
Practicing appliance maintenance helps you prevent unexpected breakdowns. A task as simple as cleaning your appliances can make a huge difference. With uncomplicated actions, you can keep your utility bills low and extend the life of your appliances.
Just don’t forget to practice appliance safety and call a professional if you get in over your head!
Additional Resources for Appliance Care
Even some appliance troubleshooting procedures can be DIY, if you have the right resources.
Specialty Tools for Appliance Care
These are some of the common tools that appliance maintenance experts use.
- Hose Pinch-Off Pliers
- Hose Clamp Pliers
- Snap Ring Pliers
- Spanner Wrench
- Nut Driver Set
- Wire Stripper
- Clamp-On Ammeter
- Volt-Ohm-Amp Meter
- Non-Contact Voltage Tester
- Non-Contact Multimeter
- Test Leads and Jumper Wires
- Wrench Set
Speaking of experts—we’re here to help! If you need professional appliance care, call us today or schedule an appointment online.