You spent weeks researching the perfect style, size, and finish of your kitchen appliances (not to mention a good amount of money), so it makes sense that you want them to last for years to come.
Extend the Life of Your Kitchen Appliances
Oven and Stove
As one of the most expensive and frequently-used appliances in a kitchen, it’s important to keep your oven working properly by:
- Cleaning the inside of your oven once a month. Just be careful not to use the self cleaning feature, since it’s incredibly hard on your actual oven.
- Protecting it from power surges. Especially if you have an electric over, make sure your oven is plugged into a surge protected outlet.
- Making repairs as quickly as possible. Even small repairs, like a weak door, can have long-term effects on how well your oven performs.
Microwaves are a staple in most homes so it’s important to keep them in good condition. If you follow these rules, your microwave should last roughly a decade:
- Don’t slam the microwave door.
- Wipe down the interior with a damp paper towel as soon as you notice a spill. Many homeowners don’t realize that food can absorb your microwaves energy and create a hotspot that damages the interior.
- Never throw metal in your microwave.
- Use pre-programmed cooking times to prevent food from overcooking.
The average refrigerator lasts between 10 and 15 years. Keep your refrigerator running cool for years to come by:
- Keep your refrigerator full (but not overstocked). This will help your fridge maintain its temperature.
- The compressor is the heart of the refrigerator so it’s important to keep it clean.
- Sit your refrigerator a few inches away from the wall so that you never block airflow or ventilation.