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Keeping Your Appliances Clean to Avoid Problems

While it is nearly impossible to prevent 100% of problems with your appliances, there are steps you can take to help avoid problems. These steps include light preventative maintenance and keeping your appliances as clean as possible. Appliances which are dirty and full of debris can lead to problems, inefficient operation, and potential fire or health hazards. For example, when your dryer vent is built up with dirt and lint, it can lead to fires in your dryer.

Ways to Avoid Common Appliance Repairs

Many homeowners end up calling an appliance repair technician for problems which could have been prevented. If you take the time to read your owner's manual and educate yourself on a few cleaning tips, you may be able to greatly reduce the number of repairs you need. By understanding what causes breakdowns, you can understand what you can do to prevent them.

We recommend taking the following steps to prevent problems:

  • Keep items or dust away from air vents
  • Change the filter of your furnace
  • Clean or vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Clean refrigerator gaskets
  • Regularly clean out the lint filter
  • Don't clean switches with spray cleaners
  • Clean the dishwasher screen

Keep Your Appliances in Working Order

In addition to cleaning, there are other steps you can take to prevent appliance problems. For example, doing smaller loads of laundry can take some of the pressure off your washer and dryer which can help to prevent breakdowns. Being gentle with your appliances is an important thing to keep in mind, since slamming doors shut or forcing them open can also break switches or handles.

No matter how clean or careful you are, appliances tend to break down with age. If your appliances have broken down and you are in need of repair, please reach out to Mr. Appliance of Old Saybrook.