When the snow falls, there are lots of things that require a little extra attention: driving, walking outside, and shovelling sidewalks, just to name a few. However, there’s one other thing that needs a little help that homeowners sometimes forget about: home appliances. With the ever-changing weather conditions homeowners have become accustomed to in Canada, it’s important to be cold-weather conscious. When subzero weather blows in, follow our 4 tips to keep your Canadian appliances functioning properly.
1. Do a winter cleaning. You’ve no doubt heard the classic term ‘spring cleaning’ more than once, but did you know that winter cleaning is just as important? Even if the snow has already started falling, this is one step you don’t want to skip. To avoid costly maintenance repairs during the winter months, be sure to clean up any dust and lint that’s accumulated behind your well-used kitchen appliances.
Start by unplugging your refrigerator and pulling it away from the wall. Clear away any dirt and debris behind it. This is a great time to check and clean the water lines and filters. Repeat these steps with your stove, dishwasher, and wine cooler.
If your gas range is looking a little overused, check out our previous post for an in-depth cleaning guide: Post-Christmas Cleaning Tips for Gas Ranges.
2. Check all of the outgoing vents. This will include your dryer and possibly your range hood. Be sure to check both the interior and exterior vents. If you locate any dirt or debris, be sure to remove it. This will ensure proper ventilation and prevent possible fumes and odours from remaining in your home.
It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for little critters too. These little pests may try to find winter shelter in these spaces, which could block your vents.
3. Focus on the dryer. One of the most common causes of home fires is a dryer machine malfunction. These fires are often caused by built up lint in the lint screen, built up lint in the dryer’s vents, and lint attached to the dryer’s connections. When the winter months come along and dryer use increases, checking for built up lint is extremely important.
Clean the lint trap after each use. Once every couple of weeks, use your vacuum to clean out any lint that hasn’t been caught in the screen. You can also use your vacuum to carefully remove lint build up in the dryer vent.
4. Check on the garage appliances. If you keep a spare fridge, freezer, or washing machine out in the garage, now is the time to check on them. If temperatures in your garage dip below zero, you run the risk of freezing the appliances in your Kelowna home.
To prevent damage to these appliances, consider unplugging them until the cold weather passes. If that’s not an option, and your garage is still well below zero, consider replacing the garage door weather stripping or the doors themselves.
If you’re looking for some of the best name brand Canadian appliances, check out Genier’s in Vernon. We’re home to the largest live showroom in the Interior and are proud to be one of the appliance stores Kelowna, Vernon, and Kamloops homeowners consistently rely on.