Kitchen appliances are a big part of day-to-day living. We use them to prepare our food, clean our dishes, and keep household tasks running smoothly. However, many homeowners find themselves, at one time or another, looking for replacements much sooner than they need to. We’ve compiled a few tips to help you keep them running well while standing up against the test of time.
The Oven & Range
This kitchen staple is probably fired up at least once a day. To make sure it’s in tiptop condition for years to come, focus on some of these tips:
Keep it clean. Ovens and ranges can develop gunky build up during daily use, and these little bits of dried/cooked food can cause damage if not managed properly.
Use the self-clean feature. Although this feature uses quite a bit of energy, using the self-clean feature every three months, if needed, is a good practice to develop. Just be sure to use this feature properly as outlined in the owner’s manual.
Fridges are one of the most important kitchen appliances in any home. To double (or even triple) their lifespans, try performing some of these routine tasks:
Clean the condenser coils regularly. Professionals recommend cleaning these important coils at least once a year, if not twice.
Replace the water filter regularly. To keep your fridge running smoothly for years to come, we recommend replacing the water filter twice a year.
Keep the seals clean. The ticket to an efficient refrigerator is a good seal. Regularly clean the seals with soap and water and replace them if they wear out or lose the ability to remain airtight.
Don’t overdo it. Try to refrain from over-stuffing your refrigerator. When the fridge is too full, it works harder to keep everything cool, and this can reduce its lifespan.
Unless you enjoy washing your dishes by hand, the dishwasher is probably a pretty important appliance in your home. To keep it in great condition, check out some of these dishwasher-friendly tips:
Skip the drying cycle. The drying cycle is such a handy feature, however, it can reduce the life of your dishwasher. Allow your dishes to air dry on the racks instead of using this cycle.
Clean the filters regularly. This simple step is often forgotten, but it can go a long way in extending the lifespan of your beloved dishwasher.
Use powder detergent instead of gel. Most gel-based detergents have bleach in their ingredient list. Over time, bleach can cause irreversible damage.
Keep the dish cleaner clean. At least once a week, check the arms and jets for food particles. A clean dishwasher will be more efficient and last longer than a poorly maintained one.
If your kitchen appliances are nearing the end of their natural lifespan, come and visit the experts at Genier’s in Vernon. Besides being the destination for appliance repair Kelowna, Vernon, and Kamloops homeowners rely on, we also offer competitive pricing on some of the best makes and models in home appliances.