Technology has been super kind and given us appliances that have made life so much easier. Hand washed laundry, fire cooked meals, coal iron box pressed clothes and mortar and pestle grounded spices are on the verge of extinction. Our advanced appliances help us finish most complicated tasks in minutes. Now in today’s age, it’s almost correct to say we cannot survive without them.
But then these appliances need a little maintaining down and some TLC every once in a while to keep running smoothly. If proper care isn’t taken, they might throw tantrums, and in some cases irreparably fail. After all, a lot of mechanisms interact in tandem to complete a task. A little something somewhere might just go wrong.
When appliances go wrong, along with causing a lot of inconvenience, they can even pose safety hazards.
Fortunately, we have a few tips for you to follow to avoid some of the most common safety hazards.
Here’s what you should do:
- Grease and grub builds up around your stove overtime. We clean the exterior regularly but most of us forget about the concealed areas such as below the elements and deep inside the vent hood. Overlooking these areas could cause fire hazards. We suggest a thorough cleaning of the stove and the vent hood twice every year by a good housekeeping service.
- Dryer vents of your washing machine can also pose a serious health hazard if not cleaned at least once every year. You may be aware that the lint filter needs to be given a clean up every once in a while but you should know that excess lint sometimes bypasses the lint screen and builds up in your dryer vent and roaches on the duct work. Call a trusted washing machine repair service to give your dryer a thorough clean up 1 or 2 times a year.
- Most of us don’t pull out our refrigerators often to see what is going on back there. If the back of your precious appliance collects grime and dust by the bulk and the coils are grubby, you increase the risk of compressor failure, fire, and/or electrical damage. We suggest calling a refrigerator service to clean and service your refrigerator regularly. If you get to cleaning it, you can make yourself vulnerable to potential hazards. The fridge rolling over the cord and exposing dangerous wires, and the water seeping into the electrical components causing sparks and shocks is something you have to really be careful about if you want to clean the refrigerator yourself.
- Always unplug appliances when not in use. There is something called the phantom power running through them constantly and apart from adding up to your electricity bill, can be dangerous too.
- It is advisable not to use your washer, dryer, or dishwasher when you are away from home and you know why.
- Regularly scrutinize your appliance for exposed wires, broken receptacles, cracks and missing parts. If you see them, fix them.
- If there are sparks, smoke, buzzing or any unfamiliar smell emitting from your appliance it is a cause of concern. Call an appliance repair service and get that thing fixed ASAP.
Now here are a few regular maintenance chores you can do to keep your appliances in top shape, and save you on repairs:
- Periodically check if the oven door has a tight seal. Up to 20% of the oven’s heat can escape if the door is not sealed properly, drastically reducing its efficiency. To check. Open the oven door and look for the rubber gasket around the rim of the door. If you notice any broken, deformed or torn areas, replace the gasket immediately.
- Regularly clean (or in worst cases replace) the grease filters of your dishwasher. These metal mesh filters can be cleaned by hand with warm soapy water or in the dishwasher itself. However, charcoal and paper filters cannot be cleaned and hence have to be repaired.
- Every once in a while remove the drip bowls from under your stove burners and clean them. If the grime is too stubborn, soak them in a vinegar solution for an hour and then scrub them clean. Also whenever there are spills, ensure you clean them immediately because burnt spills can spoil the drip bowls to an extent, they have to be replaced.
- At least thrice every year, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any loose particles that are behind the kick plate of your refrigerator and on the coils.
- If your refrigerator has a water filter, you need to know that over time, they lose their efficiency in removing impurities and contaminants from the water. Changing the filter every 3-6 months (depending on usage) is, therefore, a good idea. Most filters are easy to remove and change. You just need to turn it a quarter inch, pop it out and then lock it back in place after changing.
- If your dish rack tins turn rusty, the rust can spoil your dishes and precious silverware. Always keep a tine repair kit handy. You can also use a sealant to cover rusty and chipped tins. Make sure you let the sealant dry for at least 24 hours before you run your dishwasher.
- If you have an electronic garbage disposal, always ensure the drain is free of chunks of dirt, and tiny items Use tongs to fish out all pieces and then pour a vinegar solution and hot water to clean the drain. Make sure the unit is switched off before you attempt the process.
- On and off, clean your air conditioner filter to maintain its cooling efficiency. You just have to pop open the front panel of the air conditioner, and vacuum the filter to remove as much dust as possible and put it back in place.
Regular maintenance of your appliances will not only extend their life and save you tons of money, but also protect you and your family from potential dangers. Remember, that whenever in doubt call a professional appliance repair service. Attempting to perform a repair you are not too sure of will do you more harm than good.