Preventative Maintenance for Kitchen Appliances
Kitchen appliances are not only expensive investments, but they’re also the ones that can cause the greatest inconvenience when they stop working. The good news is that with regular maintenance, you can help your appliances not only last longer. But also operate more efficiently to cut down on energy expenses, too! Here’s what you need to know about preventive maintenance for kitchen appliances.
Clean is key when it comes to keeping the fridge in top shape. First, make sure you’re cleaning under and behind the refrigerator regularly, including the grill, to improve airflow. While you’re at it, give the coils a thorough vacuuming so they can cool more effectively and help the refrigerator live a longer life. Clogged condenser coils on a refrigerator make the compressor work longer and harder, shortening the life of the product.
Sticky door seals around the fridge and freezer should be wiped down with warm, soapy water to ensure proper closure. If your freezer is not frost-free, periodically defrosting whenever the buildup exceeds a quarter inch will be necessary. This is also a good time to remove all the ice from the dispenser and give it a good cleaning for fresh-tasting ice. Lastly, the water filter in your fridge should be replaced every six months. Or sooner if you drink a lot of water!
Seems odd to have to clean a machine that does the cleaning, but it’s a necessary job. First, if your dishwasher is equipped with a filter to trap bits of food, make sure you’re cleaning that out frequently. Spray arms can become clogged with food and mineral deposits, and a toothpick is a simple way to keep them clear and avoid a costy repairs down the road. Hard water deposits can be removed by running an empty cycle and using a commercially available dishwasher cleaner.
The Oven & Stove
The exterior of your stove and oven should be wiped down frequently to remove food buildup. Be sure to include the knobs! Burners and grates should be soaked in hot, soapy water before scrubbing away debris. If you have a self-cleaning oven, follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. If not, scrub down the inside of the oven with soapy water or a degreasing agent. This chore should be done at least once every three months. Lastly, remove the hood fan filters, and soak them in hot water with soap or a degreasing agent and rinse thoroughly.
Now that you know what is required to maintain your kitchen appliances, you should take action by doing it your self or call TB Electronixor visit our website to learn about our kitchen appliance preventive maintenance services. An annual maintenance will allow you to sleep easy knowing that your kitchen appliances will live longer and cost less to operate. Should something go wrong, you call the kitchen and refrigerator repair experts at TB Electronix.