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5 Practical Tips for Boosting Your Appliances' Lifespan [+1 Bonus!]

by Ann Ferguson

We all love our home appliances, don't we? They make our lives so much easier. But it's a real bummer when they break down, especially when it feels like you just bought them!

So, how can we keep our trusty appliances running smoothly for as long as possible? Well, it turns out that a little bit of regular maintenance can go a long way! It's amazing the difference it makes!

But which steps should you be taking? We'll show you!

1. Regular Cleaning is the Key

Closeup of someone cleaning their gas cooktop

Keeping your appliances clean isn't just about aesthetics; it's a crucial part of maintenance that can significantly extend their lifespan. Dust, grime, and leftover food particles can cause your appliances to work harder than they need to, leading to unnecessary wear and tear.

For example, a refrigerator with dusty coils has to use more energy to keep cool, while a dishwasher with a clogged filter can't clean dishes effectively. So, make it a habit to clean your appliances regularly, following the manufacturer's instructions for the best results.

2. Don't Overload: Less is More

Woman taking out a good-size load of laundry

We've all been tempted to stuff just one more item into the dishwasher or washing machine. But overloading your appliances can cause serious damage over time. When too full, these machines have to work harder, leading to increased wear and tear.

For instance, overloading your washing machine can strain the motor, wear out the drum bearings, or even cause the machine to become unbalanced. Similarly, stuffing your refrigerator or freezer to the brim can restrict airflow, making it harder to maintain the right temperature. So, remember: when it comes to loading your appliances, less is more!

3. Regular Inspections: Catch Issues Early

Regularly inspecting your appliances can help you spot potential problems before they turn into costly repairs. Look for any signs of wear and tear, such as frayed cords, leaking pipes, or unusual noises. If your appliance has a filter, check it regularly and replace it as needed.

Take your refrigerator, for instance. If it's constantly running, it could mean an issue with the thermostat, the door seal, or even the condenser coils. A refrigerator that's working overtime not only uses more energy, but it can also lead to more severe problems down the line, like a burned-out compressor. By catching these issues early, you can address them before they cause further damage, helping to extend the life of your appliances.

4. Proper Use: Handle with Care

An open fridge showing well-organized interior

Did you know how you handle your appliances can significantly affect their lifespan? Misuse or rough handling can lead to unnecessary damage and shorten the life of your appliances. For instance, constantly slamming the oven door can damage its seal, leading to heat loss and inefficient cooking.

Similarly, not adjusting the settings of your refrigerator to match the ambient temperature and load can cause it to work harder than necessary, leading to premature wear. So, be sure to handle your appliances carefully and use them as recommended in the user manual. It's a simple step, but it can add years to your appliances' lives!

5. Changing Filters and Other Consumables

Just like how a car needs regular oil changes, many of your appliances need their filters replaced regularly to function optimally. This is especially true for refrigerators, air conditioners, and dishwashers.

A clogged filter can cause your appliance to work harder, increasing energy consumption and potential damage. For example, a refrigerator with a clogged water filter may have reduced water flow to the ice maker and water dispenser.

How often you should change out the filters depends on the appliance and usage, but a good rule of thumb is to replace them every 3 to 6 months. This will help your appliances work better and extend their lifespan.

Bonus: Professional Servicing

Woman thanking service technician

We get it; you're a DIY superstar. But even superheroes have sidekicks, right? That's where professional servicing comes in — they're your sidekick in the battle against wear and tear!

Sure, you can handle the basics, but some things are best left to the pros. Complex issues, annual servicing, or when your appliance starts making that weird noise that even Google can't identify is when service technicians (like us!) come to the rescue!

Our professional technicians at Culligan of Le Mars can spot the little things that might turn into big problems down the line. We'll give your appliances a thorough check-up, replace any parts on their last legs, and make sure everything's running smoothly.

So, don't be shy about giving us a call! Regular check-ups with our service team can really boost your appliances' lifespan. It's like giving your appliances a spa day, and who doesn't love a good spa day?