Refrigerator Condenser Coils
The condenser coils at the back or bottom of your refrigerator cools the refrigerant that is needed for your appliance to properly function. If the coils become covered in dust and other kitchen debris, it will compromise efficiency and cause more energy to be used to maintain a cool temperature. Your coils should be cleaned twice a year, with gentle brushing to loosen up any debris; then you can vacuum up any particles in the area. You’ll need to unplug your refrigerator to perform this cleaning task. You should also take this opportunity to clean your gaskets to ensure that the refrigerator maintains a tight seal.
Your Washing Machine Lint Traps
Although you may be used to clearing the lint trap on your dryer, you may not be aware that your washing machine may also have a lint trap. Most models of washing machine have a lint trap that needs to be regularly cleaned, or you could end up with a coating of lint on your clothes after they’ve been washed. Depending on the model, your lint trap may be located on the top rim of the washer drum, at the end of the drainage hose or inside the center agitator. If you’re unsure where your lint trap is located, you should consult your owner’s manual.
Dryer Fire Risks Speaking of lint traps, it is vital that your lint filter is clean to prevent your dryer from becoming a fire hazard. Research shows that one-third of dryer related fires are due to dirty lint filters. The lint filter should be removed and cleaned before each cycle, and you should clean the filter using a nylon brush at least every six months. It is also a good idea to have your vents cleaned at least once a year to ensure that there is no accumulation of lint that could compromise airflow and cause the unit to overheat.
Regular Appliance Tune Ups
While cleaning your appliances is a good habit to develop, if you want to enjoy optimum performance and also prolong the lifespan of your appliances, it is a good idea to ensure that they are tuned up or serviced regularly. Most manufacturers recommend having a professional inspect and service all major appliances once a year. An experienced professional can inspect the gas or electric lines to your stove, ensure the vent pipe of your dryer is clear, and there are no worn components that are compromising the efficiency of your appliances.
If you want your kitchen appliances to work as safely, efficiently and effectively as possible, in the long run, you need to resolve to improve your appliance care, starting today.
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