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Extending Appliance Life

Extend the life of your appliances and cut down on costly replacements with simple How-To methods on appliance maintenance. The proper attention to the proper areas will ensure that you get the most out of your appliance while experiencing the quality of lasting designs.

Extending the Life of Your Refrigerator

Refrigerator The Solution: Small Maintenance

Keep the important parts clean. A small change can have a big effect on performance. Coils should be checked and replaced twice a year. Keep the quality of refrigerator grills by removing the lint with a small brush. Draining and replacing liquids can ensure that your appliance runs at top quality. Drains and drain pans can be cleaned to make sure functionality is not sacrificed. Keep an eye on your refrigerator gaskets. Gaskets can become cracked, rolled or simply lose their seal power, replace leaky or broken gaskets to seal in the lasting quality of your refrigerator.

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Extending the Life of Your Range

Range The Solution: Cleaning Helps

Though it is easy to forget, a clean range after every use greatly increases quality and performance. Spills and grease add up and can coat important features, reducing production quality. Clean the burners and inspect and clean the heating elements. Break down grease buildup and increase performance greatly. Monitor flame and electric elements to ensure proper heating. Keep your range on casters to make moving easier, this will decrease wear and tear and damage during moving.

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Extending the Life of Your Dishwasher

Dishwasher The Solution: Fix The Smaller Things

A scheduled filter cleaning will prevent stray food particles from lingering during the cleaning process, clogged filters often leave food and residue behind, leaving your dishes still dirty. Often this is mistaken for a larger problem and the appliance is replaced. A simple filter cleaning can extend your dishwasher's life. Replace bent or broken racks to preserve your dishes. Replacement racks are much cheaper than replacing the entire appliance. Check door gaskets regularly, replace them when needed. Cracked, rolled or leaky gaskets may damage exterior woodwork or flooring, simply replacing the gasket will prevent you from needing a new appliance.

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Extending the Life of Your Microwave

Microwave The Solution: Regular Upkeep

A microwave is easily overlooked when it comes to appliance upkeep. Most homeowners prefer to replace the entire appliance, accepting the extra cost. Keeping the interior and the door seals cleaned to regularly prevent wear and tear can often eliminate the need for replacement. Clean the grease filters of over-the-range microwaves. Grease buildup from the vent hood can coat the exterior. Clean off food particles from the interior. Food particles can cling to the walls and bottom of the microwave, making it function less efficiently.

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Extending The Life of Your Washing Machine

Washing Machine The Solution: Eliminate Expensive Replacements

Replacing a washer can be costly and many homeowners rely heavily on quality appliances to avoid such costs. Rubber drain hoses can be swapped for more durable, braided stainless steel mesh ones. Rubber drain hoses may sometimes burst and can cause major water damage to the machine and your home. Regularly wiping out the detergent dispenser drawer is a simple process that can increase productivity. Front-loaded washers can have the front door seal wiped and dried. For front-loading machines, keeping the gasket dry prevents stinky mold and mildew from forming in the super-tight seals. A clean detergent drawer ensures that the product flows out properly during the designated portion of the wash cycle.

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Extending The Life of Your Dryer

Dryer The Solution: Reduce Your Costs

All Dryers have a lint filter that must be cleaned before and after every load. Paying attention to this simple detail is a huge step in keeping your dryer functioning properly. Replace foil ducting with rigid or semi-rigid metal ducting, reduced airflow from lint buildup in the filter reduces efficiency and makes clothes take longer to dry. Faulty or inferior ducting can also cause the dryer to overheat or catch fire, putting your home and family at risk. Check outside vents on a regular basis. Examine where the air exits the house to ensure it is not clogged and that good, strong airflow is coming out.

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