Deborah Deschamps' Blog
Kitchen appliances are a big investment and you’ll want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Most of us start off with good intentions, cleaning our appliances regularly. However, over time it’s easy to slack off and neglect basic maintenance and cleaning that will help keep your expensive appliances in good working condition.
In this article, we’re going to give you some advice on maintaining your kitchen appliances to increase their lifespan and keep them looking great years after purchase. Read on for our kitchen appliance maintenance tips.
Maintaining your refrigerator
Most refrigerators cost upward of a thousand dollars these days. They also come with more features than ever, making them particularly vulnerable to malfunction if neglected.
The best way to maintain your refrigerator, and many of the appliances on our list, is to add recurring maintenance and cleaning tasks to your calendar so that you know when it’s time to address them.
When maintaining your refrigerator you’ll want to clean the condenser coils and fan thoroughly. You’ll likely have to pull the refrigerator away from the wall to do this, so be sure it is unplugged.
Next, check the door seals on your refrigerator to ensure that they are not cracked or dried out. Damaged door seals let cool air out of your refrigerator, causing it to run harder and increasing the chance of malfunction.
Cleaning the dishwasher
To make sure your dishwasher keeps cleaning your dishes, you’ll want to inspect the spinning arm to see if it spins easily. Next, check the small holes on the spinning arm where the water sprays out. If these are dirty or clogged, clean them out with a sharp point.
To avoid leaks, check the gasket, or rubber-like liner around the dishwasher door. If it is cracked or dirty, it will need to be replaced.
Next, clean the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher and clear it of debris. If you’ve noticed any bad smells from your dishwasher, place a small cup of vinegar in the top rack and run the dishwasher on a hot water cycle.
Microwaves are often treated as being relatively dispensable because you can buy them cheap enough. However, there are a few things you can do to keep your microwave running longer and avoid waste.
First, keep the microwave interior clean. Splatter that is left in a microwave too long will get repeatedly burned and become more and more difficult to remove. So, to loosen them up, you can place a glass of water in the microwave for a few minutes and then leave it inside. The steam from the water will help free up the splatter and make them easier to scrub away.
Another common issue with microwaves is a damaged power cord. Since most of us try to stuff them out of the way behind the unit, it can easily damage the wires inside the cord. Situate your microwave in a way that the cord isn’t pressed up against anything.
Finally, remember that many parts on your refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave are easily replaced by calling the manufacturer or a repair technician. Opt to repair your appliances before just throwing them away.