Appliance repair is one service we all dread. When the refrigerator no longer gets cold, the oven stops burning hot, and the washing machine doesn’t drain the water, our hearts sink just a tad. Appliance repair means more money spent if the problem isn’t covered in the warranty and it means several days without being able to use these machines. It can be a real hassle and sometimes appliance repair is unavoidable. It will eventually happen to us all. But the need for repair can occur less frequently if you take good care of your appliances.
Just like a car is bound to fail if you don’t change the oil every three months samsung stove and oven repair pasadena, your appliances too, need proper maintenance. It begins with proper usage. If you stuff the washing machine to the brim and are later surprised when your clothes aren’t properly cleaned, you should probably reread the owner’s manual. I know it’s boring to actually read the instructions of an appliance, but you’d be surprised what you might learn. New appliances have features that weren’t there a decade ago and many are also now Energy Star efficient. Learning how to use these features can not only save you money, but the hassle of breaking the appliance. Using an appliance the way it was intended and not “overworking” it can extend its life. Now wouldn’t that be a real money saver, not having to purchase a new microwave every three years?
Other than using them properly, you need to actually clean the appliances every once in awhile. You know that giant ball of fluff sitting in the special compartment? That’s a lint trap and if you don’t take two seconds out of your day to clean that after pulling out a load of clothing, it can lead to some serious problems. Leaving lint in there can clog vents and fill blowers. But lint can also accumulate in the exhaust vent. You need to do a thorough cleaning of the lint trap screen. You can also purchase a vent-cleaning brush to clean the vent itself.
Microwaves need to be wiped down at least once a week. Splattered food inside the microwave can continue to cook and will cause sparks -which can be quite dangerous. Even the washing machine needs a good cleaning too. Lint can build up in the washing machine too and can keep water and detergent from circulating properly. The result is bad smelling clothes. Dust, dirt, and pet hair can clog the coils on the bottom of a refrigerator, which can stop the appliance from producing cool air.