While appliances make our lives much easier, they also pose significant risks if not maintained properly. Appliance maintenance is an absolute necessity if you plan on getting the longest life possible from you purchases. Proper appliance care is also
necessary, in certain cases, to keep performance up to par and ensure that your units are running as efficiently as possible. Use this guide to take a quick inventory of the health and safety of the appliances in your home:
Kitchen Appliance Care
Kitchen appliance maintenance is probably going to make the most difference in your home overall, as the machines here are generally used quite often. Though a broken kitchen appliance should usually be handled by a service professional, keeping them clean and using them properly is something that homeowners should pay attention to if they are to function well over their lifetimes.
If a gas appliance stops working, check to see if the pilot light has gone out. If you have the manufacturer's instructions handy, they may show you how to safely relight the pilot yourself. Wait until you have a full load of dishes before running the dishwasher; this will not only save you money on energy and water bills, but can also extend the life of your appliance, too. A freezer that contains too much frost cannot function at its best; whenever frost gets to be 1/4-inch thick in your freezer, it's time to defrost. Has a burner on your electric stove stopped working? They are generally inexpensive and easily replaced. Yellow flames in a gas stove are an indication of a problem. Flames should always be blue, so seeing other colors means that you're not running at full efficiency; you may want to call a service professional.
If you end up installing a home water-filtration system in the
garage, it would be wise to erect some sort of
protective barricade around the device to avoid any possibility of vehicle damage. You might also consider relocating
the system to a safer location.
When a bathroom does not have a window, a ceiling vent is
crucial to removing moisture from the room. If the vent doesn't work, the
unit should be replaced or repaired
An oven thermostat no longer is considered working when it
allows the oven to reach temperatures more than 25 degrees higher or 25 degrees
lower than what is set. When this occurs, the thermostat either needs to be
re-calibrated or replaced.
If the door seal on a dishwasher is damaged or worn, water
will drain out onto the kitchen floor when the machine is running. Changing the
seal is a fairly easy do-it-yourself project, or you can hire a qualified repair
technician to fix it before the floor sustains any serious damage. This problems
should be address before further damage occurs.
A dishwasher improperly secured to mounting brackets will make
a lot of noise and vibration when it is used. The unit can be stabilized with
appropriate screws and brackets.
When inspected and tested, this microwave oven was found to
lack proper grounding, a potentially hazardous situation. Any qualified
electrician can fix the problem.
Garage door opener
Many new garage door openers use electric eyes to trigger
their automatic-reverse safety features. If the eye falls out of alignment,
however, the door will not work properly. It should be realigned as soon as
possible to avoid possible accidents.
Power fans are frequently necessary to aid ventilation of
interior spaces of a house. When one fails to function, it should be repaired or
replaced as soon as possible.
Many new microwave ovens are equipped with built-in range
vents. The vents contain filters that need to be replaced regularly. If the vent
fails to function, a qualified appliance-repair service should be called in to
make the repair or replacement.
Electric water heater
The heating element in an electric hot water heater eventually
will need replacement. While a handy homeowner can do the job, a qualified
repair person should be called in if there are any questions about handling the