There’s an old saying that says, ‘if you take care of your gear, it’ll take care of you’. This applies equally well to kitchen appliances as any other piece of machinery.
While modern kitchen appliances should operate quite well and provide useful service for a few years, they’re helped along when you maintain them in the proper way. Each appliance is not the same and so the TLC that it requires varies too.
Here are some thoughts on how to maintain kitchen appliances to avoid repair costs and the need to replace them sooner rather than later.
There are a few things to do so that your fridge/freezer functions well. Some are performed monthly and others every 3-4 months.
Here are the things to do every month:
- Empty the fridge out to clean it thoroughly. This avoids bacteria building up which erodes the functionality and causes sickness.
- For freezers with an ice cube maker, remove the ice to prevent it from becoming stuck to the surface. Water spills can easily create this problem.
- Clean the freezer’s vents to avoid obstructions increasing the freezer’s regular temperature.
- Check the temperatures – Freezers should be set at -18°c and fridges at around 4°c.
Every quarter or so, do the following:
- Clean the interior of the doors including the storage areas.
- Clean the gaskets to have the engine running at top efficiency
- Apply some top-notch cleaning products to the condenser coil. They become dirty fast; particularly true with households with pets where pet hair accumulates there
- The condenser fan should also get a spring clean. It pushes cool air around and becomes clogged up just like a standing fan will do during use.
Tumble Dryer Maintenance
The tumble dryer is a great little machine that saves having to use every available radiator to dry your clothes. It runs pretty well all year round, but to avoid AEG repairs on an AEG tumble dryer, here are a few suggestions to keep it (mostly) maintenance free:
- Check the lint filter and take out any lint remaining.
- Put in a new aluminium tubing and remove the vinyl tubing for the vent.
- Look near the vent cap to see if there is any debris to clean up.
- Clean the interior of the drum and make sure there’s nothing sticky or an obstruction.
- Check the drying duration to see if it’s taking longer than normal to dry clothes indicating a problem with this part of the machinery.
General Things to Check
For each kitchen appliance, big or little, look at the following tips when solving problems:
- Ensure the electricity or gas feed is turned off before making any diagnosis or starting on a repair. To check if the fix has resolved the problem, put it back together first, close up the unit, step away and then turn on the power or gas to test it. Do not leave your hands in the machinery and then test it, as the machinery may operate in a different way that you expect!
- When an appliance only needs some screws or bolts to be removed to access its innards, it’s possible to fix it at home. When the appliance is secured with welding or semi-permanent rivets, only a professional should attempt a repair.
- Parts that are broken usually are better to replace than try to repair them. The labour and cost of attempting a repair usually isn’t worth it vs replacing the part. A new part is also likely to give less future trouble too.
Good maintenance performed semi-regularly avoids repairs and costly replacement. Add a reminder to your calendar to fit maintenance tasks in over the weekend.