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Appliance Maintenance Tips

Every month a few hours of basic appliance maintenance can save thousands of dollars in the long run for homeowners. American Residential Warranty offers a home service warranty for homeowners with appliance maintenance needs. America’s first insurance company proudly offers these helpful tips for appliance maintenance.



The Oven
Almost 20 percent of the oven’s heat can escape through an improperly sealed door. Check the seal through feeling the rubber gasket around the door perimeter and ensure that there aren’t any broken or deformed areas. The oven door seal gasket is very easy to replace. Remember to clean the stove top drip bowls located under the burners. Simply soak them in soapy water and use steel wool if necessary to scrape off oil and food buildup. Consider cleaning underneath the bowls to remove any hardened liquids or food scraps.

The Refrigerator
Home warranty providers will tell you that a noisy fridge that runs excessively is a problem. Consider cleaning the bottom rear of the fridge where the coils and motor are located. Condenser coils cool and condense refrigerant and release heat as a result. Dirty and clogged coils will waste energy and stress the compressor. Use a vacuum to suck up all the dust bunnies and particles. This will ensure that the fridge runs efficiently. Don’t forget to change the fridge water filter to avoid being exposed to impure water. Most filters need to be changed every 3 to 6 months, depending on the usage and water condition. Finally, ensure that the door gasket isn’t dirty or flimsy, which can prevent the door from properly closing and thus force the motor to run more.

Washer and Dryer
Inspect the dryer exhaust for any crimps or bands. Make sure that the washing machine hoses are don’t have any cracks, bulges or leaks. This simple inspection could avoid a hundred gallons of water from flooding your home within just one hour. If needed, use an equal solution of water and vinegar to wash rubber gaskets and drums. Consider washing the clothes dryer lint filter to maximize airflow. Finally, home warranty providers recommend that you clean the exhaust duct line from the dryer to the outside to remove any flammable materials every year.

The Water Heater
The water heater is often forgotten about because it is usually located in a low traffic location. However, basic maintenance will make sure it reaches the normal 15 year lifespan. Make sure that there is at least 2 feet of clearance around the water heater and do not store any flammable materials near it. Make sure that the temperature is at 120 degrees or below. This will save energy and money. Every year, drain twenty five percent of the water to remove any buildup inside. Simply turn off the cold water supply, attach a hose to the drain valve and run until the water is clear. Finally, test the temperature-pressure relief valve by discharging it a few times. Refer to the owners manual for the specific details for your model.

In conclusion, a few hours of basic maintenance can ensure that your oven, fridge, washer and dryer and water heater last a long time and don’t cost you any extra money. If DIY maintenance is too difficult and time consuming, consider using a home service warranty. America’s first insurance company for homes is American Residential Warranty.

2 thoughts on “ Appliance Maintenance Tips

  • Bryce Trout
    Bryce Trout
    October 28, 2015 7:46 pm

    Appliances cost a lot of money and I know they can really be a drain on your utility bills if they are not working properly. I really liked what you said about how proper appliance servicing can save you tons of money. I am definitely going to do a better job of making sure everything is working properly. Thank you for sharing.

  • Veronica Marks
    Veronica Marks
    December 16, 2015 1:56 pm

    I didn't realize that dirty refrigerator coils could cause the fridge to waste energy and even stop working. I'll definitely be adding the coils to my list of things to deep clean before the end of the year. I don't think I've ever cleaned them in the 5 years I've owned my refrigerator!

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