The Oven

Almost 20 percent of the oven’s heat can escape through an improperly sealed door. Check the seal by feeling the rubber gasket around the door’s perimeter and ensure that there aren’t any broken or deformed areas. The seal around the door is very easy to replace if necessary. 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 remove oil and food buildup. Consider cleaning underneath the bowls to loosen any hardened liquids or food scraps.

The Refrigerator

It’s important to clean 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 or clogged coils will waste energy and put stress the compressor. Use a vacuum to suck up all the dust 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 frequency and water quality in your area. Finally, ensure that the door seal isn’t dirty or flimsy, which can prevent the door from closing properly and thus force the motor to run more.

Washer and Dryer

Inspect the dryer exhaust for any crimps or bends. Make sure that the washing machine hoses 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 lint filter on the dryer to maximize airflow. Finally, we recommend that you clean the exhaust duct line from the dryer to the outside to remove any flammable materials every year.

The Water Heater

Basic water heater mainteneance is necessary in order to ensure the best chance of reaching the standard 15 year lifespan. Make sure that there is at least two feet of clearance around the water heater and do not store any flammable materials near it. The temperature should be kept at 120 degrees or below. This will save energy and money. It is important to drain twenty five percent of the water, every year, in order to remove any buildup inside. Simply turn off the cold water supply, attach a hose to the drain valve and continue running water through the water heater until it runs clear. Finally, test the temperature pressure relief valve by discharging it a few times. Refer to the owner’s manual for specific details about your model.