Thursday, February 25, 2016

Maintaining Your Home Appliances 365 Days A Year


These days, we have so many appliances in our homes. From the bathroom to the living room, there’s normally something that needs looking after. Inevitably, one of these appliances will go wrong at some point throughout the year. All of the tips and rules about caring for these machines can’t be summed up in one article. Instead, I’m going to try and outline a few ways to look after these household appliances as a routine.

While a washing machine or freezer might need occasional maintenance, you need to focus on the more pressing appliances first. What do I mean by that? Well, there’s the vacuum cleaner for a start. This is an easy one to maintain, as you’ll normally have to change bags as you go, or unclog the filter if you can’t vacuum adequately. It’s best to spot these issues before they occur. Bagless vacuums, in particular, have the potential to get stuck, and they’re not always easy to fix.

There are also appliances that you might not even consider cleaning. I’ve come across so many kettles that haven’t been cleaned for years, resulting in calcium deposits at the bottom. You’ll often find little white flakes coming out of the water in this case. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be rectified easily. There are natural ways to clean this if you’re not keen on chemical-based products.


You probably have a range of GE kitchen appliances in your home, and they’re going to need maintenance, too. Dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators and microwaves all need occasional attention. If you let any potential issues escalate, you could end up a with a bad situation. In this case, you’ll be calling out the professionals and forking out money from your own pocket. Don’t end up in this mess.

“But how do I keep up with all of this?!”, I hear you ask. Make a schedule for yourself. Consult the manuals of each appliance. You’ll usually find advice about how often you need to clean each machine. Note this down, and either put it on a calendar or make a dedicated maintenance schedule. Given time, you’ll start to make this your usual routine and it won’t feel like such a chore to carry out. Although there’s a lot of appliances in the house, maintaining them one at a time won’t be as much of a time hog as you might think.

Remember, there are other appliances in your home that could save your life one day. Don’t neglect the carbon monoxide detector if you have one. Make sure the fire alarm is working and fitted with batteries. You might have a burglar alarm; you’ll won’t catch any burglars if it’s not in working order. It’s easy to neglect this, but the one day you don’t check, could be the day when things turn dangerous.

A task that’s potentially time-consuming can be made so much easier with the right amount of preparation. Hopefully, by following these tips, you won’t encounter as many issues.