All appliances need regular maintenance to help them perform at the best for the longest time possible – thus making your dollar stretch.

Obviously using the owner’s manual for regular usage is important, but here are a few extra tips to keep them in tip-top condition.

  • Dishwashers.  If it has a filter (look in the owner’s manual to locate) check it from time to time and remove any debris.  Also remove any debris from the bottom of the machine.
  • Ranges.  Check the burners on gas models monthly and clean the burner ports with a needle or toothpick.  Don’t touch the igniter however, as it can be easily damaged.
  • Fridges and Freezers.  Clean the door gaskets occasionally to insure a tight seal.  If seal is not snug you can often get it to seal properly by cleaning and heating the seal with a hair drier.

Vacuum the coils, which tend to collect dust lowering the unit’s efficiency, every few months.

  • Clothes washers and dryers.  Heed manufacturer’s recommendations on load capacity.  Overloading the units wears down the machines and not only cause efficiency to decline but also can shorten the life of the machine.