Nobody likes the inconvenience of broken-down appliances, but it’s also frustrating when the appliances don’t seem to do what we thought they should do. This leaves us questioning their functionality and wondering why we bought them in the first place. Most people aren’t qualified Electrician Perth, and cannot make repairs themselves, so what can you do to prolong the life of your appliances and avoid replacing them too quickly?
Do you really know how to use your device?
If you are dissatisfied with an appliance that you have recently purchased, have you checked the manual? This might sound rather trite, but it’s amazing how many people don’t read the manual and so have no real idea of how to get the best out of their new appliance. Many of us just plug it in and switch it on, ignoring any other buttons. However, it’s these other buttons that might solve your problem and provide you with the functionality you need.
So your first port of call is to read the manual where you might find a few handy features you didn’t know existed. You might even find that you can do the job in half the time if you press the right button. For people who have thrown their manuals in the rubbish, you can usually find a copy online quite easily. If you’re struggling to understand the instructions, a reputable electrician is a good idea as they will likely be able to assist.
A clogged, dirty and smelly dishwasher can be a problem, so the way to improve its lifespan is to keep it clean. This means scraping off food remnants and rinsing before loading the dishwasher. If you use the dishwasher every day, then clean the filters once a month and run a clean cycle every six months. This will flush the pipes and prevent any debris building up that can reduce the functionality of your dishwasher. You can also have it professionally serviced every few years for added security.
Fridges & freezers
Having a fridge break is probably worse than any other type of appliance, as you’ll not only loose any food stored within it, but also replacing it with something the exact same size can be difficult, especially if you have special limitations in your kitchen. So unless you plan to completely redesign your kitchen, some simple maintenance can really help the life of your appliance. Not many of us pull out the fridge or freezer to give the back a good clean, but it’s an important part of maintaining these appliances. The cooling coils, in particular, can quickly collect a significant amount of dust that reduces their cooling efficiency. So pull out your fridge and freezer and give these coils a good vacuum to remove this built-up dust. Also, if your freezer doesn’t have an auto-defrost function, don’t forget to defrost your freezer every 12 months, as this will help to extend the life of your freezer.
Most tumble dryers are expensive to operate so if you need to use a dryer, make sure that you use it properly. This means not overloading it, because the hot air needs to flow freely around the clothes inside the dryer. When you pack the dryer full of clothes, you stop this free flow of air and the dryer has to work harder to complete the drying cycle leading to more wear and tear. Also, make sure that you check the filters between each use and clean them when full, as this improves the efficiency of your dryer.
As with your tumble dryer, overloading the washing machine makes the motor work harder and can reduce the life span of your appliance. A secret hack is to run a clean cycle every 12 months using a dishwashing tablet to make your machine super clean and sparkling.
These hacks will help to prolong the life of your appliances and save you money over the long term. However, if you have done your best and your appliance is still not operating properly, making a call to your local electrician might save you even more money!