Home Appliance Trouble and Maintenance Tips

Home appliances are a necessity of life that for the most part we couldn’t be without. But they aren’t self-sufficient. A certain amount of care and maintenance is required so that they will remain in good working condition, and you can avoid things like air conditioning repairs. Lack of this care can cause an appliance to break down which can result in expensive repairs. But a little maintenance can go a long way toward keeping these appliances in tip top shape and thus saving you money in repairs. Here are some suggestions on how to keep your everyday home appliances running smoothly:

Home Appliances


Regular maintenance on a refrigerator saves money both in food and repairs. Dirty, sticky gaskets will stretch and tear, allowing cold air to leak out, so they should be cleaned often. Also, dust will collect around the coils which force the unit to work harder, and in the long run this will shorten its lifespan. Take a long-handled coil brush or a vacuum crevice tool to get rid of any dust or dirt around the condenser coils. Using a damp rag, wipe away any dust, crumbs, etc off of gaskets and door seals. All of this won’t take you longer than ten minutes, but it can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs. Sometimes refrigerator repairs can cost as much as if you had to call in a commercial electrician.

Stoves and Ovens

The usual electric oven uses one of two essential types of adapters: which are three or four divided. They attach to the midpoint of the oven, but in the back. Stoves and ovens need a lot of care on a regular basis, because doing so will help to keep them functioning properly, thus saving you money on repair bills. The door seals and interiors should be wiped clean regularly with a damp rag. Food, spills and other types of derby will stick to the interior, and this could lead to your appliance working less effectively.

If your vent hood filter is dirty it can become clogged, leaving smoke and odors in the kitchen instead of suctioning them out. Wipe the door seals and the interiors regularly using a damp rag. Remove the grease filter from the vent hood and soak it in soapy water, rinsing it and drying it. One more suggestion for ovens, don’t use the self-clean feature because it causes damage to the internal parts of the oven and also toxic fumes because of the extreme heat. Having to repair a stove or oven can cost as much as air conditioning repairs in some cases.


Having rubber drain hoses burst is a common event which can cause serious water damage to the washer itself and your home. Keep the detergent drawer clean so that the product will flow out during the correct moment in the wash cycle. For certain washers, in particular the front-loading ones, by keeping the gasket dry you can keep mold and mildew from growing in the tight seals. Just wipe the door gasket dry after you are finished using the machine. And one last tip, never overload your washer with laundry. Large loads can damage the washer.


It’s an easy matter to maintain your dryer. The first thing you should always do is to clean out the lint trap after each use. This will keep the vent line free of lint. If lint builds up in the filter then there will be reduced airflow, which will make the dryer less efficient and make it take longer to dry your clothes. In the worst case scenario it can make the dryer overheat and catch fire. As with your washer, it is very important that you do not overload your dryer. This can lead to poor air circulation.

Your household appliances may not seem so complicated, or so delicate, but if they aren’t properly cared for they can and will break down and leave you with a hefty repair bill almost as bad as if you had called a commercial electrician. Housing electricians just like a commercial electrician will assurance their work. So if there is any trouble after they go away from your home, you will be able to call them and approach them and repair it.