Tips For Making Appliances Last

Tips For Making Appliances Last

 – Household appliances can make our day-to-day lives simpler and, when an appliance needs to be repaired or replaced, it can be costly and take time. The lifespan of an appliance will vary from one unit to the next but how much use and abuse it receives is a key factor in how long an appliance will ultimately last. By taking simple steps for preventive maintenance, you can ensure that your appliances last longer. Major appliances, such as washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, ranges/ovens and microwaves are all costly whether it be to repair or replace them.

Washing Machines

If you have a top loading washing machine, then little to no maintenance is required. A front loading washing machine is a different story though. Many front loading machines can accumulate mold and mildew. To combat this, simply leave the door open after you run a load of laundry allowing the air to circulate instead of trapping in all of the moisture. Specialized cleaners are designed for front loading washers and it is recommended that these are utilized once a month or so. Another way to ensure that you washer lasts longer is to not overload it as overloading can lead to more wear and tear on the machine’s components.

Tips For Making Appliances Last


Just like washing machines, a clothes dryer should not be overloaded either. In addition, the lint trap should be emptied after each load. The dryer should be kept on a level surface as the drum will wear out faster if the appliance is not level. Some dryers are also noisier when not properly leveled. The exhaust vent and outside air vent should also be kept clean to ensure operation at peak efficiency.


The dishwasher does one of the dirtiest jobs in the house – dish cleaning duty. The best tip is to clean the majority of debris from the plate, pan or utensil before placing it in the dishwasher. If your dishwasher utilizes a filter system that traps food during the wash cycle, then inspect and clean the filter regularly in order to prevent food buildup. The water inlet valve and water jets in the spray arm should also be checked periodically to ensure that there are no clogs. Various dishwasher cleaners can be purchased to aid in removing hard water deposits. Another great tip is to not utilize too much soap as that will build upon the machine and its related components.


Reports show that the average refrigerator will last about 13 years. If you don’t over stuff the fridge with food and open the door less often, it could help to extend the lifespan of the appliance. By keeping your refrigerator clean, it will aid in making the unit more efficient and will last longer. By removing and cleaning the base grill of the refrigerator, it can improve air flow to the components.  In addition, cleaning the coils can also aid in efficiently cooling the unit. The door seals may also need to be cleaned, and a small amount of petroleum jelly can be applied to make the seals last longer. Many of us forget to clean the ice dispenser. Ideally the built-in water and ice dispenser should be cleaned every few months and the water filters should be replaced every six months. If the ice unit bucket is not dumped and cleaned on a monthly basis, it may cause the refrigerator to have a bad odor.

Ranges and Ovens

If you have a gas range, then be sure to check the range regularly. An orange or yellow flame usually means that the burner may need to be cleaned. If the flame is blue and steady, then it means that your range is working efficiently. Never use foil under the oven coil or bake element as it can disrupt the heat level which will lead to either under or over-cooked food. Keeping your oven clean will also help in extending the lifespan of the appliance.


By keeping your microwave clean, it can ensure that it lasts longer. Any spills should be cleaned promptly to keep the unit operating at maximum efficiency.

By performing simple maintenance tasks on major appliances, you can prolong the lifespan and ultimately save money on costly repairs.

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Rick Toney

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Rick Toney Is A Seasoned Real Estate Professional With Over 25 Years Of Real Estate Experience, Writes A Weekly Real Estate Blog And Is A Principal of Blue Moon Realty Group And Mesa Realty Advisors. Blue Moon Realty Group Is A Residential Redevelopment Company Specializing In The Purchase And Renovation Of Older And Physically Distressed Homes (Flip This House Boston). Mesa Realty Advisors Is An Affordable Housing Developer Specializing In The Redevelopment Of Existing Low-Income Housing Properties. Rick Is A Certified Public Accountant (CPA - Retired) In The State Of California, A Certified Property Manager (CPM - Retired) And A Real Estate Broker In The States Of California (Retired) And Massachusetts.

1 Comment

  1. Alice WongFebruary 1, 2018

    Good information. Thank you!!!


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