How to Maintain Kitchen Appliances

So, you have put in all that time and effort to create the kitchen of your dreams. The last thing you want is appliances with a short life causing trouble along the way. After all, nothing can disrupt your normal home routine than a washing machine flooding the kitchen. These kinds of damages can be rather costly. Not just in terms of financial strain, but also time consumption. This is why we have this handy guide to maintain kitchen appliances and prevent damage.

Maintain Kitchen Appliances to Prevent Damage

Choosing a selection of high-quality appliances from reputable electrical brands is essential. However, it is just as important to keep your kitchen appliances well maintained in order to prevent as much future damage as possible.

Fridges and Freezers

Don’t let dust and dirt build up around the condenser coils of your fridge. Doing so can result in the fridge running inefficiently. It may even break down completely. To prevent this from happening, a good clean is needed every 3 to 6 months. Lift away the protective grill that covers the coils and gently dust or vacuum away the debris. You will usually find the coils at the back of the fridge.

It is equally important for you to clean the rubber seals around the edges of the fridge and freezer doors. If you don’t, there will be a build-up of residue. This can cause the door to stick, leading to tears in the seal when trying to open it. This will then prevent the fridge from cooling properly.

Microwaves

If your microwave has clogged up vents, it could overheat. What’s more, it could even explode. This is why it is crucial that you keep your microwave as clean as possible. You need to ensure that there are no dried-up stains there to act as a potential hazard.

Here’s a tip: heat a mug of lemon juice and water in the microwave for several minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated. Doing so will help you to cut through the grease, making it easy for you to wipe away the dirt.

Dishwashers

It’s important to keep your dishwasher healthy for as long as possible. You can do this by remembering to always rinse away food and debris before loading your dishes. It is far too easy for crumbs to jam up moving parts and cause a build-up of bacteria.

It is also a good idea to remove and rinse the filter at the bottom of the dishwasher on a regular basis. What’s more, you should run the machine on a cycle with a cup of cleaning solution or vinegar every 3 to 6 months. By doing this, you will be able to keep a build-up of calcium to a minimum.

Ovens

Many think it is smart to line the bottom of the oven with a sheet of foil to catch drips as it will make cleaning easier. However, doing so can actually restrict airflow, causing the heating element to become less effective. It is important to give your oven a clean every 3 to 6 months to keep them in top condition. However, be sure to avoid using spray-on cleaner in a self-cleaning oven. These use pyrolytic cleaning technology that turns greasy residue into ash, making it easy to wipe away.

Washing Machines

Each time you have a new washing machine installed, you should replace the hose connecting it to the water supply. This will prevent blockages that can lead to costly leaks. If you are away for a while, it may help to shut off the water supply to the washing machine. This will reduce the likelihood of damage if anything were to go wrong. When using the machine on a daily basis, avoid overloading the drum. This will prevent the motor from burning out. Don’t forget to close the door gently to prevent the seal from getting damaged.

Tumble Dryer

It is far too easy for people to forget to clean out the lint trap after every load. Lint is extremely flammable. Allowing it to build up can pose a serious fire risk. This is why it is important to clean it out after every use. For the same reason, you should remember to check the machines lint pipe for potential blockages. Be sure to do this once every 6 months.

As a bonus, you can save energy by removing lint on a frequent basis. By doing so, your machine can work more efficiently. This will prevent any heating obstructions, allowing your clothes to dry quicker.

Hobs

If your gas hob isn’t lighting, it might be due to food spillages blocking the igniter. Try switching the unit off at the plug. Then, carefully clean the igniter with a toothbrush. This can dislodge any dirt that may be trapped inside.

Talk to Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms

So, now you know how to keep your new kitchen appliances well maintained. Now, it’s time to think about implementing a new kitchen to go with these appliances. Euan Begg Kitchens and Bedrooms are here to help you get the kitchen of your dreams. We can design a kitchen with your ideal appliances and kitchen uses in mind, so get in touch. We can even offer a free home design visit to see what potential your kitchen space has to offer.

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