Have you ever had your refrigerator or washing machine suddenly break down on you? It always seems to happen at the time when you really need it. When it does occur you feel completely helpless, especially when don’t have a lazy $1,000.00 or more sitting in your savings account to rush out and buy a new one.
All white goods have a life span of generally 5 years and if you really look after them you can extend their life to 10 plus years by keeping them well maintained and in good condition. By applying these 7 maintenance tips listed below you can save yourself a lot of money and stress by extending the life span of your white goods.
1) Seals and Gaskets
Ensure all door seals and gaskets are clean and well fitted. If there are any signs of cracks or perishing, get them replace. Keeping the seals in good condition helps to keep the appliance to the correct temperature and therefore save on energy.
Keep the interior and exterior clean with warm soapy water and a soft cloth. For any heavy duty cleaning you can either buy a recommended cleaning agent or use a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar.
Ensure all filters are regularly cleaned from dirt, dust, grime and lint.
Ensure all water, gas and electrical fittings are tightened and there are no leaks.
5) Bad Odours
For all appliances, keep them clean from any food or mildew. Keep a box of baking soda in your refrigerator, cook a bowl of water and white vinegar in your microwave and oven. For your dishwasher and washing machine, conduct an empty full cycle with water and white vinegar or bleach (respectively).
6) Energy Rating
All white good appliance have to provide a regulated energy rating, so next time you are shopping for a new appliance make sure you select one with a high rating as it is more energy efficient. It may cost extra in the beginning but over the long run, you will save not only on your energy bill but also the environment.
7) Power Points
Apart from your refrigerator, freezer and counter top stove, turn off all your white goods at the power point when not in use.
Well, there you have it. If you stick to these basic cleaning and maintenance tips you will save yourself a lot of money by extending the life of your appliance, less visits from the repairman and a lower energy bill.
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