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Appliance Maintenance Tips: Extend the Lifespan of Your Home Appliances

Maintaining your home appliances is crucial for ensuring their longevity and efficiency. At City Master – Appliance Repair in Winnipeg, we believe in empowering our customers with the knowledge to take care of their appliances. Proper maintenance not only extends the lifespan of your appliances but also reduces the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns and costly repairs. Here are some essential tips for maintaining various home appliances to keep them running smoothly and efficiently.

Refrigerator and Freezer Maintenance

  1. Clean the Coils: Dust and debris can accumulate on the condenser coils located at the back or bottom of your refrigerator. Clean the coils every six months using a vacuum or a brush to ensure optimal cooling efficiency.
  2. Check Door Seals: Inspect the door seals (gaskets) for any cracks or gaps. Clean them regularly with a damp cloth to prevent cold air from escaping, which can cause the refrigerator to work harder and consume more energy.
  3. Defrost the Freezer: If you have a manual-defrost freezer, defrost it regularly to prevent ice buildup, which can reduce cooling efficiency. Automatic-defrost freezers should be monitored for excessive frost and cleaned as needed.
  4. Set the Right Temperature: Keep your refrigerator at 37-40°F (3-4°C) and your freezer at 0°F (-18°C) to ensure food safety and energy efficiency.

Washing Machine Maintenance

  1. Use the Right Detergent: Use high-efficiency (HE) detergent for HE washers to prevent excess suds that can lead to residue buildup and mechanical issues.
  2. Clean the Drum: Run an empty hot water cycle with a cup of white vinegar or a washing machine cleaner every month to remove soap scum, mold, and odors.
  3. Check Hoses: Inspect water supply hoses for any signs of wear, bulging, or leaks. Replace them every 3-5 years to prevent bursts and water damage.
  4. Leave the Door Open: After each use, leave the washer door open to allow the drum to dry and prevent mold and mildew growth.

Dryer Maintenance

  1. Clean the Lint Filter: Remove lint from the filter after every load to improve airflow and prevent fire hazards. Wash the filter with soap and water monthly to remove residue.
  2. Inspect the Venting System: Check the dryer vent and ductwork for lint buildup and obstructions. Clean them at least once a year to ensure proper ventilation and reduce fire risk.
  3. Avoid Overloading: Overloading the dryer can strain the motor and other components, leading to premature wear and tear. Follow the manufacturer’s load recommendations.

Oven and Stove Maintenance

  1. Clean Spills Promptly: Wipe up spills and splatters immediately to prevent them from hardening and becoming difficult to clean. Use a non-abrasive cleaner suitable for your oven type.
  2. Check Burners and Elements: Regularly inspect gas burners and electric elements for any signs of damage or malfunction. Clean gas burner holes with a needle if they become clogged.
  3. Calibrate the Oven Temperature: If you notice uneven cooking or incorrect temperatures, use an oven thermometer to check accuracy. Refer to the manual for instructions on how to recalibrate the thermostat.
  4. Self-Clean with Caution: If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, use it sparingly and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid damaging the appliance.

Dishwasher Maintenance

  1. Clean the Filter: Remove and clean the dishwasher filter regularly to prevent clogs and improve cleaning efficiency. Refer to your user manual for specific instructions.
  2. Inspect the Spray Arms: Check the spray arms for clogs and ensure they rotate freely. Remove any debris blocking the holes using a toothpick.
  3. Run a Vinegar Cycle: Run an empty cycle with a cup of white vinegar placed in a dishwasher-safe container on the top rack. This helps remove buildup and odors.
  4. Check Seals and Gaskets: Inspect the door seals for cracks or wear. Clean them with a damp cloth to maintain a tight seal and prevent leaks.

Microwave Maintenance

  1. Clean Regularly: Wipe down the interior after each use to prevent food splatters from hardening. Use a microwave-safe bowl with water and lemon slices to steam-clean stubborn stains.
  2. Inspect the Door Seal: Ensure the door seal is clean and intact to prevent microwave radiation from leaking. Replace it if you notice any damage.
  3. Avoid Running Empty: Never run the microwave empty, as it can damage the magnetron. Use microwave-safe containers and avoid metal objects.
  4. Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation by keeping the microwave vents clear of obstructions. Clean the grease filter regularly if your microwave is over-the-range.

General Appliance Maintenance Tips

  1. Read the Manual: Familiarize yourself with the user manual for each appliance. It contains valuable information about maintenance and troubleshooting specific to your model.
  2. Schedule Regular Professional Inspections: Have a certified technician inspect your appliances annually to catch potential issues early and perform necessary maintenance.
  3. Use Appliances Properly: Avoid overloading appliances, use them according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, and handle them with care to extend their lifespan.
  4. Monitor Energy Usage: Unusual energy consumption can indicate an appliance malfunction. If you notice a spike in your utility bills, have your appliances checked by a professional.

By following these maintenance tips, you can ensure that your home appliances operate efficiently and last longer. Regular maintenance not only saves you money on repairs and replacements but also contributes to a more sustainable lifestyle by reducing waste. At City Master – Appliance Repair in Winnipeg, we are committed to helping you keep your appliances in top condition. If you ever encounter an issue that requires professional attention, don’t hesitate to contact us for expert repair services.

Customers Reviews

Bernard Reyes
Bernard Reyes
20:54 14 Sep 22
Vladimir is very attentive to details, very knowledgeable and expert in the repairs of oven. He explained very well the cause of problem and knew at first hand what needs to be done.The work was well executed and i am very satisfied with the result.Will definitely recommend City Master for oven repairs.
Matthew
Matthew
17:31 07 Aug 22
Lady on the phone is very friendly booked the appointment quick we got a notification on our phone that the tech is coming to fix our dryer after 1 hour our dryer is back and running! Great service
Jude Rhett
Jude Rhett
16:57 03 Aug 22
Freezer stopped working last Friday. we called city master they came ordered the original part for our freezer after few days our fridge is back and running like brand new! Will recommend
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
18:24 01 Aug 22
Very prompt service. Really appreciated receiving a confirmation email that provided the techs first name which to me gave me added security of who to expect at our home. Tech was thorough, explained the issues and provided options. Tech was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Mark Henry
Mark Henry
15:33 27 Jul 22
Wow. On time professional & knowledgeable guys. Also provided tips on how to use my appliance to last long .Would definitely Recommend.
Ronald Kelvin
Ronald Kelvin
17:11 25 Jul 22
Very professional approach to appliances. Kept in contact to let me know when the part was available and then quickly scheduled the repair few days after. Clean, friendly and communicative. Really worth using. Highly recommend! Awesome service
Paul X
Paul X
11:45 22 Jul 22
We had a service technician look at my faulty washing machine. He was extremely professional, and made sure to explain what was wrong with the unit. What I appreciate the most is that the Manager called to make sure I was satisfied with the service after the service call was done. Not many companies out there are truly there for the customer. Will recommend this company to everyone!
Danial Charles
Danial Charles
10:18 20 Jul 22
We are very pleased with James work on our dishwasher. He was very pleasant and courteous We recommend him!
Anderson
Anderson
18:52 19 Jul 22
We are very pleased with James work on our dishwasher. He was very pleasant and courteous We recommend him!
Deborah F
Deborah F
11:38 18 Jul 22
Used city master few times in the past every time they deliver outstanding service!
Levi Harrison
Levi Harrison
15:52 17 Jul 22
The technician arrived on time very knowledgeable and polite great experience very fast service!
Stonis Mark
Stonis Mark
18:30 16 Jul 22
Good customer service they fixed my washer same day repair will use them again for sure!
Virginia Lawrence
Virginia Lawrence
12:36 15 Jul 22
Great service! Super polite and knowledgeable. A pleasure to deal with.
Shauna Attardo
Shauna Attardo
21:57 16 Jun 22
This was my first time using this company. I will be booking all of my future appliance appointments with them now. The website and the online booking system were easy to understand and use. I got a call when the technician was on the way, although I missed it, and they still came out at the scheduled time. The technician was very friendly and knowledgeable about the product. I was given a few options for repair along with estimates emailed to me before he left the house. I was able to pay for the service call – which was very reasonable – on the spot. I highly recommend City Master Appliance!
John Milos
John Milos
00:44 01 Jun 22
The technician was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely put them at the top of my list next time something goes wrong.
Greg Ries
Greg Ries
14:57 17 May 22
Great guys, friendly service. They even return your calls. Being in the industry over 40 years, you see allot. Now with the internet it’s changed the market place. Now the dead beats who don’t want to pay the bill try and say things to hurt a business. Trying to squirm out of paying. Just pay your bills and quit being a Karren…Shannon
Miranda Davey
Miranda Davey
20:09 12 Apr 22
Easy to make an appointment. They where next day service. The guy that came to fix my dishwasher, explained and told me what he was doing and how he was going to fix it.
Christopher Nguyen
Christopher Nguyen
20:07 22 Mar 22
Great service and friendly technician. Fast and efficient!
JD Sheegl
JD Sheegl
21:12 10 Mar 22
I had a great experience with City Master. The service person came on time. Competitive rates. No complaints here.
Joe Ries
Joe Ries
10:22 18 Feb 22
Quality service! Great deals they deliver and work with you on the price! Will recommend