How to Prolong the Life of Washing Machine, Fridge & Vacuum Cleaner?
Our homes are packed with appliances that assist us faithfully in our domestic lives. Their help is enormous, and we understand this fact fully only when something breaks down. Of course, the lifetime of electric appliances is limited, but you have the power to prolong it as long as possible. How? Proper care is the answer. You’d be surprised to find out how many easy tips can save our budgets and extend the lives of our domestic assistants. In this post we’ll speak about a washing machine, refrigerator and vacuum cleaner.
- Caring about a washing machine is relatively easy. First of all, try not to overload it. You’d better run a few cycles of washing, than seek to wash as many things as possible at a time: this may cause malfunctions of the appliance, and the stains are quite likely to remain.
- Make sure you unload the machine as soon as it’s finished with washing. Wet laundry is pretty heavy, and this may result into the damage of the drum.
- In many modern washing machines you may find a special self-clean function. As a rule, your appliance would inform you that you need to start this program with a specific alarm. In case your assistant doesn’t have such a function, you shouldn’t think that its drum doesn’t need cleaning. It’s recommendable to start your empty washing machine on a program with the highest water temperature and add some lemon juice, vinegar or a special anti-calc solvent in a detergent drawer. It would be great if you repeat this procedure at least once a month.
- The detergent and rinser drawer should also be periodically removed and thoroughly cleaned.
- Laundry with buttons and zip fasteners should be washed buttoned up, with zippers closed and inside out: this is both safer for the drum and for the clothes inside it.
- Make sure you empty all the pockets before washing. This especially concerns coins and other metal stuff.
- Wash your clothes only with special laundry detergents and rinsers. Detergents for hand-washing form too much foam and this is likely to break your machine down. Besides, you must observe the right dosage of detergents and never exceed it.
- And finally: try not to put anything on the washing machine, even if your bathroom is too tight. Its surface should be empty, clean and perfectly dry.
- Ideally you’re supposed to start to care about your refrigerator even before it arrives at your home. Please, note that refrigerators must be transported in a vertical position. The maximum permissible angle of inclination is 40 degrees. Otherwise, the oil may leak from the compressor and break the entire system running your appliance.
- The oil may leak from the compressor even if you didn’t incline the fridge during transportation. Wait for 4-6 hours before switching it on for the first time. If you’re not sure that your appliance was transported in a vertical position, do not plug it in within the first 15 hours on its arrival.
- Earlier models of refrigerators had to be defrosted every 6 months. Modern no-frost technologies saved us from these troubles. However, it’s worth cleaning your fridge completely from time to time, in a switched-off state.
- Don’t forget about the back part of the fridge – it has to be periodically cleaned from dust with the help of a vacuum cleaner. Just don’t forget to unplug it before this procedure.
- Don’t put hot dishes in the fridge – let them cool off completely first.
- And try not to keep in the fridge the stuff that is not intended for this.
- It’s pretty simple with the vacuum cleaner: you should just monitor the state of filters and clean the duster on time.
- Don’t let big and firm items get into the vacuum cleaner – they not just block up the system and reduce the power of the appliance, but may also cause its overheating and failure.
- Also, please, try to avoid tiny firm particles getting in the vacuum cleaner, such as laundry detergents, for example. They choke up the filter in no time.
So, it’s now clear with the washing machine, refrigerator and vacuum cleaner. And what about the iron, microwave oven and dishwashing machine? Find this out in our next post!