Summer has arrived and when it comes to your appliances, now is as good of a time as ever to perform routine maintenance to avoid significant malfunctions. Summer brings warmer temperatures and higher usage of some appliances utilized to keep areas cool. It is also an excellent time to check in with appliances that might not be used as much in warmer temperatures, allowing for proper storage to prepare for usage when the temperatures cool back down in autumn. Not sure where to start with routine maintenance? Here are a few tips to get started.
Check All Door Seals
We all remember our mothers reminding us to keep the refrigerator door closed to save energy, but keeping all doors well sealed is an easy way to ensure your energy bills won’t skyrocket. When running an air conditioner, make sure there are no broken, cracked, or worn down door or window seals, as it often leads to the cooler air escaping. It can also cause your air conditioner to use more energy to cool the room. Additionally, it is always a good idea to routinely check the seal on the refrigerator and freezer door for the same defects in order to prevent cool air from escaping.
Clean Filters and Vents
Air circulation through any appliance can lead to dust and debris buildup in the filters and vents. Ultimately, buildup can block air circulation causing the appliance to work harder or can potentially spread allergens throughout the room. If utilizing an air conditioner, check the filter to see if washing or replacement needs to occur. It’s also a great idea to do a routine deep-cleaning of the vents throughout your house and dryer.
Rinse Your Washing Machine
Warmer temperatures and humid climates are prime environments for mildew and grime to grow. Combined with the damp, moist environment of a washing machine, there is a recipe for trouble. Rinse out your washing machine with a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda to start anew in spring. Set your washer to run on the hottest temperature cycle and pour one-half cup of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser. You can also pour it directly into the drum if no dispenser is available. Next, add one cup of baking soda to the cycle. This will serve as the scrubbing action to clear out any build up. After the cycle has completed, immediately run an extra rinse to ensure that clear out all the baking soda.