• Preventative Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance

Most appliances require preventative maintenance to continue performing safely and efficiently. Plus, the better maintained your appliances are, the less likely you’ll need to have them repaired.

Read the following appliance maintenance tips. Keep in mind that we can handle all these services for you if you are unable to perform them yourself.

Refrigerators
The most important thing with refrigerators is to maintain the correct temperature. If the temperature isn’t right, this can start a chain reaction that leads to all sorts of problems. A good place to start is making sure the door seals are clean and functioning properly.
Refrigerators also have heating and cooling coils that need to be cleaned off periodically in order to work efficiently. Some refrigerator models allow you to access the coils, while others are more complicated to deal with. In either case, if you’re not sure what to do, give us a call.

Dishwashers
Dishwashers have a filter inside to catch any particles big enough to clog the drain or damage the pump. However, the filter is not bulletproof, so it may occasionally need some attention. Periodically cleaning the filter and running regular cleaning cycles will help your dishwasher to continue performing efficiently.

Ovens
Ovens tend to build up a lot of grease, which can lead to issues with both mechanical and electrical components. This can be easily prevented by regularly cleaning your oven. Just wipe it down after each use and promptly clean up any spills. We recommend to NOT use the oven’s self-clean function. The excess heat used during self-clean can lead to electronic and mechanical failures that are costly to repair.

Washing machines
Always follow manufacturer recommendations for use when operating your washing machine. Do not overfill your washer, as this can cause strain on the suspension system and other mechanical components. The same goes for loads that are off balance, so do your best to evenly distribute the weight for each load. Additionally, if you’re washing items that are falling apart (such as old floor mats), be aware that the discarded bits and pieces can potentially cause a drainage block.

Dryers
Dryers must be maintained to prevent a fire hazard. If your dryer vent becomes clogged with lint, lint will start to buildup inside the cavity of the dryer, covering the motor, electronics and heating system. Dryer lint is extremely flammable and can easily cause a house fire. To prevent this, look inside your dryer exhaust vent periodically to make sure it’s clear. Keep in mind that this issue is more common with vents that are overly long or contain several bends. Additionally, it’s important to clean the lint filter in your dryer before and after each use.

Common Issues:

  • Inconsistent refrigerator temperature/leaky door seals
  • Dirty refrigerator condenser coils
  • Clogged dishwasher filter
  • Greasy buildup in oven
  • Over-full/uneven washing machine load
  • Dryer lint buildup (fire hazard)

Things to Remember:

  • If you have questions about or need help with maintaining your appliances, feel free to call us at (510) 507-0687.

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