It all starts with a different noise, a suspicious leak or some under-baked food. All these things have in common one thing: they are indicators that something may be wrong with your appliances.
Of course, you always can try some expensive repair or call someone to do just that. Sadly, sometimes the damage is already done, and a unite merely is beyond repair. The costs, occasionally, can be higher than the original price of the appliance.
Appliances are funny in the sense that we make our lives around them and we just want them to work: clean dishes, keep food cold, make food hot — basic needs. That’s why the thought of buying new ones rarely crosses our minds.
Whether we like it or not, your appliances are used every day and they will eventually break down, need repairment or, even worse, replacement. We can do to minimize this. How?
By paying more attention to how we use our appliances in our daily lives. That’s one of the most efficient ways to keep them going longer. So ditch this list of 9 bad habits that are slowly and silently killing your appliances.
#1 – Pouring hot water in your garbage disposal
Number one of our home appliance maintenance tips is one that may seem a little contrary to what common sense would suggest. Hot water is not actually the best solution when you’re cleaning kitchen leftover food or trash from your sink.
So, if you are washing your sink and using your garbage disposal to crush and get rid of the waste, you may want to go for cold water. The reason?
Hot water melts all the grease and fat from the leftovers, and that will only lead to clogged drains and other damages. So, if you want to see your garbage disposal live longer and avoid an appliance repair call, start using some cold water instead.
#2 – The evil coins in your pockets
It’s almost a tradition in every household but for sure is one you should avoid. If you ask us how to ruin a washing machine, we will reply that it will cost you almost nothing — sometimes, only a small coin will do it.
Make sure that before you do all your laundry, you check all your pockets for leftover bills or coins. Loose coins can damage the drum of the washing machine and can even go into nooks and crannies.
An idea to change that is having a jar for coins and bills near the washing machine. Instead of a swear jar, call it the loose coins jar. We hope it works!
#3 – Overfilling the Freezer
You may hear people say that if you keep your freezer full, it will work more efficiently. That one is a guarantee. But what about an overfilled one? Can a freezer be overloaded? You should never do that. There’s a difference between a full freezer and overfilling the freezer. And you don’t want to know what can result from the last one — it can go as far as burning out your precious freezer.
#4 – Overloading the Washing Machine
Just like our previous point, what do you put in the washing machine is also super important to determine how long the life-saving device will last. We all had weeks where we saw our laundry piling up, and we were tempted about throwing in a bit more clothes than it can handle.
Our advice is for you never to do that. If you overload your washing machine, you will be pressuring its drum bearings. You can also misalign its center, and that can kill your washing machine.
#5 – Leaving spills in the oven
If you are a regular cooker, you know that spills are just a natural consequence of cooking. No big deal, they will happen. But it’s different for them to land on the kitchen tile or the inside of your oven.
First of all, because they are easier to identify and clean from your kitchen tiles; second of all, because the tiles, unlike your oven, don’t need to be cleaned immediately after.
That’s right; if you spill something in your oven, you must clean it immediately, or you can damage its baking coils. An idea to avoid cleaning it every time you use it is to use foil so that spills can be removed immediately.
#6 – Letting lint build up in your dryer
This one is often one of the most overlooked items in this list, but you must remember to clean the lint trap in your clothes dryer. And you should do that after every single load.
Well, we can’t start with the less drastic one: if you don’t, you can reduce the performance of your machine. Second and most importantly, lint clogged in the vent pipe can start a fire.
We said we would start with the less drastic. Nobody wants to be in one of those cases where a power surge destroyed appliances and houses.
#7 – Using regular soap to clean your gas range burners
Make sure you are not washing the burners of your gas range with soap.
Eventually, it will lead to corrosion, and it can also clog the lighting hole. You will end up with a corroded gas range, and, worst of it all, your burners will have slow ignition or fail to ignite at all. Find your long-forgotten manual and clean it according to the instructions.
#8 – Sharp Objects in the Dishwasher
At the top of the list of what not to put in the dishwasher should be the sharp objects. If you must use your dishwasher to clean knives or other sharp objects, make sure you put them in a cutlery basket with the sharp ends pointing up to avoid damaging the racks.
If you think about it, it is super simple: every dishwasher has a vinyl cover. If a sharp object cuts it, it will create rust. From there, you can only imagine what happens every time you wash your plates.
#9 – Don’t mix your cast iron cookware with your ceramic cooktop
That is a rookie mistake, our foodie friend. You see, the back of a cast-iron skillet harsh and not make to be used on a ceramic or glass cooktop. If you insist on using cast iron, make sure you coat it.