Top 5 Overlooked Appliances and How to Check on Them

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For most homeowners, the most attention their appliances get is taking  them out of the box. Not only will this neglect cause them to get dirty and not run as efficiently, it can also be dangerous. Whether you're buying a house or you've lived in it for years, cleaning your appliances will not only let them run better but will also increase their longevity. For first time home buyers, taking care of appliances may seem like a whole new ball game! In this blog we will cover some commonly overlooked appliances as well as how to clean them.   

Dishwasher

It is important to keep your dishwasher clean so it can properly clean your dishes. There are also places within your dishwasher that tend to get buildup which can cause odor and inefficiencies. Check the filter system, normally found at the bottom of the machine, to make sure there isn’t any left over food there. Cleaning this out will prevent any odors and make the dishwasher run quieter. Also check if the spray arm needs to be cleaned. Minerals from hard water can build up and prevent the proper amount of hot water to clean your dishes. Dirty dishes? No thank you!

Washer and Dryer

It is good practice to leave the doors open after doing a load of laundry. This will help prevent the buildup of mold in the machine. Keeping the size of the load down will also help to not wear out your machines, and prevent unneeded wear and tear on your washer and dryer. And don't forget to keep the exhaust vents and lint traps clean - this can prevent fires!

Refrigerators

Clean under and behind your refrigerator. Cleaning the coils will help to improve air flow, which makes sure that the unit will cool down better. It also reduces dirt buildup which could potentially cause fires. You will most likely save money on electricity as well because the refrigerator will be able to run more efficiently.

It's also a good idea to do a deep clean of the inside of your fridge quarterly. Remove everything and wipe down all the surfaces with a disinfectant and a deodorizing solution. This will keep your food and fridge fresh and clean.

Garbage Disposal

We know what you're thinking, "do I really have to clean my garbage disposal?" While it may seem like a hassle, there are simple things you can do to keep it in tip-top shape. Make sure the blades stay sharp by putting a cup of ice down the disposal with water. If there is an odor from the garbage disposal, you can put lemon slices down to deodorize. This will also help to solidify any buildup of food or grease so it can be processed.

Oven and Stove Top

Wipe down the stove top after every use and clean the oven at least twice a year. To clean knobs, soak them in water rather than spraying cleaner onto the stove top. Remove and clean the racks individually to reduce buildup. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions when cleaning the oven. 

Making sure your appliances are regularly cleaned keeps those using them safe as well as increasing the longevity of the appliance. This is a great practice to start for those moving into a new home! If you or someone you know is looking to buy a house, visit our site today to scroll through our featured listings.