Remove coins or other items from pockets. These items destroy impellers on drain pumps.
Garment bags are your best friend. Small items don’t seem like they will get to the pump but more often than not, that is the cause of most washer breakdowns.
Keep your water valve hoses and source clean. We replace a couple of water valves a week. 9 out of 10 times it is due to poor water quality, clogged hose filters, or no hose filters at all.
Similar to dryers, refrain from washing heavy loads of clothes, including bath mats, rugs, or comforters. These types of loads often kill a washer to the point where you are buying a new washer due to repair costs.
Soap – use 10% of what you are currently using. Soap is an additive that sticks to dirt and particles other than water. More soap doesn’t mean cleaner. -Every time you overuse soap or softeners, you are shortening the life span of your washer.
Overloading or underloading your fridge can cause airflow issues. In both cases, this can lead to either warmer temps or a waste of electricity.
Clean your coils! Coils are the lungs of your fridge. Imagine the amount of dust and debris you have sitting under your fridge right now. Now imagine trying to breathe through all of that. Not good is it? This will significantly increase performance, energy costs, and future expensive repairs.
Keep your gaskets clean and tear-free. We sometimes run into gaskets that are torn or so dirty it affects the box’s ability to keep the cold air in. This can cause all sorts of issues. Warm air ice can also form, causing a more significant problem and result in more labor in repairs.
This one isn’t so much a maintenance tip but rather a heads up on ice makers. It is super convenient to have ice at a moment’s notice for sure, but on older models of fridges, ice maker repairs could often cost more then it would cost just to buy a bag of ice every once and a while when needed.
Ovens are reasonably resilient. They are built to withstand high temps, so they tend to stand alone as everything else around them breaks down.
Avoid Self Cleaning. Keeping your oven clean is always recommended, but it is often the way it is done is the issue. Control Boards hate the heat, and what happens when you apply 600-900 degrees to an electronic board made of small silicone components? They melt, short circuit, and break.
When cleaning and oven, just use a foaming degreaser, let it sit for a while, and wipe down with a hot rag. Some ranges have easy to remove bottom trays meant for catching random food spills as well.
Be careful about cleaning the top of your stove with water and soap. If the sparking burner heads get wet, they don’t work. To fix this, just let them air dry until they come back to life.
Two things will wear down any machine: Water and Heat. These two things go hand in hand with dishwashers.
The best thing you can do to help extend the life of your dishwasher is to rinse plates and use quality soap and rinse aid. We use and recommend Finish power ball and quantum finish power ball for hard water sources.
Keeping utensils out of the bottom of the dishwasher. I know its annoying to get under the bottom rack and pull out that fork that was dropped but often, these rogue utensils can heat weld to the heater and cause all sorts of expensive issues.