We recently took a look at some of the pieces of appliance maintenance you can perform to keep your machines working well for longer. As promised, we’re back with the second part of that series, this time turning our attention to some of the other important appliances in your home. If your appliances aren’t working properly and these tips don’t do the trick, call the appliance repair professionals you can depend on at Lane’s Appliance Repair in Lansing. We have the experience and knowledge to get your appliances back up and running.
Fix Rusty Dishwasher Racks
Because dishwashers inherently combine water and metal, it’s natural that over time rust can develop. If that rust is left untreated, it can adhere to your dishes and silverware, which will ruin them. Luckily, the fix for this is pretty easy. At your local hardware store, get a tine repair kit. Use the sealant to apply the replacement tips to any areas affected by rust. Once they’re applied, let them dry for at least 24 hours before running the dishwasher again.
Clean the Disposal
With everything that gets fed into a garbage disposal, some items won’t be fully broken down. This can create a blockage that may damage the disposal itself if not addressed properly. This makes it important to safely clean out the disposal and remove any potential blockages. First, turn off the garbage disposal and unplug it if it is a model that has a power plug. Then, inspect it for any items that are large and/or stuck. If you find anything, use tongs or another tool (never your hands) to remove the item. If the disposal has a bad smell, you can deodorize it by putting a handful of citrus peels in it, running cold water, and running the disposal until the peels are fully disposed of.
Clear Out Dryer Exhaust
While your dryer’s lint trap will catch a lot of the lint that comes off your laundry, it may not be able to catch everything. When that happens, the lint will get into the dryer’s exhaust. If lint in the exhaust accumulates, it can create a clog that doesn’t just reduce your dryer’s efficiency, but is also a dangerous fire hazard. To clear out your dryer’s exhaust, loosen its clamp and remove the exhaust from the back of the dryer. Typically, you can remove the lint by hand, but if you’re unable to reach that far, a straightened clothes hanger can do the trick. Once you have the large chunks removed, vacuum the exhaust to catch anything that was missed and reattach it to the dryer.
Check Washer Hoses
The hoses connected to your washing machine are very important, and if they wear down and deteriorate, it can lead to a costly flood. Inspect your washer hoses for any signs of cracks, leaks, or otherwise weak spots. If you notice anything that doesn’t look the way it should, replace that hose as soon as possible. At the very least, replace washing machine hoses every five years to ensure they are always in good condition.
Replace Air Conditioner Filters
The filter in your HVAC unit has a very important job, as it keeps your air clear of dirt, dust, and other particles that can be harmful to your health. This job extends to keeping your air conditioner free of those particles as well. When an air filter is clogged up, it will impede airflow, which will reduce your energy efficiency while increasing the strain your air conditioner is put through, leading to a shorter appliance lifespan. Additionally, clogged filters will recirculate dirt and dust into the air, negatively affecting your indoor air quality. Depending on the manufacturer, air filters should be cleaned or replaced every three to six months. Check the manufacturer recommendations to see what your system calls for.
That brings us to the conclusion of our two-part series looking at some of the appliance maintenance you can perform to keep your appliances working well for longer. We hope this helps you avoid expensive replacements or repairs in the future. However, if your appliances aren’t working and these tips don’t fix it, call Lane’s Appliance Repair in Lansing. We have experience working on all major appliances and brands, so we can help you get back up and running again. Call today to schedule your appointment!