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With how expensive appliances are, it’s important that you take the proper steps to maintain your appliances for as long as possible. Today, we’re going to begin our two-part series looking at the appliance maintenance you shouldn’t overlook. Of course, if your appliances are acting up and it’s not something you can handle, you can always call your local appliance repair professionals at Lane’s Appliance Repair in Lansing. We specialize in the repair and maintenance of all major appliances and brands, including washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, ovens, refrigerators, and more. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!

Check the Oven’s Seal

If your oven door isn’t sealing properly, it can create a heat loss of over 20 percent. That loss of heat will result in food taking longer to cook or cooking unevenly. The way to check the seal is universal no matter who made your oven. Open up the oven door and find the rubber or fiberglass gasket surrounding the border of the door. Once you find it, touch around it to find any broken, torn, or deformed areas. Then, close the door up to see if you notice any leaks of heat. If any of these signs are found, replace the seal.

Clean Range Hood and Vent Filters

The hood over your range is vital to keeping smoke and grease out of your kitchen, as are downdraft vent filters. Just like with your HVAC system, if these get clogged up, they won’t be able to do their job properly. If you have charcoal or paper vent filters, don’t wash them. Instead, just replace them. As for metal-mesh grease filters, wash them by hand in warm, soapy water. If that’s not possible, they can be put in your dishwasher. When cleaning the range hood, keep the range off and ensure the stovetop isn’t hot or turned on. Then, use non-abrasive cleaning spray or degreaser, ensuring you keep it off of the light bulb and other electrical components.

Clean Stove Drip Pans

We’ve all been there. We lose track of how long the spaghetti has been cooking and the pot boils over. When that spillover happens, it goes down in the drip pans beneath the stove’s burners. While sometimes those spills aren’t anything to worry about, other times they can be burnt into the drip pan, damaging them. To avoid this, clean spills from drip pans as soon as possible, washing by hand. In the event the burn-in is too severe, you’ll need to replace them. Whatever you do, never cover them with aluminum foil. Not only will it provide minimal protection, but it can also pose a safety hazard.

Clean Refrigerator Coils

There have been many repair calls claiming a refrigerator isn’t working properly, only for the culprit to be discovered in dirty coils. Avoid the expensive cost of a new fridge by cleaning the coils regularly. Due to dirt, dust, and pet hair accumulating on the coils, it can cause your refrigerator to lose airflow, which negatively affects its ability to keep food cold effectively. Luckily, cleaning these coils isn’t too difficult. Locate where the coils are on your fridge, as it can change depending on manufacturer, and vacuum them using the hose attachment once or twice a year.

Replace Refrigerator Water Filters

If your fridge has a built-in water and ice dispenser, it’s important you don’t forget to take care of the water filter. When a filter isn’t able to properly separate contaminants and impurities from your water, it puts your family in danger of ingesting harmful water. The way to replace the filter will depend on what model of refrigerator you have and different models will have different recommendations for replacement times. Check the manufacturer instructions to see what they recommend, but a good rule to keep in mind is change them out every three to six months.

That brings us to the end of part one in our two-part series looking at some of the maintenance you can perform on your own to keep your appliances working well for longer. Keep an eye on this blog for the second part as we turn our focus to your dishwasher, garbage disposal, and other appliances. If you have an appliance in need of service, whether it’s repair or regular maintenance, call Lane’s Appliance Repair in Lansing. We have years of experience and there’s not much we haven’t seen before. We hope to hear from you soon!

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