At my house, we have a 25-year-old geyser that still works fine. Of course, its energy consumption is a lot higher than the newer models. But, it still heats water in just around 15 minutes. A technician would have repaired it just once or twice in its entire lifespan.
Similarly, at our in-law’s place, they used an IFB washing machine for about 20 years before replacing it with a new one.
The common factor at both homes is that they maintain their appliances well.
It is a fact that appliances nowadays are not built to last for more than a decade. But, with proper care and easy maintenance tips, you can extend the life of your home appliances.
After consulting with various appliance technicians, we bring to you some easy maintenance tips that you can follow every day.
Tips To Prolong Life of Home Appliances
- Neglect is the main culprit behind the early demise of any appliance. So, ensure you run regular maintenance checks to clean filters, declutter, descale and catch the rust before it ruins the whole appliance.
- If there are constant power fluctuations and surges at your home, invest in a good voltage stabilizer for your appliances.
- Invest in better quality appliances. Cheaper ones may have features and functions of premium products. But they cut down the price by compromising on the build quality. Often by spending 20-30% more, you can get durable appliances with all the necessary features. In the long run, not only does it save you more money, but it also reduces the impact on the environment.
- Ensure that your home appliances are installed by professionals.Using poor quality connectors or even shoddy installation at uneven angles can adversely impact the life of appliances.
- Read the instruction manuals of all appliances thoroughly. They often contain Dos and Don’ts which you may otherwise neglect.
- Invest in a good quality washing machine stand that doesn’t rust. Often rust from poor quality stands spread to the washing machine and cause irreparable damage.
- Always empty the pocket before loading clothes into the washing machine. Coins and other metallic objects may damage the front loader’s glass door or block the pipes.
- Clean the lint trap of the washing machine on a monthly basis. A clogged lint filter will hamper the washing machine’s draining ability and lead to mold and mildew formation.
- Clean the door gasket every two weeks to remove any mold.
- Run the washing machine on a drum cleaning cycle every month. If you have a hard water supply, use a good descaling powder. This will eliminate scaling in the drum and pipes.
- If water TDS exceeds 700 ppm, investing in a water softener device is crucial to ensure the machine’s durability.
- Do not use any DIY detergents in your washing machine. The soap residue not only accumulates on your clothes but also leads to mold and mildew growth inside the drum and gasket.
- If your washing machine vibrates excessively, it is because you have overloaded it or not balanced the load. In such cases, stop the washing machine and take out a few clothes before resuming. Excessive vibration can damage the alignment of the motor and drum leading to expensive repairs.
- Do not leave wet clothes inside the washing machine for a long time as it may damage the drum and lead to moldy gasket.
- If you keep the washing machine on an open balcony, ensure that it is covered to prevent rusting.
- Ensure your washing machine is levelled correctly. Most often the cause of excessive vibration is uneven floor. And this may increase the wear and tear of the drum and motor.
- Discard spoiled food as soon as you find them or at least on a weekly basis. Clean the shelves with soap in running water and wipe down the interiors on a monthly basis.
- Clean the backside of the refrigerator including the coils every 3 months. Debris accumulated in this area can affect its cooling performance.
- Adjust the temperature settings according to the climate. Do not put it in the coldest setting unless you absolutely need to, as it can burn out the compressor quickly.
- Do not overload the refrigerator. Ideally, it should be filled only to 30% of its capacity. When the food blocks the air vents inside the compartment, it alerts the compressor to work harder to cool the refrigerator. This can overburden the compressor and lead to premature compressor malfunction.
- Peter Keohane of JKS Electrical Solutions suggests keeping the refrigerator away from heating producing appliances like oven and dishwasher as the heat transfers into your fridge through conduction meaning your fridge again has to work harder. This undue pressure on the compressor could affect its durability.
- Ensure that the gaskets always have a tight seal using the “Dollar Bill Test”. Close the refrigerator door on a crisp 100 rupee note. If you can pull the note out then your refrigerator gasket seal is not tight enough. Call a technician to get it replaced.
- Do not switch on the geyser for a longer duration. Not only will it increase your energy bills, but will also reduce the longevity of the appliance.
- Switch off the geyser before going to bath and ensure that you completely use up the hot water. Leaving hot water inside the geyser for a long duration will slowly damage the coil and other components.
- If you have a hard water supply, get the geyser cleaned every 3-6 months and remove any salt deposits. Alternatively, invest in a water softener to improve the durability of the appliance.
- Clean the filter every fortnight to remove any food residue. Not only does it improve the wash quality, but also reduces drainage pipe clogging.
- Jennifer Noonan of Bobvila advises against putting any sharp objects in the dishwasher. They may scratch the racks and expose the metal inside and eventually lead to rusting.
- Add descaling powder and run the dishwasher on the hottest cycle on a monthly basis. This not only cleans the interiors but also the pipes, thereby reducing limescale accumulation.
- The battery of the cordless vacuum cleaner is very delicate. To prolong its life, ensure that it never discharges the battery completely. Ideally, you should use it only till the last block blinks and not any further.
- If you observe diminished suction power, check the brushes and air passage to ensure it isn’t clogged.
- Do not use a vacuum cleaner for more than 45 minutes at a stretch as the heat generated could damage the internal components.
- Avoid cleaning the jars in a dishwasher as it will scratch the stainless steel body and polycarbonate lids. Blades will also become blunt when cleaned in the dishwasher. Instead, run the mixer grinder on the slowest setting for about 30 seconds by filling it with water to half level and adding a drop of dishwashing liquid.
- Though mixer grinders can be used to make turmeric powder, it is advised not to do so on a regular basis. This is because it may put an excessive strain on the blades and couplers.
- Clean any food residue inside the oven immediately. Food residue stuck on the interiors will burn when you switch on the oven the next time.Very soon it will damage the coating leading to rust formation. Once it starts rusting, you won’t be able to use the microwave function as it will cause sparks.
- If your oven has a self-cleaning function, avoid using it ( Not to be confused with steam cleaning). In self-cleaning mode, the oven runs at a very high temperature to incinerate any food residue inside. The electronic components when constantly exposed to such a high temperature may break down. In fact, there are even cases of parts melting when run on self-clean mode.
- Install an external sediment filter that can capture sand and other larger debris. This prolongs the life of the RO and UF filters.