Many residents of Orange County can be absolutely fanatical when it comes to performing routine maintenance on their cars, computers, or hair styles, for that matter. But how often do any of us really think about the routine maintenance our home appliances need? Most of us, if we are honest, would have to answer, “Well, not very often”.
Home appliances, just like vehicles, need a little TLC from time to time if we want to get the most life out of them and the best performance. The good news is the vast majority of routine maintenance required can be started and finished in no time flat and can be performed using only a few simple tools which most people already have. So, how does one get started doing this important work? And, this is important work as we shall see in a moment.
The very best place to start with any type of appliance is with the owner’s manual that came with the appliance. If you do not have or cannot find your booklet, you can often find copies online which you can print out.
If your home appliance requires periodic maintenance it will say so in your manual. The more modern the appliance, and the more features it has, the more likely it is that it will need some type of maintenance. Your booklet will tell you exactly what needs to be done and it will also tell you (often in step-by-step form) how to perform the task.
No matter what type of maintenance you are planning to do or what type of appliance it is you will be working on, always read the task instructions first. Do this before you start taking anything off of the appliance. Why? Many routine maintenance tasks require that you have a replacement part on hand in order to complete the job. This is especially true when it comes to changing out old filters that may be a part of an appliance’s system (water dispensing on frigs, for example). You need to know that can get the part you need before you actually go digging into the appliance. This will save you a lot of frustration later on.
When performing any type of routing maintenance it is critical that you follow any safety instructions that are given. For instance, if the instructions say to unplug the appliance, do so. Those instructions are there for a reason and not following them can result in injury to yourself or to the appliance.
The best reasons for doing this maintenance is that it helps to extend the life of the appliance, regardless of the type of appliance it is. Maintenance also helps to keep the appliance working to its full capacity. Both of these are excellent reasons to spend a few minutes with your appliances.
If you find that you do not understand some part of the instructions, or if you simply wish for us to do the work for you, give us a call. We are always happy to assist and will do our best to help.