Insanely Simple Tips for Keeping Your Appliances in Tip-Top Shape

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated June 21, 2019

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Money Saving Tips
June 21, 2019

Simple. Thrifty. Living.

You’ve invested a ton of money in a high-quality new appliance like a refrigerator or a stovetop. Now it’s time to protect your investment. Read on to learn some simple ways to keep your appliances working well and looking great.

It sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how many people pay top dollar for a high-end appliance, then neglect to clean it. This allows dirt to build up inside the device, which can affect normal function over time.

Every week or so, wipe down your new appliance inside and out. It won’t just look nice: you’ll keep it working longer.

For most appliances, ordinary cleaning is good — but they sometimes need cleaning that goes beyond weekly chores. Dust or hard water residue can build up inside your appliances, choking motors and other essential components and forcing them to work harder.

Do your research to learn how often you should be doing these kinds of occasional deep cleans. Then perform them on a regular schedule — whether that’s rinsing out the inside of the appliance with vinegar, opening it up to vacuum its inner components, changing a filter, or something else. These chores can be intimidating if you don’t know much about basic appliance maintenance, so consider hiring a professional if you catch yourself stalling.

Speaking of professionals, it’s time to open the phone book. Unless you’re particularly handy yourself, it’s best to hire someone to come in and perform maintenance on your appliance, at least once a year.

Many owners will defer this type of maintenance until there’s an obvious problem with their appliance. But even if your appliance isn’t out-and-out malfunctioning, a professional will examine it and detect possible signs of wear-and-tear. They can fix these problems before they start to act up, saving you serious money.

Many appliances in your home will interact with water in some way. If your water is full of minerals, these will build up on the inside of your appliance with time, forcing it to work harder and shortening its lifespan.

Investing in a water softener will remove these minerals from your water, greatly reducing the amount of mineral buildup you see over time, and improving the lifespan of your appliance. Plus, you’ll notice this positive change on your skin, hair, and clothes, too.

Your appliances are essential to your home. By taking basic steps to maintain them, like cleaning them regularly, investing in maintenance, and buying a water softener, you’ll ensure their proper functioning for years to come.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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