Making Your Appliances Last Longer

Making Your Appliances Last LongerMaking Your Appliances Last Longer

Regardless of the appliance you bought, you expect that it will last a long time and provide you good service for your investment. Like any machine, a home appliance needs to be checked from time to time and maintenance or service repairs made. There are a few guidelines to follow that will increase the life and usefulness of your home appliances.


One of the most important refrigerator maintenances is to care for the gasket on the inside of the door that seals off the airflow between the inside and outside atmosphere. Using soapy water and a non-abrasive scrubber, wash any spills or food reside off the rubber. This will help keep it flexible for longer and provide the tightest seal possible. A hand-held vacuum cleaner can be used to clean the coils on your refrigerator. The slow accumulation of dust and dirt will eventually slow down the airflow around them costing you more electricity for less efficiency. It will also cause the motor to work harder and bur out faster.


Again, it is critical to keep the gasket around the door clean and elastic. The occasional running of the washer with a soap and water mixture to keep the inside clean will help prevent built up residue from diminishing the cleanliness of your dishes. Be extra careful of the plastic or vinyl coating on the racks inside.

Washing Machine

Never overload your washing machine. Extra heavy loads put more strain on the motor than it is designed to handle. Overfull loads also tend to throw the machine off-balance. The vibrations caused by unbalanced loads puts undo stress on the motor, the transmission, and the belts that provide the agitating motion. If the unbalance becomes too great it can even snap belts in the machine or throw the workings out of sync and ruin the machine.

Clothes Dryer

As with your washer, an overload in the dryer will cut down on the efficiency of the machine while putting extra stresses on the mechanical workings. Clean the lint trap after every load. By the time it is built up to the point of pulling the lint off the screen in a solid sheet, you will have stressed your machine and diminished it’s effectiveness while shortening the lifespan of the appliance.

Any actions you can take to make your appliances work better with less stress and strain will save you money in electricity and longer time before replacement is needed.

This article was written by James, who also writes for his blog at