Appliance Repair Maintenance Calendar
Kitchen Appliance Care
Kitchen appliance maintenance is probably going to make the most difference in your home overall, as the machines here are generally used quite often. Though a broken kitchen appliance should usually be handled by an appliance professional, keeping them clean and using them properly is something that homeowners should pay attention to if they are to function well over their lifetimes.
If a gas appliance stops working, check to see if the pilot light has gone out. If you have the manufacturer’s instructions handy, they may show you how to safely relight the pilot yourself. Wait until you have a full load of dishes before running the dishwasher; this will not only save you money on energy and water bills, but can also extend the life of your appliance, too. A freezer that contains too much frost cannot function at its best; whenever frost gets to be 1/4-inch thick in your freezer, it’s time to defrost. Has a burner on your electric stove stopped working? They are generally inexpensive and easily replaced. Yellow flames in a gas stove are an indication of a problem. Flames should always be blue, so seeing other colors means that you’re not running at full efficiency; you may want to call a service professional.
Clean or Replace Dirty Vent Filters:
Metal-mesh grease filters can be washed by hand in soapy water or you can put them in your dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.
Don't attempt to wash charcoal or paper filters; they need to be replaced.
Clean Stovetop Drip Bowls:
Remove drip bowls from underneath your burner elements.
Presoak the drip bowls in a cleaning solution for 5 minutes. Then wash, clean and replace.
Remember to clean drip bowls immediately after spills. If spills burn into the bowls you may need to replace them.
Clean Coils In Your Refrigerator:
Depending on your model, the coils are either behind the kickplate or at the rear of the fridge.
Use a shop or handheld vacuum to suck up any loose particles.
Vacuum every 6-12 months.
Change Refrigerator Water Filter:
Filters that don't efficiently remove contaminants and impurities may expose you to harmful water.
Follow water filter instructions, as all water filters are different depending on model. However, most are as easy as turning the filter one quarter inch and popping it out or locking it in place.
Change the filter every 3-6 months depending on water condition and usage.
Fix Rusty Dishrack Tines:
If your tines are rusty, the rust can adhere to and ruin your dishes and silverware.