Maintaining your kitchen appliances can be tough, especially when you are busy with daily life. However, it is important to take the time to clean and maintain your appliances regularly in order to ensure that they continue to work properly and efficiently. Here are some tips from the team at London Domestic Appliance Repair to help you maintain your household appliances.
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Here are our 7 Hot household appliances tips you can use straight away:
Tip #1: TUMBLE DRYER
Clean your lint filters regularly. If the filters are blocked, the motor must work harder to funnel air through the tumble dryer, causing your clothes to take longer than usual to dry.
It is also advisable to occasionally clean out the lint filter cavity using your hoover's crevice attachment.
Lint build-up could also gather in the vent hose if you have a vented tumble dryer. If your vent hose is blocked, it will likewise put more pressure on the motor. So ensure that you check the vent hose from time to time when you're cleaning the dryer.
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Tip #2: WASHING MACHINE
Do Not Overload the Washing Machine:
Overloading your washing machine can lead to poor wash results, damaged clothes and cause wear and tear on your washing machine's components.
Such wear and tear could include damage to the motor, heater or even worse, the bearings resulting from the washing machine being off-balance.
It can be tempting to tightly fill your washing machine to get all of your laundry done at once. But it's far better to fill the machine loosely rather than pack it tightly.
Tip #3: BOILER
Bleed Your Radiators:
What is the point of bleeding the radiators, you might ask? Well, radiators need to be bled to release any air trapped inside them. This trapped air stops warm water from flowing through the radiator and will cause the top of the radiator to run cold while the bottom will be running warm.
Suppose you experience the radiator running warm at the bottom and cold at the top. In that case, it's an indication that the central heating system in your house is not operating at an optimal level, which will cause it to take a longer time to warm up the rooms in your home. In addition, it will cost you money, as your monthly bills will likely be higher than normal.
You might also experience banging, clanking or gurgling noises due to the trapped air inside your radiator system; therefore, you should bleed your radiators once a year; this is encouraged even if they are working properly.
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Tip #4: PLUMBING
Check Toilet Flush Valve Seal for Leaks:
When your toilet leaks, it can be a real pain in the neck. Catching leaks early; will make them more manageable and could save you serious plumbing problems and damage to your flooring in the future.
If your toilet is leaking, one of the feasible places to look for the cause is the flush valve seal in the toilet. Flush valve seals are rubber seals that keep water from running from the tank to the toilet bowl when it is not flushing.
To catch a leaking flush valve seal before it's likely to occur, add one or two blue cistern blocks in the toilet tank and leave it for a few hours. Check to see if you'll find some of the blue water in the toilet bowl. If you do find coloured water, it means you have a leak.
Tip #5: DISHWASHER
Dirty Cutlery, Plates and Dishes:
Putting dirty and greasy cutlery, plates and dishes in the dishwasher can clog up the spray arms, the pump housing, drain lines which can cause bacteria to cultivate inside the machine. The collection of dirt and grease in the pump housing and spray arms can also prevent the dishes from being cleaned correctly.
Many appliance repair technicians advise that you should at least scrape the food off plates and dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. However, how much you need to clean is debatable. Most dishwasher manufacturers say a complete rinse is not required; whereas, appliance technicians say the more food and particles you get off the plate, the less likely the machine will break down, saving you money in the long run.
Tip #6: FRIDGE
Got a Leak?
If you're experiencing a leak in your kitchen, you might assume either the sink, washing machine, or dishwasher is the culprit. Leaks do not always originate from the sink or dishwasher; the cause could be the fridge. Even if your fridge does not have a built-in water dispenser or ice maker, a fault in the fridge might be the cause. If your fridge is leaking water, it means there's a problem that needs immediate attention.
You should occasionally check the drain pan at the bottom of your fridge for cracks that may have developed and has allowed water to leak.
Small amounts of water typically accumulate in the drain pan, but it is not common for the drain pan to leak out. Water gathered in the drain pan should evaporate before it becomes a cause for concern due to the condenser fan blowing a wave of warm air over the top of it.
Check the drain pan for any cracks or damage, especially if there is a leak in your kitchen, but there isn't any water in the defrost drain or any other part of the refrigeration system. If you find a crack in the drain pan, you will need to replace it.
Tip #7: Oven
The Shelves and Inside:
Remove the shelves from the oven, then soak them in the sink for an hour in hot water with a fume-free formula oven cleaner or any detergent that will dissolve grease and grime. Make sure you follow the instructions of your oven cleaner or detergent and ensure it is suitable for stainless steel ovens.
Always wear cleaning gloves and make sure the room is well ventilated by opening your kitchen windows or turning on the extractor fan. Wipe away hardened food with a steel wool scrubber or any cors scrubber you might have. Once all the dirt has been clean off, rinse the shelves and allow them to dry. Oven shelves are also dishwasher friendly, so you can put them in the dishwasher if they fit.
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