Preventative maintenance on anything that is mechanical even a car — mechanics will always advise that it’s easier and less expensive to tighten a wheel nut than to repair the wreckage that may occur if the nut comes off. That’s preventative maintenance. Through preventative maintenance of home appliances from ApplianceQuest you can avoid the inconveniences that accompany an appliance breakdown and further appliance repairs. You also can often save money by taking corrective steps before a tiny trouble becomes a big one.
The simple act of application of oil or other lubricant to adjoining appliance surfaces that function together is appliance preventative maintenance. The wise homeowner will have a regular schedule for lubricating (but not over-lubricating) all household machines. Twice a year should be about right. When you have once checked over a particular appliance, a record of where to apply oil will speed future lube jobs. Some machines or parts, of course, are sealed and have lifetime lubrication.
Professional appliance preventative maintenance is almost always a wise investment. Having your room air conditioner checked, cleaned, and oiled may prevent a motor bearing burnout on the hottest day of summer. Tightening a loose belt on a washer or dryer may save the same belt from replacement a few months in the future. During off seasons and periods of light workloads local appliance repair businesses sometimes advertise reduced rates for appliance preventative maintenance work. Such offers are usually worthwhile.
Based on exposure to a variety of appliance problems with appliance repairs read this list first before troubleshooting your appliance.
- Always unplug the appliance before cleaning or inspecting it.
- Have (polarized) outlet for every appliance that needs one.
- Never use an appliance when your hands are wet.
- At the slightest appliance indication of tingle or electrical shock, unplug the appliance and don’t use if again until it is thoroughly tested.
- Use the appliances exactly as the manufacturer directs.
- Use the appliance for its intended purpose only. Do not make tiny unusual demands for which it was not designed.
- Use with the appliance products recommended by the manufacturer—that is, detergents, utensils, cleaning solutions, etc.
- Treat exterior and interior finishes with care. Metal finishes can scratch, porcelain enamel can develop hairline cracks or chips, find there are limitations to the impact plastics, and other materials, Call Pay careful attention to advice provided in the user’s manual.
- Exercise care in cleaning the appliance. Water can cause electrical short circuits.
(Turn off the plug, not the cord, when disconnecting an appliance from the outlet.
- Be on the lookout for worn cords and loose plugs.
- Do not operate an appliance that is partly disassembled.
- Don’t attempt to defeat safety devices such as lid and door switches.
- Keep children away from any appliance that is in operation, including range door surfaces during self-cleaning operations. All appliances use an energy source for operation that presents a potential hazard for any person not instructed in proper use and care.
- An extension cord is not recommended. If one must be used temporally be sure that it is at least as large as the appliance cord and keep it as short as possible.