Home appliances are expensive. Washing machines, dishwashers, TV’s, dryers, ovens, fridges and freezers and all of those other appliances that we’ve come to rely on are essentials. If you’ve got a young family, you probably can’t see how you would ever manage without them. But, chances are with a family at home, these appliances, and the others that make your life easier, get a lot of use. This can mean that they don’t last for as long as you’d like them to. You can find yourself not only tackling a kitchen renovation but also needing to make costly replacements.
But, while it’s only natural for the things that we use the most to fail in time, chances are, you could make them last for longer if you just put a little thought into it.
Get Them Repaired
The modern world is a disposable one. We throw clothing away when there’s a slight hole or scuff. We get new pieces of furniture when we get bored, and we replace our appliances as soon as they show signs of wear, or have a small problem. Finding good, reliable appliance repair can save you a fortune. Eventually, appliances will need repairing that often that it would be more cost-effective to replace them, but this is rarely the first time that they breakdown. When something breaks, don’t assume that it is the end of its life, at least try to repair it first.
Don’t DIY Repairs
You might think that you can just tape over the cracks and keep a damaged appliance working for a little longer without help. But, without proper training and knowledge, you risk making the problem worse and voiding any manufacturer's warranty. Always use a proper repairman.
Switch Them Off
Do you ever turn your appliances off? So many of us are guilty of just turning things on to standby or even leaving them on when we aren’t using them. Not all of your appliances will have an off switch. Items like toasters and other small appliances only use power when they are in use. But, things like your TV should be turned off when you are done with them. You could even switch your fridge off when you go on holiday.
Read the Instruction Manual
You might think that no one ever reads instruction manuals, and you wouldn’t be far off right. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t. Read the manual that comes with an appliance, or download it online, and you’ll know that you are using it correctly. You’ll also have access to some troubleshooting tips, and advice on how to get more out of your product, in terms of both function and lifespan.
All of our appliances should be cleaned. Letting dust, grease and other debris into vents, behind buttons and otherwise inside can decrease their lifespan, and even mean that your appliances aren’t able to work as they should. Get into the habit of wiping them down or dusting them, and look for more in-depth cleaning tips in the manual for more advice on keeping them clean.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.