How to Maintain your Kitchen Appliances

Kitchen appliances are used many times daily and thus deserve extra attention and care. It’s important to examine and clean your appliances regularly, as they can wear out and run less efficiently if not properly maintained. Here are some quick guidelines for appliance care in your kitchen:

Dishwashers

Dishwashers not only make your life easier, but they are more efficient for the environment. They use less water than washing dishes by hand and most are relatively energy efficient. Always consult your owners manual first for help with maintenance, but here are a few basic guidelines:

  • Examine spinning arms. Make sure all holes are free of debris so that water can run through them smoothly. To clean out debris, use needle nosed pliers or a toothpick.

Debris has clogged up the holes on this dishwasher’s spinning arm.

  • Wipe off spills and other dirt around the edges of the dishwasher and around the gasket.
  • Clean out debris from the dishwasher’s drain. This is where water and dirt are drained, so it’s easy for it to get clogged.
  • Check hoses for loose connections, holes, and leaks.

Refrigerators 

Refrigerators are built to last long and are very expensive which makes regular maintenance important.

  • Clean shelves & drawers every few months.
  • Remove debris from the drip tray.
  • About once or twice a year, unplug the refrigerator and vacuum the coils.
  • Check the seals in your fridge using the dollar bill test. Close the fridge door on a dollar bill. if you can easily pull the bill out, the seal isn’t tight enough. If this happens, you should call a professional to repair the gasket.

Ovens, Ranges & Range Hoods

Ovens and ranges come in a wide variety of types. For this reason, you should always consult your owner’s manual regarding maintenance. Here are a few basic tips:

  • If you oven doesn’t self-clean, you will need to clean it regularly with a scrub brush and oven cleaner. Make sure you do this in a well ventilated area and with gloves to protect your skin.
  • If your oven does self-clean, run it on the cleaning cycle and then wipe up left over ash with a damp cloth.
  • To clean your range hood, pull out the vent filter. Fill your sink with hot water and degreaser, and let the hood soak for a few minutes. Pull it out again and it should be free of grease!

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