They are built for performance, but home appliances do experience glitches from time to time. Rather than have your much-loved (and often crucial) appliance break down completely, and in an effort to provide it with a longer life, it’s important to note that like cars, appliances also need regular servicing.

Major appliances such as dishwashers, fridges, washing machines and tumble dryers can be costly to repair and even more to replace.

But you can stave off those repairs and keep your appliances running longer by using the following easy general maintenance tips to ensure their longevity:

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A simple tip to ensure the longevity of your fridge is, don’t overfill it. Putting too many items in it creates unnecessary pressure on the fridge’s compressor to keep the items cold and fresh. Additionally, a full fridge makes it difficult for cold air to circulate correctly, which results in food being spoilt and lowering the fridge’s efficiency.

Washing machine

Don’t overload your washing machine. Overloading can lead to its early demise. Once you’ve completed your laundry, clean the inside drum with a damp cloth to remove soap residue, dirt, excess threads from clothes etc., as this build-up can cause damage to your machine. Keep the door open after a cycle so that the damp can evaporate.

Gas stoves

Keep stoves spick and span! Wipe off spills on the burners once they’re cool to avoid the ports getting clogged, which will take a toll on the stove’s efficiency. A simple solution of warm soapy water will do the trick.

Don’t toss the user manual

We often throw these out after a few months – don’t! These are handy, especially for small home appliances with fewer moving parts. The repair might be simple enough for you to manage on your own and most importantly, save you money. Should you toss the manual, the internet has a host of DIY videos for smaller repairs.



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