With most major home appliances costing a lot of naira, one will want to use it as long as it will last.
Even though each product’s lifespan depends on the usage, a little tender loving care goes a long way.
Below are tips making your home appliances last longer;
Air conditioners can keep cooling for 10 to 15 years. To get yours to stand the test of time, and temperatures, clean the filters every 225 to 360 hours of operation (or every nine to 15 straight days of use. Just rinse the filters in the sink with a damp cloth and soap. Use a blow dryer once a week to shoot dust out of the vents.
Microwaves can last up 10 years, but to get the most meals out of yours, clean it often and well. Particles left for too long can turn into carbon, resulting in appliance-damaging electrical sparking. The best way to clean: Heat up a microwave-safe glass of water until the liquid boils. The steam will loosen any stuck-on gunk inside. Then, you can easily remove it all with dish washing soap and water.
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Refrigerators and Freezers
Refrigerators can last up to 13 years, while freezers have a lifespan of 11 to 12. To get the most out of your fridge, experts advise that you should dust off the compressor coils – usually in the back or bottom – every six months. Skip doing this, and the coils won’t effectively remove heat from inside, which causes the appliance’s compressor to run longer and hotter – and fail faster. Another part to pay attention to is the door’s rubber gaskets, which keep in the cold on both refrigerators and freezers. Keep them sealed tightly by regularly scrubbing off food and debris with soap and warm water. Also, dry them off with a towel or sponge. One more tip: Don’t over-fill your fridge or freezer. Over-filling blocks airflow and makes it tougher to cool newer additions, and overworks the appliance.
Cleaning is also the secret to getting your electric stove to keep heating for 13 years or longer. When there is too much build-up and the appliance overworks itself, shortening its life. For glass-top models, use a glass cleaner at least twice a week. For models with burners, clean all removable parts and the area around the igniter with warm water and mild detergent to avoid a fire hazard and subpar heating.
Although gas stoves tend to outlast electric stoves by two years, cleaning them is equally crucial. Wipe up debris and spills from the burners often – but be careful not to touch the igniter – to avoid the ports getting clogged, which takes a toll on the stove’s efficiency. Use soapy water to clean the grills to keep them heating up as they should.
You will get about nine years out of this appliance, if you keep the door gaskets and bottom edge clean, which prevents leaks. Water and bleach are all you need. Also, clear out objects in the pump area and spray arms. Otherwise, they can clog the drain system and prevent dishes from getting spic and span.
Washing machines tend to last at least 10 years, one more year if it’s a front-loader and three more if it’s a top-loader. Their staying power depends on replacing brittle hoses with steel-clad ones to avoid flooding. Also, never slam a washer or dryer door. That can break the door switch. And even though you want to spend as little time doing laundry as possible, stick to the manufacturer’s recommended load weight. Overstuffing your appliance can wear out the motor and drive belts.
Dryers can last about 13 to 14 years. Avoid going over the manufacturer’s recommended load weight. You should also clean the lint filter after each use with a brush or paper towel. Leftover lint will collect in the burner or heater element area and then start building up in the vent, leading to longer drying times, due to limited airflow. This will also lead to a higher risk of starting a fire. Lastly, clean the aluminium vent pipe twice a year with a vent brush. Any built-up lint there is another fire hazard.