How to Maintain Your 5 Most Common Household Appliances

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Household appliances are life-savers.

I guess everybody would agree with me when I say that these simple yet powerful machines at home make our lives a lot easier and more convenient.

Just imagine how challenging your daily life would be if you have to do everything manually! Think about it; can you actually survive a week without the help of home appliances? I certainly can’t.

However, what most people don’t care about is that these appliances have their own limits, too. Just because they can do all the work for us doesn’t mean we have to take them for granted. Appliance maintenance is essential in order to prolong the life of these life-saving tools at home.

When you overuse these appliances and forget their regular maintenance, they will eventually break down. Here are the top 5 home appliances that are common victims of breakage — including tips on how you can properly maintain them.

Washing Machine

Always use the right type of detergent for high-efficiency washing machines, and be sure to use the minimum required amount. Remember, more is not necessarily better.

Regular detergents produce more suds, and over time, they can build up a film on the drum and hoses that may become a breeding ground for mold. Eventually, this may even mechanically or electronically damage a front-load machine.

To keep your machine safe and long-lasting, make sure to read the label of detergents carefully. Some detergents are marked “high-efficiency compatible,” but still produce lots of suds, which may be difficult to rinse out as your high-efficiency machine uses less water.

I can’t stress this enough. In some cases, using the wrong detergent may even void your warranty.


When used over time,  heaters accumulate sediments and debris. It is, therefore, important to drain about a quarter of the tank a few times a year. To do this, simply turn off the cold water supply, hook up a garden hose to the drain valve, and keep the water running until it becomes clear. If the water remains cloudy, briefly open the water supply valve and drain the tank again. This also makes the unit operate more quietly.

Air Conditioner

Typically, the furnace in the plenum holds the evaporator of the A/C. If you cover the front of the plenum by a foil-wrapped insulation, you can easily clean the evaporator. However, if you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, you can always call a professional technician to do this as part of your A/C system’s annual maintenance.

Carefully remove the insulation from the front of the plenum, which may be taped in place. An access plate is usually located behind the insulation; remove the screws securing it to the plenum to gain access to the evaporator. Use a stiff brush to clean the underside of the evaporator. When the coils are free of dust and dirt, clean the tray below the evaporator, too, then replace the access panel and insulation. Periodically cleaning the evaporator allows heat to transfer easily from the air to the coils and can help maximize the efficiency of the air conditioner.


Dishwashers typically have a filter located near the bottom or under the lower spray arm. This filter should be inspected and cleaned regularly. Follow your dishwasher manual for specific instructions on how to properly remove and clean this filter. If there are holes or other damages to the filter, you will need to replace it immediately to protect the dishwasher’s pump and motor seals.


Condenser coils are responsible for removing heat from refrigerators and freezers. They are the large, radiator-like coils located at the back or beneath the unit. When dust and dirt cling to the coils, it’s harder for the refrigerator to remove heat. The result is increased energy consumption. Without regular cleaning, this can lead to problems and costly repairs. Use a long-handled bristle brush and a vacuum to easily and efficiently clean off the coils. Follow your refrigerator manual for specific instructions related to it.

To save you the trouble of doing DIY appliance repairs — which may further harm your appliances, simply get the expert services of US Legacy Co. Contact us at 866.573.9517 and we can discuss your concerns on appliance maintenance and troubles.

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2 thoughts on “How to Maintain Your 5 Most Common Household Appliances

  1. Shane Ladner

    Agree with you. We won’t need a lot of mechanical expertise to keep our appliances in tip-top shape—just performing a few easy maintenance tips, keep our appliances running longer .
    Its a great article. We are always looking to innovate and carry the industry forward by sharing great practices.


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