The heat is on and the summer weather can have a big impact on your appliances. Extreme heat and more use can damage appliances, which often work harder and longer during the summer months. But there are steps you can take to protect them and prevent a potential appliance damage.
Washing machines work overtime during the summer months. With all the additional activities that require change of outfits this adds high volume and pressure on your appliance. To keep your machine operating efficiently:
- Try to wash smaller loads. Heavy loads, especially with beach towels can put a strain on your washing machine.
- Leave the door open when not in use. This will allow moisture out and help you avoid that musty smell especially with the summer heat.
- Clean the inside drum weekly with a damp cloth. This will reduce residue from soap, dirt, grease and remove any slimy buildup.
- Remove and clean out your filter. Accumulated lint can clog water pipes. In addition to improperly washing your clothes, this could lead to the machine stopping mid-cycle, the door staying locked, or not completely draining the water.
- Always use the proper amount of washing powder and detergent for the load size you're using. Using excess detergent won't get your clothes cleaner, but instead can actually damage your clothes and water pipes.
There's nothing more refreshing than an ice cold drink after a day in the sun. Of course, you'll want to make sure your refrigerator is up to the job of keeping your drinks cold, so keep these tips in mind:
- Resist the temptation to overload your refrigerator. The more food and beverages you store, the more the compressor must work to keep things cold and fresh. Both the fridge and freezer spaces work most efficiently when air can circulate around foods. Over packing can lead to inefficient cooling, spoiled foods and eventually cause damage to the compressor.
- Try to limit the number of times you open the doors. Every time they're opened, the temperature inside drops several degrees. This will make the compressor work harder to maintain the inside temperature.
- Save energy by leaving space around your fridge.
- Keep your doors clean so they seal properly. A buildup of sticky foods on the doors can require you to pull harder to open the door and eventually tear. A little warm water and a sponge will clean it up, which will help you save on repair costs and electricity.
- Remember to clean the coils to keep your fridge running efficiently and save you money.
Not every meal can be prepared using paper plates, so that means your dishwasher will be working overtime this summer too. From pots and pans to loads of dishes to an endless number of glasses, you'll want your dishwasher running at peak performance. Try these tips to keep your dishes looking sparkling clean every time:
- Keep the filter clean. When your dishwasher starts leaving food particles behind, your filter might be clogged. This will limit the flow of water to the spray arms.
- Keep door and frame gaskets clean with a soft brush or sponge. Food can build up and weaken the seal. This can then allow water to leak out during the wash cycle. Check for gaps or cracks. A damaged gasket should be replaced.
- Inspect the racks for cracks or scratches or exposed metal. These areas can rust and lead to permanently stained dishes.
- To keep your dishwasher running efficiently and fresh, once a month, pour a cup of white vinegar into the detergent cup and run a cycle.