Kitchen appliances when first bought new sparkle in the family home, and yet over time they slowly lose their freshness and appeal unless they are carefully looked after. There are some quick and easy things you can do to maintain your appliances and stop them fading over time.
For many, the most obvious appliance upkeep will be anything to do with waste disposal and the sink – strong odours and pesky flies will soon indicate to the homeowner that there is a growing problem! Keep the area clean at all times, and wash after every use. Run your waste disposal regularly to avoid rust and corrosion.
Your white goods will benefit from a weekly health-check, particularly for dishwashers where food collects in the filters. Fridges and freezers are prone to overheating, if this happens check the coils to see if they need a clean.
With washing machines the key is not to overload them, however tempting this may be! You could damage the belts, motors or other moving parts.
If you have a gas oven, be very cautious and call in a heating engineer if you are worried that there is a problem with the hobs, gas flow, a leak, or erratic flames or continued problems with the ignition. Safety must always come first in the home, particularly when dealing with gas.
With electric ovens, issues with hobs not turning on may be due to a faulty cooking plate element, and this is when you would call in your heating engineer to assist with replacing it. Likewise, if the heat refuses to adjust it could be due to a faulty ignition switch.
Service your appliances regularly, and refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. Any problem, do not hesitate to contact a plumber or heating engineer to have it serviced and prevent further damage.