Tips for Kitchen Appliance Maintenance

Tips for Kitchen Appliance Maintenance

You’ve spent a lot of time and money setting up your kitchen just the way you always wanted it. You’d hate to let all that effort and investment go to waste. Whether your kitchen is outfitted with all the latest state of the art appliances or is full of relics from a bygone age, there are still a number of things you should be doing to keep them working as well as possible. Regular maintenance can lower your energy costs, save on repair bills, and increase the longevity of your essential kitchen equipment.

Clean Your Fridge

Be sure to clean out not just the wilted lettuce in the crisper, but the outside as well. In particular, you need to make sure the condenser coils in the back or bottom of the refrigerator are clean and free of dust. This should be done at least once a year and will make the fridge more efficient and also extend its lifespan.

Clean Your Oven Thoroughly

A thorough clean means doing more than just running the self-clean cycle. For tough spills and nasty messes, a little old-fashioned oven cleaner and a good sponge will do the trick. Also, the vent filter should be cleaned or, ideally, replaced every year due to a buildup of grease and debris.

Use the Right Cleaner On Your Glass Cooktop

Anything other than the correct solution is liable to cause permanent damage.

Shut Down Your Dishwasher Before a Trip

If you take extended winter trips, be sure to disconnect your dishwasher and empty all the hoses. A power outage or furnace breakdown in the winter could cause the water in the hoses to freeze and crack. The same applies to summer homes that sit empty all winter.

Sometimes, though, even with proper maintenance your appliances eventually break down. Maybe because of age, or maybe because one of your kids has been stuffing your dishwasher with towels again. Either way, the Appliance Doctor, the premier heating, cooling, and appliance repair specialists in Pennsylvania and Delaware, have you covered.

Tips for Kitchen Appliance Maintenance

Appliance Doctor, Incorporated is a Pennsylvania Corporation offering expert repair services to the Delaware Valley’s residents and businesses. We started in 1964 as a one-man business servicing only washers and dryers. Today, we service more than 110 different brands of refrigeration and appliance equipment across 49 different product types. Our technicians are expected to know so much information! In the 1960’s, our service area was limited to Philadelphia. Today, our service area includes all towns in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County.

Should You Leave Valuables Inside Your Appliances?

Should you Leave Valuables Inside Your Appliances?

Sadly, the horrible events of Hurricane Irma left much of the Southeastern United States in shambles. Many people were struggling to take all of their valuables with them and some people took to the Internet, where they found the advice that you could leave your valuables in your washing machine or dishwasher and they would be safe if your home was flooded or damaged by the hurricane. While this sounds like great advice, is it true?

The story behind leaving your valuables in your dishwasher

Many believe that dishwashers are waterproof because water does not get out when washing a load of dishes as the seal around the door helps to keep water out. As well, many built-in dishwashers are secured to cabinets, so they are secure and kept in place.

The facts about leaving valuables in your dishwasher

If your home is inundated with flood waters, your dishwasher will inevitably leak. It is not meant to stand up to high-pressure situations, such as flooding and water will get in. If you’ve stored your valuables in there, you can bet that they will be destroyed.

The jets inside of your dishwasher may seem to be high pressure, as they get off the caked-on dirt and debris from your dishes, but that is no comparison to raging flood waters, which can equal thousands of pounds pushing from multiple directions. Add to this that the dishwasher could be sitting in the flood waters for days (or months) and the storm winds and other debris that can damage the dishwasher.

A better solution

Rather than leaving your belongings in the dishwasher, put important documents in plastic Ziploc bags and keep them with you if you can and if you can’t, store them in a plastic bin in a high and dry place in your home.

Flooding and other natural disasters can hit Philadelphia at any time. If your appliances have suffered damage because of any natural disaster or you just need to find a Philadelphia area appliance repair company, contact Appliance Doctor.

Should you Leave Valuables Inside Your Appliances?

Appliance Doctor, Incorporated is a Pennsylvania Corporation offering expert repair services to the Delaware Valley’s residents and businesses. We started in 1964 as a one-man business servicing only washers and dryers. Today, we service more than 110 different brands of refrigeration and appliance equipment across 49 different product types. Our technicians are expected to know so much information! In the 1960’s, our service area was limited to Philadelphia. Today, our service area includes all towns in Philadelphia, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County.