For many, the kitchen is the hub of the home. Keeping your appliances in good working order allows your kitchen to serve the needs of your family. The easiest way to extend the life of your appliances is to administer a little elbow grease to the parts that matter.
Even with every attention placed on lengthening the life of your appliances, things will wear down and break eventually. Do your budget a favor and invest in a home warranty plans option that suits your needs and covers the gap homeowner’s insurance often leaves.
The workhorse of your kitchen, your dishwasher takes whatever you throw in there, but it shouldn’t have to. Keep your dishwasher clog-free by thoroughly scraping dirty dishes before you wash them.
You can also skip expensive dishwasher cleaners. Instead, clean it easily by sprinkling baking soda in the base of the empty dishwasher and putting a cup of white vinegar in the top rack, run as normal. This concoction cleans out any offensive odors and leaves your dishwasher gleaming.
Germs can thrive in a microwave environment, and running your microwave does not sterilize bacteria. In fact, it can be one of the dirtiest, most germ-ridden spots in your kitchen (especially the handle). Regularly clean the inside and outside of your microwave, paying special attention to the outside handle and buttons.
To clean an especially gunk covered microwave, place ½ cup white vinegar and ½ cup water in a microwave-safe bowl, and zap for up to 5 minutes. To prevent an explosion during this process, place a toothpick in the bowl while microwaving. Wipe clean after.
Another appliance that regularly takes the brunt of everyday living. Despite having garbage in the name, you really shouldn’t put things in there that you would normally throw away. Egg shells and grease, for example, will reduce the life of your disposal and lead to clogging.
Cut grease with an environmentally safe cleaner. Use the peel from an orange or lemon, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and cover the peel with water. Microwave until very hot and then dump it all down the disposal drain and run simultaneously with a slow stream of hot water from the faucet.
Did you know that a fridge that experiences average wear and tear should last around 13 years? To keep it cool and running smoothly, get rid of the dirt that can accumulate on the coils (they are located either on the backside or front bottom of the fridge). When they get filthy, it causes a reduction in airflow which can lead to overheating and burnout.
Dirty ovens work harder to heat, which can ultimately lead to early burnout. Using the self-clean feature takes a minimum of 2 hours, and can last up to 5. Also, using this feature heats the oven to over 900 degrees and repeated use can shorten the life of your appliance.
Instead, create a baking soda and water paste and apply to the door and bottom of the oven and allow to sit for up to 12 hours. When you’re ready, rewet the paste and scrub off built-up grime with a sturdy sponge.
Investing in a Home Warranty
A home warranty acts as a safeguard for the things that keep a house running smoothly. Electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, and major appliances are covered, allowing the home warranty cost to pay for itself. Investing in a strong home warranty plan will keep your budget on track when such expensive items eventually break. It will also remove the headache that comes with having such items repaired and replaced.
About Home Service Club
A leading home warranty provider, Home Service Club operates in 49 states. Offering quality coverage and top-tier professional home repairs, the company’s service contractors will replace covered items if they can’t be repaired. HSC also offers mobile and online claim reporting 24/7.