New year, new you, right? When making New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to factor in not just our personal goals, but also the maintenance and cleanliness of our homes. You rely on your household appliances to keep life running smoothly and needing to have them repaired disrupts your routine. Don’t forget to include New Year’s resolutions for appliances in order to set yourself up for success and make this new year easier on yourself and your wallet.
#1. Organize And Clean Out Your Refrigerator
Do you ever put leftovers in your fridge with the intention of eating them later, but, well, later never comes? Are you reluctant to toss out that old bottle of mayo, because you never know when you’ll need it? It’s easy for old food to accumulate in your refrigerator, which makes it less efficient, since there’s less room for air flow in order to keep your food nice and cool. When making your list of New Year’s resolutions for your appliances, make sure you add organizing and cleaning out your refrigerator to it. It will both make you feel good and help your fridge function as it should.
#2. Change Your Fridge Water Filter
Your fridge water filter is an excellent way to go green and reduce plastic consumption from disposable water bottles, so part of your New Year’s resolutions for your appliances should be changing it when it needs it. Your water shouldn’t come out in a thin trickle nor smell weird. Luckily, changing your fridge’s water filter is easy, and a professional can help you find the right filter for your fridge so you can continue to enjoy fresh, clean water all year long.
#3. Dust Your Refrigerator Coil
Chances are you don’t really think about your refrigerator coils, but they’re an important component of your refrigerator that keeps it efficient. Dusting off your refrigerator coils typically isn’t on people’s idea of New Year’s resolutions for appliances, but it’s really easy and will keep your refrigerator operating properly. They’re either at the back or bottom of your refrigerator and all you need to do is dust them off.
#4. Don’t Ignore Frost Buildup In Your Freezer
Your freezer is meant to be at freezing temperatures, but that doesn’t mean it’s meant to have frost buildup. While a lot of freezer auto-defrost, some don’t. If yours doesn’t, you can unplug it to let it thaw out, then put the food back in. Keeping the ice from piling up will keep your freezer working as it should.
#5. Self-Clean Your Oven
Food can fall to the bottom of your oven, splatter over its walls, and get stuck to the racks. These can lead to fires, so don’t forget to add self-cleaning your oven to your New Year’s resolutions for appliances. If your oven doesn’t self-clean, some elbow grease and cleaning products will get the job done too.
#6. Clean The Door Gaskets Of Your Dishwasher
As with any appliance that cleans, it can be easy to overlook the fact that they get dirty too, and that that dirt has to go somewhere. The door gaskets of your dishwasher can get filled with food particles, which can then loosen the door seal. Simply wiping them out will keep you from needing to replace your dishwasher. Easy-peasy!
#7. Clean Your Dryer Vent
If your clothes are taking ages to dry, the culprit could be your dryer vent. Lint can build up, leading to dryer failure and even fires. Cleaning your dryer vent should definitely be included in your New Year’s resolutions for appliances, because it will help it run properly and keep your home safer. While it’s easy to clean your dryer vent yourself, any appliance work can be intimidating. Luckily, professionals can help you out if you need, and help you keep your home safe.
#8. Don’t Leave Clothes In The Dryer
We get it – putting laundry away can be annoying and easy to put off. The only thing wrong with leaving clothes in the dryer is that they can get wrinkly, right? And that’s what irons are for. However, leaving clothes in the dryer can lead to bacteria growing on them and a musty smell – which defeats the entire purpose of washing them. While not something you’d typically count in New Year’s resolutions for appliances, taking your clothes out of the dryer when they’re done will help them last and keep your dryer in good condition.
#9. Turn Out The Pockets Of Your Clothes Before Washing
Have you ever done a load of laundry and found pieces of tissues all over your clothes or a melted chapstick or coins clanging around the machines? These can not only affect your clothes, but also damage your washer and dryer. Turning out your pockets before you put clothes in the washer will make things easier for both you and your washing machine.
Let Us Help You With Your New Year’s Resolutions For Appliances
VanderDoes wants to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions for appliances. Whether it’s maintenance or repairs or replacements, we want to make sure your appliances aren’t impacting the quality of your life. If you need help with your appliances, don’t hesitate to contact us! Our professional services will keep your appliances running smoothly.