Monday, March 5, 2018

How to Keep Your Kitchen Appliances in Tip Top Shape

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When it comes to your kitchen appliances, they tend to make up a fairly sizable investment on your part. Let’s face it, outfitting your kitchen with all new appliances isn’t cheap, so it’s not something you want to be doing on a regular basis. What this means is that you want to take those extra measures and steps that help prolong the lifespan of your appliances, and keep them in tip-top shape. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to protect them, as we’ll discover.

Keep Your Appliances Clean
It doesn't matter which appliance you are talking about, whether it be the oven, microwave, dishwasher, or refrigerator, keeping them clean is essential in prolonging the lifespan. Once you allow cooked on, crusted food and debris to form, it will affect the appliance in a negative way. In most cases, the appliance will have to work harder than before, which means you are putting much more stress on the motor and other components.

In order to keep things clean, you can always set up a weekly or monthly schedule where you give each of the appliances a good cleaning. It’s also wise to clean up spills and messes the moment they happen or are found, so they don’t have a chance to get caked on there.

With the dishwasher, this means emptying the catch tray on a regular basis.

Let Vinegar Get to Work
One of the best tools you can have in the kitchen is plain old white vinegar, as it acts as a powerful cleaner that is ideal for appliances. Because vinegar doesn’t have any chemicals in it, you know it’s safe to use as a cleaner, never mind the fact it does a great job. You can pour a container of vinegar in your dishwasher once a month and run a cycle on empty for a deep cleaning, it can be used to clean surfaces such as the stovetop, and even inside your fridge to disinfect and get things sparkly.

Don't Overload Your Appliances
Another tip is to be sure you aren't overloading your appliances - meaning your refrigerator and dishwasher. If you pack these appliances too full you will be taxing them and putting a lot of stress on them. Not only that but you'll notice that with the dishwasher, it won't be able to do as good of a job cleaning the dishes.

Consider a Home Warranty
Even with the best intentions and following all of these tips, issues can still occur. That’s why you may want to consider a home warranty plan that covers your appliances. The Warranty Guides website provides homeowners with all kinds of helpful information about the various warranty programs and plans out there and what is covered so that you can pick the best one for your needs and budget.

Doing What You Can To Prolong the Lifespan
These tips will help you to keep your kitchen appliances running efficiently for as long as possible, and you can always get that extra peace of mind with a home warranty plan. 
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