Pay Attention to Appliances While In Use

A dishwasher being started.
Many of us use our washers, driers, and dishwashers while asleep or away from home. Nighttime use can often save money, but there is a case to be made for choosing to run your appliances while you can monitor them for malfunctions. This page contains a thoughtful reminder regarding appliances and home safety or repair.

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July 16, 2016

sprinkler control boxMany people like to operate their washers, driers, and dishwashers right before they go to bed. They take advantage of cheaper electrical rates and wake up to a chore already done. I use my appliances when I'm awake and at home and am watchful for noises and/or longer running times. It doesn't happen often, but sometimes an appliance malfunctions and results in a fire or flood. Just this week, an inlet valve on my underground sprinkler malfunctioned. If I hadn't been home, the sprinkler would have just kept running, and I would have had a ruined lawn and possibly a flood in my basement. I've had this sprinkler for many years with no issues, but there's a first time for everything.


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July 28, 20161 found this helpful

You're absoutely right. We also are in the habit of making sure nothing is plugged in charging ( phones, tablets, rechargeable batteries, etc.) if nobody is going to be home for a while. Have had an old charger heat up to the point of potentially being dangerous. Thankfully, we were home. But I could never live with myself if I came home to a house on fire and my dog trapped inside. Your tip is really, really important.

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July 29, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you. I know people who have had washing machine hoses break and another person who almost had a fire because of a wiring issue in her dishwasher. I read about the phone chargers heating up and


causing a fire. I'm all for saving money but in this case l will pass.

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December 5, 20180 found this helpful

A friend of mine works for the electric company and told me by unplugging everything but the refrigerator & stove, you save money & fire injury.
I always unplug my wires.

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