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Preventative Maintenance for Your Appliances

Words of advice from my service tech husband; preventive maintenance is always the cheapest maintenance!

Refrigerator: Have the condenser cleaned and checked by a professional at least once a year. Dust and dirt in the condenser causes it to run more often wasting energy. It will also cause the compressor to run hot too. If you have pets, twice a year would be good.


Clothes Dryer: Always clean the vents screen after use. Lint buildup can cause a fire in your dryer and cause long run times wasting energy and money.

Room Air Conditioners: Once a year before summer use. Have the filter cleaned or replaced and the motors oiled to keep it from running hot.

Range: A word of advice from an expert; NEVER clean your oven before you have a houseful of people coming over. When you use the clean setting on your oven, you are subjecting it to temps of 800 degrees. Nothing will short a computer board faster. And I know sometimes it can take weeks to get a replacement. Clean it afterward and be on the safe side.

Be nice to your service technician. Schedule your multiple service work ahead of time. Who knows, maybe he will give you a break on his service call for multiples. Do it before it gets hot! I know June, July, Aug and Sept here in the Midwest is a very, very busy time for appliance techs.



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