Did you know that all of your household appliances have a functional lifespan? According to certified home inspectors, these are the typical average life expectancy figures when it comes to your appliances:

● Dishwasher – 9 years
● Garbage disposal – 12 years
● Dryer – 13 years
● Gas oven – 10 to 18 years
● Gas range – 15 to 17 years
● Microwave – 9 years
● Electric oven/range – 13 to 15 years
● Refrigerator – 13 years
● Washing machine – 5 to 15 years

Your kitchen appliances are big investments. When you consider this, it just makes sense to care for them to prolong their lifespan. Your local Ajax appliance repair pros have some tips for keeping your kitchen appliances around as long as possible.

Refrigerator

Your fridge is probably the most expensive appliance in your kitchen. Keep it working properly with a few easy steps.

Clean the condenser coils at the back or bottom of the fridge. When these are dirty, your fridge has to work harder. This is a simple matter of using a long-handled brush and your long vacuum attachment. If your fridge has a drip pan, make sure to empty and clean it regularly.

The seals around your refrigerator’s doors keep your fridge insulated. When they are cracked or dirty, you could be losing valuable cold air. These can be cleaned with soap and water or replaced if damaged.

Freezer

Your freezer relies on air circulation to do its job effectively. Don’t overload your freezer with food. Although most fridges are now frost-free, never let your refrigerator accumulate frost. A periodic emptying and cleaning is important to make sure all the vents are clear.

Oven

If you have a self-clean oven, you know what a great invention it is. Use it! Make sure to take racks out before you run your self-clean oven. They weren’t designed for those high temperatures. Replace all knobs and bulbs as needed. If you have a burnt out element, it is a simple replacement. Make sure that the seals on the door aren’t torn or broken. If you can feel heat escaping, you may have an issue with your door seals.

Stove

Depending on the type of stove or cooktop you have, always clean it as specified by the manufacturer. When it comes to smooth-top cooking surfaces, this is even more important. Make sure you clean your range hood and filter periodically to allow for proper exhaust and circulation when you’re cooking.

Garbage Disposal

When it comes to your garbage disposal, know that this device can be fussy when it comes to certain foods. Never put fibrous foods, bones, or fruit pits down your disposal. Always use cold water and allow the disposal to run for 10 to 20 seconds in order to flush the drain pipes. You can clean your disposal with that natural chemical reaction of baking soda and vinegar.

Another way to ensure the longevity of your kitchen appliances is to call your Ajax appliance repair professional for periodic maintenance. Call ES Appliance Repair to see how a seasonal maintenance program can help prolong the life of your kitchen appliances.