Expert Tips

You can help your appliances last longer and require fewer repairs with these easy day-to-day use and maintenance tips!

Ovens, Cooktops & Ranges

  • Glass cooktops generally experience some wear, but be sure to quickly wipe up salt and sugar spills as these are particularly bad at causing scratches.
  • Boil overs and spillage on gas cooktops can interfere with the spark ignition that lights the flame – it needs a clear electrical path – be sure to clean up spills quickly.
  • Kind of like people, ovens are all a little different and don’t always heat at the same rate, brown things the same way or require exactly the same cook times. When you get a new oven, you’ll likely find it’s different from your old one but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s broken – you just might need some time to get to know it.

Dishwasher

  • Scrape food off of your dishes before loading your dishwasher but don’t rinse them too well – the soap you put in your dishwasher is designed to react with food. If you don’t leave anything for it to clean it will be less efficient and cause unnecessary wear on your dishes.
  • Make sure hard items like broken glass, olive pits and popcorn kernels are cleared out of your dishwasher as these can do serious damage.
  • Run your sink tap until the water is hot right before starting your dishwasher, this will shorten the run cycle time and clean your dishes more efficiently.
  • A name brand, powdered soap works best in dishwashers (and is often less expensive than liquid or tab soap!). And always be sure to use rinse aid.

Refrigerator & Freezer

  • From time to time, remove the kick plate under your refrigerator and vacuum out the lint and dust bunnies – this will improve airflow and help your fridge run more efficiently.
  • When setting your fridge temperature, remember the crisper drawers will be a few degrees colder than the rest of the fridge. To avoid freezing and icing, don’t set the temperature too close to zero.
  • If you’re going away for an extended period of time, don’t unplug your fridge or freezer. Long periods of rest can cause these machines to lose refrigerant or run into other issues. It’s best to keep them running. To reduce energy use during these times, fill your fridge with water jugs and keep bags of ice in the freezer.

Washing Machines

  • To keep your front-load machine clean and smelling fresh, occasionally wipe the rubber seal in the front with a small amount of bleach on a cloth. Leaving the door open when the machine’s not in use will also help.
  • Front-load machines require high-efficiency, liquid soap. Look for the HE symbol.
  • Soap manufacturers base their recommended amounts on a wide range of areas that have varying degrees of hard water. With our nice, soft water here on the Coast, you can use about 1/3 of the manufacturers’ recommended amount of detergent and still expect lovely, clean clothes and linens.

Dryers

  • Built-up lint is dangerous and can cause dryer fires. Clean your lint tray after every use and have your dryer taken apart and vacuumed out about once a year.
  • Check to make sure you have good airflow where your dryer vents to the outside.