I try to make my appliances last as long as possible by conducting regular maintenance on them. I haven’t always done this which may have contributed to my appliances breaking down prematurely.
If you want to get as much use out of your appliances you should start by reading the owners manual. It will usually tell you what regular maintenance should be done to extend the life of your appliance.
I’ve had my dryer for 9 years this September and it still works just like it did the first day I bought it. Here are some of the things I do to extend the life of my dryer.
- Clean the lint trap after every or every other dryer use. (note: dryer lint can be added to your compost bucket)
- Use the vacuum attachment to clean out the lint trap area and the dryer exhaust hose that connects to the back of the dryer.
- Vacuum under the dryer unit regularly.
- Wipe the inside of the dryer rotators and around the door seals once a month.
- Replace or blow out your vent hose every 6-12 months. The vent hoses are less than $10 at your local home improvement store.
- Don’t let your dryer run for longer than needed. Be mindful of the heat settings you choose. Only use the highest heat and longest settings for heavy or large loads.
What other maintenance tips would you add to this list? What other appliances should we be conducting regular maintenance on?