How to Make Your Kitchen Appliances Last Longer

Have you relied so much on a replacement that you bother less about how long your appliances can last? You probably also do not know that you could use your kitchen appliances for as many years as possible. Replacement is fine but it could mean breaking your pocket which you might not be ready for.

One of the dreams of homeowners is to see their kitchen appliances last as long as they want. Apart from the beautiful kitchen designs, you have worked hard to make your kitchen’s appearance outstandingly attractive, taking good care of your kitchen appliances is also important. It is the main way to make them last longer.  

Kitchen Appliance

There are many ways to look after your kitchen appliances which I will show you here.

1. Microwave

Your microwave is one of the smallest appliances you can have in your kitchen. The microwave is one of the stressless kitchen equipment to clean. You can make a routine cleaning schedule for it or you decide to clean thoroughly before and after use.

As an electric device, it is advisable to ensure you practice some safety tips such as the constant removal of the plug after use. Placing the metallic point of the plug into a liquid can cause an electric shock except for the water on it is dry. Do not plug the microwave when cleaning (sure you wouldn’t try that). Ensure you wipe the in and out of the microwave with a moist napkin or wipe.

For permanent stains on the pan, you must scratch gently with the wipe for some time and it will clean off. It is advisable to warm your food items in recommended microwave pans or containers. Improvising for this can be very wrong and in the end, affect your food and your microwave.

Finally, to make your microwave last long, the very first time you buy it from the store, read the contents in the manual. Read and not scan through. You are protecting yourself from other accidents which can be caused in your home.

2. Dishwashers

I once thought out loud as a kid – Should I wash my dishwasher even if it is a washer? Shouldn’t washers wash and care for themselves too?

Dishwashers need extra care if you do not want to revert to washing your dishes manually especially if you are just trying out the appliance. Regular surface dusting is better but cleaning them with water is great. Run the inside with water. Never pour underneath its base- it could shock you when next you use it.

Hot water cleaning is preferable for dishwashers because it is trusted to remove any greasy or oily stain. Constantly check the pump and spray areas of the machine. It should be cleaned and free to allow wastewater to pass through for the rounds of washing.  There are two recommended elements to use in cleaning your dishwashers; vinegar and baking soda.

To clean with vinegar, detach the bottom rack of the washer, pour some vinegar into the washer, and run for some minutes. This gives it a proper and thorough taste of the cleansing agent. For baking soda, pour a cup into the dishwasher and give it run with water. After the rinse, you can decide to give yourself some accolades for doing a good cleaning job on your appliance.

Lastly for your dishwasher, remove all items that can block the filter such as bones before placing them into the washer. With this, you can be sure to see your dishwasher lasting for a minimum of 6 years and a max of 9 years.

Freezer

3. Refrigerator and Fridge

Can we call the refrigerator the king of the kitchen? You know because of its size and its relevance in any kitchen?

The fridge and refrigerator are treated carefully in the same manner. From proper placing in the kitchen to maintain all cleaning guides and power regulations. Certainly, the in and out cleaning of your refrigerator should not be taken for granted. This should be done weekly- weekends alone are advisable.

First things first, where and how did you place your fridge and refrigerator?

Avoid placing them beside the gas cooker or any other heat source in your kitchen. Take note of putting it where the sun will not have direct contact with it in your kitchen. At purchase, call for the assistance of your partner or your children, or even your neighbor to help with carrying into your house. It is the heaviest kitchen appliance well except there are other things you place in your kitchen which might beat its size.

If you are relocating, call for a truck to help out with transporting it. Make sure to place it properly in the boot of the truck. You could turn it over to the side or place it normally. Side placement is appropriate for fridges and refrigerators with rollers- to prevent too much pressure on the rollers.

Close the doors of the fridge when doing so using the lock if does not open when tilted. When you arrive at your destination, do not plug immediately wait for about an hour which you can then let cool before placing your food items into it.

Overstocking can also put them in harm’s way. That is why you should read more on the foods you should not store in the freezer.

When your fridge is overstocked, its cooling rate will drastically reduce. It can take hours for your fruit juice to get chilled- you could lose patience as a result. This is a sign that the compressor is faulty and needs a change or repair. Try not to overstock your fridge, only put items that need cooling to avoid blocking the airflow of your refrigerator and damaging your compressor.  

Caring for your fridge and refrigerator can be a bit technical if you do not know about the mechanical aspect. This is why whenever you notice any damage which you are not sure of, do contact the repairer. It is the best option.

Oven: Kitchen Appliance

4. Ovens

Your kitchen can come in either electric or gas. This is another technical appliance to watch out for. When neglected, not only will they not last, it could result in accidents at home. The flames of your oven must work only in blue. Not the yellow flame. The blue flame is best to cook your food and protect your pans. Yellow flames damage your cooking pans and it also leaves a black coal stain on them which can rub off on any other part of the kitchen.

While cooking tune your knob to make sure only the blue flames pop up. Use only aluminum pans but lighter ones so you can easily carry them when food is done. Try not to drag your pots or pans when changing the burner of your pots. Rather pick up with a napkin and place gently on the desired surface.

 For technical issues, seek the services of professionals to prevent gas leaks or electric shock.

Conclusion

Caring for your kitchen appliances is synonymous with protecting yourself. You are sure to avoid domestic accidents and use your appliances for many years as you wish till you decide to replace them. If you wish to delegate the duties of cleaning your appliances, ensure the person is trusted to do it properly because not doing it well can also be disastrous. Make do with the best decision and thank me later.