All the appliances in your home cost thousands of dollars. You want to help them last as long as possible so that you can get the most use out of them. By making an effort to maintain and care for your appliances, you can successfully help them last their full lifespan instead of breaking down prematurely. Here are our suggestions on how to extend the lifespans of appliances.

Extend the Lifespans of Kitchen Appliances: Refrigerator

A dirty gasket around the refrigerator and freezer can prevent the door from properly sealing. This causes the appliance to strain while trying to maintain a cold temperature, which increases wear and tear. Keep the gasket clean by wiping it with a rag and all-purpose cleaner.

The coils underneath or behind the refrigerator build up dust, lint, and pet hair over time. Use the hose attachment on a vacuum to clean these coils every 3-6 months. This will help keep the fridge motor running efficiently.

Don’t stuff the fridge too full. This will prevent cold air from being able to circulate around the items inside, making the fridge work harder.


Gently close the microwave door. Slamming it will cause the hinges to come loose.

Don’t position the microwave vents directly against a wall or another appliance. This can cause it to overheat.

Never turn the microwave on with nothing inside or use it to heat food in containers that are not microwave-safe.


A broken dishwasher is a big inconvenience and also can cause your kitchen to flood. Prevent a breakdown by cleaning the filter regularly and checking the spray arms for clogs.

Scrape off plates before loading them into the dishwasher. Chunks of food shouldn’t end up inside the dishwasher as they can cause it to clog and malfunction.

Extend the Lifespans of Laundry Appliances: Washing Machine

Rubber washing machine hoses tend to develop cracks and leaks. The braided stainless steel types are much more sturdy. Replace rubber hoses with stainless steel ones before they have a chance to wear out.

Run full loads to promote energy efficiency, but never overfill the washer. Place clothes evenly around the drum to keep it balanced.

Keep the washing machine lid open when not in use. When closed, trapped moisture can cause mildew to grow.


To prolong the lifespan of the dryer and keep it safe, clean the lint trap each time that you use it. A buildup of lint that comes into contact with the heat of the dryer poses a fire hazard.

Once a year, clean out the dryer vent which also builds up lint.

Check that the vent duct is in good shape and doesn’t have holes or tears.

By performing these simple maintenance measures for your appliances, you can avoid inconvenient breakdowns and extra expenses.

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