October 12, 2013
You've finally splurged on gorgeous new stainless steel appliances. No more mismatched fridge and stove! Everything works! No leaks from the dishwasher, no questionable items getting frozen in the back of an old fridge. But with a new suite of kitchen appliances costing anywhere from $2000 to $5000+, you will want to make sure that they stay in good working order for a long time. It’s a great investment too; a kitchen renovation averages a 66% return on investment, and kitchens are often the first place buyers look when you sell your home in the future.
You can keep your appliances in good condition and avoid costly repairs with basic maintenance. Steps to take include:
- Clean the filter and screens in your dishwasher periodically, and check for clogs, broken glass or food at the bottom of the unit.
- Check hoses and connections to be sure they are in good condition.
- Vacuum the condenser coils on your refrigerator at least twice per year.
- Don’t use more detergent than recommended in your washer.
- Wipe up spills in the refrigerator immediately, and clean twice a year.
- Only use recommended cleaners on the exteriors of your appliances and never use abrasive cleansers.
- Deodorize your refrigerator with a dish of activated charcoal (available at pet stores) to keep it smelling new.