6 Tips to Keep Your Appliances Lasting Longer

You might not know it, but your appliances can last much longer than they do today. Unfortunately, the average lifespan of most household appliances is actually 10 years or less. Still, by following a few tips to keep your appliances lasting longer, you can lengthen their lifespan up to 15 years or more.

The longer your appliances last, the less often you'll have to repair or replace them, and the more money you'll save in the long run!

Here are six tips to keep your appliances lasting longer and more energy efficient in the process.

1) Read (& Keep) the Instruction Manual

Even if you don't read any of your other instruction manuals, it's important that you at least flip through them once. Not only can reading through and following a simple how-to manual give you new ideas on how to use your appliances, but it also shows that you care about keeping them in good condition for as long as possible. Something else to consider is setting a calendar reminder for when it's time to clean or check on your appliances. 

2) Keep your Appliances Clean

One of my favorite pieces of home-repair advice is that appliances last longer when you keep them clean. Sure, it may be more laborious to wipe down your stove-top after each use, but I've found that it results in a more thorough and lasting cleaning. Just don't forget to wipe up any spills; grease buildup can cause all sorts of problems. It's also important to ensure ventilation in your kitchen—this means ensuring there are no obstructions near vents or windows. It seems like common sense, but many people fail to see their own kitchen for what it is: an oven! 

3) Don't Overuse Appliances

Overuse can shorten their lifespan significantly. Turn off appliances when not in use, and never leave them on for long periods of time (like overnight). You should also remove any damp laundry that could cause problems with your washer or dryer over time. Finally, follow all instructions carefully: Whether you're using your microwave, dishwasher, or other home appliance—make sure you read any instructions prior to use. This will help you avoid any issues that could shorten your appliance's lifespan over time. 

4) Have Professional Maintenance when Needed

You've invested a lot of money in your appliances—don't let them die prematurely. To ensure they last as long as possible, you should have professional maintenance services (like annual tune-ups) performed by a reputable company specializing in appliance repair. All major brands (including GE, Samsung, Whirlpool, etc.) are also obligated to honor their warranty for repairs and replacements if an issue is found during these checkups. 

5) Avoid Exposing Appliances to Extreme Temperatures

Don't leave your appliances outside during cold or hot weather. The extreme temperatures can short-circuit them, shorten their lifespan and reduce their overall durability. When you're done using an appliance for an extended period of time, don't leave it outside in your garage or on your porch. Instead, bring it indoors, so it stays protected from precipitation and extremely cold or hot temperatures. If possible, store them inside when you aren't using them. 

6) Upgrade Your Appliances when Necessary

If you end up with an appliance with a lifespan of 20 years, you might not need to upgrade it as often as you think. That's right, when your washer or dryer breaks down (which will probably happen at some point), be prepared to have it repaired—it could actually last longer than expected. In fact, if there are any problems with your appliances, having them fixed instead of replacing them can help your home appliances last longer and save you money. 

Keeping your Appliances Lasting Longer - Summary

Keeping your appliances lasting longer doesn't require much effort. By keeping them clean and performing simple maintenance tasks, you can extend their lifespan. Furthermore, you can give these tools more life by getting rid of certain habits like running a dishwasher empty or using a drying rack instead of a clothes dryer.

Following all of the six tips mentioned earlier will help lengthen your home's most important systems without requiring extra effort.

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