Does the dishwasher make weird noises? Is the fridge no longer cooling properly? Whether you live for rent or own your own house, defective kitchen appliances are not a pleasant thing. Especially since these devices take on and facilitate many important tasks in everyday life. It would be best to prevent the defects so that you are not even able to screw up the dishwasher or refrigerator and have to repair numerous, unassumable cables and parts.
In the following article, we have put together a few tips as for the care of the three most important kitchen appliances and explain how you can significantly extend the life span of your appliances with very little effort. The positive thing about it? You save a lot of time, money and nerves in the long run.
CHECK YOUR FRIDGE REGULARLY
Surely one of the most important kitchen appliances – the refrigerator. The fridge does tireless work to keep your food cool and fresh at all time. Many of us assume the function of the refrigerator and think too little about maintaining this device from time to time. Whereby the failure of the washing machine is at times more to be tolerated than the failure of the refrigerator, isn’t it? If the refrigerator no longer cools, you often find a pile of food that you ultimately have to dispose of. So that it doesn’t happen in the first place, we have the following simple tips for you.
CHECK THE SEAL OF THE REFRIGERATOR DOOR REGULARLY
The seal between the refrigerator door and the device is responsible for keeping the cold in the interior of the refrigerator. You don’t necessarily notice a cracked seal immediately, because the refrigerator has an automatic temperature. In the worst case, the compressor of the refrigerator runs uncovered to lower the temperature in the interior of the device. If one continues to spin this idea, there can be a total failure of the device, because the compressor is not built to work permanently and without a break. So what can you do to check your fridge’s door seal? Just take a €5 note and place it between the door seal and the refrigerator door. Close the door and pull out the note. If everything is okay with the door seal, pulling out should only be possible under tension. You should do this test in different places. It is best to go upstairs, once on the side and once at the bottom.
CHECK THE DRAWERS, STORAGE COMPARTMENTS AND SHELVES
Broken drawers, storage compartments and shelves in the refrigerator initially appear to be a not very big problem. And let’s face it, we like to push such a “repair” in front of us. These small defects can cause more damage to the device than initially thought. If the components in the device are no longer properly shot, this can lead to impairments in the cooling circuit and thus also negatively affect the performance of the device.
CHECK REGULARLY FOR THE COMPRESSOR AND CONNECTED PARTS
To make your refrigerator work as efficiently and as long as possible, you should look at the compressor and capacitor or .dem fan approximately every 6 months. On these components, which are usually located inside the refrigerator, house dust and animal hair can settle. Such dirt can restrict the airflow within the device in such a way that the compressor overheats and eventually adjusts its performance completely. The compressor is an expensive component and the defect can be prevented very well with a short cleaning. To get to the compressor and the connected parts, you need to unscrew the back panel of your refrigerator. Then clean the coils and fans with a hand vacuum cleaner and a small brooms.
USE YOUR DISHWASHER PROPERLY
What a great help the dishwasher is. The persistent household appliance sweetens the evening because we no longer have to wash after cooking and can spend our valuable time directly with our loved ones. The main reason for a defective dishwasher is regularly the wrong handling of the device. Proper filling of the dishwasher and from time to time a little maintenance and maintenance can work wonders.
CHECK THE DOOR SEAL OF THE DISHWASHER REGULARLY
As with the refrigerator, the door seal must also be checked for dirt and damage in the dishwasher. Here it is usually sufficient to wipe the edges of the device and the inside of the door with a rag moist with a rag, in order to remove food residues and further dirt. You should look specifically for places where the dishwasher door seal is damaged. There, water leakage can occur quickly, causing expensive damage to the flooring of the kitchen. In addition, you should check from time to time whether the door closes evenly at the top. If this is not the case, you should check the door hinge springs and, if necessary, renew them.
SORT THE DISHES CORRECTLY
When clearing your dishwasher, make sure that you do not damage the dish basket. Tableware baskets are usually made of stainless steel and are coated with synthetic fabric. If damage to this seal occurs, the crockery basket can start to rust. So let’s not let it happen in the first place, because the exchange of the dishes basket is relatively easy, but at the same time usually very expensive. Large dishes, such as cutting boards, pans and pots, therefore always carefully sorted to the outside of the lower basket. At the same time, you prevent a disturbance of the spray arm during the rinsing process.
CHECK THE SPRAY ARM
Each dishwasher has a spray arm on the floor of the appliance. Make sure that none of the small openings of the arm are clogged. If you notice such constipation in good time, you will prevent further damage and make sure that your dishes always come out of the machine clean.
OVEN AND STOVE
Maybe your stove isn’t exactly that household appliance you need to survive, but it’s still the heart of any kitchen. Without a stove, there would probably only be ready-made microwave products. The key to being able to use your stove for as long as possible is once again the sustainable maintenance of the device. If you clean your stove after each use with little effort, you avoid that leftover food settles and is burned again and again with each use
TIPS FOR CARING FOR YOUR STOVE
To prevent liquids and leftovers from eating in the first place and burn-in and thus become extremely difficult to remove, wipe the surfaces, even in the oven, after use with a damp rag. If your hob has a drip tray, you should clean it regularly with a grease-releasing detergent.
If there are still burnt-in stains on the hob or in the oven, you can remove them with home remedies. Mix about 5 teaspoons of baking powder with 1/4 liter of water. After a little stirring and waiting, a thick cleaning paste should be created. Apply this paste to the dirty areas. Let this home remedy work for about 12 hours before you wipe it with a damp sponge and some vinegar and polish it.
When your oven, make sure to keep the door seals clean and in good shape. Here, too, the problem can lead to heat leakage and thus to a rapidly rising electricity bill. Door seals for the oven are changed quickly and not a complicated thing.