While appliance maintenance is important throughout the year, there are several household appliances that take extra strain during the summer. The heat puts added pressure on various elements of different appliances but, by taking the necessary preventative measures, you can protect your appliances from any unnecessary excessive wear and tear. Here are some importance summer appliance maintenance tips.
Refrigerator and Freezer
Your fridge is designed to keep food cold enough so that it won’t spoil as quickly as it would at room temperature. Your freezer, on the other hand, maintains an even lower temperature to help food stay edible for weeks or even months. It should go without saying that, if your fridge or freezer does not maintain the right temperature, your food will spoil rather quickly. In order to reach and maintain the correct temperature, your refrigeration units will cycle through a cooling process which relies on the release of heat. Yes, while your fridge is cooling down, it is also releasing heat through the condenser coils. If these coils gather too much dirt and dust, they will not be as effective at dispersing heat. This means that your fridge will not be able to get rid of all that heat, and this can result in more serious problems. Use a vacuum cleaner with the brush attachment and clean these coils. They should be cleaned at least every 6 months for best results. When moving your fridge back into place, make sure that there is enough space around and behind it to allow for proper air flow. Similarly, if your fridge has vents located on the top, you should never pack anything on top of them.
Apart from releasing heat, your fridge also releases condensation. Water particles are bound to build up inside. Luckily, condensation has an easy way out through the drainage pipe. It will flow from the drain inside the fridge to a pan located under the fridge. This drain and tube need to be cleaned regularly. You can clean out the tray too, while you’re at it. One way of avoiding excessive condensation is by not placing warm dishes in the fridge. Allow food to cool down before you refrigerate.
Finally, don’t forget to check the seals on your fridge and freezer doors. Use a dollar bill to test just how effective they are. Place the bank note in the door, close the door, and then try to remove the banknote without opening the door. It should remain stuck. If not, you might need to get new seals. It’s also a good idea to clean the seals regularly and, while you do, check them for any signs of wear and tear.
Whether you use your air conditioner all day or just to cool down a room before you go to bed, these appliances always work exceptionally hard in the summer. In order to be effective and efficient, you need to check, clean, and possibly replace the filters on your air conditioning units. Another good tip to remember is to avoid setting your air conditioner to a very low temperature. If you set the temperature too low, it will put added pressure on the air conditioner and all the working parts. Also, a very cold home during summer can have health effects. Maintaining your air conditioner before summer begins is essential if you want to avoid the discomfort of this appliance breaking down during the hottest months of the year.
Check your dryer
Some people reserve the use of their dryer for cold or rainy days. Others enjoy the speedy convenience of this appliance throughout the year. Whether you use your dryer occasionally or regularly in the summer, it’s important to make sure that you perform proper appliance maintenance on a regular basis. Check the lint trap before every load to ensure that your dryer does not get too warm. It’s also important to check and clean out the vent since this is where debris likes to hide. During the summer, you can use a cooler setting on your dryer since it will not need to work quite as hard to dry all your laundry. If you don’t plan on using your dryer much during the summer, it is still important to keep it clean of lint and debris.
By performing regular appliance maintenance, you are taking the necessary preventative steps to ensure that your appliances operate effectively and efficiently without excessive wear and tear. Protecting the working parts of your appliances will ensure that you will get the most use out of your appliances. If you find yourself in need of expert appliance repairs, contact San Diego Appliances Repair Company at (619) 928-5000. We are available throughout the San Diego County and offer same day repairs for your convenience.