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How to Keep Your Household Appliances Working With Heavy Use

It makes sense that the more time you spend around the house, the more use your household appliances are going to get (maybe with the exception of the treadmill). From the extra loads of laundry to climate control running nonstop, the additional toll can add up, shortening the life of your electronics.

This can translate into extra costs down the line, but forking over big bucks for new appliances isn’t a foregone conclusion. There’s a lot you can do to maintain and preserve your stuff, allowing you to spend your money where it counts – like that extra Netflix or HBO Go account to help while away the time. 

With our tips on how to keep household appliances working longer, your household helpers can keep on plugging away for years to come. 

How to Keep Your Washing Machine Working Under Heavy Use

Keep your laundry coming out as fresh and clean as the day you bought your washer – while staving off mold and mildew, which can give your clothes an unpleasant odor – by following these tips to maintain a healthy washing machine. 

  • Don’t over-soap. You’d think that more soap means cleaner laundry, but that’s not necessarily the case. Not only can too much detergent stick around on your laundry when it’s done – it can also cake up on the inside of your machine, which can damage it over time. 
  • Use the proper detergent for your model. If you’ve got an eco-friendly machine, you’re probably saving a bundle on water and electricity. Just make sure that you’re using the proper HE (high-efficiency) detergent, which is less sudsy. 
  • Give the washer a clean once in a while. Running an empty load with detergent or vinegar can do wonders for keeping a clean machine. While you’re at it, use a solution of equal parts vinegar and water to scrub down the drum, gaskets, and soap dispenser. 
  • Put the stop on mold. Leaving wet laundry inside the machine for extended periods can cause mold to form inside. Likewise, after a load is finished, leave the door open for the machine to properly air and dry out. 

Preserve the Life of Your Dryer

Your dryer might look and sound like a big, burly workhorse. But like so many of your favorite heroes, beneath that rugged exterior beats a sensitive heart. By taking a fine touch once in a while, your dryer will thank you with years of reliable work. 

  • Listen to your dryer. If your dryer is shaking while it spins, the parts are much more likely to wear out sooner. Fortunately, the cause and solution of this aren’t too complex at all – regular use can unbalance a dryer, something that’s easily solved by lengthening or lowering the adjustable legs. Give it a good shake to make sure it’s stable, and you’re good to go. 
  • Patience is a virtue, sometimes. If your laundry is taking a long time to dry, now’s not the time to practice your good manners and sit tight. Unusually long drying time can be your dryer’s way of telling you that there’s a lint clog. Check the venting system all the way from the lint trap to the outside vent and make sure it’s clear. 
  • Don’t skimp on materials. While many dryers use cheap plastic tubing to vent to the outside, this material can easily melt or crack, and doesn’t comply with fire safety codes. Upgrade to proper aluminum tubing and save cash in the long run. 

Extend the Life of Your HVAC System

Don’t risk your heat or air conditioning bailing out on you when you need it most – follow these tips to keep your cool (or stay warm) all year round. 

  • Get a yearly tune-up. While your heating and air conditioning may not be the most finicky of appliances, it’s important to make sure they’re working properly and aren’t lacking care. A technician visit in the spring for air conditioning and autumn for heating will make sure the appliances are ready to go for a new season, and there aren’t any lurking problems that may worsen and spring up on you unexpectedly. 
  • Change the filters. The most commonly-used filters for HVAC systems are either 30-day disposable fiberglass or 3-month pleated filters. Dirty filters mean that your system has to work harder to push the air through, which in turn puts extra stress on it and shortens the lifetime in the long run. 
  • Use a smart thermostat. Not only are smart thermostats easy to use, they can save you a bundle in energy costs by optimizing your climate control settings and timing. Not only that, but the wear and tear saved on your HVAC unit over time will extend its life even further. We have a great post on smart thermostats and other smart home helpers here.
  • Check the condenser. The condenser is that big buzzing machine outside your home that’s connected to your air conditioning. They’re rugged enough, but it’s a good idea to check for damage, as well as clear any major growth accumulating near the machine. 

Regular Maintenance Now Saves Cash Later

It’s a lot better to check for problems ahead of time, or deal with them as soon as they come up, rather than kick the can down the road and pay more later on. Especially at a time when your appliances are getting more use than usual, have a Puls technician come give them a thorough once-over and ensuring their overall health. 

We service washers, dryers, refrigerators, ovens, and more, and, with our easy online booking, you can schedule a time slot in just moments – usually for that very same day. And with our 90-day guarantee on parts and labor, you can be sure the job is done right.

Book your time slot with a certified Puls technician and your appliances will keep on working for you for years to come.

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Jake S.
Jake S.
Jake Sherman is a professional writer with a background in journalism. He is fascinated by home appliances and how they work. He enjoys breaking down complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways. He has been a Puls staff writer for two years. When he's not writing, he enjoys trotting around the globe, trying unfamiliar foods, and testing unmarked doors to see if they're locked.

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