Today's appliances are so reliable that you rarely think about them until there's a problem. Of course, with summer fast approaching, lifestyle changes can impact how you use your appliances and may put them at risk for breakdowns.
The summer months bring more family gatherings which means opening the fridge more often. If you have kids, your washing machine and dryer will definitely see increased activity after a day at the beach or in the pool. Don't forget about your air conditioner—as temperatures rise, the most important appliance in the house will be working overtime to keep everyone cool.
To make sure your appliances are ready for the upcoming summer season, make sure you take care of these maintenance issues now:
Hot temperatures make your refrigerator work a lot harder, so you'll want to tackle this first. It's time for a thorough cleaning. Remove everything inside including the ice bin and wash everything down. Pull out the crisper drawer and clean underneath. Make sure door seals are cleaned, change the water filter, and wipe off condenser coils in the back. Check the temperature sensor for optimum levels for the outside temperature. When you refill the appliance, make sure not to overstuff it to better regulate the temperature inside.
Defrosting your freezer once a year to remove build-up is a good idea to keep it running smoothly for years. Summer is the ideal time to make this process go quicker. Transfer the contents to a cooler, unplug the freezer, and let it thaw out. Wipe down the interior with a wet, soapy cloth and rinse. Check the door seal and connections, replace the contents, and you're back in business.
Whether you've got a window air conditioner or a central A/C unit as part of your furnace, summer breakdowns can be catastrophic. Make sure your unit is trouble-free by replacing filters as recommended, dusting off the condenser coils, and consider adding a dehumidifier (stand-alone or as part of the unit) to help reduce humidity without over-taxing the unit. It's a great idea to have a professional HVAC check-up at the start of the summer season to ensure your central unit keeps you cool all season long.
Mold and mildew love to hide inside your washer in the summer. That musty smell will transfer to your clothes and will be difficult to remove. Extra loads are part of summer fun with increased clothing changes, bathing suits, and lots of towels. Clean off the door, seal, gasket, and soap dispenser with a solution of vinegar and water. Run the cleaner through a wash cycle without any clothing to clean the drum too. Make sure all hose connections are tight and there are no leaks.
It's time for your annual dryer vent cleanout. Lint build-up not only causes longer drying times and excess heat in your laundry room, it can also become a fire hazard. Long vents may require a professional cleaning service with the proper tools to reach the entire length. Also, check for a secure connection between your dryer and the vent and that there are no holes. Don't forget to clean out the machine's lint trap after every load to ensure a safe drying cycle.
Summertime brings plenty of occasions that create extra dishes. Make sure your dishwasher is ready with a thorough cleaning too. There are a variety of cleaners on the market for a quick and easy process, or you can run 2 cups of vinegar through an empty cycle every couple of months. This will keep the drain clear and prevent nasty mold and mildew build-up. Be sure to wipe down the door seal to prevent leaks.
While you may not use your oven as often in the summer months as you do in the winter, it's a great time to give it some TLC. Self-cleaning features require high temperatures and may cause a little smoke from spill burn-off. Open those doors and windows to ventilate the room. The same applies for those smelly cleaners used to remove grease and grime from the cooktop. The knobs should pull off easily to clean underneath too. Careful not to use harsh cleaning solutions on painted surfaces as they may remove decorative or indicator lettering.
You may never think about this important household appliance until you're standing under a cold shower. Save money on your energy bills and add to the life of your unit by turning the temperature down in the summer. The water going into the heater isn't as cold as it is in the winter months so reducing the temp by 10 degrees will reduce the load on your system and still provide plenty of hot water when you need it.
Keep your appliances working at peak performance all summer long. Let a Puls technician perform a thorough inspection and preventative maintenance on your older machines. They've got the tools and resources to keep your refrigerator, freezer, air conditioner, washer, dryer and all your appliances running like new.
Puls provides fast, easy scheduling online with same-day services often available. We've got low, affordable rates so you won't need to break the bank, and all our work is guaranteed for peace of mind too.
Don't let summer appliance breakdowns derail your plans, book an appointment now. All our skilled technicians are fully vetted for your protection and security.