Kitchen appliances are some of the largest, most expensive, and most complex ones we have in our homes. When any one is faulty, it can mean a large bill for a repair or a replacement.
The best way to keep your kitchen appliances well maintained and around for years to come is regular thorough cleaning. Always check faulty appliances for blockages in air flow due to debris or a lack of cleaning, and read on for the most common appliances and ways to keep them in tip-top shape.
It is also a good idea to work with a reliable local appliance repairman to conduct regular maintenance for your important kitchen appliances.
1. The Refrigerator
Probably one of the most regularly used appliances, the refrigerator requires a lot of attention, both inside and out. However, with regular cleaning, these become part of a maintenance role rather than a full chore.
The biggest key to maintaining the refrigerator is cleaning and maintenance of the coils once or twice a year. Refrigerator coils, found at the back or bottom of the fridge, work hard to keep the fridge cool. However, they can quickly accumulate dirt, debris, pet hair, and grime.
A refrigerator brush, found at most hardware stores, can be used to clean these – they are specially designed to be tough, long, and narrow to fit into and around the refrigerator coils.
2. The Dishwasher
To keep your dishwasher well-maintained, a deep cleaning once per month is necessary. Using the same materials as needed for the refrigerator, wipe down and clean the interior, exterior door, gasket, and filter. Baking soda and vinegar can also be used to help break down debris and odor. To prevent buildup and overworking your dishwasher, ensure that all dishes are properly rinsed before beginning the next cycle.
3. The Stovetop
Stovetop surfaces cannot be cleaned with the same cleaners as oven cleaners as they are abrasive. To clean a cooktop and keep its integrity intact so it does not require major maintenance, use a cooktop cleaner and a non-abrasive pad.
4. The Oven
The self-cleaning cycle will not be sufficient to ensure your oven is properly cleaned. This can be used in combination with more detailed cleaning, so long as any large spills or messes are wiped down before beginning the self-cleaning cycle. To maintain your oven, clean or replace the vent filter once per year.
It is also not advised to use aluminum foil to line the bottom of your oven as it can block airflow and interfere with the heating element, which will then require the attention of an appliance repair technician. Instead, thoroughly remove any messes as soon as they appear.
5. The Microwave
Much like the other appliances mentioned, the best way to prevent your microwave from requiring more serious maintenance is to keep it clean.
Wipe it down after use to prevent food from hardening and blocking airflow. You can also microwave a bowl of water and white vinegar to loosen any cooked-on stains or debris, and wipe down with a clean sponge or rag.