It’s springtime which means a fresh start and—often times—a clean house! While sweeping and dusting is on the minds of many home owners when the words “spring cleaning” are mentioned, many never think of doing annual maintenance with appliances. Simple yearly steps can be taken now for those hoping to avoid costly repairs later. At Platinum Home Warranty, our goal is to educate the consumers on how best to protect themselves financially when it comes to your home.
The average cost of replacing an air conditioner can run you thousands of dollars. Think about having to shell out hundreds of dollars for a specialist to come out last minute and take care of it.
Having a home warranty is the first step in saving money. If something breaks, we have trained technicians that will come out for a low-cost maintenance fee and fix it. But what if you could reduce the calls you make for a technician? Appliance neglect is a surefire way to not only lose money, but also create health and safety hazards in your home. There are lots of appliances that should be regularly checked and cleaned, but for the sake of space let’s focus on three of our top picks: water heaters, ovens and refrigerators.
Water heaters should be flushed once a year, or even during an element change. A water heater tends to collect and build up sediment and minerals that break down the tank liner and components. If that debris is not removed, then it can lead to excess energy use and premature failure. For the proper way to flush out the water heater, checkout the link here.
A dirty oven has quite a few downsides. It can impart an unpleasant smoky taste on your food, obstruct proper flow from heat sources and even contribute to kitchen fires. Because of this, it is necessary to regularly clean the oven. But owners must make sure to tackle more than just obvious food buildup on the bottom of the interior. The extractor fan and the hood should always be cleaned as well.
Refrigerators are one of the most used appliances in the house, and therefore should be treated with extra care as well. The first step to properly cleaning and maintaining a refrigerator is to clean up any spills or messes right away. There is no reason to use harsh chemical cleaners to clean the refrigerator. Simply make a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup baking soda and one gallon of water and put into a spray bottle for use. Going forward, owners should make it a habit to remove any expired or old items that will no longer be used, before adding in new food. Two to four times each year, pull out the refrigerator and vacuum the coils to prevent dust and debris from accumulating and negatively affecting the performance of the refrigerator. A full fridge is a happy fridge so if it’s been a bit between shopping trips, fill up gallon jugs of water and place inside so your refrigerator stays cooler longer and doesn’t have to work as hard.
Of course, when all else fails, a home warranty company will save you more money in the long run if you have a major appliance break that is covered. For more information on how to care for your home appliances as the weather heats up, visit our blog at platinumhw.com/blog.
Written by: Brooke Hoyt
Brooke Hoyt is the Vice President of Operations at Platinum Home Warranty, a locally owned and operated company located in Scottsdale. Platinum employs their own service technicians for most trades, offering home warranties and a full retail division to meet the needs of homeowners in metropolitan Phoenix. To learn more about how Platinum can help you and your clients, head to platinumhw.com.