Everything you need to know about home appliances, and how to keep them up and running

So you have a new washing machine, oven, or stove, you set these appliances up and think your job is done? Then you find your appliance not functioning well, even before its guarantee date, and you are gutted because you paid an arm and a leg for it? That’s right. You’re not the only one. We’ve all had those days when these appliances ruin it all.

There are, however, ways you can make sure that your appliance works for a long time and squeeze as much out of your appliance washer, dishwasher, oven, dryer, fridge, or microwave oven! Either by making sure they work for as long as possible without having to repair them, or how to fix them when its finally time, and how many repairs you can squeeze out of one appliance.

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Let’s look at some tips and tricks that will keep our appliances working for years to come!

Tip#1: Keep them Shiny and Clean:

Alright, we’ll admit, this is an obvious one. We cannot stress enough the importance of this one, though. It is very easy to neglect the cleanliness of our home appliances because it is easy to forget that keeping them clean is crucial to help your appliances work for as long as possible.

Appliances are machines, and machines require maintenance. Cleanliness is the biggest part of maintenance, so avoid compromising on that. The dirt and grime build-up can clog pipes or tiny crevices, which can result in your appliance dysfunctioning.

(Bonus tip here, if your refrigerator stops working all of a sudden, it might be the grime build-up in the coils that’s causing the problem. You can try cleaning them before calling in on repair service.)

If there is still build-up in your appliances, you can repair the appliance at home by wiping any dirt off.


Tip#2: Don’t push your appliances beyond what they are capable of:

Every appliance you buy has a limit of what it can do, and how much it can do. Trying to shove heaps and heaps of clothes in a washing machine will guarantee its destruction, if not today, then maybe later.

Keeping your fridge open for an extensive amount of time, putting the following things in your microwave will definitely cause problems:

Aluminum foil

Plastic bags



Eggs to boil,



Containers with no lids.

If you’re reading this article because you did put these items in the microwave or too much load on the washing machine or fridge, then the situation might be beyond home repair. We’ve still got you covered. Just click on this link, and contact the best appliance repair service in town!


Tip#5: Maintain, don’t fix:

We always have that one person that will immediately get their toolbox, even if they have a broken appliance. This is a recipe for disaster, not just for appliances but for any machine you have lying around the house.

It is absolutely crucial for you to follow all the guidelines for the maintenance of your appliance provided on the instruction manual, but trying to fix your appliance to save a little bit of cash can backfire very quickly.

Luckily there’s a better option. Calling in on a repair service that won’t break the bank and letting the experts handle the situation for increased success. You can contact Canada’s best and most affordable repair service by clicking here.


Tip#6: Try to identify the problem:

Yes, we did say not to try to fix the appliance yourself, but identifying the cause of the problem can go a long way in trying to find the right repair service, or explaining the situation to the expert over the call, the expert might give you tips on how to handle the problem yourself and save you tons of money.

Also, maybe cleaning some parts or simply giving your appliance a little shake, might solve the problem. You never know. For that, you must know what to clean or do with your appliance. You can even get some tools for this, like a multimeter, to check voltage. This will help you identify if your machine has current flowing through the wires. Getting a multimeter is very cost-effective, as it will help you understand if maybe you need to replace the wire plugging your appliance to the switch, or possibly if the wire is not correctly plugged into the switch.

You can also pay attention to the sounds that are coming out of your appliance. Give your appliance a little shake if possible. See if it has any moving parts. There might be a fan in there that’s malfunctioning, or maybe a motor. Also, don’t forget to check the wires and hoses in your appliances periodically.


Now here is a brief appliance maintenance guide:

For refrigerators:

  1. Your refrigerator has a condenser with a coil within it. Make sure you regularly clean them. If you don’t, the coils will get clogged up, which will cause you to run up the electricity bill.
  2. Regularly clean the water filters; this is crucial.
  3. Keep checking on the door seals. A weak grip on the door seal will result in less efficiency.

For dishwashers:

  1. Clean the rust off your dishwasher. This step is absolutely crucial for the longevity of the dishwasher, and do not neglect it.
  2. Be sure to clean the pumps, and spray arms to avoid clogging the drainage system.
  3. Clean the filters and the gasket regularly to avoid leaking and build-up.

For Washing Machines:

  1. Do not ever slam the lid shut. This one is a no-brainer, yet we still find ourselves doing it often.
  2. Lighten up the load you put on your machine.
  3. Keep checking the hoses and the wire for breakage/leaks.

For Stoves:

  1. Clean the stovetop Every time you cook.
  2. When not in use, keep the lid on tight.
  3. Clean/repair the filters.

If anything still goes wrong, call the experts to take care of the business, and live a life of ease!



Mark Munroe is the Creator and EIC of ADDICTED. He's ADDICTED to great travel, amazing food, better grooming & probably a whole lot more!