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RefrigeratorStandalone_1175X1290
Average lifespan: 13 years
What to do: Use a long-handled refrigerator coil brush (AceHardware.com) or your vacuum’s crevice tool to remove dust bunnies and pet hair around the condenser coils, located underneath freestanding fridges and on top of built-in models. Wipe dust, crumbs and spills off door seals and gaskets with a damp rag.
Why:  Dust around the coils makes the unit work harder, which can shorten its life,” and dirty, sticky gaskets tear or stretch, letting cold air leak out

Opts_App_SmoothTopRangeOvenComboGas or Smoothtop Range
Average lifespan: 13 years
What to do:  On gas ranges, use a sewing needle, pin or thin paper clip to poke through burner ports (the holes where gas comes through the burner). Soak burner caps and rings in soapy water to remove food residue. Wipe down glass cook top ranges regularly.
Why:  Spills can block gas burner ports and that may prevent the burner from igniting. On smooth top ranges, some spills, such as sugary substances, cause surface pitting if not cleaned immediately.


Washing Machinewashing-machine
Average lifespan: 10 years
What to do:  If you have rubber drain hoses, swap them for braided stainless steel mesh ones. To do this, first shut off the water supply and unplug the machine’s power cord. Then, remove the hose end from the drain tube and place in a bucket so any accumulated water can drain out. Unscrew the clamp at the other end of the hose to completely remove the hose. Attach the steel mesh hose to the washing machine, secure clamp and slip the other end of the hose into the drain pipe. Regularly wipe out the detergent dispenser drawer with a damp rag, or pour water through it to rinse it out. For front-loaders, wipe the door gasket (the rubber seal around the door) dry after use.
Why:  Rubber drain hoses are notorious for bursting and causing major water damage to the machine and your home.  Keeping the detergent drawer clean ensures that the product flows out as intended during the proper portion of the wash cycle. For front-loading machines, keeping the gasket dry prevents stinky mold and mildew from forming in the super-tight.

dishwasherwidget2Dishwasher
Average lifespan: 9 years
What to do:  If your machine has a removable filter, rinse out any food particles or other goop lodged in it. (Reference your owner’s manual for the exact location, but it’s usually along the bottom, inside the machine.
Tip:  If you can’t find your manual, visit the manufacturer’s website or ManualsOnline.com.  Use a dishwasher rack repair kit (found at most hardware stores or on manufacturer’s website) to touch up rusty or cracked prongs on the dishwasher racks. Wipe down goopy door gaskets and door frames.
Why: The dishwasher will redeposit food particles on clean dishes if the filter is clogged.  Exposed rack prongs scratch dishes and glassware, and replacement racks aren’t cheap (around $125)—especially compared to the cost of a repair kit, which is usually less than $30.

Microwave Oven and Vent Hoodmicrowave-oven
Average lifespan: 9 years
What to do:  Wipe microwave interior and door seals regularly with a damp cloth. On the underside of over-the-range microwaves, clean grease filters from the vent hood monthly by removing, soaking in soapy water, rinsing, drying and replacing. If your vent hood has a charcoal filter, replace it every 6 to 12 months.
Why:  Food spills and particles can stick to the interior, which may cause the microwave to work less efficiently, and vent hood filters that are clogged and dirty won’t get smoke and odors out of your kitchen.

clothes-dryers-9792-5102373Clothes Dryer
Average lifespan: 13 years
What to do:  Clean the lint filter before or after every load—no excuses. If you have flexible plastic or foil ducting, replace it with rigid or semi-rigid metal duct. To do it yourself, unplug the power cord and pull the dryer away from the wall. Loosen clamps around both ends of the duct to completely remove and replace. Once a year, clean the inside of the duct by following the safety measures described above and only disconnecting the end attached to the dryer. Vacuum the inside of the duct or use a dryer vent cleaning kit to remove lint buildup. Regularly check the vent outside where the air exits the house to ensure it’s not clogged and that good, strong airflow is coming out.
Why:  Reduced airflow from lint buildup in the filter reduces efficiency and makes clothes take longer to dry.   More important, it can also cause the dryer to overheat or catch fire. Same deal with ductwork: Flexible plastic or foil ducting crushes easily behind dryers, causing obstructions in airflow. Even worse, it catches lint on the internal ridges, which can also cause fires.

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