Summer maintenance tips for your appliances

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June 7, 2024
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Are your appliances ready for summer?

As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, it's important to ensure your home appliances are in top shape to handle the summer heat. Proper maintenance can prevent breakdowns, improve efficiency, and extend the lifespan of your appliances. At BIG Warranties, we understand the importance of keeping your home running smoothly during the hottest months of the year. Here are some essential summer maintenance tips to keep everything running smoothly.

Top summer appliance maintenance tips

Inspect your refrigerator and freezer

Refrigerators and freezers are essential for keeping your food fresh in the hot months. Clean the condenser coils, usually located at the back or underneath the appliance, to improve efficiency. Ensure the door seals are tight and free from cracks to prevent cool air from escaping. Set the temperature to the recommended settings: around 3°C for the refrigerator and -18°C for the freezer.

Clean your washing machine

Summer often means more laundry, especially with outdoor activities. Run an empty cycle with hot water and a cup of white vinegar to clean and deodorise your washing machine. Check drain hoses for any signs of wear or leaks and replace them if necessary. Also make sure your machine is level to prevent excessive noise or vibration during use.

Service your dishwasher

Your dishwasher might see extra use during summer gatherings such as family BBQs. We recommend cleaning the filter and spray arms to remove any food particles and debris. Run a cycle with a dishwasher cleaner or a cup of white vinegar to remove any build-up and keep it smelling fresh. Check the door seal for any signs of wear and tear.

Maintain your oven and hob

Summer often brings an increase in cooking. Clean your oven and hob thoroughly to remove any grease and food residue. Check the burners and heating elements for proper functioning.

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Safety should always be a priority. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are working properly. Replace the batteries if needed and clean the units to remove any dust or debris that could interfere with their operation.

Inspect outdoor appliances

Don't forget about outdoor appliances like BBQs and lawn equipment. We advise cleaning your BBQ thoroughly and checking for any gas leaks or blockages in the burners. For lawnmowers and other gardening equipment, change the oil, clean the air filters, and sharpen the blades.

By following these summer maintenance tips, you can keep your appliances running efficiently and avoid unexpected breakdowns. Regular maintenance not only saves you money on repairs but also extends the lifespan of your appliances, giving you peace of mind during the busy summer months.

For added protection and to ensure you’re covered in case of an emergency, get an appliance insurance quote from BIG Warranties today!

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