In this modern age, there are some appliances no home can do without, most of which are quite expensive to replace. This is why it is important to do what you can to ensure your home appliances stand the test of time and remain fully-functional for as long as possible. So, without further ado, here are a few effective tips to make your home appliances last longer.
Clean Compressor Coils in Refrigerator and Freezer
Refrigerators have a lifespan of 13 years and freezers typically last up to 11 or 12 years. In order to ensure these appliances last long, you would need to clean out the compressor coils every 6 months. The coils are typically placed in the back or bottom of your refrigerator and freezer. Without a thorough cleaning every 6 months, the coils fail to eliminate heat from within the appliance, which, in turn, will cause the compressor to become hotter as it takes longer to remove heat. This will result in the appliance's inevitable failure. Additionally, make sure that the appliance door's rubber gaskets are regularly scrubbed with warm water and soap to remove food and debris. This will ensure they remain tightly sealed thus, keeping the cold air within.
Clean Air Conditioner Filters
Air conditioners typically have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years. To ensure the longevity of yours, the filters must be cleaned approximately every 2 weeks of regular usage. You should do some research before attempting to remove the AC parts and if you reside anywhere in the Las Vegas Valley, visit Fast Affordable Air to ensure the job is done effectively and properly. It's generally recommended that you hire a professional, but if you take pride in your DIY skills, then make sure you rinse the filters with a damp cloth in a sink and remove dust out of the vents by using a blow dryer once a week, whether or not the appliance has been used recently.
Whether you have an electric stove or a gas one, you'll want your stove to keep working for a long time and the only way to achieve this is to clean, clean, and clean it again. Electric stoves tend to function for up to 13 years, and gas stoves usually outlast them. But regardless of what type of stove you have, these appliances are used almost every day. So, there is a high possibility that we will overwork them and shorten their lifespan.
For electric stoves that are a glass-top model, you would need to use a glass cleaner 2 times per week to ensure it is spick and span and running smoothly. For stoves with burners, a mild detergent and warm water should suffice to avoid subpar heating or a fire hazard. You would need to make sure you clean the area around the igniter and all the removable parts.
Gas stoves require that you use warm water and soap to clean the grills to ensure they heat up properly and that you regularly remove all the debris and spills from the burners that have accumulated from days of cooking – however, make sure you do not touch the igniter because the efficiency of your stove will become compromised if the ports become clogged.
Clean Out Dishwasher
Your dishwasher will typically provide you with a solid 9 years before it begins to malfunction. But, in order to keep it working efficiently, you must give it a thorough clean at least once a month. This could be using a dishwasher cleaning tablet or enable your DIY skills and fight off the grime, removing accumulated detergent residue, mineral buildup, and trapped particles. Residue must be wiped off the door handle, edges, and dishwasher controls with a damp cloth, and the filter must be removed and rinsed in the sink weekly.
Maintain your Washing Machine and Dryer
A washing machine lasts for at least a decade and a dryer can last up to 18 years. However, these appliances need a fair amount of upkeep to maintain their efficient usage.
Washing machines tend to fail due to the burden put upon them from people overloading them with excess clothes, using too much detergent, placing it unevenly with the floor, or overusing it by putting too little of a load over and over again.
Overloading your dryer is the main reason a dryer's lifespan is cut short. This inhibits its ability to work because the appliance will fail to efficiently dry excess clothing. It is very important to respect your dryer and the load it can manage.
The above tips all confirm that the one secret ingredient to increasing your appliances' lifespan is deep and thorough cleaning. Make sure you regularly clean all your appliances when deemed necessary, and you will then get to take comfort in the fact that your appliances are working effectively and efficiently for as long as possible.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist