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Do you enjoy cleaning? I do not enjoy what can sometimes be the very daunting task of cleaning at all! Periodic maintenance and regular upkeep of household appliances can potentially save you from a very long repair list and/or a big strain on your wallet. Check out the tips below.


Check The Oven Door To Verify It Has A Tight Seal

-Open the oven door and find the rubber gasket around the door

-You will want to feel for any broken, deformed or torn areas on the gasket/seal

- Close the oven door and see if you can find any leaks

- Replace the door seal/gasket if needed

-If your oven door is not sealed properly over 20% of the heat can escape


Replace or Clean Dirty Vent Filters

-Metal-mesh grease filters can easily be washed by hand in soapy water, you can also put them in your dishwasher if you would like

-Charcoal or paper filters need to be replaced if needed, please to not wash these


Clean Stovetop Drip Bowls

-Drip bowls are underneath your burner elements and need to be removed completely in order to be cleaned properly

-Presoak the drip bowl(s) in a cleaning solution (your choice) for five minutes.

-After soaking just wash, clean and put the drip bowl(s) back into place

-If something spills on your drip bowl(s) while cooking you will want to clean it up as soon as possible without causing injury to yourself. If spills burn into the bowls, they may need to be replaced.


Clean Refrigerator Coils

-You will want to do this about every six months

-Use a coil brush/appliance brush to clean the coils


Change Refrigerator Water Filter

-All water filters are different so you will want to follow the instructions that came with your filter

-Change your water filter about every six months depending on usage

-Water filters that do not efficiently remove impurities and contaminants could expose you to harmful water


Fix Rusty Dishrack Tines

-Purchase a tine repair kit

-Use a sealant to adhere the tips over any chipped or rusty tines

-You will want to let this dry for twenty four hours before running your dishwasher



Clean and Deodorize Garbage Disposal

 -Make sure the unit is turned off

-Look down the drain for any large items that may be stuck, use a pair of tongs to get the item out

-Pour whole ice cubes down the disposal and run for a few seconds, once the ice cubes are gone pour about 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar down the disposal and let that run for a few seconds

-To deodorize, you can place just about a handful of citrus peels (your preference) down the disposal along with running cold water and turn it on and let run for a few seconds


Clean Dryer Exhaust

-Loosen the clamp and pull the exhaust off of the back of the dryer

-Remove clumps of lint from the tubing and the hole in the back of your dryer. You may need to use something long in order to carefully remove any large clumps that you can't get with your hands

-Vacuum up all of the small pieces

Reattach the exhaust

-Lint in the dryer exhaust is a fire hazard and it should be cleaned once a year


Check Washing Machine Hoses

-Remove the panel on your machine

-Look for any cracks, weak spots or leaks in your hoses

-Replace the hose if needed

-Most washing machine floods are caused by leaks in the hoses


Clean Your Air Conditioner Filter (I threw this one in for you guys, even though we do not work on them)

-Pop of the front panel of your unit

-Replace the disposable filter or if you have a re-usable filter vacuum it as much as possible to remove the dirt and dust

-It is recommended that you clean/change your filter every 2-4 weeks

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