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Ways You May Be Ruining Your Home Appliances

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Each household appliance has its own average lifespan of efficiency. For example, a dryer will last around 14 years, while refrigerators will last around 17 years. After the average lifespan the appliance may still work, but it will be inefficient in its productivity and energy usage. There are also certain things you can do to your appliances that will ruin them and lower their average lifespan.

Washing Machine
Each washing machine will have multiple settings for different load sizes. There is usually an option for an extra large load size, but tread lightly when choosing this option. Most people will choose this setting often and overload their washer. Constantly doing this can create additional wear and tear, increasing the risk of the machine failing before it reaches its average lifespan.

Lint is a byproduct of drying your clothes and it can build up very quickly. After each load you should clean out the lint trap, and every so often you should have your vents, hoses, and filter cleaned out by a professional. Ignoring this important dryer maintenance could lead to the lint igniting; resulting in a house fire.

The condenser and coils of a refrigerator remove the heat from the inside of the appliance. These parts are magnets for dust and must be cleaned regularly. A lack of cleaning will result in lower efficiency of the refrigerator and higher utility bills.

Appliances can last as long as their average lifespan, or even longer if they are maintained properly. Improper use and a lack of maintenance can result in inefficiency or failure long before it should. If your appliances are malfunctioning or need repair then contact the professionals at Tri-City Heating and Cooling . To learn more, or to schedule a service, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.