Every home has appliances that are used every day to make people’s lives easier. However, a lot of homeowner doesn’t seem to know how to care for their appliances. In this article, you will be able to learn some basic tips on how to care for your appliances at home. However, the best tip that we can give above all else is to make sure that all your appliances are only serviced by a highly trained, professional and skilled electrical contractor. If I were you, I would only choose to hire the most reputable and trusted electricians near me.

Electrical

Dryer

Maintenance tips: Just like washing machines, you should avoid overloading your dryer and you must check for leaks of your dryer’s hoses as well. You can also empty your dryer’s lint trap after each laundry load, as well as clean fluff and lint from the exhaust vent and duct of your dryer at least twice a year. This tip will help reduce the risk of getting fire, which is a result of debris accumulation.

When to replace: Most of the time, 10 to 15 years is the average recommended time to replace your dryer, however the sooner the better if your clothes are already taking a bit longer to dry completely that before, or if you notice that your dryer is making any unusual sounds or movements.

Common risks:

  • Potential water danger in proximity to other electrical appliances.
  • Fire hazard if there’s a debris accumulation that is blocking the airflow.

Iron

Maintenance tips: Your humble steam iron must be cleaned occasionally in order to prevent mineral deposits, dirt and grime build up that could cause wrinkles and stains on your clothing.

When to replace: At least 2 to 5 years appears to be an average iron’s lifespan, unless there are other malfunctions or safety concerns.

Common risks:

  • Tripping over the iron’s cord
  • Minor burns
  • Fire hazard if it has been left running accidentally
  • Potentially dangerous if the iron comes into contact with water
  • Damaged or frayed cords

Oven and Stove

Maintenance tips: Regular cleaning can help prevent spilled food, oil, fat particles and grease build up that can potentially ignite fire in the kitchen. It is best to clean your stove top every evening after you use it, as well as the door of your oven at least once a week. You should also give your whole oven a thorough cleaning once a month, or even at least once every 3 months. You should also bear in mind that if there’s something wrong with its electrical wearing, make sure that you stop using it and contact a professional right away. I actually remembered using a malfunctioning oven and it sparked causing a small fire in my kitchen and I don’t want it to happen to anyone. Certainly, that incident might have been prevented if I only called a professional electrician right away to check and repair the electrical wiring of my oven. This is also the reason why you should always make sure that you inspect the wiring of your appliances once in a while.