Protecting Household Appliances: How to Make Them Last Longer

It’s true to say that our ancestors lived well enough without the luxury of fridges and washing machines, but today many would argue we just couldn’t survive without them. So, unless you want to learn and adopt the old ways of living again, it is worth knowing the basics of how to protect your household appliances so that they can last longer.

Clean and Dry Properly

Cleaning everything from the microwave to the TV set is essential to keep them working without a hitch. Always remember that dust, dirt and grime are natural enemies of any electronic device, which will shorten their lifespan if you don’t bother to keep them clean.

When it comes to appliances such as the oven, the washing machine or the dishwasher, excess moisture needs to be wiped properly after you’ve used them else they will begin to rust otherwise.

Maintain and Repair Regularly

Every appliance needs occasional repairs and regular maintenance, so make sure that only professional technicians approved by the manufacturer are the ones who are carrying out any repair work. In addition, never neglect a repair, even if the machine is able to function up to an extent without being fixed. You will likely find that the appliance will eventually break down and cost you a lot more in the longer run.

In case you are using any of Electrolux’s appliances, there’s actually an easy, one-step solution to taking care of everything related to both maintenance and repair. Simply contact Service Force for Electrolux repairs and maintenance. They have manufacturer-approved engineers and technicians to take care of all your Electrolux, Zanussi or AEG home appliances when they break down for some reason or another.

Stabilise Your Home’s Flow of Electricity

Depending on where you live, who is supplying the electricity, and the condition of your home’s electrical wiring, the voltage may spike and go down almost simultaneously. It can even happen during a thunderstorm, so protection in the form of installing a stabiliser is essential. In worst case scenarios (and possibly during serious lightning storms) you may lose a stabiliser due to the fluctuation, but it will still protect your expensive electronics in the process, which would otherwise be fried in such situations.

Do Not Overwork Your Appliances

That maximum load limit printed on the washing machine is there for a reason and is the tonnage of an air-conditioner. If you try to cool a large 15 x 20 room with a single 1-ton AC, or shove more clothes into the washing machine than it’s designed to handle, the appliances will eventually break down and/or their compressors/motors will wear down sooner than should be expected.

Don’t Try to Fix Things You Can’t Fix

Even people who considered themselves experienced in household appliance repair should not attempt to fix their own appliances.  If you try to take on a repair you cannot handle, it’s fair to say it will likely not end well for either the machine or yourself! Besides, such behaviour will automatically void any warranty you might have still had on the product itself.

Remember most appliances are made to last, especially if it was manufactured by a reputable brand such as Electrolux, Samsung or Zanussi, for example. Therefore with regular maintenance and repairs from manufacturer certified technicians, an appliance should last you a good number of years, avoiding the expense of buy a new one.