Nowadays, we cannot even think about living without our favorite appliances. Whether it is our coffee maker, refrigerator, washing machine, microwave oven, or anything else, you cannot think about leaving any of these things and going away. But keeping these things sometimes spells more trouble than living without them. Every so often, you must take it for repairs or much worse. If you see the ads, you find out that the appliances that you have bought have the tendency to remain with you for anywhere between 5 to 10 years, but that is hardly the case. So, what is wrong?
The fact of the matter is that the life span of these home appliances does extend to up to 10 years, but it can only happen in favorable conditions. You need to make sure that you take care of your appliances and that you call an electrician for regular maintenance work and repairs. These and other ways can ensure that not only do you have your appliances for the time period that was mentioned in the ad or the manual but also you can extend their lifetime and make sure that you get your money’s worth out of them.
If you go online and look at the statistics, they will tell you that the life expectancy of major appliances is anywhere from 5 years to 10 years. Consumer reports regularly broach this subject and then publish the results for everyone to see. According to the latest research, microwaves and dishwashers can last for up to 9 years while washing machines can stick with you for 10. Garbage disposals and refrigerators can go up to a whopping 13 years.
So, the statistics are good. But does this happen? Have you had your refrigerator for the last 13 years? Probably not. This is because the consumer reports do not consider all the ways that these appliances can be used and just how much they will be used by different people. Someone might be using a hairdryer frequently but also keeping it well maintained. On the other hand, someone else might use it rarely but doesn’t take care of it. All these things have a major effect on the lifetime of the appliance.
This means that the research that you have in your hands is only based on the average use of the products and can only give you a ballpark figure. Another thing that they may or may not consider is maintenance and repair. Maybe you took your electric appliance to a good electrician or maybe you went to an amateur. Who knows? But will it affect the life span of your appliance? Most definitely.
How to Ensure a Long-Life Span?
After all these things, is it really possible to ensure that an appliance that should work for 10 years can work even longer? Yes, you can easily make it happen. Here, we are going to discuss with you some of the ways that you can ensure that your favorite hair dryer or your coffee maker stays with you for a long time and you get the maximum benefit out of it.
1. Know Your Appliance
Well, that’s a bit absurd. Who doesn’t know how to work with their appliances? A lot of people actually. When we say that you must know your appliances, we are not talking about turning it on and off and knowing how the regulator works. We are talking about all the things that you need to do to keep them safe. Every appliance comes with an instruction manual that has a lot of instructions and other information given on it. Many people just throw it away without giving it a second glance. This is the kind of thing that can become a hindrance when you are trying to keep it for a long time. Read the instruction manual carefully and find out all you can about your appliance. What kind of temperature should you keep it in, whether you need to keep it in a dry place or not, how regularly should you clean it or change the parts? All these instructions are very important, and they have a direct effect on the lifespan of your product. Just like you keep your medicine in the refrigerator as it has to be kept in a cold yet dry place, the appliances have an ideal environment too and you should maintain it to get the most out of all your appliances.
This is one of the most important things that you need to do if you want to keep your appliances for a long time to come. Just think about it, when was the last time that you cleaned the refrigerator or the dishwasher for that matter? When did you last take a piece of cloth and clear all the dust and the debris from your SMART TV? All electric and electronic appliances have to be cleaned on a regular basis. If there are spills on your refrigerator or the microwave oven, then you need to clean them immediately. Don’t wait for something to happen before you think about doing it. Read the instruction manual and see what they are saying about the cleaning. The more you keep your appliances clean, the longer they are going to work. Make it a family ritual and do it on a regular basis. If not on a weekly basis then at least do it every fortnight.
Whether we talk about your LED TV, the refrigerator or the microwave oven, all these appliances need a lot of electricity to run. We all know that this produces a lot of heat. Just check the back of your refrigerator and you will know what we are talking about. You need to make sure that your appliances are properly ventilated to make sure that there isn’t any buildup of heat. That can cause any part to melt partially or even completely and that can, in turn, cause some accident. Make sure that you have a little space around the appliances so that the air can go around it and negate the heat that the appliances are producing.
If you are taking care of the cleaning and the ventilation of your appliances, then you are not going to need any maintenance on a regular basis. But the bigger the appliance, the more you are going to need it. Maybe not your hairdryer, but your dishwasher, your garbage disposal, refrigerator, and such appliances need to be taken care of. Pay attention to all the small details like the voltage, temperature, etc.
You not only have to check the appliances but all the things around them that can affect them like clogging, rodents, and such. The sooner you can identify these problems, the better it will be for you and the cheaper the maintenance will be.
Do not use damaged appliances at any cost. Make sure that you call an expert electrician who can properly repair the appliance before you start using it.
Keep these 6 points in mind and you can easily increase the lifetime of your appliances and get proper usage out of them.