Common Mistakes that Shorten the Lifespan of Appliances

Tips and Tricks

In the US, single-person households use an average of 10 appliances on a daily basis. As families become more technology-reliant, this number is bound to increase—and with it, the investment required to maintain and run each fixture.

That’s why it’s essential to avoid the pitfalls that cause your appliances to stop functioning before the end of their estimated lifespan. After all, the life expectancy of common appliances is around 15 years! Let’s talk about some common mistakes to avoid so you can make the most of your investment, as well as the benefits of finding professional appliance service and repair assistance.

Pitfalls to Avoid to Increase Appliance Lifespans

Home appliances run constantly, ensuring that we have a comfortable and convenient life! Here are some professional tips offered by the experts at S&S Appliance to avoid mistakes big and small and extend your appliance’s lifespan.

Overloading Your Appliances

Overloading household appliances can lead to structural damages, which can cause them to run inefficiently or even create a severe safety hazard. Though we’re all tempted sometimes to shove that oversized crockery into the washing machine or fill up the washer and dryer to the brim after putting off laundry for a while, these seeming shortcuts come with a long-term cost.

Overloading an appliance also affects its performance, meaning that you might find broken glasses in the dishwasher, unclean clothes in the dryer, or defrosted food in the freezer! Stick to the manufacturer’s guidelines—they know what the appliance was built to handle to keep it running optimally.

Not Keeping Up With Simple Cleaning Tasks

Home appliances do a lot for us, but you need to keep them in top shape to work to the end of their life expectancy. Simple cleaning tasks can prevent debris from accumulating and affecting their safety and performance. Make sure to check refrigerator coils for dust and pet hair, stovetop drip pans for food debris, and the dryer exhaust for trapped lint.

Not Keeping Up With Regular Maintenance

Simple cleaning routines can save you a lot of headaches. Remember that your appliances come with manufacturer recommendations for regular maintenance as well (don’t throw away that instruction manual!). Performing these regular maintenance tasks:

  • Prevents more severe (and more costly) appliance repairs
  • Allows you to care for your appliances
  • Ensures home safety—especially for appliances running on water, gas, or electricity!
  • Restores appliance performance and functioning
  • Increases appliances’ energy-efficiency
  • Extends your machine’s warranty

Not Fixing Issues As Soon as They Appear

If you’ve noticed that your appliances are no longer working properly, you should call a technician immediately. In fact, a small leak can cause you to waste—and pay for—gallons of water more than you need. And, of course, an unaddressed leak can quickly turn into severe and costly water damage, just as damaged cords and cables become fire hazards.

Using the Same Outlet for Several Appliances

Using the same outlet for several appliances can be damaging for both the outlet and the appliances. When outlets are overloaded, the appliances might not be able to receive the energy needed to work properly. Make sure you understand the energy usage of each appliance. Also, use a suitable outlet to power the gadgets in each room safely.

Keep Your Appliances Safe and Efficient

Your home appliances represent a significant investment. They’re an asset that increases the value of your home and a comfort that enhances your quality of life. That’s why it’s essential to avoid these common pitfalls. Service your appliances as soon as they start to work inefficiently or show signs of wear and tear.

Increase the lifespan of your appliances with S&S Appliance Parts & Service

At S&S Appliance Parts & Service, we’ve been servicing and repairing appliances for decades, helping homeowners get the most out of their machines. We’re here to help you look after your investment and create a more energy-efficient home. Contact us at (205) 426-5468 to speak to one of our friendly technicians or contact us here.