Welcome to part two of “what’s the life expectancy of these 5 appliances”. We covered the first 5 appliances in part 1 here. With the help of my new favorite magazine, HGTV, we’ll touch on a few others that get quite a bit of use each week. Follow the tips below each one to help your appliance to max out its lifespan.
10-14 years life span.
♦ Clean the coils that protect the refrigerator’s compressor with a vacuum once or twice a year.
♦ Periodically test the door seals to make sure cold air isn’t escaping, which makes the machine work harder than it should.
♦ If your fridge is struggling to stay below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s not functioning as well as it should and your energy bill may even reflect this.
♦ Almost every part on the refrigerator is replaceable or repairable, but not the cooling system. If that goes, you’ll need a new fridge.
13-15 years life span.
♦ Check the filter every two months to make sure nothing is blocking it. If there is a block, it would prevent the dishwasher from draining properly. The filter is usually at the floor of the machine, under the bottom rack.
5-7 years life span (Although ours has lasted longer – maybe we don’t vacuum enough. Hmm). ♦ Clean the filters after every few uses to make sure nothing is blocking the nozzle, hose or entry to the bag.
13-16 years life span.
♦ Wipe up messes right away. (Ooops). Spills on the burner can prevent proper gas flow on gas ranges, and they can cause a fire on electric models.
♦ Spills in the oven can smoke or even ignite.
6-8 years life span
♦ Empty food particles after every use. Food particles left inside will impact the overall performance of the toaster. Burnt toast anyone?
♦ Wipe your toaster down to remove any oils from types of bread, bagels, waffles, etc. Lingering oils could spark a fire.
♦ Store your toaster in a dry place. Too close to the faucet or stove could result in excess moisture & harm to the toaster.
How long have the above appliances lasted for you? Have you any tips to share?