- Dec 12, 2017
As a Homeowner, you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about your appliances until there is a problem or one completely stops working. During these chilly upcoming months, it is important to give your home appliances more attention to ensure that they get through the winter in good working order.
Following these tips should keep your appliances in good condition, as well as help extend the life and improve the efficiency of your appliances. Here are some best practices to keep your appliances running this winter:
Safeguard Your Dryer
- Always check your dryer vent screen for lint after every drying cycle. Dryer lint is the number one cause of dryer fires, especially in the cooler weather with the inside heat running.
- Also, check your outdoor dryer vent cover to ensure it is not easily accessible to rodents. Critters love to chew, so you need to make sure that they do not have a point of entry into your appliance and your home.
Maintain Your Oven
- Have your oven thermostat checked before the holiday cooking season. There is nothing worse than having a holiday dinner or family-treasured dessert ruined due to an off-kilter thermostat.
- Do you have a fridge in your garage or back deck? When temperatures get cold, refrigerators kept outside that are not designed for outdoor use should be unplugged. If kept plugged in, the water and ice lines will likely freeze and the refrigerator itself will actually heat up.
- This time of year is also a great time to get your indoor refrigerator serviced. Call us to come out and clean your refrigerator coils before it starts working hard during the spring/summer months. It is always better to catch a problem early through routine service than to be without a refrigerator and have your food spoil.
Westside Appliance Repair is here to help you with your appliance needs. If you have any questions about keeping your appliances running in the cold weather seasons, give us a call at 515-276-8899.