Throughout our numerous collections of kitchen interior designs we have mentioned more than a few times that the kitchen is the hub of the home. It really is. The kitchen is a very practical room that makes our daily lives a lot easier and much more comfortable and lately, the kitchen has also become a sort of a space that can be used to entertain guests. But where does the functionality of the kitchen come from? We all know the kitchen’s purpose is mainly to provide a space to prepare food and drinks but we rarely give credit to the kitchen appliances that make that possible. Have you ever thought about how your meals would change if you didn’t have a fridge, or an oven for that matter? Do you prepare breakfast on a whim in your microwave? How long would it take to use the oven?
Unfortunately, the answers of some of these questions can be discovered when the appliances malfunction. All appliances are subject to malfunctions, even your expensive, quality-brand kitchen appliances. But some people seem to have way less problems with their kitchen appliances than others, so what is the secret to keeping your appliances alive longer before you have to call in professional appliance repair Scarborough?
Just like with anything else, maintenance plays a big role in the quality of service and lifespan of your kitchen appliances. Just think of your car and how much maintenance it requires to keep it running smoothly. It’s quite similar with the kitchen appliances, they are machines with heaps of moving parts, after all. Luckily enough, we’ve discovered a few great tips that will help you ensure your kitchen appliances are in perfect running order and break some myths while we’re at it.
1. Do not overload
Just like there is a limit how much weight your car can carry before the suspension breaks down or the engine struggles to move it, there are also limits as to how much stuff you can load in your dishwasher or put in the fridge. It might not seem like overloading the fridge has any effect on its lifespan but when you do it, the compressor struggles to keep your food cold.
2. Breathing space
All electric devices generate heat and some are better at cooling down than others. Your kitchen appliances have an optimal temperature at which they can work so make sure your fridge is not directly stuck to the wall and has some breathing room that will help with its cooling. The same goes for your oven and microwave. Take a look at them and find out where they take air from and where they blow hot air out and make sure they are not directly exposed to a heating unit that blows hot air.
3. No vibrations
All running appliances are bound to generate some vibrations but even if they are way too low to annoy you, you should consider installing rubber anti-vibration pads because besides being a nuisance to your peace and quiet, vibrations can damage your kitchen appliances and soon enough they can start rattling and setting moving parts loose.
4. Keep the filters clean
Dishwashers and washing machines in general have filters and they must always be clean. Luckily for you they are quite easy to clean and a quick glance at the users’ manual is going to show you the few steps that you need to take to clean your appliance. It’s a rather simple task that can improve the quality of service of your appliance and prevent malfunctions down the road.
5. Clean stove tops
Keeping the top of your stove clean is very important, especially so in the case of gas stoves where the holes that feed the gas can get jammed which is also potentially dangerous. In general, greasy stove tops can smell bad when hot but they can also lower the performance of your appliance.
The key to a long-lasting and well-functioning kitchen is timely maintenance. Cleaning is a part of maintenance as well and often we will only clean the insides of the kitchen appliances, such as the fridge, leaving the exterior untouched, but most appliances have important parts on the exterior, in this example it is the fridge. On the back side are a few condenser coils that are the heart of the fridge’s functionality and ensuring there is nothing obstructing them can help greatly. The same rule applies for pretty much any other device, let alone kitchen appliances.