Bad habits cost you; good habits conserve thousands. Check out and save big on appliance repairs with these upkeep tips.

Clean Refrigerator Coils

If your refrigerator quits working on a hot day, presume the coils. Service pros discover this issue on half of their refrigerator calls. On lots of refrigerators, you get to the coils by removing the front grille. Then press a coil cleaning brush (sold at house centers) into the coils, pull it back, and vacuuming it tidy. If the coils are located on the backside, pull out your fridge to clean them. Bonus offer: The neat coils will cool more effectively and save you a loan on your energy expense!

Avoid Overloads

You may believe you’re saving time, water, or energy by cramming more clothing into your washer and dryer. However, overloading any washer or dryer triggers damage to motors, belts, and other moving parts. A few of the repairs are so costly that you’re much better off buying a new machine.

Recalibrate Your Oven Temperature Setting

If the temperature level in your oven seems off, or if your brand-new oven doesn’t heat as you want, you can recalibrate the temperature setting. Use the instructions in your handbook, go online, and look for a downloadable variation using your oven’s model number. Place a high-quality oven thermometer on the center shelf and wait on the oven to keep a constant temperature level. Then follow the treatment outlined in your manual to match the temperature level setting to the thermometer reading.

Keep It Peaceful

Washers and clothes dryers transfer vibrations to floors and telegraph noise throughout your home. The option is to set their feet on rubber anti-vibration pads (readily available at some house centers and online). You might not understand you can do these other cleaning device repairs yourself, too.

Keep the Dishwasher Clean

When your dishwasher is no longer making your dishes clean, a food-filled filter is usually to blame. If it is clogged, water can’t make it to the spray arms to clean the meals in the top rack. The repair takes 2 minutes. Merely pull out the lower rack and eliminate the filter cover inside the dishwasher. (Examine your owner’s handbook if you can’t identify the filter.) After that, use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up off the screen. While you exist, move the close-by float switch up and down. If the cover sticks, toss it and clean it with water.

Do Not Slam Down the Doors!

If you continually drop or slam down the lid to your washer or dryer (top or front load), you’re about to break the lid/ door switch. That will cost you at least $100. Prevent this repair by decreasing the lid and carefully closing the door.

Tidy Window Air Conditioners in Spring

A window ac system can hold some nasty surprises after winter season storage. Aside from harmless things like dust and dead bugs, it may contain health risks like mold or mouse droppings. So before you carry it to a window, vacuum all the surfaces, especially the fins on the exterior face of the unit (that benefits effectiveness and performance, too). Also, pull off the cover panel and clean and vacuum the foam filter. Lastly, plug it in and fire it up. Much better to blow dust around the garage than your bedroom.

Remember the Magic Button

All disposers have an overload function that instantly shuts down the power when the motor becomes overloaded and gets too hot. Once the motor cools, merely push the reset button on the side of or under the unit.

Tidy Up Stove Spills

If a stove burner will not begin, the likely offender has spilled food. Use a toothbrush to clean up off food spills from the igniter. It is a bit ceramic nub on an electronic ignition stove located either on the stovetop or under the ceramic seal strike plate. Likewise, ensure that the round ceramic seal strike plate is correctly seated on the burner.

Battle Stinky Fridge Syndrome

If your powerheads out and the food in your fridge and freezer spoils, you’ve got a smelly mess on your hands. Here’s what to do to eliminate the smell:

  • Eliminate the food and clean everything down with a disinfecting cleaning spray.
  • Clean all the quiet corners and crannies inside the freezer, specifically the shelf supports.
  • Smash about 12 charcoal briquettes and spread out the portions on two trays. One enters the fridge, the other in the freezer.
  • Crunch up a paper and fill the shelves with it.
  • Close the doors and walk away, offering the charcoal and paper time to soak up odors.
  • Replace the old paper and charcoal with fresh stuff every day for about a week or up until the smell is gone.

Electric Stove Burners Need Good Contact

If a burner on your electric stove is not working correctly, turn the burner off and pull it out of its socket. Then plug it in once again and wiggle it around. If it feels loose, remove the burner again and carefully bend the burner prongs slightly outside for a tighter connection.

Tidy Fridge Gaskets

If you keep your refrigerator door gaskets clean, they will seal correctly and last the fridge’s life. But if you leave sticky foods as syrup and jam develop on the door gasket, they will glue the gasket to the frame. Pulling harder on a stuck door eventually tears the gasket, which costs you $100 or more to fix. Plus, if the door doesn’t seal effectively, the fridge needs to run longer, and that’ll boost your electrical bill. Clean the door gasket with warm water and a sponge. Don’t use cleaning agents; they can damage the gasket.

Tidy Out Disposer Crud

Your disposer will smell better if you clean up the splash guard. Lift the flaps and scrub them (mainly the underside) with a toothbrush and grease-cutting cleaner.

Warm-up a Lukewarm Dryer

If your clothes dryer isn’t heating up properly, first make sure the device isn’t set to ‘fluff air,’ a non-heat setting. If that is not it, the lint filter may be blocked. Even if the filter looks tidy, it might be covered by a nearly undetectable movie triggered by dryer sheets. Check your filter by putting water into it. If the filter holds water, it’s the last time to clean it. This movie minimizes airflow and requires the thermostat to shut down the heat before the clothes are dry. Pull out the filter and scrub it in hot water with a bit of laundry detergent and a stiff kitchen area brush. Also, check the outdoor dryer vent for any lint that might have developed up there.