Simple Kitchen Appliance Maintenance Tips Homeowners Should Know

A kitchen counter with appliances

Are you familiar with the smell of new furniture and appliances that you have been longing to have in your home? Well, there is a way to achieve that but not necessarily by purchasing something new.

You can maintain kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines, stoves, and dishwashers without breaking the bank. From vacuuming, scrubbing off food build-up to applying specialty cleaners will help prolong their lifespan.

So, for those who wish to achieve longevity for their kitchen appliances, here are some simple tips that will help you do just that.

1. Study the Manuals

A person reading the instruction manual

A great way to learn more about your appliances is to read the manufacturer's instruction booklet that came with each one. Reading through the basics will help you understand the technicalities that tend to complicate the installation and maintenance.

If you're having an issue with your refrigerator, furnace, or any other piece of household machinery, then the chances are that the booklet in this box is what you need. These booklets usually contain a care and maintenance schedule along with a troubleshooting guide to help diagnose problems before calling for a repair person's services.

Reading the manual will tell you what cleaning products are most suitable for a specific type of appliance (e.g., stainless steel vs. non-stick surfaces). It can also provide detailed cooking times and temperatures for ovens and microwaves so you always know how much time should go into something before removing it from heat or turning off an oven.

2. Clean Your Refrigerators and Freezers

 A man cleaning the fridge

To prevent early failure, you should vacuum the unit's compressor coils twice a year. Compressor coils are located at the back or bottom of an appliance, and their primary function is to remove heat from inside it. 

Dirty, dusty ones have trouble doing this, which means your device will run more often for long periods and may even start running hotter in general - all leading up to its eventual demise!

Keep your refrigerator and freezer at temperatures between 33-40°F. If you are using an appliance thermometer, regularly check to stay below 40°F in the fridge and 0°F in the freezer. Keep children out of refrigerators as they can quickly become trapped inside. Kitchen appliances must be unplugged when cleaning and not working.

By taking good care of your refrigerators, they can last longer because you are making sure it works well and is at its most energy-efficient state. This also applies to kitchen freezers, as well as other cooling appliances like dehumidifiers.

The Outside of the Fridge

The dust has a way of accumulating on the outside surface of any appliance, especially a refrigerator. It'sIt's necessary to clean them off before the dust builds up over time. Invest in a refrigerator brush that is specially designed for the coils of your fridge.

"The condenser coils are key because they work harder when shaded by dirt or debris that obstruct their airflow. Thus, generating more heat which can cause your fridge parts inside to wear out faster than normal," says Gary Basham from Sears Advanced Diagnostics Group.

Homeowners wouldn't have to worry about cleaning the exterior surfaces as often since they would only need to do so once every six months at most!

3. Mind the Microwave

Microwaves are not built to work well when there is steam or smoke around them. The rule of thumb dictates that kitchen appliances must be unplugged when cleaning and not working.

Those fires can lead to a lot of damage if it happens in your kitchen. Kitchen appliances must be unplugged when cleaning and not working.

Cleaning the microwave

However, regular cleaning is the single best way to prolong the life of microwaves, which last on average ten years. Not only are caked-on food particles gross, but they can also eventually lead to electrical sparking if left too long and turn into carbon.

The easiest way to clean a microwave? Set a bowl with water or white vinegar inside so that it boils in there for five minutes before you open up the door - this should take care of any leftover messes from cooking!

4. Keep the Stoves, Ovens, and Ranges Spotless

When it comes to taking care of your kitchen appliances at home, stoves are one of the most important things that must be cleaned. This is because cooking has oils splattered everywhere on the stove throughout use - this leaves unsightly marks that need to be removed, or else your kitchen will look unkempt.

Keep exposed electric coils clean and clear debris from gas burners. Use a toothbrush to loosen any rust or grime that does not wipe up quickly, especially on glass-topped ranges!

Glass Cooktops 

A glass cooktop requires a bit of care when cleaning. Avoid using abrasive cleansers, metal scrubbers, chlorine bleach, or ammonia to avoid scratches and other damage from occurring on the surface. Instead, use an all-purpose cleaner and non-abrasive pad for effective results that will keep your kitchen looking shiny and new with minimal effort!

Glass cleaners can be used for the oven; use baking soda with vinegar if you want something more thorough, as an industrial degreaser. To get your oven nice and shiny after cleaning, turn it to self-clean mode--the heat will evaporate all of the caked food, so there's no need for scrubbing afterward.

5. Dig Through that Dishwasher

If you have a dishwasher, it will save time and money if you keep up with the upkeep. This includes cleaning around door gaskets that could leak or keeping any food bits from getting clogged in spray arms.

A dishwasher filled with plates and utensils

We all know how unpleasant it is to open the dishwasher and see a disgusting pile of muck sitting at the bottom. Yet we often forget about it until things take an even more horrible turn and plates start breaking, or food starts spoiling.

Even though countertop dishwashers are convenient to use, make sure not to neglect their maintenance! Pay extra attention to the areas at risk for leaks: doors and bottom edges of them, as well as the pump area where water flows through jets on its way down into your sink.

How To Keep Your Dishwasher On for Extended Periods

Suppose the dishwasher will be sitting for more than a month or exposed to freezing temperatures; it's possible that your hoses could dry out and freeze up. To prevent this from happening, have a qualified person do the following:

Step 1: Turn off electrical power at the supply source by removing fuses or tripping the circuit breaker.

Step 2: Shut off the water supply and double-check what you did before leaving.

Step 3: Place pan under inlet valve and drain lines coming into pump area of the machine with connections disconnected.


Repairing or replacing appliances you love and have had for a long time sucks. However, kitchen appliance maintenance tips exist to help you prevent your trusty microwave or coffee maker from dysfunctioning. The secret is to stay consistent with the upkeep, and don't be afraid to read that manual twice, right when you receive your new appliance.

 Got any nifty maintenance tips for oven toasters and other favorite kitchen appliances? Let us know in the comments!

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