Help appliances live longer
Last reviewed: January 2009
- Place heavy pots gently on smoothtops to avoid breakage.
- Never cover drip pans with foil, which can short-circuit the burner.
- Keep reflector bowls beneath burners shiny, which helps them reflect heat.
- Periodically clean gas burner ports with a needle.
- Don't poke the igniter or spray it with cleaners.
- Clean dust from compressor coils every few months (shown above).
- Clean door gaskets with mild detergent and water.
- Check gasket seals by closing doors on a dollar bill. Replace gasket if the bill falls out.
- Keep door-opening to a minimum. Every time you open the door, cold air escapes and is replaced by warmer, more humid air.
- Check door seals for damage. If heat is escaping, adjust or replace the gasket.
- When loading, make sure no dishware can touch the spray arms.
- Inspect spray arms for debris that can clog holes.
- If the dishwasher has a manual-clean filter, clean it regularly, per manufacturer's instructions.
- Remove grit from screens where the hoses attach to the water supply.
- Don't load beyond the washer's recommended capacity.
- Install the washer on a level and well-supported floor.
- Heed detergent directions.
- Clean lint filter after each use to keep air flowing freely.
- Each year, clean the entire exhaust duct to prevent fire.
Posted: December 2008 — Consumer Reports Magazine issue: January 2009