people depend on their kitchen appliances for daily use
and occasionally for a cooking marathon before a holiday
feast. They’re staples of the kitchen, and expected to
work. But as soon as the refrigerator stops cooling or
the oven won’t warm, panic sets in.
repair pros say regular, routine maintenance and care
can prolong the life of kitchen appliances and prevent
out these tips to keep your appliances in tiptop shape.
most important maintenance you can do on your
refrigerator is to clean the condenser coils regularly
because the coils are covered with dirt, grime, debris,
pet hair and all that kind of stuff and it overheats the
refrigerator," says Bill Krier, president and CEO
of highly rated (on Angie’s List) Broad Ripple
Appliance in Indianapolis. He says the debris puts added
stress on the refrigerator’s components, including the
compressor. "The parts have to work harder and don’t
last as long," he says.
access the coils, remove the grill at the bottom or back
of the fridge and use a broom or vacuum to clear debris.
For sub-zero refrigerators, the coils are usually
located on the top of the unit.
biggest thing you can do to keep your dishwasher running
well is to clean food off your dishes before you put
them in," Krier says. Food bits get stuck in
crevices, gum up moving parts and cause bacteria to
recommends using a dishwasher cleaning product every
three to six months to remove calcium buildup. Calcium
deposits can clog the dishwasher’s sprayer arm and
impact cleaning efficiency. He says cleaning products
containing citric acid effectively remove calcium
another trick to remove calcium buildup, place a cup of
white vinegar on the top shelf of an empty dishwasher
and run a load with hot water.
recommends cleaning your microwave regularly to remove
food particles. "Even though it’s stuck on there,
the microwave is going to keep heating the food
pieces," he says. "After time it’s going to
get hard as a rock." Krier says microwaves heat
food particles at high temperatures, which can then burn
the top and sides of the microwave. He recommends
cleaning the inside of the microwave with glass cleaner.
remove stubborn food bits, boil a cup of water or white
vinegar in the microwave to loosen the food particles,
which you can then easily wipe off with a sponge.
Stove and oven maintenance
you ever placed aluminum foil on the bottom of your oven
to catch food spills? Although it seems like an easy way
to keep your oven clean, Krier says aluminum foil blocks
airflow and can interfere with the heating element,
causing it to fail or require recalibration.
keep a smooth-top stove looking new, Krier recommends
scraping off burned food bits with a razor blade and
cleaning the surface with glass cleaner.