Keeping Things in Operation

Keeping things in operation around your house may seem like a job for a qualified maintenance person. However, when you start calling in the professionals, you'll start racking up the bills! In order to keep the fix-it guys and gals away, there are some small tasks you can do on a regular basis that will keep your appliances and the moving parts of your house operating up to standard for much longer than if you just let them go.

Appliances like your dishwasher need basic maintenance to stay in good operation

Clean out any fans. Bathroom fans are particular candidates for your attention, since they suck up tons of dust and dead skin from those who shower. Carefully take off the grate and use a narrow vacuum attachment to remove the clumps of dust from the blades and motor. Don't prod anything with the attachment, or you may end up breaking off a piece you don't want to have to replace! You will also want to check the motors of ceiling fans to make sure they're running smoothly.

Clean out the dishwasher filter. Whether or not you rinse your dishes off before you put them into the dishwasher (a practice that will cost a little extra water, but will help your dishwasher do its job much more effectively), the filter that catches food and other waste will eventually build up. Remove the filter and scrape out the debris; you will probably want to consult the user manual before you do anything drastic or pull out pieces that may not go back in the way you expect.

Wipe down the refrigerator coils. On the back of your refrigerator (which you may not have seen in years), there are coils that help in the cooling process by pushing either chemicals or gas through them that cools the compartments. These coils collect dust and other natural kitchen debris, and if you clean them off, you can be saving both your appliance and some energy. Regularly pull the refrigerator out and run a vacuum attachment thoroughly across the coils.

Always clean the dryer filter between loads. The dryer filter is where the excess fuzz from your clothing goes, and if you let it build up as you put more and more loads into your dryer, the drying process will become less and less effective. Between every single dryer load, pull out the filter and scrape off the gathered lint. It takes two seconds and will save a ton of electricity by preventing the dryer from becoming ineffective.

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Comments (14) -

Donald Green
Donald Green
2/15/2013 3:42:45 AM #

I try to clean my computer once a week or about thrice a month to clean all the dust particles that it accumulated overtime. I use a simple brush, used for painting walls, to remove the dust  and a damp towel to wipe the casing of my computer. I also check for the wires if they're still intact

 William Thomas
William Thomas
2/15/2013 3:49:08 AM #

Thanks to this article i remembered to clean my fan. Didn't notice that it had cobwebs already with thick layers of dust covering the front frame. Just did not perform the way it used to provide cool air. NOw its good as new Smile

Jeff Lee
Jeff Lee
2/15/2013 9:53:41 PM #

Stacking cups and arranging kitchen utensils are one of the most energy consuming tasks to keep things in operation. Handling those fragile things is a definite challenge and arranging them is a whole different thing. You have different styles of preparing them each week so that you will not be bored with the same set-up over and over again. Its nice to have tweaks and changes here and there just to mix things up.

Donna Brooks
Donna Brooks
2/15/2013 10:03:37 PM #

Dont wait for you appliances to turn against you. You need to clean them to keep them performing at a high level. You want to have the same performance all throughout the tenure of that appliance with you and let it perform like when you first got it.

Daniel Kurtis
Daniel Kurtis
2/15/2013 10:12:43 PM #

Be careful when opening your appliances because you could damage it instead of making it look as good as new. If that happens then you have a problem because you could pay even more bringing it for repair so it's better to hire a professional to clean your appliances for best results. In summary, choose appliances who have warranty for a year or so, so repairing it wouldn't be as big of a problem.

Greg Meyer
Greg Meyer
2/19/2013 4:04:47 PM #

General cleaning twice in a month or once a week is sufficient to keep your house neat and keep it in order. You can do this together as family or a unit to promote teamwork and have responsibility over the cleanliness of the house. One person can clean the house but the rest would not think of putting things back where they got it or just wash dishes because they know there's someone who will clean up their mess. Once you are the one cleaning, you'll make sure you don't make a mess because you already know from experience how hard it is to clean that appliance or place in your home.

Kim Jacobs
Kim Jacobs
2/19/2013 4:09:10 PM #

Did you know that in Japan, they have to clean their comfort rooms 45 minutes a week or a day with their professors/teachers supervising. That makes their students responsible and accountable for their own actions. If they would not properly use the comfort room then they would face the consequences of having to clean it harder and longer. Its a simple task but the lesson impacts you greatly even beyond what you think it has helped you. It will then translate at home or wherever you go because you are now keen in making things clean and not make a mess in any place. That's a lesson I want to impart to my kids someday.

Sammy Welch
Sammy Welch
2/19/2013 4:14:43 PM #

Cleaning alone is one of the worst things to do. But it's easier when there's someone you can talk to while cleaning that makes it lighter and doesn't feel like you cleaning but just chit chatting while doing chores. The burden will be shared and you would both finish faster than when you were doing it alone. While washing the dishes for example, you could have a bit buy making bubbles from the dishwashing soap/detergent to it won't have to be as serious a task.

Tristan Crawford
Tristan Crawford
2/24/2013 3:08:54 AM #

Always check if your appliances are still performing well. Most of us think that by not buying new appliances we can save money. But, we are doing the exact opposite. I'll give you a perfect example - your refrigerator. Instead of saving money, you're spending more because your refrigerator takes more time to cool things. It eats more electricity and gets you a higher bill. Sometimes, it's better to buy new appliances to ensure you're getting the best performance while saving money.

William Thomas
William Thomas
2/24/2013 6:22:37 AM #

Really Kim? They clean their own comfort rooms? No wonder there so disciplined and you can see that in their streets. You can't see garbage on the sidewalk even if they have large populations living in small land areas. I hope we could implement that here in the US to teach discipline and cleanliness to the next generations.

Greg Meyer
Greg Meyer
2/24/2013 6:27:37 AM #

Donald Green? Be careful when cleaning your central processing unit. You could damage the motherboard and do more harm than good. Use a vacuum cleaner instead, use the nozzle which breathes out a strong air pressure and use that to remove the dust particles on the edges and creases where your hand could not fit. It would lessen the possibility of damaging the parts of your computer and you won't need water anymore. Using water is also dangerous since it's an electronic generated appliance - sparks, ground and short circuits could happen.

Jim Curry
Jim Curry
2/24/2013 6:34:48 AM #

To avoid clutter, make it a habit to return items where you got them. My father always tells me its importance, which is to easily find items even if there's a blackout. It's hard to look for a pair of scissors in your house if you don't have a designated place where you usually put it. You will have to shout and ask for anyone who had seen the scissors lately and that would be annoying every time you need an item. After using the scissors, return them to the study table or the cabinet where you store all sharp objects.

Ronnie Irving
Ronnie Irving
2/24/2013 6:41:04 AM #

Do you clean your house once in a blue moon? Or do you clean it when you're expecting someone to come around and visit? Well, if that's a crime, I'm pleading guilty. I'm too lazy to clean my house not noticing that it looks like a refugee center with all the clutter and broken windows and faucets. I can't even wash the dishes after I eat, I just pile them up on the sink and only wash them if I have no plates left. It's like a mayhem inside and my health is slowly getting affected. I got cough and colds more often and I feel I have trouble breathing because of all the dust that accumulated throughout the years.

Bob Stewart
Bob Stewart
4/9/2013 8:36:05 AM #

We have hands to do these work. Personally, I do all of these things at home. It's just a waste of money if we call out for house services when you can do it on your own.

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