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.
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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