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How to Keep Your Appliances in Good Repair

Blog / April 6, 2015

Refrigerators, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, and ovens are big investments.  Once you’ve purchased a new one, you certainly want to keep it in good working order for as long as possible.  Use these tips to keep your appliances in good repair so that you can avoid hefty bills for repair or replacement.


Keep the condenser clean.  Pull your refrigerator away from the wall so that you can see the back.  Those coils on the back of the fridge are the condenser coils.  They are there to make sure that the compressor doesn’t overheat. 

You do not want the compressor to overheat, because that is the most expensive part of a refrigerator to replace.  If the compressor is ruined, it is usually cheaper to buy a new refrigerator than it is to replace the compressor. 

You can prevent this by keeping the condenser coils clean so that they can do their job.  You can clean them by simply using the hose attachment on your vacuum cleaner.  This will suck out any lint or pet fur that has gotten sucked into the coils.

Washing Machines

You can prolong the life of your washing machine by not overloading it.  The more you stuff into the machine, the heavier the strain on the machine.  A heavier load is also more likely to be unbalanced.  This wears out the components of the machine.  Smaller loads of laundry are better for the machine and help it to last longer.

Clothes Dryers

Empty the lint trap regularly.  Every time you run the dryer, you should empty the lint trap.  In addition, you should also clean the lint out of the dryer vent line on a regular basis.  Otherwise, lint builds up in the vent line, and it can back up in the line all the way to the dryer.  This poses a real risk for a dryer fire.  For the sake of your clothes dryer and your own safety, empty the lint trap and the vent line on a regular basis.  The vent line can be cleaned out with your vacuum cleaner.


Your dishwasher will work best if you scrape the dishes thoroughly – or even rinse them – before putting them into the dishwasher.  Little bits of food, especially things like rice or couscous, can clog up the machine’s pump and sprayer arm.  Not only will your dishes not get clean, they may actually get dirtier.  The food in the sprayer arm will spray all over the dishes.  If the sprayer arm gets clogged, it may have to be replaced.  Save yourself the trouble, and scrape the dishes well before loading them into the dishwasher.


Nearly every oven has a self-clean feature.  It seems like a convenient feature, right?  The truth is, though, that you really shouldn’t use the self-clean option.  It works by raising the oven temperature to extremely high levels; so high, in fact, that it can actually damage the components of the oven.  It’s much better for your oven to simply wipe down the oven after you use it and clean up spills right away.

These tips will help to keep your appliances working great for a long time.  When the time comes that you do need a new appliance, visit Faulkner’s Appliance.  For more than 60 years, Faulkner’s has been giving the best to customers in the Greater Toronto Area.   We have all of the top brands, and we make appliance shopping quick and easy.  Visit us online, or stop into or showroom in Toronto today.