How to Maintain Appliances In The Summer
Every season brings certain pleasures and certain challenges. This is never truer than during the summertime. You have beautiful weather, cold drinks, vacation time, and likely more to look forward to. The flipside of that is always high temperatures, stormy weather, and other challenges. Your appliances are definitely going to have a lot to put up with during the summer. We generally expect a lot from our appliances, regardless of the specific time of year. As far as certain appliances are concerned, summer can be the most challenging season of them all.
There are a number of things you can do when it comes to how to maintain appliances in the summer. At Target Appliance Repair, we have worked with appliances of all shapes, sizes, uses, and manufacturers. These are tips that just about anyone can put into action.
The Appliances Hit Hardest by Summer
It isn’t difficult to imagine which appliances have to work hardest during the summer. In fact, depending on how many people live in your household, it is entirely possible that this thought applies to all of your major appliances. Certainly, your fridge, freezer, and HVAC system are the ones that are going to have to do the most. However, if you entertain a lot during the summer, or if you have children, it’s perfectly reasonable for your dishwasher and washer/dryer respectively to go through a lot during the warmest months of the year.
When our appliances have to work harder, a lot of things can happen. Their energy usage can increase, which creates a plethora of problems. They can also wear down more quickly, which can lead to costly repairs and replacement work.
Maintaining your appliances is obviously important. In terms of doing this in the summer, there are only a few simple things that you will need to keep in mind.
Tips for Summer Appliance Maintenance
Our experts at Target Appliance Repair can be there for anything you may need when it comes to your appliances. Regardless of the time of year, we can be there to inspect, maintain, repair, or replace any major appliance that might be experiencing difficulties.
At the same time, we want you to get the most out of your appliances. Here are a few easy summer appliance maintenance tips that will offset a number of potential problems:
- The air conditioner: Let’s start with what is probably your biggest concern. You are always looking for chances to go easy on the AC, and rely on things like open windows and ceiling fans. However, there are going to be points during the summer in which those things are just not going to do it for you. No one wants to deal with a broken AC on a blistering, brutal summer day. If you’re concerned about humidity, which can certainly wear down an HVAC unit, then consider adding a dehumidifier. Keeping the unit clean is also pretty vital. The filter should be cleaned regularly, in addition to your condenser coils.
- Fridge and freezer: The fridge and freezer work harder during the summer than at just about any point in the year. Make sure your fridge is always running at a temperature that falls between thirty-five and thirty-eight degrees Fahrenheit. You should also make sure your refrigerator isn’t too close to the wall. There should always be at least a few inches of space between your fridge and your wall. Keep your fridge full, but not too full, so the air is distributed properly. If you don’t keep a lot of things in your fridge, offset that by adding some water jugs. Make sure the door seal is closing properly, as well. The dollar bill test is a good way to make sure. If the door holds the bill, you’re fine.
- Water heater: This isn’t the first thing we think about when it comes to appliances during the summer. However, your water heater goes through almost as much as the other two items mentioned above. During the summer, consider turning down your water heater. The natural heat of the season is more than enough for your pipes. Consider turning things down to around 120 degrees.
Taking care of your appliances in the present is a good way to keep them running from one end of their natural lifespan to the other. If you want to make sure your appliances are ready for the best and worst of the summer, don’t be afraid to contact our experienced professionals at Target Appliance Repair.
With the tips mentioned above, you shouldn’t have too many problems. No one wants to deal with one of those appliances failing in the dead of a particularly hot week in August. Using our suggestions, you shouldn’t have to worry about that too much. Take care of your appliances, and they will most certainly take care of you!