The appliances are what adds the features to your home. With each appliance, you add a new function to your household. Seeing as how you would need the majority of these functions (like cooking a coffee, washing clothes and dishes) you would have to look for someplace else; it directly saves you money in the long run. It also makes your home more versatile, habitable and some of these tasks more convenient. Still, every appliance has its number of working hours, which determines its cost-efficiency. On the other hand, there are a lot of ways to prolong the useful life of every appliance. Here are several budget-friendly tips for doing so.
1. Turn them off when not using them
The first thing you need to learn is the fact that every appliance has a certain number of hours. The only reason why the warranty is often expressed in years is due to the fact that the manufacturer wants to give you a general idea of their life expectancy. Therefore, the manufacturer takes the average number of hours that they’re used every year and makes this figure. However, using an appliance for 3 hours every day and using it for 20 minutes every day are not one and the same. It’s more than clear that with the latter regimen, the appliance will get broken a lot faster.
Some electrical appliances would shock you with how much power they can consume while turned off. Things like television, video game consoles, sound system, computers, as well as routers and modems are quite power-hungry even in a stand-by mode. For this reason, keeping them off while not in use might be the best way to save power, while ensuring their longevity.
2. Clean them properly
A dirty appliance is a lot slower than its clean counterpart. Greasy and dusty parts often take longer to warm up or accelerate to a certain point. This is due to the fact that they have an extra layer bringing the temperature down. Also, a greasy residue might melt when the heat is turned on and the dust might get ignited. This means that this has the potential to cause additional damage to the appliance in question, one that neither you nor the manufacturer have intended. To avoid this, simply try to keep your appliances clean (or cleaner) all the time.
Cleaning electrical appliances is a complex process, as well. There are several things you need to remember. First, you should start by unplugging the appliance, seeing as how just turning it off isn’t safe enough. Second, you should use a clean clot dipped in warm soapy water for the casing. You should never, ever dip the appliance in the water in its entirety. Accessories like toothbrushes can also come in handy.
3. Read the user’s manual
Every appliance comes with a user’s manual. Here, you have everything you need. You have a proper way to assemble the appliance, the correct way to disassemble and clean it, as well as a proper way to use it. No matter how intuitive it may seem, you would be surprised to learn that some appliances have hidden perks. For instance, the appliance in question may have an economy setting which could potentially prolong its average useful life. This and many similar opportunities shouldn’t be missed.
4. Repair them when possible
With the help of a trusted serviceman, you have a chance of successfully repairing a malfunctioning appliance, thus adding years and years of useful life to it. Keep in mind that making these repairs when possible isn’t all that you can do in order to make a difference. When a part needs to be repaired, you have the option of either trusting your mechanic to do so or acquiring the part on your own. For instance, for your LG appliance, you can go online and find a credible supplier of LG spare parts. This way you will be able to rest assured knowing that you have a suitable replacement and that the appliance in question is, once again, up to the task.
5. Tend to your power grid
If your power grid is faulty, there is a solid chance that your appliances will suffer for it. Having a power shortage every several minutes is a horrible thing for your appliances. The shock of losing power and then immediately receiving it back can make the appliance burn out. A faulty socket can be just as dangerous, not to mention that this is also a major safety hazard. Therefore, look for any signs of damage and call your emergency electrician as soon as you notice that something’s wrong. For this to work, you should learn how to recognize electrical faults.
6. Avoid extender cords
Extender cords are mostly suited for minor appliances. On the other hand, it’s never safe to connect an electrical heater to one of them. If you do intend to do so (or have to do so), you need to consider the strength of the extender cord in question. This brings us to the next issue. The cost of installing a new socket in your preferred location is minor compared to the cost of fixing or replacing an appliance. In other words, you should always go for a new socket whenever you are in need of one.
Aside from this, there’s an additional consideration to be made. Extension cords are a tripping hazard. This means that there is a risk that you’ll trip and pull a small appliance down with you. While this may not be what reduces the life-span of an appliance in the original sense, it is definitely something that can force your hand and make you have to buy a new one prematurely.
7. Don’t push it
Every appliance has its recommended load, regardless if it’s a washing machine or a kettle. Don’t push it. Sure, it may seem simpler to just cram as many potatoes as possible into your air fryer, however, why not split this into two loads and do this the smart way. Keep in mind that pushing your appliances to the limits is always a bad idea. Also, giving your appliance a chance for a break can make a massive difference. This is what managing your resources strategically is all about.
Ideally, you would find all the recommendations for a load weight and quantity in the owner’s manual. Even if you haven’t kept yours, in this day and age it’s relatively easy to just download one from the owner’s website. Here, you’ll have all the information you need on the subject matter.
Finally, while there is a lot that you can do in order to improve the appliance, you should also be aware of the fact that there are only so many times you can repair the appliance. Sometimes, the cost of the repair will be just as expensive as the purchase of a new appliance. Second, the older the appliance gets, the less energy-efficient it will be. This means that buying a new appliance may be cost-effective in many different ways. On the other hand, you can do so much to prolong useful life of an appliance, thus saving a tremendous amount of money for your household.