Home Appliances Maintenance Tips And Tricks You Should Know

Maintaining your appliances helps them live longer. Not only do unmaintained appliances burn too much energy, but they also burn themselves out faster. Matter of fact, maintaining appliances makes sure you won't use as much energy and you can save on the utility bills that may have increased due to the problems. Today on alabamart  blog we will share Maintenance Tips & Tricks you can use for your Appliances. So keep the below-mentioned text in mind for everyone's home cleaning!


  1. Always Clean the AC Filter

All brands of air conditioners have an air filter. For optimal airflow, clean our air conditioner filters every two to four weeks. Then, remove the dirt from a reusable filter by vacuuming it. However, if we have a disposable filter, remove it and replace it with a fresh one. A good air conditioning filter helps provide cool, clean air during hot periods. Because the filter catches debris, your air conditioner will need maintenance over time, and dirty air filters will need cleaning to help the unit run efficiently. Regular cleaning helps prevent bacteria, mold, dirt and dust from collecting in your unit, keeping your air quality excellent and your home cool.  


Simple DIY Steps in cleaning the air filter

  • Turn off your AC unit

  • Remove the Filter

  • Vacuum the filter 

  • Wash the filter and allow it dry

  • Re-install the filter 


  1. Clean the Fridge/ Freezer Door Seals (Gaskets)

The gasket seal on your refrigerator and freezer is one of the most important and underestimated parts of the fridge. If your fridge or freezer isn’t cold enough, you may be wondering if it’s the condenser coils or the circulation fans or the temperature sensor. But it might just be that your refrigerator or freezer gasket isn’t sealing properly.

Like a cracked window in an air-conditioned home, an unsealed fridge will slowly leak cold air, allowing warm air in and forcing your fridge to work harder, staying cool. Your fridge door may also hang open a little if the seal doesn’t seal, refrigerator and freezer have a 10-year lifetime. We must check the rubber gaskets on our refrigerator and freezer doors regularly to ensure we can receive the maximum number of years. 

Taking care of your refrigerator / freezer gasket is an important part of efficient fridge use. Your refrigerator will use less electricity, and your food will stay consistently cold if your gasket is in good condition.


Simple DIY tips in cleaning the refrigerator / freezer door seals (Gaskets)

  • Wipe down regularly 

  • Use a soft brush to sweep away any food particles and dirt trapped in the door seal.

  • Apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly

  • Have them replaced if damaged


  1. Clean the Microwave

A microwave might get overused after a while. This means we will have to clean twice as much. Microwaves need to be cleaned regularly to maintain the appliance and ensure that food continues tasting exactly as it should.

To remove bacteria build-up and keep strong smells at bay, it is recommending you deep clean your microwave once a week for over three to four weeks. If you heat up a lot of messy foods (such as those prone to spillages), you may need to clean it more often – and you should always aim to wipe up spillages or crumbs after every use. Without consistent cleaning, food will harden inside the microwave and it will become more difficult to clean.       


First, we have to clean steam by filling a microwave-safe dish halfway with water and lemon slices and heating it in the microwave. The water vapor will aid in the cleaning process. Second, our oven might lose up to 20% of its heat if not adequately sealed. As a result, food takes longer to prepare or cooks unevenly. Open the oven door and look for the rubber or fiberglass gasket around the door's perimeter to inspect the seal. Close the door and feel for any damaged, ripped, or distorted portions to see any leaks.


  1. Keep the Dishwasher Smelling Good

Believe it or not, you need to clean your dishwasher.  You have to make a point of rinsing our dishwasher with 1 cup of vinegar once a week to keep it smelling fresh. There are two recommended ways to clean it. 


  • Cleaning the filter

You should also scrape food from the plates and rinse them before placing them in the dishwasher. If food is left on plates, then it will need somewhere to go when it’s in the dishwasher, and that somewhere is in the filter. Every so often, you should check the filter and wipe it clean of any food residue and scraps to allow the dishwasher to drain properly.


  • Cleaning the tub

Every once in a while, it’s good practice to clean the dishwasher tub. Once the food has been cleared from the filter and out of any crevices in the dishwasher, try spreading baking soda throughout the dishwasher. Pour in a measuring cup filled with vinegar on the top rack and run the dishwasher.


  1. Clean the Crumbs of that pop up Toaster

The majority of people are unaware that pop up toasters feature a crumb tray. This might become a fire danger if left unchecked and overflowing. Imagine you are in the middle of making breakfast, and you start to smell something burning. It isn't the eggs or bacon, so it must be the toast. You frantically hit the cancel button and grab the bread from your pop-up toaster. The bread doesn't look burnt, but smoke is coming from the slot. This is a clear sign that your pop up toaster is long overdue for a cleaning. Depending on how often you use your toaster, we recommend emptying the crumb tray once a week


  • Gently Shake Out Loose Crumbs

Start by gently shaking the crumbs out of your pop-up toaster. You can do this over your kitchen sink or trash can. Turn the toaster upside down and give it a shake. Tilt and turn the toaster as you’re shaking to allow all of the crumbs to drop down and out through the slots. 


High quality bread toasters have crumb trays in the bottom. Look on the side or rear of the toaster along the bottom for the tray’s edge. You’ll slide the tray out and toss the crumbs that have gathered on it. If the tray needs it, you can give it a wash in the sink with hot, soapy water. 


  • Use A Brush to Remove Stuck Crumbs

Sometimes, the maintenance tip of shaking the pop-up toaster isn’t enough to remove all of the crumbs. A soft pastry or paint brush will help you remove the stuck on crumbs. When the toaster is cooled, stick the brush in the slot and gently knock the crumbs loose from the metal wires. 


  • Wipe The Outside of Your Bread Toaster

The final care tip for your toaster is to wipe down the outside of it. When you leave your bread toaster out on the kitchen counter, it can get covered in food particles and grease. Use a soft cloth and warm soapy water to restore it’s clean shine. 


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  1. Clean the Stove Spills

Gas stoves are attractively sleek and modern, as well as efficient and easy to use. Sadly, they don't come in self-cleaning models just yet, so they require a bit of maintenance and general upkeep to keep them looking and performing to their potential.



Indeed, Gas stoves are notorious for being frustrating to keep clean. An oil splatter from homemade French fries will turn into a black burn if not wiped up promptly. The tomato sauce that bubbled over from your famous Sunday stew is sure to become an annoying stain the next morning. Let all of those build-up over time and it's easy to imagine the unfortunate mess that is bound to result. A Gas stove burner can be turned off by spilt food. To fix this, use a toothbrush and carefully brush the igniter drips away.

Simple DIY Steps in cleaning your Gas stove

  • Read owner’s manual 

  • Clean spillovers as soon as possible 

  • Scrub the grates 

  • Remove and clean the gas knobs 

  • Clean the cooktop surface and control panel 


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  1. Check Washing Machine Regularly 

Regular washing machine maintenance can help reduce breakdowns and costly water damage. Keep reading to see what steps you can take.

Your clothes washer offers your household loads of support, so periodically take the time to return the favor. Washing machine maintenance can help you avoid breakdowns that could put the appliance out of commission — or worse, lead to leaks and costly water damage. 

• Move the machine.

Check that there is at least four inches between your washing machine and the wall to prevent hoses from kinking.

• Keep the machine level.

A washing machine that's off kilter can vibrate, rock or walk across the floor during the spin cycle, which can damage the floor or the machine. Balance the washer by turning the legs clockwise to lower it, and counterclockwise to raise it.

• Clean the lint filter.

Depending on your washing machine, the lint collector may be located in the agitator tube, which is the center column of most machines, or near the top of the washtub. Keep it clean to help your washer run efficiently.

• Wash the washing machine.

Rinse away soap residue and buildup by running store-bought washing machine cleaner, or a solution of hot water, vinegar and baking soda through an empty load.

• Prevent musty odors and mildew.

Leave the washer lid or door open between loads to dry out the unit and keep it smelling fresh. On front-loading washers, wipe down the rubber seal around the door after doing your laundry.

• Measure your detergent.

Read the appliance instruction manual to make sure you use the correct type and amount of detergent for your machine. Too much soap can leave residue on your clothes and cause excess wear and tear on your washer, and high-efficiency washers require a special, low-sudsing detergent.

• Don't overload the machine.

Use the appropriate amount of water for the size of the load. Wash heavy or bulky items in small loads since these are harder on the appliance.

• Add a drip pan underneath your washing machine.

This is an important addition to an upstairs laundry room, since water leaks could damage the floors below it.

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So there you have it, Home Appliance Maintenance Tips and Tricks You Must Know. Do well to visit www.alabamart.com to find arrays of electronics and appliances at unbeatable prices. You can also reach out to us via call/whatsapp +234702500270. Contact us via email: info@alabamart.com, check us out on IG: Alabamart_store.


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