4 ways to make your home appliances last longer
Check out our simple tips for keeping household appliances in good working order, saving you money in the long run.
We all know just how frustrating it can be when our white goods and household appliances fail.
And, from a washing machine packing up just as you put on the post-football-match load to the boiler breaking on the coldest night of the year, these things always seem to happen at the worst possible moment.
Luckily, there are some simple and easy things you can do to help ensure the longevity of your appliances.
1. Clean fridge coils regularly
When a fridge or freezer breaks down the cost is often more than the appliance itself – a lot of food can be wasted.
One simple way to keep your fridge freezer running smoothly is to clean the compressor coils every couple of months.
You can find out where these are using your appliance manual.
When coils become clogged with dust they are unable to efficiently release heat meaning the compressor has to work harder.
This can shorten the life of your appliance and cost you more in energy bills.
To clean the coils, use a duster or the soft-bristle brush of your vacuum cleaner.
2. Get your boiler serviced annually
When it comes to boilers, safety is paramount.
An annual service can help detect problems early and ensure the boiler is not only efficient but also safe for you and your family.
Boilers should be serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer – you should never try to do this yourself.
Annual services should cost around £89 with a reputable nationwide business, which offer the best protection if an issue arises.
It should include checks on the flue, case seals and removal of the casing to check all major components.
3. Clean your dishwasher filter
If you’re lucky enough to have some mechanical intervention to help with the dirty dishes then remember it needs cleaning too.
The dishwasher filter is designed to stop food and other objects from clogging the drain and recirculating onto clean plates and glasses.
Some models are self-cleaning so check your manual to see what type you have.
If your filter is manual clean, it can be found at the bottom of the unit.
Once you have removed the filter, empty larger pieces of food into the bin. You can then handwash the filter in warm soapy water.
If there are stubborn bits of food gently scrub with an old toothbrush or sponge.
How often you need to clean the filter depends on how much use your appliance is getting.
However, you can look for clues such as an unpleasant smell, gritty plates or stray bits of food left behind. These are all signs your filter is overdue for a clean.
4. Avoid overloading
Washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers can all be damaged by overloading.
User manuals for these appliances will include maximum load limits and exceeding them causes your machines to work harder.
This not only shortens the lifespan – it can also mean having to rerun cycles costing you more in energy or water bills.
What if it still breaks?
Of course, sometimes these appliances will break down no matter what you do.
When that happens, it can be difficult to find reliable engineers who won’t rip you off with an unexpected bill.
But using a reliable repair company is often cheaper than buying a replacement.
So, what can you do?
Go Assist was created to serve this growing demand, offering trustworthy fixed-price repairs without the hidden charges and offer great customer services.
“We offer competitively-priced fixed price repairs for a wide range of appliances and boilers all over the UK,” says founder Richard Waters.
“Because of this, more and more people are trusting us with their repairs.
“We pride ourselves on providing an excellent customer experience.”
Whether you're searching for someone to repair a cooker or an oven, a Daewo washing machine or a gas boiler. Go Assist has team of trained engineers who will perform the repair work to best of their abilities.
The process is easy – all you have to do is fill out an online form, an engineer will attend on your preferred date and your repair will be covered by a one-year guarantee.
Go Assist also offers a ‘no fix, no fee promise’.
That means on the rare occasion if customers appliances can’t be fixed they won’t be charged. Some terms and conditions apply.
To find out more about these services check out go-assist.co.uk