Tips to extend the life of your home appliances

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Home appliances are items that I’m sure everyone has bought at least once in their life. Even if you hate shopping, you cannot escape the need to purchase home appliances. But unfortunately, like most things, home appliances have a lifespan. Once they no longer function, you’re forced to go out again and purchase a replacement.

However, did you know that you can extend the life of your home appliances? It’s actually quite easy. All that you need to do is to maintain and care for them.

While we offer quality home appliances that are each backed with solid warranties, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take measures to extend the life of your fridge, microwave, washing machine and other appliances bought at Ross’s Home Discount Centre.

Continue reading this article as I share some handy tips to extend the life of your home appliances.

1. Fridges

I recommend that you always keep your fridge clean and ensure it is never overstocked. It may come as a surprise, but this is a super simply way to make a fridge more efficient and extend its life span. Clean your fridge and remove leftovers regularly and position your fridge far away from heat sources. I also recommend that you check the door seals often, this will also prevent you fridge from overworking.

There are a few other tricks that you can use to increase your fridge’s lifespan as well. Manufactures recommend that you should clean the condenser coils of your fridge once every 6-12 months. You’ll increase energy efficiency by almost 30% if you do so. They also suggest that you replace the water filter of your fridge biannually, if you do not already do so.

2. Washing machines and dryers

When it comes to increasing the life span of a washing machine, like with fridges, I recommend that you don’t overload the machine. Overloading a washing machine puts enormous strain on the motor, bearings and other internal parts of a machine. This in turn shortens the life of this important home appliance.

Manufactures suggest that you apply stain removers with care, making sure not to spray the plastic or painted parts of the machine. They also suggest that you use cold water for washing clothes as much as possible and to check the inlet and outlet hoses for build-up from time to time.

For your dryer, improve circulation by cleaning the lint screen frequently. This will prevent the vents from clogging up which causing your dryer to work overtime.

3. Dishwashers

To extend the life span of your dishwasher, there are several things that I recommend. First and foremost, always scrape your plates clean before putting them into the dishwasher. This prevents food debris from clogging up the pump and making it have to work harder. Also, avoid prewashing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. Not only is this inefficient, but it also causes a dishwasher to overflow and leak.

Manufactures suggest that you only use dishwashing detergent in your dishwasher and never soap. Soap results in a build-up of gunk, which will make your dishwasher less effective. They also recommend that you let dishes dry overnight and avoid using the heated dry setting and to use the water-saving setting as much as possible.

4. Ovens and rangehoods

Ovens and rangehoods are delicate home appliances that need special care and maintenance. I suggest that you avoid using harsh chemicals when cleaning, as they can damage burners, control knobs and even electrical circuitry. Also, replace filters in your oven and rangehood as often as recommended by the manufacturer.

Manufactures recommended that you clean your oven and rangehood frequently. Food debris stuck in an oven can reduce its lifespan significantly. If required, do some light scrubbing and use elbow grease to remove food debris from your oven. Manufactures also suggest that aluminium foil not be placed under the element.


There are some simple hacks you can employ to extend the life span of your home appliances. Clean your fridge regularly and clean the condenser coils once every year. Never overload your washing machine and ensure that there is proper air circulation in the dryer. Always scrape your plates before putting them into a dishwasher and use only dishwashing detergent in your machine. Also, clean your oven and rangehood and replace filters as often as necessary. These simple tips can dramatically increase the lifespan of your appliances.

For high quality home appliances in Perth, consider Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Browse through our online store, or visit us in Guildford to shop for quality appliances today.

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