Spring is a time when many homeowners will start entertaining friends and holding parties outdoors. Having properly functioning kitchen appliances and climate control units is an important part of these activities. If you're a homeowner who likes to engage in this kind of entertaining, getting ready now in the winter can help ensure that your home will be up for it when springtime comes.
Perform Fridge Maintenance
Your refrigerator is a crucial tool when entertaining at home. Maintaining your refrigerator can extend its service life and keep it in good condition. Start by cleaning your refrigerator from top to bottom, including the seal around the doors. A good seal is important for ensuring the efficiency of your refrigerator. If the door doesn't close properly, then your refrigerator may have to work harder to keep your food cold.
Then, pull out the fridge and gently dust the condenser coils to help your refrigerator release heat. If the coils are in the front underneath the unit, pull off the grill and vacuum the bottom of the fridge with a vacuum attachment. When replacing your refrigerator, leave several inches of space between the back of the refrigerator and the wall to allow adequate ventilation.
Also, adjust the temperature in the refrigerator to fall between 37 and 40 degrees. Although, if you've noticed over time that your refrigerator needs to be set colder and colder just to keep your food the right temperature, this is a sign that your fridge is not working properly.
Pay close attention to your fridge in the months leading up to spring. If you hear strange noises coming from the unit, or if you notice a decline in efficiency, contact a refrigerator repair company.
Test Your HVAC System
If you used your HVAC system all last summer and for portions of the winter, the filter in your HVAC system likely needs to be replaced. Check the filter for dirt and clogs. If the filter is dirty, buy a replacement and put the new filter where the old filter used to be.
Turn on your HVAC system months before you expect to be using your air conditioner. Check the temperature of the air coming out of each vent, and smell the air for odors. If your HVAC system is showing signs of distress (smells, strange sounds, or lack of power), contact a repair person as soon as possible.
Note the Service Life of Kitchen Appliances
One more thing to think about is how long your appliances are meant to last. Knowing the service life of your appliances can help you decide whether or not it's time to get your appliances service, a tuneup, or a replacement. The expected service life is listed below for some popular kitchen appliances:
- Refrigerator: 14-27 years
- Freezer: 20 years
- Microwave: 9 years
- Dishwasher: 11 years
- Range: 17 years
- Oven: 15 years
If your appliances are mid-way through their service life, schedule a tuneup to help them run more efficiently and to prolong their service life. If your appliances are nearing the end of their service life, replacing them may be more appropriate. Either way, get this done before spring arrives and it's time to start entertaining once again.
Contact an Appliance Repair Company Today
If you're wondering what else you can do to get your home ready for spring, contact your appliance repair experts for information about appliance maintenance and care. Your appliance experts can give you advice that can help ensure your home is running smoothly when springtime comes.
At ACA Appliance & Air Conditioning, LLC, we're happy to answer your questions. Call us today!