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Tips for keeping your appliances healthy.

Keeping your appliances running for many years requires checks and regular maintenance. At The Appliance Doctor of Lima, we enjoy helping our clients save money by giving them tips on how to get more out of their appliances. We'd like to take this opportunity to offer you maintenance tips and answer your most frequently asked questions.

■ Refrigerators

Average Life Span: 17 years

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning smooth tops, so as to not scratch the surface. Sugary substances can cause pitting if the surface is not cleaned.
On gas ranges, the burner ports can become clogged. Use a pin or sewing needle to poke through the burner ports. The burner caps and rings can be soaked in soapy water to remove leftover food particles.

■ Dishwasher

Average Life Span: 12 years

If you use a good dishwasher cleaner periodically, it will help it to work more efficiently.

Using rinse aid helps the dishes to dry better.

■ Garbage Disposals

Average Life Span: 13 years

If your garbage disposal won't start, look for the reset button usually located on the bottom of the appliance.

■ Microwaves

Average Life Span: 8 years

Periodically wipe out the inside of your microwave, as grease build up can cause microwave fires.

■ Washing Machines

Average Life Span: 13 years

It is important not to use too much detergent.

When using a high efficiency washer, make sure you use HE formulated detergent.

It is better to have stainless steel washer fill hoses installed on your washer. They are much less likely to burst like the rubber fill hoses, which can cause major water damage to the machine and to your home.

■ Dryer

Average Life Span: 14 years

Periodically, make sure the lint is cleaned out of the vent and the vent is not crushed or kinked. Also, see the manufacturers recommended limit on vent length, including 90 degree turns.

Call (419) 999-5831 for all your appliance repairs.