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How to Clean Your Home Appliances

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When the time comes to deep clean your house, all your appliances probably get a thorough clean. Food splatter is removed from the oven & microwave. Refrigerator drawers are washed with mild soap and shelves are wiped down.

But are there areas of your appliances that you’re missing?

The answer is most likely, “YES!”

We see it time and time again. Perfectly clean homes with not-so-perfectly-cleaned appliances. The fact is that most people don’t realize the hidden areas that need to be cleaned.

Do You Remember to Clean These 3 Important Areas of Your Appliances?

Over time, dust can wreak havoc on your appliances. Here are 3 technician recommended maintenance tasks that will keep your appliances running for years to come.

#1: Clean Your Dryer Vents

Did you know that there are an estimated 2,900 dryer fires every year?

It’s true. Get the facts here.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, dryer fires are responsible for an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss every year.

The good news is that you don’t have to live in fear! Most dryer fires are completely preventable with proper dryer care and maintenance.

Dryer vents become clogged with lint, dust, dirt, and hair. All of this debris is flammable. As the dryer heats up, the lint in the vent can catch on fire.

Take a peek at the difference between a dirty and clean vent:
Here are common warning signs that your dryer vent needs to be cleaned:

  • The dryer takes more than one cycle to dry
  • Clothes are hot but damp after one cycle
  • The dryer is hot to the touch
  • You notice a dirty or musty smell when the dryer is operating

If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to clean your dryer vent.

You can hire a professional like the Service Care dryer vent techs to do it for you. If you live in the Birmingham area, give us a call to schedule service.

Or, you can clean your dryer vents yourself. Here’s an in-depth guide on how to clean your dryer vents. You can purchase the kit online here.

#2: Clean Your Refrigerator Condenser Coils

Most appliance owners keep the visible surfaces of their refrigerator clean. But most of the time this one important area goes untouched.

We’re talking about the refrigerator condenser coils.

The refrigerator coils become coated with dirt, dust, dog & cat hair, and other household debris. Just look at these dirty coils!

dirty refrigerator coils

Photo Credit: Tiger Mechanical

The problem with dirty coils is that they prevent the refrigerator from functioning properly. If your coils are too dirty, your refrigerator will work harder than necessary, which could cause an unexpected breakdown.

How to clean the coils will depend on your refrigerator brand and style. But the cleaning process typically includes the following steps:

  1. Locate the refrigerator coils. They may be located in the front under the toe grill, over the top of the refrigerator (common for built-in models), or on the back. Refer to your owners manual for specific location.
  2. Use a coil cleaning brush to remove stuck on dust & debris. You can purchase these brushes online. Be careful not to bend or puncture the coil.
  3. Use a vacuum to remove dust & debris. The extension hose on your vacuum will work great to remove dust from around the coil, fan, and floor. Clean up as much as possible with the vacuum, and then use a cloth to wipe down any remaining dirt.

Once you’ve cleaned your coils, mark your calendar to check them again in 6 months. It’s common to need to clean the coils every 6-12 months depending on your location and how many pets you have.

#3: Clean Washer & Dishwasher Tubs

Because the washer and dishwasher are machines designed to clean, it’s not a surprise that most people don’t realize the importance of keeping the tubs clean.

Hard water & calcium buildup, bacteria & mold, dirt buildup and grime…these are all common reasons for unwanted service calls.

The good news is that cleaning the tub on a washer and dishwasher is as easy as running an empty load.

There are a ton of commercial products on the market for cleaning your dishwasher and washing machine. The key is to run a cleaning cycle once each month.

Here are a few of our favorite dishwasher & washer tub cleaning products
Affresh Dishwasher & Washing Machine Cleaners

Affresh has both a dishwasher & washing machine cleaner. This is perhaps one of the most popular products on the market brought to you by Whirlpool.

Dishwasher Magic

Dishwasher Magic works great for removing and preventing rust & limescale in your dishwasher. It’s also effective at killing bacteria and preventing smells.

Clorox Washing Machine Cleaners

If you love the fresh smell of Clorox cleaning products, try the Clorox Washing Machine Cleaner. It’s an effective mold & mildew remover, which is great for your front load washer.

Tide Washer Cleaner

Tide Washer Cleaner is a popular product and can be purchased wherever you buy your Tide laundry products. It removed buildup in your washer keeping it (and your clothes) clean.


Toxey McDavid

Owner, Service Care

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