Electrical Maintenance: Tips Everyone Should Know to Keep Their Home and Appliances Working Properly


Dealing with electrical issues is never ideal or easy. Electrical issues, whether they have to do with lighting in your home, the air conditioning unit, or simply with electrical appliances, are frustrating and costly to fix. Similarly, electrical issues can get in the way of you living your life; that’s why you should do all that you can to keep your electrical appliances and electrical units running properly. This post will detail some things you should know about electrical maintenance in order to keep everything in your home running smoothly.

3 Tips to Keep Your Home and Appliances Working Properly

An electrician in Voorhees pointed out that it’s worth everyone’s while to be proactive and do what they can to preserve the life of their electrical appliances and their overall home’s electrical units. With that being said, here are 3 simple ways that you can do just that.

`1. Take Special Care of General Gas Appliances

The way you take care of your appliances will have a direct impact on their longevity and the quality of them. However, gas appliances require a bit more care and attention than other appliances as they are more susceptible to issues; especially older gas appliances. Some things to keep in mind when you use your gas appliances include:

  • Don’t block the burner on your gas stove/oven and make sure there are no crumbs near the burner
  • Be sure not to touch the igniter, the oils from your skin will damage the igniter filament
  • Don’t block the normal airflow around the appliance

2. Check and Clean Often

This tip seems obvious, however, with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, many people don’t take the time to check and clean their appliances which can cause extreme issues down the line. Some things to check and clean include:

  • Condenser coils on heating units. Debris, dust and even pet hair can cause issues in the compressor, make it a point to check this every 3-6 months
  • Clean the door gaskets and seals of your dishwasher often
  • Clean or replace the small filers located in the hoses in your washing machine; they can build up water deposits which will make your washing machine stop working properly
  • Check for frost build-up in your freezer. Frost naturally builds up in your freezer, however, if you notice there is more than normal, or simply a large amount, check the seals in your freezer

3. Don’t Overload Electrical Appliances

Overloading can cause issues down the line as the motor and drive belts can get worn out; this tip is especially true for washing machines and dishwashers. However, overloading fridges and freezers can also cause issues and cause your electrical appliances to wear faster.

Reduced airflow in your fridge and freezer will cause the motor to overheat and work harder, not to mention new items may never even get the cool air because the items in the back, therefore causing your food to go bad.

Preserve Your Electrical Appliances

In order to get the maximum amount of years out of your appliances, do what you can to preserve them. Taking care of your appliances now will benefit you in the future, keep these tips in mind as you go about your daily life.

About the Author

Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey