How Often do my Appliances Need Maintenance?

a technician servicing a dishwasher

Today’s appliances provide many benefits in a busy world, but a malfunction can lead to chaos. Preventative maintenance is a key strategy for minimizing these risks, but standards and recommendations for maintenance can vary. For instance, you might wonder, “Who should handle the tasks?” or “How often does maintenance need to occur?” If you use the appliance on a daily basis, this will factor into the frequency and amount of maintenance required. If you signed up for a service plan, this may even cover ongoing maintenance. Here are some recommendations for various types of appliances.

Kitchen and Laundry Appliances

Most indoor appliances can be maintained by a homeowner, and you might find it helpful to keep track of what needs to happen and when by using a spreadsheet or a calendar. The timing of the maintenance will vary based on how intensively you use the equipment. For example, a washing machine that only runs a couple of loads per week may only need a thorough cleaning on a yearly basis. The dryer that runs multiple loads of laundry per day should be cleared of excess lint every two or three months. Dryer vents should also be cleared at this time to minimize the risk of fire. However, dryer lint traps should be cleared after each use. A dishwasher can be cleaned annually, but the filter should be checked and cleared on a monthly basis. Similarly, the garbage disposal should be cleaned every month or two to promote an odor-free environment. Refrigerators and freezers may warrant a semi-annual cleaning to ensure that items are not trapped underneath or behind and to prevent frost buildup.

Water Heater Maintenance

A water heater should be flushed at least once per year. This helps remove sediment, an issue that could otherwise shorten the life of the equipment while reducing efficiency levels. For many homeowners, a water heater flush can be handled quite easily with a garden hose. If a significant amount of sediment is present in the water, it may be wise to flush the system a second time after it refills. Plumbing professionals can also handle this task.

Maintenance Needs for HVAC Equipment

Your HVAC system can lose efficiency just through normal activity during the heating or cooling season. A thorough cleaning and inspection is important for maintaining efficiency. Additionally, professional maintenance ensures that your equipment is operating safely. This service is recommended during spring and fall to ensure that your equipment is ready for seasonal activity, but it can occur any time of year. 

Maintenance Programs with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo

One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Largo offers an affordable HVAC system maintenance program, which assures you of priority scheduling if problems ever occur. Contact us to learn about the different maintenance plan options today.