Your major household appliances can be some of the more expensive items you'll buy in your lifetime. Protect your investment by keeping on top of the necessary cleaning and maintenance. Not only will this help you make your appliances last longer, but when operating efficiently, you'll also save money on your electricity, water and gas bills!


Every 3-6 months, keep the compressor coils clean by removing the dust from underneath and behind your fridge. The dust causes the refrigerator to overheat and work harder.
Door gaskets should be cleaned with dish soap as they get covered in crumbs and spills. The gasket should connect flush with the fridge. You can test this by closing the door on a piece of paper, if the paper can easily slide out you may need to replace the gasket.

Stovetop / Oven

If you have a regular stove element, keep the drip pans clean and don't cover them with tinfoil as it can cause a short circuit.
For a smoothtop stove, carefully set pots and pans on it to reduce the chance of breaking the glass.
Keep the oven clean, especially the heating elements. Like the fridge, ensure the gaskets are making a seal between the oven and door.


If your model has a filter that needs manual cleaning, be sure to do it as often as required.
Don't place dishes in the way of the spray arms as a collision will loosen them. Check spray arms for any clogged holes that may need cleaning out.

Washing Machine

Make sure your washer is levelled and don't overload it with more clothes than it's designed to take. This will ensure that it runs evenly and won't cause extra wear to the machine.


Clean the lint filter between every load, allowing the air to flow and no overwork the dryer.
You should also clean the duct that comes from the dryer at least once a year.


Your furnace should be cleaned and serviced once a year to keep it in top condition.
During the winter, replace your furnace filter once a month to keep the air flowing. You won't need to replace the filter during the summer if the furnace fan is never running.

Water Heater

Drain your water heater to remove any sediment from the bottom. How often this should be done may depend on the quality of water in your city or town.

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