On Dryers- Keep the lint filter clean, and check the venting at least once a year as this will help dry loads faster and a lint buildup can be a major fire hazard.

On Washers- Use less soap and do smaller loads, more often. This will result in cleaner clothes and it is easier on the motor and transmission.

On Dishwashers- Use "Glisten" (dishwasher cleaner) every 6 months and run hot water prior to starting. Use less soap, and a rinse agent to ensure cleaner glasses.

On Electric Ranges- Do NOT use foil to cover drip pans, it blocks venting and may cause damage to the electrical connections, creating a safety hazard. Clean the pans regularly by placing them in the dishwasher.

On Gas Ranges- Clean burner holes every few months, as food particles and dust will obstruct the gas flow.

On Microwaves- Do NOT use metal trimmed dishes, or allow silverware to be used when heating, as it will reflect the microwaves and may cause sparking, and a fire hazard.

On Trash Compactors- Do NOT stand bottles upright, as it will jam the ram, put bottles in the recycle bin.

On Garbage Disposals- Run a cup or two of ice down it every three months, this clears food particles, and a lemon or orange will help keep it clean smelling.

On Vent Hoods- Keep the grease filter clean, if it is not too plugged with grease you may wash it by running it in your dishwasher. If too plugged replace it with a new one from your local appliance parts store.

On Refrigerators- Keep them full, and empty refrigerator wastes energy, if you have empty space, put in bottled water or bags of ice, this will "keep the cold" when the refrigerator cycles off.

On buying New or Used appliances- When available, buy the extended warranty, and keep it in force, as the costs of computerized parts and the knowledgeable repairmen that are needed to install them, are not free, and it presents a great value to you in the event that a repair is needed.

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