Plumbing appliances can be the unsung heroes of our homes. Washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators keep our things clean and our food cool. But these machines, like everything else in our homes, do require a little TLC. Let’s take a look at some maintenance tips on how to take proper care of your different plumbing appliances and keep your home running smoothly.




Washing Machines

Your washing machine is the heartbeat of your laundry room. To keep them working at their maximum potential:

Clean the Detergent Drawer: Detergent and fabric softener residue can build up easily. Remove and clean the detergent drawer regularly to prevent clogs and ensure your detergent is dispensing properly.

Inspect the Drum: Look for any foreign objects or small items like coins or paper that may be stuck in the drum. These can cause damage to your washing machine and negatively affect its overall performance.

Leave the Door Open: Leave the washing machine door slightly ajar after each use. This will allow air circulation which prevents mold and mildew growth.


Troubleshooting – Why Won’t My Washing Machine Drain Properly?

Check the Drain Hose: Make sure it’s not clogged or kinked. You can only achieve proper drainage from a straight and unobstructed hose.

Inspect the Pump: The pump can get clogged with lint and other small objects or debris. Check around and clean the pump regularly to make sure it’s working as it should.

Check the Lid Switch: For top-loading washing machines, a bad lid switch can prevent appropriate drainage. Verify if the lid switch is working properly if you notice that your machine is not draining.



Your dishwasher streamlines kitchen cleanup but requires attention as well:

Clean the Filter: A clogged filter can cause poor performance and dirty dishes. Remove and clean the filter to prevent food particles and debris from building up.

Run Empty Cycles: Every now and then, run a hot water cycle with a cup of white vinegar through an empty dishwasher. This helps get rid of unpleasant odors and remove buildup.

Inspect Spray Arms: Make sure the spray arms are clear of debris and rotate freely.


Troubleshooting – Why Wont My Dishwasher Drain properly?

Check the Drain Hose: Just like your washing machine, a clogged or partially disconnected drain hose can cause issues. Make sure it’s free from blockages or obstructions and installed properly.

Clean the Garbage Disposal Connection or Air Gap: If your dishwasher is connected to a garbage disposal, clean the air gap and make sure the connection is clear to avoid clogs.

Inspect the Pump and Impeller: These are crucial for proper drainage. Look out for debris and clean these components regularly.



Maintain these cool components with care:

Organize and Clean: Regularly organize the contents of your refrigerator to improve its cooling efficiency and airflow. Clean and wipe down the shelves to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.

Adjust Temperature Settings: Watch your temperature settings to certify the safety of your food and the refrigerator’s energy effeciency. The ideal refrigerator temperature is roughly 37°F (3°C) For the freezer it should be to 0°F (-18°C).

Replace Water Filters: If your refrigerator or freezer has an ice maker or water dispenser, replace the filter in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendation to ensure healthy water quality.