5 Safety Tips for Your Home AppliancesMay 23, 2019
What are some tips to ensure the safety of your home appliances?
- Extending life expectancy
- Identify potential safety concerns
- Make the most of your warranty
- Identify faulty parts
- Common signs of wear to watch out for
Home appliances in the Philippines have a certain lifespan wherein they can effectively and efficiently operate. Continuing to use your appliance beyond its lifespan can pose potential risks for your home and your family.
Outdated appliances can use too much power, thereby raising your electricity bills. Dangerous power surges can break these appliances and cause house fires, putting you and your family in danger. It’s always a good idea to make sure that your appliances at home are still properly functioning. Here’s how you’ll know when it’s time to replace your appliances.
Extending Life Expectancy
Be knowledgeable about the estimated lifespans of your appliances. Knowing a product’s life expectancy can help you gauge the possible time in the future when you will need to replace the item. This way, you can plan accordingly and set aside funds for new appliances.
A good strategy to know if you need a replacement instead of a repair is knowing the overall cost of a repair vs a replacement. Generally, if the repair is more costly than the replacement it’s better to just purchase a new appliance altogether.
In addition, new appliances usually employ advanced technology that can save energy and make the appliance efficiently function better than old ones.
Here is the average life expectancy of major appliances, according to the National Association of Home Builders:
- Standard Refrigerator: 14 years
- Compact Refrigerators: 8 years
- Freezers: 16 Years
- Microwaves: 8 years
- Washing Machines: 12 Years
- Dryers: 14 years
Identify Potential Safety Concerns
Learn how to recognize any safety hazards. Appliances are often left alone with no afterthought. Old appliances, in particular, need attention as the technology back then didn’t adhere to the same standards present today. It’s often nostalgic to keep old appliances because of the sentimental value and memories of your younger years, but that’s all it is. Nostalgia and attachment to your old appliances can be risky.
Watch out for old refrigerators. This common kitchen appliance is often ignored and overlooked because the signs of wear and tear are not as obvious as other appliances. Lint, dust, and other buildups can put your refrigerator’s electrical components at risk.
Make sure that there are no exposed wiring present because this can result in an electrical fire if ignored. Foodborne pathogens can grow and live within your refrigerator because of the regulated temperature. To prevent these problems, set up a cleaning schedule for the interior and exterior of your refrigerator. Simply disinfecting your refrigerator can prevent any foodborne illnesses from cultivating.
People with busy lifestyles are big fans of microwaves. This particular appliance makes heating food faster than a conventional oven or stove. It’s a known fact that microwaves use radiation to rapidly heat up your food. A good habit to practice when using your microwave is to make sure that the door is always sealed. This prevents any radiation from the microwave to stop leaking. If the door isn’t closing properly or there are significant signs of warping, stop using your microwave immediately. Vents that are blocked with grease can cause sparks while you’re using the microwave. Steer clear of these problems by making sure that your microwave is always clean.
Making sure that your washing machine is functioning properly can prevent accidents in the laundry room. This heavy-duty machine, when properly maintained, can become one of the longest-lasting appliances in your home.
House fires can easily start in your laundry area if there are wires exposed or if you don’t regularly clear out the dryer lint. Check to see if any of your hoses are cracking. Make sure that there are no leaks, bulging, and loose ends. Replace the hose accordingly if you find these problems.
Prevent any mold or mildew by letting your washing machine dry after every use. You can do this by wiping down any excess moisture and leaving the machine door open.
Make the Most of Your Warranty
Prior to planning your home appliance replacement, always make sure you check the conditions stipulated in the warranty covering the item. It’s important to fully utilize the warranty to save money and time. Companies that offer warranties make sure that you’re getting only the best, high-quality, and original products.
However, appliances are bound to wear down the more you use it. In order to continuously utilize the capabilities of your products, you must constantly keep it clean and well-kept. Maintenance is a major responsibility of an owner interested in making the most of their purchased appliance.
Once your warranty is expired, you can better decide if you want a repair or replacement.
Identify Faulty Parts
Appliances that fail to function properly usually need to be replaced. There are many factors that affect why an appliance ceases to function, but it’s usually because of a faulty or broken part. Faulty appliances can put your house at risk with an appliance related fire. Leaving appliances plugged in for long periods of time, especially if you’re not at home, is the common culprit for these fires.
Identify the following:
- Missing or broken pieces
- Burnt or frayed cords
- Melting and blistering
- Overloaded sockets
- Exposed wiring
- Smoke and sparks
If you can hear any fizzing or sparks, an electrical hazard might be waiting to happen. An electrical cord could be exposed or frayed if the flow of power starts and stops randomly. Fumes and smoke wafting in the air could be a sign of an overloaded wire.
As a preventive measure, invest in a voltage regulator for appliances that are particularly vulnerable to electrical surges.
Common Signs of Wear to Watch Out For
Watch out for any signs of wear and tear on your appliances. The signs of wear and tear are often subtle and overlooked by many. Don’t wait until your appliances finally break down before you have the chance to look for a suitable replacement. Preempting problems can prevent hazards listed above.
Watch out for:
- Strange noises
- Uneven temperatures
- Broken or damaged seals
- Draining issues
Keep you and your family safe from the potential hazards of old home appliances. The Philippines has houses that are stuck closely together and taking the proper steps to make sure that your home appliances are safe can save many lives. Not only will you prevent danger from happening, but you can also save yourself a lot of money by investing in new appliances with proper safety and energy saving technology.