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Here’s Your Simple Checklist to Prolong the Life of Your Appliances!

Let's Face it. Appliances Make Our Lives a Whole Lot Easier....Until They Break.

There are a number of preventative measures that you can do to minimize the need for appliance repair, or buying new appliances altogether.
The length of time an appliance lasts depends on the brand, the model, and how well you maintain the appliance. The number one reason we see for appliance failure is homeowners not having routine maintenance done on their appliances. Same as with cars, boats, or other mechanical devices, without routine maintenance, appliances will break down. So without calling an appliance repair technician, what are some of the things you can do proactively to increase the lifespan of your appliances? Let’s give you a few ideas!


✔ Keep your drain and filter clean and clear. Don’t worry about rinsing off every dish before putting it into the dishwasher, but it’s a good idea to scrape off excess food.  Rinse Aid and Salt:

✔ Using a rinse aid will result in cleaner, drier dishes. Hard water is hard on dishwashers, as lime scale will build up. Salt will protect your dishwasher from lime scale building up.

Stoves / Ovens:

✔ Clean regularly – three to four times per year. Remove the racks during self cleaning, as the intense heat can cause them to warp.

✔ To clean racks, let them soak for 10-20 minutes, then use kitchen sponges to scrub them.

✔ Remove spills and drips as soon as you safely can, as these can potentially smoke, or catch fire.

Do not use soaps or detergents on the inside of your oven.  

✔ Don’t clean under oven knobs, or allow cleaner to drip behind them.

Washing Machines

✔ Don’t overload! This is a significant cause of broken washing machines, and premature failure. Washer repair Pasadena

✔ Inspect your hoses once a month to ensure the connections are tight, no leaks or bulges in the hoses.

✔ Use the proper detergent for your washer. If you have an energy efficient washer, it wants HE detergent, which is low-sudsing.

✔ Unload the washer when it’s done to prevent mildew from building up inside of the washing machine.

✔ Leave the door open when done to allow it to dry properly, and reduce foul smells and mildew.

✔ Exterior cleaning – Keeping the exterior of your washer clean will help keep rust and corrosion from building up. It will also keep your clothes cleaner, if you set your clothes on top of the washer.


✔ Clean your lint screen before each use. This allows your dryer to breath properly, resulting in quicker, drier loads. Dryer quit working

✔ Vent cleaning – Regularly inspect the dryer vent for blockage. Using a toothbrush clean any buildup.

✔ Vent hose – While not fun to pull out dryers, obstructed vent hoses will also cause dryers to work harder, and be less effective. If you have sharp bends in your hose, for example, those bends are magnets for dust and lint. If you’re noticing more lint than usual in your laundry room, it’s likely your dryer vent hose has developed a crack, or is not fastened properly on both ends.

✔ If you have a long duct, you may want to have an appliance repair technician to have it professionally cleaned.

✔ Exterior cleaning – As with the washer, it’s a good idea to regularly wipe down the exterior of the dryer to prevent soap buildup and corrosion.

Yes, Murphy's Law does apply to appliances too!

“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”……unfortunately

Even by doing your part and performing routine maintenance on your appliances, at some point one of your appliances is going to break down. Usually, it’s at the worst possible time, right?  The next question you’ll be faced with is whether to repair or replace your appliance.

At Polar Appliance Repair, we’ve seen everything. One of the things our customers enjoy, is our honest, straightforward approach to appliance service. We’ll provide you with guidance in making the proper choice to get your appliance back up and running or replaced when necessary.

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If you’re already at the point of needing appliance repair, Polar Appliance Repair has the experience you need when you’re looking for the best appliance repair services in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. Our appliance repair company is conveniently located in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  We’re factory trained on leading brands, and are experts with most appliances, including Sub-Zero refrigerator repair, Wolf appliance repair, Viking appliance repair, Whirlpool, Maytag and more. With Polar Appliance Repair, we offer same day service, and are ready to help if you need us.