Valuable Information! Maintain Your Appliances

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Americans spend $15 billion per year on appliances!

According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Americans spend $15 billion on home appliances per year. That is equal to the GDP of 54 countries according to the International Monetary Fund.

With a little maintenance and some elbow grease, you can keep your appliances running longer and more efficiently. Follow the tips below and keep that repairman off your speed dial:

  1. Clean up all spills immediately to prevent grime, odors, rust, and worn–down enamel. Use either the self–cleaning feature on your oven or an oven cleaner to prevent grease from building up on the interior.
  2. Install a water softener and water filtration system to eliminate chemicals and minerals and prolong the life of appliances that use water.
  3. Clean the condenser coils on refrigerators once a year.
  4. Change air-conditioner filters monthly, when in use.
  5. Replace washer fill hoses every five years and turn off the water supply when you go on vacation.
  6. Clean the exhaust duct on the clothes dryer annually, and clean the lint filter before each use.
  7. Try making small repairs yourself. Small appliances, like can openers and garbage disposals, often require just a quick fix. When in doubt, call a professional.


Life spans for common home appliances

It is a certainty that your home appliances will not outlive the lifespan of your home. Sooner or later they will need to be replaced. However, you can extend their longevity and prevent replacement costs with regular do-it-yourself maintenance. Proper care and maintenance can make a difference in the lifespan of your home appliances.Well maintained appliances will not only save you money in replacement costs but also in energy costs. Home appliances account for up to 20% of household energy bills so it's well worth it to ensure they are running at maximum efficiency. In a side by side comparison, a modern refrigerator consumes less energy than a 75 watt lightbulb.

The table shows the average life span of common household appliances.



Save Energy ...and Money

Appliances marked with the EnergyStar® label use less energy than other products and save you money on energy bills. A qualified EnergyStar TV uses 3 watts or less when switched off as compared to a standard TV which consumes 6 watts when off. What's more if you pay the national average of $1900 per year on enrgy bills you can save up to 30% or more than $600 per year if you install EnergyStar appliances.

Another way to keep money in your pocket is to take advantage of the new Federal Energy Credit. You can receive up to a $500 tax credit if you buy certain energy efficient heating and cooling systems for your primary residence before the end of 2008. For more information visit

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