Bust the Breakdown: Appliance Repairs That Won’t Break the Bank

The key to properly caring for your appliances so you can utilize them for many years is to maintain and clean them regularly. If you’ve cleaned and maintained them properly, they will not need repairs as often and when they do need repairs, it won’t cost you an excessive amount of money. Focusing on the larger appliances in your home, here’s how to keep costs down and appliance efficiency up.

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Washing Machine

The biggest problem with washing machines are the hoses. The hoses are made of rubber than can dry or crack over time. It’s the same as the hoses in your vehicle; they will wear down with use and time. This creates cracks in the rubber which will drip and eventually start to have a major leak. Check your hoses regularly and replace them every five years to prolong the life of the washer. It’s important to keep soap from building up in the washer too. The rim and moving parts should be cleaned periodically. Occasionally, run a load with no clothing and plain water with 1 cup of white vinegar to clean out the caked soap.

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The biggest problem with a clothes dryer and one of the most preventable repairs, is a problem with the dryer not drying properly. This is often caused by a dryer full of lint! Clean the lint trap after every use as lint can build up and cause fires.  An estimated 2,900 dryer fires in residential homes are reported to the U.S. Fire departments each year. With an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries and $35 million in property loss it’s definitely a reason to clean out the dryer each month.

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Every few months it’s vital that you sweep and wash under the refrigerator. The coils in the back of the unit should be vacuumed clean to rid it of dirt and dust. If the coils become clogged they will make the motor work overtime to cool the unit and eventually the motor will burn out from running so hard.  Cleaning under and behind the refrigerator is always a smart thing to do and it prevents pests such as mice and cockroaches from getting into your kitchen and spreading diseases.


It doesn’t seem possible for a unit that washes items to become dirty, but dirt and food can clog the drain. Dirt can also block the seals around the door. Keep the unit clean to keep it working properly by using a rinsing aid to clean out the hard water deposits.

When you take care of your appliances, you’ll lower the costs of repairs. You won’t have to repeatedly bring the appliance in for repair or call a repair man.

Author Bio: This article was written by Marlena Stoddard on behalf of AAA Appliance Service. Marlena writes on health and parenting. Originally from Senoia, GA, she lives in Santa Rosa, CA with her husband and 2 children. When she isn’t spending time with her children or writing, Marlena enjoys hiking and photography. For more you can follow her on Google+