Large appliance maintenance

June 21, 2013 By In Moisture Control Comments Off

When is the last time you checked your dishwasher, washing machine or ice maker?  Most people don’t realize that many of your large appliances, if unchecked, can become the source of large water issues – water issues can lead to mold problems.  And in most cases, when there’s leak, it’s big.  Flooding issues caused by major appliance leaks can cost you upwards of $2500 depending on the location and duration of the problem. Unfortunately many of the problems can be avoided by performing regular maintenance.

Any appliance in your home that is connected to a water supply should be checked on a regular basis.  On each of these appliances there will be a water supply line and water drain line. It is really important to check….

  • All connections are securely fastened, showing no signs of wear and tear
  • All hoses are in good shape, are running freely (no kinks in the lines),  with no visible signs of blistering, cracks or weakness
  • Review your owners’ manual, or check online for specific maintenance instructions for your appliance(s) make/model, specifically take note of any manufacturer recommendations for replacing hoses or any other significant parts

It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with your home and get to know where the water shut off valves are in your home and what each of them control.

Most importantly, you should never run appliances when you are not in the home.   While it may seem like a good idea to run your dishwasher just before you leave for work, it’s probably not the best plan if you have an unexpected leak – which is usually when things like this happen.

If you’re not sure how to check your appliances to make sure they are in good working order, call a licensed plumber or appliance maintenance technician.  Qualified professionals will be able to assess your appliances and provide you with the knowledge you need to perform regular maintenance.

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