Stamford, Connecticut (PressExposure) September 06, 2006 -- Appliances enable us to wash our hair, cook our breakfast and even heat our homes. However, an appliance is only as good as its maintenance. "One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make," says Richard Roll, President of the American Homeowners Association (AHA)(R), "is that they do not take the necessary precautions to ensure the functionality of their appliances, thus turning little problems into major crises." Here are some tips that will keep your appliances in tip-top conditions, keeping crises at bay.
There are two main kinds of appliances in your home. Understanding the differences and functions of both will prevent remodeling complications in the future. Here are some handy tips that will have you identifying and maintaining your appliances like a true professional. These tips will also keep your home a safe and inviting place to be with family and friends.
General Subject Information: In a house there are two broad categories of appliances: (1) kitchen type appliances such as the dishwasher, oven, range, etc. and (2) system appliances such as the furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and gas burning fireplace. Smoke detectors are often considered appliances, as well.
Recommended Use and Maintenance:
If a registration card is provided, register all appliances with the manufacturer.
Read and follow the manufacturer's operating instructions.
Before making a service call, follow the Trouble Shooting Guide found at the back of most appliance owners manuals.
If an appliance trips a breaker, it is likely the circuit is overloaded or the appliance is defective. If the appliance is portable, try using a circuit is another room. If the appliance works in the other room, the original circuit was probably overloaded. Do not continue to use an appliance that repeatedly trips a breaker.