Caring for your appliances is equally as important as proper installation. When one follows proper maintenance and precautionary procedures, it can prolong the life of an appliance and save you money in the long run because you won't have to replace it as often. Below are a few tips and tricks to keep your indoor and outdoor appliances working properly:
If you have a water dispenser in your refrigerator, then chances are it runs through a filter. Like faucet- or pitcher-based filters, these dispenser filters need to be replaced, or else they cease to clean your water. Check your product manual for information on how often to replace your water filters and also for instructions on where your filter is located. Depending on use, the average time for a water filter's effectiveness is anywhere from 1 to 3 months.
You can't put everything in the dishwasher, for some dishwashers can't handle certain delicate items. For instance, if you have delicate china but don’t have a dishwasher with a "light" or "china" setting, it's best to avoid putting it in your dishwasher. The worst case scenario will be your dishes break, get clogged in the hard food disposer and you have to call a repair man. So, a recommendation would be to simply wash those dishes by hand.
If you have a convertible or ductless hood, then usually a charcoal insert filters out the bad odors, fumes and smells from your cooking. Like water filters, this needs to be periodically replaced, or else your hood will work less efficiently (and possibly become a host for bacteria, build-up and foul smells). Since each hood is built differently, check your owner's manual for guidelines on how often you should replace the filter.
Whether you're using propane for an outdoor grill or patio heater, there are some general precautions you should take. There’s a large amount of compressed propane gas inside each tank. Always check for leaks or any abnormalities with the tank, including rusting. If you see any such abnormalities, you should replace the tank as soon as possible. Always keep the tank in an upright position and away from flammable or potentially hazardous areas (which also means you should not smoke around one). Always store the tank outside, and never dispose of one in the garbage. There are plenty of programs at hardware stores or tank manufacturers that involve trading in used (empty) propane tanks in a safe an efficient manner.