Monday July 13, 2020
Now that we are spending more time at home, it seems the things that need attention are now front and center. A few of the items on the list are probably where you spend the most time—in your kitchen. And the things that usually have issues are—you guessed it—your appliances.
With so many people working from home now, the knocking sounds, flickering lights and other signs of trouble with your appliances are clear. Here are a few ways to tell if it’s time to replace them:
- Loud noises
If your normally quiet appliance starts being noticeably loud, chances are the motor is working overtime. This is a clear indication that something may be wrong.
- Consistent repairs
If your dishwasher or washing machine keep breaking down, this is a clear indicator that it’s time to get a newer model. The shelf life for a dishwasher is about nine years, and for washers, it’s about 10.
Appliances that get too hot when in operation are showing signs of wear, tear and needing to be replaced. If the appliance is getting too hot due to a malfunction in the motor, it’s best to replace it.
If the coils in the air conditioner keep freezing, that’s a clear indicator of something internally being wrong with the system. If the system is over 10-15 years old, you may want to go ahead and make the investment to replace it.
If the refrigerator is not cooling properly, chances are the food won’t remain safe to eat. If the refrigerator is spoiling food before the expiration date, you might want to consider an updated model.
- Power surges
If you’re using an appliance that keeps tripping the breaker, it may be time to get a new one. Microwaves have a shelf life of about 10 years, but they may have to be replaced earlier if they cause electrical problems or don’t heat food properly.
These signs can alert you before the appliance completely stops working, giving you time to shop around and make a selection that’s right for you. If you’re in the market for new appliances, it’s best to find appliances that are Energy Star certified to cut down on electric expenses. Also, always read and thoroughly understand the manufacturer warranty that come with the appliance before purchasing and keep the warranty in a place where you can easily refer to it if needed.
Landmark 24 Homes has floor plans that will accommodate any size family, creating a home you will love to gather in for years to come. While we don’t provide appliances or offer any warranties on those types of items, we do promise that you’ll love the kitchen layouts in our homes.