Helpful Tips

Washing Machines: Use correct detergent for the machine as some machines require low suds detergent. Use minimal amount of detergent to achieve a clean wash, this will save money and possible unnecessary service call charges. Always check pockets for objects.(  Eg.  Coins, pins, screws and tissues.) All can cause damage and costly repair bills that are not covered by warranty. Cold washes can save you money as most good detergents are suitable for cold washing, though you may require hot washes in some cases to obtain the desired clean. Check machine is installed level and all of the feet are on a firm surface to prevent the machine moving around on spin cycle.( machine will be quieter and less chance of causing damage). Good practice is to turn off  taps and power outlet after use and when going away on holidays. (Hoses can burst or come apart at fittings causing flooding). If drain hose is placed into the laundry tub, ensure that the drain plug is always clear. (eg plug not in, fluff build up in drain, no cloths in tub.) Always use (if provided) the drain hole provided in laundry tub. Drain hose must come up above the water level height in washing machine to prevent syphon action (machine won’t fill and continue cycle.) KEEP MACHINE CLEAN. Wipe out after use and remove any spilled detergent. If machine has a filter make sure they are cleaned regularly (use bottle brush down the centre of agitator) and wipe over boot seal around the front  of front load machines (this becomes mouldy at times)

Dishwashers: Check hoses are not kinked or damaged when pushing back into recess. Fit hoses through holes in cupboards so to not cause damage. Power and water connection should be accessible in cupboard next to dishwasher for emergency shut off. Make sure the drain connection spigot on the sink trap has been drilled out to full size and no burs are left. (this will catch particles and cause blockage) The use of powder could save you money as you only use the amount to suit the wash type. (Be it pots/pans dirty/clean small/large) Vinegar is a good cleaning agent and can be used instead of rinse aid. It neutralizes soap residue. Stack dishwasher so that spray arms are not obstructed and turned freely Clean filters in bottom of dishwasher on a regular basis. (this allows water to circulate correctly) Remove particles from dishes. (eg. Bones, seeds and toothpicks.. all can block pump or cause damage) Check and remove any particles from the spray arm holes. Turn off power and water before going away for extended period of times If dishwasher breaks down with water still in bottom, this should be scooped and sponged out before the service technician arrives.

Dryers: Clean filters before each use Use the shortest time required to dry clothes, saves $$ Do not jam too much in the dryer as air can’t circulate and drying time will be longer Only use a dryer when necessary If possible, fit a venting kit to the dryer to send a lint outside and not just into your laundry (can be very messy) When mounting on the wall, ensure you use correct mounting brackets for the make and model and fix to the wall securely. Follow manufacturers specifications Have your dryer cleaned out on a regular basis depending on the amount it is used. This will require the removal of panels and should be done by a qualified technician

Fridges: Set controls to mid-range, this should give optimum performance Make sure fridge is level and all feet or casters are firm on  the floor (this will also align doors so they seal correctly) Check door seals are not damage and seal all around. These should be kept clean as it will extend the life of the seal Allow clearance near any air vents in fridge and in freezer. This will ensure that air is circulating correctly to achieve set temperatures in fridge and freezer Plastic bags should have ends tied and wrapped to prevent them going between the seal and cabinet. This will cause condensation and reduce the efficiency of the fridge. Keep the time the doors are open to a minimum (the longer the door is open, the cold drops out of the fridge) Fridge should be kept reasonably full, not over packed / jammed in  or too small amount of product in there. The glass containers hold cold better than plastic containers Back of the fridge may require cleaning to remove fluff, cat or dog hair etc. It also may require service technician to remove the covers for this cleaning process. This can affect the efficiency of the fridge in hot weather.