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5 Horrible Mistakes You’re Making With Home Appliances

Maintenance is the name of the game in prolonging the lifespan of your high-quality kitchen appliances. From incorrect cleaning products to electrical no-nos, the First Coast Supply team is here with all the appliance sins to avoid. Here’s what you need to know to keep your fridge, microwave, washing machine and oven in tip-top shape as long as possible.

Mistake #1: Filling Your Refrigerator to the Brim

When you stack takeout containers, bags of produce and salad dressing bottles in the back of your fridge, you block the air vents. Blocked air vents makes it difficult for your fridge to regulate its temperature. Also, this could cause the condenser coils to work overtime and overheat.

Mistake #2: Neglecting to Clean Your Oven

Drops of food in your oven from gooey pies, delicious casseroles and cheesy pizzas are totally common but must be taken care of. When you forget to clean the burnt-on foods from your oven’s base, you block the heating rods from doing their job.

Mistake #3: Haphazardly Loading Your Dishwasher

We get it. You’re busy and the kids are just begging for a long list of chores (haha). Our best advice is to give your little ones specific instructions on how to properly load a dishwasher. If dishes are roughly placed on their racks and bang against the inside in the process, you can easily chip the vinyl coat. The racks will begin to rust and affect the wash process.

Mistake #4: Using Your Oven as Storage

If you’re not much of a cook, there’s a good chance you hide your extra pans or chunky sweaters (shoutout to Carrie Bradshaw) inside the oven. Unfortunately, it’s pretty common for someone in the household to turn on the oven and ruin the contents inside. You’ll end up with charred items and a destroyed oven interior.

Mistake #5: Ignoring Appliance Maintenance

This is one mistake that can cost you thousands in the long run. Ice makers in the refrigerator and appliance filters are two simple maintenance items often overlooked. Work with a professional appliance maintenance company or do a bit of research on the upkeep your specific appliances require.

Work with Jacksonville’s Appliance Experts when You’re Due for an Update

If you’ve made any combination of mistakes one through five over the years, we could bet your appliances may need to be replaced. If you’re ready to own the latest appliances, we’re here to help. Reach out to First Coast Supply today to schedule your visit to our expansive Jacksonville showroom.