Winter Tips for House Appliances

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Keeping your house appliances running properly is one of the winter season challenges. Five major and the most important devices in your home – a refrigerator, a stove, a dishwasher, a clothes washer and a dryer should be functioning properly also in winter. These home appliances could get affected by the harsh winter conditions in number of different ways.

How to get your appliances winter ready and to keep them in a good working order?

Read our winter appliances maintenance tips and get some useful guidelines.

Outside venting

Outside venting maintenance is extremely important for keeping appliances running in cold and snowy winter weather. Winter Tips for Appliances

When the snowstorm is howling and you are sitting in the cozy warm house, please don’t forget that there are poor venting openings for clothes dryer or range hoods, which cannot hide inside with you from the wind and the snow. Your clothes dryer exhaust duct and the range hood opening might get partially or fully blocked by the snow from the outside.

The snow can also get inside the duct of the dryer and melt, mixing with the present lint and dust. Wet lint attracts more lint when the dryer is in use, and finally creates permanent plagues inside. As a result heat, lint and moisture cannot escape from the dryer, and the machine breaks. How do we make our ventilation openings happy?

  • Inspect your vent openings before the winter starts. Make sure they are free of obstacles and clean from lint.
  • If your ducts are longer than 3-4 feet and more (rising from the basement or passing through other room) – consider ordering a duct cleaning service.
  • Create clearance of 2-3 feet from the vent openings. After the summer you might be surprised to discover that opening is hiding behind a BBQ grill, a new plant box or a kids castle, and it can “hardly breathe” in there.
  • Inspect vent openings after each snowfall and blizzard.

Water piping (for washer and dishwasher)

Your washing machine doesn’t fill up with water on a very cold winter day? Do not rush to call the repair company! It’s possible that your laundry room piping froze. It happens even in modern, well insulated houses – the piping inside a specific wall is not cold protected enough, and the water just stops. You can check it by turning shut off valves to the washer, and checking the hoses. Here is one of the winter tips on checking this issue. Put the hose into the bucket, and turn the washer valve on. If the water hardly gets out or there is no water – the pipes are frozen.  Wait for the temperature outside to rise, connect the hoses and start doing the piles of laundry which are waiting to be cleaned.

A dishwasher might give you slightly different winter specific issue – it will wash the dishes, but the result could be very unsatisfying. Oil stains on plates, dirty glasses etc. Your water might be too cold for the dishwasher to wash properly. But fortunately, the dishwasher water line is usually a branch of kitchen hot water line. Just run the hot tap in the kitchen for a minute to get hot water running and only then turn your dishwasher on.

Garage appliances

Some of the home appliances that are located in the garage, might need extra attention to keep them functioning properly during winter months. Garage appliances might include a backup fridge, a freezer, even a washing machine and a dryer. If the garage is not very well insulated and the appliances are not meant to withstand low temperatures, they might experience some severe discomfort. The refrigerant in the fridges and freezers changes its state, and the compressors work much harder to circulate it, making the life of the appliance shorter. The refrigerant thin copper tubing might contract or expand, and become cracked.

In winter, the water in the washer can freeze in both supply lines and inside the machine, damaging inlet and drain systems.

Solution? Do not use garage appliances in temperatures below 0 Celsius. Unplug the fridge and the freezer and let the garage laundry pair rest.

Wildlife “visitors”

In winter, some of the appliances are also exposed to the “biohazard”. The colder it is outside, the more possible it is that birds, mice and pests will try to find a warm shelter in your house. Even if you are very compassionate person, you don’t want birds to get into your dryer or range vents. Also, those cute little mice can get under your dishwasher and chew on wires and a plastic drain hose. What is the solution? You might consider pest and wild life control measures, and also check your vent covers. It could be a good idea to have protection screens installed inside the dryer and range hood vents.

Although winter is a hard time for your home appliances, these winter tips can help you to keep them in a good working condition. And remember – if any doubt, just call a professional appliance repair service and get the consultation.

APPFIX Appliance Repair technicians are happy to help you with a repair of your dishwasher! We service all major makes and models, including major brands such as Samsung, MAYTAG, KITCHEN AID, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, SIEMENS and others.

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This original article is written by one of the APPFIX Inc. appliance technicians based on his professional experience, and this is an intellectual property of this website. No part of this article can be reproduced in a digital or a printed form without a written permission of APPFIX Inc.

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