We all know the truth, if we maintain our items and personal belongings, there’s supposed to last longer. Well, it couldn’t be more true with these five places or items in your home. If you want to avoid costly repairs or maintenance issues, keep these areas clean.

#1. Refrigerator.

And I’m not just talking about the inside. We probably all clean the inside of our fridges at least once or twice a year but cleaning the backside will help the appliance cool properly. Dust off the back wall, sweep under the fridge and clean any vent openings with a vacuum and it will help your refrigerator last longer.

#2. The washing machine.

The washing machine is the workhorse of the house but over time, hair, pet hair, grass, dirt, and shredded paper and tissues can cause your washing machine to lose its efficiency. Deep clean the washing machine at least once a year by running an empty load with a little bit of vinegar. You can also hire a professional cleaner to take care of the washing machine annually.

#3. The dryer.

Just like your washing machine, a clothes dryer can actually get very dirty. Lint and pet hair can build up on the screen as well as inside the lint trap making it not run as efficiently and could cause a fire hazard. Maintain your dryer by cleaning out the vents as well as the tube that runs to the outside and you may just extend the life of your dryer.

#4. HVAC systems.

Whether you have a furnace or heat pump, putting in regular maintenance is just as important as changing the oil in your car. By maintaining these appliances you can decrease the chance of costly repairs and you’ll be prepared for the coldest days or the hottest summer months.

#5. The dishwasher.

You knew this was the only one left, right? Well, food particles can clog up the drain and cause your dishwasher to slowly break down over time. Maintain your dishwasher at least once a month and consider having a professional cleaner at least once a year.

That old the saying, they don’t make things like they used to, is definitely true in today’s day and age so anything and everything we can do to extend the life of our appliances is valuable.

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