Kitchen appliances need attention to keep running at their best. Filters need changing. Lightbulbs burn out and need replacing. Plumbing and electric need to function well. There’s actually a lot going on in this key space in your home. And if things break or go awry, sure, you can eat out, but a kitchen should just work. Always. Whether it’s a midnight snack or a company dinner for twelve, what’s the value of a kitchen that you can’t reliably cook in? No one wants surprises there.
With every part of your kitchen crying for attention, where do you start?
Let’s start with the basics: electricity and water.
Here we are talking about everything from safety (do your GFCI outlets function properly?) to convenience (are there burned-out lightbulbs darkening your work area?).
So what needs to be done with the water? Well, you don’t want leaks to spoil your day. Checking the supply lines and the drains and the faucets for drips and leaks and fixing any problems sooner rather than later is a huge step in the right direction. Faucet aerators can get clogged with minerals and other deposits.
While we are in the general plumbing area, how are your dishwasher, garbage disposal, and ice maker working? Do drains need some attention?
Now lets look at the appliances
- Refrigerators need specific maintenance to keep them working efficiently.
An efficiently running machine is likely to run longer than one that is struggling. Clean the refrigerator coils to help the condenser do its work more easily to keep the inside cold despite outside temperatures. Change the water filter to keep your ice maker producing clean well-formed ice cubes.
- Range hoods need cleaning and filter replacement on a regular basis.
Not only will they work more efficiently on new filters and clean fans, but you remove a fire hazard when you clean out the grease buildup. You also make your kitchen a healthier environment with fewer places for germs and bacteria to flourish.
- Cooking devices need regular cleaning and checking
From microwave to crockpot to wall oven, if it cooks food, it gets dirty. It may also suffer wear and tear. Most of that is only skin-deep, but some things bear checking. Like have any cords frayed? Do some of the controls not work reliably? Is it so old that it lacks a polarized plug? Repairing or replacing an appliance before it is full of a meal and you are up against a timetable is a Good Thing.
Don’t feel like doing all these maintenance tasks yourself? No need to. There are home maintenance services professionals who can deal with routine scheduled services or with a one-off chore. If you don’t have anyone in mind, give us a call. We happen to excel in this area.
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