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Get the Best Performance Out of Your Appliances

Your shiny new appliances come packaged with a thick booklet of instructions, and we understand that in the midst of enjoying your new water heater or dishwasher there is little time to delve through a manual. But if you want to keep your appliances functioning like brand new for years you better store that owner’s guide in a safe place — manufacturers will always include proper maintenance techniques so you get the most use from your investment.

Using a major appliance for years without upkeep is like driving a car for 20,000 miles without ever changing the oil: you’re careening toward disaster.

All appliances require cleaning, maintenance, or replacement of key parts from time to time in order to be effective and perform the job they were designed to do. Here’s what can happen if you fail to heed the manufacturer’s instructions:

Water Heaters

With water heaters one of the most important instructions to follow is checking the anode rod once a year. A properly functioning anode rod prevents the inside of your water heater from rusting out. If you don’t replace the anode rod when it is coated with calcium or measures less than 1/2 inch thick the hot water will rapidly corrode the tank, shortening its lifespan.

You should also flush the sediment from your water heater at least once a year. Specific instructions should be found in your manufacturer’s manual. Flushing built-up sediment from your tank will significantly impact the efficiency and lifespan of your water heater by several years.

If you know your tap emits hard water install a water softener to avoid sediment and scale buildup on plumbing and appliances in your home.  Read the manual for your water heater — in many cases the warranty is void if you do not install a descaler in front of the heater.

Water Filters

Water filtration systems are so effective at delivering purer, cleaner water because they have a powerful filter inside. In the case of Pelican Water’s Whole House Water Filter System you will not have to clean or care for the carbon media filter for 5 years after purchase.

However, the sediment filter is a different story. Sediment filters capture larger minerals and sediment, and depending on the quality of your water need to be replaced every 6 to 9 months. Neglecting to replace the filters inside your system can limit the system’s efficiency and jeopardize your water quality. After all, you would empty out your vacuum cleaner when it’s full! For full instructions on water filter maintenance and replacement read the owner’s manual. You can also watch our easy-to-follow video on YouTube for a step-by-step tutorial.

Dishwashers

Compared to other modern conveniences a dishwasher can seem like a low-maintenance appliance, but if you neglect the manufacturer’s recommendations you can end up with subpar cleaning cycles that force you to rewash dishes by hand. First, check and clean the screens or filters every couple of weeks, and replace any filter that has holes.

Second, check the sprayer arm once in a while for clogs; otherwise your dishes won’t come out sparkling clean. Full instructions will appear in your manual. If you’re noticing water spots you can also use rinse aid to improve your dishwasher’s drying capabilities.

Appliances cut down on labor and make your life easier, but if you don’t follow the manufacturer’s advice you will spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on replacements you otherwise wouldn’t need. Take the time to clean appliances, replace filters, and check for problems. Also keep in mind that hard water can damage the components within appliances that use running water. Consider installing a water softener to maintain efficiency and protect the exposed parts.