ConsumerReports.org has a list of excellent tips on how to extend the life of your appliance. Even if you have a brand new appliance, this is an excellent list to review. You might pick up some tips on how to correctly use or maintain your appliance which will make it function better, last longer and possibly save you money by running in a more energy efficient manner.
Some of the appliance-saving tips mentioned in the article include advice for ranges, dishwashers, ovens, refrigerators, washing machines, and clothes dryers. Among the tips mentioned were: make sure that screens on washing machines (there is a screen located where the hoses attach to the water supply) and clothes dryers (lint screen) are cleaned regularly. Make sure that oven and refrigerator door gaskets fit properly, so they seal correctly. Read the entire article: “Help appliances live longer,” from ConsumerReports.org.
Despite your best efforts, your appliance will eventually break down. Sometimes a repair is easy to do and you can order the appliance replacement parts you need online. They will arrive quickly (most often in 1-2 days) and you can be on your way to fixing your own appliance. Check out my past blog entries, I have lots of appliance repair tips and help on a variety of topics.
The good folks at APWAgner.com will help you find the correct part you need for your name brand appliance. They deal directly with the appliance manufacturers and sell only new appliance parts. APWagner.com carries appliance replacement parts for General Electric, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Maytag, Westinghouse and hard-to-find brands like Sunbeam, Montgomery Ward, Magic Chef, JC Penney Repair Parts and more. To see a full list of all the brands AP Wagner carries by visiting the Major Brand Appliance Repair and Replacement Parts page on their website.