Keep Your Home Safer by Caring for These 6 Appliances

We rely on appliances every day to keep our food fresh, to cook, to clean our clothes… the list goes on. It can be easy to take them for granted.

Appliances that are not maintained are a potential hazard to your health and your home. Taking the time to do some regular checks and upkeep can not only protect your home, but also keep your appliances working for you, longer.

Here are some helpful safety tips to keep your appliances in working order:


Your refrigerator is one of those modern conveniences that, if it isn’t working properly, it can ruin your whole day.

Most refrigerators can last for more than a decade with proper care and maintenance, so follow these tips to keep your food cool every day:

  • Check hoses for kinks
  • Check water connection for leaks
  • Make sure it is plugged into a GFCI. Older-style outlets don’t protect from power surges.
  • Clear dust and lint underneath and behind. This is a fire hazard and can impact function.
  • Check for exposed cords from rolling over. This is also a fire hazard.

Washer & Dryer

Keeping your clothes clean and fresh is an important part of daily life, and you rely on your washer and dryer to make this task as painless as possible.

If kept in good condition, your washer can last up to 10 years, and your dryer can be expected to make it about 13 years. Keep these things in mind when dealing with your washer and dryer:

  • Check washer hose connections for leaks, kinks, and brittle sections.
  • Hoses need to be replaced every couple of years, especially if you live in an area with hard water.
  • Clean lint catcher after every load of laundry. This keeps your dryer running well and also decreases the risk of fires.
  • Check dryer vent every couple months. Watch for clogs and proper connection.
  • Loose hoses, seals, and connections can lead to gas and carbon monoxide leaks. Check connections often.
  • If your dryer uses gas, pay attention to gas smells.
  • Clean your dryer exhaust hoses twice a year. This improves dryer function and decreases fire hazards.

Water Heater

Having warm water is one of those luxuries of modern life that you can live without, but do you really want to? A well-cared-for water heater can last about a decade.

Keep your water heater in top condition with these tips:

  • Release the pressure valve at least once per year.
  • Insulate for efficiency, especially if you live in a cold climate.
  • Check pipes for leaks.
  • Drain the sediment once a year to improve efficiency and avoid malfunctions.


Having clean dishes is one of the best parts of the day, and you get them thanks to your trusty dishwasher. Most dishwashers can last about a decade.

Do these things to help it stay in good shape:

  • Check water connections for leaks.
  • Check drain connection for clogs.
  • Clean any debris away from heat coil.


Cooking healthy, tasty meals means having the proper appliances at your disposal. With correct care and maintenance, your stove can last around 15 years, the highest of most home appliances.

Do these things to keep your stove working great for years:

  • Clean regularly to prevent leftover food or oil from catching fire.
  • Be aware of any gas leaks.

Home Check-ups & Maintenance Inspections in Maryland

If you want to find out what may need attention in your home, schedule a maintenance inspection with Inspections by Bob! We go through each room of your home, as well as the exterior, looking for indications of issues that may need your attention. You receive a comprehensive report outlining any suggested maintenance that will keep your home as safe and efficient as possible. Schedule yours today!