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How to Maintain Your Appliances

Some people are surprised to learn that their sinks, bathtubs, and toilet bowls are considered water-using appliances, the same as their dishwasher and washing machine. When most people think of appliances, they only think of devices that need to be plugged in. All appliances, however, need regular maintenance.

Washing Machine

Savannah is one of the few cities in the United States whose water is not considered hard at 57 parts per million. This means you won’t have to worry about limescale damaging your washing machine or other appliances. Still, it needs maintenance. Some tips to care for your washing machine include:

  • Cleaning with a washing machine cleanser
  • Checking water hoses
  • Using the right amount of detergent
  • Washing out the lint filter
  • Keeping the door open after a wash cycle


Monthly maintenance of your dishwasher should include cleaning the filter, the spray arm, the door, and its seal. You should also run it at least once a week. This keeps the seals on the motor in good working order.

Coffee Maker

You’ll help your coffeemaker work largely by cleaning it out after you use it. First, get rid of the grounds. Then wash the carafe, lid, filter, and other moveable parts in warm soapy water. Use a damp towel to wipe the machine as the parts dry.

Clean the coffee maker monthly with white vinegar. Add as much as four cups to the reservoir, and let it sit for about half an hour Then, run it through a brewing cycle. Follow up with a couple of cycles of fresh water until you can’t smell the vinegar.

Ice Maker

Some refrigerators have ice makers, while other ice makers are stand alone. If it’s in your fridge, follow the directions that came with your fridge.

With an ice machine, unplug it, and remove the water supply. Empty the bin, then wash and dry it. Next, take off the drain cap, and let it drain. Put the drain cap back on. Put the ice bin back, plug the machine in, and run a cleaning cycle. Toss out the ice, refill with fresh water, and run another cycle. Throw that ice away after it’s made. Then, reconnect the machine’s water supply and use as usual. Do this every three to six months.

Other water-dependent appliances to take care of that need energy in include your traditional hot water heaters, tankless water heaters, electric kettles, humidifiers, hot tubs, jacuzzis, and some kinds of water filters.

Call TNT For Plumbing Service

With its beautiful old buildings, mild climate, and proximity to the sea, Savannah is a great place to live. Regular maintenance of your water-dependent appliances can make life in this beautiful city even better. Our plumbers are ready if you need service or advice.

Contact us at TNT today.

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