10 Tips to Make Your Appliances Last

Be Your Own Handyman

Our houses are filled with appliances, most of which we take for granted… until they break. That’s a problem, and not just because replacing or fixing appliances can get expensive. Regular maintenance of your appliances can also increase their efficiency, allowing you to realize immediate savings on utility costs. And in some cases, a bit of simple maintenance can prevent a catastrophic flood or fire from a damaged device. Best of all, you can do most of this maintenance yourself, without having to shell out big bucks to bring in a handyman. To find out how, we spoke with Steve Ash, a veteran handyman who has spent a decade in the commercial appliance division of PartSelect.com, which provides tools and parts for do-it-yourself projects. Ash provided us with some tips for keeping your appliances in good working order. Photo Credit: Getty Images