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Is Your Refrigerator Running? How to Extend of the Life of the Appliances in Your Lehi Rental Property

Lehi Rental Property Equipped with Electric Washer and DryerAs for property maintenance, major appliances should be an essential part of your property management plan. Quality appliances in your Lehi rental properties are attractive to renters while representing a sizeable up and coming expense. When appliances are not properly maintained, they may fail faster and require replacement more frequently.

There are simple steps that landlords and tenants can take to lengthen out the life of the appliances in your rental home. By carrying out a few easy preventive steps, you can safeguard that each appliance lives up to its full potential. Amazingly, reading the appliance’s manual is the primary step to keeping an appliance in operation. A good landlord will provide a copy of all appliance manuals and encourage their tenants to read them.

For individual appliances, basic maintenance can be of great value toward boosting their longevity. As for instance, refrigerators need their gaskets and coils cleaned on a regular basis. The gaskets are the plastic strip that forms the seal around the refrigerator door. To prevent gapping, thoroughly clean the gaskets several times during the year. Cleaning the coils is also very easy; just remove the cover and vacuum or use a soft bristle brush. If your refrigerator comes with filters, it makes good to properly prepare a schedule to change these for your renters to make sure it is worked on accurately on a recurring basis.

Dishwashers also ask for attentiveness every now and then and it’s trouble-free to clean the gasket with soap and water, helping this appliance stay watertight. Check the filter regularly and remove any debris. You should also make sure your dishwasher is level with the floor. An unbalanced dishwasher can cause vibrations that will impair the machine on top of destroying your dishes. Along with mechanical aspects, running a hot water cycle with vinegar or a dishwasher cleaner every few months will also improve your dishwasher’s lifespan.

With regards to washers and dryers, proper use is of great value toward keeping them useful for a longer time. Overloading the machines is the primary culprit of terrible performance and breakdowns. Loads that are too heavy for the machine put a force on the motor, belts, and transmission, inducing wear and tear faster. Try to persuade your tenants to comply with the manufacturer’s operational guides about load size. Also, dryer vents should be examined and cleaned regularly to avoid buildup. Lint and debris can get captured in the external vent, which can lead to motor or thermostat breakdown- not to mention creating a serious fire hazard. We recommend double checking the vents each time you replace the filters.

Despite these maintenance tasks being easy, they do take a bit of time and effort to fulfill. Asking renters to help is an important first step in the process, however, making sure that they are actually being completed can be a challenge. Why not save yourself both time and incalculable repairs by working with the experts at Real Property Management Utah County? We do routine property evaluations and maintenance services that take in large appliance care, saving you money by boosting the lifespan of all major appliances in the home. Please contact us or call us at 801-224-0033 today for more information.

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