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Extend the Life of Appliances in Your Rental Property

Two mechanics checking refrigerator with screwdriver. For both homeowners and landlords, extending the life of appliances in rental properties is essential. It is not just about maintaining appliances; it is also about protecting your investments. Well-maintained appliances save expenses and increase tenant satisfaction.

Practical methods to guarantee a win-win scenario for homeowners, renters, and landlords are covered in this article. Regular maintenance, tenant education, and the consideration of upgrades are some of these methods.

Regular Maintenance Practices

Scheduled Inspections and Cleaning: Routine inspections are essential for ensuring the longevity of appliances. Plan regular inspections to identify problems early. Provide your tenants with detailed cleaning instructions for every appliance, including dishwasher filters and refrigerator coils. Simple instructions go a long way in preventing problems

Ventilation and Routine Servicing:

  1. Before using appliances such as refrigerators and dryers, ensure adequate airflow.
  2. Advocate for tenants to provide adequate ventilation space.
  3. Annual professional maintenance for high-use appliances is advisable.

Filter Replacements and Seasonal Preparations: Share information about the value of range hood and HVAC system filter replacements. These little things have a big impact on the health of the appliance. Recommend defrosting freezers or taking extra safety measures prior to severe weather. It prolongs the life of appliances by preventing weather-related damage.

Appliance Upkeep Tips for Longevity


Gasket Care: To ensure an effective seal, cleanse the rubber gasket surrounding the door on a regular basis using a mild detergent. This contributes to the efficiency of the refrigerator by preventing temperature leaks.

Coil Cleaning: Periodically every six months, brush or vacuum the coils behind or beneath the refrigerator. By taking this easy step, you can guarantee peak performance and help avoid problems.


Gasket Maintenance: Check the door’s gasket frequently for wear and damage, and give it a gentle cleaning with soap. Leaks are avoided by a properly maintained gasket.

Filter Cleaning: Follow the cleaning instructions provided by the manufacturer for dishwasher filters. This maintains appropriate drainage for effective operation and avoids clogs.

Balancing Check: To avoid leaks and preserve efficient operation, make sure the dishwasher is level.

Washer and Dryer

Vent Inspection: Maintain drying efficiency and prevent fire hazards by routinely inspecting the dryer vent for obstructions. To optimize airflow, remove any accumulated lint.

Lint Trap Cleaning: Prevent overheating and preserve the dryer’s operational integrity by conducting post-use lint trap cleaning.

Educating Tenants

Teaching tenants how to take care of their appliances is essential. Offer comprehensive yet simplified manuals that outline the maintenance procedures and correct usage of each appliance. Stress the importance of timely issue reporting to promote a proactive approach. Stress that timely reporting keeps the property’s value intact and guarantees timely repairs.

Upgrades and Modernization

The efficiency and appeal of a rental unit can be greatly increased in property management by taking appliance upgrades and modernization into account. Adopting more recent, sophisticated energy-efficient models lowers utility bills and satisfies the rising demand for environmentally friendly living.

Smart appliances, for example, enable remote monitoring and control, improving convenience and possibly lowering maintenance issues by offering early malfunction alerts. Frequently, invested property owners and tenants can benefit from extended warranties that are included with more recent models.

Additionally, contemporary appliances augment the marketability of the property. Rental properties that feature contemporary appliances are appealing to potential tenants due to the perception that such properties are maintained in a timely manner and are progressive. Because modern appliances are more comfortable and efficient than older models, this may result in higher tenant retention. The property’s value and desirability are increased in the competitive rental market, and these upgrades ultimately contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Both landlords and tenants benefit from maintaining the appliances in their rental homes. Tenant education regarding appropriate usage and routine maintenance are crucial.

Eco-friendliness and cost savings are achieved through the installation of energy-efficient models.

Adopting proactive steps protects investments and guarantees a peaceful living environment. Enforcing these measures as a top priority extends the lifespan of appliances and promotes the growth of the rental industry.

For additional information on maximizing and optimizing the returns on your real estate investments in Lehi and the surrounding area, contact us right now. Real Property Management Utah County can offer competent advice on management and real estate investment matters. Call us at 801-224-0033 today for more information.


Originally Published on January 11, 2019

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