Appliance Maintenance How-To: Top Tips from a Technician

White and green kitchen with Kenmore appliances

Our video series help make your appliances work better for you with advice from a Sears expert.

It’s always a good time to make sure your appliances are humming along at peak efficiency. But how do you do that — and what exactly is a refrigerator coil or a dishwasher filter?

Expert tech Tom Charland from Burlington, Vermont has been a Sears technician for more than 20 years. He’s here to show you how to maintain some of the most expensive workhorses in your home: your appliances. Believe us, this guy has seen it all. He knows the ins and outs, and all the tips and tricks that will help keep your appliances running smoothly.

Fridge and Freezer Maintenance Tips

  • Clean the condenser coil.
  • Inspect the gaskets.
  • Try the ice cream test.
  • Replace your water filter.

Dishwasher Maintenance Tips

Run the hot water before doing a load of dishes. Use liquid detergent. Use a rinse aid. Clean the filter weekly.

Oven Maintenance Tips

  • Check the door seal.
  • Clean the stovetop regularly.
  • Inspect the burners.
  • Self-clean.

Washer Maintenance Tips

  • Inspect the hoses.
  • Use liquid detergent.
  • Use less detergent.
  • Clean the machine.
  • Don’t load sheets with towels or clothes.
  • Choose dryer sheets or fabric softener — don’t use both.

Dryer Maintenance Tips

  • Look at the ventilation system.
  • Check for airflow issues.
  • Inspect the external wall vent.

Bookmark these maintenance videos to help your major appliances work harder and live longer.

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