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Safety in the home

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We all have many household appliances in our homes, and due to the heavy workload, we must expect breakdowns at some point or other. Appliances such as cookers and washing machines are expensive items, therefore it isn’t wise to attempt to repair them yourself. There are expert online services that can deal with these problems safely, with a minimum of inconvenience.

Safety is essential with gas and electrical appliances

Most of us like to think we can tackle a wonky table leg or a sticky door, yet when you are dealing with gas or electric, it doesn’t pay to attempt a self repair. An incorrectly fitted gas connection can cause an explosion, and the results could be devastating, so if you need a professional appliance repair, call in the experts and have the peace of mind that the job is done properly. Reputable service companies will offer a 12-month warranty on parts and labour, and with many service centres nationwide, you can be assured of swift service.

Regular appliance servicing

If you have your major household appliances serviced at regular intervals, this can minimise any breakdowns that might occur. Service centres will offer maintenance packages, with regular visits to ensure that everything is working correctly. A good service outfit will also be able to dispatch certain small parts, to enable you to complete the task yourself, should it be a minor repair, and not require the attention of a trained engineer.

Microwaves and ovens

These need to be properly cleaned at regular intervals. Many ovens have a self-cleaning process where the oven heats up to the required temperature, and when the cycle has finished, you can just clean the inside with a damp cloth. In the event you do not have a self-cleaning oven, there are many oven-cleaning products available. Make sure you follow the instructions when using these chemicals. To clean the inside of your microwave, unplug the appliance first, then place a cup of boiling water inside, and leave it for 5 minutes. Then simply remove the cup and wipe away the soft residue with a damp cloth.

Tumble dryer maintenance

Tumble dryers have to work constantly, as the great British climate is not conducive to drying garments outside. If your dryer is a vented type, then the pipe that runs to the exterior should be checked for blockages, as this is a major cause of slow drying, which increases your electricity bills. If the outflow pipe and filter is clear, then check the inflow filter, as this can also become clogged. One important point is to make sure there is sufficient space around the dryer unit, so that air can circulate freely. If a dryer has inadequate airflow, this could be the start of a major malfunction, which will cost you far more.

Registered service engineers

The appliances we use in our homes are expensive and if properly maintained, will last many years. Another important point to remember is that DIY repairs will more than likely make your warranty void, so make sure you use a service centre that is an official agent for your particular make of appliance. With some extra care and consideration, we can safely use our appliances with peace of mind.

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