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Tips for Washers and Dryers

Clean the lint filter on your dryer after every load. Buildup can cause the dryer to heat up faster and short-cycle, resulting in a longer drying time and damage to the dryer itself.

Clean your washer every 6-12 months. Laundry detergent and fabric softener can build up in any washer, causing residual soap to remain on your clothing.

Use less fabric softener and detergent in front-load washers. Since these machines use 50% less water than conventional top-load washing machines, you should use only 1/2 the recommended amount of detergent and fabric softener.

Leave the door of your front-load washer ajar when not in use. Doing this will prevent lingering odors and keep the rubber "boot" seal free from any debris.

Use the proper detergent in front-load washers. A "high-efficiency" detergent will prevent excessive suds. If an improper detergent is used, a "suds lock" may occur in the drain pump, which will cause your machine to shut down.

Tips for Dishwashers

Use vinegar to prevent white residue on dishes. A buildup of excess detergent in the dishwasher can leave a white residue on your glasses and dishes.

Use short cycles when possible. Using the shortest cycle possible will save you both time and money on utility bills.

Tips for Refrigerators

Change the water filter regularly. A clean filter will reduce pressure on the inlet valve and increase its life.

Clean the coils regularly. Clean coils increase airflow and keep the unit cool, which will make it last longer.

Keep all settings on medium. This will save you from paying exorbitant energy bills.

Tips for A/C Units

Change the filter once every month. A clean filter will increase airflow, resulting in lower energy costs.

Program higher temperature settings when not home. Keeping your A/C around 80 degrees when you're not home will save you lots of money on monthly bills.

Tips for Water Heaters

Turn down the temperature by a few degrees to maintain energy efficiency.

Turn off the unit entirely when not home for long periods of time.