How to extend the life of your most used household appliances – mold growth is key

NO ONE gets upset when they have to shell out thousands of dollars after their washing machine fell off the last stand.

Luckily, the experts at beko have revealed how you can extend the life of your washing machine and other frequently used large appliances.

Beko's home appliance experts have shared their top tips for keeping your appliances running smoothly


Beko’s home appliance experts have shared their top tips for keeping your appliances running smoothlyPhoto credit: Getty
For the fridge, it's all about helping it avoid harder work


For the fridge, it’s all about helping it avoid harder workCredit: Alamy


Accordingly statistics90 percent of US households own at least one refrigerator and, on average, they last about 12 years, as determined by the US Department of Energy.

These are clearly popular devices that will likely be used fairly frequently, and Beko has some key advice for extending their longevity beyond those 12 years.


Beko’s experts said the most common mistake people make when using their fridge is putting hot food in it.

“Putting hot food in the refrigerator raises the internal temperature of the refrigerator, making the appliance work harder to bring the temperature back down,” they found.

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Therefore, they recommend putting the food in as soon as it is at room temperature.


Fridges are typically placed against the wall, but Beko’s experts warn against placing them too close to the wall as it can restrict airflow around them.

This can negatively affect the refrigerator’s ability to dissipate heat, which in turn can cause it to work harder than necessary.


Another reason to leave some space between the fridge and the wall is that you have to go back there to clean the cooling coils.

What are fridge coils?

Located on the back of the refrigerator, they act as coolants for the refrigerant, the chemical commonly found in air conditioners and refrigerators.

When these coils become covered with dust particles and dirt, their efficiency decreases.

According to the people of apartment guideDust can be removed from coils with a brush or dust brush, or they can be vacuumed if you have a special attachment.

And if you also feel like cleaning the inside of the fridge, a professional will tell you exactly that How to make refrigerators spotless in an efficient way.



Dishwashers are very easy-to-use appliances, but what you put in them can affect their efficiency.

It is always important to check if something is dishwasher safe, not only for the safety of the item but also for the effectiveness of the dishwasher.

For example, wooden utensils often don’t have warnings printed on them, but experts do not recommended to wash them in the dishwasher because they can warp the wood.

In addition, Beko’s experts said that wood can chip in the washing machine and the dirt can damage it.


Opening the dishwasher immediately after the end of the program and leaving it open with a crack after emptying it are important steps to ensure complete drying.

“Otherwise, odor and mildew can form in the rubber seal liner.

“It jeopardizes how well the machine can clean your dishes!” warned the Beko experts.

It is also important to clean the filters about twice a year to avoid unpleasant odours.



First and foremost, the experts at Beko warn against overfilling the washing machine.

“A cluttered washing machine has to work harder to complete each wash cycle, which not only cleans your clothes to a lower standard, but also puts unnecessary stress on the machine’s system,” he noted.

Also, you should make sure that all pockets are emptied before turning on the washing machine, as items left behind can damage both the washing machine and the clothes being washed.


Just as hot water can lead to mold growth in a closed dishwasher, the same can happen if damp laundry is not removed from the washing machine immediately.

If you forget to do this, not only will mold develop and thus shorten the life of the washing machine, but it will also give off a pungent odor and prevent it from cleaning the laundry properly.

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For those looking for other cleaning tips and tricks for their home appliances, an expert previously shared How to clean the detergent container in a washing machine to prevent mold growth.

Plus, another explained why you should Never clean your dishwasher with vinegar.

Hot, steaming water left standing can lead to mold growth in the dishwasher and washing machine


Hot, steaming water left standing can lead to mold growth in the dishwasher and washing machineCredit: Alamy

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