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Save Money By Keeping Your Appliances Longer

Perhaps you’ve heard this adage: “Use it up, wear it out. Make it do, or do without.” One of the best ways to save money is to take good care of your appliances so that they last longer. The truth is that when one of your appliances fails spectacularly, there really isn’t much you can do to “make it do” — and many of us can’t “do without” the appliances we’ve come to depend on (although you might be surprised what you can live without when you have to). Your next best option is to make sure that your appliances last as long as possible.

The longer your appliances last, the more cost efficient your household is. If your appliances can last a while, and you can avoid costly repairs, you will save in the long run, since you won’t have to replace them.

General Rules for Helping Your Appliances Last Longer

No matter the appliance, you can help it last longer by following common sense rules related to the care of your appliances. First of all, take the time to read the owner’s manual for instructions on proper care. If you properly care for, and maintain, your appliances, they will be more likely to last longer. Additionally, do your best to keep your appliances clean. Clean appliances run more efficiently, using less power, and will last much longer than dirty appliances.

Tips for Specific Appliances

Here are some appliance-specific tips for helping your appliances last longer:

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