The majority of homes today contain many expensive appliances and it makes sense to take steps to protect them against breakages and emergencies. You never know when something is going to break down and unexpected costs can put a strain on your budget.
Prevention is better than cure, or repair. If you install a water softener or filter on your main water line you can avoid problems caused by hard water. Hard water can build a calcium residue inside your water pipes and make your appliances work less effectively.
Get an experienced company to do a full appliance evaluation each year to avoid future problems. It will be cheaper social audit inspection in the long run. Also keep your appliances protected by extending your warranty on time, and purchasing the extended service coverage.
Many brands of appliances now have a page on their websites where you can register your appliances using its installation date and you can receive information about maintenance and take advantage of unique special offers.
Do you know that unplanned or unforeseen electrical interruptions can cause serious damage to your electrical equipment and appliances? When events like this occur, electrical companies are not responsible for the damage and the homeowner has to foot the bill.
Electrical surges, blackouts and spikes can all damage your equipment, especially computers and laptops, stereos, TVs, DVD and video equipment, and washing machines, dryers and dishwashers. During blackouts, it is recommended that you switch off all electrical appliances at the wall outlet to prevent further damage until your normal supply is restored. Leave some lighting switched on so you know when this happens.
Consider installing a surge protector (sometimes called a surge suppressor or surge filter.) These will protect electrical appliances from power surges as they regulate the voltage supplied to an appliance by blocking or grounding any voltages above a safe level.
In addition, for businesses or if you have a large amount of expensive computer equipment, the fitting of a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) or a similar device could be prudent. It will protect computers, fax machines and telecommunications equipment from damage by over or under voltage.
Checking your homeowner’s insurance could be a quicker solution. Does your homeowner’s insurance cover the event of a power surge and protect you against damage to appliances and loss of freezer contents? If not, try shopping around for one that does. Who knows? You might be able to find a better deal or one that will help with the repair or replacement costs of appliances.
Hiring a licensed electrical contractor to install and maintain a whole house surge protection system will save money in the long run. Installations, appliances, fuse boards and wiring should comply with BS 7671 ‘Requirements for Electrical Installation Contracting.’
And do not forget to evaluate your gas appliances. The manual for your gas meter is the best source of maintenance information, and other operating instructions.
Always make sure the areas around gas appliances and vent pipes are kept clear of combustible material like laundry, paper, paints, solvents and gas cylinders, commonly kept in the garage. Do not store lawnmowers, motorcycles and other petrol-powered equipment of vehicles indoors or near gas appliances. Inspect your piping for leaks, damage or corrosions periodically, and always get a professional to make any repairs.
These simple steps will help your appliances continue to work and endure the wear and tear of everyday life.