13 Ways You’re Shortening the Life of Your Stove Top
Want to keep your stove top running for as long as possible? Avoid making these very common, very damaging mistakes.
You don’t adjust a misaligned burner cap
An unaligned burner cap can prevent ignition. “If the igniter on your gas stove clicks and clicks without the burner ever lighting, check to make sure your burner cap is in place and properly aligned. If you aren’t sure, listen to see if the igniter is louder than usual,” says Berry. Much like a clog, this can cause corrosion and shorten the life of the appliance.
You ignore the signs of a gas leak
Gas leaks don’t simply shorten the life of your stove top. If the appliance explodes, it will need to be replaced—and, of course, an explosion can also be deadly. The smell of gas is usually a good indication that there’s an issue. “While it’s normal to smell a small amount of gas when you turn on the range, if the smell appears before you turn the appliance on and lingers across your home, this might indicate a leak and a hazardous condition that needs immediate attention,” Berry explains. “Promptly open the windows and call your local gas supplier from outside of your home.” Your oven isn’t the only appliance that can explode. Here are 10 more things that can explode in your home without warning.
You try to fix the problem yourself
In most cases, appliance repair is best left up to professionals. “There are instances where an individual may try to repair their appliance, and they’ve got it all taken apart, but unfortunately then realize they can’t figure out what’s wrong with it,” says Berry. “And furthermore, they realize they can’t figure out how to put it back together.” This can also cause additional damage and end up making repairs more expensive. If you want to tackle a home project, stick to these 40 home repairs anyone can do.
You wait too long to call a professional
The bottom line is, the longer you wait to address an issue, the bigger—and costlier—your problem will be. “The greater the risk that the damage or issue will increase [when you wait too long], or cause subsequent issues that may require repair, can increase overall repair costs to the appliance owner,” says Berry. Next, find out if you’re making any of these 7 mistakes that shorten the life of your refrigerator.