We invest in our appliances at home to make our lives convenient. Right now, there are more and more varieties of appliances coming out of the market. Some are even way beyond our expectations. Imagine how far televisions have become. Before we only use them for watching shows, right now you can even do more using it. As there are more things coming into our way, we enjoy the presence of our appliances a lot.
Looking at it, there is an arising problem too, over usage and overheating! You surely don’t want this to happen to your appliances right? Since we are more into convenience and enjoyability brought by appliances, we tend to forget that there are also some limits we need to consider. Overheating makes it on the top list on the most damaging causes among appliances worldwide.
Let us end this problem! Check out as we share tips on how to avoid overheating common home appliances.
Before we head into our tips, let us first identify common home appliances which are prone to overheating.
Surely, all of the digital appliances we have at home are at risk to overheating. To name a few here are the top placers:
- Air conditioner
- Washing machine/dryer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Wine Chillers
Warning signs to overheating
Since we already pointed out our appliances which are at risk to overheating, let us now check what are the warning signs to this problem.
- Hotter Surface Temperature – if you noticed that your appliance is having a higher temperature than what it usually has, this is a bad sign.
- Discolored Outlets – sometimes the appliance itself does not give you a hint. This is a reason why you should also check your outlets. If outlets where you usually plug your appliances in gets discolored, this is a bad sign of overheating.
- Frayed Cords – cord is the place where most electricity and heat travels in our appliances. So once you see that there are some changes happening into your appliances, this is something you need to look at.
- Badly Smelling Smoke – smoke belching out our appliances is one of the most obvious signs we see when it comes to overheating. When it comes to cooking appliances, when it smells strange -surely not delicious, your appliance needs a rest.
Tips to avoid or prevent home appliance overheating
1. Do Not Overload Sockets
Sometimes we think that the appliance serves the main problem when it comes to overheating. Actually, it is not. sometimes the problem starts with the power source or sockets. When we overload sockets, it makes it harder for the appliance to tap in power, making them work harder than they usually were made to do. So make sure, that if you are plugging a heavy duty appliance to a socket, don’t add in another heavy duty machine to share the electricity with. For example, in the kitchen, don’t pair up a microwave oven to an electric cooker hob when you plan to use both simultaneously. The microwave oven uses a huge amount of electricity, and when used together with the electric cooker hob, there goes the battle of power tapping. This battle leads to overheating to either one of your appliances, and the worst case even with your electric sockets. If this happens, you are not only damaging your appliances, it can also result in a fire.
2. Clean Appliances Properly
When it comes to appliance overheating problems, cleanliness and proper maintenance play an important role. When appliances are cleaned properly, they perform efficiently. This is very applicable to televisions, and refrigerators. When a refrigerator or television is properly cleaned it is far from overheating. The dust particles and other foreign specks of dirt in these appliances make it harder for their machines to work harder. This might result in overheating. So the next time you are cleaning your appliances, make sure you are also checking the insides. You can run a vacuum cleaner among them to make sure that specks of dust are being removed. Do not clean just the visible parts, because the most important ones are the things which are not visible to our glance. Cleaning the backsides of these appliances make the difference.
3. Never Remove The Third Prong on A Power Cord
Sometimes, seeing the third prong leaves us irritated. This boils down to us removing the third prong in a power cord. If you want to get away with appliance overheating, you should never do this. The third prong is there for a reason. It is commonly known as the “ground” which secures our appliances from sudden electrical surges which might cause fluctuating electrical supply. It also regulates the rate of electricity that our appliances should consume over a specific period of time. Third prongs are very present to appliances such as microwave ovens and dishwashers. Removing the prong will expose your appliances and even your home at risk from overheating which often results in damage to your properties or even fire. Next time you see the third prong, just leave it. They are your home appliance heroes.
4. Give Your Appliances Enough Time To Rest
Appliances are just like people. These machines are working, so all of their mechanisms work too. Sometimes, when we buy appliances which we think heavy duty, we tend to use them a lot. We forget that they still have the maximum usable capacity. This is very vital for us to know. Here are some standard usage hours for some common appliances that will take them away from overheating:
Television – 6 – 8 hours
Washing Machine – 3 -4 Cycles
Clothes Iron – 2 hours maximum
Oven Toaster / Microwave – 2 hours maximum
Electric Cooker Hob – 4 hours maximum
5. Install Them Properly On Well Ventilated Areas
Sometimes the most common cause of overheating among appliances is improper location and installation. We should consider that the proper air circulation and room temperature should also be considered. All big appliances such as refrigerator, ovens, televisions and even home sound systems should be placed in a room where the air circulates freely. The normal flow of air should be reaching the back panels of the machines. This practice will lessen the probability of appliance overheat by 25%. It is always essential that they have the space to breathe in and breathe out.
There are also some certain distances which is need to be followed to avoid overheating. Best examples would be wine chillers and refrigerators. These appliances requires the 3 inches rule. It means there should be atleast a 3 inch gap between the two.