Take care to maintain your home appliances and systems - HMS National, Inc.

Take care to maintain your home appliances and systems

November 25, 2014

As a homeowner, you should take care of your appliances and systems to keep them running efficiently. However, it's even more important for HMS® Home Warranty holders to properly care for their home appliances.

If you ever need to file a request for service, our repair technician will check to make sure that the faulty product has been properly maintained. If you've been neglecting basic service for your appliance, there's a chance that your claim could be denied. Don't take that chance! Here are a few maintenance tips to help keep your appliances and systems running their best so you can make the most of your home warranty.

Washer and dryer
It's crucial that your clothes washer and dryer are properly installed and level on the ground. Most models have adjustable legs that you can raise or lower to achieve balance. If your washer or dryer is off-kilter, that can affect its performance and cause the appliance to break. You should also be sure to clean out your dryer's lint filter after every load. This step isn't just important for maintenance - it's essential to your family's safety!

Water heater
Sediment and minerals can build up in your water heater and damage the appliance. To prevent this from happening, flush out the water heater periodically. It's a good idea to schedule this maintenance every six months, but refer to the appliance manual for specific recommendations.

Fridge and freezer
Make a point to check your refrigerator's temperature every day. Most models operate efficiently at between 36 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit, and the freezer should be around zero degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is fluctuating, there could be a problem with the appliance. You should also clean any dust and dirt of the motor, coils and vents on a regular basis.

For more maintenance tips or to find out about an HMS Home Warranty, visit the HMS National website today!

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage