Property maintenance takes a lot of hard work, and when dealing with a lot of things in mind, major appliances should be taken into consideration too. Quality appliances in your Galveston rental properties are fascinating to renters while displaying a significant projected cost. When appliances are not properly maintained, they may fail faster and require replacement more frequently.
There are fundamental measures that landlords and tenants can implement to guarantee the longevity of the appliances in your rental home. By following a few necessary safety measures, you can safeguard that each appliance lives up to its full potential. As odd as it may seem, but taking some time to read and understand the appliance’s manual is the one right way to make sure an appliance running is in the highest condition. A good landlord will provide a copy of all appliance manuals and encourage their tenants to read them.
For individual appliances, basic maintenance can go a long way to enhancing their longevity. For instance, refrigerators need their gaskets and coils cleaned on a regular basis. The gaskets are the plastic strip that forms the seal around the refrigerator door. To prevent gapping, clear down the gaskets a few times a year. Cleaning the coils is also easy; take off the cover and vacuum or use a soft bristle brush. If your refrigerator comes with filters, it is an excellent plan to set up a schedule to adjust these for your renters to ensure it is appropriately completed on a regular basis.
Dishwashers also need consideration now and then and it’s easy to clean the gasket with soap and water, helping this appliance stay watertight. Check the filter regularly and remove any debris. You should also make sure your dishwasher is level with the floor. An unbalanced dishwasher can produce vibrations that will hurt the machine as well as your dishes. On top of the mechanical features, running a hot water cycle with vinegar or a dishwasher cleaner every few months will also improve your dishwasher’s lifespan.
When it comes to washers and dryers, proper use goes a long way toward keeping them in good shape. Overloading the machines is the number one offender of poor performance and failures. Loads that are too huge for the machine put a stress on the motor, belts, and transmission, leading to rapid wear and tear. Encourage your tenants to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations about load size. In addition to that, dryer vents should be checked and prepared frequently to avoid buildup. When lint and debris get caught in the external vent, it can lead to motor or thermostat failure – not to mention producing a serious fire hazard. We recommend double checking the vents each time you replace the filters.
Even though these maintenance duties are easy, they do take time and energy. Inspiring renters to help is an essential first step but making sure that they are done can be a difficulty. Why not save yourself both time and costly repairs by turning to the experts at Real Property Management Prestige? We perform regular property evaluations and maintenance services that include large appliance care, saving you money by increasing the lifespan of all major appliances in the home. Please contact us or call us at 281-532-5455 today for more information.
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