Everyone knows that air filters need to be changed regularly in order to keep the air conditioner working properly. However, there may be other problems around your home that are caused by dirty filters as well. Whenever an issue arises with a tool or appliance, the first thing you should check is the filter. Routine maintenance and upkeep will ensure that everything in your home works smoothly year-round.
If you have an icemaker or water dispenser in your refrigerator, a filter is necessary to remove small particles or contaminants and impurities that may cause a bad taste or odors. Check the owner’s manual on your refrigerator for details on how often the filter should be changed – typically twice a year. If the water-supply line in your refrigerator uses a filter as well, be sure to replace it when needed.
Dishwashers include either an automatic filter to grind food particles or a manual filter that you would need to clean yourself. Quiet dishwashers often have manual filters as the grinders tend to be noisy. Depending on how often your dishwasher is used, the filters should be cleaned every three to six months. However, check your owner’s manual for specifics as some manufacturers recommend cleaning them every two to three weeks.
- Over-the-range Microwave
If your microwave is situated over the stovetop range, it will include a filter that needs attention to ensure that it keeps working properly. If there is too much grease buildup in the filter, the fan can’t exhaust properly and will leave a sticky film on nearby appliances and walls. Wash the filter in warm, soapy water at least twice a year, but more often if you cook at home most nights during the week.
A dryer filter full of lint will prolong drying times and lead to buildup in the ducts. This can also pose a fire hazard, so be sure that it is checked frequently. Clean the lint filter between every load of laundry and inspect the duct at least once every few months.
If the filter isn’t changed in the vacuum, it could lose suction or spew dust back into the air. Be sure to change filters regularly, especially in bagless vacuums. Each model is different so check the owner’s manual for manufacturer recommendations.