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General Tips for Home Appliance Maintenance

Electrical appliances are different in their care, and it is difficult to give particular instructions for each and every item or model. So if you couldn’t find your manual, might as well ask for a new one. Don’t forget to give the manufacturer or your dealer the right model number, which you will likely find stamped on the appliance.

To provide general care and maintain safety, remember the following:

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Fuses are safety instruments that prevent the flow of electric power when a particular circuit is having trouble. The tiny metal wall box that houses them is generally placed in the basement. Whenever an electric circuit overloads, the soft metal strip in the fuse melts, thus keeping electricity from being transported.
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Blown fuses may be due to worn cords, circuit overloading and malfunctioning, among many other causes. It is easy to replace a blown fuse with a new one, but amperage (stamped on the screw end) should be the same. If you cannot detect the problem or the new fuse blows, call in a professional as soon as you can.

Electric Light Bulbs

Consideration of circuit loads, plugs and cords is undeniably vital. While many people know electric light bulbs, most are not really knowledgeable enough about them. First and foremost, wattage must be just right for their purpose. You can get this information from any electric power company.

Light Fixtures

You may be picky about using the correct lights or bulbs and still be short of adequate lighting. Shades, bulbs and reflecting bowls that are too dusty or soiled will make you lose so much light. The lamp must be turned off and the shades, bulbs, and other parts dusted when you clean your furniture.

If the bowls and shades have a dust-attracting film, take them off and give them a bath. Such items are like other glassware in that they are washable, but bulbs and fluorescent tubes are not. Instead, simply wait for them to cool down, clean them with soapy fabric, and wipe to dry.

Very importantly, your hands should be completely dry before you attach them back. If bulbs and tubes are still shady after cleaning, that means they are about to go, and that is the reason they are giving poor light. It may be time to screw in new ones.


Proper disposal of old bulbs and tubes is very important. In fires, they can cause small minor explosions. Never throw them out recklessly or you – especially children – can end up with serious cuts. In addition, the materials used in some types of fluorescent tubes can also be harmful when released as the glass breaks.

To summarize, keep in mind that overloaded circuits, worn cords and defective equipment can cause blown fuses. When using electric light bulbs, make sure the wattage is right for their intended task, and light fixtures must be kept clean to maximize light output.