The 4 Home Appliances You Should Clean Annually

Posted on June 4 2018

Failure to Do So Can Cause Fires, Respiratory Problems, and Severe Illnesses

Your Dryer

Cleaning your dryer and air vents once a year is an absolute must! In addition to it improving the dryer performance and time it will take to dry your clothes, a clogged air vent is the number one reason for dryer fires.


Clothing dryers must vent hot air to the outside of the house, so if lint builds up in the exhaust vent or inside the dryer, it can block the flow of air causing the dryer to perform poorly or worse; raising the operating temperature of the dryer and causing it to overheat. To clean the air vent of your dryer, vacuum in, around and under the dryer as much as you can and vacuum as far into each end of the duct from inside and outside the house. If you have a long air duct, use a leaf blower to force air through the air duct. If you don’t have a leaf blower, use a long brush or snake to ensure you’re getting far enough into the vent.

Your HVAC and Air Filters

Just like you need to clean the lint out of the dryer, you’ll need to remove any dust that’s accumulated on your heating ducts and air conditioning vents over the past year. High levels of dirt and debris circulating through your system can make allergies worse and cause other respiratory problems. Simply vacuum or dust your air conditioning vents and hire a professional duct cleaner to clean the interior of the HVAC ducts every 3 to 5 years. This will help to keep the air in your home clean all year long. If you have a Carico Air Purifiers, watch the following video to learn how to properly clean it to ensure the air purifier is working properly.

Your Water FIlters

Although most water filters should be cleaned or replaced every 2 to 6 months, sometimes it’s an easy thing to forget about. By choosing not to replace the filter when necessary, herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals, and other contaminants can get into your water supply. Follow the instructions provided by your specific water filter, as all filters are different. The Carico Point of Use Water Purification Systems should be cleaned at least every 6 months and replaced once per year. Follow the steps in this video to properly clean your purifier.

Your Grill

It’s important to keep your grill clean so that you’re not cooking with carcinogenic residue. Even when you take the time to scrape the grill off after you cook, this carcinogenic residue can form and transfer over to your food whenever you use your grill. To prevent this from happening, it’s important to regularly clean the grill once a month to keep this residue from forming and to prevent the chemical reactions that can cause your grill to corrode. For gas grills, watch the video below for step by step instructions to clean your grill.

If you have a Ceramic grill like the Ceramic Primo Grill and Smoker, make sure you follow the steps in the video below instead. Ceramic is porous so using water inside of the grill to clean it can cause damage.

Cleaning is not usually someone’s favorite hobby, but with these four appliances, it’s absolutely necessary! Is there an appliance that you clean annually that’s not listed? Comment below and tell us what it is!

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