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The costs of repairing and replacing appliances in your rental property can be significant if preventative maintenance practices are not employed. Protecting appliances are an integral part of good property management. A landlord runs the risk of losing significant profits by having to call an appliance technician regularly for repair. Landlords run the risk of not retaining residents due to the frustrations experienced by their residents not having their appliances in working order. The question is how to get residents to participate in a preventative maintenance plan, especially when they know that if an appliance breaks they don’t have to pay for the repair?

The most logical method for a landlord to convey the importance of their residents’ participation in such a program is to take the approach of defining the program as an energy conservation plan. It is important to demonstrate that following the program will mean a significant reduction in their power bills. Residents need to be educated under the notion that if they follow an energy saving plan, they can save hundreds of dollars a year in energy. Landlords will increase their profits by reducing repair bills and extending the life of their appliances. The following are energy saving tips that should be put into a checklist and given to the resident at the time of the signing of the lease. It is also recommended the lists be posted near or around appliances with a constant reminder of the hundreds of dollars saved by following the checklist..


  • The lint filter should be cleaned after every load. This will keep the dryer from working too hard by keeping the air circulating.
  • Loads of laundry should be dried consecutively in order for the dryer to retain the heat from the first load.
  • The vent should be checked for clogs periodically to keep from having the dryer work too hard and to prevent accidental fires. Utilize a flexible dryer vent brush to reach around corners and dislodge lint trapped in the vent.
  • Dryer cabinet disassembly and cleaning should be done each year to prevent lint buildup and potential fire hazard.


Residents should be encouraged to use the dishwasher because inactivity can cause the seals to dry up and crack.

  • Food must be removed before loading dishes. Food filters need to be cleaned regularly to prevent clogs. Clogs can greatly reduce efficiency.
  • Only run a full dishwasher.


Clean door gaskets clean and interior regularly.

  • Clean the refrigerator coils under the front, pull out from the wall and remove the back panel to clean fan and coils from the rear. Clogged coils cause the compressor to run hot, consume excessive electricity to run the refrigerator and can cause premature failure.

  • Do not overfill the refrigerator to the point of blocking the air vents.


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