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Extend the Life of Appliances in Your Rental Property

Two mechanics checking refrigerator with screwdriver. For both homeowners and landlords, extending the life of appliances in rental properties is essential. It is not sufficient to simply maintain appliances; investments must also be protected. Appliances that are kept in good condition decrease expenses and increase tenant satisfaction.

A win-win scenario for homeowners, renters, and landlords is covered in this article along with some useful tactics. These tactics consist of doing routine maintenance, educating tenants, and thinking about improvements.

Regular Maintenance Practices

Scheduled Inspections and Cleaning: Appliance longevity is largely dependent on routine inspections. To detect problems early, schedule routine inspections. Let your tenants know exactly how to clean every appliance, including the dishwasher and refrigerator coils. Take simple steps to reduce the likelihood of malfunctions.

Ventilation and Routine Servicing:

  1. Make sure that appliances such as dryers and refrigerators have adequate ventilation.
  2. Advocate for tenants to provide adequate ventilation space.
  3. Aim to have high-use appliances serviced professionally on an annual basis.

Filter Replacements and Seasonal Preparations: Raise awareness regarding the importance of range hood and HVAC system filter replacements. The health of the appliance is substantially improved by these minor actions. Recommend defrosting freezers or taking extra safety measures prior to severe weather. It prolongs the life of appliances by preventing damage caused by weather.

Appliance Upkeep Tips for Longevity


Gasket Care: For optimal seal maintenance, periodically wipe down the rubber gasket surrounding the door using a mild detergent. This contributes to the efficiency of the refrigerator by preventing temperature leaks.

Coil Cleaning: Every six months, clean or vacuum the coils underneath or behind the refrigerator. By taking this easy step, you can guarantee peak performance and help avoid problems.


Gasket Maintenance: Check the door’s gasket frequently for wear and damage, and give it a gentle cleaning with soap. Leaks are avoided by a gasket that is kept up.

Filter Cleaning: When cleaning dishwasher filters, adhere to the guidelines provided by the manufacturer. This ensures effective drainage and prevents clogs, thereby promoting overall efficiency.

Balancing Check: To avoid leaks and keep the dishwasher operating smoothly, make sure it is level.

Washer and Dryer

Vent Inspection: To avoid fire risks and preserve effective drying, routinely inspect the dryer vent for obstructions. To maximize airflow, remove any lint accumulation.

Lint Trap Cleaning: To avoid overheating and preserve optimal dryer performance, clean the lint trap after every use.

Educating Tenants

It is essential to teach tenants how to maintain their appliances. Make sure all appliances have clear, comprehensive manuals that explain how to maintain and use them correctly. Simply describing the importance of promptly reporting issues will foster a proactive mindset. Stress that prompt reporting contributes to the preservation of the property’s value and guarantees timely repairs.

Upgrades and Modernization

Within the realm of property management, the modernization and enhancement of appliances can substantially increase the desirability and functionality of a rental unit. Using more recent, sophisticated energy-efficient models lowers utility bills and satisfies the public’s increasing desire for sustainable living.

In order to improve convenience and possibly lower maintenance costs, smart appliances, for example, enable remote monitoring and control in addition to early malfunction alerts. Extended warranties are a common feature of newer models, providing landlords and owners of investment properties with additional peace of mind.

The marketability of the property is further increased by contemporary appliances. Rental properties that feature contemporary appliances are appealing to potential tenants due to the perception that such properties are maintained in a timely manner and are progressive. Given that tenants appreciate the comfort and effectiveness of modern appliances, this may result in higher tenant retention rates. In conclusion, these enhancements improve the property’s desirability and value in the fiercely competitive rental market while benefiting the environment.

Both landlords and tenants benefit from maintaining the appliances in their rental homes. It is crucial to provide regular maintenance and teach tenants about appropriate use.

A cost-effective and sustainable upgrade is to switch to energy-efficient models.

Adopting proactive steps protects investments and guarantees a peaceful living environment. Setting these measures as a top priority increases the lifespan of appliances and promotes a dynamic rental market.

For additional information on West Allis and the surrounding area real estate investment optimization and return maximization, contact us right now. Real Property Management Greater Milwaukee can offer competent advice on management and real estate investment matters. Call us at 262-309-6961.


Originally Published on January 11, 2019

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