How to catch appliance issues early through predictive maintenance

In most homes, people don't consider having their appliances repaired until they completely break down. It's only when the refrigerator can't keep your food cold anymore (or the oven can't bake fresh chicken) that you may consider calling an appliance repair technician.

This approach to maintaining your appliances can be very inconveniencing. Why? Because you have to remain with a broken appliance until its fixed, and you often can't predict when your important appliances will need to be repaired. This approach often results in unbudgeted repair costs, rotten food in your refrigerator or an uncooked meal in the oven.

To prevent such inconveniences, you can establish a method for catching appliance issues early. This means detecting if your critical appliances are experiencing any problems so that they can be fixed before they stop working altogether. Such an approach is called predictive maintenance.

What is predictive maintenance?

You may be familiar with this word from manufacturing and industrial processes. Predictive maintenance involves putting in place frequent system checks that can detect issues with your machines at an early stage.

In your home, a predictive maintenance plan would involve constantly monitoring your appliances for temperature, energy consumption, sound, and other relevant factors that determine performance. In this way, you will be able to tell if any of your items require attention long before they break down right in the middle of meal preparation. Here's how you can implement predictive maintenance for the appliances in your home.

1. Know how to detect common issues

The first step is to know how you can pick up on common appliance issues. For example, a noisy fridge, a clogged dishwasher, or an overheating oven may display common signs that you should pick up on whenever you're using these appliances. Always keep an eye out for such common operational issues.

2. Monitor energy consumption in your home

Faulty appliances often cause a spike in your energy consumption. If you notice that your utility bills are much higher than normal, check your machines for unusual noises, overheating or other issues.

3. Incorporate smart functionality

Modern appliances now have displays on the machine that monitor many different elements. For example, your refrigerator may have a small screen that shows you the exact temperature inside the unit. You can also fit your appliances with sensors that monitor the machines in real time. If any issue is experienced (such as high temperature or excessive vibration), you will receive a notification through beeping of the sensor (or directly on your smartphone).

With a predictive maintenance plan, you can monitor the performance of your appliances in real time. This technique allows you to detect problems early and to have them repaired before your appliance breaks down. For more information, contact your local home appliances company.