Posted on: 11 October 2016Share
Many home appliances, such as coffee machines, can last for a very long time if they are maintained correctly. However, some homeowners may not get this extended service life from those machines because they may not know how to maintain the machines optimally. This article discusses some tips that can help you to prolong the service life of your coffee machine.
Use Specialty Cleaners
Many manufacturers of coffee machines recommend that the buyers of those machines use special coffee machine cleaners. Those cleaners may come in the form of tablets or powders. Those specialty cleaners are ideal for cleaning your coffee machine because the cleaners are designed to tackle the specific cleaning challenges that owners of that particular kind of coffee machines faces. For instance, the tablets may have an ingredient that can remove embedded dirt easily from the hard-to-reach sections of the coffee machine. Thus, your coffee machine will last longer if it is free from all the dirt that can cause it to overheat as it operates.
Treat Your Water
You should install a water softener in case you live in an area with hard water. Hard water can shorten the service life of many coffee machines because it leads to scale buildup within the machine. That scale can accumulate so much that your coffee will no longer be as tasty as it used to be when you had just bought that machine. That loss of taste can compel you to discard your coffee maker sooner than would have been necessary. Take the hint and safeguard your coffee machine from mineral deposits by softening the water that you use to brew your coffee. Replace the water purification system that comes with your machine at the recommended interval if the coffee machine has such a system.
Mind the Reservoir
Never let water sit in the water reservoir of your coffee machine for long. Such water may encourage microbes to multiply within your machine. This is because the water will provide damp conditions that favour the growth of microorganisms. Those microbes can ruin the taste of your coffee in addition to posing a health hazard to you since the water may not boil long enough to kill them all.
Always use the manufacturer's guidelines as a handbook on how to maintain your coffee machine. The tips above can then act as supplemental measures to ensure that you get the longest service life from your coffee machine. You can also consult coffee-machine maintenance professionals for help in dealing with any coffee machine problems that you may not be able to resolve on your own.