What Every Homeowner Needs to Know
High-end appliances elevate a home’s aesthetics and functionality. However, their advanced features often require specialized care. Let’s delve into the specifics of some of these luxury appliances and understand their unique maintenance needs.
Undercounter or freestanding ice makers can certainly offer ultimate convenience, make for effortless entertaining, enhance drinks and culinary creations, and add value to your home! However, it’s important to remember that they are not freezers, but rather sophisticated ice chests. The quality and even sanity of the ice as well as the appliance’s longevity can be impacted by neglecting regular maintenance. Challenges such as scale accumulation from hard water and the adverse effects of chlorine on rubber parts necessitate regular descaling procedures. And the fact that the ice is constantly melting, creating water in the bottom of the storage bin and drain line, means thorough cleaning is also necessary with that descaling.
Water quality plays a significant role in the longevity and functionality of steam ovens and coffee makers. Constant exposure to hard water leads to scale build-up. If left unchecked, this can impair the appliance’s performance and eventually cause breakdowns. Regular descaling is vital to ensure the continued efficiency of these appliances.
Water softeners are instrumental in many regions, like Austin, that have what is known as relatively “hard water”. This is a term meaning mineral-rich. The challenge is that this creates a build up of scale in our plumbing lines and appliances that water runs through. Great examples are tankless water heaters, undercounter ice makers, steam ovens, coffee or espresso makers, etc. Combined with this, municipalities add chlorine to counteract any potential harmful organisms and keep us safe. Unfortunately, chlorine not only attacks the bad organisms, it also attacks the good rubber components in our plumbing and appliances, like gaskets and toilet flappers. For these reasons, whole house water softeners and filtration systems are instrumental in prolonging the life and effectiveness of your household appliances, especially those high end more expensive ones. Just remember, these systems also need regular checks and maintenance to ensure that they can function efficiently.
Premium brands like Gaggenau and Miele have carved a niche for themselves in the luxury home market. Their reputation is built on unparalleled quality and innovative features. Although the maintenance and care for these appliances is standard and similar to others, Miele and Gaggenau in particular have their own dedicated company specific technicians for repairs. For these brands, if you need a repair, make sure you reach out to the company, directly, to schedule with their specialist. Their technicians have specific diagnostic tools, advanced training in their brand, and have access to their company parts.
At the heart of every luxury home are the appliances that define its sophistication and convenience. These high-end devices, while offering unparalleled performance, often demand a level of care and understanding that matches their novelty. At HomePoint, we believe that with the right knowledge and regular maintenance, you can ensure that your luxury appliances not only serve you efficiently for many years to come, but bring you the joy and pleasure you envisioned when selecting them.