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If you have a proper coffee machine at home, you’re one of the lucky ones. You don’t have to spend your mornings brewing coffee when you’re half awake and you never have to worry about getting your next fix of caffeine. All you have to do is press one button and you’ve got the perfect cup of coffee every time. It doesn’t even matter what kind of coffee machine we’re talking about. Let us now learn how to properly maintain your coffee machine to get the best cup of coffee out of it.
However, owning a coffee machine comes with a certain level of responsibility. If you want your coffee machine to serve you for a long time, you’ll need to take care of it properly. Maintenance of any household appliance is necessary to ensure its durability and continued high-quality service. Here’s how you can maintain your coffee machine properly and ensure it always stays as awesome as when you first got it.
1. Only use the machine the way it was intended
Most people get a certain coffee machine then end up experimenting with different ways they can use it. They don’t follow the instructions or the manual at all, then wonder why the machine stopped working so quickly. Some users are simply used to a certain way they worked the previous machine they owned that they can’t seem to adapt to the new one. Others have never even used a coffee machine before so they’re convinced their way is the right way when they’re only damaging the machine in reality.
To avoid these issues, it’s important to study the manual. This might be the most boring part of having a coffee machine, but it’s essential to keeping it healthy and running for a long time. Studying the manual will tell you exactly what your coffee machine is capable of and help you avoid mishandlings that may result in expensive repair issues or even getting a completely new machine. The manual also walks you through how to maintain your coffee machine.
It’s also a good idea to find manuals online for coffee machines you’re thinking of buying. As well as looking at reviews, this will give you a clear idea of what the machine can do and help you see if it’s the right fit for your needs.
2. Turn it off when you’re not using it
Most people don’t turn off their appliances when they’re done using them. Even though they don’t think it’s a big deal, long-term unnecessary running of the machine can significantly increase the wear and tear it experiences. In other words, it shortens the life of your machine, regardless of what type we’re talking about.
It’s not enough to just press the off button if you know you won’t be using the machine for a while. For example, if you only drink coffee in the mornings to jumpstart your productivity, unplug the machine from the electrical socket when you’re done making your coffee for the day. This will help preserve the inner mechanisms of the machine as it won’t require low-level running when you won’t be using it at all. If you aim to keep this machine for years to come, this is a very good practice that will save your coffee maker from a lot of wear and tear. This is especially true for households with a lot of coffee drinkers, as the strain on the machine is stronger.
3. Pay attention to your coffee maker
Don’t leave anything up to chance. People usually just make their coffee and go about their day without looking at the state of the coffee maker. Even if they notice something doesn’t sound or feel right, they ignore it thinking it’s nothing.
It’s then that you should react to what you feel or hear, though. Reacting right away will potentially save your coffee machine completely and only result in fixing minor problems. If you ignore the problem, it has the potential to become much more severe and damage your coffee machine greatly. Especially pay attention to how children behave around the kitchen and make sure to educate all members of the family on proper care of the machine.
4. Get the branded spare parts
If a part of your coffee machine is broken or just not performing as well as it used to, you don’t need to replace the whole machine. Simply replace the part that’s no longer functional. Most people opt for the cheaper option here and get generic parts that fit all machines. However, this is not a good choice because it doesn’t guarantee that the part will last for as long as you want it to.
You might just end up having to replace the same part again, giving you an additional unnecessary income. As well as that, the quality of the coffee won’t be the same as the spare part won’t be the one the brand made specifically for the coffee. Let’s not forget that the spare part might not even work.
So what’s the better option? Well, if you have an Electrolux coffee machine, for example, splurge for the high-quality Electrolux spare parts. The same goes for any other brand you opted for. Big coffee machine brands always make spare parts for their products because they’re aware wear and tear can damage the machine, regardless of how high-quality it is.
As well as that, they’re aware what parts of the machine are weaker, so you can always get the spare parts in advance or if they’re on sale just in case you need them someday. You might end up spending a little more money, but it will definitely be worth it as you’ll never have to replace the same part again.
5. Clean your coffee machine
Cleaning is an essential step to maintain your coffee machine. Most issues you can have with your coffee machine are there because of dirt and debris build-up. This is especially true for coffee machines which brew whole grains. To avoid the issue, you should clean your coffee machine after every use. If your coffee maker doesn’t brew whole grains but instead uses another method that isn’t as dirty and demanding, you can clean the maker less often. Once or twice a week is ideal.
Remember to read the part of the user manual related to cleaning again. It will tell you exactly how you should clean your coffee maker and how often you should do it. If your manual doesn’t have this section, the advice we provided above should be enough. As far as the method of cleaning is concerned, it’s usually enough to take a cloth or sponge and soak it in warm water. Gently run over the dirty areas and you’re done. While you’re at it, you can give your whole coffee maker a gentle once-over with the cloth and make it shine.
As you can see, maintaining your coffee machine doesn’t have to be impossible. Many believe that only experts can take care of their appliances and that it’s enough to bring them in only when there’s an obvious problem. What people don’t realize is that regular maintenance can and will prolong your coffee machine’s life, as well as give you the same level of high-quality drinks for longer. We’re confident these tips will help you to properly maintain your coffee machine and get the most out of your machine and that you’ll enjoy a perfect cup of coffee daily.