A useful appliance that makes your work easy is the electric kettle. Whether you need a cup of tea after a tiring day, a warm bowl of soup on a chilly evening, or just a glass of hot water, an electric kettle is your perfect companion. However, to make sure that the appliance works smoothly, it is necessary to take some precautions when using the electric kettle. Proper cleaning and maintenance will ensure that the appliance works smoothly without any glitches.
Tips for Maintenance of your Electric Kettle
We discuss some cleaning and maintenance tips for your electric kettle.
1. Clean the Kettle Regularly
The first maintenance tip to keep an electric kettle in good shape is to clean it on a regular basis. A mistake that many users make is washing the kettle with running water, which can damage the appliance. Remove the plug from the socket and clean the exterior of the kettle using a clean cloth. The interior of the kettle is, however, difficult to clean. For safety, unplug the appliance and let it cool down before you start the cleaning process. Fill half the kettle with warm water, add some vinegar and let it stay in the kettle for 20 minutes. Remove the water and use a scouring pad to scrub the appliance, especially if the kettle has limescale. Lastly clean wipe the kettle with a soft cloth to clean it up.
2. Boil the Amount of Water that you Need
Many of us have a habit of more water than required to use later. However, did you know that boiling more water than required can damage the appliance? The reason is the heating element will need to work extra hard and for a longer period of time to boil water. This affects the lifespan of the appliance. As a result, it is advisable to boil the right quantity of water so that the appliance functions smoothly.
3. Avoid Storing Water in the Kettle
This is another common mistake that many users make. Make sure you pour out all the water from the appliance when you don’t need to use the appliance. Storing water in the kettle leads to limescale build-up, which damages the appliance. Emptying the kettle will prevent limescale build-up and increase the durability of the appliance.
4. Don’t Turn On the Empty Kettle
A very important safety tip that you need to keep in mind is to avoid switching on an empty kettle. Running an empty kettle will damage the heating element and decrease its lifespan. However, some advanced electric kettles such as the ones from KENT, automatically cuts-off the power if there is no water. This not only saves the heating element but also helps in avoiding accidents.
Last Few Words
With winter knocking at the door, an electric kettle will be a handy appliance, especially if you need a hot cup of coffee or tea. Following proper safety and maintenance tips will ensure that the electric kettle works smoothly without any glitches. Explore our Cooking Appliances section to find out more about the range of electric kettles from KENT.