How often should you replace your coffee maker? That question may seem obvious to the majority of coffee drinkers, but some people do not even consider that possibility. As a matter of fact, I have personally never been the type of person to regularly buy a new coffee brewer. In general, I like to use coffee that is slightly older, which also means that I am not using coffee grounds that are much more powerful than they were when I first started. So, how often should you replace your coffee maker?
This will depend on the specific type of coffee maker and how often you drink coffee. For instance, if you prefer one particular type of coffee, such as an espresso, then you are probably best off purchasing a single-cup coffee maker. They are fairly inexpensive and you can even get models that use loose powder so that you do not have to use any kind of filter. You simply add water, put in ground coffee and put the lid on for an hour or so and you have an espresso.
If you prefer a cappuccino, on the other hand, you may want a longer time between refills. If you brew one cup at a time, you can make several in a short period of time. You can find inexpensive models that use the same technique to grind your coffee that you would use to make it. Simply put a bean, put it in a filter holder, and put in the water. Put the lid on and let it brew for the amount of time it says it should. If you need more time, just put it on a warming shelf and let it warm up a bit.
Some brands of coffeemakers also come with a strainer that allows you to grind the beans before brewing. If you prefer a stronger brew, this may be your solution. There is also a difference between a burr grinder and a blade grinder. A burr grinder has a blade and a mesh basket that allowing the ground coffee to run through while a blade grinder has a single spinning blade. The price difference will vary accordingly.
Many people are surprised when told that the lifespan of an appliance can be significantly shortened if certain parts are not maintained properly. Look for signs of wear such as frayed wiring and worn cables. Replace the burnt out light bulb. These things can all do more harm than good if they are not taken care of.
You can save money by doing some of the maintenance yourself. For example, look for moisture that is dripping from the areas where the faucets are situated. This is water that is escaping into the space under the sink or near the exterior wall. It is moisture that can seep in through tiny cracks and possibly cause some damage to the appliance.
Do not underestimate the effectiveness of air filters. They work to clean the air around your appliances and electronics. If you have a leak, this filter alone will help to fix it. However, most filters do not cost much. It may take one or two filters depending on how many electronics you are using at any one time.
Finally, do not assume that every problem is avoidable. Go ahead and get the technician out to look at it. At times it is simple and inexpensive to repair it yourself. At other times it will require a brand new appliance. Knowing what the appliance cost before you purchase it can save you money in the long run.