Wednesday, September 27, 2023


A step-by-step guide to checking and cleaning your RV appliances

Regularly checking and cleaning the appliances in your RV is essential for their proper functioning, efficiency, and your overall comfort during your travels. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to check and clean some of your RV appliances:

  • Turn off the power: Before working on any appliances, make sure they are powered off and unplugged from electrical sources. Turn off gas appliances at the propane source.

Interior appliances:

  • Refrigerator: Clean the interior shelves and compartments with a mild soap solution. Check and clean the condenser coils on the back of the refrigerator for dust and debris. Vacuum or use a brush attachment to clean these coils. Here’s a video of mine about that.
  • Stove and oven: Remove burner grates and pans, clean them with soapy water, and dry them thoroughly. Wipe down the stovetop and interior of the oven. Check the burners for clogs and clean any debris.
  • Microwave: Wipe down the interior with a damp cloth to remove any food splatters. Clean the exterior of the microwave as well.

Exterior appliances:

  • Exterior grill or cooktop: If you have an external grill or cooktop, clean the grates and surfaces with a grill brush or scraper. Remove any grease or residue.
  • Exterior refrigerator vent: Inspect and clean the exterior refrigerator vent to ensure proper airflow and prevent blockages.
  • Water heater: If accessible, clean the exterior of the water heater and check for any signs of leaks. Refer to your manual for specific maintenance tasks related to the water heater. Here’s a video about that.
  • Roof air conditioner: Clean the exterior of the roof air conditioner and check for any signs of leaks. Refer to your manual for specific maintenance tasks related to them and look for signs of damage, corrosion, or debris. And here’s a video about that.
  • Check panels: If your appliances have removable panels, like the refrigerator or water heater, remove them (if safe to do so) and inspect the components inside. Look for signs of damage, corrosion, or debris.
  • Refer to manuals: For each appliance, refer to the owner’s manual for specific cleaning and maintenance instructions.

Regular maintenance schedule:

Develop a routine maintenance schedule to check and clean your RV’s appliances. Depending on how frequently you use your RV, perform checks and cleaning tasks at least a few times a year or before and after each trip.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your RV appliances will not only prolong their lifespan but also ensure a comfortable and hassle-free camping experience. If you encounter any issues or notice unusual behavior in your appliances, refer to your owner’s manuals or seek the assistance of a professional RV technician.

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Dustin Simpson
Dustin Simpson
I have worn many hats in the RV industry through the years. From an RV Technician, Warranty Administrator, Parts Administrator, Parts Manager, Service Manager and now Business Owner. I have even been deemed an RV Expert by the California court system, working on behalf of the customers, dealers, and manufacturers. My repair facility has been servicing customers at the same location since 2003. What sets us apart from the dealerships is we are here to fix and maintain what you have, and not sell you a new one. Whether you own a million-dollar unit or an entry level, my message to you will be the same, it needs to be maintained.


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Neal Davis
29 days ago

Thanks, Justin! I just bookmarked this article. It is the latest of many by you that I want to save for future use; thank you!

Jesse Crouse
30 days ago

Preventive maint. is essential in the Plumbing & Heating world. From a Plumber.

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