Background and Identification
Home appliances (also called domestic appliances, household appliances, or electric appliances) are electrical or mechanical machines designed to perform a household function. Such household appliances can accomplish cooking, cleaning, or food preservation, among other functions. Appliances are categorized into small appliances, major appliances, and consumer electronics.
Major appliances such as dishwashers, clothes dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, and stoves are considered “white goods.” Originally, white goods were painted or enameled white, and many still are.
Consumer electronics such as televisions, home entertainment systems, and DVD players are considered “brown goods.” Brown goods were named from the color of the wooden cases that were originally used to pack them for shipping.
The “white” versus ”brown” categorization also implies the respective maintenance and repair of that type of product. Brown goods generally require some technical skills and knowledge such as soldering. White goods typically require more practical skills and tools.
Although many household appliances have existed for hundreds of years, self-contained gas- or electric-powered appliances are considered American inventions introduced during the twentieth century. Historians credit the disappearance of full-time domestic servants in homes to the development of many household appliances. Additionally, increasing discretionary income for American families led to a rise in various appliances.
Microwave Oven and Fridge Maintenance
Enamel paint is commonly used on household appliances to extend the life of the device by preventing the build-up of rust.
Rusting is particularly common with microwave ovens and refrigerators. In microwave ovens, a build-up of rust can cause electrical arcs—like when you try to microwave metal— and even fires. In fridges, rust can lead to food contamination. In both cases, rust is unsightly and hazardous.
Users can prevent the spread and build-up of rust simply by applying a rust-eating compound. Once the rust is gone, a few coats of enamel paint will prevent rust in the future. Enamel paint is long-lasting and will prevent electrical arcing in microwave ovens. Enamel paint will help extend the life of your appliance.