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9 Tips To Take Care Of Your Electronic Devices At Home


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Most of our homes are full of electronic devices. From computers and smartphones to gaming consoles and smart appliances, devices like these are designed to make our lives easier and more connected.

However, electronic devices can often need a bit more maintenance than their analog counterparts to keep them running smoothly as long as possible. In this blog post, we’re sharing our favorite tips to keep your electronics working the way they should for years to come.

Not sure if your electronic device can be fixed at home? We can help! Click below to schedule your repair with us or stop by our storefront located in downtown Warsaw, IN.

General Tips

Some devices have specific needs when it comes to maintenance and repair, but these tips can be used for most electronics you have in your home.

Safely Clean Your Electronics

Whether it’s your washing machine, iPad, or smartphone, regularly cleaning your devices is essential to keep them working the way they should. Always check your device’s manual before cleaning it, but most electronics can be cleaned with a soft dry cloth to remove dust, dirt, and fingerprints.

Protect Against Power Surges

Invest in a surge protector or uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to help protect your devices from power spikes and outages. Surges of electricity can damage the sensitive components of your electronic devices.

Avoid Extreme Temperatures

Try to avoid exposing your devices to extremely hot or cold temperatures. For most of your household appliances, this is easy, as they tend not to be installed in direct sunlight or cold drafts. 

You can avoid exposing your phone, computer, or tablet to extreme temperatures by not leaving them in your car or un-insulated areas of your home such as an unfinished basement, attic, or garage.

Organize Cables

Organize and route cables running from your electronic devices neatly to prevent tangles and strain on the connectors. Using cable management solutions like clips, ties, or cable sleeves can help keep everything organized and safe.

Update Software Regularly

Stay on top of software updates for your devices’ operating systems and applications. These updates often include bug fixes, security patches, and performance improvements that can help maintain device health.

If you need help updating your device or aren’t sure how to do so safely, we can help!

Safely Charge Your Devices

When it comes to charging your phones, smartwatches, tablets, and laptops, only use manufacturer-approved cables. This can help your batteries last longer and ensures the charging cable won’t damage your device.

Avoid overcharging your devices by unplugging them once their batteries are full and try to avoid letting your devices’ batteries go completely dead before recharging them.

Allow For Proper Airflow

This is particularly important for larger electronic devices and appliances in your home, as well as computers and gaming consoles. Avoid covering ventilation spots on your electronics and don’t place them on soft surfaces like beds and couches because that can obstruct airflow, trapping heat and potentially damaging your devices.

Pay Attention To Performance

Make sure to regularly check your electronic devices for any signs of declining performance, such as:

  • Slow operation speed
  • Frequent software crashes
  • Unusual noises
  • Overheating

If you notice any of these, it might be time to get your devices repaired or serviced to maintain their performance.

Know When To Ask For Help

As home electronics become more complex, knowing when it’s time to get a professional’s help instead of attempting a DIY repair is essential. Attempting DIY without the proper training or tools can be dangerous and you risk damaging your devices beyond repair.

Repair Your Electronic Devices At The Lab

With a team of experienced technicians and a commitment to ensuring every customer leaves with a smile, The Lab in Warsaw, IN provides comprehensive repair solutions for a wide range of electronic devices.

Schedule a repair appointment online using the button below, or stop in and see us at our storefront in downtown Warsaw during regular business hours.

Our Hours

Monday: 10am – 5pm

Tuesday: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm

Thursday: 10am – 5pm

Friday: 10am – 7pm

Saturday: 10am-2pm

Sunday: Closed