One way to extend the life of your home appliances is to regularly inspect them for broken seals, food particle buildup and hard water scale. But did you know that not regularly using your appliances can also decrease their lifespan? It sounds odd, but appliances are designed to be used on a regular basis. If you have something that isn't used (especially one with a sealed system like a dishwasher or washing machine), it can deactivate and dry out over time. Appliance repair technicians recommend you use all appliances at least once a week. An inactive appliance that hasn't been used for months can actually fall apart when you do get around to using it.