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Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Monthly Maintenance 

  • Clean faucet aerators and shower heads with vinegar to get rid of mineral deposits. 
  • Clean the drain pan on your frost-free refrigerator. 
  • Inspect your dishwasher for leaks. 
  • Clean your kitchen exhaust fan filter and fan blades.
  • During the fall and winter months, check your heating system air filter and replace it if needed. 
  • Maintain drains by pouring boiling water down them. 
  • Pour water down any unused drains.
  • Vacuum heat registers, vents and refrigerator coils. 
  • Clean dirt and dust from around the air conditioner compressor.
  • Change your air conditioner filter
  • Check your clothes dryer vent and hose for lint buildup. Clean if necessary to prevent a fire.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detector

 

Fall Maintenance 

  • Inspect windows, clean them if needed and seal holes.
  • Contact a licensed coolant contractor to inspect and service your air conditioner.
  • Contact a licensed heating contractor to inspect and service your gas heater or furnace to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. 
  • If you use a hot-water system for heating, drain the expansion tank, check the water pressure, and bleed your radiators. 
  • Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

 

Annual Maintenance 

  • Touch up exterior paint.
  • Drain water heater and check pressure valve.
  • Re-caulk showers, tubs and sinks to prevent water damage to walls.
  • Maintain a contract with a pest control company to prevent or eliminate insect infestations such as termites or carpenter ants.
  • Inspect hot water heat system radiators and convectors.
  • Contact a roofing professional to check for leaks, loose shingles, or broken tiles.
  • Give your carpeting a professional cleaning.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers once a year to ensure they’re in proper working order.
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