CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS
You may have cleaned out your gutters last fall, but they have probably filled back up since then. Give them a good cleaning to ensure no problems come April showers.
CHECK OUT YOUR ROOF
Since you have the ladder out and are cleaning the gutters, you might as well check the roof while you are up there. Examine your roof shingles to see if any are damaged or missing. Shingles that are loose, cracked or buckled need to be replaced.
HAVE YOUR A/C SERVICED
Have a qualified HVAC contractor clean and service your air conditioning unit. It will help to keep it running efficiently and catch minor problems before they become big and expensive problems.
Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are properly functioning. Changing out the batteries is an easy task that could save your life. It is better to be safe than sorry.
CLEAN OUT YOUR DRYER VENT
A clogged dryer vent can become a fire hazard. To best clean it, disconnect the vent from the back of your dryer and use a brush to clean it out. Remove the vent cover on the outside of your home and use the brush to clean the vent from there.
Spring is a good time to replace all of the filters in your home. A dirty filter is a filter that forces your systems to work harder, thus shortening their lifespan. In addition to changing the filters in your HVAC system, you should change the filters on your stove hood, any water filters you have and that filter in your refrigerator.
Consumer Reports reports that there are as many as a dozen filters in your home that should be changed out in the spring. Other filters that need to be changed include room air conditioners, dehumidifiers and vacuum cleaners.
Check the exterior of your home for cracks or peeling in the paint. A good paint job will make your house look great. If the whole house doesn’t need to be painted, touch-up painting is easy, inexpensive and can be handled on your own in a short period of time.
DON’T FORGET THE REFRIGERATOR COILS
You will find the coils either on the bottom or on the back of your refrigerator. If they are coated with dirt, dust or other debris, it makes it harder for your refrigerator to work efficiently. This leads to a higher electric bill and a shortened life span for your refrigerator. A vacuum cleaner can be used to clean your refrigerator coils quite nicely.
PREP THE LAWNMOWER
Spring is the perfect time to ensure your lawnmower is in peak running condition. Sharpening the blade and changing the oil helps ensure a trouble-free summer of mowing and it lengthens the life of your lawnmower.
Your AC compressor works best when it has good airflow. Check around the compressor to ensure there is not any overgrowth impeding air flow. If growth has blocked airflow, trim the plant growth to ensure breathing room.
DRAIN THE WATER HEATER
Sediment builds up in your water heater and needs to be drained to reduce electric bill and prolong its life.
CHECK THE PIPES
Even with regular upkeep, drains will leak, clog and pipes break. Taking a good look at your pipes in the spring will help prevent inconvenient and expensive problems that are sure to pop up. Call American Drain Company to have your pipes inspected.