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Repairs & Maintenance

Monthly Interior Jobs

 

 

Fridge panThese are some monthly jobs that should be done to keep appliances and mechanicals working properly. Doing so will likely extend the life and performance of each item.

  • inspect and clean faucet aerators and shower heads
  • clean frost-free refrigerator drain pan
  • inspect dishwasher for leaks
  • clean kitchen exhaust fan filters
  • grind ice cubes in disposer
  • check and replace (if needed) heating system air filter
  • drain 1-2 gallons of water from water heater
  • maintain drains with baking soda or hot water, not with chemical drain openers
  • pour water down unused drains
  • inspect visible foundation areas, pipes, vents and ducts

 

 

Annual Interior Chores

Vacuum ventAt least once a year, these items need to be checked. It's important to properly check the fireplace and combustion appliances by fall, because the house is "sealed up" in the winter and not much fresh air enters in.

  • clean and seal tile grout
  • inspect plumbing shutoff valves
  • inspect toilets for stability
  • "exercise" circuit breakers
  • vacuum smoke alarms
  • vacuum heating registers, vents, ducts, radiators
  • inspect fireplace flues for "glassy" creosote buildup and have flues cleaned regularly
  • inspect fireplace firebrick and mortar for cracks and deterioration, patch small cracks, but large ones require professional repair

 

Heating/Cooling & Hot Water Systems

FurnaceMost heating system maintenance should be done twice a year, once before the heating season and once before the cooling season.

  • general furnace inspection: look for rust, scaling on heat exchanger, proper flame color, note odd sounds or smells and check condition of venting
  • test for proper drafting at furnace and/or water heater diverter, examine flue for leaks, rust, damage
  • examine pressure-temperature relief valve for leaking, and test, if desired
  • arrange for appropriate regular servicing and cleaning of combustion appliances
  • drain hot water system expansion tank
  • check hot water system water level (pressure)
  • bleed hot water system radiators
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