Spring Ahead

calendar_popDay light savings, Spring ahead and then the First Day of Spring….. these calendar markers are a great time to remember general household maintenance.

Here is PoP’s to-do list this Spring –

Replace furnace filters – This is a perfect time to change the furnace filter.

Is the AC unit ready for use? – It won’t be long and temps will be up, time to turn on the AC unit.  Window units have filters, make sure to change or clean.  Outdoor AC units need to have debris cleaned away and both need to have the drainage hole checked making sure it’s clear so the air conditioner will work properly.

Clean appliances

  • The Dishwasher may seem clean, it does run soapy hot water after all but it gets dirty too.  Run a cleaner through the dishwasher and check the filter.  Dishwashers are equipped with either an automatic filter that grinds food particles so they wash away with the waste water or a manual filter that you need to clean yourself. The grinders can be noisy so quiet dishwashers often have manual filters.  Check the owner’s manual for the manufacturer recommendations on how often to clean the dishwasher filters.  It can vary anywhere from 3-6 months depending on use.  Clogged or dirty filters may not damage a dishwasher but will certainly affect the performance.
  • A Washing machine needs to be cleaned as well along with, you guessed it, the dryer.  Make sure to check for lint build up in the dryer.  This not only extends the dry time using more energy and costing more, it also can lead to malfunctioning and fire.
  • This is a good time to check and clean the Stove/Oven.  Don’t forget to look up.  Whether it’s a range hood or microwave, pull out the filters and either clean or replace if needed.
  • While in the kitchen this is a good time to clean, and check over the refrigerator.  If the refrigerator has a water dispenser and/or ice maker now is a good time to check for and replace any filters.

Smoke Detectors – It’s recommended to change those batteries twice a year.  The Spring and Fall markers are good guide  lines to follow.  It’s also important to follow the manufactures replacement recommendations.  They are “on” 24/7.

Avoid that wet basement with regular sump pump maintenance.  Here are a few things to check into –

  • Clean inlet screen
  • Check power cord and backup power
  • Refer to the owner’s manual see if the pump bearings require grease or oil
  • Dump a bucket of water into the sump to raise the float and make sure the pump turns on.

And finally, my favorite, get that gas grill ready.

  • Wash the grill
  • Clean the cooking grates
  • Clean the burner and tubes
  • Stock fuel levels

Let the grilling season begin!

Spring ahead with these tips for a trouble-free Summer.  Enjoy!

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