Quarterly Maintenance

 

Quarterly Maintenance Tips

 

Inspect/replace HVAC filters.

It is advisable to change the air conditioning filters every 3 months to maintain the air quality inside your home and maximize the efficiency of your system. So it’s a good idea to buy and keep several filters so you always have one on hand when you need it. For families with pets or allergies in one of its members, it will be convenient to make the change more frequently.

Clean kitchen sink disposal.

There are a bunch of ways to do this, but the handiest and a best all-around solution seems to be vinegar ice cubes. Put some vinegar in an ice tray and let it freeze, then run the ice cubes through the disposal. It freshens it, but as a bonus, ice sharpens the blades.

Clean range hood filters.

You can just use a degreaser mixed with hot water. Let the filter sit for a few minutes, rinse it off, and you’re good to go.

Inspect your fire extinguisher(s).

This inspection doesn’t require much: ensure it has easy access (not being blocked by a garbage can or anything else), that the gauge shows adequate pressure, and that it has no visible signs of wear and tear.

Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors.

Another simple task; your detectors should have a “test” button. If the alarm sounds, you’re good to go. If not, replace batteries immediately and test again. If it still doesn’t sound, it’s possible there’s simply corrosion on the battery terminal, and it won’t detect new batteries. Clean it and try again. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll likely need a new detector.

Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces.

This mostly applies to guest bathrooms, or any other sinks/water sources you don’t use on a regular basis. The idea is to prevent grime or any other kind of buildup. Regularly running a little bit of water through will prevent this.

Test garage door auto-reverse feature.

In 1993, federal la•w required all garage doors to have this feature after multiple child deaths. Test every month by placing a 2×4 on the ground where the door would close. It should reverse after a second or so when the door hits the wood. Also test the photo-electric sensors if you have them by placing something in front of them (not your body). If the door doesn’t immediately go back up, you have a problem.