Year-Round Home Maintenance Tips

Year-Round Home Maintenance Tips

While there are maintenance tasks that should be completed seasonally, like shutting off spigots before freezing temperatures hit, there are others that can be completed year-round. By taking the time to complete small maintenance tasks throughout the year, you’ll reduce the risk of larger issues popping up down the road.

1. Clean Your Gutters

Spending a weekend on a ladder may not seem like the most enjoyable activity, but your home will thank you in the future. Keeping your gutters free of debris and buildup helps water properly drain from your roof, reducing the likelihood of leaks or water damage.

2. Test Your Sump Pump

If you own a home with a sump pump, you should always ensure it’s still in working order. Aside from not draining properly due to a clog, your sump pump may have tangled cables or become disconnected from a power source. You can easily check your sump pump by dumping water into the basin to make sure everything is draining properly.

3. Check Your Dryer Vent

We’re all familiar with cleaning the lint trap on the front of our dryers, but how often do you clean the hose that vents outside? Not only will a plugged vent reduce the efficiency of your dryer, but it could also potentially cause a house fire. If you notice longer drying times or any strange smells it might be time to clean your dryer vent. To clean, remove the vent from the dryer and use a vacuum or wet/dry vac to remove excess lint buildup. There are also kits available at home improvement stores that include specialized cleaning tools.

4. Maintain Your Refrigerator

Keeping your appliances in top condition is a simple process. For your refrigerator, be sure you’re cleaning the refrigeration coils on the back of the unit. These can be easily cleaned throughout the year by using a vacuum or coil-cleaning brush. When your coils have buildup, it can cause your compressor to work harder, ultimately shortening the life of your appliance.

5. Replace Your Filters

You may have filters located throughout your home that should be replaced monthly or quarterly. If you have a forced air system, you’ll need to replace your air filters every 90 days. If your refrigerator has a water line, you’ll need to replace the water filter each quarter. Replacing filters will help systems run smoothly and help maintain your air and water quality.

Completing these simple maintenance tasks throughout the year can help extend the life of your home and appliances, as well as save you money by avoiding more costly repairs. For more money-saving tips, visit our WalletWorks blog.

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