Summer Maintenance To-Do List

With temperatures starting to rise, it’s becoming more evident that summer is inbound. While this means that your family can start up on planning their activities, it’s just as important to get your home summer ready.

Today, we discuss some of the maintenance tasks that you should get done for a care-free summer!

Clean out your fridge coils

The condenser coils on a refrigerator remove heat from inside the unit; and if they get dusty and dirty, it can cost up to $100 more a year to run your fridge! The coil is located either on the bottom behind the kickplate, or on the back of the refrigerator.

To clean your fridge coil, turn off the power to the fridge, then vacuum the coils using a homemade wand from a cardboard gift wrap tube or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment.

Clean out your bathroom vent fans

Bathroom ceiling vent fans can collect quite a bit of dust, which can makes them noisy and inefficient. In order to clean your bathroom vent fan, remove the cover, vacuum out any dust, and spray any moving parts with silicone lubricant to get your fan quietly humming once again.

Clean out bathroom drains

Summer can really bring out the sweat in people–this also means that time spent in the shower is eventually going to go up. When this the case, you’d want to make sure that your drains are working properly.

To clean your tub or sink drains, remove the drain assembly and insert a drain stick in the drain pipe to pull out any hair or other clogs. Follow this by pouring a little bleach down the drain, allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then flush it with water to kill any mold or mildew lurking in the pipe.

Clean your ceiling fan blades

Normally, you’d want your ceiling fan to spread a cooler temperature, not dust! The accumulation of lint in the vent pipe and hose on clothes dryers causes 15,000 fires annually.

Start by removing the dryer hose and/or outside vent pipe cover, then clean the inside of the hose and pipe thoroughly with a special brush or vacuum cleaner. Also, make sure to clean the lint filter on your dryer every time you dry a load of clothes.

Check if your air conditioner filter needs replacing

In order for your air conditioner to work its magic during the summer months, it is important to replace the filter. This allows the system to run more efficiently and keeps the air in your home clean.

You can change the filter by removing the cover of the air return, sliding out the old filter, and replacing it with a new one. If you suffer from allergies, this is a great time to upgrade to a high-performance allergen air filter for your home.

Find if any mold or mildew has started to grow

Summer heat and humidity make it very easy for mold and mildew to grow in several places in your home.

If you find some outdoors, you need to sort that out immediately.

Clean out your grill

Is there any summer that’s complete without a good old barbecue? So you will want to make sure that your grill is cleaned out well.

Scrub the grates with liquid grill cleaner, and clean the burners and burner covers with a wire brush. Use a toothpick to clean the holes on the burners to ensure even cooking.