The time period between the holiday season and the start of spring tends to be slower and it can drag on. These months are actually a great time to evaluate your home?s current condition and prepare for any upcoming repairs. The spring months are all about spring cleaning and home maintenance and creating a list of intended projects now can help you to complete those tasks. These are some of the most important projects to consider.
Depending on where you live, you are probably getting a lot of use out of your heater. With extremely cold temperatures around the country, it might even get more use than it has in years. You have probably forgotten about your air conditioning unit, but as soon as spring arrives, you will wish you had not. Use the next couple of months to research, evaluate, and inspect your HVAC system. If you are planning on replacing either your air conditioning or your heating system this year, you will want to spend a good amount of time researching.
Washer and dryer maintenance
Washers and dryers are two of the most used appliances in the house. Imagine if you had to run to the local laundry mat every time you wanted to wash a single item. This process could become time consuming and even expensive. Avoid this possibility by completing regular maintenance on both your washer and dryer. You should also schedule an inspection at least once per year to ensure that it doesn?t require any unseen repairs.
While your electric or gas dryer should last at least 13 years before you ever have to think about replacing it, you are more likely to get a longer timeline out of it when you complete routine maintenance. Additionally, you will find that dryer repairs are not as extensive or expensive when you keep up with regular maintenance.
Over cleaning and maintenance
Your gas range oven should last 15 years before you have to think about replacing it. This, however, does not mean that you don?t have to keep up with regular maintenance. Some maintenance tasks, like oven cleanings, can be completed by you, the homeowner. Other tasks, however, should be completed by a professional that is familiar with different types of ovens. Oven repairs can be expensive and if you don?t want to replace your oven before the 15 year timeline, you will want to keep up with inspections, cleanings, and professional oven maintenance.
Other household appliances
There are some household appliances that are not necessarily required but do provide a lot of advantages to the running of your house. One of these such appliances is the dishwasher. Not every household owns a dishwasher, but if you get used to one, it can be difficult to keep up with dishes if it breaks. Approximately 20% of dishwashers break within three to four years. This is often due to the fact that people do not inspect them regularly and do not call out a professional when it is needed. Dishwasher repairs should be made as soon as possible. Additionally, the dishwasher should not be used when dishwasher repairs are needed. If you keep up with regular cleanings and maintenance, you should not need as many dishwasher repairs.
Take advantage of the upcoming slow months. Prepare your spring cleaning list. Evaluate each of your appliances, as well as your HVAC system. Make a list of needed inspections and if possible, schedule them now. Set aside funds for preventative maintenance for each of your appliances. You will be glad when your appliances work better and last longer.