Maintenance Tips

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Spring Maintenance

Outdoor

  • Check all weather stripping and caulking around windows and door, especially if you have air conditioning.
  • Check outside of house for cracked or peeling paint. Caulk and repaint as necessary.
  • Remove, clean, and store storm windows (if removable)
  • Check all Indoor and Window Screens. Patch or replace as needed. Put screens up (if removable type)

Indoor

  • Replace filters on air-conditioners.
  • Check and clean dryer vent, stove hood, and room fans. Change or clean filters on furnace.
  • Check door seals on refrigerator and freezer. Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  • Clean fireplace. Leave damper open in summer for improved ventilation if home is not air-conditioned.
  • Check basement walls and floor for dampness. If moist, remedy as appropriate.
  • Clean dehumidifier according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check for leaky faucets. Replace washers as necessary.
  • Check attic for proper ventilation. Open vents.
  • Clean drapes and blinds. Repair as needed.

Fall Maintenance

Outdoor

  • Check all weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors. Replace or repair as needed.
  • Check for cracks and holes in house siding. Fill with caulking as necessary.
  • Remove window air-conditioners, or put weatherproof covers on them.
  • Take down screens (if removable type). Clean and store.
  • Check storm windows and doors. Clean and repair as needed. Put back up (if removable type).
  • Drain outside faucets (cold climate areas).
  • Clean gutters and drain pipes so that leaves won’t clog them.
  • Check roof for leaks. Repair as necessary.
  • Check flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys for leaks.
  • Check chimney for damaged chimney caps and loose or missing mortar. Is it time for a professional chimney cleaning?
  • Check chimney flue. Clear obstructions. Make sure damper closes tightly.
  • Lubricate door hinges and locksets with a light oil.

Indoor

  • Check insulation wherever possible. Replace or add as necessary.
  • Have heating system and heat pump serviced. Change filters.
  • Check and clean humidifier in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Drain hot water heater. Remove sediment from bottom of tank.
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils.
  • Clean fireplace.
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