Home Appliance Maintenance Tips

Just like your car, your home systems and appliances all need periodic maintenance checks to make sure they’re operating safely and efficiently. American Home Shield, a unit of the ServiceMaster Company, shares these expert tips to help you keep your home’s systems and appliances in great shape:

Air Conditioning

  • Check filters every month. Clean or replace as needed.
  • Keep the condensing units free of debris.
  • Trim shrubs and plants near condensing unit to ensure proper air flow and circulation.
  • Bent condensing unit fins can often be straightened with a fin comb.

Washing Machine

  • Inspect cold and hot water supply hoses for cracks and deterioration.
  • Look for signs of water or oil leakage.
  • Check to make sure the machine is level, and adjust it if needed, by turning the legs clockwise to lower them or counterclockwise to raise them.

Dryer

  • Clean the lint screen after each load of clothes has been dried.
  • For gas and electric dryers, check and tighten supply connections.
  • Check to see whether the dryer is level; if it’s not, the drum may vibrate and damage the unit. To adjust the level, turn the legs clockwise to lower them or counterclockwise to raise them.

Water Heater

  • Drain and flush sediment from tank twice a year.
  • Check pressure-relief valve once a year to make sure this crucial safety device is not clogged.

As a company with significant experience in covering the repair of major home systems and appliances, American Home Shield is a strong advocate for preventative maintenance. They realize that it is easy to forget or postpone do-it-yourself maintenance; consequently, they offer annual preventative maintenance plans by a qualified professional. To learn more about preventative maintenance plans, and how you can get one, visit www.ahspm.com

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One Response to “Home Appliance Maintenance Tips”

  1. These were great appliance maintenance tips, thank you!

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