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4 Home Maintenance Tasks To Complete Before Fall

If you're a homeowner, you know that your home needs maintenance and care so all your systems work properly. There are certain home maintenance tasks you can complete before fall when school starts up and your schedule gets busy again. Here are four maintenance tasks to check off your list:

1. Flush your tankless water heater

If you have a tankless water heater, you can flush it to remove sediment that builds up. Removing sediment helps the water heater operate efficiently and lengthens its lifespan. Here are the steps for flushing a water heater:

  • Shut off the power to the heater at the circuit breaker by flipping the switch to the tank to the "off" position.
  • Turn all water valves connected to the heater to the "off" position.
  • Take off the caps on the purge valves. These valves are on the same water valves you switched off.
  • Connect the hoses that came with your heater to the three water valves that you switched off.
  • Switch the purge valves to the "on" position.
  • Consult your water heater's manufacturer's guide for specific instructions on how to perform the flushing step to ensure this procedure is done properly according to your specific heater.
  • Switch the purge valves to the "off" position after you flushed your heater.
  • Remove the hoses and put the caps back on the valves.
  • Switch the water valves back on and switch the heater's power back on at the circuit breaker.

2. Clean your home's heating and air system.

Your heating and air conditioning system has been working hard all summer, and will work hard again in the winter. With fall coming, it's the perfect time to maintain your central heat and air. If you notice your system not working properly even after cleaning it, contact an HVAC technician or specialist in HVAC repair. Here is a checklist:

  • Remove dirt and debris from around the outdoor unit.
  • Spray the fins of the outdoor unit with soapy water.
  • Replace the air filter in the indoor unit.
  • Scrub the coils on the indoor and outdoor units with a brush and soapy water.

3. Inspect, clean, and repair gutters

Fall can do a number on your gutters with the leaves and debris that accumulate. Before the end of summer, inspect your gutters for bending and cracks. You can use a hammer to gently straighten your gutters and remove dents. Apply caulk to small cracks. You also need to remove debris from your gutters and spray off dirt, grime, and mud.

4. Inspect your roof

Your roof is essential in cold months. It not only keeps the warm air in, but a well maintained roof won't get any leaks. Visually inspect your roof to look for cracks, torn or missing shingles, and signs of mold or water damage. If your roof is dirty or has a lot of debris, call a roofer, contractor, or technician who can safely clean your roof.

A maintained home will keep you and your family warm and happy this fall and winter. For more informaiton, contact companies like Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning.