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Tips for Taking Care of Your Home

Protect Your Home from Winter’s Chill

Just like your car, your home systems and appliances all need periodic maintenance checks to make sure they’re operating safely and efficiently. A professional preventative maintenance program can help homeowners when it comes to the upkeep of their heating and cooling system, plumbing, electrical system, and most major appliances. Having professional preventative maintenance services performed is key to ensuring tasks are done right and can save you time and money in the long run.


hen the temperatures drop, the last thing you need is for your heating or plumbing system to act up. Some basic maintenance can help to ensure your home plumbing and heating systems are functioning properly. A regular maintenance schedule helps protect you against system or appliance failures that leave you with a crisis requiring urgent — and potentially very costly — solutions. To help protect your home during the cold winter months, American Home Shield, one of the nation’s leading providers of home warranty services, shares some tips for making sure your heating unit and plumbing system are in good condition to handle extreme temperatures.

American Home Shield, a unit of the ServiceMaster Company, provides these expert tips to help keep your home’s systems and appliances in great shape: Air Conditioning • Check filters every month. Clean or replace as needed.

Heating Maintenance:

• Check filters every month. • Make sure floor vents are not blocked to ensure clear air flow. • Visually inspect exhaust vent for rust, damage or deterioration. • Be familiar with the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations for your specific unit. This information is typically available online and in your owner’s guide.

Plumbing maintenance: • Only flush toilet paper down a toilet.


Maintain water softener according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

Water filters and icemaker filters should be changed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Avoid using your garbage disposal if you’re on a septic system.

Drain sediment from water heater tank according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you aren’t familiar, locate your master valve so you can quickly turn your home’s water off if a line breaks. In most homes, the valve is located near the water heater, the clothes washer, or where the water service line enters your home. Check the hose bibs to clothes washers to ensure they are tightly connected to minimize leaks and overuse of the system.

Taking these steps can help keep your home systems in good working order throughout the winter. But not everyone has the time or skills to do the maintenance required. A professional preventative maintenance program can be a time- and money-saver for homeowners. Quality service providers perform a thorough check of your home’s systems and appliances to help ensure they are operating efficiently. To learn more about preventive maintenance recommendations for your home’s systems and appliances, visit Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Keep the condensing unit free of debris.

Trim shrubs and plants near condensing unit to ensure proper air flow and circulation.

Bent condensing unit fins can often be easily 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 counter-clockwise 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 if 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 counter-clockwise to raise them.

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