Save With These Easy Home Maintenance Hacks
Benjamin Franklin sagely said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The same is true of your home. If you continue to maintain its upkeep, the reward is greater than the work. We’re here to share some easy home maintenance hacks to help you save lots of money.
Drain Your Hot Water Heater
West Texas is notorious for its hard water. Calcium, lime, and other mineralized sediment can accumulate at the bottom of your hot water heater. As the sediment accumulates, it builds up and becomes hard. The sediment build up creates an “insulation,” preventing the water heating element from doing its job. This causes the heat source to operate inefficiently, increasing your utility bill unnecessarily.
In order to keep it running at its best, it’s important to drain the tank completely every once in a while. The time frame is dependent on the quality of water in your area. For residents of West Texas, our hard water indicates that the tank should be drained once or twice each year.
Clean Out The Lint Trap
Clothes dryers are one of the best inventions of the modern age. However, it’s critical that your remove the lint that can build up inside the dryer vent. To do this, you must remove the “accordion” from the back of your dryer. Clean it out completely. Then, using a vacuum, suck up all of the excess lint from the cavity and reconnect the dryer tube. It’s also important that you clean the removable lint catcher each time you use the dryer.
Flush Out The AC Lines
Another simple maintenance hack is to clear out your air conditioner’s condensate line. This is the thin pipe that runs from your air conditioner to a place outside your home. When your AC runs, it “sweats” (think of beads of water on the side of a glass on a hot day). That liquid accumulates over time and needs a place to go.
However, over time, junk and gunk can accumulate in the line. These clogs cause the liquid to back up and eventually overflow from the AC drip pan. This can cause substantial leaks and damage if you don’t catch it quickly. Once annually, you should use a portable air compressor to blow out any clogs.
Keep Your Dishwasher In Top Condition
As icky as it sounds, it’s important to occasionally clean out the dishwasher trap at the bottom of your unit. It collects excess food and can build up grime after extensive use. You should also carefully clean out the seals around the washer to remove particles and gunk. The bacteria that breaks down the particles can also eventually eat away at those seals.
We hope these easy home maintenance hacks will help you save a lot of money in costly repairs. Remember, we’re available to help, whether it’s in emergency situations or for routine maintenance.