Canton, Mich.â€” RepairClinic.comÂ®, the trusted online store for replacement parts for home appliances, outdoor power equipment and heating and cooling equipment, today shared a list of nine money-saving tasks that will prevent problems for homeowners this spring.
1. Complete pre-season maintenance of outdoor power equipment and garden tools.
Inspect for wear and damage on lawn mowers, pressure washers, string trimmers, edgers and other outdoor power and landscaping equipment. Review ownerâ€™s manuals, replace worn or damaged parts with new components and clean the equipment. Stock up on degreaser, filters, spark plugs and other essentials.
2. Dedicate a few hours per weekend to organizing closets, cabinets, basements, attics and other storage locations.
The annual home organization work dubbed â€œspring cleaningâ€ does not have to wait until the spring season. Avoid attempting several organization projects in one weekend. Instead, tackle smaller organization projects over many weekends for greater efficiency.
3. Clean off refrigerator condenser coils.
â€œDirty, dust-covered condenser coils require refrigerators to work harder to remove heat,â€ said Chris Hall, president and co-founder of RepairClinic.com. â€œA long-handled bristle brush and a vacuum make it easy to clean off the coils. This will prevent unnecessary energy consumption.â€
4. Stock up on water filters.
â€œRefrigerator ice maker and water dispenser filters should be replaced at least every six months but depending on usage, homeowners may need to replace the filters more frequently,â€ said Hall. â€œIncreased temperatures often bring more frequent use of ice makers and water dispensers.â€
5. Check on emergency-prevention efforts.
Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and then test them. Check the expiration dates on first-aid kits and fire extinguishers and replace as needed. Review fire escape and other emergency plans.
6. Clean out dryer vents.
â€œLint may be building up to dangerous levels in your dryerâ€™s venting system,â€ said Hall. â€œDryer lint buildup restricts air flow and can result in a fire.â€
The lint trap should be cleaned out after every load. At least once per year, the dryer should be disassembled and the interior vacuumed with a long attachment. Also annually, the dryerâ€™s entire venting system from the dryer to the outside must be cleaned out. A dryer vent brush will assist with this.
7. Schedule professional furnace and air conditioner duct cleaning.
Clean furnace and air conditioner ducts help the air to flow more freely. Air duct cleaning every five years is important; homes with occupants who suffer from allergies may need to have this done more frequently.
8. Inspect home appliances for worn components and changes in performance.
â€œAppliances often show warning signs before they have major problems,â€ said Hall. â€œTake the time to inspect them and replace parts as needed to keep them running efficiently. Pay attention to noise, the amount of time required to complete their jobs, leaking and other performance changes.â€
9. Prune trees and shrubs.
â€œBy mid to late winter, your trees and shrubs have been dormant for a significant period of time,â€ said Jeff Linderman, RepairClinic.comâ€™s resident landscaping specialist. â€œThey may also be damaged by winter storms. Now is an ideal time for pruning to enable spring growth.â€
RepairClinic.comÂ® makes fixing things easy for millions of people. Founded in 1999, it is North Americaâ€™s trusted online store with replacement parts for major household appliances, outdoor power equipment and heating and cooling equipment. Free repair resources including more than 1,500 how-to videos empower people to fix stuff on their own. One million parts for 160 brands are stocked at its 86,000-square-foot facility in Canton, Michigan. It offers a generous, no-hassle 365 Days. Period.Â® return policy. In-stock parts are guaranteed to ship the same business day. For more information, visit RepairClinic.com and follow on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Contact Jody Lamb, Public Relations Manager, at JLamb [at] RepairClinic.com.
All quotes from this release may be attributed to Chris Hall, appliance repair specialist and RepairClinic.comâ€™s president and co-founder, or Jeff Linderman, RepairClinic.comâ€™s resident landscaping specialist.