Homeowner Tip of the Month: Routine Maintenance Saves Headaches
Maintenance of manufactured homes isn't restricted to repairs. In fact, certain tasks—when performed regularly—may actually prevent things from breaking in the first place.
Must-Do Routine Maintenance Tasks
The quickest fix is to avoid the problem in the first place.
Here’s a checklist of items every homeowner should perform regularly:
- Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure it reverses when it hits an obstruction or when its sensor beam is interrupted.
- Vacuum the clothes dryer’s exhaust duct at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, replace it. (It’s a fire hazard). Rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.
- Replace furnace filters quarterly, or as recommended by the furnace manufacturer.
- Test all ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets monthly. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the power goes off.
- Clean leaves and debris from the condenser of a central air conditioner seasonally.
- Once a year, vacuum the refrigerator coils underneath the appliance.
- Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.
- Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping annually.
- Replace the batteries in smoke detectors annually. And remember, even recent hard-wired smoke detectors have backup batteries that must be replaced. If you have never checked yours, why not do it now while you’re thinking about it?