The Tool Barn

Fall Maintenance Spring Maintenance

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    Semi-Annual  Maintenance


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What to Do

Fire extinguisher

Check that it's fully charged and recharge if necessary.  Be sure you have an adequate number located in kitchen, garage and basement.

Smoke detector

Clean battery or indicator light.

Sink and tub drains

Flush with hot water and baking soda.

Garbage disposer

Check safety valve and steam pressure gauge and replace if necessary; check water level gauge and add water if needed; drain water until clear of sediment.

Steam heating system

Test relief valve and replace if necessary; check pressure gauge and drain expansion tank if necessary.

Forced warm air heating system

Check blankets and replace if necessary; check air flow; clean or repair unit if necessary.

Evaporative air conditioner

Clean or replace air filter; clean condenser or evaporator coils and condensate drain; remove snow and/or debris from outdoor portion of unit.

Heat pump

Clean or replace filter; clean condenser and evaporator coils and condensate drain.

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Every two months

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What to Do

Oil burner (pressure type)

Inspect and clean.

Wall furnace

Clean grills. Clean or replace filter.

Range hood filter

Clean grease filter.

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Every three months

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What to Do

Faucet

Clean aerator.  Unscrew, disassemble and wash out debris.

Tub drain assembly

Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal and replace if necessary.

Floor drain strainer

Clean out debris and scrub strainer.

Dishwasher

Clean strainer, spray arm, and air gap.

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Every 6 months

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What to Do

Basement and foundation

Check for cracks and moisture and repair if necessary.

Toilet

Check for leaks in water feed, tank bottom and repair if necessary.

Interior caulking and grout

Inspect caulking and grout around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace if deteriorating.

Water heater

Drain water until clear of sediment; inspect flue assembly (gas heater); check for leaks and corrosion.

Clothes washer

Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace if leaking.

Clothes dryer

Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.

Refrigerator

Clean drain hole and pan (more often in warm weather); wash door gasket; vacuum condenser coils.

Wiring

Check for frayed cords and wires; check exposed wiring in basements and repair if necessary.

Exhaust fans

Clean grill and fan blades.

Range hood fan

Wash fan blades and housing.

Sink

Check all faucets, hose bibs, and supply valves for leakage.

Bathroom

Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets and tubs.

Breaker box

Trip circuit breakers and ground fault interrupters monthly to insure proper protection.


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Every 2 years

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What to Do

Carbon monoxide detector

Change sensor element.

Septic tank

Have the septic tank cleaned and pumped.

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Every 10 years

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What to Do

Smoke detector

Replace detector unit.

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When you first move in

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What to Do

Gas shut off value

Identify location and show entire family how to shut off.

Breaker switch

Identify location and show entire family how to shut off main breaker.

Water shut off value

Identify location and show entire family how to shut off.

Also see:

Fall Checklist and  Prepare for Winter
Spring Cleaning  and Inspection

 

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