It doesn’t matter if you have the best home warranty coverage in the world and you can rest easily knowing they will handle any claim that you make – getting appliances and systems fixed or replaced is annoying. It takes time and it can wreak havoc on your nerves. No one likes to live on a construction site or in a garage which is exactly what happens if a major appliance or system needs repairing or replacing.
In order to minimize the chances of any problems happening, you should do regular maintenance on all the most problematic appliances and systems around your home. Another reason why you will want to do this is that most home warranty companies will not honor claims unless the appliances have been maintained properly.
We will start with an appliance that most often proves to be an issue for some reason, the air conditioner. Air conditioners require regular professional maintenance. The manufacturer will clearly state how often their products should be checked, but in general, it is a good idea to call up the pros before the summer season. You should also make sure you replace your air filters regularly (perhaps even on a monthly basis in the summer) or clean them if they are washable.
When we are talking washering machines, the most important thing that anyone can do is replace the hose every 3 to 5 years. Also, these machines tend to get out of balance after some time and it is important to ensure they are perfectly balanced with a level. If you fail to do this, the washer will only get more uneven and this can lead to problems with various parts of it. You should also keep a close watch of the lid switch and whether it has been compromised. Your dryer should also be maintained properly and regularly. One of the most important things to do is to clean the lint screen every time you use it.
Every now and then, you will want to wash the lint screen using warm water and a little soap. This will remove any fabric softener build-up that may have accumulated. In addition to this, you should also regularly clean the rear of your dryer, as well as the duct and the vent which is usually found outside the house.
Dishwashers should mostly be handled by professionals, although there are a few things that you can do and check for yourself. For instance, you should regularly check up on your seals and trap to make sure food hasn’t accumulated and is blocking it from operating normaly. Every now and then, you can run a cycle on empty with a single cup of white vinegar. This will clear out any food particles that may have accumulated. This will also deodorize the dishwasher.
A garbage disposal should never be used to get rid of starchy or particularly fibrous foods such as banana peels, rice, coffee grounds and potato peelings. From time to time, you should run a cold water rinse while pushing ice cubes into the garbage disposal. This will clean it and remove any smell.
When it comes to the plumbing, it is all about being smart and avoiding potentially harmful behavior. Installing screens over the drains is a must as this will prevent hair from clogging the plumbing. You should also make sure that the only stuff you flush is sewage and toilet paper. Tissues should never be flushed. If you notice a leak in your home, close the valve and call a plumber.
The most common problems with water heaters stem from minerals and sediments accumulating in the tank. Not only does this lead to greater risk of problems but it also wastes electricity as it forces the heater to work overtime. You should flush your tank regularly in order to avoid this. Also, you should replace your anode rod regularly, preventing corrosion.
In general, you should always make sure to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers when purchasing their products. Only by doing so can you be sure that your home warranty company is going to honor your claim if the time comes.