Whether you’ve just purchased a home for sale in DC Ranch or you’re getting ready to sell yours in the coming months, this fall home maintenance checklist for Arizonans is going to come in really handy as temperatures start to drop. Here’s what you need to do this fall if you’re living in DC Ranch.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist for DC Ranch Homes
We’re fortunate to have plenty of sun, big and blue skies, and tolerable fall temperatures here in Scottsdale – and that means it’s going to be nice enough outside to tackle your fall home maintenance tasks. Now that the monsoons are gone and winter is on its way, here’s a quick fall home maintenance checklist for DC Ranch homes:
- Check your HVAC and furnace filters
- Test the pressure-relief valve on your water heater
- Replace smoke detector batteries
- Clean your refrigerator coils
- Winterize your air conditioning system
- Flush and store hoses
- Clean your clothes dryer vent
Here’s a closer look at each.
Fall Maintenance Tip #1: Check your HVAC and furnace filters
If you choose not to hire a professional to handle your HVAC and furnace filters, it’s possible to check and install them yourself. There are plenty of DIY tutorials available online, and your unit’s user manual should have in-depth directions you can follow.
Fall Maintenance Tip #2: Test the pressure-relief valve on your water heater
Just to make sure everything’s ready for colder weather, it’s important to test your water heater’s pressure relief valve, which you can learn how to do here.
Fall Maintenance Tip #3: Replace smoke detector batteries
You should replace your smoke detectors’ batteries at least every year, and fall is the perfect time to do so. Most alarms are powered by 9-volt batteries, which you can pick up at the grocery store or any convenience store.
Fall Maintenance Tip #4: Clean your refrigerator coils
The easiest (and fastest) way to clean your refrigerator coils is to run a vacuum attachment over them. Simply pull the refrigerator away from the wall and use the vacuum to remove dust and debris from the coils. When too much dust and dirt is on the coils, they retain heat – and they put your appliance at risk of a breakdown (or worse, put your home at risk for fire).
Fall Maintenance Tip #5: Winterize your air conditioning system
A real winterization of an air conditioning system calls for professional help, but you can do the basics on your own. You’ll need to:
- Remove leaves and other yard debris
- Turn off the power to the electrical circuit so your air conditioner doesn’t switch on during the day (if it does, the water inside it could freeze when temperatures dip back down, causing damage to the unit)
- Wrap tubular foam or rubber insulation around the pipes to protect them against freezing
- Cover your air conditioning unit with a specially made cover
Fall Maintenance Tip #6: Flush and store hoses
Run your water hoses and let them drain completely before you put them away for the winter.
Fall Maintenance Tip #7: Clean your clothes dryer vent
It’s easy for lint to build up in your clothes dryer – and it can happen a lot more quickly than you think. You should clean your vents at least once a year if you’re using the dryer regularly (and if you do a lot of laundry, even more often). Here’s a quick tutorial on how to clean your dryer vent.
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