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Must Do Maintenance Checklist

1. Monthly test and inspect garage door and opener for proper functionality. This includes any safety features.

2. Yearly vacuum dryer vent hose, if your hose is plastic replace it immediately (fire hazard). Rigid sheet metal duct is optimal.

3. Replace furnace filters quarterly or as recommended by manufacturer.

4. Monthly test all GFCI outlet. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the device has become de-energized.

5. Seasonally clean leaves and debris from your central air condensing unit.

6. Yearly vacuum the coils under the refrigerator.

7. Have the fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned annually.

8. Annually inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping.

9. Annually replace batteries in smoke detectors. Don’t forget that even hardwired smoke detectors may have a battery back up.

Home owner tip – Washing machine hoses

According to State Farm Insurance 170 million dollars a year in damage is attributed to washing machine hose failure. Make sure to check your washing machine connections and replace if they are corroded or the hoses are cracked. The typical washing machine hose only lasts about 5 years so if yours are older than that now would be a good time to replace them. You can get a set for around 20 dollars, try to get the braided stainless steel ones for they will last the longest.

Also remember you should keep a clear distance of about 4″ between your hose connections and back of washing machine, this will prevent any kinks and premature damage to the hoses. And yes this all applies to the “burst-resistant” hoses as well.