Key Maintenance - Tip #37
Maintenance Tasks Experts Say Homeowners Miss? (sourced various websites)
1. Clean your refrigerator’s condenser coils - Most refrigerators have condenser coils across the bottom or at the back of the unit that cool and condense the refrigerant. These coils can collect dust and pet hair and get clogged, forcing your refrigerator to work harder to stay cold. Experts recommend homeowners clean their refrigerator’s condenser coil once a year — twice if they have a pet that sheds.
2. Clean the ice maker - Replace your refrigerator’s water filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Without properly cleaning and replacing filters, other issues can result from mineral buildup, dust and other debris. This can eventually lead to mold and can contaminate the ice. In addition, clean your ice maker’s collection bin annually. An even mixture of white vinegar and warm water will do the trick.
3. Clean bathroom exhaust fans twice a year - Bathroom exhaust fans help eliminate odors and remove moisture that would otherwise land on surfaces and turn into mold; however, a fan can’t operate properly if its cover is dirty. Give bathroom vent covers a thorough cleaning with soapy water twice a year.
4. Deodorize the dishwasher - Your dishwasher won’t last as long, or perform as well, if you don’t clean it a few times a year. A good trick for deodorizing the dishwasher is to place a bowl full of vinegar in the middle of the bottom rack and then run a normal wash cycle. Vinegar also will remove some of the stains and discolorations that can build up over time in a dishwasher’s interior. For more stubborn stains, homeowners can try a store-brought dishwasher cleaner.
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