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Published on August 20th, 2013 | by RepairClinic.com Staff

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Fall-prep checklist: 13 easy ways to get homes ready for fall






Canton, Mich.— RepairClinic.com®, the trusted online store for replacement parts for home appliances, outdoor power equipment and heating and cooling equipment today shared a checklist of 13 money and time-saving to dos to prepare homes for the fall season.

“Completing these easy projects will go a long way in reducing energy consumption, improving the appearance of homes and preventing expensive appliance and outdoor power equipment repairs,” said Chris Hall, president and co-founder.

1. Clean kitchen appliances.

• Refrigerator/freezer: Toss out expired items and wipe out the interior. Remove dust and dirt from condenser coils – the radiator-like coils located on the back or beneath the unit – with a bristle brush and vacuum.
• Range/oven/cooktop: Use the self-cleaning feature. For models without a self-cleaning feature, use an oven cleaner spray. (Never use an oven cleaner spray on models with a self-cleaning feature)
• Garbage disposer: Use biodegradable deodorizing pellets to freshen.

2. Inspect window and external door frames for caulking cracks and re-seal. Replace torn weather-stripping as needed.

Caulking

3. Get heating systems ready for the season.
• Look for register blockage. Make sure furniture, rugs and curtains are not obstructing air flow.
• Replace furnace air filter and stock up on a supply for the season.
• Schedule professional air duct cleaning. It’s wise to do this every few years, especially for families with allergy problems.

4. Clean out central air conditioning system condenser units. Consider purchasing a manufacturer-designed, off-season cover. Common mistake: Don’t use a tarp or other material to cover your central air conditioning system condenser unit; it will restrict important air flow and possibly cause problems and expensive repairs. 

5. Examine appliances for proper functioning. Stock up on maintenance products. Replace broken, damaged or worn parts.

6. Organize garages and safely dispose of bottles and cans containing residual amounts of unneeded chemicals.

old oil cans in garage

7. Clear lint buildup from dryer venting systems.
To reduce energy consumption and prevent a fire, clean out dryer venting system, from inside of the dryer to outside vents cap at least once per year. This is a D.I.Y. project that can be completed by using a 20-foot cleaning brush.

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8. Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.

9. Wash home siding with a pressure washer (a.k.a. power washer).
“Thorough pressure washing of home siding is often mistaken for a fresh coat of paint,” said Chris Hall, appliance repair specialist and RepairClinic.com president co-founder. “Pressure washers are available for rental from home improvement stores for about 40 dollars per day. It’s a good idea to do this before temperatures drop.”

(Own a pressure washer? RepairClinic.com has free troubleshooting and repair help for pressure washers.

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10. Stock up on fuel stabilizer, air filters, spark plugs and other maintenance items to prepare outdoor power equipment for off-season storage. Replace broken, damaged or worn parts. Inspect leaf blowers and other fall yard equipment. Get tune-up supplies ready.

11. Schedule professional winterizing work for irrigation systems.

Lawn irrigation system

12. Ready the water heaters.
Adjust water heater temperature settings to ensure it’s appropriate for home needs. In the winter months, colder city or well-provided water means longer recovery times for water heaters. Also, it’s important to follow the owner’s manual instructions for flushing out sediment buildup every few years to prevent future problems.

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13. Check sidewalks, walkways and driveways for cracks and repair as needed.
Water that seeps into the cracks will freeze and expand – making the cracks larger. Concrete cracks can be repaired with a concrete-resurfacing product available at most home improvement stores.

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RepairClinic.com® makes fixing things easy for millions of people. Founded in 1999, it’s North America’s trusted online store with replacement parts for outdoor power equipment, major household appliances and heating and cooling equipment. Free repair resources including more than 1,200 how-to videos empower people to fix stuff on their own. One million parts for 160 brands are stocked at its 86,000-square-foot facility in Canton, Michigan. Do-it-yourselfers also appreciate its generous, no-hassle 365 Days. Period.® return policy. In-stock parts are guaranteed to ship the same business day. Visit RepairClinic.com for more information. Contact Jody Lamb, Public Relations Manager, at JLamb [at] RepairClinic.com.

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7 Responses to Fall-prep checklist: 13 easy ways to get homes ready for fall

  1. Tanya says:

    Its like spring cleaning for for Fall. Never really though to do some of this stuff but I can see how doing it now would be better to get down then have to fix or replace something in the Winter time.

    • Jody Lamb says:

      “Spring cleaning for fall.” – Great way to describe it! There’s nothing worse than scrambling to get things done around the house. That’s why we like these checklists – we can break up the work over weekends so that it’s not so overwhelming! Have a great fall, Tanya, and thank you for your comments!

  2. Carol Hardin says:

    Jody…I have a small garage which I used to store different things. But last week when I planned to clean it then I found so much clutter in my garage. And I didn’t understand where to start. But then I realized if things are done in an organized manner then there are no chances of any clutter and then I had organized each and everything in my home and made it proper clean. Jody…I found your DIY tips very useful for me. And some of them I have used also. Thanks for this inspiration.

    • Jody Lamb says:

      Hi Carol, I know that where-do-I-even-start feeling all too well! That’s awesome that you’re so motivated to be organized in your home. A little elbow grease here and there can make life a lot easier, I’ve found. Congrats on the ready-for-fall home! Thanks for sharing about it!

  3. Erin Walsh says:

    I already have a list a mile long, and now I have even more to do. Thanks! LOL

  4. Ambrielle Bender says:

    Great checklist! I feel like I do all of these at the start of a new season. I am a checklist maker because they really help to make sure you do not forget anything important! 🙂

  5. Natalie Diaz says:

    That’s really awesome thing that I could know about the repair clinic and I would love to follow this in future.

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