If you’ve ever read an HVAC blog before, you’re undoubtedly aware of the importance of replacing your air conditioner’s air filter on a regular basis. But your other appliances need regular maintenance and cleaning as well. Taking care of your home’s appliances should be part of your Spring-Cleaning routine. Don’t just wipe down your baseboards and vacuum under the furniture, you should also care for the parts of your home that do the dirty work. You know the ones – they work the hardest but often get ignored: air filters, dryer vents, refrigerator filter, garbage disposal, and your air conditioner.
Read below for some tips on how you can care for these home appliances.
Changing Air Filters is More Important Than Ever in Carrboro
Why do HVAC blogs and technicians tell you over and over again to change your air filters? You should change them often, typically every 1-3 months (depending on the type of filter and amount of pet dander, dust, and allergens in your home)? Are they in cahoots with the air filter industry? Of course not. Boer Brothers technicians want you to change your air filters regularly, because it protects your air conditioner and makes their jobs easier. An added benefit is less dust and allergens you and your family will breathe in. Cleaner air means cleaner, healthier air conditioners and people too!
Clean Your Dryer Vents in Chapel Hill
Every time you put clothes in your dryer, clean out the dryer filter located inside your dryer. Once a year, you should clean your dryer vent because lint buildup in the dryer vent can result in slower dry time, more energy used, and potentially can become a fire hazard.
Cleaning the dryer vent isn’t hard to do on your own, especially if the vent is at ground level. Inexpensive kits are available at your local home improvement store. But, if you have a tricky vent pipe, you may want to hire a professional who specializes in dryer vent cleaning. Boer Brothers Heating & Cooling will be glad to answer any questions or concerns you may have?
During your Spring-Cleaning, empty out your refrigerator, and your freezer, to clean it. You should wipe off the inside vents with warm water and pull the unit away from the wall and clean what’s underneath. Layers of dust and debris can build up underneath.
Most importantly, professionals recommend that you remove the grille, located on the bottom of the refrigerator and clean the condenser coils and grille with a vacuum and a cleaning brush. Located on the back of the refrigerator is the condenser fan, and you should clean this too. Remove the vent and vacuum out any dust or debris and wipe out the drip pan.
Make sure you replace your refrigerator water filters every six months or per manufacturer’s recommendations.
Cleaning your garbage disposal may not be on the top of your to-do list, but it should be. Just as caring for your other appliances helps them work efficiently, you need to care for your garbage disposal too.
An easy way to keep your garbage disposal clean is to cut up citrus fruits and put them in the disposal. Lemon and orange rinds will help keep it fresh.
While citrus rinds help your disposal smell better, in order to do a deep cleaning, you’ll need to cut the power. First run the disposal with some citrus rinds or ice then cut the power. Make sure the power to the disposal is off before you do anything else! Then grab a cleaning brush and your cleaner of choice (natural cleaners, like baking soda and vinegar, work great). Scrub the inside of your disposal and rinse.
Air Conditioner Maintenance by Boer Brothers in Durham, NC
While it’s important for you to keep debris, leaves, and tree limbs away from the outside of your air conditioner, the best thing you can do for your air conditioner is to have regular maintenance performed to your system. Your highly trained technician from Boer Brothers will ensure your air conditioner is working at its peak performance. Make sure to schedule your spring maintenance air conditioner inspection before it gets hot!