Recommendations for a Well Maintained Property

Your home is likely to be the largest investment you make in your lifetime. Keeping your home properly maintained is essential to recieve the greatest return for your dollar. Horizon recommends the following routine maintenance measures to protect your home’s value, while helping to prevent major repairs. Please note that home owners should always remember to disconnect power source for all electrical or gas appliances before inspecting, replacing or repairing. If you are uncomfortable performing any of these measures, please contact a professional for assistance. Maintenance needs may vary depending on type of home.

Monthly

  • Drain two gallons of water from water heater to remove sediment from the bottom of tank.
  • Inspect fire Check indicator on pressure gauge to make certain extinguisher is charged.
  • Be sure lock pin is intact and firmly in place.
  • Clean extinguisher and check for dents, scratches, and corrosion.
  • Vacuum electric elements on baseboards.
  • Clean forced hot-air heating and/or cooling system’s air filter to prevent airborne dirt from circulating throughout house. (If metal, remove and wash. If disposable, vacuum once, then replace.)
  • During summer use, clean room air-conditioner filters:
  • If permanent, wash in mild detergent and water, rinse, and dry thoroughly.
  • Replace the filter if it is disposable.
  • Check the circuit breakers and fuses. Call an electrician if fuses blow or circuit breakers trip frequently.

Spring

  • Gas Heater — Shut off the heater then check the exhaust vent and air shutter openings for dirt and dust. Clean the burner of lint and dirt and vacuum air passages to burner.
  • Inspect the heating system’s fan belt for frayed or worn spots, and check tension. (Should give about 3/4 inch). Keep a spare belt on hand.
  • Refill water softener (ionization type) with salts (available from dealer).
  • Examine inside of foundation walls for dampness or water stain, which indicates seepage or a leak.
  • Check for broken or cracked glass and damaged screens or storm windows.
  • Examine all hardware on windows and doors. Lubricate moving parts.
  • Check weather stripping on windows and doors for damage and tightness of fit.
  • Check vents and louvers for free air movement. Clean screen.
  • Check faucets, hoses, bibs, commodes, and shutoff valves for leaks.

Fall

  • If you have a humidifier connected to your heating system:
  • Drain and clean water pan.
  • Work float arm back and forth to dislodge obstructions.
  • Ream with a piece of wire or bent clothes hanger to clean water inlet of mineral buildup.
  • Lubricate motor with a drop or two of 20-weight oil.
  • Be sure there is water in the reserve tank.
  • Check flame color on gas furnace (should be blue with little or no yellow).
  • Remove cover on thermostat, and dust components carefully with a soft brush. To clean oil film from metal contacts, slide a piece of white paper several times between two closed switch contacts.
  • Check fireplace damper to be sure it operates properly. Clean iron grates.
  • To clean a wood-burning heater:
  • Scrape interior (especially nooks and crannies) with wire brush.
  • Check for cracks, and repair with stove cement if necessary.
  • Clean exterior completely.
  • If heater has a blower, vacuum the blower or replace any filters, and oil the motor.
  • Close shutoff valves to outside faucets and waterlines; Drain hoses.
  • Check gutter and downspout alignment to be sure rainwater collects properly and drains away from the house.
  • Refill water softener (ionization type) with salts.
  • Make sure waterlines and hose bibs are protected from freezing.
  • Clean leaves and debris from around the outside condenser on heating and cooling systems.
  • Check weather stripping on windows and doors for damage and tightness of fit.
  • Check vents and louvers for free air movement. Clean screens.
  • Inspect faucets, hose bibs, commodes, and shutoff valves for leaks.

Yearly

  • Clean smoke alarms by pulling cover steadily downward. Remove the power cell. Vacuum any accumulated dust from the sensing-chamber openings. Wash cover with soap and water, dry, and replace. Press test switch.
  • Lubricate heater blower motor and fan with one or two drops of 20-weight oil. (Do not use too much oil.)
  • Clean gas space heaters. Be sure lines are clear.
  • Clean electric space heater. Be sure dust and dirt are not on heating coils.
  • Clean entire unit of room air conditioner:
  • Vacuum dust and lint from condenser and evaporator.
  • Use soap and water to wipe dirt and grime from compressor, tubing, motor, and blade.
  • Clean leaves and debris from outside.
  • Straighten any bent metal fins.
  • Scrape off any rust, then reprime and paint.
  • Check all joints, ceramic tiles, and laminated plastics.
  • Check caulking around sinks, bathtubs, and showers.
  • Inspect floors for wear and damage. Check particularly where one type of flooring material meets another, such as carpet joining wood or tile.

Every Three Years

Gas Furnace:

  • Call for professional service.
  • Check burners and heat-exchange areas for soot, debris, and corrosion. Clean where needed.
  • Check air intakes to be sure they are unobstructed.

Every Six Years

Discard contents of fire extinguishers and have a professional refill the unit.

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