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Do you ever think of the maintenance that is required to keep your home systems and appliances running smoothly? If you're like most homeowners, you probably don't think about it often enough. Not to worry, though, because we've done the homework for you. Not only is it a good idea to have a home warranty to cover your home's systems and appliances for when they break down, it's also a good idea to do easy regular maintenance as needed. Here are several routine maintenance tips that you should do to keep them running and to keep your wallet safe from big fixes.

  1. Water Systems – Check and update your outside water system along with your water heater. Check hose faucets for freeze damage and the garden hose for dry rot. Water heaters also need maintenance to up their longevity and reduce the chance of damage. Drain the water from your heater and clean the inside surface of its floor annually to keep it from damage.

  2. Heating & Cooling Systems – To keep your heating and cooling systems working efficiently, have a qualified contractor come clean and service the outside unit of your air conditioning system. Be sure to change the interior filters regularly. Make sure to clean out debris and leaves from the condenser of a central air conditioner.

  3. Doors & Windows – Update loose door gaskets to tighten the seal. This will also save you some energy. To keep these from needing to be replaced, wipe the gaskets down monthly with warm, soapy water. Be sure to rinse them off and dry afterwards. Inspect the caulking around your doors, windows and weather stripping once a year.

  4. Dishwasher – Dishwasher often need a good clean. Check the drain at the bottom for debris and wipe down the gaskets around the door. You may not think a cleaning machine needs cleaning, but to prolong your dishwasher’s life deodorize the machine placing a bowl of white vinegar on the top rack and run it through a full cycle.

  5. Furnace – schedule an appointment with a service to have your furnace tuned up. These checkups are generally under $100 and will save you in the long run. Also change out your furnace filters about every two months.

  6. Washer & Dryer – To keep your washing machine and dryer running at top performance, vacuum out the dryer’s exhaust duct annually. Along with this, clean your lint screen off with warm water and a little detergent. This will remove any fabric softener residue that builds up. Leaky hoses for washing machines tend to be the biggest reason for insurance claims, inspect the water supply lines yearly and replace them every three years.

  7. Refrigerator – The backside of your refrigerator can become on the dirtiest spots in your home. If the coils are dirty they will also stress the fridge’s motor and shorten its life. Vacuum the coils behind and underneath the fridge.

  8. Electrical Systems – test your ground faulty circuit interrupter monthly.

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When our central air conditioning unit broke down a technician was at our house rite away, the repair would have cost us $780 with out HSC ! we are completely satisfied and our house is once again cool thanks to HSC!

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