June Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford

Changing air filter on central heating/cooling unit.

To-Do #1: Replace Air Conditioner Filter

The filter on your central cooling system needs to be replaced every one to three months, depending on how dirty it is, so the unit will work efficiently.

Be sure to use a high quality air filter designed to remove microscopic particles, like mold and pollen, from the air. A quality filter will also help reduce the amount of dust in your home and remove some of the pollutants from the air.

The filter for most central air conditioners can be found behind the air return grate that’s usually mounted on a wall or the floor. However, on some AC systems, the filter is in the return air duct near the air handler unit.

To replace an air filter on a central AC system:

  1. Turn the AC off at the thermostat, and wait until it stops running.
  2. Remove the cover on the air return.
  3. Take out the old air filter.
  4. Write the date on the new air filter.
  5. Insert the new air filter with the arrows on the side of the filter pointing in the direction of the air flow. For wall and floor mounted returns, the arrow should point in toward the return duct. For filters mounted near the air handler, position the filter so the arrows point toward the air handler.
  6. Close the cover on the air return, and turn the AC back on.

Check out our video on Changing Air Filters to find out more.

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  • Official Comment:


    Ben Erickson Says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Hi Papa,
    Thanks for the grill cleaning tip!



  • Papa Says:
    June 1st, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Great list Danny, but I’m worn out thinking about all that work. One easier tip that works for me is regarding cleaning the BBQ grate. If you have access to a pressure washer it will do a great job on your grate and even the grill interior. It is quick and easy with no scrubbing or harsh chemicals. Just be sure to do it somewhere that the greasy debris won’t do any harm. Have a great summer everyone!


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    Thomas,
    The pressure washer Danny used is the OneWash power washer from Generac.



  • Thomas Przybyl Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I am really pleased with the results you folks have gotten from the GENREC Powerwasher you folks have used on the show to cleaner concrete patios and sidewalks. I was wondering what model or size are you using. I would like to purchase the same unit. HomeDepot here in the Carolina’s do not carry them in the store. You have to order them online. Can you please share the information on the model you are using on the show. Love the show!

    Thanks

    Tom Przybyl
    Wake Forest,NC



  • susie Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    common black snakes are not poisonous and will kill and eat copperheads. if you have a black snake, let him be, he will get rid of the copperhead in due time. Keep a hoe or shovel handy and don’t go out barefooted until you get rid of the copperhead. they are born fully venimous and ready to bite.



  • Maria Garcia Says:
    June 13th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Yes,a lot of things need to get done this spring/summer. How do you get rid of snakes? We have regular garden snakes and a copperhead (I think). Garden snakes do not bother me, it is the poisonous ones that scare me. Midwest region (like Kansas City).


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