Summer Home Maintenance To-Do List

By: Danny Lipford

Changing an air conditioner air filter.

Indoor Summer Home Maintenance

  • Air Conditioner Filter: Replacing the air filter on your air conditioner every 1-3 months allows the system to run more efficiently and keeps the air in your home clean. It's easy to change an air conditioner filter by removing the cover of the air return, sliding out the old filter, and replacing it with a new one. If you suffer from allergies, this is a great time to upgrade to a high-performance allergen air filter for your home. If you're not sure where the air filter in your house is located, check out our article on How to Find a HVAC Air Filter.
  • Water and Icemaker Filters: Replace disposable water filters on your water filtration system and/or icemaker as recommended by the manufacturer (usually every six months). This will keep mold and mildew from growing in the filter and keep your water clean, fresh, and flowing freely.
  • Hot Water Heater: Sediment buildup can shorten the life of a water heater and raise your energy bills, so it's a good idea to drain the water heater each year to remove sediment from the tank. Turn off the power (or gas) and water to the heater, attach a garden hose to the drain valve, and run the water outside. In addition inspect the water heater for leaks, make sure the vent pipe on gas water heaters is clear, and test the pressure relief valve to make sure it works and doesn't leak.

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  • Anabelle Says:
    June 22nd, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Hey, I Love your show. I want to know how can I take out mold out of my ceiling. It’s getting black and also it’s getting spread . I’m getting desperate, and I don’t want to be sick also my family. I wish can you come and fix a lot of stuff that are getting ugly, we can afford to expend a lot of money on the house.
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    Anabelle


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    Ben Erickson Says:
    July 21st, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Hi Alice,
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  • Alice Horacek Says:
    July 21st, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Just wanted to let you know that this widow really enjoys your show. You have given me help around the the house that I am able to do without hiring someone to do it. I live many miles from a large town where I could get help. I encourage everyone to keep up the good work helping people.
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