Summer Home Maintenance To-Do List

Using a vacuum cleaner and homemade wand to clean under a refrigerator.

Indoor Summer House Cleaning

  • Refrigerator Coils: The condenser coils on a refrigerator remove heat from inside the unit; and if they get dusty and dirty, it can cost up to $100 more a year to run your fridge! The coil is located either on the bottom behind the kickplate, or on the back of the refrigerator. To clean refrigerator coils, turn off the power to the fridge, then vacuum the coils using a homemade wand from a cardboard gift wrap tube or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment.
  • Refrigerator Door Gasket: The flexible magnetic rubber gaskets on your refrigerator doors can wear out and reduce the efficiency of your fridge. Start by inspecting the seals for cracks or tears, then clean the gaskets with soap and water. Next, test the seal by closing the door on a piece of paper or dollar bill, then gently pull it out. You should feel resistance if the seal is working properly. If the paper pulls out easily, you may need to realign the door or replace the gasket.
  • Range Hood and Filter: Allowing grease to buildup on range hoods and over the stove microwave fans can reduce their efficiency and shorten the life of the fan. In addition to cleaning the outer and inner surfaces of a range hood or microwave with a citrus-based cleaner, it’s important to remove and clean the range hood grease filter regularly by washing it in the sink in hot, soapy water or running the filter in the dishwasher. If you can access the exhaust fan on the range hood, turn the circuit breaker off and clean the fan blades as well.

Removing the cover from a bathroom vent fan

  • Bathroom Vent Fans: Bathroom ceiling vent fans can collect quite a bit of dust, which can makes them noisy and inefficient. To clean and maintain a bathroom vent fan remove the cover, vacuum out any dust, and spray any moving parts with silicone lubricant to get your fan quietly humming once again.
  • Bathroom Drains: Nothing ruins a good shower like a slow running drain! To clean tub and sink drains, remove the drain assembly and insert a drain stick in the drain pipe to pull out any hair or other clogs. Follow this by pouring a little bleach down the drain, allow it to sit for 10 minutes, then flush it with water to kill any mold or mildew lurking in the pipe.
  • Showerheads: When the nozzles on a showerhead become clogged with mineral deposits, the spray can be reduced and start going haywire. To clean your showerhead, tie a plastic bag full of vinegar over the showerhead and allow it to soak overnight (or take the showerhead off and soak it in a pan), then turn on the hot water to rinse it out. If your showerhead has seen better days, replace it with a water saving model.

Cleaning blades on ceiling fan with paint roller and dryer sheets.

  • Ceiling Fan Blades: The blades on paddle ceiling fans tend to get dusty over time and keep churning that dust around in your room. To clean ceiling fan blades, secure a clothes dryer sheet to a paint roller with rubber bands, and use it to roll those dust-bunnies away!
  • Clothes Dryer Vent Pipe: The accumulation of lint in the vent pipe and hose on clothes dryers causes 15,000 fires annually! To prevent a dryer vent fire in your home, it’s important to clean the dryer vent regularly. Start by removing the dryer hose and/or outside vent pipe cover, then clean the inside of the hose and pipe thoroughly with a special brush or vacuum cleaner. Also, make sure to clean the lint filter on your dryer every time you dry a load of clothes.

6 COMMENTS

  1. 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.
    I live in western Kansas.

  2. 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.
    Thank you,
    Anabelle

  3. I love watching your show here in Pittsburgh!
    I got my gutters replaced two years ago. Every time it rains my gutter leaks in the back corner and near the middle of the front of my house. I had the person who replaced my gutters come twice to fix it but all I hear is excuses and my gutters still leaks. I tried to have some contractors look at my gutters and they tell mine the job is too small to fix🤔 All I need is my gutters to be repitched so they can drain properly. What do you suggest….. Know any good contractors here in Pittsburgh?

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  4. I have a 1400 sq. ft. house that is only 6 years old. I bought it new, but with no appliances in it, so it had no weight on the house while it sat unoccupied for a year. When the weather turned cold, about 3 months after we moved in, we noticed the screws pulling through the sheetrock near the center of the house. Then we started noticing one part where there was a wall separating from the ceiling, leaving a 1/32″ crack. I left it until I could get to it, since it didn’t seem to be getting any worse. Next thing I know it was hot weather again and the crack had disappeared, only to come back again when it got cold. There is humidity under the house causing the duct to sweat. I was told that there is not enough air movement and to put fans under there to remove the humidity. Will this stop the house from settling and raising?

    • Hi, Lyle,
      Danny says, “What you’re experiencing is expansion and contraction, not settling. And it’s very common in almost all houses.
      Additional insulation in the attic, especially over the concerned areas, generally will reduce or eliminate any of your expansion and contraction.
      Thanks for your question, and good luck!”

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