Summer Home Maintenance To-Do List

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.

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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