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Summer Maintenance To Dos

By: Huntsville Real Estate Expert Mike Manosky On July 13, 2013

With the summer season upon us, we need to tend to a few maintenance tasks before we can settle down in a hammock without a care in the world.  Keeping in mind the adage, “A stitch in time…”, we need to test the garage door opener in our Huntsville AL home, check the air conditioning system, and service the lawn mower to ensure a breakdown-free summer.

  • lawn mowerWhen was the last time you thought about your garage door or its automatic opener?  Like any mechanical system, the door and opener need some periodic, preventative maintenance. If you live in an area of frequent thunderstorms, a tight, well maintained garage door can also help prevent expensive results of a storm-ruptured door. The Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association International has a good guide to help you inspect and test your complete garage door system. It’s a good idea to make monthly inspection and testing a part of your regular routine.
  • Your best defense for sweltering temperatures is a central air-conditioning system. If you have one at your Huntsville AL home, there are a few things you can do to make sure that it’s tuned up and ready to go when the summer heat arrives.  Before you start tinkering with the system, however, it’s important to have a basic understanding of: the condenser, the blower unit, and the ductwork of your system.   Visit the DASMA website for a complete explanation and instructions on how to fine tune it.
  • Many small tasks are involved with getting your lawn mower ready for reliable summer use.

Check, belts, blades, all bolts and fasteners, tires, and wheels. If you have fuel older than 30 days stored in containers, not use it.  Any idea when you last changed the oil?  Drain it and replace it with oil the manufacturer recommends. Consider, too, replacing the sparkplug—if you do, add a couple drops of engine oil into the hole, and then replace the plug. Check your air and fuel filters and replace if they are dirty or clogged.

Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Real Estate Broker, Mike Manosky

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