Autumn-related home maintenance tasks

With winter fast approaching, now is the time to complete those Autumn-related home maintenance tasks. The http://www.ThisOldHouse.com website offers a very thorough fall inspection checklist. Some items on the checklist are the traditional autumn-related tasks like cleaning and inspecting your gutters and trimming back tree limbs.

Other items mentioned in the article to think about: check you home’s sump pump by pouring water in it to see if the pump turns on automatically, check the area around your septic tank/field for soggy ground or overly lush vegetation which could be signs that the tank is full or the system is failing.

Be sure to have your heating system serviced for the coming cold weather. If you have a fireplace, now is the time to get it cleaned. Use a flashlight to check the chimney for loose bricks, cracks, animal nests, or soot buildup which could start a fire. Make sure your fireplace’s damper works properly. Along similar lines, make sure that all smoke and C02 detectors work properly and have fresh batteries.

Make sure your home is ready for the coming cold weather.

Make sure your home is ready for the coming cold weather.

For appliances, you want to make sure that your range is in tip top shape for all seasonal holiday cooking and baking. Check your burners to see if they function properly. If not, replace the stove’s surface burner element as it can burn out. If your burner has only one setting – high- then the infinite switch on your stove has burned out and needs to be replaced. Be sure to replace or clean your electric stove drip pans or bowls.

If you have a gas stove, make sure your stove gives off an even blue flame. Clean your gas burner to prevent dirt from plugging the holes that your gas flows out from as this could be preventing your burner from igniting, if at all. Many people use a toothpick, old toothbrush, or a small pin to clear the holes, allowing the gas to flow freely. If you have broken knobs on your gas stove, you can buy replacement gas stove knobs online.

If your gas oven does not bake or broil, it could be one of the following items: faulty selector switch, thermostat, thermocouple, or a wiring problem. You can read more about common gas stove problems and repair solutions online at APWagner.com’s Repair Center. We also offer an Electric stove repair section and a selection of electric range replacement parts.

Finally clean your oven thoroughly as you will be using it soon for large holiday meals and holiday baking. ApWagner.com offers a wide-range of oven cleaning products made expressly for cleaning ceramic stove cooktops. One handy cleaning item is a cooktop scraper which helps remove stubborn, cooked-on food stains easily.

If your stove has a stainless steel finish, make it shine with our assortment of stainless steel appliance cleaners and handy stainless steel cleaner wipes. We even offer a product that removes scratches and stains on stainless steel appliances called Scratch-B-Gone.

Get your house ready for autumn with these helpful checklists:

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