I have been a property manager/landlord for over 20 years ,so admittedly, I know more than the average person about how to maintain household appliances and most things in regards to home maintenance. I have seen the cleanest houses down to the ones I have thrown up in because they were so disgusting. Full disclosure, I am not the neatest person in the world. So, for me to say something is disgusting means it really is disgusting.
I have tenants that never call with maintenance requests to ones that call about needing a light bulb changed. There are some things that should be common sense to everyone that just aren’t. I am always surprised to find that so many grown adults don’t know how to do basic maintenance procedures so I am here to inform you on some of the most important. The following advice is based on my experiences in the last 20 years not around any technical knowledge. It is up to you what you decide to do with this information. Just please don’t put it down the garbage disposal.
The Garbage Disposal
The garbage disposal is the bane of my existence. Originally made so you wouldn’t have to dump your leftover soup and liquids in the trash can, people now think it is for everything from spaghetti to chicken bones and, in one case, a wig. The garbage disposal is for liquids, people!
It also has a reset button, usually red on the bottom of it, if it ever stops working out of the blue and it is not clogged with chicken bones. All you have to do is press the little button, wait a minute and then try the garbage disposal again. You can clean your garbage disposal with vinegar and ice or baking soda.
Your dishwasher is connected to your garbage disposal via a plumbing line. If one stops working correctly, the other will too. Your dishwasher is not your molly maid. You have to pre-rinse your dishes or your food particles will clog the filter! If it does get clogged? You can plunge both your garbage disposal and your dishwasher.Furthermore, to save money only run the dishwasher after 10 PM. The energy rate is less expensive after that time.
There are multiple ways that people misuse their air conditioning.
- It is not magic. If it is 110 degrees outside, don’t expect it to be 69 inside. The a/c typically works well within a 20 degree difference from outside during the heat of the day.
- If your air conditioner is frozen up, turn it off and let it defrost. You can tell if it is frozen by seeing ice on the outside unit in and around the fan. Sometimes, a frozen air conditioning unit means you have a freon leak. In that case, call a local HVAC company to come out and service and repair the unit.
- Please, please, please change your air filter. They come in one month, three months or up, but I change mine when I pay my electric bill every month so I don’t forget. Also, clean your air return vents so they aren’t disgusting and to maximize air flow. You can do this multiple ways including taking it off and cleaning it, spray painting it, or using a Q-tip.
- Also, if your air conditioner suddenly stops working, please check your thermostat batteries and make sure that no one has cut the a/c line while weed eating. These are both very common.
The Smoke Detector
If you hear an annoying beeping sound every 40 seconds or so, it’s your smoke detector telling you the battery is dying. It is not a ghost noise. Please change your battery as soon as possible. You always need a working smoke detector!
Refrigerator and Freezer
- Don’t over pack your freezer! You will reduce air flow, reducing the freezing capabilities.
- Clean your refrigerator vents (underneath the fridge) to increase energy efficiency. It’s easy to forget so I put it in my calendar and my cleaning apps for every 90 days.
Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions! Obviously, I don’t really think people are morons for not knowing these things (except you, the wig in disposal lady). If you take care of things, they will take care of you!