Written by: Chad Zollinger | Best Company Editorial Team
Last Updated: October 10th, 2019
In order to qualify for a home warranty, most home warranty companies require you to have adequately maintained your appliances and home systems. Having a home warranty can provide peace of mind, but not having to replace or repair appliances in the first place is an even better feeling. That’s why you should always try to keep your home appliances in good working order and let your home warranty handle all of the more unexpected disasters around the home.
Most people don’t realize that there are many ways to make appliances and home systems last longer, so we’ve compiled these helpful home maintenance tips.
Prepare for Winter
If you’ve got some money to spare, you should really think about weather stripping your home before winter. In addition to insulating your house and keeping the heating bill down, it will reduce the amount of work your heater does and increase its lifespan.
Go around your house and make sure all of your pipes are insulated adequately. Clean out your dryer’s ducts, the kitchen’s exhaust hood, and check the water hoses on all of your appliances for cracks or bubbles. Clean out the leaves that may be backed up in your gutters—blocked gutters can cause ice to form in large amounts and damage your roof and gutters.
Generally, you will want to check, clean, and maintain your appliances before periods of high usage. With the warmer air and hotter temperatures, it’s smart to get your air conditioner checked by a professional. Other appliances and systems like your plumbing, washer, dryer, and lighting should be checked to ensure longevity. As you begin to clean up your yard for spring, make sure you trim the hedges and bushes around your condensing unit. This will let air flow freely through and circulate properly.
Invest in a Home Warranty
No matter how well you maintain your home, there will always be times when you need a refrigerator, heater, or some other home appliance repaired. It just makes good financial sense to cover yourself in case of emergencies. Most people who invest in home warranties find the service is definitely worth the cost.