All homeowners live in fear of the same doomsday situation: a major appliance in your home malfunctions. When the repair tech gives you an estimate, you realize that you’ll have to pay thousands of dollars for a replacement. You can avoid that scenario if you’re proactive. Here’s how to invest in maintenance and avoid repairs.
Lock Your Kitchen Cabinets
Some of your cabinets serve a secondary purpose. They don’t just add storage space. They also hide electrical outlets and plumbing valves. Should a child or pet get into your cabinets, they could damage the pipes or sockets that you need for your appliances to work. A kitchen sink replacement could cost as much as $455.
You can avoid that future expense with a simple strategy. Add locks to your cabinets! A magnetic latch costs as little as a dollar and is easy to install. When you take the time to do this project, you make sure that nobody gets into your cabinets by accident. You don’t have to worry about broken kitchen appliances!
Check Your HVAC Unit
The HVAC unit is one of the most expensive appliances in your home. When yours breaks, you’ll have to pay $3,500 or more to replace it. Nicer units are at least twice that price, which means you’re out $7,000 when your HVAC unit breaks. You’ll also suffer in hot or cold weather while you wait for installation of the new device, and that could take weeks!
A service technician charges $150 or less to do maintenance on an HVAC unit. For that price, the worker will change your air filter and check your ventilation system for troublesome issues. Those could include pests and rodents in the shafts, dust allergens clogging the ducts, and malfunctioning hardware. A service technician will fix your problems for a fraction of what you’ll pay if your HVAC unit fails. Regular maintenance is a smart investment.
Clean the Gutters
Nobody loves the idea of climbing up to the roof of their home. It’s an aggravating process that requires a ladder. It’s also scary for anyone at least somewhat frightened of heights. Despite these concerns, you should clean your gutters quarterly.
Dirty gutters are one of the most frequent causes of a leaky roof. Should you have to replace your roof, you’ll pay at least $7,500. Rather than waste so much money, do some proactive maintenance. Cleaning your gutters only takes a half hour, and you should do it once a quarter. That’s a total of two hours of cleaning a year to save $7,500. Don’t think of this job as work. Think of it as a job that pays thousands of dollars an hour!
Clean the Dryer Exhaust
Your dryer can catch fire. If that happens, you’ll lose everything that you own. That’s a scary thought, but you can avoid the most likely cause. Clean your dryer exhaust. All you need to do is remove the clumps of lint inside the connected tubing. It only takes a couple of minutes and protects your home from catastrophe.
Many of the most expensive repairs in your home are avoidable. Follow the four tips listed here to save your house from disaster.
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