Contractor Cornerstones: Humidifier Maintenance for Homeowners

Humidifier Maintenance, Home Maintenance, Home Warranty, America's Preferred Home Warranty

Are you keeping up with your humidifier? No, not the essential oil-misting gadget sitting on a shelf—the one in your furnace. In this episode of Contractor Cornerstones, Jackson, Michigan’s Lammers Heating & Air Conditioning President Todd Desy told us what homeowners should be checking for. According to HVAC.com,* a whole house humidifier works with the […]

Contractor Cornerstones: A/C Spring Maintenance for Homeowners

Contractor Advice, Home Warranty, America's Preferred Home Warranty, Home Maintenance

Have you noticed? Spring is in the air: The snow is melting, actual grass is visible, and the temperatures are steadily increasing (at least for the moment). In today’s episode of Contractor Cornerstones, we’re looking ahead to prepare for actual warm weather—by maintaining the air conditioner now. From the Professionals Service Manager Andy Miller of […]

Don’t Become a Statistic: Maintain Your Smoke Alarms

Home Warranty, America's Preferred Home Warranty, Smoke Detectors

Homeowners love to hate the chirp that smoke detectors emit when the batteries get low. We know these alarms can and do save lives, so we all enjoy the joke—until it isn’t funny anymore. One study found that three out of every five home fire deaths happen in homes with either no smoke alarms or […]

Contractor Cornerstones: Replace Your Furnace Filter

Home Warranty, Home Warranties, APHW, Home Maintenance, Furnace Filters

Hey there! So, we want you to have useful information about maintaining your home systems and appliances, but we also want that information to be fresh! So we’ve started interviewing the experts: The contractors you hire, know, and trust! To that end, I am pleased to introduce our “Contractor Cornerstones” series, with information straight from […]

What’s That Smell? Oh…

Home Warranty, America's Preferred Home Warranty, Trash Compactor Maintenance

While not as common today, some households still use a trash compactor to minimize the size of waste. Unfortunately, that convenience comes with a side effect: A small, dark compartment perfect for growing smelly bacteria from garbage residue. Suffice it to say that regular cleaning is necessary. But how do you clean and maintain this […]

Stick a Fork In It! Microwave Oven Maintenance

Microwave Maintenance Tips

Thanksgiving has passed, and Christmas is on its way. What could this mean except… LEFTOVERS! Seriously, who doesn’t love a good turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, potatoes, gravy, and cheese melt on rye? Okay, okay, you might not include ALL of that, but chances are your microwave is getting a workout this holiday season. Don’t forget […]

Are You THAT Kind of Holiday People?

Electrical Maintenance

There are two types of holiday people: Those who decorate, and those who DECORATE. Either way, lights are involved. Our question to you is this: When was the last time you really inspected your home’s electrical? Better yet, when was the last time you had it professionally inspected? Is it safe? Use your holiday decorating […]

Stove & Oven Prep for Thanksgiving

Don't set your oven on fire this Thanksgiving: Cleaning Tips

When the season means more time in the kitchen, the last thing you need is for your stove or oven to quit on you—or worse, start a fire. Semi-regular maintenance can go a long way toward ensuring they will work when you need them most, like when the whole family is over for Thanksgiving! Keep […]

How to Winterize Your HVAC A/C Unit

Winterize Your AC

Most of the northern states are already covered in snow, but we’re expecting a warm-up to melt it all away by next week. Take advantage of that melt-off and winterize your HVAC air conditioner, if you haven’t already. Why winterize it? Simply put, preparing your unit for winter can save you money in repairs. It […]

Keep Your Holidays ‘Safely’ Electrified

String of Jack-o-Lantern lights w/ Title: Is Your Yard Safe for Trick or Treaters?

When do you start getting into the ‘holiday’ season? November 1 is commonly accepted, though Halloween enthusiasts might disagree. Regardless, there’s a common thread between all of them: Electrical decorations. Who doesn’t want a giant inflatable jack-o-lantern/turkey/snowman in their yard? Besides the big stuff, well-lit walkways and candle alternatives are important for the safety of […]