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 […]

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 […]

There are Holes in Your Roof!

Man fixing roof while onlooker comments from below, "Not what I meant by Ventilation, honey."

Okay, okay, the TECHNICAL term might be ‘ventilation.’ But there are multiple reasons why you should take a look at your roof anyway (or have a professional do it) before the snow starts flying: Clogged gutters can cause ice dams and water damage Shaded areas may have streaking (fungus, moss, mildew, or algae growth) Overhanging […]

This Suds Bucket ISN’T Self-Cleaning? Seriously!?

Washing Machine Maintenance

Yep! Sad to say, our favorite appliance for washing clothing doesn’t clean itself, despite the amount of soap you throw in there. If anything, it can actually be a haven for mold and mildew growth—so if you notice your clothing coming out a little… smelly… it might be time for some washing machine TLC. The […]

Don’t ‘FALL’ for it! Maintain Your Home

Fall Home Maintenance

PUMPKIN SPICE! Okay, seriously though, focus: You have a (PUMPKIN SPICE) home to maintain and colder weather on the (PUMPKIN SPICE) way, so it’s really time to take a look around your home and… (PuMpKiN sPiCe) …erm… AHEM. While this season does offer MANY distractions, now is the best time to maintain your home so […]

FREEZE! Or Better Yet, Keep Your Ice Machine Working

Ice Machine Maintenance

Ah, ice. If you’re lucky, you no longer have to fill trays with water, carry them to the freezer (without spilling any), and wait for them to harden. No, you have a built-in icemaker, working day and night to make sure your drinks are always cold and refreshing. Wouldn’t it be terrible if it… stopped? […]

Open & Shut: Garage Door Opener Maintenance

Garage Door Opener Maintenance

Our two-car garage did not include garage door openers when we first moved in. After one horrendous winter without them—pull up the icy driveway, get out without slipping, go into the side door of the garage, unlock and open the garage door from the inside, get back into the car, pull forward, then face the […]

Septic Sense: Maintaining the Motions

Septic Tank Maintenance

One of the finer aspects of society living is public plumbing: Once you flush, it goes away. But with more than 20 percent of households relying on an onsite system to treat their wastewater, you may have found yourself with a septic tank to maintain. Don’t panic: While repairs can be costly, septic systems typically […]