Effective January 1, 2020, Freon will be illegal to import or manufacture in the US.
In 2010, the EPA banned the production of any new systems that used R-22 units due to harmful effects on the ozone layer, and a complete ban on manufacturing and importing starting January 1, 2020.
So what does this mean for you? First, you need to know if your current system is using R-22 Freon. If it does, any repairs related to Freon after January 1st will not be permitted and a replacement would be required. If you’ve purchased a new HVAC system since 2010, you should be fine. However, an older unit you can check on the sticker on the side. If it says “R-22 or HCFC-22” that wou...
As an owner of an investment property, it’s important to know the lifespan of certain things in your home. This helps plan for the future when these large monetary repairs are needed.
HVAC System: Many homeowners decide to replace with a newer system after about 10-15 years, but the average life expectancy of an HVAC system is about 15-20 years. Arizona HVAC can be on the lower end of the lifespan due to the constant use.
Exterior Paint: Stucco surfaces typically last ten years, though wood surfaces typically only last five to seven before it begins to fade/deteriorate. Using neutral tones will help the paint last longer and less noticeable fading.
Change AC Filters:
Change out your AC filters every 30 days; ensure they are installed correctly and are the correct size; cheap isn’t always best (take into consideration pets, amount of people, allergens, etc)
Clean out your dryer vent:
Unplug your dryer (if it’s gas, shut off the gas); pull unit out from the wall and disconnect the clamp from the hose; with a vacuum hose and dryer vent brush, clean out the opening of the dryer as high up as you can go; clean the hose in the same manner; clean out the lint trap with a toothbrush under hot, soapy water; be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly before putting back into dryer slot.
Clean Refrigerator Coils:
Pull fridge away fr...
Clogged drains and backed up/blocked pipes can easily escalate into major problems. A clogged drain can cause slow drainage, corrosion, flooding and potentially sewage backup. Here are some of the most common plumbing clogs and how to prevent them.
Hair is the number one cause of clogs in showers, bathtubs and bathroom sinks. To reduce or even eliminate this issue, install drain filters/strainers to catch hair but allow water to run through.
As you may know, when hot grease cools, it turns to a solid wax-like substance. Avoid ever pouring any grease, oil or meat broth down your drains.
Even small particles can build up over time and become a major issue. Make sure you ha...
Quick and easy way to clean your microwave in just minutes!
Fill a microwave-safe bowl with one cup water and one cup white vinegar
Let cook in your microwave for one to two minutes
Keep the door closed for about 3 minutes to steam up
Carefully remove the bowl (use a potholder or towel since it will be hot)
Wipe off bottom, sides, and roof of the microwave with a paper towel or cloth
Hand wash the rotating plate with soap and water or even through the dishwasher
Clean exterior buttons, handle and display with a paper towel or cloth with multipurpose cleaner or soap and water
Replace rotating plate back in the microwave
How often should you clean your oven? A general rule of thumb is to deep clean it every three months. Of course, general cleaning should be done after each use.
First, you want to clean the grates
Remove all of the grates
Fill a large tub or bathtub with hot water and some all-purpose cleaner (let them soak, the longer the better)
Remove grates and scrub off residue
Steam The Inside
Wipe or vacuum any loose debris once grates are removed
Put back bottom grate and place a large metal baking sheet or dish filled with water and a ½ cup of white vinegar
Heat over to 350 degrees and let the water bubble
Once bubbling, turn off over, carefully spray inner surfaces with a cleaner
Close the doo...
The refrigerator is one of the hardest working appliances in your home and it’s the one appliance that never gets a rest. It’s very important to make sure it is cleaned thoroughly
Take everything out
Take everything out of the refrigerator and place them in an empty space so you can easily sort through it.
Throw away any old, moldy, inedible or questionable food
Check expiration and “use by” date, and dispose of items you are unlikely to use
Remove shelving and drawers
Clean them out by hand and wait to put back in refrigerator until it’s been cleaned out
Wipe down interior of refrigerator with preferred cleaning solution
Avoid strongly scented soaps or cleaner, as f...
Keep your washer clean so that dirty build-up doesn’t soil your clean laundry…
Here are some simple steps for cleaning your washer:
Run a hot cycle with vinegar
Run an empty, regular hot cycle, using two cups of vinegar instead of detergent. The hot water-vinegar mixture removes and prevents bacteria growth.
Scrub inside and out
Mix about ¼ cup of vinegar with a quart of warm water and clean the inside of the machine. Don’t forget to clean the soap dispenser, inside of the door and any rubber sealing. Wipe down the outside as well.