Tips to keep your repair & maintenance costs to a minimum

Tips to keep your repair & maintenance costs to a minimum

Tips to keep your repair & maintenance costs to a minimum
  • Defrost your freezer if the ice is 5mm thick. Keep the temperature towards the higher side in order to avoid over frosting of the food in winters. Get refrigerator services once in a year it would keep its condenser coil dust free by vacuuming it. Servicing will ensure the magnetic door seal on the refrigerator doesn’t leak also that on/off cycle of the refrigerator works properly. This will also give a longer life to your refrigerator.
  • Get your AC’s serviced before off season this would help the AC coils last longer also you will be able to get off season discounts.
  • Remove remote battery during off season as it might leak and cause damage to the remote.
  • Keep basic tools like M-Seal, hammer, nails handy to fix any small breakdown for the major ones keep the number of home repair service providers stored in mobile.
  • If you use a space heater in a bathroom, make sure that it is specifically designed for use in a damp area.  When you leave a room or go to sleep, unplug the space heater.
  • Get the anti termite treatment done just after getting the expensive wooden furniture made. Also get rid of cockroaches and insects by getting pest control done. Non toxic and non smelly alternative are easily available these days.
  • To clean, wash leather seats with warm, soapy water using a nail brush and cloth. Allow to dry, and then coat the cleaned area with Vaseline; rub it in with a cloth to get the residue off. This works better than most expensive cleaners. To revive, polish it with linseed oil and vinegar in a proportion of 1:2
  • What better season to switch to healthier cleaning and personal care products, and reduce indoor pollution? Clean up that clutter of toxic products under the kitchen sink, or in your laundry room. Buy yourself a gift pack of some new less toxic products.
  • Insulate Exposed Piping: If you have any exposed water or drain piping at all in uninsulated spaces such as in a garage, terrace or outside walls, etc., make sure to insulate them with foam insulation or by using an adhesive easily available at hardware shops. Ideally you should wrap them with electrical heating tape first, and then insulate them.
  • Doors and Windows: With winters come the problem of expanding sizes of wooden doors and windows. The easiest fix here is to check for weather-stripping, i.e. any leakage of air or water, on the side and bottoms of the doors. Install weather-stripping on any leaking doors.

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