As a new homeowner, you can no longer spend your spring cleaning behind the refrigerator, cleaning out the closets and washing windows, you need to add some tasks to that list.

You see, in addition to spring cleaning duties, homeowners also have a list of maintenance tasks that need to be completed. For example, you had better change that furnace filter and don’t forget to check the water heater.

We get it, it can be a little overwhelming thinking about what you need to do when you become a homeowner. But rest assured, you will get really good at changing out filters and changing out smoke alarm batteries.

William Raveis Stowe Real Estate, your real estate agency in Vermont, offers some spring maintenance tips for new homeowners.

Exhaust Hood

If you know a restaurant owner, you might know that workers at commercial kitchens are required to clean the exhaust hoods on a regular basis, and for good reasons. They do get quite dirty in a short period of time.

And while there are no laws that state you have to clean your kitchen exhaust hood on a regular basis, you should anyway. We will tell you now, it’s a dirty job. But you lower the chances of a kitchen fire by doing so.

A dirty kitchen exhaust hood is not only an eyesore, but it is also a fire hazard as well. Buy a bottle of quality degreaser and take the time to thoroughly clean your hood.

Garage Door and Opener

It is important that you check and inspect your garage door and all of its components at least once a year. Checking to ensure your garage door is properly functioning is a matter of safety.

The chain that moves your garage door up and down should be cleaned and lubricated. You also need to make sure the chain isn’t loose. You should also lubricate any other moving components of your garage door.

All garage doors installed after 1993 require a safety system that automatically reverses the door when something is in its path. To make sure this feature is properly functioning, place a 2×4 in the path of your closing garage door. When the garage door hits the wood, it should stop and reverse. If this doesn’t happen, you need to address the problem in order to prevent a potentially dangerous and deadly situation.

Condenser Coils

For those of you unfamiliar with the workings of a refrigerator, the condenser coil helps keep your food inside cold.

We are going to guess that you aren’t aware that your refrigerator is responsible for 125 percent of your total household energy output. One way that you can keep your energy bills lower is by cleaning the condenser on a regular basis.

The condenser coils on your refrigerator are notorious for collecting dust and debris. Go ahead, take a look at it. Once the condenser coil becomes dirty, your refrigerator has to work harder to keep your eggs and soy milk cold.

To locate the condenser coil, pull your refrigerator from the wall and look underneath. Once you have cleaned it off, you will notice that your refrigerator works noticeably better.

Toilets and Faucets

While you use your toilets and faucets on a daily basis, you probably don’t take a really close look at them. These components are used on a daily basis and take a lot of abuse. And because of this, are prone to problems.

But if you are routinely inspecting your faucets and toilets and doing needed maintenance, then you minimize the chances of failure.

Water will find a way to leak all over the place if given the chance. So check around your faucets and toilets to see if there are signs of any leaking. If so, you can either grab a wrench and tackle the problem yourself or call a plumber.

Water Heater

You take your morning shower for granted until you have no hot water, then the entire day is shot.

Your water heater will provide you with thousands of gallons of hot water for you to enjoy day after day after day. That is, as long as you check it from time to time.

Any number of problems can plague your water heater including leaks and debris that settles to the bottom of the unit.

Change Batteries

At least twice a year, you should check all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a task that could save your life.

Test each of your detectors to ensure that they work. If not, then try changing out the batteries. If that doesn’t work, you need to replace it. If your detectors are at least 10 years old, they should be replaced.

Change the Filters

This is the easiest of the tasks we have touched on today, it is also the one most neglected by homeowners.

Look, it takes five minutes to check the furnace filter and change it. It is not rocket science or brain surgery. It is also the most inexpensive project you will do on your house.

Changing the filter on your furnace on a regular basis benefits you in two ways: It keeps your furnace and AC unit from working too hard and it helps keep the indoor air clean.

It takes some work to maintain your own home, but we can tell you it is well worth the effort. Give William Raveis Real Estate a call.