We're sure you're aware of all the home maintenance tasks you should be doing (gutter cleaning anyone?), but what about the less noticeable chores? We've compiled a list of some of the more obscure tasks you may be forgetting or not even know about. 

Flush the Water Heater. Sure you can just wait till the water heater dies and water leaks all over your laundry room or garage. Or you could extend the life, and increase the efficiency, of your water heater. If you're not comfortable flushing the water heater yourself, hiring a plumber may be your best option. 

Clean the Refrigerator Drip Pan. A lot of refrigerators have a drip pan and they can become moldy. To clean yours, remove the kick plate at the bottom, front of your refrigerator, follow the defrost drip line to the pan, then gently pull the pan out and clean it. 

Reseal Stone Counters. Granite and marble counters should be resealed at least every year, unless it's pre-sealed. To test your counters, drop a few droplets of water on your counter tops. If the water immediately beads up, your seal is still good. 

Clean Light Bulbs. Dirty bulbs can put out 30% less light than clean bulbs. Wipe bulbs down with a clean towel to remove dust and enjoy a brighter home. 

Wash Your Dryer Lint Screen. You wipe the lint of the lint screen before each new load, so it's clean right? Wrong. Dryer sheet and fabric softener residue can build up on the screen making it less efficient. Wash it with soap and water then let it air dry a few times a year to increase efficiency. 

Clean the Dishwasher. You'd think the appliance that cleans your dishes would be clean itself. Unfortunately, even the dishwasher needs a deep cleaning now and again. Clean the drain at the bottom of the dishwasher of any debris. Wipe walls and seams with cleaner, and scrub if necessary. You can run a cycle with just a small bowl of white vinegar to disinfect and deodorize. 

Clean Refrigerator Coils. Dirty refrigerator coils can decrease efficiency and put extra strain on the appliance. At least once a year (more often for pet-friendly homes), break out the vacuum and vacuum the coils (typically at the back of the fridge). If the coils are too deep to reach, hardware stores sell brushes just for this chore. 


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