Working From Home: Spring Checklist

Working From Home: Spring Checklist

(PHOENIX)– It’s a common scene for many of us: you’re working from home, take a break and, next thing you know you’re in the kitchen. Rather than snack on something you may regret, consider using a break to leave your home better prepared for the summer months.

The suggestions from Donley AC & Plumbing range from 5 to 15-minute tasks that can help clear your mind, clean your home, and maybe save you money.

Ceiling fans

While the easiest way to clean ceilings fans is using an extendable blade duster, you can also use an old pillowcase, which keeps the dust from floating around the room. Turn off the fan and grab a chair or ladder. Slip the pillowcase over the entire blade, press lightly and pull it back. Repeat for each blade. Take the pillowcase outside and shake it off before washing it. You can also use a soft brush attachment on a vacuum to clean the fan and your air conditioning vents.

Turn on the fan and check the direction of the blades. You want them to run counter-clockwise to cool the air.

Bathroom exhaust fans

Turn off the power. If dust is visible on the cover, wipe the area to prevent it from spilling down during removal. Remove the cover by gently pulling down to expose the fan, then squeeze the metal mounting wires and slide them out of their slots. You may also need to squeeze the tabs to remove the light fixture.  Soak the cover in warm, soapy water for a few minutes then use a cloth or brush to remove the dirt and dust. Let the cover air-dry.

If you’re feeling ambitious you can loosen the screws to remove the fan or move the fan cover, then use a soft brush attachment on the vacuum to clean the area.

Sink Drains

Regular cleaning can help you avoid slow or backed up drains. Once a week, pour a cup of baking soda into the drain followed by hot water to reduce odor. Or pour a cup of vinegar down the drain and let sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing with hot water. Vinegar will help remove organic buildup in pipes.


With more of us eating at home, dishwashers are working overtime. The drain at the bottom of your dishwasher can collect food debris and buildup and lead to a clog.  You can clean the area around the drain by hand but may have to remove the screws and drain cover to access the smaller pieces. This will ensure dirty water is exiting and your dishes are properly cleaned.

You can also place a cup of white vinegar on the top rack and run it through a hot-water cycle to wash away grease and remove odors.


The average person uses the toilet six to eight times a day, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. That adds up to about 2,500 trips a year. If your toilet runs too long, you’ll waste a lot of water. A cracked flapper or valve seal is the most likely culprit.  Try the food-coloring test to check for leaks. Place a few drops in the bowl and wait ten minutes. If you see color, you have a leak. A Donley technician can also show you how to remove a defective flapper and install a new one.

Air conditioner unit

Now’s the time to get your AC ready for summer. Change your filter now and make a note to change it monthly during AC season. Winter rains and winds can kick up dirt and debris. Use a low-pressure hose to clean on the outside of the condensing unit.

About Donley AC & Plumbing

Since 1976, Jim and Mike Donley and their employees have been providing honest, caring service to Arizonans. Family-owned Donley AC & Plumbing has twice been honored with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award. Donley technicians receive ongoing training to provide the most comprehensive service for air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sewer repair, maintenance management and solar hot water.


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