This small cleaning job is best saved for a day when you don’t have much time, but want to get something done- call to schedule routine maintenance on home appliances. Two times a year I have my heating/ AC guy come to service my 3 heat pumps. Two of the heat pumps are original to the house, so we keep babying them along in hopes of another season of heating/ cooling. And the third unit we replaced our first summer here, so I know how much a new unit costs, so I want to keep in good order. I try to schedule these visits when I know the repairman is not swamped with urgent requests for service.
And since we heat our house with wood, I schedule a chimney cleaning yearly to make sure we are safe and our stove is working very efficiently. I also want to schedule this when the service man is not handling a lot of urgent calls. I have found that May is a great time to schedule both of these appointments. I have even had both out on the same day- that is very efficient for me.
Scheduling these visits during the “off season” I sometimes get a discount (yeah!) and know that my household is working well. And because I have established a relationship with these repairmen, when I do have a problem, I do get good service, often the same day I call or the next depending on the severity of the problem.
What household systems do you need to maintain? Do you have a trusted repair person? If not, call your friend or neighbor for a suggestion. I have found that I get the best recommendations from other repair people. Don’t wait until it breaks, service it before the season starts