Austin apartments and Do
It Yourself Maintenance
Never put shellfish or potato peelings in the garbage disposal. Use caution with rags, bottle caps, silverware, etc. that may cause the disposal to stop working.
Should your disposal become jammed:
Turn off the power switch and remove any objects that have fallen inside.
Check the base of the disposal under the sink for a re-set button.
Use a wooden spoon to un-stick the blades by manually turning the blades. (make sure power switch is in the off position)
Do not flush anything other than toilet paper down the commode. DO NOT USE CLEANERS/DEODORIZERS THAT ARE INSERTED INTO THE TANK the rubber flapper will rot to prevent stopped drains remove hair from tub & sink drains.
If you should have a plumbing stoppage or leak:
Use a plunger & Drano to try and unclog the stoppage yourself.
Check to see if the chain is loose or has fallen off the inside of the toilet tank & replace it.
Remove any foreign objects & keep water mopped up until maintenance arrives.
A/C & Heating
It is mandatory that you change your filter on a monthly basis failure to do so can be quite costly. A properly functioning air conditioner will cool to about 15 - 20 cooler than the intake temperature. Leave your a/c on during the day just turn it up to 80 while you're out . . . turning the unit off completely will have you coming home to a smoldering apartment and may take all evening before it cools off it is also more energy efficient and could save you money!
If your a/c or heater stops working:
Always check the breaker box first breakers will trip due to too many appliances running at the same time. Flip all the breakers back and forth one time, including the big one in the middle.
Check for ice on the unit - if there is ice outside or inside, turn off the unit and call maintenance.
Check the temperature verses the temperature blowing from the vent 15 - 20 difference is good.
Washer & Dryer
Keep your dryer lint trap clean with each load. Make sure you are not overloading your machines.
If your Washer or Dryer stops working:
Check the exhaust pipe behind the dryer if it is crimped it will not dry.
Check the lint trap if it is full it will not dry.
Make sure your washing machine is balanced they can become unbalanced as a result of overloading them. A balanced washer will spin and clean better.
Only use soap specifically sold for use in the dishwasher. Never stop your dishwasher mid-cycle. Always rinse your dishes thoroughly excess food can cause plumbing stoppages.
If your Dishwasher is not working properly:
Check for a switch near the sink that may have been turned off.
If you've stopped the dishwasher mid-cycle drain water before re-starting.
Make sure there's no food in the bottom of the dishwasher that could cause stoppages.