Maintaining your home's HVAC, plumbing, and electrical components can prevent minor issues from becoming big headaches. We designed this handy home maintenance to-do list every season. A little work each spring, summer, fall, and winter can save you time and money in the long run.
Basic Year-Round Home Maintenance
Aside from your annual HVAC service appointments, there are simple tasks you can do to improve energy efficiency and extend the life of your heating and cooling equipment. These tips are divided into all four seasons and by the type of maintenance you'll tackle. Need help? Call the office to schedule an appointment with a friendly and knowledgeable technician!
Spring Home Maintenance
Spring is a great time to make accessible home repairs that keep you safe and comfortable.
It's time to switch from heating to cooling season! Here's how to prepare your HVAC system.
Turn off your furnace and get your AC unit ready for summer by:
- Cleaning the outdoor unit of leaves and debris and checking for leaks or damage
- Replacing the filter before turning on the system
- Adjusting thermostat settings to ensure optimal temperature range
Check your cooling system in the first few days of use to spot any common issues that may arise after being inactive for a few months.
Inspect all your outdoor faucets before use. Even in Lexington, frost and freeze-thaw cycles can cause severe damage to faucets and pipes. Always check for leaks, uneven flow, or low pressure before you connect your hose.
Test all electrical outlets. This helps identify dead circuits and potential fire hazards. It's also an excellent time to inspect power cords and cables for signs of fraying or warping. Replace any cords with exposed wires, which could pose a fire risk.
Summer Home Maintenance
The heat is on, and your AC unit is working hard! Here's how to keep it running efficiently.
Replace your AC filter monthly and consider starting the season with a fresh one. You can also boost your AC by switching the ceiling fan direction to counterclockwise. This will push the air down and create a cooling breeze. Save energy with an annual cooling system tune-up from Pro Plumbing!
Inspect and drain your water heater. Summer is the best time to do this and avoid repairs during the busy winter season. Check for leaks or cracks and listen for sediment buildup in the tank.
Protect your electronics. Use surge protectors for devices and consider investing in a whole home surge protection device to avoid damage from summer storms.
Fall Home Maintenance
Autumn is the time to prepare for winter and make necessary repairs to your HVAC system.
Just as you prepare your AC unit for summer, inspect and protect your heating system.
- Replace your air filter and adjust thermostat settings as needed.
- Ensure all air vents are open, clean, and free from obstruction by furniture.
Insulate exposed pipes to reduce the risk of burst pipes or leaks and improve energy efficiency. Pipes in basements, crawl spaces, and garages are more likely to freeze than those inside the home.
Inspect your electrical panel for signs of wear or tripped circuits. Increased heating needs and more time at home mean increased electricity consumption, so be familiar with your breaker panel and how to use it safely.
Winter Home Maintenance
Get your home ready for winter and avoid the need for emergency heating repairs.
Inspect your furnace, boiler, or heat pump for issues such as blowing cool air, short cycling, or combustion smells. These indicate the need for professional assistance.
Prepare for the unexpected. You've insulated exposed pipes, but it's smart to keep an eye on your plumbing during winter. Make sure the adults in your household know where to locate and close the main water supply valve. If a pipe does burst, you'll be able to react quickly and cut off the water before it causes more damage.
Unplug. Make a point of unplugging electronic devices when you're not using them. This reduces your household's total energy consumption and can help lower monthly energy bills.
Year-Round Support for Lexington, NC Homeowners
We've got your back any time of year! The friendly, do-it-all professionals at Pro Plumbing Service Co. have the experience to put you and your home in a position to face whatever the weather throws at you. For all your HVAC, plumbing, and electrical needs, book online or call 336-892-8105 today.