Jumpstart Your Summer Maintenance

man holding clipboard inspecting a condensing unit outside

Summer brings sunshine and delicious barbeques, but if you’re not prepared, it can also bring high energy costs and potential maintenance malfunctions. Avoid costly repairs by jumpstarting your home’s summer maintenance with the following tips.

 

Cooling System

The last thing you want happening this summer is your air conditioner malfunctioning. Maintain your A/C and stay cool this summer by following these steps:

  • Shut the power off
  • Clear away debris from inside and around the unit
  • Spray and straighten the fins
  • Clean the evaporator coil
  • Replace the filter
  • Clean the condensate drain line
  • Turn the power back on

Remember to regularly maintain your cooling system throughout the year to avoid costly repairs. Contact a licensed technician to inspect your air conditioner at least once a year.

How to maintain your air conditioner

 

Electrical System

Save energy and prevent safety hazards this summer by maintaining your home’s electrical system. Contact a licensed electrician to make sure your home is protected from electrical hazards and fires.

  • Check wires for damage and high heat – replace them if they show signs of malfunction
  • Examine outlets for overloads and block off the ones that you don’t use
  • Remove extension cords from the areas of your home that receive a lot of foot traffic
  • Keep all sources of water away from outlets, wires, and electrical appliances
  • Make sure your light bulbs don’t exceed the lamps’ maximum wattage

 

Plumbing

Maintaining your plumbing can help reduce water consumption and prevent your home from having an H2O emergency.

  • Check sprinklers to make sure they’re in good working order
  • Inspect hoses and valves for leaks
  • Check the washing machine hose – it’s fragile and should be carefully maintained to avoid leaks and flooding
  • Examine pipes and faucets for leaks and clogged drains – if they aren’t properly maintained, they risk developing leaks or getting backed up
  • Check your water pressure to make sure you’re not wasting water
  • Make sure your water heater doesn’t take too long to heat up and doesn’t run out of hot water too fast. Consider going tankless to save space and energy.

 

By maintaining your home’s systems and having them ready to go for the upcoming season, you can save money, energy, and give yourself more time to enjoy a relaxing summer.