Every season brings its own set of challenges that can be problematic to the well-being of your residence. To keep your home running smoothly throughout the year creating a comprehensive maintenance checklist of areas to inspect, and when to do it, is a good place to start.
- HVAC system
- Water heater
- Electrical wiring
One of the most hard-working systems in the home is the HVAC system. Regardless of which season it’s in use, it many homes, the system runs 24/7. Keeping temperatures regulated to a comfortable degree requires multiple parts to work effectively and efficiently. When a HVAC system isn’t serviced, what may be a small problem that’s easily fixed can turn into a costly repair. To ensure your heating and cooling system is running at peak performance, schedule a pre-season maintenance check in the spring in preparation of summer heat and a check in the fall prior to winter cold.
Throughout the year, homeowners can do their part in maintaining the system with monthly checks of the air filters. This includes checking for any damage to the filters, cleaning, if applicable, or replacing filters within the system.
Like the HVAC system, the water heater has a busy agenda keeping hot water available when it’s needed. The standard recommendation is to have the water heater drained at least once a year to remove sediment that has accumulated on the bottom of the tank. About once every five years, the anode rod should be replaced.
The roof is the one area that is “on call” 24/7 regardless of the weather. Subject to extreme sun, heavy thunderstorms, ice and snow, high winds, along with falling tree limbs and branches and wildlife, this large protection system needs to be inspected at least once a year, more if your area experiences extreme weather conditions.
If the roofing material is nearing the end of its lifespan, more frequent checks are suggested. Any interior signs of water damage such as water stains on the ceiling or walls, cracks in drywall or plaster, and obvious drips need to be checked by a professional roofing contractor. Roofing issues include problems such as deteriorated material, loose shingles, loose or broken tiles, holes or cracks in the material or along seams, and leaking around chimney bases, ventilation pipes or ridge vents.
If your home is experiencing problems such as flickering lights, breakers tripping, outlets sparking, fuses continuously tripping, blown fuses, these are signs of electrical problems. Even if there are no signs of electrical problems, contact a licensed electrician to schedule a check of the electrical system every three to five years. If any potential problems exist, they can be repaired before becoming a fire hazard.
Maintain an annual termite inspection of your home. Even if your home has been previously fumigated, a yearly inspection will find evidence of termites and immediate action can be taken to control the infestation.
For homes with a working chimney, schedule a service check-up with a professional chimney sweep to do an inspection and a thorough cleaning to remove built-up creosote.
Periodic checks of the home will alert you to problems before they turn into costly repairs. Keeping your home maintained can save money overall, extend the life of your home, increase energy efficiency, and increase the value of the property.