Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

by BrendaReeves

To keep a well-maintained home, it's important to do some springtime maintenance.

When the weather warms up and the sunshine gives us an extra bolt of energy, it's a good time to take care of those chores that were neglected all winter. Following a home maintenance schedule means you won't get hit with costly repair bills. Pick the first weekend in March or April every year to tend to all that needs doing and relax until winter approaches.

Your Air Conditioner's Condenser

Check your air conditioner's condenser in spring and summer. Checking it is easy and takes just 10 minutes. Call a service professional if you find any problems. Working on it yourself will void the warranty, and you might accidentally release refrigerant into the atmosphere. In the long run, you'll save a lot of money.

Steps to checking your air conditioner:

  1. Turn the air conditioner on and while it's running, check the refrigerant lines. Look for crimping in the refrigerant lines. The insulation should be in good condition; no wear or cracks, and the tube should be cold. The smaller tube should be warm to touch along the entire length.
  2. Check to see if the condensing unit is slanted using a carpenters level.
  3. Cut back any plants near the air conditioning unit to improve airflow.
  4. When you mow, shut off your air conditioner to prevent clippings from getting sucked into the condenser. Always point the lawnmower discharge away from the condenser to avoid throwing stones and other objects into the condenser's aluminum fins.

Water Heater Maintenance

Take 15 minutes to flush any sediment from your hot water heater. Mineral deposits from hard water collect over time reducing the units efficiency. It limits the amount of available hot water and lowers the water temperature and possibly the water pressure.

If the water heater is electric, shut off the circuit breakers or pull the fuses. Turn the gas valve to the pilot position on a gas water heater. If your water heater is oil-fired turn off the power to the burner.

Wear rubber gloves to prevent burns while you attach a hose to the water heater drain valve. You can find the drain valve on the side of the water heater. It looks like an outdoor faucet. Place the opposite end of the hose near a floor drain or attach additional hoses and feed it outside. Open the drain valve and drain the water until it runs clear. Turn off the drain valve, detach the hose from the drain valve and lift the end of the hose draining out any hot water that's left.


Smoke Detectors

Fall back spring forward. When daylight savings time kicks in, it's time to replace all of the batteries in the smoke detectors. This insures that they won't malfunction when a fire emergency occurs.

Updated: 03/02/2013, BrendaReeves
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BrendaReeves on 06/13/2012

Thanks for the comment Tolovaj. A janitor sounds like a good idea.

BrendaReeves on 06/13/2012

Thanks for the comment Tolovaj. A janitor sounds like a good idea.

Tolovaj on 06/13/2012

I suppose this list can be even longer. when I see what has to be done in and around the house I am always happy I don't own one.
On the other side having a house has many benefits...
So: I want a house with janitor!

BrendaReeves on 04/04/2012

Thank you for the comment Mladen. Houses will cost you a lot of money just trying to maintain it all the time.

Mladen on 04/04/2012

We did these things every spring while we lived in house. I must say it is lot of work to be done on house maintenance. But it is also interesting. Houses are like living creatures. They get old and sometimes sick too. I like to say: house owners are not far from being doctors. :)

BrendaReeves on 04/02/2012

Thanks for the comment Dustytoes. It's a lot of work owning a home.

dustytoes on 04/02/2012

I don't have an air-conditioner, so no worries there. Now that I am a homeowner, I need to pay attention to these good suggestions.

BrendaReeves on 04/02/2012

Thanks for the comment Angel.

Angel on 04/02/2012

I am the same as you guys. When spring gets here I get inspired to do these things around the house. Then summer hits and it is way too hot for me to be working. I am sitting by the pool at that point! Great page Brenda.

BrendaReeves on 04/01/2012

Your welcome Katie. The sunshine and flowers make me come alive.

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