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How to Prepare Your Home for Warm Weather

Spring is almost here, and it will be summer before you know it! There are many things a homeowner needs to check off their to-do list before their home is ready to transition into a new season.

Summer HVAC Checklist

Summer break may be a vacation for your kids, but it’s no vacation for your HVAC system. Make sure to plan your annual air conditioner maintenance earlier to ensure that your system is ready to go as soon as you need it.

When is the best time to schedule AC maintenance?

You should schedule annual maintenance in the season before you plan to use your system. For summer, you should schedule your AC tune-ups in early spring. The earlier you schedule, the sooner your system will be ready to go — wait too long, and you could end up in long service queues as HVAC technicians enter their busy season.

A well-maintained cooling system can make all the difference in your home comfort this summer. With regular maintenance, your HVAC system is more energy-efficient (meaning it costs less to operate) and can go longer without needing expensive repairs or replacements.

Change the Air Filters

If you rely on central air or a heat pump for your comfort control, make sure to replace your air filter at the beginning of each season.

Pro tip: A good rule of thumb is to replace the filter at least every 90 days — this comes out to about once every three months. Changing your filter at the start of a new season will help you keep track of the timing better.

Spring Plumbing Checklist

Spring nor’easters and rain showers require some heavy lifting from your plumbing system. Check these areas to make sure your home is ready to handle whatever Mother Nature can throw at it.

Replace and Install Outdoor Faucets

Outdoor faucets can make or break your outdoor plumbing. The smallest crack can lead to leaks that can cost you hundreds of dollars over a year — or lead to more serious plumbing, foundational, or pest problems. Examine all hose bibbs and outdoor fixtures for anything out of the ordinary.

Check the Sump Pump

Your sump pump is your home’s most effective line of defense against flooding. Follow these steps to check for any potential issues:

  • Listen for the hum when your sump pump is powered up. If you don’t hear any noise, there could be a problem.
  • Dump a 5-gallon bucket of water into the basin of your sump pump. If the pump drains all the water and then shuts down, your system is working fine. If not, you’ll want to call for an inspection or repairs.

Check the Condition of Your Water Heater

Do you know how old your water heater is? A traditional tank water heater should last anywhere from 8 to 12 years — depending on how well-cared-for it is. If you aren’t sure how old your water heater is, check the sticker from the manufacturer to find the installation date or contact your local plumber for assistance.

Keep an eye out for these signs that your unit may need to be replaced:

  • Brown or rusty water
  • Water around the base
  • External signs of corrosion
  • Not enough hot water
  • Strange sounds
  • Strange taste

How often should I flush it?

Flush your water heater about once per year. If you live in an area with especially hard water, it may be beneficial to your equipment to flush the tank more frequently — about once every six months.

Schedule Your AC Maintenance and Plumbing Repairs Today!

Skip the long lines and make your appointment for HVAC maintenance with Pine State Services today! Contact our team online or by phone at (207) 747-1210 to schedule an appointment.

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