The Essential Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Keeping your running as smooth as possible is not the most straightforward task in the world sometimes, but you need to stay on top of things to make sure no issues derail your summer vacation plans. From cleaning around the house to taking out the trash, every little bit of cleaning helps keep your home in good shape and avoid expensive repairs. If you need to tidy up your home but don’t know where to start, we break down a few tasks you can do now to help get you started on the right track!

HVAC Repair

This might seem obvious on our end to tell you to get your HVAC serviced, but you should take the time to schedule a repair, especially before the change in seasons. Not only can HVAC repairs now help your AC last throughout the hot summer, but think of the upcoming fall season! Typically we advise repairs at least annually, if not every season, to ensure no issues arise in your HVAC components. While some HVAC units can go with annual inspections, if you have noticed some odd quirks lately with your HVAC, like strange sounds or smells, best not to put off those repairs.

HVAC Cleaning

We’ll let you in on a little HVAC secret that can save you on repairs; it involves cleaning your HVAC unit! Cleaning your HVAC system can avoid many common p[roblems homeowners face each season that requires repair. While we will gladly help clean your HVAC system, if you want to save money, why not get a head start on cleaning your system.


One HVAC component many overlooks are the air filters. Whether replaceable or reusable, air filters need to be maintained! Change or clean your air filters at least every three months to avoid clogged filters from reducing your home’s air quality and putting extra strain on your HVAC system.


For your outdoor HVAC unit, clean up any surrounding debris from the panels and rinse off the panel. Make sure to power off your HVAC unit entirely before washing to avoid any electrical mishaps, and adequately dry each component to prevent mold from growing in your HVAC system.

Dusting Those Grates

Go around your home and check the air vents around your home. Notice dust or feel a somewhat sticky layer of film on the vents? Old dust build-up[ can clog your air ducts and vents, leading to poor airflow and negatively impacting your home’s air quality. Take the time to clean in between each grate of your vents; a toothbrush can help get a deep clean and properly dry the coverings!

Check Bulbs

Walk around the home and check the light fixtures around your home for any odd lighting issues. Notice a bulb that keeps flickering, but the light bulb is screwed on tight? Does the kitchen light suddenly dim in the evening? Jot down these odd occurrences to give to an electrician. While sometimes these issues can be solved by a simple light bulb replacement, sometimes outlets can get damaged, or you may have issues with your electrical panel that needs inspection. When it comes to electrical repair, always leave it to the professionals for your own safety and to avoid creating more expensive problems via a DIY project.


Smoke Alarm Check

Take the time to go around your homeland and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms! While some smoke detectors can be plugged into the wall for a direct power source, it is always a good idea to replace the backup battery in these devices in the event you lose power. The last thing you want in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide leak is a faulty alarm.


At Anderson Plumbing, Heating & Electric we know that making improvements to the home can take a lot of work, so let us help out. When it comes to installing a smart thermostat or any HVAC need, we got you covered! Call us today (334) 231-6980 and our team will be happy to help.