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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist: Plumbing and HVAC Edition

As the leaves begin to change and the air turns crisp, it’s time to prepare your home for the upcoming fall season. Fall is the perfect time to address essential maintenance tasks, ensuring that your plumbing and HVAC systems are ready to handle the changing weather. Taking proactive steps now can save you from costly repairs and discomfort down the road. Here’s a comprehensive checklist for fall home maintenance, with a special focus on your plumbing and HVAC systems.

Is your home in greater phoenix ready for fall and winter?

Schedule a Heating System Inspection

Before the temperatures drop, have your heating system professionally inspected and serviced. A well-maintained furnace or heat pump will keep your home warm efficiently and safely throughout the fall and winter. While Greater Phoenix does not have significantly cold temperatures during fall and winter, it is still important to have your HVAC system maintenanced every 6 months for optimal use and longevity of the unit.

Change HVAC Filters

This is the most commonly missed home health step for homeowners. We suggest to replace or clean your HVAC system’s air filters every 30-60 days. Clogged filters reduce efficiency and indoor air quality. Fresh filters ensure optimal performance and better air circulation. This is crucial after monsoon season in the desert.

Check for Drafts

Inspect doors and windows for drafts. Seal gaps and cracks with weatherstripping or caulking to prevent heat loss and reduce energy bills.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Remove leaves and debris from gutters to prevent clogs and water damage. Ensure that downspouts direct water away from the foundation. No one enjoys cleaning their gutters out but it a crucial step for homeowners as the seasons change and debris builds up. Cleaning your gutters should be a priority before any rainy season.

Outdoor Faucets and Hoses

Disconnect garden hoses, drain them, and store them indoors. Turn off outdoor faucets and drain any remaining water to prevent freezing and pipe damage. While this isn’t necessary for residents in the Greater Phoenix region, it is a good opportunity to check your outdoor plumbing to ensure there are no leaks or erosion that could cause bigger problems in the future.

Test Sump Pump

If your home has a sump pump, test it to ensure it’s working correctly. Heavy fall rains can lead to flooding, and a functioning sump pump is your first line of defense. Again, while residents in Greater Phoenix do not have to worry about year-round heavy rain, it is always a good idea to check your plumbing a few times a year to ensure there are no issues that need to be addressed with your local plumbing contractor. 

Water Heater Maintenance

Flush your water heater to remove sediment buildup, which can reduce efficiency. Check for leaks or signs of corrosion. Consider insulating the water heater and pipes to conserve energy. Hansen Family Plumbing & Air is offering a $199 water heater flush to residents in the valley. Water heater flushes are the best way to ensure longevity of the unit.

Fireplace and Chimney Inspection

If you have a fireplace, schedule an inspection and cleaning. Ensure the chimney cap is in good condition to prevent debris and critters from entering.

Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors

Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to ensure they’re working correctly. Replace batteries if needed. These devices are crucial for safety, especially when heating systems are in use.

Landscape Maintenance

Trim trees and shrubs away from the HVAC unit to prevent debris buildup and potential damage. Clean up fallen leaves to prevent blockages in outdoor vents.

Programmable Thermostat Adjustment

Consider adjusting your thermostat settings for the cooler season. A programmable thermostat can help you maintain a comfortable temperature while saving on energy costs.

Emergency Preparedness

Review your emergency procedures in case of a power outage or heating system failure. Stock up on essentials like flashlights, blankets, and non-perishable food items.

Get Your Phoenix Home Ready for Fall and Winter

By following this fall maintenance checklist, you’ll ensure that your plumbing and HVAC systems are in top condition for the upcoming season. If you come across any issues or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to contact a reputable plumbing and HVAC company like Hansen Family Plumbing & Air. A little preparation now can go a long way in keeping your home comfortable and efficient as fall settles in.

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