- After consulting your hot water tank owner’s manual, carefully test the temperature
and pressure relief valve to ensure it is not stuck. Caution: This test may release hot
water that can cause burns.
- Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating
- Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked
every two months.
- Have fireplace or wood stove and chimney cleaned and serviced as needed.
- Shut down, drain and clean furnace humidifier, and close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
- Switch on power to air conditioning and check system. Have it serviced every two or
- Clean or replace air-conditioning filter, if applicable.
- Check dehumidifier and drain — clean if necessary.
- Turn OFF gas furnace and fireplace pilot lights where possible.
- Have well water tested for quality. It is recommended that you test for bacteria every
- Check smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms, and replace batteries.
- Clean windows, screens and hardware, and replace storm windows with screens. Check screens first and repair or replace if needed.
- Open valve to outside hose connection after all danger of frost has passed.
- Examine the foundation walls for cracks, leaks or signs of moisture, and repair as
- Ensure sump pump is operating properly before the spring thaw sets in. Ensure
discharge pipe is connected and allows water to drain away from the foundation.
- Re-level any exterior steps or decks that moved as a result of frost or settling.
- Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for
small pests, such as bats and squirrels.
- Clear all drainage ditches and culverts of debris.
- Repair and paint fences as necessary — allow wood fences to dry adequately
before tackling this task.
- Undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees