Spring Home Maintenance Schedule


The transition from winter to spring is a great time to take care of a few home maintenance items, particularly with your furnace which you will hopefully be turning off soon in exchange for open windows and fresh spring air. We recommend completing the following items during the spring season. Depending on the features of your home, some of these items may not apply.

  • After consulting the owner’s manual for your water heater, carefully test the temperature and check the pressure relief valve to ensure it is not stuck. Caution: This test will release hot water that can cause burns.
  • Check and clean or replace furnace filters each month during the heating season. Ventilation system (i.e. heat recovery ventilator) filters should be checked every two months.
  • Have fireplace or woodstove and chimney cleaned and serviced as needed.
  • Shut down and clean furnace humidifier. Close the furnace humidifier damper on units with central air conditioning.
  • Check air conditioning system and have it serviced every two or three years.
  • Clean or replace air conditioning filter (if applicable).
  • Check dehumidifier and 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 six months.
  • Check smoke, carbon monoxide, and security alarms and replace batteries.
  • Clean windows, screens, and hardware, and replace storm windows with screens. Repair or replace screens as 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 required.
  • Repair and paint fences as necessary.
  • 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 which moved due to frost or settling.
  • Check rain gutters and down spouts for loose joints and secure attachment to your home, clear any obstruction, and ensure water flows away from your foundation.
  • Undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees.