Your Service Calendar: Is It Time for a Spring Checkup?

As you turn your calendar to March, you may be looking forward to packing away the coats and boots that have littered your entryway since November. The days may be getting longer this time of year, but it starts to feel like there are fewer hours in each one as kids’ activities resume and the family minivan turns back into a taxi.

While your calendar is filling quickly with baseball practice, dance recitals and soccer games, it’s also important to carve out some time for routine maintenance on your home’s critical systems to keep them running as smoothly as your hectic schedule. Regular checkups can reduce your energy bills and help avoid costly repairs down the road, not to mention keeping your equipment under the terms of the manufacturers’ warranty. Here are some tips on what to check, and when:

Spring Forward and Fall Back on Your HVAC – Your Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning system is the unsung hero of your home. You may not notice how hard it’s working to keep you comfortable…until it’s not. Twice-yearly tune-ups are recommended to keep it running at peak efficiency, and to spot potential problems before they result in a costly repair. Setting your clocks forward in Spring and back in Fall can serve as great reminders to also schedule this service.

Plumbing – It’s the little things that mean a lot (and cost a lot). Small leaks in your home’s plumbing system can result in huge problems over time. Leaking pipes can cause damage to floors and sub-floors, ruin plaster and drywall, result in mold growth and even provide a breeding ground for some types of household pests (ahem, termites and carpenter ants love snacking on that moist wood). You usually discover you have a leak only when you find the damage it has already caused. An annual inspection of your home’s plumbing will catch leaks before they happen, ensuring the overall health of your system.

Electric – Your overall electrical system should be inspected every 3 to 5 years by a licensed professional. Your system won’t hear your pleas of “Don’t taze me, bro,” so it is not recommended that you try performing modifications or repairs to your home’s electrical grid on your own. You can¾and should,¾test your GFCI outlets at least twice annually by pressing the “Test” and “Reset” buttons on each outlet.

If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, there’s one surefire way to take the guesswork out of your home system maintenance: Service Agreements. Many homeowners find peace of mind through ensuring that all of your inspections and maintenance check-ups happen on schedule, and may even give you the advantage of discounts or warranties, should new parts or repairs be required. We offer service agreements on HVAC and plumbing, but not on electric. Call 1-800-MYROSCOE to learn more.