May Home Maintenance To-Do List

HVAC technician inspecting air conditioner unit.
HVAC technician inspecting air conditioner unit.

To-Do #2: Have Air Conditioner Serviced

Now that the days are warming up, it’s time to have your air conditioning system inspected so it will keep you cool through the hot months ahead. Set up a visit with a licensed HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) professional to inspect and service the air conditioner.

Professional AC servicing usually includes:

  • Changing the air conditioner air filter.
  • Cleaning and inspecting the blower and motor.
  • Checking the coolant level.
  • Testing safety controls to help prevent fires.
  • Testing switches and thermostats.
  • Checking the unit and ductwork for leaks.

You can also do your own DIY inspection of your ductwork, paying close attention in attics areas where the ducts can get stepped on and bent. Seal ductwork and cracks using special metallic duct tape and cover with a layer of duct mastic.

If your HVAC system doesn’t already have a programmable thermostat, take this opportunity to install one to save money on your cooling bills this summer.

Programmable thermostats adjust your home’s temperature automatically when you’re away or sleeping, which can save a lot on cooling costs. Your HVAC professional can install one, or you can do it yourself.

Check out our video on Installing a Programmable Thermostat for more info.


  1. I was wondering if you needed projects for your TV show. I am a single mother of four children in Rhinelander, WI. I work full-time and have no family. My parents passed away 15 years ago. I know my dad would help if he were around! My home is 16 years old and needs lots of TLC, such as driveway sealing, more insulation, grass and roof help (lots of moss), repainting of front door, several vinyl siding pieces that need to be replaced, etc. I would appreciate any help you can give me. I am more than willing to help, but don’t know HOW to do most of these things. Thanks so much for considering my request.

  2. I wish you the best of luck Lisa!! This is a great post Danny. I recently helped my step father with a lot if these things and it can be a bit of a back breaking process if you don’t space them out. Another thing with summer is making sure your home is safe and secure with quality locks. I love summer but it can bring out some that are up to no good.

  3. I have a large bedroom floor approximately 12′ x 20′, half of the subfloor is wooden and the add on is concrete. Can I use real wood 5″ x 3/4″ planks for the entire coverage or do I have to use another type of flooring? My concern is that the concrete side will not allow the wood to acclimate.


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