Your Ultimate Home Maintenance Calendar

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Comprehensive DIY Plumbing and HVAC Maintenance for the Average US Household

Home Maintenance Calendar for DIY Plumbing and HVAC Tasks
Organize your home maintenance with our comprehensive Home Maintenance Calendar, ensuring your plumbing and HVAC systems stay in top shape all year round.

Homeowners can save quite a bit of money on repairs or replacements by performing simple maintenance tasks. All you need to do is prepare a plan, load the tasks in your calendar, and be diligent about sticking to it. We wanted to make your life even easier and built the list and the calendar for you. If some items are not applicable, simply remove them from your calendar. A little prep work upfront and then about 12 hours per year, and your house systems will remain in top shape. You can thank us by sharing this with your friends, family, and co-workers.

Plumbing Maintenance Tasks

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of plumbing repairs ranges from $180 to $492 for common issues like fixing leaks, while major repairs such as replacing a water heater can cost between $1,000 and $3,500 [source]. These costs can add up quickly, especially if multiple repairs are needed over time. Regular maintenance can prevent many of these issues, saving homeowners significant amounts of money.

A little attention to detail and preventative maintenance can avoid or at least soften the impact of these costly repairs. Simple tasks like inspecting and cleaning drains, checking for leaks, and maintaining outdoor hose bibs can make a substantial difference in the longevity and efficiency of your plumbing system.

Below is a comprehensive table outlining essential plumbing maintenance tasks:

TaskFrequencyTime RequiredDescription
Clean P traps and drainsMonthly15-30 minutes per drainGunk and build up can accrue in your p traps and drains. Specialized drain cleaning products can kill bacteria and growth to prevent unpleasant odors and help prevent back ups. These cleaners don’t remove clogs, but they can keep your drains clean and prevent build up, which can lead to clogs and slow drains.
Check for LeaksMonthly10-20 minutes per areaInspect visible pipes, faucets, and showerheads for leaks. Tighten loose connections with a wrench and use plumber’s tape for small leaks. Consider installing a leak detection system for areas not regularly seen. These systems can alert you to leaks, and even shut off the water to your home to avoid major water damage.
Test Water PressureBi-annually10-15 minutesUse a water pressure gauge to ensure home water pressure is within the recommended range (40-60 psi).
Clean Faucet Aerators and ShowerheadsEvery 6 months10-15 minutes per fixtureRemove and soak aerators and showerheads in vinegar to dissolve mineral deposits. Scrub with an old toothbrush.
Check and Insulate PipesAnnually30-60 minutesInspect exposed pipes for signs of wear or leaks. Insulate pipes to prevent freezing and improve energy efficiency.
Winterize Outdoor Hose BibsAnnually (before winter)10-15 minutes per hose bibDisconnect hoses, shut off water to the outdoor spigot, drain remaining water, and install insulated covers to protect from freezing.
Irrigation System MaintenanceSeasonally (start and end of irrigation season)1-2 hoursInspect for leaks, broken sprinkler heads, and proper water coverage. Adjust sprinkler heads and ensure efficient watering.
Winterizing PlumbingAnnually (before winter)1-2 hoursPrepare plumbing for winter by insulating pipes, draining outdoor faucets, and covering hose bibs with foam covers. If you have an exterior tankless water heater, ensure that it is protected from wind and all pipes are insulated.
Clean Your Garbage disposalBi-annually or monthly, depending on usage15 minutesRun cold water from your kitchen sink faucet and put 2 cups of ice cubes down the kitchen drain while running your garbage disposal. Turn off the water and the garbage disposal. Pour 1 cup of vinegar and half a cup of baking soda down your drain without turning on the garbage disposal. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Plug your garbage disposal drain and fill it with warm water. When the sink is halfway full, remove the plug and turn on the garbage disposal to thoroughly rinse the disposal. Also consider leaving enzyme drain cleaner in the garbage disposal overnight (ideally after you’ve cleaned it using the process described above)
Run Water in Infrequently Used FixturesMonthly15 minutesDry P Traps can allow sewer smells to enter the home. Run water in all fixtures that aren’t frequently used (basement bathrooms, bar sinks, etc) to avoid dry P Traps.
Check Sewage Ejector Pump FunctionalityBi-annually5 minutesRun water and flush the toilet in any basement bathroom or kitchenette connected to a sewage ejector pump to ensure proper drainage.
Monitor where your water line enters the homeDuring/after rain5 minutesIf your water line enters your home through a basement wall, make sure that this wall penetration stays dry during rain storms. 
Schedule annual plumbing inspectionAnnually1 -2 hoursA professional plumber can inspect (and replace if necessary) your anode rod, flush your water heater, test your expansion tank, adjust your pressure regulating valve, check for leaks and ensure there are no code violations that could be a safety issue.

HVAC Maintenance Tasks

The average cost of HVAC repairs can range from $100 for minor fixes to over $1,200 for major repairs like replacing a blower motor [source]. Replacing an entire HVAC system can cost between $5,000 and $10,000. Regular maintenance not only helps prevent these expensive repairs but also extends the system’s lifespan and improves its efficiency.

Simple tasks like replacing air filters, inspecting the thermostat, and clearing debris from the outdoor unit can make a significant difference in your HVAC system’s performance. Here is a detailed table outlining recommended HVAC maintenance tasks:

TaskFrequencyTime RequiredDescription
Replace Air FiltersEvery 1-3 months5-10 minutes per filterReplace air filters regularly to ensure efficient airflow and improve indoor air quality. Use the correct filter size and type for your system.
Inspect ThermostatAnnually5-10 minutesCheck thermostat settings and replace batteries if necessary. Ensure it functions correctly and accurately reads room temperature.
Clear Debris from Outdoor UnitMonthly during operation10-15 minutesKeep the outdoor unit free of leaves, dirt, and debris to ensure proper airflow. Use a garden hose to gently clean the unit’s exterior.
Inspect and Clean Air DuctsEvery 3-5 years (DIY inspection annually)30-60 minutes for inspectionInspect air ducts for dust buildup, mold, or leaks. Use a flashlight and a vacuum with a hose attachment for cleaning reachable areas.
Schedule annual cooling inspection Annually1-2 hoursA professional HVAC technician will ensure proper refrigerant levels, inspect and clean components of your system, and test the system for proper cooling performance.
Schedule annual heating inspection Annually1-2 hoursA professional HVAC technician will inspect and clean components of your system, and test the system for proper heating performance.

Download Home Maintenance Calendar

How to Use These Files

For iPhone:

  1. Download the ICS file to your phone.
  2. Tap on the file and choose “Add to Calendar.”
  3. Select the calendar you want to add the events to and tap “Add.”

For Android:

  1. Download the ICS file to your phone.
  2. Open the Google Calendar app.
  3. Tap on the Menu icon, then “Settings,” and then “Import.”
  4. Choose the downloaded ICS file and select the calendar you want to import the events to.
  1. Open Google Calendar on your computer.
  2. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and select “Settings.”
  3. In the left-hand menu, select “Import & Export.”
  4. Click on “Select file from your computer” and choose the downloaded CSV file.
  5. Select the calendar you want to add the events to and click “Import.”
  1. Open Outlook on your computer.
  2. Click on “File” and select “Open & Export.”
  3. Choose “Import/Export.”
  4. Select “Import from another program or file” and click “Next.”
  5. Choose “Comma Separated Values” and click “Next.”
  6. Browse and select the downloaded CSV file.
  7. Choose the calendar you want to import the events to and click “Finish.”

Tools Needed for Plumbing and HVAC Maintenance

Usually, no complicated or specialized equipment is needed for these tasks. However, homeowners should make sure basic tools are available. Here is a checklist for you to verify that you have the necessary tools and to identify any that you might need to pick at your local hardware store:

PlungerClearing minor drain clogs
Drain snake/augerRemoving stubborn drain blockages
Baking soda and vinegarRoutine drain cleaning
BucketCatching water during repairs
Old toothbrushCleaning small parts
FlashlightInspecting dark or hidden areas
WrenchTightening connections, removing aerators
Plumber’s tapeSealing small leaks
Small mirrorViewing hard-to-see areas
Water pressure gaugeTesting home water pressure
Replacement air filtersRegular HVAC maintenance
ScrewdriverRemoving and replacing components
Garden hoseCleaning outdoor HVAC units
Soft brushCleaning small components
Vacuum with hoseCleaning air ducts
Pipe insulationPreventing pipe freezing and improving efficiency
Insulated coversProtecting outdoor hose bibs
Sprinkler head wrenchAdjusting and maintaining irrigation systems

Additional Tips

  • A detailed log or a maintenance journal will help you not to miss any tasks. Although if you use the calendar we have built for you, it can take the place of your journal. Feel free to add anything if it fits.
  • User manuals of your plumbing and HVAC systems provide specific instructions and safety warnings. If you’ve misplaced the physical copy, you can usually find these manuals online by visiting the manufacturer’s website and searching for your model number. Many manufacturers have downloadable PDFs of their manuals available. Additionally, websites like ManualsLib and ManualsOnline can be useful resources for locating user manuals.
  • Use appropriate safety gear, such as gloves and goggles, when handling chemicals or working in potentially hazardous conditions. Gloves and goggles prevent chemical burns and protect your eyes from dust and debris when cleaning drains with chemical cleaners or inspecting dark and confined spaces.

Taking a few hours each year to maintain your plumbing and HVAC systems provides peace of mind and makes life more stress-free. Knowing that your house is in order and that you are proactively preventing costly repairs and inefficiencies brings a sense of security and comfort. This proactive approach not only enhances system performance but also contributes to a healthier and more comfortable living environment.