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Schedule an AC Tune-Up

Water Grass Every Other Morning or Night

Make Sure Your Mower is Ready to Roll

Give Your BBQ the VIP Treatment with a Deep Clean

Tune-Up the Fridge to Keep the Drinks Cool

Clean Your Washer to Make Your Beach Towels Smell Summer Fresh

Wash the Car

Wash the Dog

Make an Iced Tea and Enjoy the Day

Test Out a New Summer Recipe

Schedule your HVAC maintenance now!

Call (213) 596-2538
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Your 'Let's Get It Done' Summer Checklist

9 min readUpdated Jun. 11, 2024Terry MehilosHVAC
Your 'Let's Get It Done' Summer Checklist

Welcome to your ultimate 'Let's Get It Done' Summer Checklist! Summer is the perfect time to address home maintenance tasks that will keep your house functioning smoothly, allowing you to relish the season to its fullest. From scheduling an AC tune-up to trying out a new summer recipe, we've got you covered. This checklist will guide you through each task, offering valuable tips and advice along the way. Let's dive in and make this summer unforgettable!


  • Keeping your central air conditioner in top shape during summer is the most important task on every summer checklist.
  • Get expert tips to keep your other home appliances and your BBQ grill ready for summer.
  • Find helpful lifestyle tips to help you relax and enjoy the entire summer.

Your 'let's get it done' summer checklist

Schedule an AC Tune-Up

Regular AC maintenance is essential for optimal performance and longevity. Don't wait for the sweltering summer heat to address potential issues. Scheduling an AC tune-up now will help you stay cool and comfortable.

During an AC tune-up, our technician will inspect and service your unit. Here's what to expect:

  • Inspection and cleaning: The technician will clean and examine components like air filters, coils, and the blower motor to ensure proper airflow and prevent breakdowns.
  • Lubrication and parts checks: Moving parts such as motors and fans will be lubricated to reduce friction. Electrical connections will be inspected and tightened for safe operation.
  • Refrigerant level check: The refrigerant level will be checked and recharged if necessary to ensure efficient cooling and prevent compressor damage.
  • Testing and calibration: The thermostat, controls, and sensors will be tested and calibrated for accurate temperature readings and functionality.

To keep your AC running smoothly all summer, follow these expert tips:

  • Regular filter changes: Replace or clean air filters every 1-3 months to maintain proper airflow and indoor air quality.
  • Clean the outdoor unit: Remove debris from around the outdoor unit to ensure adequate airflow and prevent overheating.
  • Keep vents clear: Ensure that furniture or curtains do not block vents, restricting airflow and reducing efficiency.
  • Install a smart thermostat: Use a programmable thermostat to set temperature schedules, making your AC run more efficiently.

By scheduling an AC tune-up and following these tips, you can enjoy a cool and comfortable summer without unexpected breakdowns. Contact us today to schedule your AC maintenance!

Water Grass Every Other Morning or Night

Proper lawn care is essential for a lush, green yard during the summer. A regular watering schedule ensures your grass gets the moisture it needs. Here are some tips:

  • Program and adjust the automatic sprinkler system: Set your sprinkler system to water your lawn every other morning or night to avoid overwatering. Most lawns need about 1 inch of water per week, so divide this into multiple sessions. Make sure sprinkler heads are properly set for lawn coverage.
  • Best time to water: Water early in the morning or late in the evening during summer to minimize evaporation and allow the grass to absorb moisture effectively. Water deeply to encourage deep root growth and drought resistance.
  • Additional lawn maintenance tips: Ensure your mower blade is sharp to avoid tearing the grass. Mow at the correct height for your grass type. Summer height for many grass types is 4-inches. Don’t cut more than 1/3 of grass blade height during mowing. Consider aerating your lawn once a year to improve water and nutrient absorption.
  • Follow watering restrictions: Some areas limit the days and times you can water. Set your sprinkler system or adjust your water schedule to comply with local watering guidelines.

Following these tips will keep your lawn healthy and vibrant all summer. A well-maintained lawn not only enhances your home's beauty but also provides a comfortable space for outdoor activities.

Make Sure Your Mower is Ready to Roll

Regular maintenance is crucial for keeping your mower in top shape. Here are some important tips:

  • Cleaning and inspection: Clean the mower deck to prevent clogs and inspect blades for damage. Coat the underside of the mower deck with a silicone lubricant such as MO-DECK. Sharpen or replace blades as needed for a clean cut.
  • Engine tune-up: Change the oil regularly, following your mower's manual instructions, to ensure optimal engine performance. Replace the spark plugs, air filter and fuel filter at least once per year.
  • Check the belts: Check the blade and ground drive belts and replace any worn belts to keep the mower working smoothly.
  • Have your riding mower professionally maintained: Schedule professional tune-up and maintenance service on your riding mower to keep it in top shape for the entire summer.

By following these tips, your mower will be ready to keep your lawn looking its best all summer long.

Give Your BBQ the VIP Treatment with a Deep Clean

Summer is the perfect time for backyard barbecues, but your BBQ might need some serious TLC. A deep clean not only ensures your grill is hygienic, but it also helps maintain its performance and longevity. Start by removing the grates and soaking them in warm, soapy water. Use a wire brush to scrub away any stubborn residue. For a sparkling finish, rinse them thoroughly and let them dry completely before reassembling your grill.

Next, focus on the interior of your BBQ. Remove any leftover charcoal or debris from the firebox. For gas grills, check for any clogs in the burners and clean them with a small brush or a toothpick. Wipe down the interior surfaces with a solution of water and vinegar to eliminate grease buildup. Don’t forget to clean the drip tray, as accumulated grease can pose a fire hazard. Regular maintenance like this can prevent costly repairs and ensure your grill is always ready for the next cookout.

Finally, give the exterior of your BBQ some attention. Wipe down the outside with a cloth dampened with soapy water to remove dust and grime. If your grill is stainless steel, consider using a specialized cleaner to restore its shine and protect it from rust. Cover your BBQ when it's not in use to shield it from the elements and keep it looking pristine. With a little effort, you can keep your BBQ in top shape and impress your guests with both your grilling skills and a spotless, well-maintained setup.

Tune-Up the Fridge to Keep the Drinks Cool

Refrigerator maintenance is key for keeping your food fresh and drinks cold. Here are some tips.

  • Clean the condenser coils: Unplug the refrigerator and clean the condenser coils, usually found at the back or underneath, with a vacuum or brush to improve cooling efficiency.
  • Avoid overloading: Organize your groceries to ensure proper air circulation and check door seals to prevent cool air from escaping.
  • Check temperature settings: Set the fridge temperature between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a thermometer to monitor and adjust as needed. Set the freezer temperature at 0 degrees.

Following these tips in your summer checklist will ensure your fridge runs smoothly, keeping your drinks cool and your food fresh.

Clean Your Washer to Make Your Beach Towels Smell Summer Fresh

Cleaning the inside of your washer will lead to fresh-smelling laundry. Here's how to keep your washer in top condition.

  • Deep clean the washer: Run a hot water cycle with two cups of white vinegar to remove detergent residue and mineral deposits.
  • Eliminate washing machine odors: For front load washers, use a baking soda and water paste to clean the rubber gasket. Run a hot water cycle with vinegar to remove lingering odors. For both front and top load washers, use a washer cleaner such as Affresh to deodorize the machine.
  • Schedule professional washer maintenance: Professional maintenance will keep your washer in top shape for the summer and help prevent unexpected breakdowns. The technician will inspect and clean internal components, ensuring optimal washer performance and addressing potential issues early. Set up your Washer Clean & Maintain service by Sears Home Services now.

These tips will keep your washer clean and odor-free, ensuring your beach towels always smell fresh.

Wash the Car

Keeping your car clean improves its appearance and protects its paint. Here are some car cleaning tips:

  • Gather supplies: You'll need a bucket, car shampoo, a soft sponge or microfiber cloth, a hose with a spray nozzle, and clean towels. Use car-specific detergent to avoid damaging the paint.
  • Wash and rinse: Rinse your car to remove loose dirt. Wash from the top down with soapy water, focusing on dirt-prone areas like wheels and the grille. Rinse thoroughly with clean water.
  • Dry and shine: Dry your car with clean towels or a microfiber cloth to prevent water spots. Consider applying wax or polish for extra shine and protection against UV rays.

Regular car washing will keep your vehicle looking its best throughout the summer.

Wash the Dog

Regularly washing your dog is essential for their hygiene and health. Here's how to keep your furry friend clean and cool:

  • Use mild shampoo: Use a mild dog shampoo to avoid irritating their skin. Rinse thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  • Keep cool: Provide fresh water and shade, and avoid long walks during peak heat. Set up a kiddie pool or use a hose for a refreshing activity.
  • Regular grooming: Brush your dog's coat to remove loose fur, prevent matting, and check for ticks or fleas.

Following these tips will keep your dog clean, cool, and comfortable all summer long.

Make an Iced Tea and Enjoy the Day

A refreshing glass of iced tea is a summer staple. Here are some tips for brewing the perfect batch:

  • Use high-quality tea leaves: Opt for loose-leaf tea for fuller flavor. Steep the tea leaves in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.
  • Cool down: Use frozen fruit or tea-infused ice cubes instead of regular ice to avoid diluting the flavor.
  • Try new flavors: Experiment with mint, peach, raspberry, or tropical flavors like hibiscus and passionfruit for a refreshing twist.

These tips will help you brew the perfect iced tea, making your summer days even more enjoyable.

Test Out a New Summer Recipe

Add some delicious and refreshing dishes to your summer menu with these great recipe ideas:

  • Summer salads: Try a watermelon and feta salad, a tangy cucumber and tomato salad, or a grilled chicken and avocado salad for a healthy, flavorful meal.
  • Light meals: Whip up a shrimp stir-fry with fresh vegetables or grill fish tacos with zesty lime crema for satisfying yet light summer meals.
  • Cool snacks and desserts: Make homemade fruit popsicles, creamy mango yogurt pops, no-bake lemon cheesecake, or tropical fruit salad for refreshing treats.

These summer recipes will create memorable dining experiences for your family and friends. So, get cooking and enjoy a delicious summer!

Schedule your HVAC maintenance now!

HVAC checkups from Sears Home Services help keep your heating and cooling system running at its best. Prevent costly repairs and can make your HVAC system more energy efficient with routine maintenance.

Call (213) 596-2538 or schedule online now.

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