Your winter maintenance checklist

Your winter maintenance checklist

water coming out of a drainspout

Scheduled maintenance at your multifamily property should happen at regular intervals throughout the year to prevent large, expensive and time-consuming repairs. Check these off your to-do list before Oregon’s wet winter settles in.


  • Check indoor and outdoor plumbing for leaks or blocks.
  • Seal or insulate the shell of your building including windows and doors.
  • Lower thermostats in vacant units and unused rooms or upgrade to smart thermostats to set temperature.
  • Replace outdoor lighting with LED bulbs and install motion censored lighting.
  • Clean gutters and drains to prevent buildup.
  • Clean out venting ducts in common area laundry rooms.


  • Change out old air filters to increase the efficiency of your HVAC system.
  • Remove any debris that has accumulated near outdoor equipment to prevent blockage.
  • Drain water heating tanks once a year to remove sediment.

Energy Trust of Oregon helps businesses run better with free resources including no and low-cost tips and can recommend the most energy-efficient equipment for your business. For more information visit