What To Look For In 3 Common Household Problems

Anyone who takes care of a home knows that there are always going to be occasional issues. The dryer might tear up, the washer goes on the fritz, or the elements on the stove might burn out. All these problems can be a great inconvenience and cost money we just do not have to fix it. However, in life, there are things that just are what they are and we have to deal with it. So, below are a few ways you can deal with these issues.

The Dryer

If you are like most families, you have about a load of laundry a day to wash, dry, fold, and put away. It is always mixed in between work and play, giving the kids the attention they need and making sure your spouse feels loved, as well. So, when the dryer goes down, a couple things are possible. You either end up hanging your clothes to dry or you have to go to the laundromat to dry your clothes. Both take extra time you probably don’t have and one takes extra money, too. There are a few things to look at, here. If it’s not heating, but doing everything else, check the heating element or the thermal fuse. If it won’t turn on at all, of all things, make sure it is plugged in first. If it is, check your breakers.

The Washer

The same issues that can make not having a dryer inconvenient apply here, as well. There is nothing worse than having to walk into a business meeting in a shirt that smells like it was worn three days ago and you only chose that one, because the others smelled liked four days old. Here are just a few things it that might be wrong. If it won’t spin, check the lid switch assembly. The tub will not spin if it thinks the lid is open. If it won’t drain, check the pump hose to make sure it is free and open. Sometimes, small clothing can get wedged in there and stop it up. Lastly, if it won’t agitate, check the drive block. If it is worn out, you may need to replace it.

The Electric Stove

Over the years, the importance of having a stove has solidified a place in history. We no longer live outdoors and cooking over an open fire is more of a vacation now and no longer a necessity of life. Not being able to cook severely limits your food choices and this can be inconvenient and just plain annoying. Here are a few things to look at if your electric stove stops working. If one of the eyes stops working, test the element. It may simply need to be replaced. If the oven door will not close right, take a look at the door and make sure you don’t simply need to adjust it. If it is set right, check the seal.

All in all, every appliance in our homes are there for convenience purposes. If we had to do without them, we could, but if we know how to fix what’s wrong, why should we? Hopefully these ideas will give you a headstart and save you some time and money along the way.

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