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4 Common Troubleshooting Tips for Home Appliances

Our homes are an extension of ourselves and our families….
a kitchen with a stainless steel refrigerator

Our homes are an extension of ourselves and our families. Keeping things running smoothly is a burden most homeowners take on willingly and with the understanding of the importance involved. A home where things feel like they’re falling apart is not a place kids, parents, or other loved ones enjoy spending time. This is why keeping important appliances around the home in great shape is crucial.

Troubleshooting appliances in the home can be done by owners and their families routinely. By keeping up with the running and performance of your needed products, the need for expensive repairs and visits by technicians are reduced quite a bit. Below, we will discuss a few troubleshooting tips to help keep your home running smoothly to help you keep more money in your own pocket.

1. HVAC systems require routine maintenance to ensure comfortable temperatures in the home.


Whether you’re preparing for the colder months and the need for warm air, or want cold air at the ready when temperatures rise in the summer, caring for your heating and air conditioning is a must for any homeowner. Unfortunately, no matter how persistent you are when it comes to your HVAC system, issues can arise that require troubleshooting and in some cases, the need for an HVAC technician.

Keeping air filters changed, your thermostat well maintained, and the refrigerant levels checked routinely is a great way to keep your systems in good working order. However, if you begin to notice your system isn’t operating as it should, and your home isn’t as comfortable as you’d expect, you may be dealing with a likely sign of a broken reversing valve. After you’ve troubleshot all the normal issues and fixes, and find yourself facing the loss of function, a pro needs to be contacted to get the fix your system needs.

2. Unwanted calls and solicitation can be an issue around the home.


Most homeowners don’t consider their home phone lines or cell phones as part of their home’s appliances, but in reality, they are. Just like the HVAC system, issues can emerge with your phones that require a bit of troubleshooting or assistance to take care of. Whether it’s your cordless phone kicking the bucket or your cellphone ringing constantly because you’re dealing with an ex who won’t stop calling, you do have options.

Most phone services allow you the option of blocking numbers and reporting unwanted spam. These services are a great way to deal with exes who use multiple phone numbers or even solicitation calls who simply won’t quit. Once you learn how to use this service, each time you receive an unwanted call, you can simply block the number and move on with your life.

3. Before calling a technician, always check your breakers first.


Things malfunction around the house. That’s not uncommon. If you come home from work or an outing to find your stove, microwave, or refrigerator has no power, don’t panic. After you deal with the initial shock of something being wrong inside your residence, check your home’s breaker box first. More often than not, you may be able to fix your issue without calling for additional assistance. A simple flip of a switch could have things back to normal quickly.

4. Televisions show signs of issues long before they go out completely.


Every home has a television. There may be one in each room or one central TV in the family wrong, but either way, TV’s are a common appliance around the home. Like other items in the home, televisions show signs of issues before big problems arise. You may also see simple things, that you can easily fix on your own. Volume changes, randomly changing stations, or power going on and off may indicate a remote control issue. Before you toss away a lot of money on a new television, always consider the remote first. You could save yourself a bit of cash.

By using these four tips to troubleshoot the appliances in your home, you have the opportunity to keep things working smoothly. If you take the time to research common issues and consider an easy fix first, you could save yourself and your family a lot of money and a bit of time.