The Home Repair Guide
Water Heater Makes
Water heater makes un-usual noises,
which may include sizzling, popping, crackling, pounding,
and rumbling sounds...
An overheating water heater may cause
boiling noises to come from inside the tank, steam to pop
from hot water faucets, or...
Water from Heater
At least one anode rod is installed
in every water heater to provide corrosion protection for
the tank. Certain water conditions will cause...
Plug-in heating element units can
often be removed for cleaning and for replacement. (Some
newer tilt-lock surface units are...
If, when using the time given in
recipes, foods consistently brown too little or too much,
the oven thermostat may be out of adjustment...
Oven Light Burns Out
If the oven light will not work,
first make sure the stove is getting power. Check to see
that the plug from the range is completely inserted...
Clothes Washer Quits
Clothes washers use 3 basic systems,
all controlled by electricity: water fill, water drain,
To do a good job dish washers need
water that is hot enough, supplied with enough pressure,
and that is not too hard. Manufacturers...
Newer refrigerators are largely
self-sufficient, and many models have electronic monitor
and diagnostic systems. Added features...
Microwave Doesn’t Work
Microwave won’t operate, or takes
longer to cook food than times suggested in cook books...
Portable, belt-type humidifier
doesn’t run, or continues to run for extended periods...
Smaller, portable de humidifiers are
much like air conditioners in that they have a fan, a fan
motor, and a refrigerant system...
A common problem causing poor
thermostat operation is dust and dirt accumulation on the
unit’s sensing element or contact points...
Thermostat works, but turns furnace
on and off rapidly, causes major swings in temperature, or
shows readings other than the setting...
Furnace Doesn’t Work
What are often thought to be furnace
emergencies are caused by the thermostat being set or
operated wrong, by having the power to the...
Furnace Makes Noises
Sometimes homeowners think their
forced-air furnaces need to be replaced because they make
A furnace-installed humidifier can
overflow because it has a defective float valve, a
defective float valve seat, because the unit is not...
Humidifier Is Noisy
Some noise will naturally be produced
by anything that moves air. However, if the central
humidifier on your forced-air furnace makes an...
Regular care and light maintenance of
compact room air conditioners helps assure longer ser vice
life and lower operating costs...
An air-conditioning system pumps heat
out of your home. There are two types of central air
Radiator Valve Leaks
If you have an old- style radiator
that has a valve which is leaking, take care of the
problem as soon as possible...
Cockroaches, persistent household
pests, generally breed in warm, moist, and narrow
locations. As scavengers, they will eat almost any food...
Of native wildlife, snakes run a
close second to bats as subjects of grim stories, dislike,
and misunderstanding. Rattlesnakes can be identified...
Bats are the only true flying mammals
that also have fur, jaws with teeth, and bear live young.
Normally they do not attack humans or fly...
Wasps can be testy, and sometimes
dangerous, pests around the home. In a typical wasp
colony, queens are fertilized in fall and hibernate
A long list of chemicals is available
for controlling in sects that invade the home. However,
with the growing concern for the environment and the...
in Plants or Landscaping
Many chemicals are available for
controlling the insects that infest outdoor areas around
the home. The following suggestions are...