The Home Repair Guide
Water Heater Leaks
The water heater tank may be leaking
onto the burner, or condensation water may be drop ping
into the burner area...
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...
Sink Disposal Jammed
Sink disposal becomes jammed because
of material dropped into it which cannot be ground up...
Phone Doesn’t Work
Problems can stem from your phone
set, the wiring in side your home, or in outside lines and
Cordless phones, which provide
walk-about convenience, depend on radio signals to
transmit between the handset and base unit, using
Steam Iron Works
Clogged spray openings, clogged steam
vents, or sputtering prevent proper operation...
Blanket Doesn’t Work
Electric blankets that are not
operating should be returned to the store from which they
Water in Basement
Water problems in cellars or
basements is a common problem which may have a single
cause or a number of causes...
Tub-Wall Seal Leaks
Grout or seal around top tub edges
deteriorates, allowing water to leak through the joint...
Tile Wall Is
Loose tile, especially in tub areas,
should be taken care of as soon as possible...
Window Glass Is
Most local hardware stores offer
glass replacement ser vices and can replace glass in
wooden double-sash windows...
Window Frame Is Stuck
Though windows can become stuck in
periods of high humidity, they often stick because they
are painted shut...
Old-style drawers which slide on wood
often can be fixed to move more easily. New- style drawers
may slide on tracks in side the drawer...
Even newer wall coverings, though
much improved, can become damaged. Blisters in wallpaper
can be fixed by lancing the wall paper...
Damage has resulted in a hole in a
wall or ceiling that is made of gypsum board...
Poor materials or original
construction technique, changes in temperature, and other
problems can cause nail pops or cracks...
or Crack in Plaster
Two types of patching compounds are
available: 1) spackling compound which is convenient for
small jobs and can be bought as powder...