The Home Repair Guide
Power to a circuit is cut off because
of either temporary overloads or constant over loads...
Plug sparks when used, does not carry
power to lamp or appliance, or causes short circuits...
Plug or Cord Defective
The detachable plug, which inserts
into an appliance such as a roaster or waffle iron,
becomes defective or a small appliance cord becomes...
Outlet won’t work, sparks, does not
receive prongs on plug, or does not grip plugs...
Switch does not work, works
occasionally, or must be repeatedly switched off and on to
make light come on...
Lamp Socket Defective
The bulb flickers or will not work in
a lamp, even though other lamps work using the same
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter Device Defective
When the test button is pushed, the
device does not trip to indicate that it is working...
The doorbell doesn’t ring at all,
works only occasionally, or rings continuously...
Toilet Is Plugged Up
Excess material may plug up a toilet,
but often nondegradable items, including children’s
plastic tub toys, combs, and other items that fall...
Mechanisms inside toilet tank allow
water to continue to run after toilet is flushed...
Newer toilets and re placement kits
substitute the older ball cock mechanism...
If toilet tank refills, flushing
problems are usually caused by the mechanism that allows
water to drain into the bowl...
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...