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Repair & Maintenance Articles

Home appliance and repair malfunctions are inevitable. Dealing with the pains of home appliance breakdowns is unnecessary with proper advice and home management remedies. Here you’ll find suggestions and instructional videos that will ensure smooth home repair and maintenance.

Here’s What You Can Expect to Pay for That Fridge Repair

The average cost of refrigerator repair can range from $250 to $500. This is not a definitive price but when it comes to getting your fridge repaired, many things should be taken into consideration.

How to Tackle 10 Common Washer and Dryer Problems

Not all washer and dryer problems require a repairman. From washing machine draining issue to dryer not spinning, AHS has 10 easy tips for these common problems.

Garbage Disposal Repair: Everything You Need to Know

Is your garbage disposal not working? Did you know there is a circuit breaker on your disposal? AHS has more tips on how to repair your garbage disposal.

Step-By-Step Guide: How To Clean A Washing Machine

Taking the time to clean your washer and dryer can help make your machines more efficient and even prevent scary fires. See what you can do to keep this essential appliance mildew and danger free.

How to Fix Common Toilet Problems | Home Matters | AHS

Toilet clogged? Is it leaking or making noises and you don't know why? Maybe it just won't flush. AHS can help you solve these, and more, common issues with your toilet.

Refrigerator Repair: How to Fix Common Fridge Issues

Did you know that three out of five service calls are to fix bad DIY repairs? Learn from an expert what you can realistically DIY on your fridge and when to call in a pro.

3 Signs It's Time to Change Your Water Filter

Water filter problems? Here are 3 common water filter issues and ways that you can troubleshoot and fix your problem.

6 Tips to Stop Washing Machine Vibration

Washing machines are not supposed to violently vibrate around. If your washer wont stop vibrating, try these six tips to help resolve your issue.

Don’t Call The Plumber Just Yet: 9 Ways to Unclog Your Kitchen Sink Drain

DIY home projects are great for saving money and enjoying a good challenge, but these household projects are better left for professionals.

6 Early-Warning Signs From Your Electric Water Heater

The average electric hot water heater can last between 8 to 12 years. Here are 6 signs to help extend your water heaters life expectancy.

7 Tips to Keep Frost From Building Up in Your Freezer

Have you ever opened your freezer to find everything inside covered in ice? That's freezer frost, and can lead to multiple issues. Follow these tips to prevent freezer frost.

Home Warranties: Are They Worth It? What You Should Know

Let us take you through the idea of a home warranty and describe how a home warranty really can help you plan for your financial future.

When to Replace Your Air Conditioner

It's not a matter of IF, but WHEN, you will need to replace your air conditioner. AC's generally last 10-15 years. Learn about how age and noise may factor into when to replace.

Don’t Call The Plumber Just Yet: 5 Common Items That Can Unclog the Shower Drain

Do you shower in standing water? Your shower drain is most likely clogged. Use these common items to unclog your shower drain before you call a plumber.

6 Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Home Humming This Spring

It's time to dive into your Spring Maintenance Checklist to ensure that your systems and appliances run smoothly all year-long. We'll take you down a step-by-step process to ensure that your summer is as breezy as ever.

When Should I Replace My Garbage Disposal?

Appliances don’t last forever, but sometimes it’s hard to know when to replace one instead of repairing it. With garbage disposals, there are some distinct signs that may give you clues about what to do.

8 Steps to Properly Clean Your Clothes Dryer

Learn how to clean your clothes dryer, vent ducts, and lint trap in eight DIY steps. Routine dryer cleaning can help this much-used appliance run more efficiently and prevent fire hazards.

Why is My Central Heat Not Working?

Do you know how to troubleshoot central heating issues? Learn how to handle the most common causes, DIY solutions, and when an HVAC pro is required.

Your Guide to Home Boiler Maintenance

Does your home have a boiler? If so, what type of boiler is it? Learn how steam boilers differ from forced air boilers and how type affects energy efficiency.

Learning to DIY: How to Replace the Attic Ladder

Do you use your attic for storage, but realize that your attic stairs need to be replaced? Learn how to do it yourself with this easy-to-follow tutorial.

How to Change Your Furnace Filter in 3 Easy Steps

Do you know how to change your furnace filter? Is it the same as your air filter? Keep reading to find out!

The Pros and Cons of Tankless Water Heaters

Thinking of upgrading to a tankless water heater? Before doing so, learn the pros and cons of installing one - cost, requirements, and maintenance.

Maintain Your Heater to Last Through Winter

Winter can take a toll on your heating system. Learn what signs to look for if you suspect your heater may needs to be serviced or is not working properly.

How Do You Know When Your Water Heater Needs Replacing?

Wondering if your water heater needs to be replaced? Read on to learn the five most common signs of water heater failure and what to do about them.

Appliance Repair Tips: 5 Ways to Prepare for a Service Visit

Are you ready for your service visit? Do you pay a service fee or need paperwork? Be prepared when your technician arrives with these appliance repair tips.

Are Your Appliances Ready for the Holidays?

Are you stressed about the holidays? Don't let your appliances be the cause. Download this guide for tips to get your needed appliances ready for the season.

Do Home Warranties Cover Pipes With Rust and Corrosion?

Are your pipes showing signs of rust and corrosion? Learn the common signs, if you can repair it yourself, and if a home warranty will cover the repair.

How to Spot Electrical Problems in Your Home

Having electricity makes life easier, but do you know how to spot electrical issues in your home? Here are some ways to spot common issues and what to do about them.

Is Your Fireplace Ready for Fall?

Is your fireplace ready for fall and winter weather? Before temperatures drop, learn what to do to prepare it, regardless of what type of fireplace you have.

Don't Let These Pests Damage Your A/C

Warm temperatures result in dependency on air conditioners. Before your A/C unit malfunctions, make sure to have it inspected and protected from pests, like mice.

Learning to DIY: How to Replace a Sink Faucet

Replacing a sink faucet is a doable home repair project with this easy-to-follow tutorial. AHS explains what to do before and during the replacement of the faucet.

Top Bathroom Exhaust Fan Features for Homeowners

Heat and humidity are normal in bathrooms. However, without proper ventilation, mold and mildew may form. Learn what to consider when choosing an exhaust fan.

Maintenance Tips Every New Homeowner Needs to Know

Buying a home is exciting and scary. Home maintenance doesn't have to be hard. Learn what tools you need, how to find the circuit breaker or to shut off the water.

How To Find A Good Contractor: Top Questions to Ask During the Repair Inspection

Finding a reliable home repair contractor is important. Learn what questions to ask to screen contractors before work is ever done and how to evaluate the repair.

Are Ceiling Showers the Next Big Trend in Bathroom Design?

Want a spa-like experience in your bathroom? Then maybe a flush mount shower head is right for you. Learn what to consider before installing a ceiling shower head.

What Are Plumbing Vents?

We depend on indoor plumbing, so plumbing problems can disrupt our households. Learn what issues can cause your vent pipes not to work properly and what to do.

What to Do About a Clogged Sewer Line?

Plumbing issues caused by clogged sewer drains can be expensive and frustrating for homeowners. AHS explains the signs of an issue and when to call in a pro.

3 Most Common Reasons for Noisy Water Pipes

What causes noisy water pipes, and when is the noise a problem? Learn the three likeliest causes, solutions, and how an AHS home warranty can save you on repairs.

Clearing the Air: Breaking Down the EPA’s R-22 Regulation

The EPA is phasing out the use of R-22, a type of refrigerant in air conditioners, because it depletes the ozone. Learn how this affects you and what your options are.

Clearing the Air: the Difference Between R-22 and R-410A

If you're tired of the heat, then you probably use your air conditioner. Learn how the recent EPA changes to R-22 affects you and if you need R-22 or R-410A.

From the Experts: What to Expect From an AHS A/C Service Call

Having issues with your HVAC system, but not sure what a service call involves? Experts provide answers to commonly asked questions about an AHS A/C service call.

How to Keep Your Ice Maker in Shape this Summer

Need to cool down, but the ice maker isn't making ice? Whether it's a free-standing ice maker or one connected to the fridge, these troubleshooting tips can help.

Ignore, Repair or Replace? What to Do When Your Doorbell Doesn’t Work

Ding dong! We only think of the doorbell when it rings, but what to do if it doesn't work? Do you replace it? Can you fix it yourself? AHS has the answers!

Clearing the Air: The R-22 Refrigerant Phase-out Process

Keeping up with HVAC maintenance can be intimidating for some homeowners. AHS outlines how to transition from R-22 or Freon to the newer EPA-approved refrigerants.

Garbage Disposal 101: How to Install a Disposal

Need to install a garbage disposal, but not sure you can tackle this yourself? No need to fear! AHS has an easy-to-follow tutorial. Get ready to install a disposal!

Keeping Summer Cool — How Does Central Air Work?

Most people know that central air conditioning provides the cool air that keeps their homes comfortable during the heat of summer. What many people don’t realize is that the science of central air is based on the second law of thermodynamics, which says t

What’s That Weird Smell? Air Conditioner Smells and What They Mean

Everyone has experienced that musty smell in the house when you first turn on the A/C after hibernation. Is that just accumulated dust blowing around? What about a rotten egg smell? Or a burning smell?

5 Things You Need To Know About R-22 Refrigerant

What are the latest updates in R-22 refrigerant Understand R-22 coolant latest changes and why R-22 may be phasing out as an essential refrigerant coolant

5 Simple Steps for Air Conditioner Maintenance

Don't let A/C problems ruin your new homeowner experience. Follow these tips to perform a visual inspection and learn what you can fix and when you need to call a pro.

Water Woes: How to Find a Pool Leak

Here’s how to know if your pool is leaking, how to find a pool leak and how to know when it’s time to call in the reinforcements.

Maintenance to Keep Your A/C Running Strong

Sweltering heat doesn't belong in our homes, especially in the middle of summer. Learn what you can do to keep your A/C working smoothly and when to call a pro.

The Complete Guide to DIY Pool Maintenance

Maintenance is part of owning a swimming pool, especially if you want to enjoy it or show it off. Learn the basics of pool maintenance with this easy-to-use guide.

How to Conduct a DIY HVAC Inspection

Having no heat in winter or no cool air in summer makes for a miserable time. Learn how to do a basic HVAC inspection to could help keep your system operational at all times.

How to Repair a Running Toilet [Video]

With a little know-how, you can find out what causes a toilet to run and fix it, saving the expense of a costly professional repair.

Common Problems That Cause Low Water Pressure

There are many reasons your plumbing system might be experiencing water pressure issues. Knowing the causes and possible solutions low water pressure can help you restore the trickle to a steady stream.

How to Prevent and Clear Clogged Drains

Knowing how to prevent clogged drains will help keep your plumbing system in good shape.

How to Prevent and Clear Clogged Drains

Knowing how to prevent clogged drains will help keep your plumbing system in good shape. Learning how to unclog a drain will also help you avoid an expensive service call from the plumber.

How to Easily Replace Your Shower Head

Learning how to replace a shower head and install a new one is quick and easy. Just follow these steps.

What Causes a Leaky Faucet?

Tired of hearing drip, drip? Then learn how to find the causes of a leaky faucet and the best way to fix it with these steps from American Home Shield.

Dryer Won't Spin. What Next?

What to do when your dryer won't spin? Follow these AHS tips to see if there is an easy DIY solution before contacting a repair technician.

Washing and Spinning — Caring for Your Washer and Dryer

We all have to do laundry. Learn how to care for your washer and dryer so they last and work properly. Check out these maintenance tips from AHS.

When Should I Service My Air Conditioner?

Routine maintenance on your A/C unit can save you money and headaches. Follow these tips from AHS to ensure your unit works on that first hot day of the year.

Spring Home Maintenance for Every Region

No matter in which part of the United States you live, AHS has home maintenance tips you can use because every climate has unique needs.

How to Solve Common Oven Problems

Can't get your oven door to close or light to turn on? Here are easy fixes for DIYers, along with signs when to call in the pros.

Here’s to National Home Warranty Day!

Today's a day we can truly celebrate. See why you should also join in on the celebration.

Do Home Warranties Cover Plumbing?

Not all plans are created equal. Knowing exactly what is covered is vital. American Home Shield offers flexible home warranty plans that do cover plumbing.

Best Money-Saving DIY Home Improvement Projects

Not all home projects require a professional. With some sweat equity, installing wood flooring or a garage door is possible. Follow these DIY tips from AHS.

Quiz: What Type of Water Heater is Best For You?

The right water heater can reduce your electric bill by increasing energy efficiency. Take our quiz to see what type of water heater best fits your needs.

How To Maintain Your Water Heater To Save You Money In The Long Run

Making water heater maintenance a habit will help extend the life of this appliance and reduce costly repairs. Learn how easy maintenance can be with these tips.

When to Request Service from Your Home Warranty

Home warranties offer protection and save money on repairs. Knowing when and how to request service is important. These tips shed light on when and how to do this.

Is Your Freezer Not Freezing?

Do you need freezer repair help? Is your freezer not working? There are many reasons why your freezer might not be freezing. Find out why with Home Matters.

Water Heater Maintenance 101

Performing basic maintenance tasks on your water heater can help ensure that it reaches its maximum life expectancy (typically 10 to 20 years, depending on the type and model).

9 Safety Tips For Your Furnace And Boiler

Knowing how to properly use your heating equipment and what warning signs to look for can prevent a home fire. Here are helpful furnace and boiler safety tips.

Should I Cover My A/C Unit In Winter?

Most units are built to withstand the elements and don't need to be covered. Learn the positive and negative effects of covering your air conditioner unit.

When Should You Replace Your Furnace?

No one wants the furnace to break down during winter. Here are the obvious and subtle signs to watch for before your furnace goes out.

How to Install a Gas Stove

Is it time to replace or install a new gas stove oven? You can install your gas stove oven yourself with Home Matters experts installation DIY tips.

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Allstate and American Home Shield help you get your home ready for winter with a home maintenance checklist. Be ready for frozen pipes and other home repairs.

New Appliance Checklist: Washer and Dryer Sets

There is a lot to consider when buying a washing machine and clothes dryer. This checklist explains size, capacity, budget, features, color, and energy efficiency.

How To Install An Anti-scald Valve

Learn how to install an anti-scald pressure balancing valve, why you need one and the considerations for purchasing.

How To Fix A Toilet Leak

This toilet leak repair tutorial addresses whether you have condensation or a leak, finding the source of the toilet leak and how to seal a crack in toilet bowl.

6 Tales of the Scariest Home System and Appliance Breakdowns

Home system repairs and appliance breakdowns are scary. Don't let these tales of horror happen to you.

How To Replace Your Toilet Fill Valve

Do you ever hear a sound like rushing water, but aren’t sure where it’s coming from? The sound could very well be coming from a running toilet, due to a fill valve that’s seen much better days.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Allstate and American Home Shield help you get your home ready for fall with a fall home maintenance checklist. DIY home maintenance made simple.

How to Repair a Stove Burner

If you’re getting burned by a burner malfunction, here are some helpful troubleshooting tips and video on how to repair a burner on electric and gas stoves and cooktops:

3 Easy DIY Garage Door Fixes

Coming home to a broken garage door can be frustrating. Wear and tear issues can happen overtime. Fortunately, we have some easy step-by-step instructions on how you can fix them, yourself.

How to Replace an Oven Door Gasket

If heat is escaping your oven it may be time to replace your oven door gasket. Check out these tips for DIY success.

DIY Bathroom Fan Installation: Keep the Moisture Out by Putting a Bathroom Fan In

You might be surprised to learn that installing or replacing a bathroom exhaust fan is a moderately easy DIY project. All you need are the right tools and basic electrical and carpentry skills. Follow the steps below for brand-new installation or replacin

3 Steps to Fixing a Blown Fuse

Fixing a blown fuse begins with getting acquainted with your electrical panel. Determine whether you have a blown fuse and then learn how to repair it.

The Secret to Avoiding Heating and Cooling System Breakdowns: Maintenance

Because heating and cooling costs can easily make up half of a household’s energy bill, it makes sense to have a regular maintenance program to keep the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) equipment operating at peak efficiency.

Frozen Air Conditioner? How to Defrost It and Keep the Cool Air In

A frozen air conditioner can leave you and your household in an uncomfortable situation on a hot day. Learn how to tell if you have a frozen air conditioner, how to prevent it and how to fix the problem.

3 Reasons Your Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping

Has your circuit breaker tripped? It could be because of a circuit overload, short circuit or ground fault that is causing your issues.

Is it Time to Upgrade Your AC?

Knowing when to replace your hard-working air conditioner can be tricky. While it's a major purchase that most people don't make lightly, nobody wants to wake up to a broken air conditioner on a hot summer day.

How to Drain Your Dishwasher

Don't let your drain drag you down. Fight back and learn how to unclog your dishwasher before calling a professional.

How to Install a Small Window Air Conditioner

If you think installing a small window air conditioning unit is a big job, you might be surprised. With some information, planning and the right tools, you can complete this do-it-yourself project and keep your cool at the same time.

How to Fix Your Dishwasher Door

If you’re having issues with your dishwasher’s door but the rest of the unit is in tip-top operating condition, pump the breaks before you replace the entire appliance. Here are some common problems that can often be resolved with a DIY approach.

DIY Fails: Oh No, They Didn't

Let’s face it. Although, there are a lot of things that we can fix ourselves, some things must be left to an AHS® professional. Check out the 8 things you should always leave to the pros.

How to Fix Common Household Appliances

It's a given that household appliances will stop working. That's why you should be prepared. Here are some easy fixes for your most common appliance problems.

Broken Sprinkler Valves Causes and Repairs

Discover the signs of a broken sprinkler valve and how to repair your broken sprinkler valve from the Home Matters home repair & maintenance experts.