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Jake S.

Jake S.

Jake Sherman is a professional writer with a background in journalism. He is fascinated by home appliances and how they work. He enjoys breaking down complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways. He has been a Puls staff writer for two years. When he's not writing, he enjoys trotting around the globe, trying unfamiliar foods, and testing unmarked doors to see if they're locked.

Recent Posts:

Bathroom Drain is Clogged: What To Do and How Much Will it Cost?

There’s no two ways about it – you can’t shower with water pooling around your ankles forever, and if your bathtub drain is clogged, that’s an even bigger problem. In fact, a clogged bathroom drain is a problem that gets even hairier (sorry for the gross pun) if left unattended to.

Refrigerator Water Dispenser Not Working: How to Fix It

Summer’s coming, and with that balmy weather, our refrigerator water dispenser sees more action than ever as we make sure to stay hydrated. Sure, it might not be our refrigerator’s primary function, but we love having cool, filtered water on demand – drinking tepid tap water or running to refill a Brita every few minutes just isn’t our jam.

Shower or Bathtub Flooding or Won’t Drain? Here’s What to Do

Standing ankle-deep in tepid shower water might not be the most annoying thing we’ve ever experienced, but it definitely makes the top ten. To make matters worse, if you’ve got a shower flooding, or your stubborn bathtub won’t drain, the situation can start to become an emergency.

Most Common Plumbing Issues (and How to Solve Them)

Drips, leaks, and clogs can spring up without warning, or often linger for long periods of time without being addressed. Calling in a professional plumber might seem expensive, and fixing the problem yourself can be intimidating.

What to Do if Your Oven or Stove Won’t Start

Frankly, we don’t have a clue as to how we ever managed to survive our younger years on ramen noodles alone – do those things even have any nutritional value to speak of?

How to Fix a Dishwasher: Step by Step Guide

If you’re like most people, by the time you figure out that your dishwasher won’t start, you’ve already loaded it up with tons of dirty dishes and are about to move on to your next task – whether that’s sweeping the floor or settling back on the couch to unwind with some Netflix.

How to Fix a Refrigerator: A Step-By-Step Guide

So, you’ve combed through our resource center on how to fix a refrigerator, went through the motions of diagnostics, and still, you’re frozen (pun intended). You’ve perused out our fridge repair guides that detail how to check the power, the thermostat, the gaskets, and you’ve already researched how to fix a fridge that’s leaking water.

How to Fix a Stove Burner That Won’t Light

Whether you’re fixing to show off your culinary prowess to some friends or preparing a simple weeknight meal, it’s hard to get very far if the burner won’t light on your stove.

What to Do if Your Refrigerator Won’t Work

Did you ever walk into your kitchen and get the strange feeling that something is off, only to realize that something is off – and it’s your refrigerator? That silence might be the loudest thing you hear all day, but don’t worry, fridge problems are no reason to lose your cool.

How to Fix an Oven or Stove (Step by Step Guide)

The fact is, some appliances are simpler to fix than others. Oven repair does tend to fall on the trickier side of the spectrum – which is understandable, because you’re dealing with components such as gas lines and electric heating elements designed to get searing hot.

How to Fix a Refrigerator That’s Leaking

A leaky fridge is never a welcome sight – and with all the potential causes for that water puddling beneath it, you could spend the better part of an afternoon just trying to figure out just why the refrigerator is leaking.  

Dryer Repair Cost: How Much Should I Pay for Dryer Repair?

If your clothes aren’t coming out completely dry at the end of a laundry cycle, there’s no need to let it dampen your spirit. Still, it can be daunting to deal with a technician if you’re not sure how much it should cost for dryer repair – after all, not knowing what you’re getting yourself into can make your head spin.

How to Fix a Dryer (Our Step by Step Guide)

Do-it-yourself projects can be fun, economical, and environmentally friendly – as well as provide a sense of satisfaction at a job well done. But sometimes it can be intimidating when you’re first dipping your toes into a new field.

How to Figure Out What’s Wrong with Your Dryer

Having a broken dryer can be a real wet blanket (yes, pun intended) – but if you’re of a DIY mindset, it can take a load off if you’re able to figure out what’s wrong with your dryer on your own. Fortunately, we’re here to help you isolate and solve many common problems with our dryer troubleshooting guide, so you’re not left feeling high and dry.

How Much Does it Cost for Washing Machine Repair?

With washing machine prices rising this year – USA Today says prices likely went up by 10% in 2018, bumping the average washing machine price from $900 to almost $1,000 – it would almost seem like a no-brainer to fix a broken washing machine, rather than replace it altogether.

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