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Toilets are incredibly durable pieces of equipment—and if taken care of properly, can last up to 40 or 50 years (assuming the laws on water usage per flush don’t change). However, there are occasions when your toilet’s days are numbered, and the repairs outweigh the cost of replacement, or you might simply want to upgrade yours in favor of an ultra-low-flow model to conserve water.
Nothing can halt your morning routine like a clogged shower, sink, shower, tub, or toilet. Whether you know what caused the offending clog (with long hair often being the culprit) or you’re unsure of the issue, there are plenty of drain clog removers on the market that can help you get rid of the problem, without having to pay a plumber to fix it.
There’s a reason why the kitchen is the heart of the home—because it’s where all of the delicious food is made. Whether you consider yourself quite the chef or you can barely heat up a pizza in the oven, you rely on your oven and stove to heat things up safely and properly so that you can put food on the table for you and your family.
Nothing lasts forever, but don’t you wish that our appliances did? When your dryer starts to show signs of quitting on you, it may be tempting to just head to the nearest big box store and purchase a new one to avoid dealing with the hassle of repairing it—but should you?
The dishwasher is one of those modern conveniences that you can definitely live without—but why on earth would you want to? Not only does it make life so much easier, but the dishwasher actually uses less water than hand washing your dishes, making it a more environmentally friendly option.
When your dishwasher isn’t cleaning properly, it can throw your whole household for a loop. And when you have to wash the dishes by hand, we all know how quickly they can pile up in the sink.
There’s nothing that halts a busy household like a broken refrigerator. Whether the ice maker stopped working or the food in the fridge is starting to smell suspiciously foul, your fridge can run the full spectrum on what’s wrong with it—and unfortunately, how much it costs.
Out of all the appliances in your home, the refrigerator is the one you rely on the most. Whether it’s reaching for that glass of orange juice in the morning or pulling out fresh produce to prepare a meal in the evening, we rely on our fridge to keep things cold and keep our food safe for consumption.
Whether you like to prepare gourmet food in your kitchen or you’re more of a frozen pizza kind of chef, you rely on your oven to heat your meals consistently and evenly so that you can count on a delicious dinner each and every time you use it. But when your food is cold in the middle and burnt on top, or your oven isn’t even heating at all, it’s time to look into what’s going on.
No one is under the illusion that a washing machine will last forever, but a broken one always brings up the eternal question: should it stay or should it go? In this era of so many single-use products, we’ve become pretty accustomed to just replacing our appliances when they break down, so we don’t have to deal with figuring out what’s wrong with it or coughing up the repair expenses.
It’s hard to imagine what life used to look like without the convenience of appliances until one of yours breaks down and temporarily throws your routine for a loop. When the dryer breaks down it can be especially frustrating, as it’s easily one of the most-used appliances in our whole arsenal.
When your dryer isn’t heating up properly, it can feel like you’ve taken a step back in time to the days when people impatiently waited for their favorite shirt to dry in the sunshine. But don’t worry - just because your dryer isn’t heating up doesn’t mean that you have to resort to stringing your shirts on a clothesline forever.
The washing machine is one of those modern luxuries that makes our lives so much easier—until, of course, it stops working properly. If you’ve noticed that your clothes are coming out smelling worse than they did before you put them in or that there are still stains on the fabric after going through a regular cycle, it may be time to examine what’s going on with the machine.
Doing the dishes isn’t exactly America’s favorite pastime, but a hard-working dishwasher makes the task much more tolerable—and quicker—so we can get back to things we actually enjoy (like anything but the dishes). So, when your dishwasher suddenly won’t start, it’s easy to panic and think you’ll be shelling out a hefty amount to replace it, but there are actually a few things you can do to troubleshoot what’s wrong and fix it on your own.