We rely on the appliances in our home to make our daily lives easier. When everything runs smoothly, we hardly think of them. But when they break down, wear out, or lose efficiency, it can be a major stumbling block in our routine, and quite possibly our budget.
Garbage disposals are a point of pride for many American homes. A 2009 survey found that over half of the homes in the United States contained a disposal unit (compared to a mere 6% in the U.K.). But when they break down, it can be a smelly disaster. Plugged drains are the most common ailment, but garbage disposal leaks are possible as well. If your garbage disposal leaks, you may need to enlist a professional repairman or plumber. For slow drains, however, fill the sink with an inch of water and force the water down the drain with a plunger. If, after a few plunges, the problem is not fixed, the plumber may be your best bet.
Washing machines are incredible time savers, but even running at peak efficiency, they account for over 20% of the water consumption of an average home. Many washers today have adjustable settings for different load sizes, but the best advice is still to do the largest load possible at one time (without packing the machine, of course). This will maximize the water your washer uses, and require fewer run times to do the same amount of clothes, which will extend the working life of your washer and put off needing a washer repairman.
And speaking of your clothes, here is an easy tip to avoid needing clothes dryer repair to restore efficiency. After removing your clothes from the washer, shake out each garment a little bit, especially your sheets and bedding. This will increase the surface area, allowing your dryer to remove the moisture more easily and efficiently. If the clothes and sheets are all bunched up, the dryer has to work harder to get everything dry.
If you should ever need a serviceman to fix your washer, repair a dryer, or patch up a garbage disposal leak, it is always a good idea to use someone you trust, or someone recommended by a close friend or family member. Having a broken appliance appliance is frustrating enough. Paying someone to do a mediocre job of fixing it can be the last straw.