DIY Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC Quick Fixes


Before calling in the professionals, try to do it yourself. There are a few things you can tackle on your own if you are looking to save some money. Here are a few tricks and tips for do-it-yourself, easy fixes.

Plumbing Tips

  • Evaluate all shut-offs to ensure that they’re fully closed or open, whichever is desired.
  • Put a hair catcher over the shower drain to make sure that you aren’t backing up the shower and turning it into an unwanted tub. Make certain to regularly clean them; or else, they’ll become blockages themselves.
  • Try to use a plunger. The majority of clogs and stoppages may be repaired with just a bit of elbow grease.

Electrical Tips

  • Turn tripped breakers to the “off” position to reset them, before turning them to “on.”
  • If you’ve checked and don’t have a tripped breaker, it might be a tripped GFCI-protected outlet. Such outlets are commonly used anywhere there might be water—kitchens, bathrooms, garages, outdoor spaces, or basements. Because of the electrical load and the necessity for ground fault protection, some of those areas might be combined on one circuit. GFCI-protected outlets might serve multiple outlets upstream and may be identified by having both a RESET and TEST button situated on the face. When you’ve found the GFCI, check to see if it tripped, push the test to trip it then reset it to restore power.
  • A lot of houses have outlets that are controlled by a light switch; if there’s a receptacle that doesn’t have power, it might be the case. Have you seen an existing switch that does not seem to switch on a light? That might be a great place to start. It’s possible to verify power by plugging a standard lamp into the switched outlet then trying the switch in both the off and on positions.

Heating and AC Tips

  • Be certain the system’s power is on.
  • Look to see if the thermostat is calling for cooling or heating.
  • Look for dirty air filters.
  • Be certain all registers are open.

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