Check a warm fridge’s temperature dial
Nils Petersen/Shutterstock Make sure it hasn’t been turned way down. Kids may have messed with it, or someone might have bumped the knob. Also, make sure that food containers don’t block the fridge and freezer compartments’ vents—they supply the flow of frigid air. Technicians report that up to 30 percent of their service calls require only the push of a button or the flip of a switch. Those small actions can cost you a minimum service charge (typically $50 to $100)—plus embarrassment. Try these tactics first. This is how you can clean your fridge in 9 easy steps.
Press the reset button on GFCIs
Pamela Au/Shutterstock Sometimes all the bathroom outlets—or several exterior lights—are powered through a single GFCI (the red button in the middle of some outlets) located in one bathroom or elsewhere, such as in a basement. If there’s an outage, push the reset button on the GFCI, and you could be back in business. Make sure you also do these smart things that every homeowner does at least once a year.