I’d like to think we all do the obvious - like checking to make sure something is plugged in when it won’t turn on. But I’m sure there are equally simple troubleshooting tips that may not occur to some of us. This is as good a place as any to share them.
Inspired by my daughter yesterday: When I fetched my granddaughter (I’m her daycare 3 days a week) my daughter was stressed almost to the point of tears. They’d just bought a house a couple of weeks ago, so cash was tight, and that morning, she noticed her freezer wasn’t freezing.
I’ll skip ahead a few hours to when my SIL texted me and I asked about the fridge. He said it just seemed to be the freezer that wasn’t working. So I asked if he’d checked the temperature setting for the freezer - turned out it was on the lowest (warmest?) setting. Once he set it back to the recommended point, crisis was averted.
This isn’t a dig at my SIL - his parents never really taught him what I think are basic facts of home ownership and the associated problem-solving. All it took was a quick question from me, and he got the freezer back in business. With luck, this will help him work thru any future appliance issues. And that inspired this thread.
What sorts of things have you learned or figured out that saved a call to a repair shop?
I just remembered one from 45 years ago when I had my first car - you need to put the gearshift in Park in order to start it. I was all in a panic because turning the key did nothing, but as soon as a friend got behind the wheel, he knew what I’d done. And, yeah, I’ve done it a couple of times since, but I figured it out.