One of the few cons of being a homeowner is the fact that when something breaks you are responsible for replacing it or repairing it. Over time and use the appliances in your home are sure to stop working properly, and it can be frustrating and stressful to find out that something that you use every day is broken. When an appliance is not working properly, many homeowners assume that they will have to dig into their saving to replace it, but many common problems can actually be repaired, extending the lifespan of your appliance. Continue reading to learn more about what common problems can be repaired:

Hot Water Heater Not Working

Stepping into an ice cold shower in the morning is an unpleasant surprise, and most people do not want to live long without hot water. Buying a new hot water heater can be quite expensive, so before you replace it have it checked out by an experienced plumber. In many cases emptying the tank and flushing it can fix the problem. Another common issue with hot water heaters is a rusty or corroded anode rod. This part can be replaced for a mere fraction of the cost of purchasing a whole new water heater.

Garage Door Won't Open and Close

Automatic garage door openers are very convenient, but after opening and closing the garage door every days for years on end problems can develop. Many common garage door problems stem  from broken garage door springs or broken cables. If you have bad garage door springs or cables your garage door opener won't be able to open the garage door properly, and you may notice that your garage door slams shut uncontrollably. In these situations you don't need to buy a new automatic garage door opener- having the broken springs or cables replaced can solve the problem. Replacing garage door springs or cables is not a DIY job, so plan on hiring an experienced garage door repair company.

Refrigerator Not Cooling

A faulty refrigerator can cost you money if your groceries spoil, or even lead to food poisoning if perishables are not kept at the proper temperature. A fridge that is not holding its temperature is not necessarily a lost cause. The easiest way to troubleshoot this problem is by cleaning the vents at the bottom of the refrigerator and the coils on the back. As dust and debris accumulate in the vents and coils it can prevent cool air from circulating properly, which can cause the refrigerator to be warmer than it should be. If that doesn't fix the problem, have a refrigerator repairman check out your fridge to see if you need a new compressor.