Being a homeowner, especially here in Fredericksburg, comes with many joys: a great community that you are invested in, a piece of Fredericksburg that you can call your own, the ability to use your house as an income property, and the ability to increase your resale value through upgrades. That said there is one major drawback to owning a home as well: when something goes wrong with a major household appliance, there is no landlord or property manager who will show up to fix it. Handling such repairs as a homeowner can be costly and time-consuming. Luckily, this article will highlight some of the appliance issues you may have, as well as ways that you can fix them!


Heating And Air-Conditioning Problems


Winters here in Fredericksburg may not be as bad as they are in some parts of the country (we’re looking at you, Minneapolis!) and summers tend to be milder as well, but it is still important to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If either your furnace or air-conditioning unit should stop working when they are needed most, you could be facing some serious discomfort, as well as potential safety issues. If this is the case, it is important to get the problem fixed as soon as possible, for your comfort and safety. Fortunately, for the Fredericksburg homeowner, there are many great HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning) companies here in the local area who are able to help you out. If you are facing extreme heat or cold while waiting for your particular furnace or air-conditioner to be fixed, you might want to consider staying somewhere else—perhaps a friend or relative’s house, or even a hotel.


Water Heater Problems


Fredericksburg water heaters


We all love having hot water. After all, who likes to take their morning shower in ice-cold water? Having a working water heater makes that hot shower possible. If your water heater stops working properly, you will find that you are left in the cold! Fortunately, there are many service providers who are able to repair or replace water heaters in Fredericksburg. Try giving one a call next time you find that things get a little icy! Service is usually quick and efficient, but if you do end up having to wait a day or two for that warm shower, try bathing the old-fashioned way: warm up enough water on your stove top so that you can at least have a hot bath. This may be a time-consuming process, but it beats showering in the cold.


Refrigerator Repair


If you find that your refrigerator is no longer working, there are many refrigerator repair companies here in Fredericksburg that you can call to fix the problem. Again, someone should be able to come out to you relatively quickly, but if you have to wait more than a couple of hours, try putting all of your perishable foods on ice. It is not recommended to let any perishable foods sit for more than a couple of hours, as that is how bacteria can grow.