The Proper Way to Clean Your Oven

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Lifespan of Modern Home Appliances

Homeowners often assume that with an increase in technology comes an improvement of everyday life. So it can come as a surprise that when appliance manufactures add tech, like sensors and displays, they are actually shortening the product’s lifespan.

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Water heaters are often forgotten about until we need them. We've put together a guide to water heater maintenance that will help keep your water heater strong.

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Do you shower in standing water? Your shower drain is most likely clogged. Follow these simple steps to unclog your shower drain before you call a plumber.

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Don’t Get Stuck With Frozen Pipes This Holiday Season

Frozen pipes that burst and cause water damage can put a damper on holiday cheer. Use these few tips to help avoid the headache of burst pipes.

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A flooded basement can give even the most stoic homeowner a sense of helplessness and panic. Use these tips and take action when your basement floods.

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12 New Year’s Resolutions to Maintain Your Home in 2015

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just about self-improvement. You can use them to get your house in shape, too. Here’s a 12-month program to tackle house projects in 2015.

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Simple Fixes For Some Top Air Conditioner Problems

Here are some practical solutions for the most common AC problems you may encounter this summer.

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6 Steps for Fixing a Squeaky Door

Don’t let a squeaky door drive you to distraction. To eliminate those annoying sounds, use these tips to fix the problem quickly and inexpensively.

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Don’t Call The Plumber Just Yet: How To Tackle Dishwasher Draining Issues

Is your dishwasher not draining properly? Before you call a plumber, follow these steps to see if the problem can be solved without the help of a professional.

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Don’t Get Stuck With A Broken Microwave This Holiday Season

Microwaves make heating food much faster. Use these few tips to keep your microwave in good shape, so that you can count on it this holiday season.

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Don’t Forget Your Furnace This Holiday

Staying warm during the winter months is essential. Here are a few ways to keep your furnace from failing this holiday and tips on what to do if it does.

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Welcome to our new series, "Don’t Call The Plumber Just Yet." We show you leaks, clogs, and other plumbing issues you can fix before calling a plumber.

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Get the Most Out of Your Household Appliances

Appliances are a big investment and a valuable part of your home. Naturally, you want to keep them running efficiently and effectively for as long as possible. Here are some things you can do to help keep your appliances in good working order longer:

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When Should I Replace My Garbage Disposal?

Appliances don’t last forever, but sometimes it’s hard to know when to replace one instead of repairing it. With garbage disposals, there are some distinct signs that may give you clues about what to do.

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Let the Fresh Air In — Your Window Guide for Spring

Spring is in the air. At last you can open the windows and let the fresh breezes in. Choose the best windows for your home using this guide for replacing or installing windows.

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Don’t Call A Professional Just Yet: A Guide To Refrigerator Maintenance

Refrigerators are one of the most used appliance in the home. With our refrigerator maintenance tips we'll show teach how to keep the refrigerator in great shape.

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6 Ways to Keep Appliances Ship-Shape

Appliances aren’t given much thought when running properly. But as soon as they’re not, they’re all you think about. A broken appliance can wreak havoc on your home this summer. Take these simple steps to help keep things running smoothly.

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Clogged toilets are no fun. Before you make a call to the plumber, try these simple steps that could solve the problem without any professional help.

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4 Questions To Ask Before Hiring a Contractor

Hiring a contractor is a major commitment of money and time. Before investing be sure you are hiring the best person for the job by asking these four key questions.

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Need To Vent? A Guide To Cleaning Your Dryer

Is your dryer acting up? It may be time for some routine maintenance. Cleaning your dryer vent can prevent major fire hazards and help your clothes dry faster.

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Tips For Waterproofing Your Basement

These tips will help you waterproof your basement before the situation gets out of hand and you need professional plumbing assistance.

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How to Prepare Your Home For an Arctic Blast

Whether it's a polar vortex, arctic blast or old-fashioned winter storm, protect your home and stay warm with these tips.

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3 Best Light Bulbs for Your Household Appliances

Different light bulbs can impact how your appliances work. Learn about the differences and what will work best for each of your household appliances.

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What To Do When Your Washer Won’t Drain

Are your clothes still soaking wet at the end of your washing machine's cycle? Here are some things you can do when your washer won't drain properly.

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Unclogging Your Disposal Doesn’t Have To Be Draining

When you’re cooking or cleaning up after a meal, the last thing you need is for the garbage disposal to clog and stop working. While it may be a helpless feeling to watch the sink fill with water and debris, you don’t have to panic.

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7 Ways To Keep Your Oven Clean And Green

Commercial oven cleaners may be hazardous to people and the environment. These 7 ways to clean your oven will keep your oven clean while staying green.

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9 Products You Need For D.I.Y. Home Repairs

If you want something done right, do it yourself. But how do you know you're using the right tools? Home Matters home repair experts share the best tools for D.I.Y projects.

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Shockingly Common Electrical Hazards in Your Home and How to Avoid

Of course, not all electrical accidents can be avoided. These tips will help you be better prepared to protect yourself, your family and your home.

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The Homeowner's Guide to the New Year

The New Year is here and it's time review and make improvements for 2016. Here are some tips and helpful guides to make the new year a great year for homeowners.

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Conducting A Home Improvement Check-Up

Updates and improvements are exciting and add value to your home, but when using a contractor for projects that are above and beyond DIY, always do your homework. Use these helpful check-up tips to make sure that your project stays on track.

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From “Shoot!” to Troubleshoot – A Guide to Oven Repair

Why won't your oven turn on? Diagnose the symptoms using our easy-to-follow oven repair guide.

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How to avoid a broken hot water heater this holiday season

Your water heater is one of those things you don't think about until it breaks. These maintenance tips will help you avoid a broken water heater this season.

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5 Tips to Getting the Most Out of Your Dishwasher

Ever open the dishwasher and the dishes were still dirty? This could be happening because you've forgotten preloading steps or haven't performed basic maintenance. Here are 5 great tips on how to get clean dishes on the first run of your dishwasher.

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Frozen Pipes

Damage from frozen pipes can leave you in a crisis. Here are some repair options, tips and more from our trusted Home Matters home repair experts.

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Is Your A/C Working Too Hard?

With summer on the way and temperatures about to soar, it’s a good time to think about how well your cooling system is performing and what you can do to keep your energy costs down.

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Your Dishwasher Maintenance Checklist — For a Clean Bill of Health

Your dishwasher is an appliance you rely on every day, so it’s important to make sure you maintain it properly to keep it working its best. The handy dishwasher maintenance checklist below tells you how.

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Preventing Common Microwave Mishaps

For many of us, microwaves have aroused curiosity since childhood and been the central piece to countless home experiments gone wrong. But, do you know the basics of what actually can and can’t be microwaved? Test your knowledge below:

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Looking Forward to Fall

With summer winding down and autumn around the corner, it’s time to tackle some seasonal maintenance tasks for your home. Making regular maintenance important to keep things running smoothly. Here are some suggestions for you to consider this fall:

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Is Your A/C Ready for Summer?

Summer is almost upon us, and that means it’s time to check your A/C system. It’s important to regularly check the system in order to prevent any breakdowns once things start to heat up. Below are a few helpful steps for checking your A/C system.

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Go It Alone or Hire a Pro? Replacing an Entry Door Threshold

Door thresholds play an important role in sealing out the elements. If they’re worn out, doors may not close properly, causing drafts. Should you replace it or hire a professional?

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30 Minutes to a Clean Fridge

There are plenty of reasons to clean a fridge and one big excuse not to — namely, lack of time. But you don’t need to set aside several hours to complete a basic cleanout. Get it done in 30 minutes with this guide.

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Nearly 52 record-high temperatures for 2012 were reached in the month of June, making this summer one of the hottest on record.

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Smart Air Conditioner Maintenance Tips

Fight the rising cost of staying cool with these handy tips for keeping your air conditioning running efficiently this summer.

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How Air Conditioners Work

Everyone loves coming home to a nice, cool air-conditioned house on a hot summer day. Have you ever wondered how air conditioning actually works?

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Spring has sprung, and the evidence is blooming all around us. After you take it all in, it’s time to get busy.

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As a pool owner, we know you may be ready for summer, but is your pool? Now’s the time to make sure your pool is the place for family fun all season long.

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With the ridiculous heat and crazy schedules of summer you’re probably going to be relying on your freezer a lot more. You need to make sure that it’s always there running efficiently and providing you with quick dinners and cooling frozen treats.

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Free Download: Maintenance Guide

AHS can help keep your appliances running smoothly with our FREE Maintenance Guide. Download your copy today and get great tips to keep your home in top shape.

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