4 Home Maintenance Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

We all lead busy lives, so understandably we don’t always prioritize preventative maintenance for our home. Sometimes our appliances will give us clues that something isn’t right, and it’s up to us to listen to them. Below are four home maintenance symptoms that you should never ignore.

1. Condensation or Ice in Refrigerator/Freezer

Pay attention to your refrigerator the next time you open it. Are the items damp, or do you notice any condensation on the inside? If so, it could be one of two things — the seal or the temperature control. If the rubber seal is damaged, the refrigerator is working overtime to try to maintain the cool temperature inside when warmer outside air is infiltrating it, resulting in condensation.

If the damage isn’t extensive, you may be able to fix it yourself. If sealing isn’t the issue, examine your temperature setting. It’s possible that the temperature may not be set properly. If the condensation still persists after adjusting the temperature, you’ll want to contact a professional before the problem starts spoiling your food.

2. Lack of Hot Water

Lack of hot water could point to a failing hot water heater. If it takes a long time for your water to turn hot, or if your showers just aren’t as warm as they used to be, you’ll want to take action. When water is heated in your tank, minerals separate and settle at the bottom.

After a while, these minerals can build up, creating a wall between the heat source and the water and preventing the water from getting hot. This problem won’t go away on its own and will eventually cause a leak or the hot water tank to fail. The solution is to flush your water tank annually.

3. Clicking or Banging From Air Conditioner


A clicking noise is normal when an air conditioner kicks on or off, but you should be concerned if you hear constant clicking. Usually, that means there is an electrical issue, which can be very dangerous, so don’t try fixing it by yourself.

Banging noises coming from your air conditioner are annoying and concerning. If you hear one, there is probably a loose part in your system, most likely in the blower or motor, that’s hitting against another component. Never ignore this sound because it will only get worse.

4. Squealing or Grinding Noises From Dryer

Aside from the sound of your clothes turning, your dryer should run fairly quietly. If you hear squealing or grinding, it’s probably the motor bearings. Motor bearings are an important part of your dryer and need attention as soon as there is an issue. If ignored, you run the risk of the dryer breaking down completely.

Home maintenance isn’t a fun job, but it is necessary. Make sure that your appliances are serviced regularly and bring up any questions or concerns with a qualified technician. Arm yourself with the proper knowledge, listen to your home, and you’ll be able to avoid a disaster successfully.