The kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house and could in many ways be considered something of a control hub for everything you do. Whether you're entertaining guests, cooking up some breakfast or making a big dinner for the family, the kitchen is where you will get things done and without it you'd be somewhat stuck.
Unfortunately the kitchen is also something of a complex nerve centre – filled with lots of appliances and other things that can easily go wrong and leave you unable to work. Here we will look at some of the most common issues and some quick fixes that can put you back in business and hopefully avert a major crisis.
A blocked sink might not sound like a big deal, but if you're stuck with dirty water in your basin and a pile of unclean crockery it can actually be quite unappealing and leave you with no surfaces to work on. Thus you need a plan in order to get your sink working normally again.
The first thing to try then is buying some drain unblocker. These can be expensive, but they do tend to work first time on most occasions (boiling water or vinegar and baking soda may work if you want to try that first, and could save you some money). If that doesn't work you might want to try carefully trying to unplug the drain with a plunger and maybe by carefully inserting implements to break up any debris. Be careful not to scratch or damage the inside of the pipe though.
Less of a serious issue, but still an annoying one that can also waste money is a constantly dripping tap. If you have this problem yourself then it's probably because your washer is loose and the tap isn't closing firmly enough as a result. To solve the issue, first find the stop cock in order to isolate the water supply (to stop it getting to those taps), then remove the handle from the tap and the washer, before finding a replacement at a home store.
If you have a gas hob then a common problem you can find yourself struggling with is that it won't ignite. You hold the ignition, hear lots of clicking, but the flame never erupts. The issue here is probably the side of your burner. Take the cover off the stove and then inspect the side of the burner head. Remove any mess from this surface with a damp cloth, and try inserting a small pin into the opening to unclog anything that's stuck further down. Once you've done this the burner should once again ignite.
Washing Machine is Stopping
If your washing machine is stopping when you try to do a spin cycle then it's probably because you have something caught in there like a hair pin or some loose change. There should be a small drain at the bottom of the machine that you can open in order to drain water and you may find there's some debris down there. If not, try reaching in and around the u-bend with your finger slightly and it might turn out that your items are trapped a bit further up. Once they're gone the washing machine should be back to normal!
No Hot Water
Most kitchens are rather reliant on hot water for everything from washing up to rinsing the work surfaces. If you have no hot water and/or no heating and you have a closed gas system, then you may find that you can simply press 'reset' on your boiler in order to get it working again. If this doesn't work, then look for the pressure gauge nearby which will tell you how much pressure is in your system. There should also be a second arrow on the gauge showing how much pressure you should have. Find the pressure valve and turn it to let in a little more until you've filled it up just past the indicator. Now press reset on your system and you should find it runs well for a while. If not then you will need to call in the pros.
The author of this article, Nancy Baker, is a freelance blogger, who is currently writing for Appliance Repair Master, which specializes in appliance repair in Toronto. She is passionate about cycling and is always looking to help amateur riders. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.