Prevention Articles & Tips

Do you use high-efficiency laundry detergent for front-load and top-load washers? Watch this video for tips on high-efficiency washers and detergent. Many people have no idea that high-efficiency washers need high-efficiency (HE) detergent. This... Read more .

Has your house been affected by a tornado? Follow this checklist for inspecting damage to the exterior of your home and conducting safety checks for major appliances and gas leaks. You’ve been through a tornado. Your family is safe, and your... Read more .

Has your home recently gone through an earthquake? Read these simple tips for addressing home safety concerns and how to check home appliances for gas leaks or damage following an earthquake. Unlike some other natural disasters, earthquakes can’t... Read more .

Is the misuse of your dryer the reason it doesn’t work? View our interactive photo for common dryer errors, along with tips to correct them and get your dryer running properly. It might not be your fault. Maybe it’s the way you learned how to do... Read more .

How well do you really know your heating and cooling system? Find out if you’re doing the small things to help save money and keep your HVAC system running properly. Take this quiz to find out if you’re a heating, ventilation and air conditioning... Read more .

Watch our video for each step of an air conditioner spring preventive maintenance checkup, including inspecting the airflow, compressor, fan, motor and filter. Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to make sure your air conditioner is ready... Read more .

Can freezing temperatures damage your home appliances? Should you turn off your heat before leaving for vacation? Here’s what winter weather can do to your appliances — and what you should do help prevent problems. Old Man Winter is here, and... Read more .

How do home warranties work? Everything homeowners need to know about home warranties. Congratulations — you’re a homeowner! But it can be daunting to look around your newly purchased house and wonder what you’ve taken on. Especially in a... Read more .

The roof protects you and your home from all kinds of weather, bugs, animals and falling debris. Yet we rarely think about the roof until it’s too late — and then it can be a big investment. Since your roof can last up to 25 years with proper... Read more .

Our infographic offers tips to help prepare your home before a storm strikes — and what to do afterward. Extreme weather can really take a toll on your home’s exterior, especially the siding. But there are certain things you can do before and... Read more .