A broken washing machine or refrigerator can be scary and frustrating. You don’t want a big repair bill or to go without a crucial appliance for too long.

Luckily, some appliance problems can be solved easily at home without calling a repairman. Even if you don’t know a thing about repair, many fixes are super simple.

When your dryer, washer, oven, dishwasher or fridge is giving your grief, remember these simple tips to get it running again.

Flip the switch

If your large appliance suddenly stops working, it may have flipped the breaker. Sometimes when too much electricity surges through an outlet, your home’s breaker box will automatically cut off the power to the outlet.

First, unplug everything in your kitchen except major appliances, like the fridge, dishwasher, stove and microwave. Make sure each of the major appliances is plugged into their own outlet. No sharing!

Finally, go to your breaker box and flip any switch that is pointed in the opposite direction of the other switches. If all of them look like they are going in the same direction, flip the master switch (the big one), leave it for a few seconds, then flip it back on.

Go back into the kitchen and see if the appliance is on.

Check the cord

If checking the breaker box doesn’t work, flip the master switch back off and check the cord to see if it’s cracked or damaged. If so, that may be the culprit.

You best bet is to try repair or replace the cord. Most home improvement stores have cord replacement kits that are easy to install.