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Home Appliances: Buy, Fix, Install

 Home appliances are the essence of convenient, contemporary living. They define how we take care of the many tasks we accomplish in our homes, from cooking to refrigerating foods and washing clothes. Because they’re so important to our daily lives, they’ve become amazingly sophisticated both in the duties they handle and in their efficient use of energy. Our challenge is to buy the best appliances for our needs and to know basic techniques for using, repairing, and caring for them.

Recent Heating, A/C & Ventilation Articles

  • Buying, Installing & Fixing a Central Air Conditioner

    Buying, Installing & Fixing a Central Air Conditioner

    In This Article: Buying a Central Air Conditioner How Central AC Works Central AC Problems & Repairs Central AC Cost & Installation Are multiple room air conditioners causing your electricity bills to skyrocket? Or, perhaps worse, is your house virtually unlivable during summer because of the heat and/or humidity? Maybe it’s time to consider central …
  • Sizing a Central Air Conditioner

    Sizing a Central Air Conditioner

    Expert article on how to properly size a whole-house air conditioner for your home. Included are tips for reducing the load on your air conditioning unit. Manufacturers produce whole-house central air conditioners in a range of sizes, which raises one of the most important questions you’ll have to answer when shopping for one: How big …
  • How Much Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost?

    How Much Does a Central Air Conditioner Cost?

    A new whole-house air conditioning system will cost between $3000 and $7000, depending upon the size of the system, equipment brands, and installation requirements. Large, complicated systems can run much more, costing as much as $20,000. Existing heating system ductwork in your home makes a difference because it can usually be utilized. But, even in …
  • 5 Secrets for Getting Your A/C Ready for Summer

    5 Secrets for Getting Your A/C Ready for Summer

    5 important ways you can get your central air conditioning into tiptop shape before the summer heat hits. Includes how-to information on cleaning the condenser coils, checking the coolant lines, and testing the unit. On the first really hot day of summer, the last thing you want is to flip the switch on your central …
  • How to Replace a Furnace, AC or Heat Pump Filter

    How to Replace a Furnace, AC or Heat Pump Filter

    Dirty filters are the number one problem when forced-air heating and cooling systems don’t work right. With a central forced-air heating and cooling system, air filters remove dust and allergens from the air before warming or cooling it and returning it to your rooms. For this reason, filters are critical components of these systems. But, on …
  • Furnace Not Working | DIY Furnace Troubleshooting & Repairs

    Furnace Not Working | DIY Furnace Troubleshooting & Repairs

    In This Article: Furnace Not Working — No Gas Flame Heating or Cycling Problems Furnace Does Not Blow Air Blower Runs Continuously Noisy Furnace or Duct Work Furnace Not Working — Oil Burner Is your furnace not working? If your heater doesn’t heat or works poorly, this guide will help you troubleshoot and fix typical problems. …
  • AC Not Working | Central Air Conditioning Repair & Troubleshooting

    AC Not Working | Central Air Conditioning Repair & Troubleshooting

    In This Article: Central AC Not Working At All AC Not Cooling Well Air Conditioner Not Blowing Air Water Leaking from AC Air Conditioner Makes Noise Air Conditioner Won’t Turn Off Is your AC not working? If your central air conditioner is not cooling right, save money, time, and get comfortable again with these expert DIY air conditioning …
  • How to Troubleshoot & Repair Ceiling Fan Problems

    How to Troubleshoot & Repair Ceiling Fan Problems

    In This Article: Ceiling Fan Is Dead Ceiling Fan Blades Don’t Turn Properly How to Fix a Fan That Hums How to Fix a Fan That Wobbles How to Replace a Flywheel If your ceiling fan doesn’t work, you can save time and money by repairing it yourself. A ceiling fan can stop working properly …
  • Cleaning a Central Air Conditioner

    Cleaning a Central Air Conditioner

    How to clean an AC condenser and other tips for regular central air conditioner maintenance You should refer any serious central air conditioner problems such as a defective condenser or a malfunctioning refrigeration system to a trained air-conditioner technician. However, simply keeping the components clean helps prevent most common problems. Replace or clean filters. Most …
  • Save Energy in Your Home Office

    Save Energy in Your Home Office

    A home office can be a big energy user in the modern home. But there’s no need to throw away energy dollars if you have a home office. Here are a few simple steps you can take to reduce energy usage: Turn off equipment when not in use. If your home office appliances don’t have …

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Recent Appliance Articles

  • Gas Hot Water Heater Repairs

    Gas Hot Water Heater Repairs

    In This Article: Gas Water Heater Doesn’t Heat Water Doesn’t Get Hot Enough Pilot Light Doesn’t Stay Lit Gas hot water heater need repair? If your gas water heater doesn’t heat, get hot enough, or stay lit, this expert DIY advice will help you fix gas water heater problems yourself. Need help NOW? Get a …
  • Refrigerator Not Working Right | Refrigerator Troubleshooting & Repair

    Refrigerator Not Working Right | Refrigerator Troubleshooting & Repair

    In This Article: Refrigerator Runs Constantly Fridge Not Cold or Too Cold Refrigerator Not Working Fridge Smells, Rattles or Leaks Fridge Door Does Not Close or Seal Refrigerator Light Stays On Refrigerator Does Not Defrost Also see: How to Repair an Ice Maker Refrigerator not working right? This expert refrigerator troubleshooting and repair advice includes how to fix refrigerator …
  • Water Heater Is Leaking

    Water Heater Is Leaking

    In This Article: Water Heater Is Spraying or Flooding Water Dripping from Water Heater Is your hot water heater leaking? If water is pooling near your water heater or dripping from the hot water tank or pipes, follow this expert advice for water heater leak diagnosis and repair. A leaking water heater can indicate any …
  • How to Troubleshoot & Repair a Dishwasher

    How to Troubleshoot & Repair a Dishwasher

    In This Article: Dishwasher Does Not Run Dishwasher Does Not Fill Dishwasher Keeps Filling Dishwasher Does Not Drain Repair Dishwasher Leaks How a Dishwasher Works How to troubleshoot and repair common dishwasher problems, including a dishwasher that doesn’t run, fill or drain. Also, how a dishwasher works. Because fixing a dishwasher isn’t usually an emergency, …
  • Electric Hot Water Heater Repair & Troubleshooting

    Electric Hot Water Heater Repair & Troubleshooting

    When an electric water heater fails to heat water properly, either the power to the water heater has been interrupted or there is a problem with the controls or heating elements. For other water heater issues, please see Water Heater Troubleshooting & Repairs. Always shut off the power to an electric water heater before working …
  • Water Softener Buying Guide | Solve Hard Water Problems

    Water Softener Buying Guide | Solve Hard Water Problems

    In This Article: Solving Hard Water with a Water Softener Types of Water Softeners How a Water Softener Works Water Softener Size & Features Water Softener Buying & Leasing Tips Salt-Free Water Softeners This expert, unbiased water softener buying guide will help you choose the right water softener for hard water problems. Includes salt-free water …
  • How to Fix a Garbage Disposal

    How to Fix a Garbage Disposal

    In This Article: Garbage Disposal Does Not Work Garbage Disposal Hums or Is Jammed Disposal Grinds Poorly Disposal Drain Is Clogged Garbage Disposal Leaks Basic Garbage Disposal Care If your garbage disposal is jammed, clogged, or leaking, this illustrated step-by-step guide will help you reset it or fix it quickly and easily. A garbage disposal …