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Heating, A/C, Ventilation & More

Thanks to modern technology, today’s houses have evolved beyond their basic role of providing shelter. They have become total environments that sustain, refresh, and provide us with a high level of healthful comfort. From air conditioners to zone heating systems, a wide variety of devices and systems equip today’s homes for these responsibilities.

 

In this family of articles, we look at buying, improving, repairing, and maintaining furnaces, air conditioners, fans, and other types of home comfort and energy-saving materials. Pick a section below to dig deeper.

Recent Appliance Articles

  • Water Heater Repair and Troubleshooting

    Water Heater Repair and Troubleshooting

    In This Article: No Hot Water Not Enough Hot Water Hot Water Too Hot Hot Water Discolored or Smells Bad Water Heater Makes Noises Water Heater Is Leaking Expert step-by-step instruction for water heater repair and troubleshooting, including hot water heater problems such as no hot water, not enough hot water, water too hot, water heater …
  • 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 …
  • Clothes Dryer Repairs & Troubleshooting

    Clothes Dryer Repairs & Troubleshooting

    Save time and money by doing your own clothes dryer repairs following these expert instructions for both troubleshooting and basic repair techniques. Though the idea of repairing a clothes dryer might seem intimidating, the truth is that some types of clothes dryer repairs are surprisingly easy. Typical repairs can be handled without opening up the …
  • Hot Water Heaters

    Hot Water Heaters

    Choosing the Right Water Heater How Water Heaters Work Water Heater Repairs Water Heater Installation How to buy the right water heater for your home. This expert buying guide discusses conventional storage, tankless, point-of-use, and solar water heaters. Whether or not you are in the market for a new water heater right now, read this …
  • 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 Repair an Ice Maker

    How to Repair an Ice Maker

    In This Article: How a Refrigerator Ice Maker Works Ice Maker Does Not Make Ice Ice Keeps Coming — Does Not Stop Ice Maker Repair: Ice Maker Frozen Makes Ice But Does Not Eject It About Ice Maker Replacement Expert advice on how to repair a refrigerator ice maker that doesn’t make ice or doesn’t work …
  • 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 …

Recent Heating, A/C & Ventilation Articles

  • Central Air Conditioner Buying Guide

    Central Air Conditioner Buying Guide

    In This Article: Types of Central Air Conditioners A/C Sizing & Cost Central AC Energy Efficiency Central AC Warranties Understanding AC Refrigerants Buy the right central air conditioning system with help from this expert, unbiased guide. This article includes anticipating cost, selecting size, scrutinizing warranties, and more. Need help NOW? Get a Local Air Conditioning …
  • 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 …
  • 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 Install Fiberglass Insulation Like a Pro

    How to Install Fiberglass Insulation Like a Pro

    In This Article: Fiberglass Insulation Types Insulating Walls Insulating Around Obstacles How to Insulate Under Floors Insulating Attic Floors Expert advice on how to install fiberglass insulation, including methods for insulating walls, floors, ceilings, attics, and more. Includes cutting and fastening insulation, and insulating around obstacles. Fiberglass insulation is energy efficient, affordable, easy to install, …
  • How Your Home’s Heating & Cooling System Works

    How Your Home’s Heating & Cooling System Works

    How much do you know about your home heating and cooling system? Considering the fact that your air conditioning and heating unit is the most mechanically complex piece of equipment in your home, having a basic understanding of how it works is important. Day in and day out the central heating and AC system serves …
  • 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 …
  • How a Central Air Conditioner Works

    How a Central Air Conditioner Works

    How does an air conditioning system work? This expert article, along with diagrams and video, clearly explains how a central air conditioner cools a house by cycling refrigerant through its system and delivering chilled air through ductwork. A central air conditioner is like a giant refrigerator for your house. In fact, it employs the same …
  • Central Air Conditioner Will Not Cool

    Central Air Conditioner Will Not Cool

    On a hot day, it’s easy to tell when an air conditioner isn’t working right. But figuring out WHY your AC is not working is another story because an AC system has many working parts. So you must do a little detective work to pin down the symptoms in order to sort out and solve …
  • Central Air Conditioning vs Window AC — Which Is Best?

    Central Air Conditioning vs Window AC — Which Is Best?

    In This Article: How Much Does Central AC Cost? Questions to Ask When Deciding Between Window or Central AC When is it smarter and cheaper to install whole-house central air conditioning instead of buying several room or window air conditioners? These expert tips outline the advantages of both central AC and room or window air …
  • Are Solar Panels Right for Your Home?

    Are Solar Panels Right for Your Home?

    In This Article: Why Consider Solar Panels? Is Solar Right for Your Home? How Much Do Solar Panels Cost? Lease or Buy Solar Panels? It doesn’t seem all that long ago that the very idea of harvesting electricity from the sun with solar panels seemed simply too fantastic to be true. But today you can …

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