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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

  • 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 …
  • 8 Ways to Cool Your Home Without AC

    8 Ways to Cool Your Home Without AC

    Want to cool down your house without turning on the AC? Keep your home comfortable even on the hottest days using these simple cooling methods. Is the hot weather cooking you like a Fourth of July burger? Air conditioning is a great way to beat the heat, but let’s face it: Even if we’re fortunate …
  • Home Thermostats Buying Guide

    Home Thermostats Buying Guide

    This unbiased, expert thermostats buying guide will help you find the best type of home thermostat for your heating and cooling system. A home thermostat tells the furnace and/or cooling system when to turn on and off as temperatures in the house or individual rooms fluctuate. This is a very important job, because it affects …
  • Home Thermostat Troubleshooting & Repairs

    Home Thermostat Troubleshooting & Repairs

    In This Article: Thermostat Does Not Control Temp Extreme Temperature Swings Many problems with a heating or cooling system can be traced back to the thermostat. In some cases, the thermostat is out of adjustment. Other times its batteries are dead. Obviously, replacing batteries or making a simple adjustment are easy solutions. If your electronic …
  • 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 …
  • Carrier COR Thermostat : Our Review

    Carrier COR Thermostat : Our Review

    If you own a programmable thermostat, no doubt you’re aware of the energy savings and ease of use that this type of heating and cooling control can offer. A programmable thermostat can turn on and off your home’s heating or cooling systems at scheduled times, eliminating wasted energy. For example, it can drop room temperatures …
  • 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 …
  • Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting & Repair

    Ceiling Fan Troubleshooting & Repair

    In This Article: Ceiling Fan Does Not Work At All Ceiling Fan Blades Do Not Turn Properly How to Fix a Fan That Hums How to Fix a Fan That Wobbles How to Replace a Flywheel You’re probably reading this because your ceiling fan doesn’t work, making it pretty worthless on a hot day. This …
  • How a Ceiling Fan Works

    How a Ceiling Fan Works

    Because of the slight breeze it creates, a fan makes a room more comfortable at higher temperatures during the summer so a room’s thermostat can be set 5 to 7 degrees higher. And in the winter, a fan recirculates rising warm air that would otherwise collect and give off its heat at the ceiling. A …
  • Heat Pump Troubleshooting & Repair

    Heat Pump Troubleshooting & Repair

    In This Article: Heat Pump Does Not Run Does Not Heat or Cool Correctly Freezes Up or Trips Breaker Heat Pump Blower Does Not Work Heat Pump Cycles Incorrectly Heat Pump Makes Noises Expert advice on how to fix heat pump problems, such as heating or cooling poorly and more. Heat pump problems are often …

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Recent Appliance Articles

  • Mini Point-of-Use Electric Water Heaters Give You Hot Water Fast

    Mini Point-of-Use Electric Water Heaters Give You Hot Water Fast

    In This Article: Why a Mini Water Heater Makes Sense Point-of-Use Water Heater Buying When you want instant hot water at the master bathroom sink, nothing beats an under-sink point-of-use mini water heater. An instant, is a small electric water heater that immediately supplies hot water to a single fixture or two. This type of mini water heater …
  • 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 …
  • Clothes Dryer Stops and Starts

    Clothes Dryer Stops and Starts

    In This Article: Electric Dryer Stops and Starts Electric Dryer Does Not Turn Off Clothes Dryer Heats Up and Shuts Off Electric Dryer Stops and Starts Michael: I have a Whirlpool electric dryer that will run for a while, shut itself off, and—after a while—start again on its own then run a bit and shut …
  • Clothes Dryer Doesn’t Heat Properly

    Clothes Dryer Doesn’t Heat Properly

    When a clothes dryer doesn’t heat the air but its drum rotates, something has interrupted the heat source. Run the dryer for a couple of minutes, making sure you don’t have the dial or controls on a non-heat setting such as “Fluff” or “Wrinkle Release.” With an electric clothes dryer, no heat often means that …
  • How a Washing Machine Works

    How a Washing Machine Works

    The anatomy of a washing machine with a cutaway illustration of its parts There are a few variations in clothes washers—some load from the top and others load from the front—but all washing machines are basically big tubs that fill up with water, agitate to scrub clothes, and spin to wring out the water. Of …
  • 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 …
  • Water Filters Buying Guide — 2018

    Water Filters Buying Guide — 2018

    In This Article: Types of Water Filters Buying a Water Filtering Faucet Shopping for a Water Filter Is your tap water safe to drink? Unfortunately, as discussed in the article Is Your Water Safe?, it may not be. Because unhealthy levels of contaminants such as bacteria, lead, and pesticides are found in both metropolitan and …