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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

  • 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 …
  • How to Install a Water Filter

    How to Install a Water Filter

    Installing the type of water-treatment device that utilizes filter cartridges under the sink and delivers clean water through a sink-top spout is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project. Doing this job involves simply mounting the filter unit in the cabinet and connecting plastic tubing to your existing cold water pipes using special saddle valves. Several different …
  • Washing Machine Troubleshooting & Repairs

    Washing Machine Troubleshooting & Repairs

    In This Article: Washing Machine Does Not Run Washer Does Not Rinse Correctly Washing Machine Leaks Washing Machine Has Fill Problems Washing Machine Shakes or Vibrates Washer Doesn’t Agitate or Spin Properly Washing machine need repair? Troubleshoot and fix common clothes washer problems with this expert DIY advice. Includes step-by-step instructions for a washer that …
  • Washing Machine Shakes or Vibrates

    Washing Machine Shakes or Vibrates

    In most cases, a washing machine shakes or vibrates when it isn’t sitting level on the floor or because it has an out-of-balance wash load. Here’s how to get it to settle down! First eliminate the possibility of that the washing machine is shaking because of an out-of-balance load. Adjust the load if it has …
  • Clothes Washer Doesn’t Fill Correctly

    Clothes Washer Doesn’t Fill Correctly

    . Other Washing Machine Fill Problems If both hot and cold water seem to be entering the washer with good pressure, water may be draining out prematurely during the fill cycle through siphoning action. Be sure the drain hose’s connection to the standpipe is at least 34 inches above the floor (otherwise, discuss the problem …
  • Buying Ranges, Ovens & Cooktops

    Buying Ranges, Ovens & Cooktops

    In This Article: Selecting a Range Buying a Drop-In Cooktop Buying a Built In Wall Oven Buying a Convection Oven Selecting Features Cooking appliances are the heart of a kitchen. Ranges, ovens, cooktops, microwaves: all of these are critical to cooking, a kitchen’s primary purpose. For this reason, it’s very important to have cooking appliances …

Recent Heating, A/C & Ventilation Articles

  • 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 …
  • 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. …
  • 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 …

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Buy the Right Air Conditioner

This A/C buying guide will help you choose the best room or window air conditioner, including advice on types, features, and how to size an AC unit. Read more about buying an AC unit…

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