Improvement & Maintenance Guides
Links to various home repair, improvement, & maintenance "how-to" guides including HVAC, appliance & plumbing issues.
Home Air Conditioner Dual Start/Run Capacitor Replacement Guide
One of the most common home HVAC system problems is a blown or faulty dual motor start capacitor.
Luckily, they are relatively easy to replace and a replacement capacitor only costs about $25-$50 depending on the model.
The most tell-tale symptom of a broken capacitor is when the fan in the outdoor condenser unit won't spin.
Toilet Water Supply Valve Replacement Guide
Drip, drip, drip. It seems like the toilet water supply valve is one of the first places to develop a water leak in the bathroom of an older home.
Standard replacement valves are readily available at Home Depot, Lowes or other home improvement stores and only cost a few dollars.
Refrigerator Water Leak Repair Guide
If you have water pooling at the bottom of your refrigerator, you may have a clogged freezer defrost drain pipe.
Only a few simple hand tools and some hot water are needed to resolve this problem in less than an hour.
Kenmore Oven/Range/Stove 220V Electricity Supply Restoration Guide
I was perplexed when the digital display of our Kenmore electric oven and range top was working properly but the elements wouldn't heat up.
Usually the problem lies with a faulty power connection either at the outlet, the appliance's power plug, or the home's breaker box.
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HVAC Air Handler Unit Evaporator Coils Cleaning Guide
To keep the indoor air handler unit of your home A/C system working at peak efficiency the coils or "fins" should be regularly cleaned.
This is especially important if there are dogs, cats or other furry pets in your home.
Home Water Heater Sediment Flushing Guide
Another home appliance that needs periodic maintenance to operate efficiently and extend it's useful life is your water heater.
Over time, sediment such as sand or minerals accumulate in the bottom of the tank and can partially obstruct the lower heating element.
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Home Dryer Vent Lint Cleaning Guide
Hundreds if not thousands of home fires each year are caused by dryer exhaust vents or pipes that are clogged with lint.
HVAC Air Handler Condensate Drain Flushing & Cleaning Guide
To keep the condensation water drain pipe of your home air handler unit flowing freely, it's important to flush the pipe regularly.
Neglecting this can lead to a clogged pipe and water leaking into your home.
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Rheem Classic HVAC Condenser Coils Cleaning Guide
To keep your A/C system's condenser unit running as efficiently as possible, the coils should be cleaned out at least once every year.
The coils can become clogged with dust, dirt, pet hair, leaves, and other debris which reduces their ability to effectively transfer heat to the outside air.
Rheem Classic HVAC Condenser Run Capacitor Replacement Guide
Some of the symptoms of a faulty run capacitor include a condenser fan motor that makes excessive noise or does not work at all.
Gibson HVAC Air Handler Condensate Drain Pipe Cleaning Guide
If water is leaking out from the bottom of your Gibson HVAC air handler unit, you may need to unclog, flush out, and clean the condensate drain pipe.
Goodman HVAC Condenser Dual Run Capacitor Replacement Guide
The symptoms of a faulty dual run capacitor include that the compressor and fan motor inside your Goodman condenser won't turn on.
Also, the indoor air handler will only blow warm or room temperature air out of the A/C vents.
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Fluidmaster Complete Toilet Repair Kit Installation Guide
Kenmore Refrigerator PUR Ice & Water Filter Replacement Guide
If you have a side-by-side refrigerator manufactured by Whirlpool, you should replace the ice maker and drinking water filter about every 6 months.
Some of the brand names that Whirlpool manufacturers include Kenmore, Amana, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air.
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Comfortmaker HVAC Condenser Capacitor Replacement Guide
If your Comfortmaker brand A/C system is only blowing room temperature air and the fan and/or compressor won't turn on, you may need to replace a faulty dual run / start capacitor inside the condenser (outside unit).
For my complete guide to this procedure, click on the thumbnail image to the right or the text link above.
Comfortmaker HVAC Condenser Coils Cleaning Guide
To keep your Comfortmaker brand A/C
condenser working at peak efficiency, the coils should be cleaned at
least once a year before the cooling season begins.
Dimmer Switch To Single Pole On/Off Light Switch Replacement Guide
Since we prefer using energy saving CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulbs in our home, I had to replace a dimmer switch in one bathroom with a standard single pole On/Off electrical wall switch.
I thought about purchasing expensive "dimmable" CFL bulbs, but I already have a large collection of standard CFL bulbs.
Sunpentown WA-1211S Window A/C Unit Install Guide & Review
If you are considering purchasing a Sunpentown or "SPT" brand window air conditioner such as the WA-1211S 12,000 BTU unit, check out my review and installation guide by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
Lavelle Korky 4010PK Toilet Repair Kit Review & Install Guide
Since I've used the Fluidmaster toilet repair kits in the past, I decided to try the Korky # 4010PK universal toilet repair kit made by Lavelle for yet another leaky and noisy toilet.
To view my complete photo illustrated installation guide and read my opinion of this kit, click on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
Keurig B40 K-Cup Coffee Machine Water Draining & Storage Guide
Most Keurig K-Cup coffee machines have a metal internal water tank that should be drained before shipping it, a long move, or long term storage.
Check out my DIY tutorial for emptying the water out of the internal tank and rubber tubes by clicking on the link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
How to Retrieve a Ring or Earring Dropped Down A Sink Drain Pipe
If you dropped an important item such as a ring, earring or other piece of jewelry down your sink drain, don't despair. You can get it out just by disassembling the drain trap pipe located below the sink.
Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or thumbnail image to the left.
Sani Seal Waxless Toilet To Floor Flange Gasket Installation Guide
If your toilet is leaking water from between the bottom of the bowl and the floor flange attached to the waste pipe, you probably need to replace the old wax seal.
I chose a better version of the wax seal, which is the Sani Seal polyurethane foam toilet flange gasket. Check out my DIY tutorial for replacing the toilet flange gasket by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.
Broken Plastic Toilet Closet Flange Replacement Guide
If your toilet has been wobbly or you've seen water leaking from between the toilet bowl and the floor, you might need to replace a broken plastic closet flange.
Take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
Jenn-Air Maytag Refrigerator Water & Ice Maker Filter Replacement
If the drinking water or ice cubes from your Jenn-Air, Maytag, Whirlpool, KitchenAid or Amana refrigerator haven't been tasting great recently, you probably need to change the filter.
Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture to the left.
Sub-Zero Refrigerator Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
If you need to change a burnt out light bulb in the refrigerator or freezer section of your Sub-Zero 500 series appliance, take a look at my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image to the left.
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